Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Teacher Tuesdays: The Back-to-School Edition!

By now, I am in the full swing of the new school year...and already counting down the days til Summer Vacation!  HA!

This school year has been super busy but I welcome it.  I have taken on an additional role this year as a sixth grade homeroom and religion teacher.  After being "out of the homeroom game" for a few years, I forgot how much it entailed!  THE DREADED ATTENDANCE REGISTER...and phone calls home to parents!  UGH!!!!    But I have to say I am absolutely loving teaching the religion class!  It's mostly Old Testement and all the stories I remembered as a kid.

I am still doing After Care, which every single day I think to myself, I need to retire from!  I am over it!  But the thing is...I like the extra money!  Who wouldn't! And in all honesty, there's no one else to do it.  (Everyone know how stinky it is!)

I am getting into a routine now and getting my life and schedule together, so I hope to be blogging more on the regular!  Because I do miss it!!

Since teaching is such a big part of who I am, from time to time I like to blog about it, in what I like to call "Teacher Tuesdays"  So today I thought I'd share some snippets of what's been happening around my classroom.

  • Part of the reason I didn't mind taking on this particular homeroom for this year was due to the fact that it's only 15 kids!  Sadly, many students leave our little catholic school to attend public middle school in sixth grade!  So while it was a large class the last few years, this year the kids have dwindled.  I thought the students would be upset by it, but they're not!  In fact, one girl said, "I think this small class thing is gonna work out great!"  I couldn't agree more!!
  • I might be loving it, but I've discovered I'm terrible at being in three places at one!!  I miss the comforts of just my library and lab!!
  • One of my most favorite times of the year is Book Fair Time!  It's always so much fun to shop for books!  The kids tend to gravitate toward the chachke stuff after buying books.  This year they loved the pointers!  There was one with a pointy skeleton hand attached.  During the fair, one of the students pointed it in my face and before I could give her a "strong talking to" about not pointing it in people's faces she said, "You...are...AWESOME!!"  I just had to laugh.
  • Speaking of strong "talking tos" I probably should give some of my 8th graders one when they tell me I should name my website "A Librarian and a Tech Teacher walk into a bar..."  but instead I just shook my head and moved on!
  • I don't come to school looking my best apparently, because one little first grader told me the other day that I "look disaucted" (he meant to say exhausted!) LOL  He was absolutely right!!  
  • I'm realizing that it is these kids that drive me to drink...HA!
  • Teaching Middle School now, sadly I can quickly turn into a middle schooler myself!  Ugh...I'm working on that!
  • I'm not 100% sure what roasting is, but the After Care/Homework Club kids think I'm pretty good at it!
  • I should probably stop telling the Homework Club kids, I'm going to retire because the other day I girl got visibly upset.  She told me I couldn't do that because she loved me too much and didn't want me to leave! (And that's where my heart burst...but also broke in two!!) *Side note: I can't retire for about a billion years!!
  • I love what I do, but also love my days off and time away too!  And then when the kids tell me they've missed me after a day, I know I'm right where I'm supposed to be, and I'll never do anything else with my life!!

Thanks for letting me share my teaching side today!!  Head on over toTBB today to find something yummy for dinner...It's the Tasty Tuesday link up...YUMMMMM!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

TBB Asks: Thankful Thoughts!

Happy Monday Ya'll!  Writing today still on a high from my weekend with a few TBB Ladies in Vegas.  Lots of fun and memories made!  More on that later on in the week but today being the first Monday of the month, it's also TBB Asks day.  This November, with Thanksgiving right around the corner for us Americans, and not too long ago for our Canadian friends, we're focusing on gratitude.  Today we are thanking and thinking about people and things we are thankful for!  Join us and answer theswe questions on your own blog, Facebook page or on Insta!!

Here are my thankful thoughts:

1.  A New Friend: Love all my Blended Blog Ladies!  And I was really excited to meet Abbie in person this weekend!!

2.  Something Shiny: My new shirt for Britney this weekend!  Because Britney calls for sparkles!

3.  Someone Unexpected: Not really sure about this one!

4.  Something Ordinary: My day to day life...and I'm totally okay with it!

5.  A person I've Know a Really Long Time: My bestie!  It's been unusually long seen we've seen each other, but she's never far from thought!!

6.  Somewhere you go everyday: Well not technically everyday!  But I spend more of my life at my school than I do anywhere else these days!

7.  Someone who's taught you something.  My parents are teaching me how to rock the retirement life!  I kinda can't wait for that...in about a billion years!  HA!  I'm thankful for all the things they've taught me and done for me over the years!

8.  A Faraway Place: I'm really grateful I got to spend this weekend away in Las Vegas for an awesome Girls Weekend!

9.  Something Saving My Life Right Now: COFFEE!!  After a red eye flight last night, with a 4 hour class ahead of me tonight, coffee is life!!

