Sunday, February 7, 2016


I am in full procrastination mode.  I have a ton of grading to do. And don't get me started on the work I need to do for "Father of the Bride."


I'm watching "Fixer Upper" with Chip and Joanna Gaines.

I've thought about cooking. (I really am desperate!)

I would love to catch up with my favorite blog-world blogs, but I know once I get started I won't be able to stop.

Spending time on Facebook would be great. I have been limiting myself to short spurts of about 5 minutes.

I have copied and pasted the grading rubric on to the 100+ papers I need to grade. (I'm trying to make myself grade.)

Load #2 of laundry is going. (Wonder if the closet needs cleaned?)

Maybe Baxter would like brushed or maybe a long walk.

I could clean out my school email mailbox. (Not sure how many thousand are in my sent folder.)

Or I could send a few emails. Our Forensic team had a great day yesterday. That should be in the morning announcements.

I'm blaming this procrastination on the six day work weeks I have been "enjoying."

A nap sounds wonderful!


Everyone has something at which they excel. Procrastination. My special gift.


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

February: Short, Sweet, and Slammed

The shortest month with the most crammed in it:

Super Bowl, Grammies, and Oscars
Valentines Day and Presidents Day
15 play rehearsals, barring any snow days
2--maybe 3 Saturday Forensic Tournaments
2 nights of Parent/Teacher Conferences
1 Professional Development Day
2 days of Reading/Writing assessments for sophomores
Set building, painting, and decorating
Publicity and ticket selling
Purchase orders, transportation requests, trips for paint and wood
Locating a dining room table, couch, chairs, buffet, and side tables
Finishing the repairs to our basement

I know this month will be fly by. And at least I won't be bored. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Am I Having Fun Yet?

Do you think it would be possible to find the calorie count for grading papers?  Yeah, me neither.

My semester of h*e*double hockey sticks is in full swing: nightly play rehearsals, forensics tournaments for the next three Saturdays, paper grading, lesson planning, and state testing.

Even the state tests have taken on a few new twists this year. A reading and writing portion of it will be given at the end of February. The regular one will be given after Spring Break.

Throw in a husband who has been sick, a garage full of basement contents and a basement that is very nearly gutted, and I could cry.

If I had time.

Which I don't.

Probably a good thing.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All A Matter of Time

We have six inches of snow on the ground, and it is still falling. Tiny Town Schools have a snow day, so I finally have time to play catch up in Blog World.


Auditions are over and "Father of the Bride" has been cast. We've had one rehearsal. One. Bad weather is going to put a dent in rehearsal time.

The Forensics team had their first outing last Saturday and placed 5th out of 21 teams. Six students placed in the top five in their event.

I've started a strength training class for women. There are about seven or eight of us who gather at 5 in the morning two days a week to work with the weights coach at Tiny Town High. I am feeling it. Going from standing to sitting can be a challenge!

We made a quick trip to Big City after the Forensics Tournament to spend the night with L and family. We went to church and brunch the next day to celebrate L's birthday. It was a fun trip. That little E is such a little charmer--and a goofball. Love that sweet little guy.
So that's the good news.

The not so great news?

The Mr. is having trouble with one of his legs again. The doctor is wondering if the procedure on a vein needs to be done again. He also started physical therapy for his right leg which has no strength. They insisted he use a cane until it becomes stronger, as they can't believe his leg hasn't collapsed on him. Hopefully, the exercises they have given him to improve leg strength and the physical therapy will help him.

The really rotten news?

A pipe in the basement had a leak. (Copper pipes that eventually can spring a leak.) We don't know how long it had been leaking, but all of the basement was wet except for one bedroom. The ceiling had water damage, as did the floors, and walls. Estimate was somewhere between $8-10 thousand dollars. We've had nine industrial fans running for almost a week (hate to see the electricity bill!) trying to dry the place out. So I guess we are remodeling the basement. Ugh! I am thinking that renting looks better and better!

Well, eight hours later, my snow day took a turn. The Mr. came home from work sick: gray, hoarse, and kind of shaky. The Dr. said he should visit the ER where they ran several tests. They think he might have a relapse of his bronchitis/pneumonia, so they pumped some antibiotics into him. We are headed back to the hospital tomorrow for an MRI. (His Dr. is a believer in covering all his bases.)  So I went to school to leave lesson plans and organize for my sub.

Finally, Happy Birthday, Dad! We are missing dinner with you tonight. We will have to catch up you another night.

Time? It feels like I don't have enough to go around...maybe by spring break?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

And it begins

Auditions for "Father of the Bride" are tomorrow and Thursday night. Rehearsals begin on Monday night next week.

I take our Forensics team out for the first time on Saturday. Check in at the tournament is between 7:15 and 7:45. That means catching an early bus on Saturday morning. Awards are given out at 3:15.  Sounds like a long day!

