Theme Tests and a Dress Debacle

Did you miss me?  Did you realize that I was gone?

I was crazy busy there for a minute.  

I have no plans today.  Zero.  And it's going to rain.  So I am planning on spending some quality time with PJ, the hubs, junk food, and all of you.  I cannot wait.  

I will "briefly" explain my absence.  Briefly is in "quotes" because I don't know if I can actually accomplish that.

First, I had a HUGE DRESS DEBACLE.  Much like the Great Recess Duty Debacle of 2011.

Our school had a big event last night and it's sort of dressy.  PJ is not allowed and neither is our Spirit Wear.  I generally have to get my legs and toes out of hibernation.

So I went shopping and took my tutoring money (no Dave Ramsey issues here) and found a SUPERCUTEDRESS.  But it was a tad too big.  No problem.  I have a tailor (because I am vertically challenged and he hems absolutely everything for me.  Even jeans that say they come in short.) and I knew he would be able to take this dress in for me.  After all, that's his job.

Well . . . on Wednesday, I picked it up, paid the man $46 dollars (FORTY SIX DOLLARS!?!?) and brought it home.  FORTY SIX DOLLARS?!


The SUPERCUTEDRESS is a little bit ruined.  (insert sad face here)

The zipper on the side is no longer invisible.  And it won't lay flat.  So my left side looks bumpy.  Not smooth like my other side (or the right side, if you'd rather).  And the spanx can't handle it either.  The zipper is just waffly, if that's a word.  Catty wompus, if you will.

I did some deep breathing exercises and tried on my two "go to" black dresses.  I have alternated wearing these to this school event for the last ten years.  Yes, that's me.  Don't judge.  I hate shopping.

Somehow, amongst of all my "walking", I have shrunk.  (?????)  They don't fit me anymore.  Or, as my hubby stated, "You look like you are wearing a mumu."  Perfect.  Just the look I was going for.

Next thing I knew, we were at the mall at 7:00 on a Wednesday.  It was too late to go back to the tailor's.  Plus, I really don't want to go back to the tailor's.  I like my little Russian tailor and I don't want to hurt his feelings.  Clearly, this is one for the hubby to handle while I wait in the car.  Under the seat.  With a hat, glasses, and a mustache on.

I tried on a GAZILLION dresses.  I bought two.  (Not in the Dave Ramsey plan, by the way)  I treated my hubby to Ruby's (I had a salad and french fries.  Yep.  If you can't tell, I keep my life balanced) and then I cleaned my house until about 11:00.

Thursday, I had bible study.  And then I cleaned the bathrooms until about 10:30.

Friday, a few of my friends who commute to school came over for a little pre-party before our big school event.  We had a glass of wine, some appetizers, some chit chat, and then we got ready and went to the big event.  And, people, that's why I was cleaning.  I'm not a nut (entirely).  But when girls are coming over to use your bathrooms and guest bedroom for changing . . . I had to do something.  The house had been a little neglected, what with all of the Housewives and the Bachelor and everything.   The beauty of it is that now my house is clean so I can be guilt-free while I blog stalk and watch movies today.

You're up to speed on my absence.  Sort of.

I still have a story about how I rescued a boy this week (SAVED his life, if I do say so myself) and another about a chew toy incident in my classroom.  But I'll save those.  I also have a couple about how I had to have a sub twice this week - school-related that will be sort of fun to talk about.  But I'll save those, too.

In the meantime, I promised Theme 8 tests for you.  I hope it's not too late!!  I'm throwing in Theme 9 tests to make it up to you!
Theme 8, Week 1
Theme 8, Week 2
Theme 8, Week 3

You can grab Theme 9, Week 1 {HERE}, Theme 9, Week 2 {HERE}, Theme 9, Week 3 {HERE}.

Sorry about all the clicking.  I wish they were in one file for you, but they aren't.  And I could possibly try to do that for you, but I'd rather eat these cinnamon rolls and drink my coffee while coming around to visit all of you.  Surely you understand.

P.S.  The hubs helped me clean AND it was his idea to go to the mall.  I am really spoiled.  Maybe I'll wear those jeans that stretch out today . . .   


  1. Can't wait to hear about your subs!

    And wow I'm the first commenter?!?!

    Sorry about your dress debacle :(

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. What a busy week! Did your event go alright? Thanks for the theme tests. I'm curious, in your district do you have to give any of the theme tests that come with HM? We give only 4 a year which is enough for me since they're huge. I really like what you've come up with for comprehension. Hope you have a very comfortable day!
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  3. Sorry about the dress debacle! I'm sure you looked lovely at your event. :) Are there pictures to share???? Thank you for sharing the Theme tests. I'm going to try to give them to my kids starting next week. I love your idea of giving it to them the week. Have a relaxing weekend!
    Mrs. K's Munchkins

  4. Oh, Kristin!
    What a week you've had!

    Oh, I really want to click on a link that says "newer post" and read about the next story and the next and the next.

    I know people are all fired up about the Hunger Games (book and movie), but if I had my druthers (do I already HAVE druthers? What ARE druthers, anyway?!), I would just sit and read Teeny Tiny Teacher posts all day (while it rains).

