Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Love

Small loves and celebrations:

*Trivia Crack.  I've resisted this game on the iPhone for awhile, and then I succumbed.  And I'm addicted.  I will have to delete it soon; I'm wasting too much time.

*Bubba cup.  I love my Bubba cup for my drinking water at school.  I love that it doesn't sweat and keeps my water cold. Best money that I've spent lately!

*Tonight, there is a donation pre-game dinner for the JV scholarship fund.  JV was the student who underwent two years of fairly radical cancer treatment while he was in high school.  He was named a State Spirit of Sport award winner, and his "Make A Wish" was for a new weight room for Tiny Town High.  He is a college sophomore now, but a group at our school gives a scholarship in his name every year.  My Student Teacher and I are taking a shift working the dinner.  (I love how supportive my student teacher has been of the after school/evening activities.)

*Friday celebrations: jeans, staff lunches (a special menu just for teachers,) students writing papers, and a home game. 

As for the weekend, there is light snow in the forecast, and the Bug is coming for a sleepover.  Sounds almost perfect!

Happy last Friday of January!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Some random (useless) information for you:

*Black circles under the eyes are hereditary in my family.  I'm doing more than my part to keep them going.  I get up early (4:30), but go to bed early (9-9:30), and still I am rocking the raccoon eyes. 

*There are some perks to growing older:  Less shaving, and for the first time in my life I can get away with washing my hair every other day.  (Oily hair has been replaced by really dry hair.)

*I have a Student Teacher this semester.  We work really well together, and I have decided that two people can almost do my job. There have been days we have both worked solid all day long and just barely finished before 4:00.  Besides being a great student teacher, she is also adorable.  (Boys have never been so attentive in English II. Never underestimate what a cute redhead can do for a classroom!)

*My toenails are a mess.  I really need a pedicure.  (Good thing my toes are hidden under socks almost every minute of the day.)

*I haven't been running lately.  The Dr. nixed K running (and the jumping in Zumba, too) for the remainder of the pregnancy, so we have been walking three days a week.  She still goes to Zumba but just does a modified routine.  I miss the running.

*I hated jelly beans as a kid.  Then the Bug came along, and Jelly Belly jelly beans are our favorites. Papa even runs a jelly bean store for her. The toy cash register gets a workout!

*Speaking of jelly beans, there are only two flavors I hate: licorice and root beer.  So does the Bug, so we throw them all away, and she gives me all of the coffee flavored ones, too! Yum!

*There is some talk of chicken farming on Easy Street.  Three farmers are in the planning stage--and a 4th in Big City might join them.  They've been locating land, chicken coops, etc.  Oh boy...!

*Bax is catching up on sleep.  L and E were here this weekend. (They are having a bathroom remodel and thought it might go better for CB and contractor without them.) E loves Baxter.  I think they are going to be good buddies.  Throw in visits from the Bug, and poor Bax didn't get much peace.  He's making up for it now! (He kind of likes being the only "kid"!)

*Alaska the Last Frontier and Downton Abbey are two favorite television shows on Easy Street.  I bet you can guess who likes which.  It's a good thing the Mr. and I tolerate each other.  (Just call us Otto and Violet.  Wouldn't that be a combination?!)

Well, off to school this Monday morning and to rehearsal tonight. I think this could be a busy week!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sweet Friday

My eyes have been itchy.  (Allergic to makeup?  Pink eye?)

And right before lunch I received the sweetest email:

"Mrs. E, are you OK?  You looked like you might have been crying today in class. I might be wrong, but I was just wondering."

Not crying, but I'm sure I looked like it.  And a 16 year old boy noticed.  And took the time to write an email.

Now maybe I should take the time to figure out what the heck is happening with my eyes. Don't want the kids to think I have gone over the edge! (I'm thinking I'll start with a no make-up day tomorrow!) 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Today's Hair

Update: This is the gray hair today.  (It took forever to grow to this length, and now it needs a trim.)
And then, this is my ear.  Really, my ears aren't terribly interesting.  They don't even work particularly well, which is why I posted this picture.  If you look really carefully, you will spot the newest and most expensive things I have purchased to wear in my ENTIRE life!  Unfortunately, it isn't earrings.  Do you see that little clear wire?  That is the hearing aid.  It mixes really well with gray hair, don't you think??  *sigh!
I shouldn't complain.  The new technology makes hearing aids much more effective than they would have been twenty years ago.
I still can't hear when more than one student is talking at a time.  (Nothing like having three students trying to answer or ask questions at the same time.)
I really would prefer diamond earrings!