Let the craziness begin...!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Coffee Stains, Vicks, and One Word Walls

First week back. And what a week it was...

*Ridiculous cold. I'm not contagious, just uncomfortable. Starting on Week 4.

*K's little girls had the stomach flu. (It is going around daycare.) Now, K has it, too.

*I spilled coffee all over my white shirt and my desk on Friday morning.

*Then, two hours back-to-back had new students. That means the first 10 minutes of class was spent trying to get them oriented, and the other 18 students might or might not have been working on their project. (Take a guess!)

*Auditions are next week, so students were wandering in and out of my room with questions.

*The first forensics tournament is next weekend, so I was submitting entries and purchase orders. I don't want to have a phone tree for weather emergencies, so I put together a text message group on Remind.

*Thursday night, my phone charger wasn't plugged into the wall, so even though I thought I was charging my phone all night, I went to school with a phone that had 15% battery.

On a good note, it is Saturday morning, and I am being a bum. The Mr. is at work, and I am in my pajamas and on my second cup of coffee. Eventually, I will get going. Just.Not.Yet.

This was the highlight of the week.
The "bulletin board" is up. Well, there is now an information sign on my door in the main hall.

On the opposite side of my door, inside my room, is the "Word for 2016" wall.
These are my student's focus words for the year ahead.

Crazy week. In spite of the chaos, I had a really good week. My students have some pretty incredible projects in the works. I love it when they surprise me by their thoughtfulness and effort. (I'll share some of that next week.)

In the meantime, I'm throwing away the coffee stained shirt (coffee never comes out), living with the coffee stained papers, and growing to love the sweet perfume (!) of Vicks. 

Oh, and I can't wait for next week!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

When School Is Kicking My Buns

I've been back at school for three days. THREE days. And I'm exhausted.

Classes and rosters have changed a bit. Forensics season is starting with entry forms to complete, purchase orders for entry fees, and making sure students are ready to go. Auditions for the Spring Play are next week: "Father of the Bride." It is going to take some major organization skills to pull off classes and all these extra-curricular activities. To top it off, I have walked with K, gone to a basketball game, and attended a morning strength training class.

And then... this darn cold! My voice is better at times, but the cold is still hanging on...coughing, runny nose, super sexy low voice. OK, maybe not that last one.

Oh, and I've gone through an entire box of Kleenex since Dec. 17th and have made a good dent in the 2nd one. I've had Vicks on my nose and on the bottom of my feet. (Don't know about the bottom of the feet, but someone suggested it.) I've tried cough syrup (the good stuff), Tylenol PM, flonaise nasal spray, and Coricidin Day and Night. NOT all at the same time. (I don't think a rehab for recovering from cold medicine is a good thing.) You're sensing desperation aren't you? Me, too.

Tonight, I've had my pajamas on since 4:45. Quite comfy. I'm styling this outfit with a pair of woolly socks and a baggy sweater.

Exciting life I'm leading...!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

If Today Were An Emoji

I can think of a number of emojis that would be perfect for today.
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A ❤️ for the return of Downton Abbey tonight.

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The saddest of the sad faces for the laryngitis that is now plaguing me. (That might mean a happy face for the Mr., but probably an annoyed face would be better. It can't be fun to listen to this.) I can't wait to try teaching tomorrow.
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A broken heart for the end of this vacation, the cold that won't go away, and the Downton Abbey party I am missing tonight.

Everything at school is ready to go. Now, if only the teacher's voice was.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Walking January 2nd

On Christmas Morning, the Bug and I went outside to look at the full Christmas moon. Someone said that the next full moon on Christmas will be in 2034. She will be 23, and I will be 77.

On our morning walk this morning, the two bright "stars" were actually Jupiter and Mars. (I think! After 20 minutes on computer, I still am not 100%!) I don't remember seeing the planets so clearly with the naked eye before. They have been vivid since early fall.

I still remember an early morning walk many years ago when the northern lights were visible. I've only seen it once, but it was amazing.

The skies have been beautiful for the past few months.

And these are the perks of those early morning walks. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

One Word for 2016

I'm off to a sluggish start. This darn cold isn't leaving me.

I say that, and yet the tree and decorations are down. They aren't put away because I want to clean the area they are stored in. The Mr. is headed to the dump tomorrow, and I have quite a bit to send with him.

A couple of friends were talking about claiming a word for 2016. This seems to be a movement, and I like this better than resolutions. Since I am still weeding out areas of my home (the dresser drawers were overhauled this week), I guess the word for 2016 will be: cultivate.

Cultivate means to work at, dig, or weed; to grow, plant, or sow; to win, woo, or court; to improve, better, refine, develop, educate, or enrich.

All of the above.

And in pretty much every area of my life.

Cultivate. It's a good word.

"There is nothing we cannot achieve if we are willing to think, cultivate, and take mindful action." ~Master Cheng Yen