Well, my twin and her kiddos left yesterday.

Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo.

They didn't cry because the airport had a Ruby's diner in it, and delicious shakes and malts picked them right up.  I know because she texted me and put a pic on Facebook.  

I cried, but I don't know if it's because my family left or that I didn't get a shake.

So now it's just me.

I have three days left of my three week vacation and I'm planning on doing absolutely.nothing.at.all.don't.even.ask.me.to.go.to.the.mailbox.

This post has nothing at all to do with teaching.  That's what happens when you haven't been teaching.   

That's going to change sooner than I would like . . . cry me a river right now, why don't you?

I do have a plan in the works for updating my Fun Friday chart -- so that will be something school-ish to tell you about if I ever get around to actually accomplishing something in the next three days and that's sort of doubtful.

I have a plan in my brain that is going to change the looks of this thing.  That's all.  Just a plan.  No materials.  Nothing printed.  Nothing created.   Just the plan, Stan.

In the meantime, I have to tell you what happened to me yesterday.

I got up and I went downstairs with Sydney to let her out.  She has doggy doors, as we all know, but she does not prefer to use them.  Instead, she waits until I'm all comfy cozy on the couch under a blanket, and then she goes to the back door and uses her nose to push the blinds hither and thither to communicate that she needs to go out.  Sometimes, it's really polite with just a little nudge.

Other times, it's quite rude and the blinds practically swing off the hinges.  WHOA, SYD!

Anywho, I opened the door to let her out and then I started making coffee.   

After awhile, I was cold (I leave the door open because I am lazy and don't want to have to stand outside with her) so I went to see what was taking her so long.  Not that I wanted to SEE, but you know what I mean.


Sydney was ignoring the other dog.  The other dog was ignoring Sydney.  Sydney just continued to take care of her business.

I went to my side yard to see if our gate was open . . .


I came back around and stared at the other dog . . . did it look familiar?

Tilted my head.  

Do I know you?

Then I started laughing.  Hard.

I was dying laughing.

It was our neighbor's dog, Puppi.  And she came in through this big ole broken slat in the fence.  

I guess it had been kind of windy the other day.  I think.

Puppi finally decided that I was weird and trotted off back through the fence.  And then she barked at me for all she was worth.

Meanwhile, Sydney had already gone back inside.  Shrugged her shoulders and all that.  Oh well.

I came in to tell Kerry, the twin, all about it and then we heard jingling outside.  When we looked out, Puppi was there again.  Just sniffing around.  Checking out her new digs.  Or old digs.  I have no idea how long this has been going on.  ??????

(That's actually when I took the above pictures.  Contrary to what my parents and hubby might think, my iPhone is not permanently attached to my hand and I am able to be five feet away from it at certain times.  Six feet away and you're pushing it, but still.)

All I can say is that this whole thing would have been even funnier if Puppi had used our doggy doors and come inside the house.  

I mean, someone should be using those doggy doors besides me.


  1. Oh toooooo funny! What a scream! I would die if that dog had come in your doggy door! Ha ha ha! Happy New Year to ya friend:) Can't wait to read more funnies:) I am with you on the not wanting to do a thing these next 3 days:/ I am so sad and so in denial it's not even funny!! Ha!

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Love your blog. Thanks for reminding me to laugh at the small things in life. Off to make gold tags and buy morning work packets. Have a great 2013.

  3. Love your blog. Thanks for reminding me to laugh at the small things in life. Off to make gold tags and buy morning work packets. Have a great 2013.

  4. HAHA thanks for always making me laugh!! Too funny!

    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

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  6. Hilarious! I'm sure Puppi figures if Sydney doesn't have to use doggy doors, neither should she. Next thing you know, she'll be on the other side of the backdoor, pawing at it, waiting for you to get up from under the blanket and let her in. ;P

  7. Puppi can just feel all the love from you guys...!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  8. Hahaha!!!!! That is too funny!!! :) Enjoy your next few days of doing nothing!!!! I'm going to do nothing too! :)

  9. We have a doggy door, but only one of my dogs will use it. The other simply refuses, so I end up opening the door anyways. Talk about annoying!

    Happy weekend!
    Teachery Tidbits

    1. Oh, good! I'm not the only one! :)

  10. I had a dog when I was growing up that would CONSTANTLY run away and go into our neighbors house through the doggy door. We were so thankful that he loved beagles . . . :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  11. Ummm...with all those clothespins on the Fun Friday choices it looks like you maybe have 80 students in your class?

    But, my eyes aren't very good and I couldn't read the particulars.

    Will definitely be reading your next post, as we started doing the golden tickets and Fun Friday this year and we are. IN. LOVE.

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

    1. Haha! I don't have 80 kids. I just like my 29 kids (up to 32) to have lots of choices! So glad you're in love with the system. :)

  12. Haha, that's so funny! My parents have strange cats that always invade our backyard and make our dog bark like crazy!

    Compassionate Teacher

  13. Our yard is not fenced so we have coyotes come in and run around. Apparently Puppi knows a good yard when he sees one. Your yard pictures were hilarious.


  14. Thanks for the funny light hearted post - I love when I am off school long enough to enjoy just being me and not being obsessed with teaching (I mean that in a good way of course) - we went back to school on Wednesday so I am in full swing now! The kids were excited to come back to school on Thursday and it actually worked out great because we got to spend those two days getting caught up on the work we laid aside those last two weeks before the break because of Christmas programs, parties, Spirit Rally day, etc.
    Hope you have a great return to school on Monday!

  15. HA! Give it time and Puppi might use those doggy doors. We had a neighbor cat that used to use ours all the time. We'd find that cat in odd places at odd times because he'd obviously come in while we were at work and just hang out. We had to move the fish tank since he was often found trying to nab a fish or two.

  16. Omg!! It just made its own door!! I can't wait to see your plans for Fun Friday!

  17. That is too cute that both dogs were just minding their own business. Sounds like that dog was comfortable enough to just keep coming in. Too cute! Also, I love the Fun Friday clip chart. I love Fun Friday, but it is always so hectic and chaotic for me that I skip it most weeks because organizing it is a pain.

    Darling Little Learners

  18. I love that story! I wanted to extend my thoughts your way regarding Sydney. My own dog of 12 years passed away last night. She was quite a character herself. She knew how to open doors so we had to baby lock the pantry door so she didn't help herself to our entire food supply. She would eat EVERYTHING. She ate a golf ball once - no lie- she threw up the green rubbery stringy inside one night and we had no idea what it was. The next day she pooped out the golf ball shell. I could see the word "Titleist" perfectly! I just had to reach out knowing another dog lover would understand my current situation. I love reading about Sydney. Thanks for always sharing -
    Simple In Second

  19. Kristin, Love reading your blog. Figured my kiddies (I) needed a jump-start to the New Year, so will be implementing your golden tickets. I have a question about the library pockets. Do the kiddies keep the pockts in their desks, or do you have them posted on a bulletin board and they "deposit" their tickets? I envision little golden tickets flying about the room like pieces of confetti. Am looking forward to your "new" free Friday post.