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I love Erin Condren planners.
I’m a lifer.
Last year, my Erin Condren planner was also pink and gray, but I chose stripes.
I can’t seem to get away from the pink and gray (it is my fave color combo at the moment) so this year I went with the confetti pattern.
To say I love it is an understatement.
I use the life planner because I like to think of myself as having a life. 🙂 As far as school goes, I use a digital template so I don’t use Erin Condren’s teacher planner. Although, last year, they sent me one and I used it for my Guided Reading planning which worked out really well.
Maybe I DO need the teacher planner . . .
Anyways, I’m just a big ole nerd when it comes to planners. I like to write things down and use the stickers and carry it around in the crook of my arm like I’m still in high school and I’m a cheerleader or something.
Back in elementary school, I remember being obsessed with someone’s Trapper Keeper. I was green with envy. If I only I could have a Trapper Keeper, I remember thinking.
Well, TAKE THIS, Trapper Keeper.
I have an EC Planner.
Okay, so a photographer, I am NOT.
It was really dark outside so I tried to lighten the picture and this is what I got and then I said to myself I really don’t care, who cares, at least you can see a little of what’s happening, and hey! There’s Murphie!
So last weekend, Steve smoked ribs all day (LIKE ALL THE LIVELONG DAY) and cleaned out the backyard WHICH IS NOW NAKED, and we had friends over to help us eat all the food.
I’ve talked about Jason and Stacie a lot — they used to live right next door to us and we hung out all the time. We did neighborly things, and borrowed items from one another like Coca Cola and ketchup and ice cream . . . there was no shame in what we borrowed from each other, and we had countless dinners in our pajamas, and it was just so much fun living next door to them.
When they put their house up for sale, I cried on their front step.
Now, they live about a mile away and we go over there for almost every major holiday (Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, New Year’s Eve . . . ) and we still get together all the time, and we travel together (last Spring Break, we all went to Mexico).
But I’m here to tell you that being NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS, as in RIGHT NEXT DOOR, is what I miss the most.
Well, anyway, they came over last weekend to eat and talk and chat, and we had the best time. It was so nice outside in the evening (it has been so so so hot here lately, I can’t even take it, I’m talking 106 degrees at 5pm) and even though you can’t see her, Stacie is sitting in the wood chair on the right with a glass of wine. And, as you can see, my glass of wine is on the left. 🙂
I just love friends that take no effort and even though your husbands decide to wear real clothes, you wear pajamas anyway. Because that’s what Stacie and I did. 🙂
Oh, hello again, Urgent Care.
I missed you so I felt the need to come back.
LISTEN TO THIS, and yes, it’s all TRUE, and I am NOT exaggerating:
Whilst in Mexico, I told Steve one day that my right ear felt clogged. I could get it unclogged by swallowing or blowing my nose, but, by and large, it was clogged. I even told him a few times that it was hard to hear out of it.
Well, when we got home, it kept doing the same thing. Clog, unclog, I’m annoyed, what is this, clog, unclog.
By the way, I PRIDE myself on how well I can hear. I mean, I can hear things I don’t think normal human beings should be able to hear. Like, say for for instance, I’m downstairs and Steve’s cell phone is upstairs, in his jeans pocket that he wore that day, in the bedroom closet, and he doesn’t know, and I’ll say you just got a text and he’ll say I don’t even know where my phone is. To which I reply I think it’s upstairs somewhere and you just got a text.
And sure enough, he’ll go on a search, find his cell phone in his jeans pocket which were in the closet, and he will have just gotten a text.
I feel like my amazing sense of hearing makes up for my lack of eyesight.
One day last week, my ear was REALLY clogged. So I went to Target to buy ear-wax-dissolving-something-or-other-drops (and $100 worth of who knows what else, it’s Target) and I tried that out. And, at first, I thought it made me deaf, but then it loosened up whatever was going on and then it was all good again.
But Tuesday, on the 4th of July, it was all clogged up again, so I tried the drops again.
It never came unclogged.
It was like I was underwater. It was the STRANGEST feeling. It didn’t hurt, per se, but it was not comfortable.
