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

A 5-3-1 of Our Holiday Cruise

Five photo collages







(All photo collages were made with the PhotoGrid app)

Three books I read while I was at sea

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One beautifully festive ship:


At My House Survey

I love reading about the at-home lives of celebrities and other people whom I admire.  There’s something about knowing these intimate details that make you feel more connected.  After reading a post by Tina at Carrots ‘N’ Cake about the , I decided to complete my own, “At My House” Survey.

Household chore I actually enjoy: Vacuuming.  Maybe it’s the instant gratification of seeing the results of one sweep across the floor, or the fact that I don’t have to actually touch anything that’s dirty, but I really enjoy vacuuming.

Biggest house disaster: When my husband and I were teaching in Alaska, a truck drove across an exposed electrical line that shut off power to the entire island.  I don’t know much about these types of things, but I would imagine that one would want to bury a line like that a little deeper than what this one was.  Anyways, it was December and without power, there was no heat.  Without heat, there were many layers of clothing worn under heaps of blankets.  Thankfully, the power was restored within a handful of hours, but that was a very scary and chilly experience.

Before company arrives, I hide: Empty cups in the living room.  My husband and I have our own chairs with a table in between that houses a lamp, all of our remotes, and about three cups: two for water/juice and a coffee mug.  I don’t know that we drink a lot or that we just like to feel like there’s hydration readily available, but there are always cups in the living room.


Most recent music download:  I don’t purchase music very often because, frankly, I don’t listen to it as much as I do podcasts.  A few weeks ago, I finally downloaded Taylor Swift’s “1989” album, mostly for her single, “Shake It Off,” but because I’m a general fan, I wanted the entire playlist.

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The last thing I bought online:  Before my husband and I left for our cruise to the Bahamas, I purchased several ebooks, including Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

I hate to shop for:  shoes.  I don’t have oddly shaped feet or wear a difficult to find size, but I get overwhelmed by the selection.  I’m not really that into shoes, so I’m looking for something somewhat universal, comfortable, yet contemporary enough that it looks like I purchased them this century.

Favorite family ritual: When my husband and I travel to Michigan, we usually drive so that we can save a few dollars and also bring Sophie, our beautiful mutt, along with us.  We make the trip in one day, which requires us to leave quite early in the morning.  The journey begins with a trip to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and one peanut donut for my husband.  

I sleep in: T-shirt + PJ pants from Old Navy

I have style crush on:  Emma Stone.  I love her casual look!


I’m currently readingThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  After spending four days on a cruise ship, I was able to complete four books, all nonfiction memoirs.  I was in some serious need of “beach reads” and they fit the bill.  Once I was able to completely succumb to my Bravo TV and bad-ass women memoir(ial) needs, I was ready to bite back into fiction.  Fifty-or-so pages in, and I’m hooked.  I knew/still know nothing about this novel, but after reading the headline hype, I knew that The Goldfinch was a title I needed to add to my Goodreads’ Read list.

What’s up with the ________ trend? I’m not mainstream enough to know what trends I should be snarky about, so I’ll go with something that has been bothering me lately.  It’s hardly a trend because it’s been happening since the beginning of time, but it fits for the purpose of this post.  What’s up with the “apologizing for what I like and find enjoyable” trend?  I fully admit that I’ve had more than my fair share of interest-shaming, both receiving and dolling out.  When I started reading Andy Cohen’s book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, I didn’t know who I would actually share the news with.  It seemed like a book that an English teacher shouldn’t admit to wanting to and/or completed within a 24 hour setting.  But then I thought to myself, “Who in my life would judge me about this and why would I care???”  If anyone has the extra time in their life to judge me based on the decisions I make, by all means, carry on.  I’ll be over here reading Andy’s second book, Most Talkative.

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How did I ever live without…SOOO many things, but I have to go with the internet and all the conveniences of having it accessible at my fingertips.  I find more and more ways to incorporate my iPad into my daily life.