My Plan to Take Over the World

Since school is about to begin, I have had no time to even think about my blog. My 12 year old  son, wbo enjoys reading the tall tales I sometimes write, thought he could help me out by becoming a guest blogger. Watch out world! I give you the mind of David (and forgive me for all the ūüí©). 

My plan to take over the world:
When I die, I’m going to be cremated and be spead across the horizon until I land in grass. 

I will be eaten by a cow then pooped out. I will then become fertilizer for more grass to grow. Then, I will become the grass. 

I will get eaten by another cow, named Betsy, to then be made into milk. 

I will be drunk by a guy named Ben. He then poops me out, because the milk didn’t react well wih the gas station noodles he ate earlier.

From the sewer, I enter the ocean and become a flesh eating bactieria. 

So, I kill abunch of fish, and then enter a water reservoir. 

I enter people drinking the water and kill a bunch of people. I spread across the world killing every living thing on earth. 

Then, I go into outer space and wipe out all life in existence!

The End



In case you haven’t read Wonder, read it. ¬†It is a must for all human beings and a great reminder of how to be a good one.


We all deserve happiness. ¬†But, my happiness may come in a different package than your happiness. ¬†Even if I don’t appreciate your package, that does not give me the right to rip your package to shreds. ¬†I sometimes forget… we all do. So, with school starting back up, please remind your babies and yourselves to simply be kind to one another.

As I’m writing this, I got a text that a friend died by suicide this morning. ¬†He was facing a rough divorce, losing his girls, and being the victim of nasty comments on Facebook. I don’t know what else he may have been going through, but the social media bashing shouldn’t have a place in this world. ¬†My heart is broken for him and his girls.

Please, be kind to one another.  I hugged this friend and said goodbye to him yesterday Рnever in a million years did I guess it would be the last time.




It’s the Little Things

These are 10 moments in life that truly take my breath away, leaving my happy… and insanely full of gratitude for this amazing life I lead:

#10  I adore beautiful handwriting.  I appreciate those who can write each letter with sheer perfection and harmoniously combine them to form words.  It is an artistic talent of architects and calligraphers alike.

#9  We are building a house.  To see progress being made brings me true joy.  Today, I was giddy over putting up a mailbox.  Yes, it is weird even in my eyes to be elated by a mailbox.

#8 ¬†Creating… signs, presents, cards, water bottles, whatever my imagination allows. ¬†Using my Cricut helps me to get it just the way I want it (like those perfect fonts that I can’t create with my own hands, or a perfectly symmetrical circle).

#7  I crave that feeling of freedom that comes with running.  It usually takes about a mile for it to kick in.  Then, I feel like I could just keep running and never, ever stop.

#6¬†¬†As a teacher, watching a student’s face light up after they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do is amazing; it is magical to see (and the reason I love my job).

#5  Sand between my toes and a warm ocean breeze kissing my cheeks is an ideal setting for happiness.  The cool ocean water refreshes me after the warm sun soaks into my pores Рdown to my very soul.

#4  Waking up sandwiched between a soft, plump cat and a sweet, cuddly black lab is a dream come true.  The love of my pets is unconditional and makes my heart happy.

#3  The strong arms of my adoring husband wrapped around me brings comfort and peace like no other.  I will always be safe in his arms.

#2  The genuine, exuberant, belly laugh of my son is contagious.  I am not able to hold in my own laughter when I hear his joy simply exploding from his small body.

#1  To watch my daughter perform on stage is the ultimate magic and the most magnificent feeling in my heart.  Sometimes, teenagers can be distant, but to see her up there on that stage is to see her very soul shining through the darkness.  She is a beacon to show us the way home.

What makes you this happy?


Today's goal:

Balance work and personal life.

It's one simple sentence. Yet, it is so complicated for so many of us. I will focus on boundaries, because I don't like leaving things unfinished.

But, tomorrow is another day, and the work will still be there. I won't be any less of a good person for finishing it then. Boundaries.

Those Uncomfortable Subjects

When I started reading Butterfly Suicide by Mary Ann Loesch, I felt a sense of unease, a pit in my stomach. ¬†I was uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to read about the aftermath of Jude Valley’s shooting spree at Rockingham High School. ¬†After all, this is the stuff nightmares are made of for parents… and an unfortunate reality in our society.

But, I kept reading, and I am so glad I did. ¬†The book also delves into another harsh reality of our society: unwarranted judgment. ¬†Daily, we see on social media, the spewing of hateful opinions by the uninformed, the misinformed, or the plain ol’ bandwagon jumpers. ¬†Stephen Valley, Jude’s younger brother, must face these horrific judgments in the aftermath of Jude’s actions.

Stephen’s only friend, Monica, happens to be the surviving younger sister of Jude’s main target in the shootings. ¬†Monica and Stephen face the ugly situation together while sorting through their own lives on top of it all.

I highly recommend this novel giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  The characters are well developed, and the plot leaves you guessing at the truth in all of the lies. You can purchase the Kindle version of Butterfly Suicide here.


Happy reading!



‚ÄúWhat really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The Versatile Blogger Award


First of all, I would like to thank Anchal Sethi for the nomination. ¬†You kindness is much appreciated. ¬†I also want to thank all of you, my readers, for putting up with my antics. ¬†I read your comments, see your “likes”, and think fondly of you! =)

Rules for the nominations:
‚ÄĘ Thank the person who nominated you.
‚ÄĘ Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and inform them.
‚ÄĘ Share seven facts about yourself.
‚ÄĘ Put the logo of Versatile Blogger in your post and display the rules also.

