So . . . 

I wish I had a funny story to tell.

Or a wonderful lesson to talk about.

Or something important to say.

But I don't.

So I'll just tell you the haps.  The haps means happening in case you don't speak my language.

I'm going to number them.  Be prepared.  You may want to take notes.

1.  The whole school is still testing.  But not kinder or first so we don't matter which means we don't get the free snacks, either.  I want the snacks, people.

2.  Speaking of snacks, I try really hard to bring a banana, an apple, grapes, a yogurt, a string cheese -- in other words, something healthy.  Ho hum.  I almost never look forward to it.  And then my kids pull out their Nacho Cheese Doritos and brownies and candy bars and Cool Ranch Doritos and Golden Grahams and donuts fresh from the donut store wrapped in the little parchment paper that lets you know it's from an actual donut store and not a box, and I want to eat every single thing they have, but the rule is that you cannot share so then I just pout.  This happens every day.  Unless a kid brings me a caramel-chocolate-almond-toffee coated apple and then I brag about it.  To everyone.

3.  The hubby and I are getting a new fence.  You might remember that my neighbor's dog broke in because our fence is in such a shambles.  Well, the other neighbor's dog also broke in.  Twice.  I only had a heart attack the first time.  Now I'm used to it and feel that a new fence costs way too much money and I could buy a lot of snacks with that.  But the hubby insisted.  So now we don't have a fence.  Really.  I can see far and wide in my backyard.  Murphie can, too.

It is working out just perfectly.

Yesterday, our neighbor's kids and their dog came into my house while I was in the bathroom.  Doing er . . . um . . . er . . . bathroom things.  The hubby accidentally let that happen and isn't sure how it happened, but the neighbor was embarassed.  Pee-shaw, we said.

Later, I let Murphie out to do her bathroom thing and I foolishly thought she could handle it without a leash.  Well, that would be a no, seeing as how she just walked right on into the neighbor's house to say hello.  And I just kinda followed her and chased her and wrangled her and hoped she didn't do her bathroom thing while in their house.

You might wonder why we keep leaving our back doors open.  I don't know.  Shoulder shrug.

At least we're even.

4.   End of the year staffing drama is already happening.  Who's teaching what?  Is she moving grades?  Is he?  I heard that we have to get a new teacher from another school.  Is she nice?  Will we like her?  Did you hear that our class sizes might be smaller?  What?  No way.  Never.  But I heard they might go up to one hundred and that we might get a pay cut.  Sounds about right.

5.  Our field trip is on Friday.  So tomorrow is actually my Friday and the actual Friday is going to feel like the never ending day that lasts forever and ever and I can't drink my coffee in the morning because I'm afraid I'll be the teacher that has to have the bus driver pull over at a gas station to be let out to do a bathroom thing.  

That is a true story.  But it didn't happen to me.  It did happen to my friend and now I'm traumatized and no longer have any intake of liquids on field trip days.  Ever.  Of any kind.


That wraps it up.

It's time for dinner.  I believe the hubby made a vegetable as a side so it's a good thing I bought a bag of Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry.  It pays to think ahead, don't ya know.


  1. LOVE the Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry!!! A snack to look forward to!

    :) Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  2. And you said you didn't have anything to talk about! :)

  3. I always want to steal the students cheese and cracker package things! You know, the ones that basically have cheese in a can in the middle of them. No idea why, and they are def. not my style. That, and every time a student brings left over pizza for lunch, I want pizza for supper. At least one student brings pizza a day...

  4. We just had a discussion today at snack about Doritos! We talked about which kind was our favorite. Cool Ranch won, of course. Maybe I will use that question as our sign-in tomorrow. Have you tried any of the 3 new Lays' chips - the ones out for a limited time that everyone has to vote on? I had some of the chicken-waffle ones. Interesting combination... ~ Lisa

  5. I love reading your posts! You say the things each and every one of us think :) Enjoy the chocolate berries. I am currently obsessed with the chocolate covered almonds with turbinado from Trader Joe's . Salty and sweet... YUM!

    Our dogs current obsession is little bunny foo foo in the backyard and scratching the glass door to pieces trying to get out and say "hello" to said bunny.

  6. Class size of 100 AND a pay cut! Oh, you do make me laugh!!! Only another CA teacher would get it, but boy do I get it!!! Thank you for being you! (I think I have told you that before, but it bears repeating!!)
    Love to you,
    An Open Door

  7. Too funny! You can barge into my house any old time you want.

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  9. OMG! Sounds like our end of the year drama, they've posted a 1st grade position which made the rest of the school think that one of us was leaving when in reality they're adding a class.

  10. California teaching sounds much like Oklahoma teaching this time of year. You succinctly stated the usual: who's teaching what? are we moving classrooms? can the principal do that? OMG will we get everything done before the END? Yes we will only have 2 first grade classrooms next year instead of 3 like this year. Why? Well of course, the answer is m-o-n-e-y, and yes we will have M-O-R-E students in every class. Why? Yep, it's lack of money. Time to get off my soapbox and get ready to go see the most wonderful (small) group of first graders and watch the soon to be butterflies do their thing. Hooray for our students! Otherwise teaching would be a pile of ----.

  11. We are still in the dark about staffing. I totally understand about snack time, I discover so many new snacks that I didn't know existed. I’m having a giveaway please stop by http://littlelearnersinc.blogspot.com/2013/04/science-writing-and-art-oh-my-and.html

  12. My kids are the opposite.... they always ASK for snacks that they expect me to have.... they are in middle school, I feel that they can bring their own. Our school also has a stringent policy in the upper grades about said snacking. Harumph. What they don't know is that I have a drawer in my desk dedicated to snacks. Some are healthy--- most are not.

    We are in staffing crisis here too.... we have quite a few teachers wanting to shuffle around and the schedule for next year is not even a thought in anyone's minds right now so we are all just wandering around aimlessly assuming that we will be teaching in our content areas. LOL.

  13. Acai and dark chocolate are both good for you so it's a healthy snack right? Could be a side dish next to the rice...

    Our school drama every year revolves around cutting teacher/s because our numbers are so low. We now only have 2 first grades and we are one of them. We miss the collaboration.

    Best of luck with your bathroom issues-errr fence issues ;)
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  14. TOTALLY bought the pomegranate dark chocolate pieces!!!! I'm pretty sure there's not a hint of real fruit in them, but I bet there's loads of nutrients. It's dark chocolate! :) hahah... I just love your posts!!!!

  15. Sorry about your fence! :/ I hate riding the bus for field trips. Last week we had a trip and the bus driver was one of our assistants, so it was a little hard for her to drive and I sat in the back and so totally thought I was going to have to ask her to pull over..I was getting terribly car sick! But luckily the kids all fell asleep so I was able to sprawl out on the seat without them asking "Ms. C what are you doing?!" lol


  16. OMG! I can so relate to the "bathroom on a field trip" issue! I'm the same way. I don't drink ANYTHING on field trip days. No coffee=cranky teacher!
    Tanya ☺
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  17. Love Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry...yum!

    Same water story on band trips. I spent a lot of hours on a bus chaperoning band students. No water, no caffeine.


  18. The snacks are SO hard for me too! I am competing in a Biggest Loser Competition with other teachers at school. I eat string cheese and fruit for my snack daily. I do my read aloud while my kids are eating their snacks. It is torture!!!!!!


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