Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

This was our last three day weekend until Veterans Day.  (That sounds like a long way off!)

Let's see, we...

*suffered in the heat of a college football game. (I didn't know I could sweat that much--gross!)

*made a trip to see L, CB, and the little man, who kept reaching for Papa--*sigh! He did love Nana playing with him while he was trapped in his car seat, which almost made up for him always reaching for Papa.  (My jelly bean bribes have to wait for another year.  Darn it!) By the way, E's hair now has the sweetest little ringlets!!  Love them!

*enjoyed several nice rain showers--and a whole lot of lightning.

*were able to spend some time with the Bug.  She and I took a long walk to the convenience store during the HS scrimmage. (Mommy was working, and Buggy needed a distraction.) Then she and Mommy visited for some juice, jelly bean, and play time on Sunday night. We also went to the frog and turtle races with her on Labor Day. 

*had an impromptu breakfast with Little Big Brother, SIL, and LuLu.

*spent a bit of time at Tiny Town's Labor Day celebration.

*met up with Cousin D and his wife so they could give me this:
Their beautiful daughter made it for me--and it is already in my classroom.  I had admired one that she had made for her Mom when I saw the picture of it on Facebook. I love it!!  (And I probably owe her some money.)

Favorite photos of the weekend--only the last one is mine; these first photos are courtesy of the Moms.
L is taking the first six hours toward her degree in administration.  E wasn't crazy about her closing herself in her office area, so he kept checking on her.  If that isn't the sweetest photo!!

Buggy and her daycare friend riding a little "train" and then watching the parade. (Mainly, collecting and sharing candy. "I'm a candy eating machine!" yikes!) 

And finally, the curls on the teething boy.  
The bib says it all.
(Bib for the drool monster!)
It was a good long weekend.  Now, back to school!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September is...

September is...

sharpened pencils
Big Chief tablets
Friday night HS football games
Saturday afternoon college football games
crisp apples
hauling out the pumpkins
cooler nights
Tiny Town Labor Day celebrations
colorful mums
Homecoming floats
the return of sweater weather

September is...summer's last gasp.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I have air conditioning in my classroom, as of this afternoon at 1:00 or so! 

You know how when you wash your car, it rains??  I might have applied that same theory to my AC. On Tuesday, I moved to a classroom with air AND a working technology center. After school, I donned tennis shoes and moved several carts of supplies to that room. 

Sure enough on Wednesday afternoon, my new assistant principal came to my room to tell me the AC guys were in the school. (Of course they were. I had just moved a great deal of my old room to a new room.)  The AC guys didn't get it fixed Wednesday night, but a half day of work this morning did the trick!  My 7th hour helped me move all those supplies back, so tomorrow I am back in my own classroom. (And hopefully, for good!)

Oh, and the Tech guy fixed my tech center yesterday.  Actually, he pulled a tech plate control pad from another (unused) classroom and had mine up and running again. 

I am in heaven!  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oh me, Oh my

Truly, it is the same ol' story: no AC (the part is ordered...again!) and the Tech Company has not been here to work on my technology center, though they have set up appointments that they fail to keep.  The AC has been out since August 4th; the Tech Center has been out since last May.  But, "If you can't say anything nice...."

Right now, my lips are stapled AND duct taped on this subject.  There are about a million questions I would like to ask, but on to my happy place.

Random Facts that you probably can't wait to hear.

1.  I hate black Jelly Beans.  Licorice is not a favorite flavor.  I also hate the root beer flavored ones.

2.  Power Bars have become a meal supplement when I need something quick or forget my lunch.  Favorite?  Pure Protein in any Peanut Butter flavor.

3. The end of the third toe on my right foot has random shooting pains.  No idea why, but it sure is annoying.

4. Mr Baxter can spell.  Every night when I spell "w-a-l-k" to tell the Mr. what time I am going, he sits and whines.  He wants to go immediately. Stupid smart dog.

5. I play the French Horn. Well, I used to. There are times that I wish I owned one.  (Not happening.)

6. U Town College Football starts this coming weekend.  Bet you can guess where the Mr. and I will be!

7. Watching the "Hip Hop Abs" infomercial (for about 20 seconds), I realized that my Zumba class incorporates those moves.  However, my abs look NOTHING like the abs on that infomercial.  I'll spare you the photo comparisons.

8. I am searching for "yards without grass" ideas.  When the Mr. mows our yard, it looks like a small dust storm.  (Lots of shade makes growing grass tough.)

9. Lately, I have been on a Doctor search.  I find a Dr. I love, and they leave.  I find a Dr. I don't love, and I leave.  I find a Dr. I love, and they leave.  It is a crazy cycle.  The latest Dr. is now leaving.  On a good note, his P.A. is staying.  Fortunately, I preferred him. (He spoke English I could understand!)

10. A Tiny Town High Grad is on the SyFy Channel show "Face Off."  He does major stage makeup each week, and then the least successful contestant each week goes home.  He is crazy talented--and completely self taught.  (And he's competing against some professional makeup artists.) It is a joy to see him grown up, taking criticism like a pro (something hard for him at 16), and quite well spoken.  He's been making his former teachers proud!

And there you have it: the end of redundancy.  (There are only so many no-AC-in-my-classroom posts that I can write. Sadly, the end is not in sight.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oh Me, Oh My!

