About Me

I'm still about 11 years old inside, trying to figure out how I got inside this 50-something body. I'm a wife to one, a mom to two, and all indications are that I am a breast cancer survivor (cue Destiny's Child). I laugh often, usually at inappropriate times, and am a ridiculous Pollyanna. 


I teach pre-kindergarten part time and, while I would do anything in front of a group of 4 year olds, I would rather have hemorrhoid surgery than talk in front of a group of adults (and I know what I speak of, as evidenced here). 

I live in southwest Missouri, have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Missouri State University, and have lived in Kansas City, MO, Branson, MO, Nashville and Los Angeles before landing in this little corner of the world.
My kids, 13 and 17

I live for your comments. True story. Comment away. You can also email me at yanneda(at)gmail(dot)com

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comments on my new blog! I was so excited to find it! I'm really enjoying reading yours! I'm a teacher too and my mom is a breast cancer survivor! :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Rikki! I hope your mom is doing well. I love the picture of your sweet baby lying on his tummy on the quilt on the floor. My son took all of his naps his first four months that way (when I wasn't holding him - I had four months of maternity leave and wanted to hold him as much and as long as I could before I had to go back to work!).

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  2. HAH! You live for comments? I totally just wrote about that today! Join me in 'Commentlovers Anonymous'

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    1. I need notifications, anyway! Lol.

      No. No 12 step program - it's too much fun to love comments and make friends through them. FAR too worthwhile to give up.

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  3. Wow, okay, so the mama Kat post IS about you! So sorry you had to deal with the big C!!! I am horrible at words, but I loved your limerick. Also, that you teach pre K. My daughters pre K teacher used to say the same thing, she is AWESOME in front of 4 yr old, but freezes up when she has to speak in a large group of parents.

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    1. Yep, it's about me! I worked for HOURS on that stupid limerick! (I am NOT a poet.) I was very lucky that my cancer was non-aggressive and caught early due to my vigilance with self-checking. The trade-off has been awesome new boobies and a tummy tuck (reconstruction by-product), so I can't complain too much. I started the blog because I wanted to remember everything that was happening, so if you ever have a chance, read my early posts.

      I LOVE preschoolers! They say and do such funny things!

      So glad you visited. Thanks a million!

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  4. Well, since you said you get irrationally excited when I comment on your posts, I figured that a comment here might send you over the moon! ;)

    I'm so glad I found you through the blog-hop of Miss Lizzi...you're fabulous.

    And I knew something about your sense of humor seemed familiar...I taught and worked in a preschool for seven years (just left it in May and miss it already!). And BTW (in case you didn't know) In The Coop is also a preschool teacher. Not to toot our horns, but we preschool people are a special breed of folks...

    Thanks for sharing yourself with the world. :)

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    1. I am TOTALLY over the moon right now! :)

      I knew Christine was a preschool teacher, but I didn't know about you. We should start a gang!

      I'm glad I found you, too. And that I think of yellow cake with chocolate icing when I think of you :)

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    2. I'm an ex-preschool teacher - can I join the gang?

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  5. Thanks for visiting my site (tea room diaries) So, you're a big kid just like me, huh? Yay!!!! Who wants to be a grownup when being a kid is so much more fun. Stay strong in your fight and keep on laughing and surviving!

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  6. I used to teach computer courses at The Academy of Learning to adults, and some days I think it would have been way easier to be teaching 4 year olds.

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  7. Hi Dyanne! I wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. See the details here: http://notjustasahm.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ Have a happy 2014!

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  8. Hi Dyanne, Just found you from TTOT and my gratitude post, thank you for leaving a note and telling me that you were also a breast cancer survivor. I'm so glad to meet another blogger who is also a breast cancer survivor. I saw your note, so you take Arimidex? I tried it for a month but got terrible aches and pains, so went back to Tamoxifen which I tolerate pretty well other than the hot flashes which are ridiculous. I'm going to check out your blog now, and will be back again! Thanks for coming to My Left Breast! Congratulations on being a survivor!

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  9. I am from SW Missouri . . . Joplin area. :) It's so nice to find random people from your own part of the world . . . especially when I'm feeling exiled in Texas right now. :) I found your blog from the A-Z Challenge link up, and I've subscribed to your blog in Feedly. :-D

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    1. Hi, Kirra! What a small world! I'm looking forward to trying the A to Z challenge for the first time. Will be popping over to read your blog in a bit. So glad you identified yourself as a former Joplinite!

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