Monday, April 30, 2012

2 truths and a lie

1. Today was a fantastic day at work! (The lie)

But to make up for it, I got two bits of awesome news.

#1 I won a giveaway on Goodreads for the audio book of Game of Thrones. I am mostly excited that I won something.

#2 I got selected to do G-camp for teachers. It is a 2 week geology camp (for teachers) in July. We will travel through Texas, Colorado and New Mexico visiting geology sites. It is all expenses paid, I just have to find my way to College Station and back (I think I can manage.) Here is there facebook page.  I really think it will help me getting into the Master program I have selected.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Magic Trash

As I said, I am starting to try some new ideas for my class. This week I tried Magic Trash. I have a probably at the end of the day with trash all over my room. At the beginning of the year, some students would pick it up if I asked, but that gets old when you realized you are the only few doing it.

So... the process.

1. Scan the room and decided on the piece of Magic Trash.

2. Have the students pick up the trash telling them there is a piece of magic trash and whoever gets it, wins the prize.

3. Watch as they all scramble to pick up even the tiniest piece of paper.

4. Announce who won. Be as honest as you want. Pick a real piece of trash or pick a student who gets little recognition.

I did this today, and seriously it was amazing. Most students got up and participated. And those that didn't just didn't get a chance at some gum. (Yes, one stick of gum is what it takes. They would get excited over a cup of ice. Which i have also used before.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fab Friday

1. STAAR (our state assessment) is over for the year. Watching students take tests has got to be the most boring thing in the world. I can't read, grade, plan, have a cell phone, get on the computer etc. All I can do is "actively monitor" my students. I did some calf raises during it. Engaged my abs as I walked, but that is about as much I could do. BORING.

2. 24 days left of school. (Counting today)

3. This is the time of the year where I start planning for next year. I get anxious and find all these ideas I would love to try. I am going to try to implement some of them this year and see how they work.

4. I have finally decided what to get my masters in. As of now, it is a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. And A&M has a completely online program. I am so excited to get started, but it wouldn't be until January 2013. My final goal is to be a Director of Curriculum for a district.

5. I have worked out at least 3 times for the last 7 weeks (only taking the week of the wedding off) Unfortunately, I eat away my workouts (as Jullian Michaels says). I got to get that on the same page but food is so good!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Where There's Smoke There's Fire

When you wake up at 1am to some weird sound, there is going to be some confusion. And you might have to pee.

When Chris and I finally determined it was our three smoke alarms going off, we went to work trying to turn them off. We kept pushing the buttons in our mostly asleep state and they just kept going off. We circled the rooms a few times before we realized something else might be up.

He checked the rest of the apartment and I opened the front door. There was smoke in the entry way and I quickly shut the front door.

Then I went to the bathroom. Because I had to go. I let Chris know about the smoke, but I needed to take 30 seconds.

Then I hear, "There's a fire. Call 911." I finish up my business and head outside, calling 911. The first thing Chris does is run upstairs to wake up our neighbor upstairs because it looks like that is where the smoke is coming from. (He wins the citizenship award for the year for that act.)

I see our other neighbor outside and his kids in the car.

We learned that the fire was actually at our neighbors who was already outside. Who knows how long he was out there, but he didn't call 911. Or bother to wake us up. There are only 3 apartments in our triplex and smoke travels. Especially up to the upstairs apartment.

I understand that accidents happens, there is not much we can do about that. I am pretty forgiving. I am not forgiving about NOT calling 911 when there is so much smoke, you had to open a window to get your kids out of the apartment or when you realize that your couldn't put the small fire out yourself.

Also, I had no idea what the night was going to hold once I saw the smoke. I didn't immediately see flames, so I figured I could spare the 30 seconds. But Chris thinks it is just the most horrible thing that I did that! Since I was outside for over an hour, I think I made the best decision.

We ended up being outside for a little over an hour while we waited for the fire department to check everything and clear out the smoke.

This is what the first department pulled out.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perfect Date

I hope you enjoyed your perfect date today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

I loved the first book Across the Universe and this is a rare case where the sequel just got better. If you want a great YA book to read, these two are my recommendations.

It is still Sci-fi, but there is a dystopian twist. There is no love triangle, but there is still some teenage angst. Can you have a YA novel without it?

It is really hard to review this book without spoiling it. Just know that I was glued to the book the whole time with anticipation. Not anticipation where I am annoyed with the author. She reveals enough stuff at just the right time. And the ending was not disappointing, as most books that build up all the anticipation. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. But that is why it is a trilogy.

Read it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


1. Life kind of gets away sometimes. The wedding is over and I finished my school yearbook. So I should be able to get back into some kind of routine.

2. I hate it when people don't know traffic laws. When two people come to a stop sign at the same time, the person on the right has the right away. Know your rights people!

3. The wedding was absolutely awesome. I loved the reception and had so much fun.

4. I have read 26 books so far since January 1. That is over half way to my goal. I am going to get a new library card this week in our new town.

5. 34 days left of school.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


This girl is getting married today!