Seven fun facts about Attie Calisto:

  1. I’m a teacher (which is the best job in the world).
  2. I love pizza.
  3. I have two labs and one cat.
  4. I can’t sing, but I do anyway.
  5. I love camping – or, rather, glamping.
  6. I own 5 acres of land.
  7. I can’t imagine living anywhere else but Texas.

…And the nominations go to…

  1. The Human

Please, take a minute to check out some of these bloggers.  Some inform, some relate, some inspire, and some just crack me up!  Have a great day.

Accepting the Social Limitations of an Introvert

carToday, this Introvert went to a car dealership all by myself… I know, right?! That’s like sending the lamb into the lion’s den… covered in raw meat. ¬†I did not enjoy the experience at all despite the fact that the salesman was very nice and had an awesome Jamaican accent.

Don’t get me wrong. ¬†If my extroverted husband had been with me, it would have been fabulous. ¬†I could have listened to the man talk all day. ¬†But, I was the center of attention, and he kept trying to get personal information out of me – you know, because he wanted me to buy a car. ¬†Newsflash, people! Introverts can’t handle giving up personal information to strangers. It’s none of your business, so back off (please)! I will not let you see inside me.

What’s worse – he was trying to appeal to my emotions to make his sale. ¬†I wanted to shout at him, “Dude! I am a shallow, emotionless creature that only finds comfort and solace in logic, creation, and reading about others’ emotions. Stop it!” ¬†But, I didn’t. That would be rude. Spending large amounts of money on objects should NOT be an emotional decision. And again, I will not let you see inside me.

I said, “Just give me the facts. ¬†Spinning tall tales and making small talk won’t help with me. ¬†You are just going to make me shut down even more. Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear, because I see your deception. ¬†You are full of BS, and it is exhausting.” ¬†No. ¬†Not really. ¬†That would be rude. ¬†So, this Introvert high-tailed it out of the lion’s den and went home to write about the experience from the safety of her home.

I will have to return there again.  But, I will never go back without my extroverted better half in tow as my shield.  He likes to play the game I am not capable of or willing to play. I know my limitations and accept them as my truth.  introvert



Your Favorite Workout Songs

I always need new inspiration to keep me energized during workouts, and music usually does the trick.  Since variety is the spice of life, I need you to share your FAVORITE workout song in the comments below.   Please, help a girl mix it up a bit!

Here are my current Top 10 Favorite Workout Songs:

10. All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) – DJ Khaled

9. Believer – Imagine Dragons

8. Try – Colbie Caillat

7. Shouting Grounds – Crowder

6. The River – Jordan Feliz

5. Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara

4. Footloose – Kenny Loggins

3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

2. Rise – Katy Perry

1. Hall of Fame (feat. – The Script






My Male Cheerleader

My son has decided to be one of those trailblazers… and it is going to give me heart palpitations any minute. ¬†My SHY, QUIET, rather be at home on his laptop playing an online game son has signed up for cheer… in 7th grade… in middle school.

The last time I checked, kids are mean in middle school. ¬†Some are stupid, mean, low self-esteem kids that already like to say mean things to my son, because he is short… or because he is not athletic… or because he is not strong… or because he is in their way… or because someone dared them to… or because he is different than them… or because the sky is blue… and now he is going outside of typical male behavior even further. He is going to be a cheerleader – the only male on the team.

Don’t get me wrong. ¬†Male cheerleaders are some of my favorite people! ¬†That isn’t the part that worries me. ¬†It is those mean kids that will try to take him down a notch, because he isn’t fitting into their preconceived notions their parents have put in their heads. (We live in Texas – which means he should be on the football or baseball field – which he will be – just with a megaphone.)

It is not like he can’t defend himself. ¬†He is in karate, too. ¬†But, last year, when he did defend himself, he still got punished by the school for punching the kid (which I get). ¬†But, David did NOT like being in “ISS” (In School Suspension) with the “bad” kids all day. ¬†He is a good kid, and he couldn’t believe other kids would be so disrespectful to adults.

With all of that said, I am SOOOOOO proud of my son for stepping up and being who he wants to be. ¬†But, could you please say a prayer for him? The reality of his choice set in this morning before I dropped him off at Cheer Camp, and he was super nervous. ¬†Not only will he have to interact with other people, he will have to smile and cheer others on. ¬†He will have to stunt – using those muscles that haven’t seen the light of day since May.

He will be an awesome cheerleader; and, I will continue to be his worried mommy, always in his corner, supporting whatever he choses to do.

Angel Fire, New Mexico

Let’s take a trip… down memory lane.  Our family’s favorite memories come from our travels.  Here are just a few.

blizzardSnow! ¬†We stayed in the condos at Angel Fire Ski Resort in New Mexico. We like staying in the condos, because it is just a walk up to the ski lifts. But, we also had our own kitchen, etc. We experienced¬†two blizzards there – snow above the roof one year. ¬†It was cool… or, rather, really cold!


Clark (the dad): I like the small crowds, and it is very family

Attie (the mom): I love to eat at the cafe on top of the mountain.  I really love drinking a hot chocolate (with peppermint schnapps) at the cafe at the base of the mountain after a long, cold day of skiing. (Usually, one of my favorite memories is running.  Not here.  It is too cold for this Texas girl.)

ski liftElizabeth (the big sister): I liked going up on lifts alone [yes, very family friendly]. I also liked tubing on the polar coaster.

David (the little brother): I liked skiing all the way down from the back side of mountain. I also liked going to the ice cream store when it was -16 degrees outside!ice creamdegrees