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Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Currently!

It's time to link up with Farley for the December Currently! Here is mine...


  • I am listening to the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Don't judge! It's the only Housewives program I watch, and it's strictly entertainment.
  • I am loving that my UTSA Women's basketball has started. We've been season ticket holders for years, and these young ladies are so special to us. There's a nice sized group of us who sit right behind the bench and say all those things to the referees that the coaches can't say! The women's team doesn't get the fan support the men do, so we feel strongly about being there to cheer our girls on.
  • I'm thinking I'm crazy to agree to go to work for the next two weeks. The principal of my last school is such a dear friend (we worked together at district office before going different ways), and when she called me to ask me to help out, I just couldn't say no. Wish me luck!
  • I am wanting a new stove. I don't need it, but gosh, I hate the black top of my stove so much. It is impossible to keep looking nice - it always shows streaks. This want won't be fulfilled any time soon, though.
  • I need to fire up the alarm clock. Being retired means I seldom set the alarm. These next two weeks should be interesting. I haven't had to be anywhere at 7:00 a.m. for a long time!
  • I am giving you the link to my friend Kristin's Holiday Behavior Rewards product. I know some of you feel the same way I do about that creepy Elf.  You can use this instead to help motivate your monsters students during the looooong stretch between now and Winter Break!

Don't forget the Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!) sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. Check out my store - you might see something you like, and you can get it for 28% off when you enter the code CYBERTPT at checkout.

Now hurry over to Farley's site and check out all the other posts. They are so much fun to read!



Friday, November 28, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale

While you are out doing your Black Friday shopping, save a little money for the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!) sale.


Most sellers will have their stores set at 20% off, and with the additional discount from TpT, you can save up to 28%!

Make sure you enter the code TPTCYBER when you check out to get the TpT extra discount.

I have added several new products to my store. I invite you to go take a look and see if there's anything you want to add to your wish list. Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Can't Live Without It!

I'm joining Fun in Room 4B and Beyond for her new linky party.


Here are a couple of the things I can't live without!

I try to make sure I get all the water in that I am supposed to drink each day (I've almost completely given up my beloved Diet Coke with Lime - only have one once in a blue moon) and this Tervis tumbler is helping me do it. It keeps water cold for much longer than other glasses and doesn't have the condensation problem so many other cups do. This one holds 24 oz. Three of these babies and I am good for the day!


I follow the style blog Pinterest Told Me To. She featured this sweater she calls a blardigan (a cross between blanket and cardigan). I thought it was a horrendous amount of money, but so many people kept commenting on how much they love it. So I bit the bullet and ordered one when it was on sale. OMG it is so soft! I can tell this will be my go to all winter. (I don't know why it is in the lingerie section. It is perfectly suitable for wearing out of the house. With clothes on underneath, of course.) Click the picture to get to Nordstrom where you can order one of your own.



Go visit Fun in Room 4B and Beyond and see what other bloggers can't live without. It might spark some ideas for Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

I wanted to put up a short post honoring my favorite veteran - my dad.

Dad retired as a major in the US Army. He served during both the Korean and the Viet Nam wars.

This is a picture of my parents at their wedding. They are both gone now, and I miss them every day.



Thanks for your service, Dad, and thanks for supporting him while he served, Mom. I love you both.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Currently November

It's time to link up with Farley for the November Currently! Here's mine...


  • I'm listening to NCIS because I took a little road trip this week and missed it. Some friends and I drove to Brenham (home of Blue Bell ice cream - the best!) to surprise a friend who is coaching the women's basketball team at Blinn Junior College. We were successful in surprising her! What a great time!
  • I am loving that we finally have some weather that is in the 70s and not in the 90-100 degree range! And we got rain Thursday night. Woo hoo!
  • I've been thinking that I have really neglected my blog. I've been working on some blog ideas, but it's hard when you aren't in the classroom any more.
  • I have been having the worst time with super dry lips. I've tried lip balm, vaseline, and coconut oil. Any suggestions?
  • I need to vacuum. Lucy, my golden retriever, is shedding like crazy. We don't have dust bunnies, we have golden tumbleweeds.
  • I am re-reading Mockingjay before I go see the movie later this month.
Now, go read more Currently posts at Farley's and link up your own, too. Don't forget the Rule of Three!



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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