Friday, August 26, 2016

My First Full Week

I guess this week went about as well as expected. My feet hurt, I am slowly getting to know my students, and I am exhausted at the end of every day.

This used to be easier when I was younger and only had two preps. Those days are long gone.

Have I said I am ready for a weekend? Boy, am I ever!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

First Days, Bowling, and Pumpkins

My feet are tired and my voice feels shot. Both are a sure sign that I am back in school. And that is after a day and a half!! We'll talk next weekend after a full week.

Meeting the students in my classes and catching up with teaching friends makes the first days of school a joy.

The English teachers took a selfie for the first day back. Yes, I am not only the oldest in my department, but the oldest on staff this year. *sigh! That being said, sometimes I still feel like a kid so it isn't all bad. (I think my young colleagues keep me young.)
 
The fire alarm, that wasn't a scheduled alarm, added 15 minutes of additional excitement to the first full day. (A sensor in one area was malfunctioning.) We stood in the parking lot and visited in the shade, waiting for the all clear.

We took tours of my classroom areas: ramps, stage, dressing rooms, and scene shop. All of those areas are exits for my classroom. (Really happy I had just completed that when the fire alarm went off.)

My drama class has 20 highly active and incredibly funny people participating in every activity with enthusiasm. That class will keep me on my toes, I am excited to see what they produce, and I hope I have the energy to keep up with them!

The faculty enjoyed a great evening of bowling last night. I work with a fun group of people! It was a wonderful end to the week.
And the selfie stick got another workout!

Today, the weather outside is pumpkin and tailgate weather. Absolutely beautiful. In fact, I was inspired to pull out the pumpkin decorations. I would buy a big bag of candy corn to commemorate the day, but my blood sugar and weight will thank me for skipping that fall favorite.

Now to find the pumpkin spice coffee creamer...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

School Begins

Tomorrow is the first day of school with students. The teachers have spent a couple of days in meetings and working in our rooms. And now, the fun begins.

I hope I'm ready!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Five!

The Bug turns five today. Five!



These pictures pretty much sum up the Bug: a daredevil, a crazy woman, a good friend, a sweet big sister (when she isn't yelling at her for getting into her things!), and Nana and Papa's girl.

We love you sweet girl!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#40

Who knew that 40 years could go so fast?
CraZy!
Mrs. E

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Flip Side

This summer has really been a lot of fun. Of course, there is always a flip side. And here is mine:

*The basement remodel is still in the works. The guy working on it works another full time job so we are on his schedule when he has time. Right now we are waiting on the sanding of the tape on sheet rock. I really wanted to have it done before school started. Right now, I am hoping for completion by Labor Day, but perhaps I should count on Halloween.

*A week ago, I was working at school in the scene shop. Quite a few pieces had been moved because they were painting the stage. As I walked by an arched door, it fell on me. Besides smacking me in the head fairly hard, it landed on my right wrist. Nothing is broken, but my wrist is bruised and still a bit swollen. That's what I get for working at school before I really have to!

*Dry feet. Mine are horrible this summer. Ugh!

*The upstairs guest bedroom is a wreck! It is storing three beds (vertically) and all the pillows and bedding for those beds. Throw in the toy storage for the grandkids, and it looks a bit like a warehouse that has blown up! My guest bedroom will be really happy when the basement remodeling is done, too.

*My iPhone battery can't make it through a day. AND...my contract isn't up until December. I need to invest in a 2nd charger for school just to make it through the day.

*Having a great student volunteer to be my Teacher Aide, and then finding out the only hour he can do it is during my largest performance class. (I'm taking him anyway, but I anticipate that adding one more thing to an already full plate that hour.)

More weeds than grass, too many flies and mosquitoes, and all of the dust are on my list every year. This year is no different.

Overall, these are minor inconveniences. I'm grateful for that.

Now, if I could only locate my flyswatter!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lack of Blogs and Miscellaneous

Between working at school and watching the Olympics, I haven't had much time for blogging.

The classroom is about ready to go, but I need to work on my lesson plans. I think I have everything ready and then someone reminds me of something else I need to include or do. *sigh!

I need the Olympics to end so I can get some sleep. Staying up until 11 and waking up to a 4:45 alarm means I am not that well rested. (Though I rarely make it until 11.)

So, this is what I love this summer:

The Daily Skimm. I signed up for it on email. It is a humorous look at the news. I didn't think there was anything funny in the news, but their write ups both inform and make me laugh. My favorite section this week: People Who Are More Fit Than You. Of course, it is covering the Olympic athletes. (Like I needed reminding that they were more fit that I am!) This is called the Skimm for a reason; it is the shortened or condensed version of the news.

LuLaRue. This is the Tupperware of clothes. The skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings are affordable, comfy, and really cute for work or play. AND...you can only buy them through a home or online party. (For every item I have added to my closet, I have subtracted one, too. Goodwill loves me.)

Yeti glasses are aluminum glasses that keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot. The problem is that they cost. A lot. About $40. Come to find out, there is a brand almost like it called Ozark Mountain that actually rates a little higher than the Yeti and sells for about $10. I liked that price. And it kept the ice in my water for 18 hours yesterday.

