Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Still Alive

I know I've been absent for a few many several days a week but I've been busy doing things.

Things like:

  • Seeing The Hunger Games twice.
  • Resume-ing:
  • And consequently making a paper disaster.
  • Enjoying hating enjoying second grade:
Today Student A couldn't stop announcing that Student K's shirt was on backwards. I quietly told Student K to go to the bathroom and turn his shirt around. One hour later, Student A asks to go to the bathroom because he had just realized his pants were on backwards.

What I wanted to say: "Stop making fun of Student K because apparently you don't know how to dress yourself either."

What I actually said: "Yes, you may go to the bathroom."
  • Making messes in the kitchen (Cooking with Amy coming soon).
  • Reading.
  • Cursing the Land Beaver. He said six more weeks of winter. Well...last week was 85 degrees in MA and this morning it was 20. WTF?

Monday, March 19, 2012


My entire week boils down to this:

All I'm doing is working for the weekend so I can see The Hunger Games. I'm going to be so disappointed if it sucks!

Today it was hot! It was 79 degrees at afternoon recess on the last day of WINTER! When you live in New England sometimes you get blizzards in October and this on the first day of spring:

I got a new bathroom ceiling today! There is now dust on every surface of my apartment but I no longer have insulation hanging out over the tub. 

This morning I emptied my bathroom and piled everything in the hallway outside (everything being bathmat, shower curtain, and all my shower stuff). When I got home it was all back in it's place. I thought it was strange that the contractor hung up my shower caddy before he left (and vacuumed my entire apartment) but at least it doesn't look like he tried on my underwear.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Things I am VERY Good at Today

I've been good at A LOT of things today. Things like:
  • Waking up 10 whole minutes earlier to allow time for a Dunks stop.
  • Not screaming when the classroom ghost caused the US map to snap and roll up without being touched.
  • Breaking up fights at four square between 8 year olds.
  • Drawing kick ass turtles on the iPad for my S&L group's fable.
Green seaweed and tiny blue minnows...obviously.
  • Eating Subway for lunch.
  • Skipping a running day to do free laundry at my parent's house and snuggle with the puppy.
  • Convincing myself that because one my students has mono and 13 other students have had fevers in the past two weeks means I possibly have mono and need a nap.
  • Napping.
  • Showing up 6 days late to pay my excise tax with a debit card in hand only to be told that they only accept cash and checks? Who carries a check book?  Oh that's right...nobody.
  • Spending my coffee money for an ATM fee to pay my excise tax.
  • Buying stamps and mailing some St. Patty's Day cards too late for them to arrive on time.
  • And....watching TV like a boss.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Random Post is Random

It's National Napping Day!

Why didn't I know this BEFORE this afternoon? I would have imposed second grade nap time for the day.   A professor at BU started it to recover from losing an hour of sleep for Day Light Savings.

I also missed National Margarita Day this year. It was during February vacation and I clearly wasn't paying attention.

But...I will NOT miss National High Five Day. It's April 19 which is a school day. I'm preparing to high five and Purell all day long!

Today was Monday (not)Funday. The kindergartners across the hall had an art therapy thing today and the instructor brought a German Shepard puppy-in-training that barked and whined allll day. The kids went bananas and wanted to pet it except that it kept nipping at them.

Two more (and different) kids were out today with the plague. I thought we were done with this!

Instead of napping, I went grocery shopping. It is absolutely gorgeous in Massachusetts today. Like 75 and sunny...so it's pretty much May already.

In totally unrelated news...I can't wait to see The Hunger Games movie and also Titanic. Don't judge...you know you want to see it too. I'm mildly concerned that 4 hours of 3-D glasses will give me an epileptic seizure but I'm willing to risk it.

How was your Monday?


Monday, March 5, 2012

A Plague on Both Your Classes

  • Second grade has the plague! 
  • Out of 18 kids, only 11 came to school today. We ended the day with 9 kids.
  • Another second grade class of 18 started the day with 7 kids and ended with only 5!
  • 3rd grade has lice.
  • I think I'd prefer a fever to lice.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Bike a marathon.

First off...26.2 miles is a LONG way! I have so much respect for anyone who has ever run a marathon. I follow several bloggers who were running the Rock and Roll NOLA marathon today so I decided that if they could RUN a marathon, I could certainly bike that distance.

In terms of training, I did none. Previously, the longest distance I had biked was 12 miles back before February vacation. I knew that I could make it 13.1 miles but I really wanted to accomplish the full distance.

Mile 1: I got this.
Mile 8: I can’t feel my toes.
Mile 10: My lady bits hurt.
Mile 13: Made a half marathon…keep going.
Mile 17: I’m never going to make it.
Mile 18: My whole world hurts.
Mile 19: I’m never going to make it but I’ve gone too far to give up.
Mile 20: Okay, I can finish this.
Mile 21: I’m STARVING. Is it possible that I did something athletic enough to require fuel beyond water?
Mile 24: Why isn’t this over yet?
Mile 25: Oh my god I’m going to be sore tomorrow.
Mile 26: I can’t feel my toes, feet, legs, or lady parts.
Mile 26.2: Wow.

The first step off the bike was a doozy but I'm proud of myself for sticking to my goal and pushing through the pain, boredom, and exhaustion.
I definitely want to complete this goal AGAIN on a real bike outside. Bruce Freeman Trail anyone?


Create a soundtrack of my 30th year...month by month style.

It's no secret that I love music. And one of the best things is hearing an old song that brings you back to a certain time and place, experience, or person. I will forever remember laying in a farm house in Tuscany listening to Maroon 5's Songs About Jane on my discman. (I carted that discman and CD cases across all of Western Europe!)

I often pop in old camp mixes on mini road trips and am transported back to a time when the only things that mattered were sewing felt banners, putting up tents while blindfolded, and one-match fires on the beach.

So to commemorate my 30th year, I will collect songs throughout the year. 
Songs that are popular. 
Songs that cheesy. 
Songs that speak to my soul. 
Songs that I love...however fleeting.

See my soundtrack here and do not judge me for my awesome taste in music.

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