Sunday Post ~ May….Showers

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.

Last week was a bit of a breather. It didn’t seem as pressure-filled as weeks before have. We are on that downward slope to the end of the year and leading up to our state testing. I had my summative conference for my observation. My appraiser was great. She had nothing bad to say, but she did say next year she wants me to be leading sessions at faculty meetings. Not so interested in that, but that’s part of growing and learning. This weekend my parents and I drove to San Antonio to see my baby brother graduate from his first phase of training at Ft. Sam. We brought him home and he will fly out this Saturday to Hawaii for the next phase. It has been raining and storming off and on for the past two weeks. We had two really bad days, and even my principal cancelled everything after school on one of those days. We are going to have another full week of rain. It’s good for the crops and my plants, but I am over the wet shoes and mud everywhere. I have a hot mess of boxes and semi-started projects all around the house. I have a goal to finish one that I started to clear up some clutter in the kitchen. I am a little project-ed out right now. I haven’t been watching my currently running shows, so I should have some episodes to enjoy this week. I have also re-started Forensic Files on Netflix. I heard some rumblings about the Bachelorette season starting up, so I’m going to check on that too. I really do want to see how Alabama Hannah navigates through this process. My classes read more of HOLES, so they are *so close* to being done with the book. I will have to catch up since I am a few chapters behind. I made no progress on The Vintage Summer Wedding.

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Sunday Post ~ April Showers

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.

I suck at getting my Sunday posts up. I seriously have half of it typed up, and then I totally forget about it on Sunday. Some highlights over the last 3 weeks…
  • My Kindle died. I was torn about buying a new one, but I forged ahead and bought a Kindle Oasis. It is not like my Kindle Fire at all. More like a Paperwhite. I have started reading on it, but I’m having trouble finding my books and docs like I could on my Kindle Fire. I guess that’s the new tech learning curve.
  • I admit I’ve operated like an ostrich all year long, doing only what I needed to do to survive, no extra energy to do even the basic things at home in the evenings. Which has included taking all of my meds daily. So I bought enough pill boxes to last me the entire month, for morning and night. Now I have no excuse for not taking my meds. I sit down once a month and fill them all – just like paying the bills. This will help me get back on track…and not look like a druggie when people come to my house. The pill bottles add up when you’re skipping doses!
  • I have slowly been working on projects on my house to-do list. I got all my plants re-potted and discovered I had 4 pecan trees growing in some of them. I also went through my closet and dressers and came out with a box of clothes to donate, and all my winter clothes to go back into tubs in my office closet. I have a whole corner of my room back! The floorboards in my Jeep looked like a playground, so I vacuumed it out with the shop vac. I am trying to de-odorize my house from Poco’s pee parties on the carpets. I have 6 Air Wicks throughout the house and sprinkled and vacuumed the carpets with about the 15th product trying to solve this problem. I bought cute containers to organize my bathroom rack and hall closets and it looks so much nicer! I also am working on organizing my jewelry on my dresser and my make-shift pantry in the kitchen. I will have to take the entire box out to get to anything, but at least nothing will come tumbling down now. Order and tidiness helps ease my anxiety, which is weird because I don’t even realize it’s having an impact on my anxiety until after things are all tidied up.
  • I ordered 3 cherry blossom bare roots to plant on the side of the house. I love those trees so much and I hope they’ll turn out just as pretty as pictures once they’re grown.
  • My landlord said he’s going to expand my backyard and take the fence to the property line, so the side will get an extra 4-5 feet and then there will be some shade from the trees in my yard.
  • It’s contract season and gossip is running rampant. My mentee has already been the subject of mean girl gossip. Someone had the gall to tell her they “heard” her contract wasn’t getting renewed. What a jackass. A jackass who knows nothing about what she was talking about. A jackass who is not even a certified teacher on our campus. I know where my mentee’s position will be next year. The irony in this mean girl’s tidbit of “news” is that nobody has contracts yet…and those who are not getting them have already been met with. Plus, the gossip-monger doesn’t even get a contract, so she’s just a shidiot.
  • Shit + Idiot = Shidiot. Don’t be one.
  • Our PTSA held the second spring carnival this year. My yearbook kids and I did the jail again, which is locking kids, teachers, parents up in a horse trailer. It was the biggest money-making booth last year, and I think we did pretty decent again this year. It was so much fun – and I left with a delicious lemonade slush!
  • I took my yearbook editors for next year to our spring workshop to prepare for the 2020 yearbook. We ironed out the theme, visuals, verbals, fonts, and color palettes. We mocked up our ladder for next year and realized we are going to need even more pages than we had this year. Our book will steadily grow to almost 100 pages in two years, I’m sure of it.
  • My dad’s best friend passed away. My second brother is named after this man, who my dad has known since he was 8 years old. Ken had a heart attack an hour after leaving the VA hospital. (Don’t even get me started on THAT. I am so angry at the VA for not taking care of the men I care about. Two are now dead because of their negligence.) He was Starflighted from his house and was unresponsive afterward. His son kept a tight lid on it and didn’t even tell my dad until 4 days later, and only because they were going to take him off life support the next morning. It was so hard seeing my dad broken over the loss of a man who he has been so close to for over 50 years. They would go on boys trips to Vegas every year for several years when I was younger. This is the only person I can think of that is important to my dad outside of our family. He has buried his parents, his sister, and now his best friend.
My classes and I are still trucking it through HOLES. We read chapters 29-32 and started a new type of journal. They have fewer entries to do than before with their double-entry journal, but are required to do more with their entries now. I was out on Monday, so they all read ahead and I haven’t read those chapters yet! EEK! I started reading on my new Kindle Oasis, picking up with the books on my list. I read The Vintage Summer Wedding, which started off strangely.  I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on.