    And: Can I borrow a cinnamon roll? We're out.

    Missed you!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Kristin, I was totally into your story about the dress and relating to it because I HATE shopping and I could never, ever take the dress back to the tailor either. BUT then your story suddenly ended. We want more details! (...or at least I do.) What did the dress you wore look like? Was it black? (I am not judging, I love black dresses.) Why did you pick it to wear over the other dress you bought?

    Okay, so this is really weird but my school had a once a year fancy event last night, too. Do we really teach at the same school and I just not know it? Is Kristin really your alias and you teach down the hall from me? If so, I am the one who wore casual clothes to the event (casual, but not jeans). Hey, I came straight from school so I did my best! (Plus, I think there were only four teachers there and two of those were also parents. I give myself an A for effort and a C for attire.)

    So glad you were able to blog today! You really are missed on days you don't blog. REALLY!!!
    An Open Door

    P.S. How is your ladybug? Have you put her to work yet?

  6. I'd be a little upset about the tailor ruining my dress. But I'm glad it all worked out. I hope you had a great time at your event.

  7. HAHA! I wish you lived closer to me :(

  8. Perfect day for crock pot cake and I would take the dress back and make mr tailor man fix it or replace it and his 46$$$ cost.
    Have a great weekend...I had been worrying about you. missed ya!

  9. I have missed you and noticed you were gone. I love the dress story, glad you found something, congrats on the dresses being too big.

    Today, I am having Sit on my behind Saturday. I plan to blog stalk and read, read, read. I hope you enjoy your Saturday, we all need down time.
    JIll bubbalulu.blogspot.com Tales from Second

  10. Totally jealous of your cinnamon roll and coffee. That's what I had in mind for breakfast... even lunch... a snack?

    I hate shopping, too. Your dress debacle is the kind of stuff that stresses me out. I'm glad you were able to find something (2 somethings!) at the mall.

    Thanks for the theme tests. Just in time for me. Starting Theme 8 Week1 on Monday.
    Dragonflies in First

  11. I am Tho relieved that all is well. Loved and laughed my way through your post. Probably read it a couple more times. It's Saturday and my kids are frying their brains in front of tv and computer...it's a free for all right now!
    Love you and glad you are back. Looking forward to the other intriguing posts. AND A PICTURE of your dress. the friends. The appetizers? I need visuals lady! Even if you have to put your head on a celebrity's body. (who would do such a thing?!)

  12. Of course I missed you.. and I did realize you went missing. How dare you?!??

    Surely, you are going to post picturs of this dress!! You have to...

    :o) Kacey
    Doodle Bugs Teaching
    Doodle Bugs Paper

  13. Shopping, schmopping...can't stand it, but I bet you look adorable in anything you put on...being the teeny tiny teacher you are.

    Sorry it's raining your way, but thanks for giving up your weather for us Michiganders! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  14. I came across your blog from another blog-sorry I don't recall the name. I love your blog and how you write it as you're talking to a friends of yours. And your tailor/dress situation totally sounds like something I would do.

  15. WOW! You have been busy! (if he can't fix the dress, maybe you can wear a sweater or cute jacket with it?)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  16. I missed you tho much, tho, tho much. (Hope that didn't sound weird. Glad you're back) :)

  17. Oh my, you always have so much going on! I can't wait to hear those other stories!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  18. You should have combined the Saving a BOy story and the dress story- then people could send donations to get new dresses (that would make Dave Ramsey happy) because they all think you are a hero and deserve them!!!!! (hee hee I loved your last "one word comment" on my blog.....giggled forever!


    Going Nutty!


  19. Wow, fancy teacher event. Wonder how that would go over at my school.

    I probably would have ended up wearing the mumu because I hate shopping that much. Major kudos for shrinking!

    Can't wait to hear how you saved a child!

    Thanks as always for sharing your hilarious life with us.


  20. Wow, fancy teacher event. Wonder how that would go over at my school.

    I probably would have ended up wearing the mumu because I hate shopping that much. Major kudos for shrinking!

    Can't wait to hear how you saved a child!

    Thanks as always for sharing your hilarious life with us.


  21. Wow, fancy teacher event. Wonder how that would go over at my school.

    I probably would have ended up wearing the mumu because I hate shopping that much. Major kudos for shrinking!

    Can't wait to hear how you saved a child!

    Thanks as always for sharing your hilarious life with us.


  22. I have missed you! =)

    I am excited to hear about the stories to come!

    Heather's Heart

  23. Sorry to hear about your dress debacle! It is so hard to find something the first time, Can't wait to hear your other stories.

    Finally in First

  24. I just read that you are from Oklahoma... Okie Teachers need to stick together and it seems there are not many of us blogging either! Please come visit me and let me know where you teach! :0)



  25. I have recently found your blog and love reading about your school life and The Bachelor re-caps! {I didn't like Courtney from the beginning!} I love the theme tests you've created but I'm wondering if you have them all the way back to theme 1? I haven't been able to find them on your blog. Is there a link to get all the theme tests?

  26. HI! Any chance you have the themed test available on a google doc??
    Thanks (: