Saturday, March 9, 2013

Five For Friday...or really early Saturday morning!

The fact that I'm not finishing this blog post until it's a day late is right on track with the crazy couple of weeks I've had!
You know those kinds of weeks that you'd just like to put BEHIND you?

Good grief, this week had some trials and tribulations. I'm following this list of frown-worthy events with a list of random stuff that made me smile. Bear with me here.

5 Things that made me sigh, cry, or get a zit (or most likely, all three)

1. My Dad was in the hospital for a couple of days because of some chest pains. Thankfully, he had a heart cath yesterday and  blockage is minimal and can be controlled with medication. We are all breathing a sigh of relief and saying a prayer of thanks.

2. My teaching partner experienced the death of a close friend.

3. The weather people predicted a MEGA snowstorm, but we only got a little bit AND we burned YET another snow day. Ugh!

4. I have no less than 80 BAZILLION papers to grade this weekend.

5. I got a new student with some moderate behavior issues on a day that I had a sub. Sub nightmare! 

That felt good to get out there. Thanks for continuing to read!

Now...for the featured event! Doodle Bugs puts on a fun linky each Friday and I'm finally participating!

I'm in a much better place thinking of five randoms from my week (or in my case, perhaps, the last couple of weeks) that gave me the warm fuzzies :)
Here we go!

1. I did it. I caved. I bought the highly-rated pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies! I've been reading rave reviews for MONTHS on various teaching blogs & after scraping my knuckles for the LAST TIME on my wall-mounted sharpener in my room, I had to do something. After buying numerous electric sharpeners that wore out easily or never really worked that well to begin with, I was wary of buying another $25 classroom accessory that was just going to make me remorseful.
Oh, that is NOT going to be the case with this baby!
It. Is. Awesome.

I promise, if you buy this you won't be sorry. Super sharp pencils for days, the kids can operate the fun sharpener themselves (I've added it as a classroom job- it's currently the coveted position), and it's made really well. I know it's going to last a long time! Super-score!

Sorry Mrs. Colon
I messed up
on my

Bless her little heart. If you knew this sweet girl, you'd know that she LOVES fiercely! Loves everything. School, her family, breakfast pizza, gym day! She is all over the place, staticky hair everywhere, always wearing a big smile and ready to give hugs--she is pretty amazing. I truly believe she felt like doing poorly on her spelling test hurt my feelings. 
She is just that kind of wonderfully sweet.
My goodness, I'm so lucky to be able to do what I do.

3. Dental health week is always a mixture of gross and fun! We did the egg-soaked-in-different-things experiment and had some, uh, interesting results. As predicted, the water-soaked egg came out nice and white and the milk-soaked egg, while not becoming "soggy"(ha!) as shown above, also came out of the solution no worse than when it went in.

Then we got to the "soda" egg that was soaked in cola.

Needless to say, that egg got cracked sometime in between taking it out of the fridge and using it in my room. After we all got over the gross-ness of it all (I mean, come on, it's brown!) and dried it off, it actually looked pretty cool. The bubbles were kind of firm. Thankfully, we were still able to put some toothpaste on a toothbrush and brush some of the "yuckiness" off. Mission: accomplished (with the added bonus of weird egg bubbles). Success! Sidenote: I also did the egg-in-vinegar experiment which is SO COOL!)

4. My best friend cracks me up. 
This was a little cheer-up after having my wisdom teeth out--which, by the way, went BEAUTIFULLY! Hardly any swelling or pain. Woot!
We have exchanged SO many face-in-hole photos over the years. We're pretty good at it by now!

5. I very well may be a grocery store nerd. 
That's okay. There are worse things to be.
While my favorite local grocery store has begun to offer some organic produce, the selection is pretty minimal. That's why when I have a dentist appointment 30 minutes away I start to look forward to grabbing some produce at Kroger. 
Check those greens out!
They're gorgeous!
That's it! Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Enjoy the weekend, friends!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's Currently Time...March Edition!

Hey, Hey, Hey!

I think this is the first 4:30 a.m. blog post for me. My sleeping schedule is SO messed up!

But seriously, I can't believe it's March!

Here's Farley's Currently for this month!

Like I said, it's 4:30 in the morning. Thank goodness for DVR because there is NOTHING on t.v. at that hour! Usually I come home from school, unwind, and watch Jimmy Fallon from the night before. He cracks me up. He's got one of the best jobs in the world!

I had my stinkin' wisdom teeth out on Thursday. I was SO SO SO nervous, but it wasn't bad at all! I.V. sedation is so wonderful! I hope I'm not speaking prematurely, but the recovery process is going much better than I anticipated. These foods have been my best buds for the last couple of days. My hubby was FANTASTIC about picking up all the yummy, soft, cold foods he could find at the grocery store. 

My SWEET teaching partner made me a little gift of magazines & pudding before I got my wizzies (hehe) out. In the bag was the newest Better Homes & Gardens magazine with lots of ideas for planting flowers. As I chilled out on the couch and watched it flurry all day, I caught myself opening that magazine to those flowery pages. I am DREAMING about greenhouses, potting soil & beautiful blooms!

It's that time of year. Our 3rd nine week grading period ends in 2 weeks. I have SO much to do! Benchmarking, testing the new student I got YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS OUT (Yikes), pacing assessments, state diagnostic testing, field-trip planning, etc. Once spring  gets here, things go in to HYPERDRIVE until the end of the year. I'm trying to be organized, strategic, and productive through it all!

I miss my sister! She lives a couple of hours away and works most weekends. I don't think I've seen her since Christmas! She is wonderful. She lets me "mother" her, even though I know it drives her nuts, cracks me up with a brand of silliness that can ONLY come from someone I'm related to, and amazes me with her patience. She's a SUPERFLY sister!

Like, Love, Hate:

Oh, Downton Abbey. After hearing about this show, of course, it took me awhile to catch on. I was showing my Mom how to install Netflix on her iPad and started watching the first episode...that was all it took. I won't's been nice to have this time off for my wisdom teeth...I'm catching up on D.A!

Did you catch Alabama Shakes on SNL a couple of weeks ago? I hadn't seen them before that and I was like "Whoa"! They're SO good! I've been listening to their new album in the mornings at school and I get kind of sad when the kiddos arrive and I have to turn my music off. I could work for hours like that!

Don't get me wrong. I've worked in sales before. I know how it works.
But really? When I am calling your company to CANCEL my services (whether it be a book subscription, site membership, or utility)....YES, I am SURE that I want to cancel. 
I called YOU, remember? 
Sometimes you can't even get OFF the phone with these people until they have basically BEGGED you to stay and had to tell them 10 times that it's over.
It's like a bad break-up.
It drives me CRAZY!

Well, that's it for now! Since it's now 5 a.m. and I should just probably STAY UP, I might as well start some laundry or something. Here's to a great first weekend in March!