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December 13, 2011

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Good--
Yesterday, I was thrilled to find out that I had been awarded the Liebster Blog Award not once, but twice!

Thank you Stacy over at 2nd Grade Paradise and thanks Jennifer at Herding Kats in Kindergarten for the award.

Jennifer has noticed I like to leave comments. Yes, I do! I only wish people would disable that word verification thingie cause it really slows me down. Dang it!

So now I get to nominate five blogs that have less than 200 followers. Hmmmm! Here they are in no particular order.

Number 1:
Patricia has just recently gotten into the blogging world, but I already love her ideas.

Number 2:
Amy has great things on her blog and at her TpT store.

Number 3:
Leanne makes, shares, and sells great stuff on her blog and her TpT store.

(Leanne and Amy may notice my paychecks sent directly to their TpT stores after the holidays! I love TpT and just recently found their stores. Happy dance!!)

Number 4:
Rachel has a cute blog (Project 3 Designs - same as mine), we both have guinea pigs, and we both contribute to Critters in the Classroom. Great minds think alike. What's not to love?!

Number 5:
Staci aka Miss Squirrels is funny and I love the name of her blog. I hear there is a funny story about why she is Miss Squirrels, but I can't find it on her blog. Maybe she'll share it with me now that I've given her an award!

Number 6:
Lauren and I may have been separated at birth (even though I'm probably old enough to be her mother! HA!) We do a lot of the same things in our classrooms. And although she no longer has a bee theme, I still like her. Go check her blog out. You'll love her Venn snowmen!

Uhhmmm. Okay that was six, but it could have been ten (or more). There are so many great new blogs out there. It really wasn't easy to pick. Luckily for me a lot of you have a gazillion followers.

The Bad--
Today our shelf elf, Bluey, brought a letter to our class from Santa. Apparently Santa is worried he will have to put some of my kiddos on the naughty list if they don't change their ways. Some of my kids were all big-eyed and very concerned. Not the one two three five I'd really hoped would be. But throughout the day I heard a few darlings reminding the others to make good choices so Santa doesn't bring them coal. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

The Ugly--
I felt rather bad about all my complaining yesterday after reading most of the comments that were left. Thank you for putting things in perspective for me!


Let me just share how my day ended.

I got the dreaded jury duty letter in the mail. And instead of being called up for the last few days of school before the vacation begins...which I was secretly wishing as I opened the envelope...qsz

(yes, it would stink getting ready for a sub this time of year, but...I could do it to avoid the madness and mayhem that is rearing its ugly head.)

The Christmas gods obviously should have been appeased with a few sacrifices yesterday because...

I have jury duty OVER my vacation.


What?! Do these insane people not know I am a teacher and seriously need a break from all things? Like lay in my pajamas all day and mumble and drool all day week!

So I crawl into bed sad depressed only to find that one of my fur babies who doesn't like the cold decided to piddle on my side of the bed.

All I can say is that I was feeling the love yesterday!

Not to shirk my civic duty, but I seriously hope this case gets canceled, settled, or I immediately say something stupid to get myself dismissed. Because I need to sleep, drool, and mumble for a few days.

Keep your fingers crossed!


  1. Hi Erika:

    THANKS for visiting the Little Lilly Polka Dot Bedtime Blog!! I love your blog and am now following you!!


    Wendy Reed

  2. oh, Erika, I'm sorry!! I would be freaking out--you poor thing!! I'm crossing my fingers for it to end quickly!

    The holiday card is something you can grab and pass along, if you'd like. I was just about to stop by your blog to tell you about it! The code to the card is here: http://www.heypasteit.com/clip/0532
    Happy Holidays!!
    Kristen :)

  3. I had just plain ugly today--A kid stole donuts (that our elf had brought us) and then that same student threw up in my classroom after lunch! It was just ugly!
    I hope you don't have jury duty! I always cringe when I get it too! I cringe more for planning a sub usually but I wouldn't want to give up any days on our short break for it either! Good luck and fingers crossed for you!

  4. Sad face! I am seriously feeling your pain. I saw some "official" Santa's stationary on pinterest. Maybe you need a letter from the man up north himself! Here is the link if you'd like to use it (it's a freebie, cha-ching!) http://designeditor.typepad.com/design_editor/2011/11/free-download-santas-stationery.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+typepad%252FceZG+%2528Design+Editor%2529

    Good luck dearie!


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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your jury duty!! What a terrible time as well!

    I'm crossing my fingers for ya that that don't need you! They didn't say my number the last 2 times I called the night before!! I was t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d!

    Have a good one,

  7. Hey girl! Thanks for the nomination. I have never got one before, so I am pretty happy right about now. So do I have to nominate 5 blogs too. Just don't want to mess anything up.
    The Weekly Hive

  8. I nominated you for the Liebster award too! I just didn't tell you in time, so sorry!! But I LOVE your blog!

    Classroom Confetti

  9. Thank you so much for nominating me! My first award! I'm SO excited! I will do my post on it tomorrow, as my brain is not functioning properly after Gingerbread Day today! Thanks again! This made my day oh so much better!

  10. Thanks for nominating me! You are too sweet and I adore your blog:) This past week has been SO crazy that I'm just now getting a chance to write my own post to nominate others for the award! Thanks!




Thanks for filling my bucket!


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