This was a busy week with report cards . . . and school. And life. And just living.
I am very thankful for the weekend. And, even though I said I would sleep in, waking up at 7am is okay if you go to bed at 9pm the night before.
I am a party animal. Look out.
I did not my put my shoes next to her.
She found my shoes, curled up around them, and fell fast asleep. This little quirk of hers cracks me up and I hope she always has it. She will wedge herself next to a chair or a wall or a bed post or a book or a glass of wine . . . but if we buy her a comfy expensive dog bed, she will rip it to shreds in five seconds flat.
Have you seen Marsha’s Spinner Games??!!! Oh my word, I love them! Last week, we used her Math Spinners and this week we were busy with the Rhyming Spinners.
And look at how cute the spinners are!!!! I wish I could take credit, but that is Marsha’s idea, too! You slip each spinner card into a blank CD case! So it’s super easy to switch them from week to week or even day to day.
Our math program came with about 40 clear plastic spinners so I just taped the spinners to the top of the CD case. My kids love these — I highly recommend them.
This just looks like an ordinary bucket, right? We each have one and we have to keep it under our sink. It is filled with emergency supplies.
Thursday was the Great Shake Out of California 2014 or Something Like That and because the date was October 16, it happened at 10:16am. Lots of businesses participate, too. Our district practices every year — we are supposed to pretend THE BIG ONE hit and it’s an 8.0 or higher earthquake.
Basically, we duck and cover, exit the classroom, and then our kids sit on the blacktop for about an hour while the teachers run around and pretend to do our jobs. My job is First Aid. Because I am CPR certified, as well as fine with blood. Blood does not bother me.
I don’t have to run around. I have to stay at the First Aid station and wait for victims who show up with placard necklaces that say “Unconscious” or “Lost a Limb” or “Severe Bleeding”. Then my team and I decide how to treat the poor soul which means we make them sit down with us in the shade. It’s usually upper grade students who volunteer for this or a couple of support staff.
We even have a couple of parents pretend to be out of their minds with worry and they try to climb the fence and get their babies. It’s hilarious. It’s not supposed to be, but it is. Especially when the upper grade kid is trying to act like he doesn’t know the mom that is trying to climb the fence, but all of his friends are laughing because she keeps yelling, “TRENT! TRENT! MY BABY!! COME TO MAMA!”
Okay, so anyways, it’s good practice for us because we figure out what we could do better or what’s not realistic or where a different team should meet, etc.
And, by the way, that bucket is not an ordinary bucket.
Once you take out all of the emergency supplies, it’s a toilet.
And I have no doubt I would have to use it because I always have to go to the bathroom.
I would probably have to use it more than once.
Let’s all take a moment and bow our heads to pray that I will never be at school if the Big One hits.
I am actually typing this blog post at my desk. Sitting in that chair.
I cannot wait to start decorating.
First on the list is a desk lamp.
Steve is currently working on cupboards and a big counter for the closet . . . so you can’t look behind me because it’s kind of like a construction site on the other side of the room.
I have spent every morning in here reading my bible. And every night in here grading papers and working on school stuff.
It actually makes me want to be more productive!
So that’s a win for everyone, I’d say.
Although, as you can see, I do have a TV. That’s because I need some background noise — (Well, not when I’m reading the bible — I have to concentrate when I’m doing that.) — like I said, I need some background noise when I’m working. I just do.
This is Zac Brown and his band. Or the Zac Brown band. I don’t know.
I think I know one of his songs.
I’m sorry. I don’t usually listen to country music. But Steve does. So that’s all I know.
We are going to the Zac Brown concert today with some great friends (my teaching partner and her hubby) and we’ll be tailgating and eating tri tip sandwiches, too. Our friend that coordinated the whole thing is celebrating her one year anniversary of living with and surviving breast cancer. She has had a long, hard journey, but you would never hear her complain. She is an amazing person and we are all excited to go and support her and help her celebrate life! We are all wearing pink! 🙂
I got a new, soft, pale pink tunic from Old Navy. My thought is to wear leggings with my brown boots. By the way, I can wear boots and leggings and a sweater because it’s overcast and the high is only 78 degrees today. People, that’s fall weather. Steve says my outfit idea is the perfect thing to wear to a Zac Brown concert. But I’m also aware that others will be wearing jeans and tank tops and cowboy boots. So I don’t know.
I don’t own cowboy boots. Or cowgirl boots.
So I’m still trying to figure out what to wear . . . but at least I know it will be pink! 🙂
PS A tunic is a long shirt or sweater type of thing. So, for me, almost everything is a tunic.
Carrie H says
I can't wait to see your desk space as it develops! I am jealous too, it looks awesome! 😉
I love you desk! How do you like the flooring? We've considered doing it in our living room / dining room / kitchen.
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Luv My Kinders says
The office is looking beautiful. Love the Zac Brown Band. I am a country girl, even though I don't own cowboys boots either. I think your outfit sounds perfect. What a great way to celebrate. Have fun!
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Carol Polston says
You are so funny- let's bow our heads and pray you're never there when the big one hits. haha. We did the practice too- yours is much more in-depth than ours. Let's bow our heads and pray I'm never at school when the big one hits cuz my"facility" is just a short black box that hangs on the wall and can be emptied to use as a potty if necessary. Plus the supplies inside of it have to be 10 years old- who wants to share the 10 year old granola bar that is sealed in there? Good thing I keep a supply of chocolate in my cabinet 🙂 Your office looks great!
kevin and mandy says
I LOVE this office space. What colors are on your wall? Brown and grey? Just beautiful!
The paint color is gray. A dark gray on the bottom, light gray on top, and an even lighter shade on the ceiling. It's super soothing!
Have a great night!!! I suggest you bring the "bucket" to the concert!!!
That work space is stunning! May I ask (pretty please!) where you purchased that desk? I LOVE it!
The desk is from Pottery Barn! I LOVE IT!! 🙂
Mrs. Mody says
ZBB is an amazing concert. Don't worry, I always do the faux country thing too, and it works out. I think the outfit sounds perfect. Just call them ZBB though and you will sound like you are in the know.
Nancy C. says
Love your new office….Regarding the bucket….I have one under my sink, too. It's called a "Lug-a-loo" and we share one between two classrooms. Hopefully we will never have to use the "lug-a-loo!"
How funny, I am going to the same concert tonight with my teaching BFF and I know NONE of their songs!!
Oma Sara Bates says
Love your blog! Jealous of your work space! Mine is a Lazy Boy chair in the living room, or my bed! And, I agree about the background noise when working!
I spy a Pottery Barn desk!! I love it– I am buying the smaller version for my den/office 🙂
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Sailing into Second says
Your office is ADORABLE!! Love the colors!! 🙂
Now I know why I love you so much. You are a grown up Junie B. Jones. And that's all.
This is so true!!! I love that Junie B AND that Kristin! 😉
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Jenny Oak says
Good luck wish u every success through your lively and lovely blog post yet another one.!!