10.  Someone you see everyday: Well, living alone, there's no one person I see everyday!  Part sad...or kinda fabulous?!?  Haha

11.  Something I enjoy doing: Most days I'm thankful to just be able to read a few pages of my book!

12./14. Special Male and Female: My Neighbor Friends!  They are just my fave.  I get together with my friend Lauren every Tuesday for This is Us (and wine!) and her husband Pete is just the nicest guy!  He fixes my screen when I had to break in, trims my trees...they are just two of the sweetest people I know.  I'm so glad we're friends!!

13.  A Special Place: I just love my little home!

15.  Something Warm: I thank God for everyday he brings me warm sunshine!!  And I'm totally serious!!

These TBB Asks Posts are always such a blast to put together!  Join us every Monday this month as we continue with the gratitude theme!!

Hope your week has gotten off to a fabulous start!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Friday Favorites for Fall

What?  How the heck is it the end of October already!  Time Flies!!  And now that it's really beginning to feel like Fall around here, I'm loving it.  It's been forever since I've shared a Friday Faves, but I thought today's as good a day as any to get back into it.  Here are some things I've been loving lately.

My homeroom class and teaching Religion 
If you've read any of my super periodic blog posts lately (THANK YOU!!!), you know I've been busy this school year, not only teaching library and tech but also 6th grade Religion to my first crop of homeroom kids in 6 YEARS!!  And I am having a blast with them!  They are a great group of kids and we're learning a lot together!  HA!  When I'm not blogging, I'm with them or working on things for us to do together in class.  I forgot how much a homeroom entails but I'm happy I get to have one this year!!

Clean Week
Last week I dipped my toe in the Beachbody/Shakeology Pool by participating in Clean Week!  It was seven days of working out, eating healthy and cutting out alcohol and coffee from my diet!  Did I cheat...YES!  With the alcohol...but on those days I saved up calories!  On the food front I did well, and with the working out I did good too!  With my CP there were some exercises I skipped or modified but for the most part I did ok.  As the week progressed I noticed my pants fitting better so that's a plus!!  And I really, really enjoyed the Shakeology!! I've been keeping up with my water intake, and healthy eating this week too...and guess what?!?  I went back to coffee on Monday morning and didn't really enjoy it!!!  So I'm drinking less of that as well.  I'm calling Clean Week a win!

The New Will and Grace
I really liked Will and Grace when it was on years ago and was excited to see that it was coming back.  I thought the first episode was just ok but I'm so glad I stuck with it and am still watching because every episode after that has been hysterical.  And it feels like the old show I remember!  Who couldn't use a few laughs on at Thursday night?  Highly recommend!!

General Hospital
I know!  I know!!  Another TV show!  But....
After giving up GH a year or so ago, I starting watching it again this week!  Because one of my favorite characters (and hottest men!) Jason Morgan is back!  I'm really enjoying the way the show is handling this storyline.  And DVRing it everyday, I can fast forward all the storylines I don't need to see!  HA!

Terra's Kitchen
After using and really liking Hello Fresh for so long, I recently tried a new meal delivery kit, Terra's Kitchen.  I am getting another delivery today and I can't wait to spend the weekend cooking!  Try Terra's Kitchen!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Hope your weekend is fabulous!

Linking up today:
The Blended Blog
Friday Favorites

Monday, October 23, 2017

Come on in!

Happy Fall Ya'll!!  Even though the temps still don't feel like it here in my neck of the woods, Fall is indeed upon us.  I'm a summer girl through and through, but there really is just something about Fall!  I like when it comes around!!

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for a tour of my home at Fall.  Looking around, my home's color scheme is really fally in itself.  But I've added a few touches for the season!  So come on in and take a peek...

This wreath is new this year!  I have a good friend who raises funds every year for cancer in honor of her mom and she gives the money to local families who are also suffering from cancer.  It's called Crochet for a Cure.  Each year her array of stuff gets bigger and bigger!  I've always loved Sarah's burlap wreaths, so when I saw this I had to have it!

She's also got her husband in the DIY crafting game!  How cute is this scarecrow!  And it's a two for one- on the other side it's a snowman!!  (Come on back for the Christmas home tour to see it!)

This is my fall table!

My TV's been up on the wall for awhile now, but I still need the stand for my cable box.  I think it's the perfect display table.  The things in the frame and the Cherised Teddies change with the seasons.

I like my pumpkin sign because I put it up on the first day of Fall and leave it up through Thanksgiving!

The Kitchen has small fall touches too...

This you can't really see but it makes my house smell divine, so I wanted to include it for anyone who's like me and into essential oils!!  My favorite fall blend for my diffuser is called Thanksgiving.  It's a mix of Christmas Spirit, Lemon and Clove oils!  It fills up the house with Fall for sure!!

Hope you enjoyed the small Fall touches around my little home!! Do you decorate for Fall?  If so, I'd love to hear all about it!  And if you do, be sure to head on over to TBB and link up with us!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Favorites: Food and Drink

Happy Monday!  Back to blogging today to link up with The Blended Blog!  On tap for today is Favorite  Fall Food and Drinks.  Mine??????

