Too Cute to Be a Slave???


*** If you offend easily, please don’t read this post and reply with a nasty comment.***

Ok, let me explain that title. Let me begin by saying that one of my sisters is a professional hair braiders who regularly braids Phillise’s hair. Phillise’s hair is freshly done, so she thinks she is too cute. Apparently, according to her, she’s too cute to play a slave for her  Black History Month performance. She, being the little girl that she is (with freshly braided hair, I might add), thought she couldn’t possibly look like a slave.

“Mom,” she said with her cute little self, “How am I going to look like a slave when I am soooo cute?”

“Really!,” I said.

I tell ya’, kids say the darndest things!

Math Programs, Which One to Choose? Part 2


Well, I only have about a week before I have to make a decision regarding which Math program to adopt for our school this Fall. These are the programs I was deciding on:

  • Singapore Math
  • Saxon Math
  • EnVision Math
  • Everyday Math by the University of Chicago
  • Encyclopedia Britanica (online assessment tool, which I will not need if I go with EnVision)

Here’s how things are stacking up:

  • Saxon Math representatives returned my calls but never followed up or sent any materials.
  • I quickly ruled out Singapore Math because their response to me was, “We’re sorry, we do not send out samples of our products. We have a niche market, so we don’t have to. If you would like to see our product, contact someone in your local area, take a day off from work, & go screw yourself. “Well, they didn’t exactly say that word for word, but that was the gist of it. So, they are definitely out of the running.
  • I’m going to go with either EnVision Math (which L.A.U.S.D. uses)  or Everyday Math by University of Chicago. Both programs are so complete. They have everything you could need. EnVision has an online component that makes it the frontrunner right now. I’m going to stay after school tomorrow & look them both over before I have to make my presentation to the other teachers. Wish me luck!

 

I’ve Made A Decision on Summer Reading!


I spoke to my Principal last night about my inability to narrow my book choices down to only two, she said that I could narrow it down to three. I was so excited. So, knowing that, made it easier to made my decision on summer reading.

For 4th grade, I’ve decided on:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham:1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

For 5th grade, I’ve decided on:

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Michaelsen

One of my students is a struggling reader who does not read on grade level. So, before I chose the books, I made sure they were available on audiobook in the Los Angeles Public Library. My fourth graders shouldn’t have a problem, since all of them are reading at or above grade level.

Dear Abby, What Do I Do? Part 2 (Or Pencil Taped to the Floor)


Dear Reader,

I know that I shouldn’t have done it, but I did. Like to hear what I did, here it goes:

As I tend to do, I am still harping on the question that I posted earlier regarding one of my students who is so, let’s say, challenging. As I write this, I am sitting at my desk during lunch time trying to figure out how I could have had more patience with,(let’s call him) Laurence, today. Today, I am embarrassed to report, I taped his pencil to the floor after he dropped it for about the third time during a ten minute period. Once he dropped it, he starts feeling around with his foot, distracting the rest of the group, and kicking me. So, I look at him quizzically.

“Umm, what are you doing Laurence?” I asked.

“Oh, Miss, I need to get my pencil,” he said.

“Ya’ know what?, ” I said. You don’t need to get it because it’s staying down there. Not only that pencil but any pencil you drop, from now on, will also stay down there. With that said, I promptly went to my desk, got the tape and taped his pencil to the floor.

I was so frustrated at the time. Now, I feel pretty bad about it. I know hindsight is 20/20, but I’m thinking that maybe I could have ignored it. It’s just that it’s been going on since the beginning of the school year and today, I’d just had enough. Please, can somebody give me some coping strategies to deal with this kid? He’s driving me crazy!!!!

Dear Abby, What Do I Do?


Dear Readers,

I have a serious problem. I am seriously short on patience with one of my students. He goes out of his way to annoy everyone in the classroom and ya’ know what, he’s pretty damn good at it. Prett-ay. Prett-ay good. He loves bringing someone to their breaking point. When someone breaks, he smiles. This is what he does. If there are two rows and one is crowded, he just has to go down the crowded aisle and “accidentally” happen to stick out his elbow and hit someone in the face.

