Friday, May 28, 2010

A short letter

Dear Ambition,

Thank you for coming to visit on the first day of summer. Your presence today has inspired me to:

-work out
-weed all of the garden
-paint a bookshelf
-organize my 7th grade resource pile
-cut out most of the 100+ (at least it seems like that much) linear feet of laminating lying on the living room floor
-go to the library
-make enchiladas
-sew the border on a quilt
-repair a tie
-sew a button on some pants
-iron four pairs of pants that may or may not have been on the ironing board for a month
-start on item #16 on The List

And all after sleeping in 'til 9:15. Please feel free to stay all summer long.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Knowledge is power. And so, in the interest of empowering each of you, a list.

Everybody knows:

I should probably get this shirt. Seriously.

Lemonade tastes better in glasses (as opposed to the free plastic Bethel College cups we normally use).

All burgers need a mustard smiley face.

Brad is a spoiled teacher. (A case of cans and an eight-pack of bottles in the basket. Plus chocolate.)

Sun tea is just good.

These guys are brothers.

Justin likes cake. And that's about it.

Barb likes to sit next to whomever is opening a gift - and "help."

Roses are beautiful.

I might get another baking job (these baseballs were my second ever). Seriously. A teaching coworker gave out my name. We'll see.

These binders are the best. And, I am a nerd for having a favorite binder. Also, I may have no idea what I'm doing with this seventh grade stuff, but if my stuff looks good, I can definitely fake it. Right?! (But just so you know, the seventh grade novels are awesome... Walk Two Moons, Steal Away Home, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, and The Giver.)

Kansas sunsets are the best.

I am so ready for summer. Good thing it starts tomorrow at 1:00.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

summer, soon?

Next year, I teach two blocks of 7th grade LA on the north side and one block 6th grade LA on the south side (where I am right now). I get an hour and a half for lunch/"plan"/travel (it takes five minutes from one parking lot to the other, with school zone lights flashing) plus my requisite plan period, which is the sweetest part of the deal right now.

The second grade level (7th) is new and slightly stressful. But I will work with great people in both buildings, so that eases my anxiety a little.

I have two classrooms. I have a lot of things in my current classroom, like lamps and pillows and books and pictures (not only teacher posters on the walls but also real pictures in frames, like people put on the walls in their houses). So now I have to find a lot of things for my other classroom; I refuse to move half of it because I've worked really hard to make my room feel not so classroom-ish.

Five more days, 15 more research papers, 65 more tests, 65 This I Believe essays - to be written and read to the class and checked off, four new novels to read, a new literature book to sort through, 29 new word parts to learn, a three-inch high stack of papers and resources to laminate, who knows how much time sorting and copying and trying to figure out how the heck to make two classrooms feel like places I want to be when I've barely gotten one down...

And that might be half of it. My "to-do" list is ridiculous, and I don't even know where to start. Maybe tomorrow I'll divide the "right now" from the "someday soon."

And hide the someday soon in a drawer. Yep, sounds like a plan.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

after the rain

after the rain
you can look to the sky again
the clouds will give way
to the light of the sun

after the rain
you know that you've made it through
and you'll finally see the joy from the pain
after the rain

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Long story short...

Details about which school and what grade are still to be worked out, but....

thanks to the Kansas state legislature's one cent sales tax increase passed on the 95th day of their 90-day session....

and thanks to my principal for fighting for me because I'm a great teacher....

I will be working full-time in Andover again next year.

I'll work on a post with more details/thoughts/reactions/reflections later, but I'm too excited right now.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dear mom,

Dear mom (aka Valerie),

Thanks for being a good mom my whole life long... plus those years when you had twins before I was born.

You love me no matter what I say or do (or said or did).

You taught me that it's okay to have a messy house all the time, as long as you're happy.

You taught me that cooking and baking are easy - "if you can read, you can bake/cook."

You encourage me and support me even when I know you probably think I am nuts.

You patiently answer my silly questions anytime I call.

You taught me that reading is the best boredom-cure ever. And you let me think I was being sneaky by reading in bed after you tucked me in, when you could see the light from my window all along.

You let my imagination run wild. For years. And never said a thing. In fact, you still do.

I hope someday, if I'm lucky enough to have some kids, that I can be as good a mom as you.



Monday, May 3, 2010

Valerie Sue

Today's my mama's birthday. She taught me just about everything I know, which makes her an awesome mama.

Happy Birthday, mom! Hope you're having a great day!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy May.

"Give thanks for the unknown blessings already on their way." (unknown)