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I LOVE TO LEARN! (have I said that before?)

This summer I was introduced to a SUMMER LEARNING CHALLENGE which has been put together by Todd Nesloney.  This dude is definitely a LIFE LONG LEARNER and I bet he’s a great principal!

We are in the 8th week challenge.  I’ve enjoyed learning some great stuff!  This week is really cool with the Google drive and docs.  I’m about to do the letter to my future students.  I’m not sure how that is going to go.  We will see.

If you have time and feel like LEARNING, go check out this blog which includes all the challenges thus far.  I do love going back to work in August, but I do love my summer too!  Two great things about teaching!   I will hate to see summer go this year and hate for our challenges on this blog to end, but I KNOW I will find new challenges as the new school year begins.  YAY!  I LOVE TO LEARN!

You can go to twitter and #SummerLS to read all kinds of tweets about what we’ve learned this summer.

Happy Summer!

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I took this pic of my daughter Morgan and her friend Maverick. His dad and I go way back–we graduated high school together– he invited us to come enjoy their pool. We had a good time! It was a beautiful day. The sun was in super force which makes me extra powered and the wind was breezy.
After I snapped it, I thought this pic looks so fun and bright and full of joy. This is how SUMMER should be!
Have you captured any truly summer moments?
Even though our summer break is almost half over, I hope for many more moments like these to record.
Happy Summer!

LESSONS LEARNED

Today…

I learned that some people are mean and rude no matter how you treat them.  I had students be disrespectful to me today who have NEVER even looked at me in a rude manner.  There is something about the end of school that makes a teenager crazy.  They will talk words of sarcasm under their breath, try to leave the room without asking or blatantly speak mean words directly to your face.  IT IS CRAZY.   Of course, TO THEM, the reason I get on to them after they do such things is because I– AM– IN– A– BAD– MOOD.  Wow. I’ve expected respect the entire year SO, all of a sudden, I am just “in a bad mood” instead of the fact that I’m still expecting them to show respect to me?  I do not get it.

I learned that students love to make messes on purpose and leave messes just so you can clean them up.  (ON THE FLOOR!)

I learned that students will do the very least they can on their assignment, but still act like they are working as hard as they can.  This is one of the craziest things I observe.  To me, it would be harder to do that than to actually work.

I learned that students will TELL YOU they are “finished working for the day,” because they painted two spots and since they have all week to work on the project, they can spend the other 25 minutes of class doing what they please.  What!?!

I learned that students will try their very best to get out of OTHER classes in order to come in your class and work on the project they didn’t work on when they were in your class.  Does that sentence I just wrote even make sense???

These lessons, I’ve learned before, but I’m usually not reminded of them daily until it gets to the last few weeks of the school year.  Some years are worse than others.  This year, it’s pretty bad, but I’m going to KEEP on KEEPIN on.  We are still going to WORK in my classes.  I’m going to teach and continue to demand respect.  Most of all, I’m going to pray for my babies.  I’m going to pray for their sanity and their peace and their safety.

I know you aren’t supposed to pray for time to pass quickly, because EVERY MINUTE is a gift from GOD, but God knows I am going to pray that summer comes quick!

You learning any lessons these days?

 

SooOOoooOOOoooo EMOTIONAL!?

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Why am I soooooo emotional these days!?!

I have been wearing my feelings on my sleeve for several days now.  My baby blues tear up for what seems to be no reason at all.  I mean, it always has a reason, but at times it’s silly things.  I look at something that brings back some crazy memory that I haven’t thought of in, like, FOR- EV- ER, and here come the tears.  Someone says something hurtful–even to someone else and not directly to or about me and I get all weepy.   I see a sky full of awesomely puffy white clouds and I get misty over the amazing beauty.  What the what?!

What is up!?!

I am aware that this time of the year brings on certain emotions just because the school year is ending.  I will miss my seniors so much.  Even typing that makes me sniffle a little.  I do not like for the school year to end.  I know the seniors HAVE to graduate and I’m so proud that they are, but I will miss seeing them and being an almost constant part of their lives.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy my summer…but I miss my job, my friends and my kiddos.  So, I know where some of the emotion comes from, but I’ve never remember it being THIS BAD.  I’m sure there are other aspects of my life that are contributing to the emotional roller coaster, but really, anything can get worse so, I see myself and my family as TOTALLY BLESSED.

