WWW Wednesdays (3.20.19)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I am reading HOLES with all of my ELA classes. We are making slower progress than I thought we’d make with keeping a double-entry journal and a few checkpoint assignments and activities along the way. Currently we have read to Chapter 14 and today we’ll read Chapters 15 and 16. We’re testing for the next two days, but next week we’ll read a few more chapters and then have a big writing assignment.

This is the first time I’ve read HOLES. Several of my students don’t believe me! I do feel like seeing the movie has ruined the book for me, and my kids keep making points about the differences we’ve discovered so far. I keep telling them Hollywood does what they want.


 What did you just finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books On My Spring TBR

I stopped reading last summer before school started back for me. I was so stressed out with new curriculum, hosting UIL, and a whole new crew of yearbook staff that I finally reached max capacity and shut down. These are the books that were on my list at the end of July, so here is where I’m going to start, with a few new ones added in.

Which books are on your list? 

Sunday Post ~ She Returns

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.


So. I’m working on slowly, truly coming back to my blog. And reading. I haven’t read a book since last summer. I’m currently reading HOLES with my students, and it breaks my heart to realize I’ve gone half a year without reading. That’s how stressed I’ve been.

The same thing can be said about my bullet journal. I have slowly been whittling away at a spread here or there in it this past week, but I am SO far behind for the year.

Last week was spring break and while I should have been working on bujo and blog projects like a madman, I wasn’t. I was a total bum. And now I need at least 2 more days of spring break. During the break I slept A LOT, played all my games daily, watched a fair amount of TV, did some tidying here and there, had a day out with my mom, celebrated one brother’s birthday, and went to visit my baby brother at Ft. Sam. Y’all, I found out that I can totally be on board with living in the stingray area of the aquarium. I LOVED petting and playing with them.

If you follow me on Insta, you’ll know these past few weeks have been rough with Poco. This is the dog I found in early November and no one ever claimed him. My landlord’s husband volunteers with our shelter and is in the loop tried using his contacts to help in addition to everything I was doing to find this dog’s people. After weeks and weeks, I finally took him to get shots and chipped. He got fixed at the end of January and since then things have gone downhill fast.

I had to order quite a motherload of new shoes since Poco chewed up all my flip flops and two brand new pairs of shoes. And since I was there, I also purchased some additions to my wardrobe. This summer my goal is to go through my closet and remove and donate everything I don’t wear and reorganize. It really is chaos right now. I feel like a college kid picking up clothes off the floor to wear because I hate the closet.

I have also been working on trying to get to bed earlier to have more sleep and quality sleep. Well, some nights. I am the worst at taking care of myself, and I’m trying to start one thing each week to start building habits to take care of me. Two weekends ago I practiced straightening my hair to see how it would turn out and if that’s something I can keep doing moving forward. Success! I had so many compliments that next week about my new ‘do. Then I added in wearing my upper earrings and sometimes one other piece of jewelry, either a necklace or bracelet. I think my next step will be making the time to put on makeup a couple days a week.

My classroom is also feeling cramped. In the next two weeks I plan on getting rid of a tall bookcase, reorganizing furniture and some of my systems, and hopefully feel a little more fresh for the last stretch of the year.

I’m reading HOLES with all of my ELA classes. We have read thru chapter 10. We are keeping a double-entry journal as we go through the book. The kids are finding great examples of figurative language and irony. We’ve had some interesting discussions about Zero knowing something about the Warden, Mr. Sir having something to do with the yellow-spotted lizards, and more.

This is the first time I’ve read the book. Most of my students don’t believe me, though. I keep telling them I’m reading it for the first time alongside them. I have seen the movie, so I’m looking for things I know are different as I go through the book.

The Facts of Life

 

Let’s be real. I have avoided a LOT of things this year. Mostly my personal life. Hell, any life.

I’ve been an ostrich. A horse with blinders. Ignoring things left and right.

FACT.

It is March and I have not even put one thing in my brand new ice blue bullet journal for 2019. Nothing. Absolutely nothing in it. Entirely blank.

 

I have peaced out on ever using my closet again. FACT.

