Currently January 20015

It is almost 2015…
ok we still have a few hours… like 12 BUT
it is the last day of 2014…
let's celebrate…
and because tomorrow I will not be around my computer
because  we always have a traditional family gathering at my grandparents'
to eat black eyed peas and corn bread… YUMMY!!!
soooooooo….
I am posting the CURRENTLY today!!!

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* I might be addicted to watching the TODAY SHOW… and to tell you the truth
I don't even watch some of it… it is just background noise.
I record it during the week and watch all 3 of the episodes… yep ALL 3 when I get home!!
#ihaveaserioustodayshowproblem

*my new insurance starts tomorrow… thank goodness!!! This year has been torture with my medical bills… long story short… I went with the cheap insurance and then did a secondary thingy
all of this was suggested and recommended by the rep that helped us sign up….as the way to go because our insurance at work went up so much again… so I did it…
GONG!!!! WRONG!!!!
I had knee problems and my stupid ovaries are at their old tricks again… so needless to say BILLS BILLS BILLS… WHY DO I EVEN HAVE INSURANCE IF MY BILLS ARE THIS MUCH?!?!
and what the heck does the secondary thingy cover…
OH MY WORD!!! so when it was time to sign up again… I said SEE YA!!!
and I am now on HUBS' and we are saving hundreds… hundreds a month… HUNDREDS…
that is crazy…
when I first started teaching I was paid a little extra to go with the insurance plan I picked…
PAID…
yep like $80
and now for JUST ME it would cost almost $500 a month… and that is just me!!!
Hubs and Bubs have always been on Hubs' plan and now I am too!!! YAY!!!
I am dumb for not switching over sooner.

* we packed up most of the Christmas stuff… we just need to take down the trees… ornaments are put away… it is JUST THE TREES!!! and I always go through our closets and get rid of all kinds of schtuff during break!!!

* I always want Hubs to get off early when I am home and he is not.  Even if he gets off early… he works so far away it takes him another 45 minutes to an hour to get home.  Plus he can take down the trees while I tackle the closets.

* I feel like the couch has become an appendage.
I have slept on the couch more nights than I would like to admit
At first it was because I was sick and didn't want to get Hubs sick… BUT now I really don't have an excuse…. I need to get busy busy busy!!!

* YES- I am going to get back on my plan and lose more weight.  I was on a good roll a few months back and I need to get back on it!!!

MAYBE - I am in a serious comfort zone at the school I am at… I have had other opportunities pop up and I am always too scared to go for it… 2015 might be my year to GO FOR IT!!!

I WISH- I have been thinking about having my own store for a little while now… I would love to have a very quirky antique store… with candles and jewelry and  up cycled things and antiques… kinda like Antiques Roadshow and Salvage Dawgs and Flea Market Flip and Junk Gypsy all swirled into one… I would love for there to be other quirky vendors who rent space in my store… like local artists!!! THIS IS MY DREAM!!! I have really been thinking about this!!! A LOT!!! A LOT A LOT!!!



ok and now it is your turn...




OK let's link up
on the last one…
YES- is what you will do in 2015
MAYBE- is what you hope or would like to do but you are not going to beat yourself up over it
I WISH - something you would DREAM of doing BUT probably won't BUT if you do AWESOME!!!


random Christmas stuff

So are you ready for the break???
Are you on survival mode? 
or are you like a Christmas Elf on a sugar high?
I feel like I fit nice and snuggly right in the middle of those…
my list is forever long…
school list and home list…
and every time I cross something off I add 2 more…
I kinda thrive on this kinda of Christmas Chaos 
KINDA…