The Bug is having her birthday swimming party tonight. E and his momma are coming for the fun and spending the night. It has been two weeks since I've seen the Little Man, but it seems like longer. He and the Bug will be glad to see each other, too.

L has already started back to school in her new role as an instructional coach. I think that she is finding that not organizing a classroom and planning for 20+ students has made her life a bit less stressful in some ways. She is still learning the ropes, but I think she is enjoying this job so far.

For me, this is the last weekend before school starts. I'd be sad, but at least I will know what day of the week it is again.

There's always a perk.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Last Full Week of Summer

This is it. My summer is about to end and a new school year will begin. I am a little sad but also excited to meet the new crop of students.

I've spent some time at school for the last few weeks. Usually, I manage to put in half a day; however, I am close to the end of what I have to do in the classroom. The rest of it I can work on here at home.

Big plans for the week?

Monday- A Buggy Sleepover
Tuesday- Water aerobics
Wednesday- Faculty/staff picnic
Thursday- Last Dr. appointment of the summer
Friday- Buggy's birthday party at the pool

Throw in a manicure and a pedicure and that is about it. 

I plan to relax and enjoy these last few days. The craziness will begin soon enough!
Mrs. E

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Creative Mind of Bug

The Bug turns five on the 16th of the month. She would be eligible for school, but they have decided to send her next year. She would be really young for this class. I voted in favor of that decision. Frequently, my summer birthday kids struggle--not academically, but socially and emotionally.

Right now, the Bug is quick to pout, not sleeping terribly well, and her frustrations turn to tears pretty quickly. That being said, she is a prank playing trickster, too. She is also fairly intuitive--a lot like her mommy at this age. The Disney fairy tales where parents die or are already dead has caused quite a bit of anxiety. We've banned a few. When she said goodbye to Daddy on his way to work everyday with a caution of "Don't die," it was time to give Frozen a rest. (I'm ready to move on to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!)

That being said, her mind is quite creative. She disappears to her room sometimes when she is sad or mad or sometimes just to play. If you call for her, she will sail a piece of paper off the top of the stairs. The paper usually has Bug "emoticons"--a girl with a sad face or a happy face. She puts her name on it, so you know for sure it is her. Lovely. The child feels her feelings--and is happy to let you know it. Sad face = mad or sad. Happy face = playing. Good to know.

Buggy has an imaginary friend named C. (Literally, his name is C. ??!) I hadn't heard about him for awhile and thought she had given him up, but I had to make room for him in bed during reading time the other night. I have also set a spot for him at a tea party and made sure that he had writing paper and pencils, too. She talks to him quite a bit when he is present. He seems to come and go.

On the way to get a haircut the other night, Mommy stopped to buy her some supper for the road. She started moving her straw up and down in her cup, listening to the noise it made. (Quite annoying actually!) Pretty soon, she had a rhythm to it. Then she handed me her empty nugget box, and said, "Nana, you be the drum." So I was on nugget bongos and she was on soft drink straw. *sigh!  Think we have a rapper on our hands?  Quite possibly. Mommy said the next day, she came down the stairs using scissors to make another rhythm noise for her rhythm band. Oi!

Last night, Papa and I took her to some pre-fair activities. We stopped at a packed Sonic, and to kill time waiting for our order, played a game of "I Spy." She spied something yellow--and we guessed everything in sight. We finally gave up and asked what she saw. She said, "Well, in Bible School they showed God (Jesus??) in a yellow coat, and I saw HIM!!!" Let it be known, that there was no one in sight at Sonic in a yellow coat and especially not with the 100+ temperatures yesterday. BUT...she was certain that she had seen God. Who am I to argue?

And that is our Bug at age "almost five." She is our funny little nut--and we love her to pieces!
PS. She LOVES her Nana and staying on a sleepover is still a treat. Treasuring these days while they last!
Mrs. E

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Last Weeks of My Summer

These last few weeks have been pretty busy. I am trying to cram in all the things that I haven't completed yet this summer. Combine that with preparing for the 2016-2017 school year, and life starts becoming a little hectic.

K, the girls, and I all went to Big City to see L's new house. It was fun to watch the kids play, but challenging to pen in that littlest of bugs. We also attempted some shopping. Have you ever taken three kids to IKEA? Even with three adults, it was a bit of a challenge. I was quite glad for the store maps and little pencils. Two of the three littles were occupied for part of the time with writing/drawing. I was the only one who hadn't planned to buy a thing, and I spent the most money (wedding and birthday gifts). While K and the girls returned to Tiny Town, I spent the night. The next day, L and I went to the gym and did a bit of back-to-school shopping. We had a great time.

I've completed two of the three doctor appointments that I had scheduled before school starts.

The dumpster is now gone. We did a great job of filling it to the brim--and a little over.

Our basement walls have now been taped and mudded. Next up will be the sanding, painting, and finally the floor. I will be glad when it is all done.

The Mr. and I are headed to visit his cousins this weekend, and the Bug and I are trying to find a sleepover date. (Mommy is in charge of that one.)

Finally, I have spent some time at school, putting my room back together. I think I am about done with that and now need to get on with lesson planning.

Perhaps the most important thing on the agenda is to read the latest Harry Potter book.

Gotta keep the priorities straight, you know!
Mrs. E