Another thing he likes to do is break his pencil lead. The other day he “accidentally” broke his pencil lead for the fifth time this week. He does this when he wants to get up and walk around the room. I can hear someone asking if I let him get up and walk around. Well, the answer is yes, yes I do. I even gave him the classroom job of Paper monitor that would allow him to walk around. But, he couldn’t seem to collect everyone’s homework without “accidentally” hitting someone or “accidentally” forgetting to pick up someone’s homework. He lasted for all of three days before I had to remove him for causing too much commotion. I’ve also tried him out as the pencil sharpener. That really didn’t work! I tried him out a classroom cleaner. How do you think that worked out??? If you’re thinking that he “accidentally” hit everyone with the broom, wasted the contents of the dustpan and made so much noise, then you are exactly right!!!

Dear Reader, I am at my wit’s end. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH HIM! Please give me some type of useful advice. Just thinking about going in tomorrow to deal with him makes me want to call in sick. HELP!!!!!!!!!!

The After Effects of San Juan Capistrano Coming Alive!


I am so tired. I love that San Juan Capistrano came alive for my students, but I am feeling the after effects. I am soooooooooooo tired. We did sooooooooo much walking. We took the Metrorail to Union station, then to the Amtrak. Then we walked to the mission. Then we walked all around the mission. Then we walked to the park. Then we walked back to the mission, sat for awhile and made a rope from sisal. However, the Indians made the “real” rope from hemp. The guide, Megan, explained the whole process to us. It was a really involved process. After visiting the mission and envisioning myself in the environment in times past, I suddenly became so appreciative of my current life. Why? It’s because if I would have lived back then, I would have been a slave. Thank God for progress. I love living in our current day and time. I’m still tired though. So, on that note, I will see ya’ next time! I’m taking a nap! I’ll see you when I look at ya’!

Getting Better & Better!


I am STILL surprising myself. Watch out now, cuz’ I’m about to toot my own horn because I cannot believe how far I’ve come, in regard to my teaching. My lesson plans & lessons are fantastic. I would not have dreamed I would be as competent and organized as I am. To toot my own horn even further, I have to say that I am getting better and better. Whenever I encounter a problem, I use my problem solving skills I’ve acquired over the years and solve whatever problem is racking my little brain. I’m looking forward to more surprises!

San Juan Capistrano Came Alive!


It’s Alive! I wanted to say to my students as we walked into the San Juan Capistrano mission today. My students could not contain themselves as they excitedly looked around. For those of you who’ve never been to San Juan Capistrano, I have to tell you that it’s breathtaking. So much so that it almost made me cry. I felt like I’d stepped back in time as I imagined what it felt like to live there more than two hundred years ago. How hard life was for the People (Indians). I felt a real connection to the place. I loved it and want to visit it again with Phillise in the summer. So, let’s get back to my students.

“Wow, Miss,” they said, “We read about this!

“Ok, then, tell me a little bit about it,” I said.

We talked about the cowhides, tallow (which is fat that’s used to make soap & candles), the buildings, the pueblos, & most importantly, El Camino Real (The Royal Road). They were a little disheartened to see El Camino Real.

“This is El Camino Real?” they asked, with a shocked look on their faces.

“Yep,” I said. They weren’t too happy with it.

I have pictures of my own, but here’s some I found on the internet. The one below is a picture of the Koi pond in the central plaza. Can I just say that I loved this koi pond? The fish were absolutely beautiful. The courtyard is so relaxing.

It was so humbling to be at this historic place. I could not help but be in awe of this mission. I went to the mission at San Gabriel and was not as awed as I was with this one. This one was absolutely breathtaking. The only thing that spoiled the image I’d created in my head was the Starbucks directly across the street. That’s progress for ya! I don’t like it, but what can ya’ do?

4th & 5th Grade Summer Reading


I need to choose two books for my students to read over the summer. I was thinking about choosing one classic (One that has endured for 20+years) and one fairly recent one (the last 5-15 years). For the 4th graders, I am deciding between:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell

For the 5th graders, I am deciding between:

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  • The View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Michaelsen

Watching Bugs Bunny with New Eyes!


Thursday, during computer lab time, I extended our Social Studies lesson and whetted my student’s appetite to learn more about the Civil War, the Mason-Dixon Line, & Yankees. Before we went to the computer lab, I told the 5th grade students that I would show them some Bugs Bunny cartoons.

“Why, Miss”, my students asked. “Why are you going to show us Bugs Bunny?”

