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December 31, 2011

How I Spent My Winter Vacation & An Itch

First, thank you for all the nice comments following Antonia's death.  I'm sure I'll get another guinea pig but not for a while or until my next visit to the pet store.  They are marvelous little critters and I would highly recommend them to anyone teacher or family.  

Also, I am just amazed at the overwhelming response to the book blog.  My email server probably thinks I'm doing something illegal like selling crack or soliciting for phone email sex.  I spent an enormous amount of yesterday answering emails and setting up contributors.  And that little blog had over 60 followers in a little over a day!  Wowzers!  I see another giveaway possibly days hours from now!  : )   I even managed to make a blog button for it, although I don't know how to make the text box shrink so it isn't so ugly.

And if you haven't read the first few posts, shame on you!  Just kidding.  But they are great, so you really should.  I am so honored all these ladies want to collaborate with me.  I am reading a great book that I can't wait to post about, but I haven't had much time.  I've had some insomnia or maybe it's just that my days and nights are mixed up right now.  I'm a night owl folks.  I sleep best between three am and noon.  Too bad they don't have night school for second graders.  I'd be teacher of the year, just saying!

Now, let's get to the reason for the title of this post:

Clutter-Free Classroom is hosting a "How I Spent My Winter Vacation" linky party, and I had to join in the fun.  My vacation technically doesn't end until Monday night when the "night before school" stuff invades the subconscious.  But I am probably going in to work on Monday.  I have this almost obsessive desire to rearrange my room and get rid of my teacher desk.


That was for the insane need to do another major project (like leveling my class library which I'm still working on and the kids love!) during the school year. I'm sure my husband (if I gave him the opportunity to voice an opinion on this matter) would ask me why I don't feel the need to put that obsessive cleaning/organizing energy to work at home.  (You'll get some more insight into this lack of obsessiveness at home in a bit.)  But this is why I am not letting him voice an opinion.  Then, of course, he would probably complain about the used new-to-me desk that he helped me wrestle into the room and set up just this summer.  But again, no opinion was asked!  : )

I shouldn't feel this obsessive about this people.  I take meds for that.  Are they not working?  Should I be concerned?  I prefer to think that if it wasn't for all the wonderful blogs I stalk, I would be in ignorant bliss about what I want to change.  So, see, it's all YOUR fault.  Whew!  I feel much better.  Don't you?

But, still, I've got the itch.

(My coworkers already tease me about redoing my room each year when they pretty much leave theirs unchanged from year to year decade to decade.  All you-know-what will break out if I rearrange mid-year!)

Again, should I be concerned?  I prefer to think it's creative genius at work.  (I'm sure you'd agree!)

Whoa!  Have I gotten off track.  (Maybe I need to schedule an appointment for a med check.)

So how have I spent my winter vacation?  Here is a list in random order.

1.  Blogging
2.  Eating
3.  Sleeping (with and without a migraine)
4.  Visiting with friends and family
5.  Blogging
6.  Going out to lunch and dinner
7.  Shopping
8.  Cooking
9.  Playing cards
10. Blogging
11. Driving kids around
12. Watching movies
13. Eating
14. Spending time with my daughters and hubs
15. Enjoying my three fur-babies
16. Reading

Here's the best part.

Most of this I've either done in my pj's or my new fuzzy lounging pants and socks!  (Yes, even driving the kids around!)  And I assure you, I did take my meds during vacation, but didn't think to put that on my list!

You'll notice cleaning wasn't on my list.  My oldest is the best cleaner and organizer.  When she was a lot younger she cleaned and organized my teacher desk once and I couldn't find things for a week!  She also would go into a coworker/friend's classroom and clean and organize.  We still tease her about that!  She even spearheaded the holiday decorating this year.  She is amazing!  {She has also labeled my new book blog and my fellow contributors "The Nerd Herd".  I love that kid!  She actually wanted to start a blog for student council, of which she is president, but she is too busy.  Unfortunately, she doesn't write html code, or I'd probably lover her more.  HA!}

So, there it is in a nutshell.

I'm lazy and obsessed.  Hope you still like me.


  1. Enjoyed reading your post! I was sad I wasn't rearranging my room over break...then relieved! :( I can't change my classroom. It just doesn't allow any other way to be arranged! I do think it's a creative flow thing! Hope you enjoy your last day of the year. Your list of what you did during vacation sounds just like what I did! Thanks for always being so great about commenting on my posts! I have gotten really used to seeing your cute button and sweet comments! I am trying to be better about it myself.

  2. Love your end of the year post...your winter break sounds a lot like mine!!! You told me you "whipped up a button" for your blog about books!!! HOW DO YOU MAKE A BUTTON???? Everybody has a cute button for their blog, do they make them, or do they get somebody to make them for them??? When you told me you "whipped up a button"...you had my FULL ATTENTION!!!! Girl...I need all the help I can get with this blogging stuff!!! I don't know how everybody creates all the stuff they create with all the cute fonts and clip art either!!! I feel really out of my element. I think I am probably a lot older than most of yall, and yall know a lot of techy stuff I just don't know yet...BUT I AM WILLING TO LEARN!!!!

    I hope you have a WONDERFULLY BLESSED HAPPY NEW YEAR...and I hope you have your most wonderful blogging year ever!!!! Have a great day!!! ;)

  3. The list looks similar to mine! I hope you have a Happy New Year!!!

  4. As a kid I use to love coming in after Christmas break and having a totally new look in the room - but then again I am a changer - I still love change and couldn't wait to get the tree down so I could re-arrange furniture and decor in our living room just to try something new (this irritates my husband but I just have to do it) I would be changing my classroom as well if i had one!

  5. Im pretty sure I like you even MORE after that post. I think my husband (poor thing) thinks I only own sweat pants and sweat shirts right now. I am RIGHT there with you on changing my room...I did a MASSIVE change this year and am already brainstorming for next. GET RID OF YOUR DESK!! You won't regret it!

    Happy New Year!

    2nd Grade Paradise

  6. LOVE this post...it is too funny :) You have me cracking up about not having a drive to clean and organize at home. I am totally the same way, although I am on a kick at the moment. Here is my email for the Best Endings blog: bnwalton@hotmail.com. It would be super exciting to be a contributor. :)

    Living A Wonderful Life

  7. I rearrange my classroom a hundred times a year until I get JUST the way I want it! But then the next year...I always have to change it...I seriously have an OCD problem too..lol. And it's exponentially worse since I've been home from the hospital..lol. Which is why i've probably spent my free time since I've been home from the hospital cleaning and putting away Christmas decor..lol
    Jen Ross
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  8. I am having another giveaway Erika, you should check it out! :)

  9. I'll be in my classroom on Monday, too, rearranging the furniture! My co-workers expect my room to look different on a bi-monthly basis. lol :-)

    Please share how it goes, if you get rid of your desk. Mine is really too big for the space and I'd like to find an alternative. I'm in constant motion anyway...kindergarten!...if I had an adequate shelf/file/cabinet, maybe I could ditch the desk.

    Your vacation is running parallel to mine. Can we plan a pajama day for Jan. 3??!! The alarm clock will be a harsh reminder of real life!
    Happy New Year!


Thanks for filling my bucket!


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