Sunday, August 31, 2014

Currently September-Feeling content

Haven't been on lately…with the start of a new school year in a new school…
been a little busy…but I made it to the Currently party hosted by the one and only…
LISTENING: Little kid has a friend sleeping over and they are watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs…they were giggling, now it's silent. Wonder if they fell asleep.

LOVING: I know we've only been in school for a week and a half, but I truly needed this 3 day weekend! Saturday my oldest and youngest ran/walked a 5k- Color Vibe…I tagged along (insert chauffeur here) and watched all the action. It was really fun! And Mid Kid was crowned Homecoming Queen! If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the fab photos I've posted!

THINKING: I got TONS accomplished today! Bagged 3 garbage bags of clothes to donate, threw out 4 bags of garbage, finished my last assignment for a grad school class, partly organized my desk area in the loft… Monday I'm tackling laundry and grading papers..

WANTING: I'm loving seeing all the mums at the grocery stores…I need to get me some! My summer flowers are all dreary and half dead. 

NEEDING: I moved to a new classroom and desperately need some book shelves! I have tons of book baskets lining the walls. It's driving me nuts. But it's costly and with BTS expenses for the girls, among other things… it ain't happenin' any time soon.

3 TRIPS: I've always wanted to visit California (plus my sis, her hubs, and 2 beautiful nieces are there), Australia, and New York. One day I will make it to all three. 

And, that's all for now! LINK UP!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Freaking the Freak Out

Feeling slightly overwhelmed.
We have open house-which is really…come check out your classroom time and try to tell the teacher all  about your child that the teacher won't remember time-on August 14th.
We gained access to our classrooms yesterday.
Let me rewind…
I asked for a transfer to another building. It was granted.
The district newly remodeled an old section of the building I've moved to.
I went in yesterday…
You can't walk to my classroom through the hallways because there's still construction going on…
You have to get to my classroom by walking outside and entering a door near my room…
To use the restroom, you have to leave the building outside and enter another door (just until construction is finished).
Well, I went to check out my new room…
The ONLY things in there were my stuff from my old building.
NO Teacher desk
NO Student desks
NO shelves
NO file cabinets
NO anything (except my crap)
<I heard it's coming soon>
Then I'm told we only get 3 book cases of 3 shelves…

UMMMMM, I have a wonderfully fabulous collection of books for my students.
THREE will not hold my collection! How the heck am I going to decide which books to NOT expose my students to???
I know what you're thinking…."Carrie, just bring in your own book cases"…
I'd LOVE to…BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED to bring anything "personal"…I struggle with this word…"personal" because almost all that stuff is MINE.
AND I cannot bring in my cute little benches you all raved over (you can see my classroom from last year under the my "my classroom" tab---it's not organized, but I threw the pics in there). Nothing.

**********UPDATE**********UPDATE************UPDATE*****************
YAY!!!! GREAT news! We can bring in our stuff! YAY! So happy!
Woo hoo! Comfy reading zone coming to students soon!
THANK YOU ADMIN!!!!!

SOOOO, I had a VERY short visit, came home and stared at this in a bathing suit for about an hour….

Decided I'm not going in today…I'm going to stay home and plan out my bulletin boards…create some stuff for my walls (now that I know what I'm dealing with on my walls-which is good).

I DO have my class list…So I can start doing name stuff and labels-YAY!
Here's my clean slate of a room-not good quality pics…should have used a flash on my phone.
It's a nice room…looks big to me…can't wait to see furniture in it…Plenty of board space-which I'm excited about. Love the cabinets. Two tiny windows that will NOT be covered in any way-I love me some natural light...


Ok, If you're still with me…I actually completed a product. I didn't want my old cursive set hanging above the white boards…so I created a cursive pennant banner to put together and hang! I'm super excited to use it!
We have to teach Zaner-Bloser in 3rd grade and I definitely need it hanging in the room for student reference…
You can grab this on TPT-click on the pic and it'll take you to my store! Get it while it's on sale!
Enjoy your day! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

It sure is Currently August!

Hey! Where the heck did the summer go?!?!?
Well, in Chicago…it never really got here!
This was a cold summer and I know some peeps loved it…
BUT I WANTED A HOT HOT SUMMER!
Dang, all I asked for is 3 hot months after 20 feet of snow and polar vortexes
and we even had a summer polar vortex…

I know my southern friends have been graciously wanting to trade me their 100's for my 70's
AND I'll TELL YOU…I'd TOTALLY do it! I LOVE it HOT in summer!

Linking up with Farley for her monthly CURRENTLY.
Link up! It's easy, fun, and you'll meet new bloggers.
Here's MY Currently...
LISTENING- You all know my love for music. It gets me going, it brings back memories, it just makes me happy! Holy Grail is long over and now You're Gonna Go Far Kid by The Offspring is playing…Another good Jam!
LOVING- Mid-Kid has been wanting her cartilage pierced…we were at the mall today, she wanted to get it done-didn't want to do it alone (she still would have)…SO I did mine too! (We had a hard time taking a selfie-THIS is what we got after about 8 tries)-can you see my tiny dot? haha!
THINKING- I really really really have a lot to do. I moved buildings-we are finally aloud in our rooms   on Monday. I'm already overwhelmed about unpacking. Building still closes on Fridays for summer hours…so that means I have EIGHT days to get it ALL done. But subtract getting Mid-Kids braces off Monday and other prior commitments…YIKES! I know, I know, it'll all come together…Plus this whole grad school thing…yeah, a little much
WANTING- Who doesn't want a longer summer? And like I said…this summer was a little less than a summer. 
NEEDING- Gotta get my mind on work. Need to still create stuff I want to decorate my room with… Need my class list…
FIRST DAY!- I can't even deal with how early the High School starts!!! On top of that…my daughter has had a TON of homework to complete this summer! I get that she's insanely smart and takes all these honors and AP classes…but what is the point of having all this summer work? 
AND WHY OH WHY do we keep starting earlier and earlier…ohhhhhh, testing, that's it! 
I vote for after Labor Day like in the good ol' days! 

IN OTHER NEWS- My kids participate in our local summer reading program at the library… This year, Little Kid won her own Kindle! How exciting is that?!?! 
Enjoy what's left of summer!