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Sunday Post ~ The Shake Up

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.

It is the season of transfers and contracts. Everyone on my campus is going wild with district changes to positions for next school year. I took the opportunity to ask to be moved out of language arts and into social studies due to the stress of running yearbook. I told my principal I don’t feel I’m doing yearbook justice. He said he would love to move me where I wanted. He would – if he could. Except next year we become a dual language campus and that position is designated to have sections of dual language. I was really disappointed about it.  It was a long shot anyway.  Everyone else is all in a flutter. Some that are being

I also took care of a few tasks that I hadn’t even realized were causing me a lot of anxiety until they were completed, like getting rid of six over-sized bags of books that have been in my car for over a week. And finally mopping my kitchen floor. My rule is I won’t mop until my backyard is all dried out because it takes 7 months to dry out after even just a sprinkle. Well, I mopped on Sunday and it rained this week.

I have been trying to get to bed early every night. Tuesday I felt like I was not even present. I felt like I was in a bubble of slowness and not functioning very well. I’ve started putting Poco in his kennel at night because he acts like the typical chauvinistic male asshat and thinks he’s the guardian of my bed and tries to start shit with Baby when she comes to get in bed with me. They’ve been waking me up every night. We’ve already had several talks about how he is not in charge of who gets in my bed, so he’s been kicked out indefinitely to the dog house.

And MY KINDLE DIED. As in DEAD DEAD. I want to cry. 

My students and I are still reading HOLES. We are starting to pick up speed and are around the halfway point in the book. They have all these theories they’ve been bouncing around as we get further into the book. I also finished several books this past week. I have my reading mojo back!! Now…about writing those reviews, errr… WELL. Can’t read any more books on my list because of this Kindle situation. I need about six hunnid fiddy dollars to fix this problemo…and pay for my Sirius radio. *sigh* It’s that time. 

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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.

Sunday Post ~ Working Hard

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.

All week we were back to work. I spent literally all week in meetings and trainings. I didn’t have any time to work in my classroom, and I still have one big project left to do. I have to get it done on Monday, as well as get to planning all the small details of the first few weeks.

Thursday was Meet the Teacher Night. I was very upset – almost to the point of not even caring anymore – when the call came in that we could not advertise for parents to buy yearbooks. There were already 500 cups of popcorn with labels on them. I had to take all of them off and my officers were confused and bewildered, as was I. I think I met all 75 kids in my first period class. I don’t know where they are all going to sit, but that’ll be a first day problem.

I took my painting back yesterday morning to fix. I didn’t like my name or the crazy hippo. It still didn’t turn out like I wanted, so now I have a fat blue turtle.

I wasn’t able to start my new book this week like I had hoped. I came home mentally or physically exhausted every day. I hope to get some reading in this weekend. I did get around to some visiting, though!


Sunday Post ~ So It Begins

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.

This week was crazy busy. Monday was my last day of freedom. Tuesday I called my yearbook officers for a work day. We met with our rep and ironed out our cover. We have our theme, colors, and visuals down. Now to pick out the fonts. We cleaned up the room quite a bit and I think it is going to be so much better this year with systems in processes in place that hold them accountable. Wednesday my mom and I picked up a bookcase I desperately need for my classroom and we hauled it up to school. Thursday my editor and I went shopping for the ten million things we needed to buy. We got started painting the A-frame (for marketing) but we couldn’t finish it all. I fixed the books and bookcase situation and then went home. Between these two days and the day setting up my classroom two weeks ago, I’ve already put in over 30 hours unpaid.

Friday was our first day back. It was a work day (YAY!) so it was nice and easy and slow, work at your own pace, and there were some middle school bebe’s up there to help out. I met the new peeps on my team and I think we are going to have a solid, no-snitch team this year that runs the Wild West like nobody’s business. Also, my partner K was trying to match-make me with my new door neighbor because he came in in the afternoon and asked if I was wearing house shoes (I was) and he said he was going to like me (in the “this is going to be a good year, we are the same kind of crazy teacher” vein). NO, people, there will be no matchmaking. He is married. K also went out of town, so Friday morning she brought Lacy Dog to my house and she and Baby had fun all day, and then Lacy Dog became the fun police when I got home. Yesterday they spent most of the day in opposite rooms.

