This Post Is About Teaching

Teaching can be overwhelming. (But not when you have an angel on your shoulder!)

But I’ve done something this year that I dreamed about doing when I was still in college.  Make a notebook full of lessons and the materials I’d need to teach those lessons for an entire year, thus making all of the following years much easier to manage.  Of course, if you’re a teacher you know that you will never do the exact same thing each year — but these notebooks should give me a pretty good outline.

ACK! Tons of disorganized papers!  Don’t get upset, there’s a plan.

Get a notebook and label it “yearly plans”.  OR you might want to label it something else to ward off people stealing your precious notebooks.  “Photos Of My Knee Surgery” should work.

Copy your plans for that week and put it in the sleeve.  Label it “Week ___”.

Behind your plans put all the materials you will need for that week.  Including any team plans you might have (these will be very handy when you look back next year and see “Leprechaun writing” in bold print written across three days.  Simply look up your more detailed team plans and see what, in fact your are writing about).

All the materials you have gathered for the week need to be put in a bin.  I like to put mine in the order in which I will use them.  So that when I finish the last thing on Wednesday, Thursday’s morning work is on the top of my pile.

I used to think it was good enough simply to have my things copied and in a big pile.  I would grab them when the time came.  Having them done is not good enough — having them in order saves me tons of hassle.  I can’t believe it took me 5 years to learn that.

Your bin is done.  Put it somewhere out of the way, but close to where you sit.  You want to be able to grab things as you need them.

Now you are totally finished for next week AND have copies made for half of the week after next. Try to control your guilt as you walk away from school before the sun sets.

You’re welcomo!



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Get Your Green On

I’m on the green monster train (read more about it at!  If you have time in the morning, a juicer and/or blender, and a desire to have 89 oz of liquid in your tummy by 6:30 in the morning then give this a go.

These photos were all taken with my iPhone.  You’re going to hate the quality.

I’ve started making juice each morning.  Kellen drinks his and I mix mine with handfuls of spinach and frozen berries in the blender.  Here is how it goes down:

I pick and choose from a massive fruit/veg stash the things that strike my fancy for that day.  It’s fun to announce to Kellen each morning what this morning’s juice is made from.

This morning’s juice had:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 pear

I make juice for two so if you’re mate doesn’t dig mounds of fruit that early you can just halve the amount.

Put the whole lot through your juicer.

This week I found a tropical frozen mix of mango, strawberry and banana at Whole Foods.  I mix about 5 pieces of whatever frozen fruit/berry mix I have on hand with 2-3 cups (2 heavy handfuls) of spinach and half the juice.

What’s green, red, and goes 70 mph — I frog in a blender! Har Har.  I know. That was in poor taste.

Put the whole thing in a glass and drink up.

I sometimes get hungry if I only drink a green monster for breakfast so I also ate a blueberry waffle with almond butter and a coffee with soy milk.

If you are still skeptical about this juice QUIT!  It is a miracle.  I have literally had half of my class out sick in the past two weeks with all sorts of illnesses and I have dodged every one.


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Try at Blogging # 562

And here comes the first post of the new year.  Guess what. It’s nearly spring! Which means my boycott of outdoor running has come to a close.  So today I went running as per my 1/2 mary training plan.

Here’s the sweat to prove it:

My run for today was 5 miles with 3 by [2:00, 2:30].  I went one mile out then started the workout. I had a little more than one mile for my cool down.  I was happy with my average pace of 10:09.


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Living La Vida Loca

That’s what I did this morning.

I haven’t been too active since I killed my foot back in September.  To be fair, for a good portion of that time my foot hurt like eight bitches on a bitch boat — oh come on, it’s from ATHF bro! — and I had a giant boot on until the beginning of November.  But here it is, the end of December and I’ve run about two times.  Those run were done in the two days that we haven’t had snow on the ground.  Yes, this winter is blessing us with snow at least once a week thus far.

But I digress.  I’m out of shape is the point, people!  So I bought a video game to combat the icky feelings that come along with not being active.

I joined the party indeed.

You “play” by following along with the dancing lady on the screen.  She looks like this:

There are something like 30 different routines on this game — which is impressive considering my Turbo Jam videos only have 6 different routines total!

This is sexy dancing at it’s best.  Also, I’m completely awesome at following along with the routines.  As it turns out, I could be a back-up dancer in a Ricky Martin video.

After dancing like mad for an hour I had some breakfast.  Bran flakes and coffee.

The breakfast of latin pop stars across the land.

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Oreo Balls Will Make You Barf

I KNOW it’s not just me.  They are ruining my life, one ball at a time.

I’ve been making oreo balls all day for some presents.  Before I started to work on them here’s what I ate for lunch:

You guessed it — oreo balls!  As I said before, they are ruining my life and for the majority of the day I felt like ass.

On the off chance that you too want to feel like ass (or want to give someone the gift of feeling like ass for the holidays) here’s how to make them.

Pulverize a box or oreos in the food processor then mix them with a thing of whipped cream cheese.

Roll them into balls and put them in the freezer to chill out.

Melt up some almond bark in the microwave to dip the balls in.

Then just let them harden up.

So that’s how to ruin your day with oreo balls.

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Two Posts In Two Days!

Can you believe it?!?!?! I sure can’t.

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about today:

1. Watching soaps.  I’ve watched The Young & The Restless for two days in a row now.  I think I’ll spend the rest of the day watching other soaps.  When I’m very well acquainted with the plot lines I’ll start calling them “my stories”.

2. I need to go out to buy more oreos and cream cheese to make oreo balls.

3. I had buckwheat pancakes, strawberries, honey and almond butter for breakfast.  It was great.

4. I totally can’t wait until spring.  I spent a portion of the morning reading through old blog posts — yes, I sometimes read my own blog, I’m not ashamed to say so because it’s pure literary brilliance — and my favorites were where the dinner photos were taken in natural light.  How I long for late April!

I’m off to buy the fixin’s for oreo balls and to wrap presents.

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Maybe I’ll Live To Blog Again?

Only MAYBE people…don’t get too excited.  I’m going to try to blog regulary again…so here’s a recap of everything that has happened for the last 6 months — good god, it’s been that long.

Allison and Justin came to visit!

Kellen turned 27!

Phyn took a nap.

I discovered do-it-yourself yogurt places.

I unpacked my room.


Found a giant moth.

Finished unpacking my room.

Got hives.

Had a birthday.

Ripped up the ligaments in my foot training for the marathon.

Decorated for Christmas.

Put a Chicka Chicka tree on a cookie.

And Phyn took another nap.

I hope to regale you soon with some more goings-on but right now I need to go finish up some oreo balls for the holidays.

I’m glad to be back friends, I hope I’ll be back to blog tomorrow.  I might even include some videos.

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