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Winter Blues

We were off school both yesterday and today.

While my kids were thrilled and had sleepovers with friends, I am terribly over winter.  Over. It.

Some people give me a hard time for having it “so rough” and not having to work.

Well, for me, a snow day/cold day doesn’t mean a “day off.” I worked hard.

I created two more videos for flipped lessons, developed the main component of my language unit for the four sentence types, and worked out lesson ideas for the first four chapters of The Outsiders.

That was just today.

Yesterday I went into school and had an IEP meeting and continued building vocabulary activities and Community Tasks for The Giver, which my 8th graders are reading.

I also watched the movie The Giver for the 4th time, creating two differentiated 6-page movie analysis worksheets to go along with the first 12 chapters.

Ater this post is posted I am banning myself from the computer for the next 48 hours. We are supposed to get a big snowstorm tonight, but I know there are other things I need and should do besides schoolwork. (Can I help I am a total nerd and enjoy creating these materials? Can I also help that I hate cleaning the bathroom?)

When I am away at work, I feel guilty about the time my Yorkie, Blue, spends alone at home, although he’s probably just sleeping or torturing the cat.

When I am  stuck at home for days on end, I feel equally guilty.  I sit around and work on school work, and Blue sleeps on my lap or tortures the cat.

But really, the poor dog gets to go out for 30 seconds at a time about 8 times a day and that’s the extent of his adventures. Blue can easily walk 4 miles in a day. For such a little guy, he has a lot of energy.  But there is no way he can tolerate the sub-zero temperatures we’ve been facing.  I decided to take him to the school to play late this afternoon.


Mr. Blue rules the school, and he runs in the hallways without a care in the world.

It is impossible to take a picture of a dog in a school where he can smell the smells of 700+ people, eat the crumbs off the cafeteria floor, and sniff every classroom and locker. He never stops moving, but this picture shows the sheer joy he must have felt today as he was breaking all the rules.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

This post serves multiple purposes:

1) As my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge

2) As a recap of my first week back to school

3) As a personal reminder of the good life I am living

This is a mural on a building in downtown Cleveland, very close to Progressive Field. I captured this pic while we were having a “Meal on Wheels” (i.e. eating a packed lunch in the van before heading into the stadium).


I wonder how many people working downtown see this mural each day and can’t help but smile.

This is also a framed 8 x 10 pic sitting on a shelf in my classroom. I thought it was a good motivational piece for my students.

Speaking of happy….

It is Saturday and I couldn’t be happier.

I slept in until 8:00 today. After a whole week of getting up before sunrise, this is by far the best thing about this week.

Actually, despite a mini-almost-meltdown on Thursday afternoon, I really did have a good week.

I survived two days of in-service and the first three days of school. Enough said.

I accomplished the task of filling out forms and sorting through beginning of the year paperwork for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Ian. Every year I wonder how parents who struggle with reading or spelling, or who do not speak English, feel about this task. I sometimes feel like I don’t have a grip and then I think of how overwhelming some parents must feel when they are slammed with multiple forms and school fees. I remind myself how fortunate I am to have an education, and therefore, a job that allows me to write $50 checks without panicking about the grocery bill or the gas budget.

I embraced the changes that were thrown my way.

  • My new schedule – While many people hate change, I have found, and posted about the fact that I kinda like it. It was like I was in a new building this week. I have some new teachers to work with. A change of scenery. A different perspective. A fresh start.
  • My new classroom My beautiful new classroom with my fabulous new round tables. They are the envy of many teachers in my building. I love my room…even when it’s 90 degrees outside and 85 degrees inside.
  • My Resource Room – What an interesting and fun mix of personalities at multiple grade levels. I am excited to take on this challenge.
  • Block scheduling – 84 minutes with the above group gives me so much more time to expand and do fun activities. So far, I have no trouble filing the time.

I balanced work and play. Eleven miles total on my bike. Two very long games of frisbee with the kids. Two parents meetings. Three sports practices. A high school football game. A birthday party for my step-mom that included outdoor-dining at Danny Boy’s and a trip to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt. A lunch date with Tweedle Ian at Pizza Hut.

Next week brings 5 days of school. Can I do it? Five whole days?

The weekend is going too fast. I have a lot more resting to do.

And lesson plans.

And grocery shopping.

And laundry.

I think I need to make another copy of this pic and hang it up somewhere at home. Just as a daily reminder.

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