Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January Currently

Happy New Year!
2013 is here!

We had a super-fun party last night with some of our buddies and streamed Phish's concert from Madison Square Garden. Today I cleaned up confetti, streamers, and remnants from the celebration. Today we spent time with my family to celebrate my brother's birthday. I played in the snow with my nephew and just had the best time! As my vacation is winding down, I'm designing a game-plan for the next few weeks, both for my personal and professional life.

I've made my January currently, too!

If you follow my blog you'll notice that each month I post a picture of a super-cute "currently" background and fill it in with the things I'm CURRENTLY thinking. This is part of FARLEY'S page and it's so neat! I've found some excellent blogs through this monthly linky party as well as some friends! 

Without further we go!

Listening: This is a familiar sound in this house! Bless his heart, he has the best of intentions to actually watch an entire movie...he just gets so comfortable and before I know it...he's out like a light! Not one to miss an opportunity, this is usually when I peel the remote out of his hand and change the channel! Score!

Loving: Call me naive, I don't care. I am in LOVE with all the positivity I've been feeling lately. New Years signifies fresh starts & new beginnings The chance to finally get it right. Whatever your resolutions may be, I truly wish you all the determination and tenacity in the world. 

Thinking: Even though my last day of vacation is tomorrow, I'm really ready to see my kiddo's faces again! I've missed them! I'm excited to hear their Christmas stories and start the second half of our school year. I'm planning on being at school ALL day tomorrow to de-Christmas my room and make copies, etc. While I'm at it, I may as well do some organizing. I've got a BUNCH of laminating to do, too. 
It will feel SO nice to be ready for the kids when they return!

Wanting; If the last few weeks have taught me anything it's that this winter is SURELY not going to be anything like last year's super-mild winter. We've got quite a bit of snow since we released for break and I'm already feeling the chill of recess duties on that frigid playground! I think I'm in the market for a new coat! I want something long, well-insulated, and cute. I found a cute coat while Christmas shopping but felt guilty buying something for myself when I should have been shopping for others. Now that Christmas is over, I may head back up to Columbus to snag it! Ha!

Needing: I really need to shut myself in my room with my laptop and materials and not let myself leave until this project is finished! This is a BIG component of my master's degree and is already over 60 pages without all of my analysis. I've been working on it little by little, but crunch time is here and I need to GET-IT-DONE! I will be SO GLAD on Saturday when it's submitted!

OWL (One Little Word): I had to think long and hard about this one. I chose the word "breathe" because I am really trying hard to be PRESENT. Not just going through the motions, but actually BEING in the moment. Breathing is one way that I ground myself and remind myself to just take in the things that I am surrounded with. I've begun (and by begun I mean dipping a pinky toe in) to practice yoga and breathing is a key component.

So folks, that's it! 

To my blog followers: THANK YOU! Your support, kind words, and encouragement mean SO MUCH to me! I'm looking forward to more successes and friendships in 2013! 


  1. Thrilled to be your newest follower! Tomorrow's our last day of break, too. I'm not quite ready to go back though.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  2. Hi Alisha,
    I am so sorry that you have to go back to school so soon! I am fortunate enough to not have to go back until Monday. I wish I was able to get into my classroom ahead of time like you described. That must be really helpful! I am working on my Master's degree as well so I feel you. It will be worth it when completed though! Happy new year,
    Literacy Spark

  3. Just found your through Farley's Currently! Sorry you have to return to work so early. My son goes back tomorrow, but I have the rest of the week off. Please send some of that snow to Virginia! We actually get snow days, and we have had very few the last few years! Good luck on your Master's. I remember the relief I felt when I got it. Then I didn't know what to do with my time!

    Stop by and visit!
    Reading Toward the Stars

  4. Ladies! Thank you so much for your kind comments!

    Wishing you ALL health & happiness in 2013!


  5. Happy New Year! Just finding you through Farley's Currently and LOVING your adorable blog! Even more-so, I love linking up with fellow first grade teachers so I am happy to be your newest follower!
    Have a great weekend!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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