Sunday, October 28, 2012

It Started with a Rug

I've become obsessed with decorating and it all started with an area rug. I saw this rug at Home Depot and decided it would look nice in my house. I liked the burgandy in this rug and arrived at the conclusion that I must put touches of burgandy throughout my house. The burgandy curtains in my kitchen were not nearly enough, so I got some wine-colored paint.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The One in Which I'm Mistaken for a Homeless Mental Patient

This week kicked off the start of Red Ribbon week at my school. Red Ribbon week is the time of year when we celebrate being drug-free. Each day there's a different theme. For example, there's Red Ribbon Day when students, staff and faculty wear red. There's Friends Don't Let Friends Do Drugs Day when students, staff and faculty dress like twins with another friend. And then there's Drugs and I Don't Mix Day when we wear mismatched clothes that don't mix (aka Wacky Tacky Day). Today was Wacky Tacky Day. Being a fun staffulty member, I of course, participated. The only problem? I forgot I had a doctor's appointment before school.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Mid-Year Resolutions aka: Making Peace with my Inadequacy

Okay, so I guess it’s not technically “mid-year”, but “a-little-more-than-three-quarters-of-a-year resolutions” just doesn’t have the same ring. And maybe it’s against the rules to make resolutions at any time other than January 1st. But since I’m a rule breaker anyway, I figure you can make resolutions in October and call them “mid-year resolutions”. So here are my sorta, but not quite, mid-year resolutions.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fun with Spam

I love getting comments on my blog. It means that people have taken the time to read it, and that something I wrote struck a chord with them in some way. That’s pretty cool. But among all the insightful, funny, interesting, and/or supportive comments I receive, there is also a fair amount of spam. At least I hope it’s spam. Because if these are genuine comments from actual people who have read my posts, then I’m scared for the future of humanity. Very scared. Let me share some examples with you . . .


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Clay's Limeades for Learning Project

It's time to vote! I talked about Sonic's Limeades for Learning HERE. (Teachers, it's not too late to register a project!)

Want to vote for a project to be funded? Just go to Limeades for Learning to vote. You can vote once a day, every day from September 24 through October 29! And if you purchase anything from Sonic, you'll receive two extra votes. Not only that, but for every 10 votes you place, you'll be emailed a code for yet another two bonus votes.

This is a very easy way to help some hard-working teachers give their students a terrific learning environment! It only takes a minute of your time to vote and there are so many schools, teachers, and most importantly, students that could really benefit from the funds! Please take a minute and vote everyday!

I spoke with Clayton's teacher about the Limeades for Learning program and asked her to help her class brainstorm some ideas on how to use the money. This is what the class came up with . . . (Man, I love second graders!)  

*  Legos to build ideas which support our themes in reading, science, math, and social studies
*  IPads or laptops
*  A visit from a very famous person
*  A tablet
*  Game systems
*  Give money to charity
*  Puppy for our classroom
*  IPod 5th generation
*  6 kittens because my cat died
*  A ship trip
*  18 Apple Fives
*  A trip to Washington D.C.
*  Go to an Orlando Magic Game
*  Whoopy cushions for the whole class
*  Silly putty(the farting kind)
*  Headphones
*  A never ending bottle of cold water

BWAAAA HAAAA HAAAA!!! That's great! Whoopy cushions for all my friends!

The class decided on computers since there are several students who don't have computers at home and there are only two working computers in the classroom.

A big thanks to Sonic for funding Clay's classroom project and a big thanks to all the money they have donated to classrooms across the country!

Friday, October 12, 2012

What's a Card Catalog? And Other Technology Our Children Will Only See in Museums

Yesterday, I told a student to use the computer in my classroom to Google the answer to one of his questions. His response was to flop over on his desk and dramatically whine, "But I'm too tired and the computer is all the way over there!" He indicated the computer which was located approximately three feet from his desk. Being the nice, supportive person that I am, I compassionately responded, "Are you kidding me?! You know what I did when I was a kid and had to answer a question? I waited for my parents to drive me to the library where I used a card catalog to find a book and then I searched for an answer by actually reading it!"


Monday, October 8, 2012

Is Football Season Over Yet?

I sat on the bleachers, watching the eighth football game of the season. Glancing at the scoreboard, I sighed. The score was 21 - 0 at halftime. The other parents and I cheered as the boys took the field. "Come on, boys! Let's go! You can do it!" Then we turned to each other and said, "Oh please, let them at least score. One touchdown, just one touchdown! A fieldgoal! A safety! Anything!"


Friday, October 5, 2012

ADHD: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? How You Can Decide

“Bring me your progress reports,” I called to my kids as they walked in the door. I’d been checking their grades online for the past five weeks so I knew they were all getting As and Bs. Still, I wanted to make sure the progress reports accurately reflected the grades I’d seen online. And, of course, I wanted to see if the teachers had made any comments about my kids’ behavior or performance in class.

When I got to my 8-year-old Clayton’s report, I looked over his grades then paused at the comments section. This is what I read:


Monday, October 1, 2012

Duct Tape Holds my World (or at least my van) Together

When I wrote about Mom MacGyvers, I had a few people ask me about my duct-taped car. Yes, yes, my car really is held together by duct-tape. I think of it as more of a fashion statement than a redneck quick-fix. They make duct tape in all sorts of cool colors and patterns now! Really, I’m not holding the van together; I’m accessorizing! And it’s awesome for those times (all 2 of them) when I’ve walked into a parking lot and have seen an identical giant, maroon, church van. No longer do I have to peer in the windows to see if the van is mine by the number of fries, empty Gatorade bottles, shoes, beach towels, and miscellaneous garbage on the floor. The creative placement of pink duct tape makes it so much easier to ascertain which van is mine!


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