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ooze, active monitoring, and good luck

So I posted this yesterday
on my facebook page...

So came to school today... Needing to prep my room for THE STATE test tomorrow and a opossum decided to die in my ceiling over the 3 day weekend!!! I have a ceiling tile oozing red and yellow dead critter slime, my room smells like dead opossum nastiness, and apparently GIANT flies are having a complete life cycle party within the deceased animal because they are buzzing all around too. So what did I do??? I turned on my scentsy and high tailed it out of there!!! How was your day?

Yep that happened to me yesterday...
can you believe people actually questioned if it was an April Fools Joke...
PEOPLE I cannot make this possum slime up!!!  
I was told today that we will not be back into our class until Monday...
MAJOR cleaning and disinfecting will be going on!!! 

well today was the test and
after I promised my first born if I make a mistake while administering the test...
which is funny if you REALLY KNOW ME...
well after that and while I was on my 10th mile of active monitoring... 
I started thinking about that rotten opossum and  how the stinky slime that oozed down our wall and through the tiles was kinda like a metaphor to State Testing... 

It stinks....

good luck to all of you guys who are testing.. 
it stinks fo sho 
but hey it could be worse...
we could be the opossum that was in my ceiling



  1. Omg!! I can't believe this happened to you! Glad they are scrubbing your room down now! Hope your kiddos do well on their testing!

    Kimberly Ann

    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. You crack me up, Farley! What a mess! I hope the clean-up was good. And I hope (and suspect) that some day you will laugh long and hard about this!

  3. I have birds that nest in my ceiling tiles - previously I thought their constant chirping was annoying - now I am thankful for my sweet birds! Hope the rest of your week is less slimey!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  4. well today was the test and
    after I promised my first born if I make a mistake while administering the test...

    Ha-Ha-Ha! Did you see the news (well in the DFW area) a boy took a picture during the TAKS/STAAR (he's a Senior and still taking TAKS) and TWEETED it. Yes, he's been suspended until further investigation. I told my husband that we all have to go through so many "promises" before we begin the test, I can't believe he still had a phone!

    Atleast your kiddos could have studied the fly lifecycle;)

  5. Oh no!? You and your kiddos are troopers! I couldn't agree more with that metaphor ;o) I love your blog and ideas and would love for you to check out my April Monthly Market linky and link up!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  6. OMG that is crazy!

    And yes testing sucks. We only have it in grade 3, 6 and 9 here (in Canada) but I'm sure it will be coming in the other grades soon enough.

  7. Your post was so funny!
    That story is INSANE! I can see why people would think it was an April Fool's joke.
    I would have been totally grossed out also and don't think I would have stopped for the Scentsy. lol
    Your metaphor is absolutely correct!
    Hope testing is going well and lots of good luck heading your way.
    If your teaching is anything like your blogging, I am sure your students will do absolutely amazing. :)

    1. I will piggy back off Antoinette, since she and I are co bloggers. That made my day! The most critter action I have had is an ant invasion (I'm talking by the thousands!), but that is nothing compared to the opossum. It's the makings of a book, Diary of a Possum.
      Tell you students good luck on their test!


  8. GROSS!!!!! I'm squirming in my chair over here! They best be scrubbing your room from top to bottom... and then maybe the top again! Hope your kiddos did well, despite the nastiness!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  9. Too hilarious! I do not envy you friend! But I DO love ya! Text me in the AM if you need a laugh! I'm sure I can make it happen!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  10. Ewwwwwww! I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. In my first year teaching (about a gajillion years ago) my room had an unidentified odor. I had to COMPLETELY move out of my room THREE times before they finally listened to me and ripped up the moldly carpet! Such a pain but so nice once it is all cleaned up! I am a new 4th Grade teacher (from Kindergarten!) and L.O.V.E. your blog. I want to be in your class! Good luck on your testing! Gotta love our Texas STAAR!

  11. Haha! So gross! But what a funny story to tell later on in teaching life (much, much later... like after the smell goes away). ;)

  12. That is pretty gross - but I have to say that now regardless of what comes my way this week I can know that it is not as bad as a dead possum in my ceiling!

  13. I've never even seen a live possum - can't imagine what it would be like to have a dead one in the classroom!!

  14. This is the second greatest thing that has happened in my life this morning!!!! (the first was my big boy turning 5 and for his birthday treat before school he wanted to pick out my clothes lol). I am almost wishing I had found and opossum in my room to account for how today's round of testing went..... Que sera sera though.

    Best of luck! I hope no more dead animals weasel (couldn't resist the pun) their way into your room this year!!!!

    PS Just for curiosity..... which scentsy did you choose that eliminates dead opossum odor???? I need it for my laundry room with my kiddos socks...... :)

    Teaching Texas Teens

  15. OMG! I hope it is funny now.

    Yesterday, one of my teammates broke her tooth during the STAAR test.

    Yeah! Round One is over! Now to get ready for Math & Reading.


  16. We had a skunk spray situation in the fall. It pales in comparison. I can't imagine!


    You Might Be a First Grader...

  17. I am still laughing about this post! It could be worse.... You are such a riot! I can't even imagine the level of nastiness. I get a stomachache just thinking about it. Hope they get it cleaned and smelling better quickly!

  18. I cannot believe that happened- how crazy! And I'm so sorry the STAAR is as awful as it is. In case you're interested (also, I'd love your opinion on it, if you can), I put together a freebie pack for teaching revising & editing skills with a paragraph a week. Grab it if you'd like!
    I know it's too late for this year, but maybe next year!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  19. Oh.My.Goodness! I cannot believe that happened to you! My jaw dropped on that story! Yuck!


  20. Ahh! I would have had a heart attack had it been my classroom...but I can't stop laughing! And I like the metaphor :-) Is it weird that the opossum ooze story is what made me click your "Follow" button? Happy Friday!

  21. I definitely wondered if it was an April Fools joke at first (Only because you are clever and can keep a straight face) but I agree, you can't even make something up that ridiculous and slimy! Hopefully it is fresh on Monday! :( at least the alternate room has lots of nice windows and not a dark dungeon.

  22. Gross! So sorry to hear that! At least there was an alternate!

  23. Amen to the metaphor! Hope your room is slime-free now!

    ~ Sarah

    Write On, Fourth Grade!

  24. OH. EM. GEE! You CAN'T make that up! That is insane. The best I've got is that a wasp was buzzing all around my room in the middle of completing a practice round for the STATE TEST several years ago, and of course the kids were freaking out. (OK, OK, maybe it was ME who was freaking out as I am VERY afraid of bees & wasps.) So my PRINCIPAL came in, stood on the cabinets, and killed that sucker DEAD.

    But your dead possum is about a billion times worse than that. EWW.

    OOH, I just thought of a good one! My teamies were on recess duty today, and some kids came up and announced that they had found a snake! Well...turned out not to be a snake...or a worm...but an INTESTINE. Origins unknown! OMG, right?! I told them THANK GOD it was them on duty today and not me!

    Hope the writing test went well and good luck on the next round in a couple weeks!

    Teach On.

  25. That sounds really nasty. Wonder how in the world it got there. I would expect it to find it's way to the basement...not something up high.

    Flat Stanley


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