Pumpkin Ale....THE END!

Pretty much in all seriousness, pumpkin ale is it for me.  I've never been a pumpkin spice latte girl!  When the air turns crisp and it's time for Fall, there's nothing better than a Pumpkin Ale, on Sunday Funday watching the game, or any day in between really.  And even though I have my faves,  my quest to try every pumpkin ale is ON!!

Another fun drink I love but don't indulge in nearly as much is a Pumpkin Martini.  I have these with my mom on Thanksgiving...and maybe while she's putting up my Christmas tree for me we drink them together.

Being the "drinks" girl of The Blended Blog....not to be confused for the "drunk" girl of TBB, I actually posted some of my favorite fall drink recipes over there this time last year!!  You can find them here!

Oh wait...I got carried away with the drinks!  I forgot I was supposed to talk about food too!! 

Hmmmm....Favorite Fall Foods!
Once the cold weather hits, I really like to make chili in the crockpot. That really screams Fall to me.  The crockpot is a staple in my  kitchen in the fall!

And for dessert, it's gotta be pumpkin pie!!

What are some of your favorite Fall treats?  Let me know in the comments below!  And head on over to The Blended Blog to link up with us today!

And get set to link up with us next week...when we give a sneak peek inside our homes to see how they're decked out for the Fall!

Monday, October 2, 2017

TBB Asks: Fall Edition!

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a die hard summer girl.  But once I'm back in my routine and back to work...I'm all "Bring on Fall!"  I'm really excited that it's finally starting to feel like Fall in my neck of the woods.  I am so ready for skinny jeans,  riding boots, and scarves.

That's why I'm really excited for today's edition of TBB Asks!  It's really helping me get Fall ready!  YAY October!!

1- Favorite Fall Sweet Treat: Does A Pumpkin Martini count??

Get the recipe here!

2- I like apples!  But I honestly don't think I've ever eaten a yellow apple!  Red and green though?  YUM!!

3- Favorite Fall Sport to Play?  Hahahahaha  I don't play sports but I Love watching football on TV!

4- Best drink for Fall: Pumpkin Ale hands down!!

5- Favorite Fall Activity My town's Chili and Chowder Festival!

6- Must Have Fall Purchase  Hmmm...I don't think I have one!!  Maybe a blanket scarf!?!?  or Military Jacket (but I have multiple of both of those!

7- Pumpkins-Pick your own or store bought?  One of these days I'll get back to the pumpkin farm!

8- Real or Fake Pumpkin?  Both!

9- Favorite Halloween Costume- My go-to is a Country Girl!  Easy Peasy!

10- College Football or NFL? Love Notre Dame and watching football on Sundays so I guess I'll say both!  But football is so stressful!!

11- Fall or Halloween Decor?  I definitely have more Fall decor!

12- No leaves to rake!  YAY!!  

13- Favorite Soup?  Love me some chili in the fall!!  (in the crockpot!)

14- Favorite Fall Candle Scent: Autumn Wreath by Yankee Candle.  Love putting Fall scents in my diffuser too!

15-  I'm a fan of Pumpkin Spice!

16- Booties or Boots?  Both!  But these days, I grab the booties more often!!  I like that they are fun and low and I can walk in them!!

17- Favorite Halloween Candy Definitely Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!!

18- PSL?  Believe it or not, I've never tried one!!

19- Hayride or Corn Maze?  Both are fun!

20- Favorite Fall TV Show Love when ALL my shows come back in the Fall!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Wanna join in on all the Fall fun!  Head on over to The Blended Blog and link up your answers with us here!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Reads with the Ladies of The Blended Blog!

Back to Blogging today to talk...BOOKS!!  My favorite!  

I feel like I didn’t do much this Summer! But I read...so that’s something!

Lately The Blended Blog Book Club has been mixing it up!  For September, three of our contributors, Sheila, Deena and Alison shared their favorite authors and recommendations from each to read.  

As I read the post, I realized that the book Deena talked about, Open House by her favorite author, Elizabeth Berg, as being a book she picked up long ago, for Oprah’s book club was a title I had gotten too, for that very same reason!  But I had never read it (or maybe it’s been so long, I never even remembered reading it).  Seeing that it was almost 20 years ago!!  

So I grabbed the book from my shelf, dusted it off, and started reading!

I really enjoyed the novel and wondered why I it took me so long to read it.  The main character, Sam divorces and finds herself opening her home to strangers to make extra money.  It’s her interactions with the people she meets during this “Open House”, that make the story funny, interesting and really great.  I also enjoyed some of the characters she met while working different jobs as a temp, too.    I liked and could relate to Samantha’s evolution and insight during this difficult time, even as someone who has never been married and laughed through the interactions with her friend, King, as someone who is navigating life as a single girl now.  

This was my first Elizabeth Berg title and I look forward to reading more from her!

Join us for October Reads and reviews on October 28th!