Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend reflections

I just finished with the second week of school.  It's been a very busy week of planning and organizing as well as teaching.  I've been working on tweaking my schedule and getting organized and learning about a new reading curriculum, as well as getting more involved in PBIS and working more on school wide rules and expectations as well as spending more time with students going over rules and expectations.  I'm excited about the year to come.
 
I will have my work cut out for me with my students, but I feel like I have a lot of resources and support to help me out this year.  I'm also working at becoming more consistent and efficient about my work outs and making sure I'm being more consistent about working out and eating healthier foods.  I always seem to fall apart when school starts to fully get into session, and I'm working on strategies to make sure that doesn't happen.  Last week, it was hard to stay consistent because it was a busy week with meetings and fun stuff (Paul McCartney concert).  So I need to get back on track and continue with regular workouts.  
 
Here's to a good week and an even better year!! 
 
So come link up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher
 
 

Another Sunday Social!

It's hard to believe we've been in school two weeks already.  Our school is delving further into PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) which I think will be great for our students.  All the teachers are on board, reviewing rules and expectations.  We have a common language so that the kids are hearing the same thing from all of us.  It's been a busy week for me as I'm getting used to the routine and went to see Paul McCartney last week (who was amazing by the way)!  I slipped this last week from my workout routine, but I plan on delving back into again next week.  My goal this year is to maintain a balance and take better care of myself throughout the year.  Anyway, this Sunday I'm linking up with Neely and Ashley  for their Sunday Social.

 


So Happy Sunday Social Day!!!
This Weeks Questions:
1. One item you wish you could splurge on right now: Either an I Pad or a MacBook Pro Air.


2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do? Sleep a lot, go to breakfast, watch shows and movies on Netflix,  go to yoga, read read read, go to my favorite coffee shops and drink a lot of coffee.

3. Next place you are visiting outside of your current city? Nothing planned yet, but hopefully a trip to San Clemente, or somewhere with a beach and water in the near future.

4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug?  I lean more to being a neat freak, but I'm a little bit of a clutterbug (more so than I wish).

5. Favorite Summer purchase? Cute dresses and/or maxi dresses




A Complete Waste of Makeup
Ashley Lately 

Next Weeks Questions:

1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?
2. What is your favorite sports team?
3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?
4. What was your favorite class you ever took? HS or College
5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab? 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Social

I enjoyed my last weekend of freedom and I'm looking forward to our students returning on Tuesday.  We have one last day of meetings and time to work in our classrooms tomorrow.  Today I'm linking up with Ashley and Neely for their Sunday Social.
 
This Weeks Questions:
Answer these questions but tell us why :)
1. Gum or mints?   I like both, but right now I'm enjoying gum more.

2. Tea or Coffee?   I love both, but probably coffee more.  I love going to coffee shops and hanging out there writing, working and/or people watching.  I love tea as well, especially on a chilly evening.

3. Fruits or Veggies?  I love both, but always struggle incorporating them into my diet.

4. TV or Movies?  I love both and it depends on where I'm watching them.  At home I tend more towards tv shows because my attention span is short and I don't have time to commit to more than an hour.  I do love going out to see movies.

5. Candles or Diffusers?   Candles especially Yankee or Gold Canyon

A Complete Waste of Makeup 
Ashley Lately 

 Next Weeks Questions:
1. One Show you would love to see on netflix that isn’t there
2. One song you wish they would play more on the radio
3. Your favorite song to sing loudly to in the car
4. What Movie/TV show do you quote the most?
5. One silly thing you do daily

Come link up with them and make some new friends! Sunday Social is a great way to find new blogs! Encourage your friends to come get Social too!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's Currently August

Can't believe it's August already and time to return to school.  It was a good summer, but boy did it ever fly by.  I'm excited for the start of a new school year.  Being a resource teacher, I usually start the year knowing most of my new kiddos that I will be working with.  They'll come and go throughout the year, as new ones transfer in and new kids are tested and qualify for special education.  I'm proud of myself for taking care of myself and continuing to work out and exercise throughout the summer.  The big challenge is to continue that trend and keep making fitness and health a priority for me so that I can have some balance in my life and not be such a workaholic.  Teachers returned to school on Wednesday and it was nice because our training was cancelled and that meant I had the entire day to work on my classroom.  So nice!!  We have our back to school meeting on Monday and then time to work on our classrooms in the afternoon.  Then kids return on Tuesday.  I'm excited about seeing my students!!

A new month means a new currently, so that being said I'm linking up with Farley this month for the monthly currently.




Listening- I love Pandora and the artist Zaz, who is along the lines of Edith Piaf and find the music very calming and relaxing

Loving-The start of a new school year.  It always feels like a fresh slate.  I'm relaxed and energized and excited about the prospects of a new school year. 

Thinking-About the new school year and all that needs to be done.  I have a long to do list, that's continually being checked off and having more added to it.