“Well,” I said, “there’s a wealth of information in Bugs Bunny and other cartoons. The only problem is that you may not know what to look for. That’s why I will show you what to look for.”

After watching, they couldn’t believe the information contained in the cartoon. They were actually super excited to watch other cartoons and see what else they could find.

For the 4th graders, since we’re studying The Gold Rush, I went to Youtube and played a little bit of  Bugs Bunny singing “Oh My Darling, Clementine”. The students couldn’t believe it was about the ’49ers. They are not going to look at cartoons the same way.

So, teachers, if you are teaching about The Gold Rush, Hitler, the Civil War, or some other deep subject, lighten it by turning to cartoons like Bugs Bunny. Your students will like it since it’s a bit of a break from the norm. How many times does a child get to watch cartoons in class? This is a form of edutaintment. The students are learning and being entertained at the same time. Believe me, your students will watch Bugs Bunny with new eyes!

A Lazy Sunday…


It has been such a lazy weekend. I think it’s because I know I don’t have work tomorrow. That didn’t stop me from working though. In fact, it actually made me work harder. Since I teach two grades, I am always planning. It seems like I never have enough time. So, color me happy knowing that I have an extra day off. The extra time sent me into overdrive. I’ve completed all the stories for my 3rd theme in Reading- That’s Amazing! I’m getting ready to start on it for 5th grade. That way, I don’t have to worry about Reading for at least 3 more weeks. I also completed 4th grade Social Studies on Friday afternoon. I stayed at school until 6 o’clock doing it. I didn’t want to, but it’s okay, because it will save me a couple of days after school next week. Now that I am ahead again, I will work little by little. I do not like being behind. It just sort of snuck up on me.

I will be printing my work out tomorrow for school on Wednesday. There’s no school on Tuesday since the whole school is going on a trip to San Juan Capistrano’s mission. I’ve never been there. I’m looking forward to it. Not only that, I’m looking forward to more sleep. So, I will post again about children watching Bugs Bunny in a different light when I wake up. Bye for now!

HERE’S TO 2011!

Lakeshore Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off!


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Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra


Mind Your Manner B.B. Wolf (2007), written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold is a fractured fairy tale of sorts. The title character, Big Bad Wolf (B.B. Wolf for short, is retired and now lives in Villain Villa Senior Center. He is up to his neck in bills. He’s fed up. His day brightens once he receives an invitation for tea. He decides to go with his best friend, Alligator.

Simply Exhausted!


Hello Dear Readers. As my title states, I am simply exhausted. I couldn’t really understand it until I really looked at my day. I do SO much work. Teaching two grades is more than a notion. Not only do I teach six subjects to 4th grade, but I teach six subjects to 5th grade. In addition to that, I have to make all the tests because I have no supplemental materials. They weren’t ordered last year for whatever reason. Not matter the reason, I do not have supplemental materials for any of 4th grade. No, that’s not entirely true. For Reading, I have an annotated teacher’s edition that I have to white out to make copies. Other than that, nope, I don’t have it.

I thought it was just me, but the other teachers at my school are feeling it too. Teaching multiple grades is wearing me down. On top of that, I may be getting 3 new students; all siblings. It’s so late in the year, I don’t know about this. We’ll see how this plays out.

HERE’S TO 2011!

Flattery!


I have say that I am quite proud of myself. Why, you ask? Well, I was going through the Reading program’s accompanying workbook and came across a workbook page I thought might be a little bit sophisticated for my students. I vacillated on whether or not to give it as a workbook page for my students, when suddenly I had a fantastic idea.

“I know what I’ll do. I’ll flatter them,” I said to myself. I’m not sure they can do it, but I will tell them that they are so good at figuring out “things” like this and see if it works. Fast forward a couple of days and you will see me laying it on pretty thick.

I told them that I almost didn’t give them a worksheet in their packet because it was pretty challenging. But, since I knew they could handle it, I gave it to them anyway.

“Are you ready?,” I asked.

“Of course we are,” yelled out one of my students, Peter.

So, I don’t have to tell you that they completed the worksheet without a hitch. The reason for my success- Flattery. It will get you everywhere.

Kids are Kids are Kids!


Look at these pictures and what do you see? You see kids playing, right? Okay, now hold on to that thought as I proceed with my post and as usual, I will bring it back around.

