12 on the 12th

I am FINALLY joining Kacey's Linky Party because I FINALLY remembered to take pictures today!

Hadar got a new app called Pic Collage so I got it, too.  I'm a follower.  Of blogs AND apps now, apparently.  It looks pretty cool and I was all set to use it for today . . . and then I realized I need to talk about each picture as you see it.  So I'm doing it the old fashioned way.  Because I am old.  Not so much in fashion, though.  

I got up at 5:15 and "worked out".  I am putting that in quotes because I can't exactly get my heart rate up too high so it's more of a work in.  Or a work up.  I don't know.  I do some abs.  And then I do the oldest Kathy Ireland dvd you have ever seen.  In fact, it used to be a VCR tape and then a friend of mine used her burning software to make it a DVD for me.  I have been doing it since January and now I have the whole thing memorized.  Down to the "Good job!  Three more!" and "You can do it!  And one and two and three and four."  Now I usually watch a show and go through the motions.  (We need a new belt for our treadmill so I can't use it right now)

Then I had my quiet time.  My small group is doing A Purpose Driven Life.  The hubs and I have actually done it before, but no one in our group has.  It's good.  I like it.  That's International Delight Cinnabon Creamer with coffee in my mug.

This is Sydney.  She wouldn't look at me.  She was upset that I was leaving her for the day.  We do this EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Heaven forbid I go to school and earn money to buy her the jerky treats she loves so much.

 One of my teammates "whipped" this up as a little art project to go along with our Pioneers unit/Open House theme.  We're going to make it part of a scrapbook.  CUTE!  The rest of us on the team did lots of squealing.

We sorted buttons today for our math lesson.  The kids were thrilled.  I just gave them a handful.  But it was like I had given them a million dollars.  Or candy.  The best part was that I was able to put buttons under the Ladybug Document Camera and have my kids guess the sorting rule.  OH MY WORD.  Dot (that's what I'm calling her) is amazing.  UH-MAZING.

I tutored today.  And my little kiddo forgot to take something very important that will help her focus.  And she was all-over-the-place. And under the table.  And near the trash can.  And stuffing goldfish in her mouth so she wouldn't be able to answer questions.  It was a LONG hour.  But I love her.  Dearly.  So I gave her some candy.

The hubby is HOME!!!  He was on a trip (you know I'm not allowed to tell you before or while he is gone because he fears cyber killers) and he is finally home.  :)  That's another reason why I've been so tired this week because I haven't been sleeping well.  Anyways, yes, that is a camoflauge suitcase.  Boys.

 I got into these pajamas immediately after saying hello to the hubby.  Or maybe I did this first.  Or maybe I was actually wearing them all day today.  Hmmm.

We ordered in.  Pick Up Stix.  This is Sesame Chicken.  YUM.  YUM.  YUM.  This beats the cereal, noodles, frozen pizzas for one, and wine that I was surviving on.

I have some work to do tonight.  I have to make that one-room house sample for myself.  And I have to go over third trimester writing assessments.  Math tests.  Stuff.  You know, the usual.
I will watch some of this while I do that teacher stuff.  Look at all of that reality.  I had to record the Today show for the Ashley Judd interview (puffy face) and for the two 13 year old boys that saved everyone on their school bus when their driver had a heart attack.  I heard Ann Curry tease both stories while I was getting ready this morning.  They were good teasers.  I debated calling in sick.  But I didn't.  I've got Tivo.  One of my closest friends.

This will be last.  I have been getting into bed about 9:30 each night and reading until about 11:00.  I can't put this book down!!!!  Have you read it?  Let's just say I don't want this one to be a movie because there's a lot of people getting beat up.   On the other hand, I am okay with all of the killing in The Hunger Games.   

That's my 12.  Don't forget to link up with Kacey!

I'm off to do my work and watch a little Reality.  :)


  1. I LOVED The Hunger Games! Divergent is on my long list of to-read books...I'll be busy all summer catching up on all the fun reading. Can.not.wait!


  2. I'm in the middle of Divergent. My 14 year old niece, an absolute bookworm, hooks me up with all the YA must-reads. You have to have someone in the know!

  3. Thanks for the book suggestion! And I love 16 & Pregnant and Giuliana and Bill. If you miss Talk About It Tuesday a lot, you could do these on Wednesday! 16 and Pregnant makes me glad that I wasn't and I am waiting for my prince to come like Bill, the so supportive husband to Giuliana!


