Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving From Easy Street

Happy Thanksgiving!

These things make my thankful list this year:

*The grandkids always top the list these days. The littlest one now reaches for me. She is so sweet. The Bug still jumps in my arms every time I see her, and E blows me kisses on Face Time conversations. All of the them will be here for this holiday.

*Having the grandkids' parents around is always fun, too.

*Can't forget the Mr. who still makes me coffee and breakfast almost every day.

*I'm grateful that Little Big Brother and family volunteered to have dinner at their house. Clint and the Mr. cook the turkeys, and they will do the rest. The flip side of that is that their two dogs will visit Baxter during our dinner, so that dinner is a little less hectic.
*I'm thankful the dust wasn't any deeper by the time I managed to get around to it today.

*I really should mention how thankful I am that days like Monday of this week don't happen often. Let's important assignment was run off with a missing page, one half of the NYC skyline in my classroom fell (no injuries), my car was side swiped, and the Mr. blew a tire on his way to meet me. Whew!

And now, you can be thankful that you weren't me on Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fifty Dollars

My car was side swiped by a hit and run at Tiny Town High.

In the morning announcements, I offered a $50 reward if a tip helped me find the person who hit my car.

Tips were coming in right and left.

Do I know these High School kids or what? 

Money. It is the language of teenagers.

P.S. The guilty party was located.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tis the Thanksgiving Season

'Tis the Thanksgiving Season for...

*long grocery lists
*only two days of school
*Black Friday shopping the Easy Street way--which is a girls' night that involves lots of coffee, laughing, and only buying if the lines aren't ridiculous and the sale is really good.
*pumpkin and pecan pie
*turkey leftovers for my turkey sandwiches
*CB and K's birthdays
*downtown Christmas celebration and the arrival of Santa in Tiny Town on Friday night
*putting up the tree
*decorating the church for Advent

Let's face it: Thanksgiving is a carb lover's dream!

My favorite Black Friday shopping trip was the year of a light snow falling, early morning Starbucks, and more window shopping than buying.

This afternoon, we are putting up the outdoor lights. 'Tis the season for that, too.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wisdom of Wilder

"We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."                            Thornton Wilder

Only a fraction of my treasures:
the grandkids,
the entire family,
my job,
my school kids, and
beautiful scenes that I never have to look for--
they are around every corner.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Sure Sign

The holidays are almost upon us. How do I know?

*K has forced the girls into Christmas shirts for a Christmas Card photo shoot. I remember those days. I'm sure a good time was had by all--or not.

*I actually baked something this morning. I hate to cook, but I especially hate to bake--unless it is for the holidays. I do the bulk of my cooking in November and December. (Sad, isn't it?!) The Mr. might have looked at me like "I wonder what got into her."

*The grocery list is about to double in size.

*I might be going to see the musical of A Christmas Carol this afternoon.

Oh, and I am really wanting to teach Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory." I'm figuring out where to put it in the lesson plans after Thanksgiving.

I guess the holidays are beginning early on Easy Street.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

No Fun Saturday

I'm having a head cold Saturday. Meaning it is close to two, and I am still in my pajamas. I'm thinking it might be time to start my day.

I've watched a few movies, read a couple of scripts, and just been a bum.

Paris and the attack on their country has been on my mind. We live in scary times.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Heart Project

This was hanging on the door of my classroom on Sunday. The impetus behind the #PeytonHeartProject is touching and sad. A father launched the campaign after his 13 year old committed suicide after being bullied." Finding a heart is an open invitation for any and everyone to continue to spread kindness wherever they may go."

I had no idea who had hung it on the door handle to my room, but the sentiment was sweet. After posting a picture on Facebook and Instagram, a former student came forward and said this is a project that she and her kids participate in. She handed her kids several hearts after the play on Saturday night and told them to place them around school. Pretty sweet that one ended up on my door.

Sharing the love:  Love the life you live.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thankful November

Our rival school and their town have had a rough fall. A high school student committed suicide about a month ago. Last week, a six year old was run over crossing the street on her walk home from school. Her siblings were there to witness her death. And now a young mother from their town was run over and killed in St. Louis, crossing the street. She leaves a devastated husband and four young children. (I think the youngest is just one.)  It almost seems impossible that this community would deal with so many heartaches at the same time. We might be rivals, but our families know their families, our students know their students, and being only 12 miles apart, we are all truly one community.

Their tragedy opens our eyes.

And so I am thankful for things I take for granted daily:

floors to sweep and furniture to dust
Mr. Baxter who needs his daily walk
a good Dr.'s report for the Mr. (no need to return for a year)
sleepovers with the Bug, even if she does steal the covers
kissing chubby cheeks
piles of leaves to sweep off the steps
phone calls and face time calls from Big City
papers to grade (did I really say that???)
reliable transportation
and a comfortable bed

I'm even grateful for those grass pinwheel "things" that have invaded our yard, helped along by strong winds. (OK. I'm taking that one back. I still hate them.)

"Tragedy is like strong dissolves away all but the very gold of truth." D.H. Lawrence

November. Know what's important.

Monday, November 9, 2015

So far this November

*We celebrated Little Man E's 2nd birthday and one of his sister's 9th. The kids had a great time climbing, sliding, and playing arcade games at a play center. I was exhausted watching them.

*I am grading, always grading. This weekend I spent about 8 hours catching up. I have been using Google Classroom for students to submit papers. The paperless school is becoming a reality. While I hate being buried under stacks of paper, I still love handwriting on paper. I'm not sure I will ever be able to give up paper completely in my classroom.

*Baxter and I have been walking/wogging in the mornings. Boy, the stars and planets have been beautiful. The extremely slow jogging is not so beautiful. This morning the coyotes were howling. (And I wasn't even singing!)

*The Tiny Town High musical is over. My drama classes sold magic wands that light up. They were a hit. (And that account now has some money in it.) After two nights of Cinderella, I should be through humming the songs by Christmas.

*I am teaching "Our Town" for the next two weeks. This is still one of my favorite units of the year. I love finishing it up right before Thanksgiving. Somehow, that seems appropriate.

*This week, Tiny Town Schools honor Veterans Day with a day out of school, putting this day up there with Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Easter. The teachers work on Martin Luther King and Presidents day. It is business as usual for Columbus day. Veterans Day, the entire school system is closed. I like the message that this sends.

Right now I am thinking: bring on the holidays! (And please, please, please don't let me have any grading during Thanksgiving and Christmas!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Going With the Flow

My new classroom is the pass through behind stage. That means when a show or play needs actors/scenery/props to get from one side of the stage to the other, they have to go through my classroom. (What rocket scientist came up with this one, I'll never know. Sheesh!)

Anyway, this is musical week for Tiny Town High. Tomorrow they will practice in the morning and put on a "teaser" for the elementary and middle school students in the afternoon. That means, my room will have actors passing through it most of the day.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a director and my actors have disrupted the old teacher's classes, so now it is my chance to enjoy the fun. There isn't much that can be done to avoid the chaos.

So...I am working on a Plan B. My flexibility muscle is getting a workout this year!