Instead, I now have a rolly cart of leggings and other shirts that won’t fit in any of my dresser drawers. Plus, that huge chair in the corner literally ladened with work clothes. Mostly winter wear for now. (Seriously, Texas, take your medication! I can’t take going from 29 one day to 80 three later. Make up your mind, homegirl!)

 

Pretty sure my two piercings in my upper ear are entirely closed up. I haven’t put in earrings in two months, if not more. I’m not even sure when I last wore earrings. FACT.

Speaking of the sparkly, I also haven’t worn any jewelry at all besides the 5 rings that never leave my fingers. Who has the effort? FACT.

And since we’re on the topic of effort, I have worn make up TWO days to work in the past 3 months. The day I was filmed for Region XIII and TEA, and my birthday. FACT.

 

I haven’t read a book since last July. FACT.

I have anxiety just thinking about my Kindle and all the books I could be reading. So I put on blinders. Ohhhh, whaaaat Kindle? FACT.

I have put off paying bills until the last possible minute lately. And I’m an “all paid on the 1st” person. FACT.

I am avoiding my office and desk. Some bills that I have to call and dispute. AGAIN. (My finger is on you, American Home Patient.) All of my bullet journal supplies, which have been lifeless in months. FACT.

 

I go to the store and don’t really shop for meals or packing lunches. I have a whole lotta random in my fridge and pantry. FACT.

Some nights I don’t want to do anything but crawl in bed. And I do, when in reality I should eat dinner or take a shower. FACT.

Most mornings I get ready from start to finish in just a few minutes. All you need is clothes, right? Brush here and there, and run out. FACT.

 

What was not a fact to me growing up is how complex being an adult actually is. I knew members in my family had struggles, usually big things. But every day, mundane struggles? Like this? No one prepared me for this. FACT. Did my mom struggle like this in silence? Did my dad? My grandparents?

Are these things so overwhelming because of my anxiety? No, I don’t have chronic pain. Not that I’m aware of, at least. But The Spoon Theory is something I highly relate to with my anxiety and depression. It’s the idea that you have a set number of “spoons” – or units of energy – for the entire day. Usually it is 20-25 spoons. Different activities and interactions use up your spoons and they are weighted differently. Higher level interactions use more spoons. As a teacher, I feel like I use way more spoons for my “work” than the list below. Just getting to work uses over 1/4 of the allotted spoons for the day. Actually making breakfast? That’s a whole other story. Is this idea the reason behind my feeling of failing at adulting?

 

What is something you have been putting off doing? I now have 4 rosebushes to plant, as well as re-doing my backyard fence, plus all the regular every week stuff.

Thirty is Purdy!

Y’all. Last week I turned 30.

THIRTY.

THREE decades.

It’s crazy to me. But it was the best birthday I have had in the last 5 years.

I quit doing anything for my birthday several years ago after EVERY. SINGLE. INVITED. (and previously agreed) friend called me to tell me they were not coming to the fun thing we were going to do as I was headed to that place. What great friends. I don’t keep up with uhm, any of them anymore. One I work with and I see semi-regularly, but I keep my interactions work and student related.

I was honestly dreading my birthday this year because it was a big birthday, and I have had serious lame-O’s ruin it for me in the past.

My birthday feel on a staff development day, and my principal started the day with everyone singing happy birthday. That was nice, and feel-good things are always a great way to start staff days because we’d rather be in our rooms planning. The last day we had with kids, the day before my birthday, my team spread the word and kids were wishing me happy birthday all day. My afternoon classes sang. I wore my Tiny Tot crown from when I was little since someone stole my French Fry crown last summer out of my classroom. I went out for lunch and came back and someone (ahem, my mentee new baby teacher this year) had brought cupcakes and it just made me feel good.

On my birthday, I spent the day with my (work) partner K going to the things we had to go to in the morning and afternoon. Halfway through the day, K invited everyone she knew to come get drinks with us after work. Of course, being National Margarita Day AND my birthday…

While I’m older and the realities of age are setting in, especially the creaks of the bones and joints, I felt really good about my birthday this year. My baby brother thinks I’m 54 and older than the hills, but even my brothers all chimed in on the birthday train.

I also have a goal this year that I have sucked so far at, but I will be changing:

This year, I want to lose 30 pounds – and keep it off.

I lost 15 pounds and 15 inches at the end of the school year last year thru the middle of April and May. Then I moved and my routines and eating habits went to poop. But I am going to get back on the keto train in March. I want to feel even better about myself and my body.

 

What was your best birthday? Your most feel-good one? 

Sleepy vs. Tired: An Endless Saga

 

Sleepy vs. Tired: An Endless Saga

I know back in December I’d be back around. And I totally haven’t. By the time the Friday rolls around, I am so done. By the time Friday rolls around, I am so done. All weekend I am a vegetable. I don’t want to do a damn thing.

I have been running ragged this whole school year, and I’m coming to the point where I have to make some difficult decisions about what I will and will not do next school year. I have been at school so late every night 99.95% of the year, all of the other adult things you have to do in life and keeping up your house has fallen by the wayside. I’ve taken care of a few tasks off of my “house list,” but I’m adding more tasks at a faster rate than I’m completing any. My kitchen table is overflowing with supplies and parts of projects I need to do.

At this point, I’m in a perpetual cycle of sleepy and tired. Or sleepy or tired. Or sleepy vs. tired. It’s all the same at this point in the saga that seems never-ending.

So what is the difference?

In the mornings, I don’t want to get out of bed. At all. I keep hitting that snooze until I am going to be late for work, which didn’t start until November, so that is one good thing to say about this year. But I am so exhausted in the mornings. I’m tired. Once I get in gear and I’m at work, I’m OK.

For about 2 hours. And then I get the droopy eyes and can barely keep them open. I just want to lay my head down. It’s the post-lunch nappy zone but at 9:45 in the morning! My whole morning is a slump and it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

This is how I felt before I got my CPAP. Like a zombie. And now I feel like this again. My sleep patterns can be whacky, but I’m sleeping thru the night more nights lately than I have most of the school year. This doesn’t add up for me.

Sleepy is one thing. We are all sleepy some mornings. But it’s like my sleepiness never goes away, and then at some point in the mid-morning it morphs into just tiredness. I think now I’m just perpetually tired. I definitely feel like these guys:

Do you have any tips or tricks that might help me out with the zombie life?

My Bullet Journal: Starting a New Journal

This is my third year using a bullet journal and I love it. It has increased my creativity and feeds the artistic side of me. You can see all of my past bullet journal posts via this linkI hope you enjoy my spreads and ideas from my bullet journal. I’d love if you would share your own ideas or photos of your journals with me, too!


Step 1 – Cracking Open 

I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Ice Blue for 2019. I noticed they have done a little updating to the first few pages and how they have the Return To and Index structured. I like the old way better, but I don’t get to make those choices. 

For the last two years as I’ve gone deeper and further back into my journal, I’ve had significant issues with where the page meets the binding. It has been hard to get washi tape or a ruler to align correctly. I’ve kind of had a “fuck it” mentality when it comes to the crack. I remembered seeing a video on how to properly open a Leuchtturm for the first time when I first started bullet journaling and figuring out what the heck I needed to do. After much digging, I found the video. This makes the spine flexible so it won’t break down easily. I think most people crack them open incorrectly like I have been.

 

Step 2 – Establish a Ladder

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A whaaat?!

No, not that kind of ladder.

This kind:

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I use a ladder each year to set up our yearbook. It helps frame what content goes on each page and how everything will be organized and laid out. For YRBK, I have to have a paper and digital ladder.

Set up a ladder for your new journal before you begin. Each year I realize things I need to add to the next year’s journal, usually things that need to go in the front or additional things I want to add in each month.  Try a template to get started, or just use paper and pencil.

 

Step 3 – Pick Supplies & Test

Once you’ve set up your journal and your ladder, it’s time to decide what supplies you will use for your first sets of pages. My biggest problem when trying something new is matching colors. I use the back pages in my first bullet journal to see what each color will look like on the page and what two colors look like side by side or blended together before I use them on a new spread in my new journal. I do this even with colors I know that I’ve used before. I recommend doing this with different pens, too, especially if you have not used them before. This is also a great way to do an easy practice with any of your supplies before putting it down to permanence in your new journal.


What spreads would you put in your bullet journal?