The other day I got a call from my former assistant, Ms.P. She called me because the mother of one of my former students died. As soon as Ms. P calls me with his number, I am going to call him. But, this post is not about this particular student, per se. It’s about kids, in general. It’s about all my students- former and current. Let me explain. My former school was in a high crime, poverty ridden area. When I assumed control of my last classroom, my former students were a rag-tag bunch of misfits with behavior problems. I had a time taming that bunch. However, by the time I finished my time with them, they were different people. In a good way, of course.

This leads me to my current class. When I assumed control of my current school, I was so happy because I thought I would NOT need to put in as much work with these students as I had with my last ones- in regard to motivation- since I now work at a private school. I thought the students would not need as much motivation. Well, that way of thinking was a big fat mistake because ALL children need motivation. Some need more than others, but all children need motivation. I think that may have been the reason why I was tired at the beginning of school. Firstly, I was surprised at the amount of work I needed to do to motivate some of the students. Secondly, what I was surprised about was the amount of work I needed to do to teach two separate grades. Even though I taught four grades at my last school, it’s not like I was really teaching four grades because they were mostly on the same level. I was basically teaching the students how to read and a little math. So teaching two grades- and really teaching all subjects- is totally different. It’s a LOT of work. But, I digress. Let me get back to the lecture at home because it’s time to take this post home. What I began the post with was the pictures of children playing. They’re from all different places: Palestine, an African village, and some other unknown place. But, where they’re from is not the important part. The important part is what they are doing. They are playing. It doesn’t matter that some are playing in the dirt or in a beautiful grass field. The thing is that they’re playing. That’s what kids do. Kids are the same no matter where they live. It doesn’t matter how rich, how poor or where they’re from. My mistake was thinking the location and/or the socio-economic status of my students would make a big difference in the amount of work and motivation I had to put in. I was wrong. It did not matter. I had to put in just as much work in this school as I had to put into my last school. So, I said all that to say that it really doesn’t matter where the kids are from because kids are kids no matter where you go. Underneath it all, we are all the same.

That’s my point. So, bye for now!

HERE’S TO 2011!

Top 8 Reasons Why Non-Teachers Can Never Really Understand Our Job Or, (Why Nobody Enters Teaching Just For The Vacations)


I love About.com. They have the greatest articles. If you haven’t subscribed, do yourself a favor and subscribe now. Here’s an article I just read that I think you, dear readers, will love. It’s the Top 8 Reasons Why Non-Teachers Can Never Really Understand Our Job. It’s a bit long, so I will just include the link. It’s good reading. Have a look!

Here’s the link: http://k6educators.about.com/od/classroommanagement/a/8understand.htm

Call of Duty? Who Would Have Thunk It?


Long ago in the north

Lies the road of emergence!

Yonder our ancestors live,

Yonder we take our being.

Yet now we come southward

For cloud flowers blossom here

Here the lightning flashes,

Rain water here is falling!

This poem details the Tewa & Anasazi’s journey from Asia to North America. It’s a poem from the Tewa Indians (a close relative of the Anasazi Indian) that’s in my Social Studies book, America Will Be. I’m typing it in here because it’s relevant to this post.

During Social Studies, I was discussing the Anasazi Indians when one of my students commented that he was playing Call of Duty and he encountered a player by the name of Anasazi. As he began to tell me more about the character, we got deeper into the discussion and a couple of my other students commented also.

“But Miss,” Car Boy said, “the guy looked like Chinese or something.”

“Well, Car Boy,” I said. Why do you think he looks Chinese or Asian. Could it have something to do with the Bering land bridge?”

“Oh,” he said. “I get it now. He probably crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia to North America!”

I love that Aha! moment; when connections are made. Who would have thought his connection between the Anasazi Indians and the Bering land bridge would have come from Call of Duty? Seriously, who would have thunk it?

How to Write a Book Report/Review (Online or Otherwise)


I’m helping my students write better book reports. In the midst of my searching, I happened upon this Scholastic website with advice from Rodman Philbrick (author of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg & others). I will have extra time in computer lab this week (since I’m test driving one of the math programs that I, and the Principal, will be deciding on), so this will be one of my assignments for my students. There’s even an option on the site to read other student’s reviews. My challenge to my students will be to find a book they’ve read, read the review, and write a better one.

I liked it, so go here and check it out and see if you like it too: http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/read.htm

HERE’S TO 2010!

Books My Students Are Reading!


