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Teacher Week Monday: 5 Fun Facts

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week.  This means a blog post daily for a week! A WHOLE WEEK! Gah!  This is a challenge for me as my blogging has been sporadic at best this last while, but I wanted to challenge myself, plus the little pictures they provided for the linkup are just so darn cute I couldn't resist!
Fact #1
My minpin, Lily, has a fuzzy winter coat, a pumpkin costume, a CU hoodie, an Olivia the Pig dress, a teddy bear sweater, and a car seat (really just a hundred dollar foam cube covered in fabric).  I think she is the cutest dog in all the land.  We adopted her when we lived in Denver.  She had been given back to the same shelter TWICE!  I have no idea what those crazy people were thinking because she is truly the best, quirkiest, little doggie ever!  
Fact #2
Last year I had to give up on my bathroom pass sanitizers because I had children in my class who attempted to pump out at much as they could and spread it all over their bodies.  We're talking slathering this stuff up and down arms, on faces, and the cracks between their toes. One might think - How could you allow this Katie?  This is not a very Super-Teachery thing to have going on in your classroom. Do you need to read blog posts about classroom management?  What exactly were you doing while your children bathed in sanitizer?!  The answer: focusing on the child who was seeing invisible bees, throwing over desks, and jumping on top of my air conditioning unit.   Yep!  It was just that kind of a year!
Fact #3
This summer my hubby and I went to Europe!  We've been planning this trip forever and soaked up everything we could over our 13 day trip to Manchester, London, and Paris.  I love that he loves museums, libraries, guided tours, and afternoon tea.  It makes traveling so much more enjoyable when you both enjoy the same things!  The pic below is of us in a little town in England where they filmed scenes for Godric's Hollow in the last Harry Potter movie.  Gah!  I totally had an HP freak out there!  

Fact #4
I can link any two celebrities Kevin Bacon style through people they've dated and/or movies/TV shows they've been in.  Try me.  :)

Fact #5
To celebrate the end of every school year I always watch Dazed and Confused. I will never tire of this tradition.  Last year (see Fact #2 sanitizer bathing story) was an especially exciting Dazed and Confused showing as I had MADE IT TO JUNE!  I still don't know how that happened without therapy.  :) 
  See you tomorrow for Make Ahead Meals!


40 Bloggers Amazing Giveaway for B2S!

Just in time for Back to School 40 bloggers are giving away tons of classroom items in Daisy Designs Blog Launch Giveaway!  I'm giving away $10 to my TpT store.  You can enter here, but make sure you go tell Amanda how awesome her new blog design looks and a big THANKS for all her hard work on this giveaway.  I just get to ride her cute coattails.  :)

This is the last week to enter, so get those clickin' fingers ready!

Happy Sunday!  I hope it's relaxing and the Sunday blues are minimal.  :)

Bachelor in Paradise and Blog Resolutions

August is halfway over!  How did this happen?!

I've noticed as I look at my Blog Archive that I used to be a halfway decent blogger.  I wrote 67 blog entries in 2012!  Then my poor blog started getting neglected.  I did OK in 2013 with at least 2 entries a month, but then I started to suck it up.  Have you noticed that life maybe started to get a little stressful in 2014 with a move and a new school full of craziness?  Yep, I'm pretty sure the new job last year may have sent me into a burnout tailspin.  It's August 16th and I'm looking at all the Pinterest pictures of B2S Night extravaganzas, beautifully decorated classrooms, and Washi Tape goodness, and all I can do is pin teacher clothes and watch Bachelor in Paradise On Demand in my jammies.

I am finally working on a new TpT Math Challenge Product, but most of the time I end up clicking over to read The Teeny Tiny Teacher's blog or thinking of inappropriate math challenges like:

Tenley has kissed Joshua, JJ, and Michael in the first three days in paradise.  If she continues this pattern, and is in paradise for 21 days, how many different men will she smooch?
If Ashley I. cries for an average of 42 minutes each day and spends three full weeks in paradise, how many hours and minutes will she spend crying in all?
If Katie reads Reality Steve's blog for an average of 30 minutes a day 3 times a week, and watches his 45 minute live Spreecast weekly, how much time will she spend with Reality Steve rather than doing something that is useful for herself or humanity in general?

I cannot include things like this in a Math Challenge product for grades 3-5, so you see my dilemma. Not only have I turned into a blogger that is the polar opposite of prolific, I have been spending my non traveling (Jess and I did quite a bit this summer!) days on some fairly questionable activities.

I am hoping these last few weeks before I go back to school will be enough downtime to shake off some of that jet lag and teacher burnout (I'm hoping it's not full blown burnout, but more of a flicker situation) and go back to something new after Labor Day.

My blog posts might not have too many pictures in the near future (as this is one of the reasons I have resisted posting lately) but at least they'll exist.

If you're already back to school - good for you and I hope the Sunday Blues aren't too rough,
If you've got a few weeks - congrats let's enjoy them together,  

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