Saturday, October 15, 2016

4:00 Today (October 15)

~I finished my English paper grading. All 369 of them. (I have been a lot of fun to live with for the last week.)

~I started my movie watching marathon. (And I don't really care what movie it is.)

~My nose now resembles Rudolph's. AND I'm out of Kleenex.

So far October has been a blast. Ugh! I plan to turn that around that around since the month is half over today.

On the agenda....

~Little Big Brother in Much Ado About Nothing.

~Dad and Grandma B coming for lunch before the play.

~English teachers trip to the State Conference at the end of the week. (Presenting the first session and enjoying the rest.)

~A U town football game with the Mr. next weekend.

~Girls Weekend in the Ozarks in two weeks.

~A cute clown, a shark, and a skunk: the little munchkins on Halloween. (And Lady Bug, what a year to choose to be a clown! Thankfully, she has no clue.)

OK. I have to throw Parent/Teacher conferences in there. They aren't a ton of fun, but they usually explain a lot. And I'll leave it at that.

I feel like my favorite month started today. I have to make up for lost time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homecoming Week

You know how elementary teachers hate the days after Halloween, Valentine's Day and Easter? The kids are too hopped up on sugar.

Yeah, well that is Homecoming Week at the high school: Spirit days of crazy dressing, float building every evening, and finding dates to the big dance. Classes are taking a back seat to all of that fun.

Oh, and did I mention "proposals"? You can no longer just ASK someone to the Homecoming Dance or Prom. There has to be a proposal.  Songs are sung, roses are left in classrooms, announcements are made over speaker systems, and signs are held up in public events. All of this has to be video recorded, too.

What happened to the days of a guy calling you on the phone or walking up to your locker and saying, "Wanna go to Homecoming with me?" You answered, "Sure" and that was it.

Those days are long gone. "True love," or in this case, "True Homecoming Dates" have to be a big deal. "No" answers are now public humiliation.

And just what in the heck are these kids going to do when it is time to propose marriage?

Two more days. Two.

I think I can do this.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Numbers Numbers Numbers

31 wonderful days in this month

7 sophomore boys (no girls) in my 7th hour English class. They end my day with a laugh. Every single day!

3 English classes daily, plus speech, drama, and forensics classes. It is a busy day, but I love it.

369 papers to grade for a short story unit. 369 papers to grade for 5 short stories. 9 writing assignments for 5 short stories. Do I sound in shock? I am. Writing/grading overdose.

2 little girls to babysit while Mommy and Daddy celebrate their wedding anniversary. (Tough job, but somebody has to do it!)

19 LulaRoe clothing pieces purchased or earned in the last couple months. 21 if you count the two I bought for gifts. This addiction is real. Yikes!

 0 classroom dollars to spend this year. I opened a package of sticky notes the other day, and a student asked "Did you buy those with your nonexistent supply fund?" Have to love a kid with a sense of humor. Actually, it was a sweet way to show appreciation for what the teachers are doing for them this year.

1 family reunion to attend at my favorite lake next weekend.

60 days to figure out the Spring All School Production. (I am struggling!)

26 more days until a girls weekend with HS friends. Can't wait!

Well, back to grading. Oh yeah, and a bazillion excuses I can come up with to procrastinate.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1st

Someone once said, "October is my favorite color." Mine, too.

Except for the fact that orange is our rival school's color. (Maybe someday I will be able to wear it again.)

My first day of October began with little man E waking me up. I had spent the night at his house. When the K and CT family arrived, we visited a beautiful apple orchard; however, the apples were past their prime. On the other hand, apple cinnamon donuts and cider slushes were a hit!

Apples, pumpkins, falling leaves, beautiful skies, and cool mornings make this month absolutely beautiful. Throw in a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard, and it doesn't get much better.

October..."a beautiful crown the year puts on."

I love the rustic, country feel of October. I plan to enjoy all 31 days of this wonderful month! Photos to come.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

First Day of Fall

Today is the first day of fall. Can't you tell? 


Why not?

Did the 75 degrees at 4:45 AM fool you? Or the 94 degrees in the afternoon?

Mother Nature is killing me.

That being said, I could swear I smell a hint of fall in the air!

OK. Maybe it is just ragweed. My sinuses are killing me.

Note to self: Quit sniffing the air until after the first freeze.

Bring on the fall weather. Please!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Fun

Fall is almost here. I can feel it.

Fall is...

long sleeved shirts
candy corn
apples and cider
soup and crock pot meals
football nights in H.S.
football afternoons for colleges
marching band half-time shows

Monday, September 12, 2016

What English Teachers Do For Fun

The English Department went to a Shakespeare Festival this weekend to see Julius Caesar performed. We had such a good time. I mean, what is a Saturday night without a corrupt government and political mayhem?

 There was quite a bit of "blood" during the stabbing scene.
In fact, we took this photo during the intermission. You can't really see him, but behind us is a staff member, mopping the "blood" off of the stage.

Yes, this is what English teachers do for fun. You might notice that there are no male "dates" with us. To them, almost anything sounded better than sitting through a Shakespeare play. They don't know what they are missing.

Oh, and the weather was so beautiful that we needed sweaters before the show was over. I love fall!

Monday, September 5, 2016

September Arrives

The last few weeks have been crazy. I will dump a few photos of the craziness.
School takes up my days. The weekends have been full of grandkids. We took Baxter with us to babysit E last weekend. Bax had never made that long of a trip, but he did great! We had such a good time playing in E's big back yard and at the neighborhood parks. Such a fun guy.

This weekend, we watched the Bug at a frog jumping contest (2nd place!), the pedal pull, and picking up candy at the parade. This was Tiny Town's Labor Day celebration. The little sister got away from Mom (before her sister participated) and made a dead run for the tractors in the pedal pull. She wanted to try, too.

We even managed to fit in a visit with the Mr.'s cousins at his brother and sister-in-law's home. We definitely try to cram too much into the weekends.

My weekdays are spent at school; evenings are spent on lesson plans, grading, and school events.

The basement? Still not done. I am growing frustrated. I just want my house back to normal.

September is in full swing. I am ready for cooler weather. Or I would be if I could get to my fall clothes. Which I can't. That won't be happening until the basement is finished, and my upstairs bedroom closet isn't blocked by three box springs and mattress sets.

Here's to hoping that life slows down as September moves on.

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...