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.

Coffee hot
Coffee cold
I don't care if the coffee's old
Just as long as it hasn't any mold.
Coffee iced
Coffee thick
I can stir it with a stick
A little cream will do the trick.
Coffee cup
Coffee mug
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!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


If anyone happened to notice a ridiculous-looking lady driving down the road on Friday holding an ice-cold RockStar beverage to her forehead staring ahead at the road with really squinty eyes? That was me. It was conference week. And our school Valentine's Day party. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Well, 2010 started out with a bang (crash, bump, and I think I also heard a scream, but I can't be sure), but I think we're back on track and are in full anticipation of a fabulous year! Aren't we always?! The Christmas Break home with the kids was heaven. We got to bake, watch movies, play games, sleep in late (after staying up late), hang out with friends, and just have fun! In fact, we had so much fun that the Christmas decorations hung around for a whole extra week, and well into the new year! If you know me, you know this is in direct conflict with my OH-so OCD ways. I'm learning to chill. Age is definitely mellowing me!
Back to school has been a hoot--so much to do, so little time! I am once again entertained by the questions that keep me laughing and pondering. Here are some of my recent favorites:
  • How do they get marbles so round? (more importantly, who are THEY?)
  • Can plants feel it when you pull off their leaves? (I think we should ask one...)
  • How does milk come out of your nose when you laugh? (happened in the cafeteria at lunch, true story, it's now legendary)
  • Why did I come back after break? (heard this one in the teachers' copy room)
  • Teacher, do you want to see my nuts? (student produces a handful of walnut-looking nuts from pocket to show his wide-eyed, completely panic-stricken teacher)
In other news, the house is getting cleaner and more organized (a constant quest), and this 3 day weekend is the reason why! I just love that freshly cleaned, new-house smell after everything has been dusted, wiped, folded, and reshelved--don't you?