I’m trying my hardest not to let this up and down of emotion affect my mood towards others.  I know at times others upset me with their moods or grumpiness, but I don’t want them to suffer for my craziness–ever.  That is a major goal of mine.  My friends and students don’t need to be burdened with something that bothers me.  I keep this in mind all the time!

I know some doctors might say my hormones are crazy or blame it on some chemical thing and prescribe some “fix”.  I am not against those types of things and believe there are some who totally benefit from that (and should really never miss a dose!), but I believe this emotional stuff will subside soon.

I just don’t know exactly why it’s so tough this year.

I’m just questioning it.  That’s all.  That is all this blog is doing today.

I’m not trying to reach out and say I’M SO SAD or I need some kind of mental help…this is NOTHING like that.   I mean, a hug might be ok, I guess… ALTHO, BEWARE– it might make me cry too!  HAHA!

I just don’t know why I’m SooOOoooOOOoooo (much more) EMOTIONAL this year!?!

COULD IT BE AGE!?  Naahhhhh.  HAHA!

 

 

You are trying to send a message aren’t you?

Today’s title is a comment I received from a friend earlier on Facebook.

I had posted a picture of my fresh new hair color yesterday and my face had NO-MAKE UP on it!  *GASP!*  Then, my post this morning was “I’m me and that is all.”  I really didn’t mean for those two things to go together, but they did anyway.

My “I’m me…” post was born from my mood this morning.  I really wasn’t thinking I was sending some message to every one.

A lot of times I wake up with crazy things running through my head.  The last few days have been reflection days.  I’ve just been on this emotional trip fueled by woman hormones (gag) and the fact that summer is coming to an end.  I do this every year, really.  Summer is marching out and the first day of work is quickly headed my way.  I’m not saying that saddens me.  I LOVE MY JOB and I cannot wait to be back with my coworkers (most of which are dear friends) and my students whom I most always adore.  It’s just this transitional period that gets me into this “reflection” state.  I start thinking about things I’ve gotten accomplished this summer and all the things that will be on my TO DO lists in the near future.  I was thinking this morning, I’M ME and that is all.  I can only do so much.  You can only get so much done and accomplish a certain amount of things within a certain amount of time.  I don’t want to worry myself with regret of what I haven’t done or with any kind of doom or gloom of what is to come.  I’M ME AND THAT IS ALL.  I will give my all and that is the end of it.

So, there.  No HUGE message, or was it?

As for the NO MAKE-UP me…I wasn’t really trying to send a message, but after this comment from my friend and thinking about my post above, I realized,

I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE!  (sometimes it’s easy to get…other times, it’s not–YA GET IT? haha!)

So, here is the next part:

The no make-up message is not one of a make-up industry boycott or anything like that.  Most of my summers are NO MAKE-UP DAYS!  I love the freedom of not having to put on any make-up.  In the summer, I don’t worry about being on a schedule; although, I do still like to get up quite early, eat the same thing for breakfast each day and get a walk in before 8 a.m.  So, NO MAKE-UP is just a message of freedom.  Not that make-up is a restriction to me.  Make-up just helps ACCENT my beauty, I believe.  I know that sometimes I may accent a little too much, but most of the time, I try to just use it as a supportive mechanism.  HAHA!  This message isn’t as complex as the first one, I suppose, but still a message.  Make-up or not—I’M ME AND THAT IS ALL!

So here is the NO MAKE-UP ME:

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I was doing a little creeping on FB earlier and found the image below on this cool crazy FIRED UP guy’s page.  This guy’s name is Aric Bostick as you can see on the image.  If you ever need a boost for your day, this dude always has some kind of awesome saying, picture or comment.  The image below which he posted TODAY, I’ve decided is THE  MESSAGE I’m trying to send not just to everyone, but mostly to me:

 

FREE

 

…AND THAT IS ALL.

 

SUMMERTIME

Summertime really started today, because I have PINK in my hair now! Thanks to my awesome hairdresser (who is a great friend!). My husband doesn’t say much about it. My girl child LOVES it. Boy child–neutral. I love it, of course! I like having more color in the mirror. 🙂  Some might think it’s a bit much, but to me–it’s just FUN–just like MY LIFE!

So here it is…

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