Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Currently

Boy, this new month has really snuck up on me! I was totally unprepared to link up with Farley for the October Currently. Being retired makes the days run together. I hardly ever know the date.

  • I watched Stalker on tv tonight. Boy, is it eerie! I know it's only tv, but we sure got the creepy feeling when we were watching. Scary to think there are crazies like that out there.
  • I am loving watching tv now. The new seasons of some of my favorite shows have started. Who else loves Castle, The Good Wife, and The Amazing Race? Those are some of my faves.
  • I am going to my old school tomorrow to teach the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders all about CUPS. If you want to know what that is, you can read all about it here.
  • I want ice cream. I just do. 
  • I don't need a thing right now. My life is pretty good.
  • Here's a treat for you. I pinned this recipe and am dying to try it. I love me a Starbucks pumpkin scone in the fall. Let me know how they are if you give it a shot!
Now go visit Farley and check out the other folks who linked up! Click on the button below and it will take you there!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September Bright Ideas - Keeping the Classroom Healthy

It's time for the Bright Ideas Linky! I want to share with you a way I kept my classroom healthy.

It's that time of year. The beginning of school excitement is over. Our resistance to germs is down. Those nasty flu viruses are going around. That new respiratory virus sounds pretty darn scary.

Going back to school exposes you to all those germs your body was on vacation from over the summer. You start out the year strong and then slowly succumb to the colds and viruses the kids so gladly share with you.

After a particularly bad year when I was out several times and had numerous kiddos out sick, I wised up.

I started using Clorox wipes in the classroom. Every day I wiped down the door handles, light switches, computer keyboards, and my remote controls. Once a week, I had the kids use them to wipe down their desks as well.

While my school didn't provide these wipes for me, I thought it was money well spent. The year I started following this procedure, I had fewer students with illnesses, and I took fewer sick days. And we all know how much work it is to be out of the classroom.

Let me know if it works for you!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Sunday Scoop!

I'm joining my friends at The Teaching Trio for their new linky, The Sunday Scoop!

Have To:
  • Don't you love cleaning house? Ugh.
  • I have been working on this particular post for a few days. I am promising myself that I will have it finished before the end of the week!
  • I love my former principal so much that I agreed to be a community representative on the campus site-based decision making committee. The first meeting this year is on Thursday.
Hope To:
  • My eating habits have taken a back slide since my trip to Seattle/Portland. Time to get back on track.
  • I know I'll be watching, but the winner is my hope! Since the San Antonio Stars are out of it, I have to root for the underdog. (But really, I root for anyone but Phoenix!)
Happy To:
  • Three of us are meeting to plan a little road trip to surprise a dear friend. Fun!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway at The Teaching Trio!

My friends over at The Teaching Trio are celebrating a new blog makeover and Kristen's birthday by holding a giveaway. I've donated my Conferring Cards, but there are other fabulous products up for grabs. Go visit them and enter now through midnight on Tuesday.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Currently September

I am linking up with Farley for her Currently party. I love doing this each month!

  • Listening to Naked and Afraid - it's oddly addicting! (#realityshowsaremysecretshame)
  • Loving that school has started and it's easier to go places in the day (sorry folks who are still teaching, but it's so nice not to have to fight the crowds!)
  • Thinking about something I want to make for my TpT store
  • Wanting Indiana Fever to win the WNBA championship! My Stars are out of it and I am rooting for Tamika Catchings and Coach Dunn (really, it's anyone but Phoenix - those tankers! Yes, I hold grudges. Sorry not sorry!)
  • Needing to finish cleaning out my closet and chest of drawers. I still need to purge some clothes I no longer wear.
  • Trips to Niagara Falls, Ireland, and Australia. I've been lucky to travel as much as I have, but these places are on my bucket list!

Now go check out the other partay goers! And don't forget the Rule of Three!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Ideas - Extending the Life of the Books in Your Classroom Library

It's time for a Bright Ideas Linky!

Today, I want to share with you a little thing I did to prolong the shelf life of my classroom library books.

If you are like me, you have a lot of money invested in your classroom library and want those books to last for a long time.

I found that using plain packing tape on the spine of my books kept them looking good for much longer. I just cut a length of tape the height of the book and applied it right over the spine, overlapping the front and back covers. If you cut the tape strip too long, just trim it after you have applied it. Easy peasy!

My books lasted much longer with less chance of damaged spines and covers.

Let me know if this idea works for you!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Carpe Diem

I'm going to get real here. I write from experience. I have suffered from crippling depression and considered suicide. 

The news about Robin Williams hit me hard. Reading the reactions on Facebook has been troubling. It's only a short time since the news reported that Robin Williams is dead by his own hand, and the shame-blame games have begun.

He committed the ultimate sin.



And that's complete crap. Suicide is not undertaken because someone is weak or selfish. Suicide is the last hope far too many people have for ending pain. These people are not weak. They have been strong for so long, but they just can't keep on being so strong.

What people don't realize is that a person reaches a point when their own pain is so overwhelming that all they want is to make it stop. They are no longer thinking clearly; the pain is everything, all-consuming, and overwhelming. They believe they're doing what's right for everyone.

Blaming someone for having depression is like blaming someone for having diabetes. Blaming someone for needing medication to control it is like blaming a diabetic for needing insulin. We don't choose the diseases that invade us, and no one should have to defend the medications that control them.

And yet, that's what happens.

If you suffer from depression, you already know that many people don't understand depression. The things they say not only don't help, they often hurt. It doesn't help that you know it's not intentional; you're backed into a corner where nothing is really helping. Those shadows get darker, thicker, and it's just so hard to see anything where the light is, and it's so incredibly fatiguing to keep trying.

But I'm begging you to reach out.

Find those who DO know what to do, and who know the right words and the order in which they should tumble out of one's mouth.

Try to reach through that thick molasses of fog, the one that makes your arms feel like they weigh a ton and a half, and pick up the phone.

Believe me, this world is so much better with you in it than not. There are people who have been trained, who know how to help you cope, and will never, ever blame you.

And if you're one of those people who think depression is weakness, selfishness, and something that a good attitude check will fix, then listen up.

Depression is a disease. Blame doesn't help and can only make things worse.

In the U.S., call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They also have a website

Bookmark that site.

Call if you need to.

It's okay to call.