This is just a random post because I am so proud of my students. Some of the them were not readers before, but they are now. They are eagerly devouring my own collection of books. I only have a couple left they haven’t read. When my top readers finish the Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon, I will introduce the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer and the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. I am so proud of them. This is a list of the books they are currently reading:

  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (Book 1 of the series)
  • The Necromancer by Michael Scott (Book 4 of the series)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Book 1 of the series)
  • Tunnels by  Roderick Gordon (Book 1 of the series)
  • Deeper by Roderick Gordon (Book 2 of the series)
  • Freefall by Roderick Gordon (Book 3 of the series)
  • The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan (Book 1 of the series)
  • The 68 Rooms by Marianne Malone
  • Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce
  • Judy Moody Goes to College by Megan McDonald

I don’t know what the others are reading. Some are reading books from their own collection. When I find out exactly what they’re reading, I’ll let you know. So, bye until the next time!

HERE’S TO 2010!

Writing Journals


I’ve used writing journals since I started teaching. When I began, my purpose was to get my special education students to begin to write (which they weren’t used to doing). It helped them get into a routine and get set to start working. It was also a way to buy myself some time so that I could see who brought the homework, pass out the homework stars, and take roll.

However, although my purpose is the same (to get their juices flowing, take roll, establish a routine), the journals have become so much more. I knew I needed to go to another level with the journal writing, but I’d hit an impasse lately. I didn’t want it to be just a busy activity. I was also frustrated after periodically checking my student’s journals. Some were doing a fantastic job, while others were not doing them at all. But, that was the extent of it. The writing wasn’t going anywhere. I knew I needed an extension activity, so the journals wouldn’t just be something that we did and never looked at it again- as was happening.

That’s why I was so inspired by a training I recently attended through Catapult Training. I asked the trainer about extension activities and she gave me the idea of having my students choose their favorite journal entry to extend into a story, complete with a beginning, middle, and ending. I presented the idea to my students and most of them embraced the concept. As of yesterday, I have six completed stories- almost half the class. Of course, the completed stories are from the higher performing students. Now, all I need to do is get the struggling students to complete it. I know this is easier said than done. So, I will set aside some time, sometime during the day, to help the struggling students with their work. I made this graphic organizer ( I don’t know if I thought it up, or saw it somewhere else) called And then… This was my way of helping them to keep their story going. We did it as a whole class activity. That’s a whole ‘nother post, which I will probably post on Monday when I have the student’s story in front of me. So, bye for now.

HERE’S TO 2011!

The First One to Call the Police Wins!!!


I came up with the title last night as I was talking to my friend, Nikki about her situation at work. I know that’s an unusual title, but just wait a minute and as usual, I will bring it around.

This is a pretty long story. It began with my husband was telling me the story of why his cousin, Sheila the bartender, moved back to the small town in Texas (where the family originates), from Philadelphia. She really didn’t want to move back, but she got into a little trouble.

Here’s the story. Like to hear it, here it goes. Sheila was serving drinks to a woman who’d had enough. She cut the woman off and the woman got mad and tossed a drink in her face. Sheila, being the hot tempered person that she is, threw a drink right back in the woman’s face. The woman, in her drunken stupor, keeps going on and on, really hurling insults left and right. Since Sheila is around drunken people night after night, she can see that things are not going to end well. So she packs up her stuff and prepares to leave. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the drunken woman tossed her glass at Sheila. Again, being the hot-tempered person that she is, throws a glass back, goes around the bar, beats the woman silly, and tosses her out.

But, don’t leave yet. The story doesn’t end there. After the drunken woman gets her behind kicked and thrown out, she’s so humiliated, she wants to get even. So, what do you think she does??? Well, what do you think??? I’m waiting! Ok, I’ll tell you. She calls the cops. Even though she started it, she calls the cops. Sheila gets arrested and spends 6 hours in jail because the glass she threw nicked the lady since she had better aim. Ya’ know, since she wasn’t drunk like the drunken woman who threw the glass FIRST.

Now, this applies to Nikki because the parents at her school are so demanding and are always complaining about one petty thing or another. But, instead of coming to her, they go the Assistant Principal-who’s sort of like the police at school. So, I asked her how she thought the situation might change if she went to her A.P. FIRST and explained her side before the parents.

“You know what? I’ve never thought to do that,” she said. “I’ll do it and see.”