Wanting-I'm energized by the start of a new school year, but I'd love a little more time to get everything in order.

Needing-I was so good this summer about staying healthy and exercising despite the crazy Phoenix heat.  I need to continue with this trend and staying healthy even though the school year is in session and it's harder to find the time and motivation to exercise even though I know I'll feel better for it.

1st Day-Teachers have already returned (July 30th) and students return on Tuesday (August 5th)



Anyway, come link up and tell us what your doing currently.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Time for another Currently

I've been busy enjoying my summer.  I was able to stick to my goals in June and get on a regular workout schedule.  I joined a gym and started going to zumba and working out with weights.  I've been continuing with yoga and eating healthy foods.  Now the challenge is to continue with it when I get back to school.

Anyway, summer is moving quickly and it's time for another Currently.  I'm linking up again with Farley for her currently.



Listening-It's windy and cold here in MN.  It's pretty hot in Phoenix, so while some sunshine and warmth would be nice.  I'm grateful.

Loving- I'm loving having freedom this summer.  It's so nice to have long, leisurely days to relax and enjoy and have time to catch up on my life and plan for next year.

Thinking- I've been thinking and planning on how to improve my self and have a better school year next year.  I want to be more organized and balanced in my approach to the year.  Fitness and health always falls by the wayside during the school year and I need to make changes to make sure that doesn't happen.

Wanting-  I'd really love to get a new computer and a new printer.  I've been mostly using my work computer for my daily use.  I need one that's faster and more efficient.  Any recommendations?

Needing- I've been doing a good job staying on top of working out and eating healthier I need to make sure I stay on top of things next year.

4th plans- My brother and his family are in town, and my aunt, uncle and cousins are also coming up for the 4th.  Hoping for nicer weather and looking forward to hanging out with family this weekend.



Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Currently

Enjoyed my first week of summer vacation.  I spent the first week planning with the other resource teacher at a local Starbuck's.  I have one more summer class and then I can focus on enjoying the rest of my freedom.

It's hard to believe it's already June and time for the next Currently.  It's time to link up with Farley once more.



Listening- I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.  It has a cult following, and I've wanted to find out what all the hoopla is about.  So far I'm really enjoying it.

Loving-Finally summer vacation has begun.  I've enjoyed my first week of freedom.  Even though I've been busy planning, I'm enjoying having time to myself.

Thinking-I'm working on my summer plans.  I'll be going to be spending some time in MN, and hopefully some weekend getaways.  I'm also planning on getting organized at home, and getting in shape.  I've joined a gym so that's the first step in getting in shape.

Wanting-One of my goals is to get better organized at home.  I need to organize and sort through my paperwork, and clothes.

Needing-I need to make a to-do list so that I can take better advantage of my time and my summer vacation.

Summer Bucket List-
1) Get in shape
- work out on a regular basis
- eat healthier foods
2) Have fun
- more swing dancing
- meet up with friends for lunch, movies and music
- plan some weekend get-aways
3) Read
- looking forward to some more time to read
- any suggestions on good books to read-professional or fun stuff

What are you doing currently.  Come link up with Farley and join the fun linky part.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer plans

I've been enjoying my first weekend of summer vacation.  Now I'm linking up with Deanna to write about the 10 things I want to do this summer.

1) Spend time at our cottage in Minnesota- We have a cottage that I've been going to since I was a child.  It's been in our family for more than 100 years.  I love going out there and spending time.  Our neighbors have also had the cottages in their families for 100 years.  So there is loads of history there.




2) Work out on a regular basis- I just joined a gym, so I'm so excited about working out there and taking classes.  I also would like to do some hiking.  Here in AZ if we want to hike in the summer, we need to get up early in the morning, or leave town to hike.

3) Plan for the next school year- Our school district is giving us money to plan for next year, and become more familiar with common core.  I also plan on spending time getting ready for the next school year.

4) Take a trip to the ocean- My favorite nearby ocean is San Clemente, CA and I love going there.  It's a beautiful place, great beach and food.  We've found a place along the ocean where we love spending time.



5) Read a lot- So excited to be able to spend time reading this summer!!

6) Spend more time with family and friends- My brother and his family will be up in MN this summer and I look forward to spending time with them.  I'll also be able to spend time hanging out with friends this summer here in AZ.

7) Have fun-I just want to enjoy the summer-meet friends for lunch, coffee, go to concerts, swing dancing and just enjoying life.

8) Eat healthier foods-I need to get back on track and eat healthier foods-more fruits and vegetables.

9) Pick up at home and get organized-I'm calling it Operation Declutter!  I want to spend time picking up, organizing my records, and make some trips to Goodwill giving away things and getting my closets and house ready for the next year.

10) Buy a new computer-I've been postponing this one.  I really need to look into getting a new computer this summer, while I have some time to learn more about it and get organized.
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