  4. I really liked Divergent. The second book comes out May 1st! I have a thing for dystopian novels.
    Finally in First

  5. Your DVR looks exactly like mine!!!! :) And your puppy is too cute! Have a great Friday!!!!

  6. Blogstalker! Please, please, please post directions for that adorable little log cabin!

  7. Love love love Divergent....can't wait for sequel....and a movie is in works:-)


  8. That cabin is very cute. I love your husband's camouflage suitcase. If we ever actually went anywhere... that is EXACTLY what my husband would want. I'm impressed with your 5:15 "work out/in/up". I have to get my sorry butt out of bed and do the same.
    Dragonflies in First

  9. One of the 1st grade teachers I used to work with is in NY for spring break and she was in the background of the Today show today!!! hah!

  10. Thank you for the book suggestion! Your dog is adorable!

    First Grade Magic

  11. I loved that book! We read the same stuff. I want to do the 12 on 12 thing too, but now I've missed it. May!

    I have your first trimester writing practice, but not the second and third. Would you please share it? I loved the first one.

    First in Maine

  12. Lovr the peek into your day :) I'll have to add that book to my to-do list. My summer better be 6 months long so I can get everything on my list accomplished.


  13. That was so fun. I feel like I just came over and we hung out for the day!!!

  14. You're tutoring session sounds much calmer than mine. I tutor 5-8 kids every Thursday for 1 1/2 hours for no pay. Only 2 of them are girls, so it is a constant battle trying to get all of those summer birthday boys focused at the same time. I'm always thankful when 5:00 comes! lol

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  15. I wish I could wake-up in time to workout and have "quiet time".. jealous! I can only wake up for that if my husband decides we need to workout in the morning.. I have to workout after school. I am not a morning person!
    Teaching, Learning, & Loving

  16. Why do I love you so much? I can answer that question. You are so real and hilarious and a darn good teacher!

  17. Love the Cinnabon Creamer! I get very angry when it's out of stock at Wegman's.
    Loved your 12 on 12...as always very entertaining, with just thr right amount of sarcasm thrown in ;)

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  18. Yay! Fun photo journey through your day! My cat LuLu Rose gives me the same look when I leave for school. Although, I am skeptical about the shenanigans she gets in to when I am gone. Giuliana and Bill, Bethenny Ever After...my favorite shows! Very tumultuous seasons!


    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  19. 5:15 really?? I wish.. I drag my tail out of bed at 6:00 on most days. {ok, some days 6:30}. I wish I had the motivation to exercise first thing in the morning

    And my hubby has a camo bag too.. and a camo shower curtain in "his bathroom". I am quick to tell EVERYONE that enters our house that I DID NOT PICK THAT OUT! Men are crazy!

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for joining up! I am so happy to have you join my linky party!

    Doodle Bugs Teaching
    Doodle Bugs Paper

  20. I love number 3...poor girl! My three do the same every morning except they stare straight into my eyes with identical mournful expressions. Sydney is gorgeous :)

  21. I know EXACTLY what Kathy Ireland tape you're talking about! I had it too!!! LOL Went the way of the VCR when it died though :( (actually, think it's still in a yard sale box somewhere!). I moved on to Zumba...20 min express workout is AMAZING (when I can fit it in...finally gave up and do it with a couple teammates after school!).

    Thanks for the chuckles (as always!). Your blog always brightens my evening! :)

    Adventures in Second Grade

  22. I saw a Starbucks cup!! Woohoo! I love myself some Starbucks! Happy Friday girly!

  23. I love Sydney! My cat waits for me by the door whenever I leave...it is so sad.

    Have you seen the movie Haichi...that is what it reminds me of. =(

    Heather's Heart

  24. I love the purpose driven life! :) I had that book, but lost it in a fire :( You are making me want it again! lol

  25. so..we're sitting out here in the front porch watching autumn play, rocking in the chairs....she cones up to me and says, look mom! teeny tiny!!
    I look up- where?? where's teeny tiny?? oh..just the rock. lol. darn!

  26. There's nothing wrong with the old fashioned way! Why fix it when it's not broken? Thanks for always making my day. I love reading your posts. I'm having a huge giveaway for 10 days straight. I'd love for you to come check it out.
    Happy Saturday!