I had an amazing hair day this week! It was done by late afternoon, but I captured it’s gloriousness below.

I also ordered some items from Amazon, including a scale that reads all kinds of things about your body. I opened it up yesterday and got it running. I was 100% positive I gained back all the weight I lost in April/May and then some. Yep, I gained 20 pounds from what I lost. How is that even fucking possible?? Going to get down to the grind with my keto again.

My middle brother – the one that never talks to anyone – superbly pissed me off Friday night. I honestly don’t think we can be siblings anymore with his viewpoints. It is going to be an awkward Thanksgiving when he gets leave and finds out it is going to be at my house.

I tried getting around to visiting and commenting. Even if I didn’t comment, I saw opened and read almost every post that came to my email. That’s a good step, right? I’m working on it, y’all. I’m going to try to be better about visiting today’s post today. What a concept! LOL

I have finished both of these books and I could not stop telling people (erm, my mom and partner K) about I Love You More. GUYS. Go read it! I am going to find something else on my list to start reading today.

I also realized that it is highly unlikely that I will meet any of my reading goals or challenges for the year, and it bothers me because THIS year was supposed to be THE year. *sigh* If only. I have got to get my shit locked down from now on.


Sunday Post ~ Last Hoorah

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.

First, I want to apologize for being such a crappy blogging friend. I went through all my 1800 emails Friday and did some visiting and commenting.

Tuesday my mom came with me and helped me unpack my classroom. The first thing we did was haul all the old cases of yearbooks out to the recycling dumpster. These went as far back as 2007 and were all before my time. (We have sold out every year since I took over yearbook.) It completely emptied my built-in bookcase down in my lab. Looks so much better! We set up my classroom entirely. I moved some furniture around from last year. I discovered with all the books from my mom’s school I was given in May, I need another bookcase. My teacher space is set up, my teacher books and notes are all purged for trash, my extra filing supplies are organized neatly (for the first time ever), my cabinet is not shoved full of stuff, and my technology is all set up. The only remaining things I need to do for my room are take down/put up my posters, inventory my personal supplies and organize it in my new set up, and decide how I want to do my whiteboards this year. Then I have my yearbook lab to get entirely ready with new organizational tools and turn in spaces for my sparklers (our yearbook is called the SPARK).

When we left school, I was literally hobbling. I jacked up my back good. The next morning I went to my original chiropractor, who moved across the street into a brand new building he had built. It is really nice. My back never wants to cooperate, so I was shocked that every single area adjusted as it should. And it felt so damn amazing! I still had a little pain, but it was the best adjustment I’ve had in the six years I’ve had chiro care.

Thursday my work bestie, her daughter, and my mom went to Schlitterbahn. We had discount tickets from school, and it was a blast! We stayed until the park closed. My mom petered out in the late afternoon and just sat at the table reading her book, which was OK. She didn’t want to ride any of the rides anyway, but she had. I had so much fun and the water was so cool and refreshing. I felt like a kid. When we finally got back to our park and our table in the evening, we started chowing down. The 15 minute closing announcement came on and we were like “Whaaaat?” We left, ate dinner, and then got stuck in construction traffic right around the exits for The Man’s house. *eyeroll* Y’all, it took over an hour and a half to move just two exits. It was ridiculous. We didn’t get back to my house until midnight, and they all still had to drive home. It was still a great day.

Friday I was going to go to school in the morning and do some final touches since my classroom will be used for training next week, but I woke up and was so out of it and achy. I felt like I had just woken up from anesthesia that wouldn’t wear off. I ended up basically sleeping all day until 4pm. Even then, I was out of it for a few hours and only did one of the three things I downgraded my day to, which was shower. I did cook, do dishes (twice – before and after), emptied my email and visited, though. I just didn’t have the energy to get dressed and go to the store and got to City Hall to pay the water bill. I do think I pulled something though. Even after an over extended time standing under the hot water, I have a pain around my right breast, like from the top around to under my arm. Hopefully just sore and nothing more!

Speaking of medical, my CT scan from a few weeks ago came back with nothing. No explanation for my constant ear infections this year from February to June. Also, nothing else I need to be concerned about. I guess tea tree oil and my ears are going to be BFFs to prevent any more shenanigans.

Yesterday I drove 3 hours to help Berls @ Because Reading get her entire classroom moved out of her storage unit into her classroom. I got all the way there, and they were done!! So I had a nice road trip with Sirius XM. 🙂

I am trying to finish up Spring in Sweetwater County as quick as I can. I read a bit more this week, and while the plot is predictable, I still think there is one more surprise coming my way.