“Well, I think you should try it,” I said.  That way they can’t make her look bad. The A.P. will know of the situation before the parents come to them with their complaint. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the truth is. Sometimes, all that matters is the way things look; and right now, with all the complaining, she doesn’t look good. She knows she’s a good teacher. The A.P. knows she’s a good teacher, but all the complaining looks VERY bad. So, in order to avoid looking bad, she needs to explain her side of the story to the A.P. first (i.e., call the police first) because as I illustrated in the story about Phillip’s cousin, the first one to call the police wins!

Math Programs! Which One To Choose??


In our staff meeting a couple of weeks ago, we were discussing our disgust with the Scott Foresman math program our school currently uses. The books are old & not very user friendly. Thankfully my Principal wants to replace them as badly as I want them replaced. So, I volunteered to help look for replacements. So far, I’ve looked @:

  • Saxon math
  • Singapore math
  • Touch Math
  • Everyday Math by the University of Chicago

I don’t know any more. If you know of any good math programs for K-8, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

Excited to the 4th Power or (They Got Excited Over Exponents!)


***WARNING- I am going to use the words “super” & “excited” a lot in this post. Read at your own risk!*** 🙂

With my current students or any student I’ve ever worked with, I always preface my statement when I tell them to stop working by saying, “I hate to stop you from…, but…”

Well, yesterday was no different as I told my students to stop doing their math work on exponents and get started on their Phonics work.

“I hate to stop you from doing your work on the board,” I said, “but you really need to move on to Phonics & stop doing Math.” I really didn’t want to stop them because they were so enthusiastic about learning exponents, when that really wasn’t the case, even 20 minutes before. Let me set the scene.

I realized I had a lot of work to do at the beginning of the year when the bulk of my students didn’t have a clue about what exponents were. Their skills were sorely lacking in some areas because…well, let’s just say they didn’t get quality teaching last year and leave it at that. Fast forward 5 months and you will understand why I am super excited about my 5th graders getting excited about studying exponents.

I was a bit hesitant about teaching it to them because as I had them turn to the page, there was a lot of moaning and bellyaching, with proclamations of, “I can’t do that!” and “It’s too hard!”

“You can do it,” I told them. “You just need to do it step by step.” Once I convinced them they could do it, they reluctantly gave it a try. Color me super happy when they got super excited over doing them. I actually had to stop them from doing the problems.  So, although they weren’t exposed to the type of work they should have been last year, they were little sponges eager to sop up information once they were given the chance. Just like I thought they would. They have surprised me so many times. I hope they continue to surprise me. I believe they will. I am super happy and super excited- to the 4th power!

I Took My Mojo Back!


That’s right. You read it right, I TOOK my mojo back.You know how sometimes you just lose your mojo, then, just as suddenly, it comes back. Well, it wasn’t happening to me. I felt like it was running from me. It did not seem to want to come back. I’ve been so tired, uninspired, behind on work. Ya’ know, just a general slacker!

“NO MORE,” I felt like screaming, but said only to myself.

I am SO tired of feeling lackluster & energy-less. So, today, I said no more. I am going to get my mojo back. But, knowing it wasn’t going to come back on its own, I decided to fight my way through. So, F.I.G.H.T. I did.

I’m still a little sluggish, but am determined to power through this. I cannot function this way. So, I will continue to do what I do & JUST DO IT! I WILL GET MY MOJO BACK.

HERE’S TO 2011!

In Such A Blah! Mood!


I am in such a blah mood! I don’t even feel like being at work right now. I feel like sleeping on my comfortable lounger in my bedroom. I don’t know what happened to all my energy I used to have, but it’s gone. I want it back. What do I need to do to get it back? I wish I knew. For now, I will simply force myself to do what I need to do.

Lakeshore Coupon


Here’s the newest Lakeshore coupon.

Present this coupon at time of purchase.
©Lakeshore coupon code: 3782
Offer valid 2/1/11–2/28/11. $25, $50 or $75 minimum purchase required. Teacher’s Club members only. Valid on in-store purchases only. Limit one coupon per customer. Offer excludes sales tax & shipping charges. Valid on in-stock items only. No ship-to or special orders. Not to be used toward the purchase of gift cards or in conjunction with any other offers, prior purchases, sale items or Great Buys. No cash value. Must present coupon and Teacher’s Club card at time of purchase.