Friday, April 29, 2011

Update... List Style

Okay, okay.. I've been MIA. My bad. I was finishing grad class and then went on vacay. I promise vacay recaps either this weekend or Monday. Depends what the weekend holds.
Updates/Things I've learned...
  • It's no fun to seek shelter from a tornado with 20 students who are emotionally disturbed/ADHD/anxious.
  • Puking in an airplane bathroom? Not so fun.
  • Lake Havasu is really neat.
  • The bridge built next to Hoover Dam? It's tall. And causes panic attacks when you're afraid of bridges.
  • Kids who scream "F*ck You!" on the first day you meet them may put you through the ringer.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Fun

Riding along with the boy tonight while he works... this should be interesting. He's a police officer in a not so nice area.

Don't worry, I warned my mom and updated my insurance policy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Sometimes things in life have a funny way of working out.

Today, as I was driving to grad class talking on the phone to my mom (don't tell anyone, it's against the law to drive without a hands free device.. and I totally was not rocking the bluetooth. Oops.) she was explaining the options for the headstone for my dad. We were discussing options, talking about what he would have wanted and what we wanted to celebrate his life. As we were doing so, my mom made mention to the Old English D for the Detroit Tigers or a lighthouse. Both were things my dad loved very much.

I was driving right next to Baltimore-Washington International when a plane literally almost landed right in front of me. I *may* have screamed because I was afraid it was going to miss the runway and land on my head. Of course, it wasn't going to. I'm just a little dramatic like that.

This is what almost landed on me.

If you look closely, near the tail/jet you will see the Old English D with the tiger in it.

Call it fate, call it divine intervention, call it God... whatever it was, it was a sign. It sent chills through my entire body.

Don't worry, Dad. We got the D. We wouldn't have done it any other way.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I went to a fan-FREAKING-tastic workshop today about Dinah Zike's foldables. We're getting the Treasures reading program in the fall, and apparently it's loaded with foldables.

I'm SUPER excited to use more of these in the classroom. I already use some of them, but these were great reminders/refreshers about how to use them across all content areas and how to use them for assessments. I came across this website for foldables in math (it's free, go there... like now!) and you all know how crazy I am about math AND hands-on learning activities. I'm so pumped to add this to my repertoire.

I promise I'll take some pictures this week of how I use them and I'll post them on here. Be on the look-out, Teacher Friends!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Responsibility Sucks..

Instead of enjoying the 80 degree weather? I'll be at school, doing grad work. Mainly because I know if I go home, I'll get nothing done. So at least I'm being responsible, even though I don't want to be.