Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
But, hopefully, antibiotics will fix one, and more study time will fix the other! It's so hard to find a balance...work, school, sports....and then there's always showering. Luckily, I can do that in 7 minutes or less, if necessary.
Off to read Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner. Good book so far; I read lots of her books this summer on my Nook. Love the Nook! I bought this one, though, in REAL. LIVE (okay, not live). PAPER. So much work, turning those pages. Oh, how the Nook has spoiled me!
Monday, January 17, 2011
May? 2010? Really, it's been way too long! Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the first month of the new year. I am back to teaching full time, which explains my absence from my blog (and my hair stylist, but that's another conversation entirely). I am teaching 3rd grade again, same school. I was asked to come back 3 days before the school year began. 3 days. THREE DAYS. It took a little doing, a lot of coffee, and a lot of help, but I was ready in time to welcome 27 little darlings into my fold. They are a fantastic group of kids this year, and I consider myself blessed!
On the home front, we are entirely consumed with the sporting events in our children's lives--football, wrestling, and basketball at the moment. I couldn't love it more! The bitter sweet of it all is that I know these busy days won't last forever, and I want to suck the joy out of every single one of them. Sometimes that's hard to do when all you really want is a nap, but I remind myself constantly that there will be plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead.
I'm going to try to return here to blogland at least once a week, but don't hold me to it--papers to grade and all. I'm really missing the days when I was a "work at home mom", and could sneak a quick peek into the lives of all my cyber-friends. Now I have lots of real live people who call me friend, and I need to go plan some educational lessons for them!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I thought I'd share a little virtual eye-candy with you today. I do love myself some coffee. In fact, I've written a poem about it. Not a good poem, but a poem nonetheless.
I don't care if the coffee's old
Just as long as it hasn't any mold.
I can stir it with a stick
A little cream will do the trick.
Coffee is my morning drug
I thought I'd give it a little plug.
Ahem. It's only the 2nd day out of the classroom and I'm writing odes to beverages. I wonder what other exciting adventures the summer will hold? Or wait, am I practicing cleaning avoidance? Could be. Anyway, I'll be back with some more earth-shattering revelations soon. After all, I did buy a pineapple at the grocery store yesterday--who knows what kind of art that might inspire? Until then, bottom's up!
Monday, May 10, 2010
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I sure hope I haven't just set a launch sequence in motion. I've been getting this mumbo jumbo in the comment section lately, and not sure what it is. Is it spam? Communication from far, far away? The winning lottery numbers mysteriously encoded Dan Brown-style? The "666" at then end is a little creepy, don't you think? I mean, really--did I do anything to deserve that???! If anyone has any idea what the heck this stuff is, please leave me a comment (that I can read) and help me! Thanks!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Third grade makes me really tired. 1st time around? Not so much. Now that I'm 40 and doing it again? Much. There are only 18 (17 and 1/2 if you're really counting...) days left, and so much I still want to squish into our days. Sometimes I also want to squish children...is that wrong? Also, I have discovered that there is not a potent enough room spray to delicately mask the scent of twenty-something "blooming" children after recess. Sometimes allergies are a blessing.
Due to the crazy economy and the horrific state of affairs in education at the moment, I am not sure I'll have a job teaching next year, so that makes the next few weeks all the more bitter-sweet. Frankly, I can't believe the disservice we are hell-bent on doing to our children in this state. I've already informed my husband that if it gets much worse, I will be home-schooling our children and waiting tables at night (I'll be ultimately making more money that way...).
Until then, the next few weeks will be spent growing plants, making Mother's Day gifts, reading, learning about our country (maybe THEY'LL have some ideas how to help us fix it?), and enjoying our time together before summer comes.
On the home front, no cleaning has been done in awhile, and it smells a little bit like feet (kidding...sort of). I can't wait to work on some much-needed projects this summer!
Have a great week!
p.s. just finished Jodi Picoult's newest book, House Rules. It was a great read for anyone who's a fan! One of her best!
p.p.s. i am now reading Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster, another favorite author of mine. So stinking funny!
Monday, February 22, 2010
I was blessed to spend last Thursday and today in an all-day video workshop by the one and only Dr. Fred Jones. I tell ya, that man has really accounted for virtually every "what if" a teacher could throw his way. He uses the clever art of manipulation...er, behavior modification, to coerce, er, guide the student in the direction of appropriate behavior. We got to spend the days watching his videos and discussing situations with our colleagues. But, of course, the best part was getting to go to lunch, OFF CAMPUS, for AN ENTIRE HOUR!!!!! For those of you who don't teach, you could never imagine the thrill this is, and the possibilities it inspires! Unless, of course, you have 25 children of your own, then you probably have a pretty good idea. I got to eat SITTING DOWN! I know!
In other news, we got an exciting new toy here this weekend, and its name is AN INSTANT HOT WATER DISPENSER IN THE KITCHEN RIGHT ON THE KITCHEN SINK! I'm so excited! It's kind of dorky, I know, what with the invention of the microwave and all. But really, the idea that I can think, "Gee, a cup of hot tea sounds good", and make it happen RIGHT NOW is really, really cool. In fact, I've had so much tea since yesterday that I think I may have sprung a leak. Just kidding. I'm kind of glowy inside just thinking of the possibilities of instant coffee (Starbucks has complied) and hot chocolate next winter. And my wishes to God's ears, apparently, because it's been cold and rainy here all day! Off to have some more tea, happy Monday!