Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Jay was obsessed with the sheep in Ireland!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What's Your Favorite Thing About Your Job?

At a recent conference a lady asked "What's your favorite thing about your job?"

This caught me off guard. 

Normally people ask "What do you love about your job?" Which allows for a list of things I love. And I do have a list. 

But asking what my favorite thing is about my job made me feel like I needed to pick one thing. My very favorite thing. 

So after the lady asked me I felt like I sat there like a dork silently thinking about my one favorite thing. I felt awkward. She probably thought nothing of it. Ha!

I finally said "Those 'ah ha' moments." Because really this does encompass a lot of my favorites. 

When a student and I find a book they end up loving. 
When I teach students how to find books in the library and they get it. 
When students help me shelf books and they do it right. 
When I start a club like my Code Club and students excel & thrive in it. 
When a student who hates reading learns to love read with my help. 

The list is long my friends so I'll stop here. 

It's such a simple question "What's your favorite thing about your job?" But it's a question that's stuck with me and made me think frequently about it. And made me blog about it. Ha!

What's your favorite thing about your job?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Five For Friday-Ireland

1. Driving on the wrong side of the road.  What an experience!

2.  Sheep!  Sheep everywhere!  Sheep in the roads.  Sheep on the side of the road.  Sheep everywhere!

3. Oh the rain!  It rain off and on everyday except one day when it did nothing but pour.

4. A 10 hour plane ride is not fun.  Not fun at all.
5.  The conference was awesome.  I learned so much from attending session.  I was amazed at how many people were interested in our project.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Invasion of Frogs

Ok... maybe my title is an exaggeration.  Maybe it wasn't an invasion.  And maybe it wasn't frogS.  Maybe it was just one frog.

But why?!

Why does a killer frog jump in my house the night my husband isn't home?  It's like the murderous frog knew Jay wasn't home.

I let Maggie, our black lab, out to potty last night and I see something slink in the house.  I thought it was a gecko.  I followed Maggie on outside to make sure she did her business and contemplated my next move with (what I thought was) the gecko.

I decided to get a plastic cup to capture it then put something heavy on top to hold the cup down.  After that I didn't have a plan.  I sure wasn't going to get it outside.  I did think if I saw the neighbor I might ask him to come get it otherwise... it was going to be waiting for Jay to get home.

When Maggie and I got back in the house I quickly realized my mistake.  It wasn't a gecko.  It was a frog.

I really don't know which is worse.

So I get my trusty plastic cup and a water bottle to put on top for weight and head to the corner of the breakfast room where the frog sits in the corner.  Maggie, my trusty protector is by side with her ears alert and eyes on the prize.


She charges the frog before I do which sends it hopping behind the breakfast table.  And makes me scream like a little girl.  Which makes Reagan come running out of her room to check on me.

I local the frog again and quickly capture it with the plastic cup and sit the water bottle on top.

My brave 14 year old daughter uses a paper plate and a bundle of bunched up paper towels to get the killer frog out the back door.  Thank goodness for her bravery cuz that vicious frog would still be waiting under the plastic cup for Jay to get home.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday

While in Ireland Reagan turned to me and said "Thanks Mom for doing what you did to get us here."

Oh my soul!

All the guilt I felt for working summer school and leaving her at home more than 1/2 the day all of June just evaporated.  Knowing not only did she understand that my hard work got us to Ireland but also the extra hours I put in and the extra duties I worked helped pay for a good portion of the trip.

These are all things Jay and I have tried to teacher but I think this trip really made an impact on her.  Hard work really does pays off.  Sacrificing our time and saving our money really does pay off.

And really, how often does a teenager sincerely thank her parents?  I didn't thank mine until after Reagan was born and I realized all the sacrifices they made for me.

I'm treasuring this moment in case I don't get one again until she has kids of her own.  Ha!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Beach vs Mountains

It's hard to tell but that little dot is Jay.
One of the things I found interesting while we were in Ireland for my conference is my preference for the beach verses my husband's preference for the mountains.

Every time we pulled over on the side of the road to enjoy the scenery Jay always tried to climb the mountain and I always tried to figure out how to get down to the beach.

I know I love the water and Jay does not.  I know I'm the first one to jump in the pool at a hotel.  And I'm the first one to plan a trip to the beach.  I know I'm the one who talks about tubing down the river or heading to lake.

For some reason seeing our choices in action on our trip really made me notice it.

I love water.  I was a water baby.  My parents put me in swim classes at 6 months old and I've loved it ever since. We had a pool when I was kid that I spend all summer in. Except for the days I got swimmers ears.  I can remember bugging my mom everyday till I was able to get back in the pool.

I remember my mom and aunt taking my little cousin and I to the beach a few times each summer. We use to go camping on the river and tube all day.  We'd also camp by the lake and swim all day.

I love the water.

Jay nearly drowned in high school on the lake.  One of his buddies noticed him going under and was able to grab him and get him to shore.  Needless to say he does not have the love of water that I do.

Back to Ireland.  That's one of the awesome things about Ireland.  The beach and mountains are all
The beach at Ventry-Coumeenoole.
right there together.  Some of the houses have front porches that faced the beach and back porches that face the mountain. That would be the perfect house for us except we might never see each other. Ha!

Don't get me wrong.  I do love the mountains but I'd pick the beach over the mountains any day!

What do you prefer?

Monday, September 25, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

For Pleasure:

I finished listened to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It is a young adult historical fiction set in 1941. Lina & her Lithuanian family are taken from their home by Soviet officers. Lina, her brother, their mother are separated from their father. They end up spending 12 years in an imprisonment camp working in terrible conditions.  They are malnourished, mistreated and watch new friends die. 

For School:

Last week I read Are Pirates Polite? by Corinne Demas.  Tuesday, September 19 was Talk Like a Pirate Day so I wanted to read a pirate book and dress up like a pirate.  The students LOVE it!  This is the second year I've done this and will keep doing it as long as the kids keep loving it.  Are Pilates Polite? teach children about manners in a fun piratey way.  We learn that sometimes pirates push forward in battle but they never push in line.  We learn that pirates never interrupt.  Don't you want to have manners like a pirate?!?