What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

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These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break

Get Rid of It

Just when you were starting to expect me to be a real human and begin to take life seriously (see my resolution to start flossing daily), I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite Youtubers/Podcasters: Grace Helbig!

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Here is a link to her Youtube page: Grace Helbig

I am most consistent with listening/watching Grace via her podcast, Not too Deep.

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I first became familiar with Grace when she did a vlog for John Green while he was on his paternity leave for his 2nd child entitled, “50 Ways to Pretend to be Smarter.” She had me hooked and I’ve been trying to step up my cheese game ever since.

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While getting caught up on missed podcasts on one of my favorite Christmas gifts, the Creative Woof 2 bluetooth speaker, I became inspired for today’s posting from her interview with Mark Douglas of Barely Political, a Youtube show I have yet to see, but will mostly likely in the future.  Grace plays little games with her guests that are both thought-provoking and totally ridiculous #RunningThemeOfMyLife.  The game Mark played with Grace was called, “Get Rid of It” where she gave him a series of categories and he was required to get rid of one thing from said category.  I decided to play along and share my answers with you.

P.S. – Choose your own categories that correspond to a text or character, and have your students complete their own responses to help them demonstrate their understanding.

Get Rid of It…

  • A holiday
    • Columbus Day.  Sorry, Mark, but I am stealing your answer.
  • A state
    • North Dakota
  • A human being
    • If can I get rid of a group of people (keep reading, this isn’t going to be racist) I would get rid of hackers.  If I can only choose one person, I would get rid of James Eagan Holmes, the man responsible for the “Dark Knight Rises” 2012 Aurora shooting.
  • A song
    • “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” because I never do when I hear this song.
  • A color
    • I wanted a more specific name other than “Yellow Green” so I Googled it.  Even if you were a fan before, the suggested search terms provided should solidify why my answers is the correct answer:

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  • A TV show
    • I really shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion on this topic because I am an avid Bravo/Real Housewives obsessed fan, but I would like to get rid of the show, “My _00 lbs Life.”
  • A historical event
    • All of World War II, just for the efficiency of saving lives.  If that’s too broad, then the Bubonic Plague.  If THAT’S not specific enough, 9/11.
  • A feeling
    • Misplaced Anxiety
  • A food
    • Raw onions
  • *A word
    • The “F” word that is the derogatory term for homosexuals
  • *A social norm
    • Shaking hands/fist bumping/hugging/air kissing when you greet someone.  It’s always awkward and I never choose the appropriate response.
  • *A body part
    • Under eyes.  I don’t understand why the skin is so different there as opposed to the skin that is adjacent to your eyes.  I also dislike how easily wrinkles and dark circles form there.

*My own categories

Recipe of Love

Weekend Workout

Happy Monday, Fancy Oatmeal readers!  I hope that you are all rested up from the weekend!  I know that I definitely got my Zs this weekend because I found it to be incredibly difficult to fall asleep last night, so I decided since t was my rest day today, I would sleep in a whole hour – yup, I rises and shined at the brilliant hour of 5 am!  ZOWIE!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so I thought I would share with you the project that my students and I will be working on in the middle school grades: A Recipe of Love.  Awwwww.

Here is the sample that I will be showing to them:

Afterwards, they are going to be creating a Podcast using Garageband – they’ll be recording their voices and adding photos to add character and depth to their recipes.  It’s a great way to get students literally into their own writing without having to stand up in front of the class, embarrassed as all get out.

I am trying my darndest to get you guys a copy of my Podcast, so I’ll keep on trying.

Dear Hubby and I have decided that we aren’t going to do a big deal for Valentine’s Day.  We made a vow that we would start appreciating each other a little more on a daily basis instead of just making a hullabaloo in the middle of February.  Also, we have a hectic workweek; tonight is a School Board meeting, Tuesday is a Valentine’s Day carnival at school, Wednesday is our school’s Spelling Bee & Community meeting.  In addition to that, Friday is our Parent/Teacher Conferences, so we have a lot to focus on and I wouldn’t want to try and celebrate the love I have for my husband as an afterthought.

Question of the Day: What are your plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day?