I started thinking about that Mexico bug again. Maybe my tummy troubles weren’t the result of a REAL LIVE ACTUAL BUG, but what if my ear was?! WAS THERE A BUG INSIDE MY EAR?! Did I drown it with the drops?! Am I going to be on Untold Stories of the ER now? Am I falling apart? Is there no hope for me? What next, I ask you! WHAT NEXT?!
I went to Urgent Care the next day. But not until after I got my hair done, went to the local teaching supply store, and met a friend for lunch. I could only hear half of what everyone was saying, and my car never beeped at me to tell me anyone was in my blind spot or behind me when I was reversing, but #PRIORITIES.
The doctor looked in my left ear and said beautiful!
I felt proud.
He looked in my right ear and said Did you use a Q-tip?
And I was like Hey! I have good hygiene! Of course I used a Q-tip! And deodorant! And body lotion! And soap! And toothpaste! And so what if I don’t wash my hair every day – no teacher I know washes her hair every day, I could do a blog post on that topic all on its own because it’s an actual phenomenon!
So I said um, yes, you’re supposed to. I use Q-tips every day, as a matter of fact.
Well, he went into this whole thing about I really don’t know what, and drew some pictures of my ear canal and what-not on the butcher paper of the little bed (which, in all actuality, looked like phallic symbols!!!) and then said a nurse was going to wash my ear. But he said it was REALLY bad and if she couldn’t get it unclogged, he would have to refer me to an ENT so I needed to be prepared for that.
The ear washing was BIZARRE and tickled and hurt and felt so weird. It wasn’t working in the beginning, but after about the 5th go-around, she got the biggest ball of wax out, and it was the most DISGUSTING thing ever, and I felt so embarrassed, but I was so relieved and I could hear everything again INSTANTLY, and I was so so so happy that I asked the nurse to marry me.
This wax-clog-scenario has NEVER happened to me before.
Oh my word!!!!
LOOK AT THE GANG!
I put this picture on my Instagram and it was hilarious how many comments and likes it received. I think we are all Mo Willems-obsessed. I love Knuffle Bunny, Piggie and Gerald, the Duckling, and, of course, the Pigeon!
I didn’t need to buy any of the books at Kohl’s because I own all of them already, obviously.
But to have the matching animals makes this girl ONE HAPPY CAMPER, let me tell you.
They are $5 each and the money goes to charity. I’ve heard some Kohls don’t have them yet, some Kohls aren’t carrying the Duckling, some Kohls have run out of them, you can order them online, there are no more in stock online, and countless other tales.
All I know is that my Kohls had them, and I bought them immediately, and I’m sorry if you don’t have them, can’t get them, or only have four out of the five.
I love them with all of my heart.
I also put this picture on Instagram and got a ton of comments and likes.
This is my new ELA curriculum, Benchmark Advance. We have used Houghton Mifflin for the last 15 years (although I supplemented a LOT of it) so new curriculum is kind of exciting.
But all of those boxes are MINE. Every single one.
And I was told more is coming.
Kerry and the kids are coming into town on Monday for two weeks (!!!) so I felt the need to go to school to get my room situated so I could enjoy my time with them and not think about school. When they leave, I have 9 days until I have to report back so I felt a little bit of pressure. Oh, and I’m a nerd, and I like to go to school. One of our new hires saw me there on Thursday and Friday and said you’re always here! and I said well, just yesterday and today and that’s all!
Shoulder shrug. I don’t know. Is it a crime? Am I dumb?
Don’t answer that.
Well. I got them all unpacked. And once I threw away all the “fancy” boxes that all the stuff came in, it condensed down really nicely. And I have a plan, but I ran out of time so I’ll get back to you on how I’m organizing all of this stuff. We EACH got level readers for guided reading.
EACH OF US.
Plus Reader’s Theater (too bad they didn’t buy mine — HA!).
Plus TEs and student workbooks and students textbooks (which are actually floppy and can be written in and are consumable) etc etc etc.
It is overwhelming.
I’ve heard good stuff, bad stuff, and everything in between.
I’m going to have an open mind and go from there.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my Saturday by NOT going to school (it’s closed and I can’t) and maybe perusing baskets and shelves online.
Because why not?!