Monthly Archives: May 2013

To be or not to be



It is that time of year again for teachers. All the grading, paperwork, and lesson plans are put on hold for a couple months. Sadly, so are the hugs, hand-drawn pictures, and aha moments. In commemoration of summer break – let’s take a look at the positives of being a teacher!

– I will start with the most obvious – summer break, Christmas breaks, and spring breaks.

– Kids who show their appreciation by taking notice of your likes and dislikes. Then they take that to make fun gifts/cards for you.

– Other people who understand your OCDness.

– I have a good excuse to be on Pinterest even more!

– It is okay to use cute scrapbook paper daily.

– Every year you get new challenges and memories with your new class.

– Each and every day is different. It is full of surprises!

So here’s to you, teachers, students, and parents! Enjoy this summer!


Machine of death



I know that some people love to exercise. I am not one of those people. It takes everything I have in me to hoist myself on to some machine to get my daily allotted cardio. I have tried the classes, dancing, aerobics, swimming, and even running. It all boils back to one common theme- exercise is not fun for me.

For those of you who share my sentiments, never fear! I have found good alternatives to conventional exercise.

– Play a sport. I love tennis and basketball. Before you know it, those fat rolls have a lot less jiggle!

– Walk to the local market. You have plenty of ice cream water choices to choose from when you get there.

– Wait until the last minute to invite friends over. You will have to race your spouse to see who can clean the house the fastest.

– Volunteer to babysit a friend’s two-year-old. Your heart will be pumping as you chase that little tyke around the house.

What other exercise suggestions do you have?

Happy Hour


chick fil a

As I drove past a Sonic a few days ago, I started thinking about how many places have a “Happy Hour” time. Sonic does half-priced drinks, Steak and Shake has half-priced milkshakes, and Chili’s entices me with their half-priced appetizers. These are especially important to me because the husband and I are especially frugal (I’ll tell about our first date at a later time). This got me to thinking. What if every place had their own special “Happy Hour”?

– Chick Fil could have “buy one/get one free waffle fries!” Yum!
– Schools could have “come for half a day, get the rest of the day off!” No complaints here.
– Best Buy might have “come in for 10 minutes, and then you and your husband get kicked out.” Not sure the hubs would like this one.
– Walmart might do “come during happy hour, and we’ll open EVERY register!”

If you could pick your own happy hour wish, what would you choose?

A promise


Recently I made a deal with rain. I promised to not whine when it rained again if the rain would just come and wash all of the pollen away.


This is what happened 2 days later. Yes, this is our backyard (don’t pay attention to the deck. We are building a new one soon.). Yes, that is my goofy husband playing in the rain (he says he was unclogging the drainage ditch).

And guess what? I kept my promise! No complaining from this gal. So here’s a special shout out to the rain! Thank you for relieving my itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and scratchy throat. And thank you for letting me live by the river – for a few hours at least. Now we are even!