Welcome to the 2015 version of Mrs. E. 
(I'm not getting older, I'm getting better.  I'm not getting older, I'm getting better.  Repeat, repeat, REPEAT!)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

O Happy Day!

We celebrated L's Birthday last night, which was a day early, by delivering birthday gifts and going out to dinner to celebrate.

 We had such a good time: cupcakes and singing and watching E dance in his car seat.  
I wish we saw them more often,
but it sure is fun when we do!

Happy Birthday, L!  
Hope the year ahead is wonderful!
(It is shaping up to be pretty terrific!)
Love you, dear girl!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fabulous Friday

Favorite Moments

1.  Reading to the Bug tonight after school.  ("We're Going On A Bear Hunt")  She kind of likes her Nana most days.

2. My students gave presentations today. They were projected from their computers.  Each presentation was about people, groups of people, or even events where humans face horrible obstacles and maintain a fighting attitude of hope.  All of them were set to the poem Invictus.  Some Fridays are pretty terrific. This was one of them!

3. Auditions are over, the cast is posted, and rehearsals now begin. 

Favorite Things

1. A Lunch Crock Pot given to me by a colleague who drew my name at Christmas.  It holds about two cups. I put leftovers or soup in it, plug it in at school, and I have a hot lunch waiting for me at noon.  Perfect gift for a teacher!

2. Warming seats in the car.  They heat up so fast. This has been a pleasant winter even with frigid temperatures.

3. Supper with my Student Teacher before a ball game.  (She's a pretty great student teacher, too!)

Thus ends a good but busy week!  There is a good possibility that I will be in bed at 8:30 tonight. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

And it begins again

Auditions are tonight for the spring All School Production.  I'm not the head director, but I am assisting Little Big Brother.  We are switching roles. 

Yes, we are both nuts.

Let the fun begin! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Peanut Butter Balls

I adapted this recipe from about five others that I had seen.  This is a no bake recipe.  (You're thinking, of course it is!) I like the fact that the measurements of the ingredients make it an easy one to remember.  (Otherwise, I would have to look up all of those recipes again and try to recreate it!)

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup of chopped nuts

Mix together well and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, then use your cookie scoop to form 15-16 cookie balls.  (I put them on wax paper before transferring them to a covered container.)  You can eat them at this point, but I like them better after they have been in the fridge for a couple of hours. 

That's it.  Some people add craisins, flax seed, or coconut.  Others substitute nutella for the peanut butter.  Some add a tablespoon of cocoa powder.  I imagine that you could use Karo syrup instead of honey.  I think the possibilities are endless.

For the weight conscious, these are 101 calories each when you make 16 of them with the recipe above. 

That's it!  For as small as they are, they are quite satisfying.

Oh, and they had the Bug's AND the Mr.'s seal of approval. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bonus Day

Temperatures and wind chill are dangerously low in our area of the country, so we are enjoying no school.  (Actually, I'm working on school things anyway, and enjoying taking my time in doing so.)

Oh, and a little Bug is going to be my guest in the late afternoon.  Daddy has an appointment--and Mommy decided to go with him.  That means Nana is on Bug duty.

I'll leave you with a couple of Buggieisms. (We'll just call that my word!)

*When Mommy took down the Christmas tree and decorations, the Bug wailed "Christmas is ruined!"

*On Monday, I had a text from the Bug's daycare to call them when school was out. It seems the Bug had a nightmare during nap time, woke up, burst into tears, and then had a total meltdown.  She had dreamed that Nana was really mad at her. (While that could happen, I guess--it seems unlikely!)  I called her and asked her if I had ever been mad at her.  She said, "Nooo..."  I told her that sometimes we just have crazy dreams! On the way home, she confessed to her momma that she had cried because Nana was mad at her, but it was just a dream.  And so begins the crazy dreams of childhood! (Although I have some pretty crazy dreams as an adult!)

Well, back to work.  (Kind of nice to have uninterrupted time to do it in!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Special Delivery

I am quite excited to get the mail lately! 

Last week-- there was a nightshirt from CrAzY cousin, Ree!

This week-- it was a calendar from Little Sis.  She and the hubby went to a wedding in India last year, and the calendar has pictures from their trip.  I love looking at it.  It's a great reminder to take advantage of opportunities to travel. (It also doesn't hurt that it lists the family birthdays and anniversaries!)  Thank you so much, Little Sis!

PS.  Easy Street still gets junk mail--and bills.  It's just that fun packages make me forget all about that "unimportant" stuff!  (Well, at least for awhile!)