It is now official.  School has started.  I spent about eight hours of my weekend working on school: grading, filing, and planning.

Only about half of that time was spent in my classroom.  I still have no AC, and it is plenty warm.

As a perk for surviving the week with no AC and no teacher technology, I went in for a pedicure and a manicure.  I figured I was due.  And then I turned around and worked in the hot room anyway  *sigh!

On a good note, my new FitBit came on Friday.  I am back to monitoring steps.

Oh, and the ALS ice bucket challenge (our entire staff and administration did it Friday afternoon) actually felt quite refreshing.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

No Blogging. No AC.

No AC in my room at school has about wiped this teacher/blogger out. 

On a good note, my lovely cousin D has called me out on the Ice Water Bucket challenge.  And that's the good news.

The really good news? It is happening tomorrow during the last five minutes of school. 

How sad that the cold water actually sounds delightful! 

My life has reached pathetic new lows.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fitness on Easy Street

I have been wearing a Fitbit Flex since the first of April, and on Sunday it refused to sync.  After 20 minutes on the phone with a customer service rep from India, a new Fitbit is headed my way.  I am missing it.  I have been registering 10,000-14,000 steps a day for the last few weeks.  And now I have no idea how many steps I have put in.  It also monitors my sleep and I like that!

Baxter and I go for a walk every evening.  He is quite the discerning dog; he always chooses the nicest lawn in town to sprawl on for a few minutes every evening.  (And he prefers it right after the sprinklers have been going.)

Then, the Bug went for her first Ballet lesson last night.  It is a Mommy and Me Ballet class, with the hope that by Christmas it will just be little ones without their moms.  I can't wait to sit in on a rehearsal.

Zumba classes still meet at 5 in the morning.  I always leave the class feeling more energetic.  I haven't jumped up and down for years, but now on Zumba mornings, there is quite a bit of jumping.  (There is also quite a bit of jiggling.  I keep telling myself to do sit ups, but I am just pretty good at ignoring myself! So, jiggle it is!)

K and I have been running, but are taking it easy this week.  K has a foot that is giving her problems, so we have been walking instead of running. (Not that there is much difference.)

And of course, all of this exercise is registering zero steps for me this week.  Darn it!  Hurry up replacement Fitbit!

Monday, August 18, 2014

No AC Week #3

Great weekend.  L and CB came down Friday evening.  Little Man E now has two teeth and crawls like he's always been doing it.  He was so darn cute.  They stayed for the party and then headed back to Big City, so it was a short trip.

On Saturday, the Bug had a small birthday party with a Wizard of Oz theme.  They wore crowns, made wands, and ate frozen yogurt and cupcakes.  She still is pretty shy in groups of people.  It always takes her awhile to warm up.  I'd say that the balloon romp at the end was a sign she had overcome her shyness!  Her daddy cooked ribs and chicken on the grill afterward for the family.  We saw her ride her new scooter. Who am I kidding?  We took turns pushing her around the house, while she was still figuring out how to use her foot to push. She is growing ups too darn fast.

After supper, the men moved my mom's piano from our house to K and CT's house.  The Bug has always been interested in it, and now she will have the chance to take lessons in a few years.  Little Man E and I are going to have to come up with a plan when he gets old enough for lessons!  (Nana CoCo will be scouting pianos if L and CB will let me.)  It is nice to know that another generations of kids will have the chance to play on Mom's piano.  I know she would be pleased.

Because of the piano shuffle, I think there were two houses doing some rearranging yesterday. K sent a photo of the piano in its new home. And then the Mr. and I spent most of Sunday afternoon moving furniture around. (There was a little more room without the piano.) Call me crazy, but I really like rearranging furniture. It gives me the chance to clean out at the same time.  I've started a new "garage-sale-or-give-away" box.

Finally, I ran down to my room at school yesterday evening to do a little work.  This will now be Week #3 of no air conditioning. It was hot!  I have a hunch I will be scouting a new room by the end of today if they can't get the AC fixed. *sigh  I am telling myself that sweating helps me lose weight!  This is a heck of a diet!

I have plenty of pictures to post of our weekend.  I need to do a photo dump. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Buggie!

Today is the Bug's 3rd Birthday, so we are celebrating with the many faces of the Bug.

Still cute as a Bug!  Love you, little bit!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today's the Day

Today is the Mr. and my 38th anniversary.  It also happens to be the first day of 2014-2015 school year for the students of Tiny Town.  So I guess you know how I'm celebrating; I'm going to school.

I don't know much about the incoming class.  I try not to look at grades or past records.  People change.  They should have the chance to start the year with a clean slate. 

The little I do know is this:

1. They will be hot in room 304 in Tiny Town High.  (Still no AC.)

2. They won't be using computers for a couple of days.  (The tech guys have a bit of work to do.)

3. They will have "old school" technology,  until the tech center repairman arrives next week.  (Our tech guy is mad because they have had all summer to make the repairs, and they waited until after school started.)

Thank goodness today is an early dismissal.  I'm pretty sure that I will be ready to exit that room by the time 90 kids go through it with no AC. 

I'm also hoping the Mr. takes me somewhere cool for dinner.  (And somewhere that smells nice would be good to!)

Sending warm thoughts from No Tech Room in Tiny Town High.  And I mean warm!