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.
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
Take inventory of what is truly important to me and purge what has been taking up far too much space in my world.
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!
I am most consistent with listening/watching Grace via her podcast, Not too Deep.
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.
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…
Columbus Day. Sorry, Mark, but I am stealing your answer.
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.
“Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” because I never do when I hear this song.
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:
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.
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.