well I have some VERY random… 
and sometimes squirrely things I thought I HAVE to share with you
I HAVE TO!!! 
I should be resting
really I should…
I BARELY made it through the day…
BARELY... because… 
I am battling some kind of crud…
seriously… I have been dealing with this schtuff for going on 4 weeks…
this will be my 3rd dose of antibiotics… I feel much better when I am on the meds…
BUT as soon as I get off… the crud moves back in… 
ear ache… pressure… sore throat… swollen nodes… just yucky I tell ya...
AND let's not talk about the 2 days of H-E- double hockey sticks of waiting for a BRAIN SCAN to come back… because the ear that is bothering me is on the same side of my head as my scar from 
skin cancer… let's just say I probably needed some good crazy pills those 2 days… 
and well that came back clean… thank the LORD!!! and so…. I will be on ANOTHER antibiotic
stronger and longer…  
BUT my antibiotics will not be ready til tomorrow…
I was suppose to have them on Friday… 
BUT I will get HIVES if I go into that discussion… 
and my loverly Mamma is going to pick them up for me!!!
LOVE YOU MAMMA!!! (she reads my blog… and that will make her smile and reading this will make her laugh… right mom you just laughed!!! anyways… I LOVE HER!!!)
she is not only going to pick them up… she is going to deliver them too!!! 
to my school… thanks Mamma

OK so now you see…
I should be resting… BUT NOPE…
I just have to share these things with you…
because I am not the only CrAzY stuck in the middle of this Christmas Chaos…
so here it goes…

Hopefully you can get something out of this randomness...





 this is the random squirrel….




so these are all on my plans …
hopefully you can find something to make your plans easier for the week…
I KNOW I KNOW… you could have used this YESTERDAY…
BUT hey 
I was too busy WINNING MVP!!!

click on the pic and it will take you to TpT





I don't know why Blair's Pics got cropped weird…
but the links work…
and I LOVE ME SOME BLAIR!!!
she has these for EVERY HOLIDAY!!!








Only 7 chapters long… perfect book to read right now… and FUNNY!!! 
This is a great resource to use with the book!!!


Stocking Stuffer Party

I have had a couple of peeps request I talk about my
STOCKING STUFFER PARTY…
so here it goes…
I am so sorry BUT…
I don't have pics other than those that I used in a link up…
LAST YEAR!!!
so if you will excuse the NUMBER 5
and that my photos are worded in the past…
we are good to go



 So for the last few years I have done a
STOCKING STUFFER PARTY…
I am pretty sure I got the idea from
Kenoyer over at Krazy Town… she was and still is my mentor…
although I am still waiting for her to come out of retirement and help me teach writing…
her and my mother…
I am not holding my breath… sigh

anyways… this is POSSIBLY the coolest way to do a Holiday/Christmas Party!!!
seriously… it is WAY better than… the book exchange…
you know the kind where some kid's mom went WAY above the price limit
and then one poor baby sneaks a used torn dirty one from home
and then somehow they get each others….
poor baby is so excited they can't contain themselves
and over achiever is in the corner crying…

I was always that kid crying in the corner…
with the dirty torn book.
it scarred me… for life really it did!!!


NOPE done with that…
DONE DONE DONE…
Bring on the STOCKING STUFFER PARTAY

 OKAY
so I am being honest…
I forgot to send the note out… before Thanksgiving… OOOPS
so they got the note TODAY…
and it is just a little note in their newsletter explaining the process…
with ideas…
basically it tells them…
please have your kiddo bring in 23 items to stuff into their classmates' stockings
I have 23 kids so they need to bring in 23 things…
one for their stocking too… right
and then I give them ideas…
pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, red pens, black sharpies, highlighters, glue sticks,

I ALWAYS list school supplies first… I can DREAM right…
then I get into the yummy stuff
gum, candy, lollipops, Kisses, fruit snacks, snack packs, chocolates, candy canes, mints, hot chocolate,

and then I get into the OH WOW that's a good idea category
chapstick, crazy straws, trinkets, socks, mittens, glow sticks,  ornaments,  stickers

and then YOU HAVE TO ADD…
handmade cards, handmade crafts

and of course I always include…
If you are unable to bring in 23 items for the party PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know…
I alway BUY a giant bag of Kisses and a big box of pencils
for those kiddos that can't or forget to bring something
I also stock up on some BULK goodies at Costco just for this reason too.


I will send out NUMEROUS reminders…
so many my parents will get sick of seeing the STOCKING STUFFER PARTY notes…
but I don't want them to forget…oh and here is another secret…
I can't find any of my hard copies or digital copies of my notes home…
SORRY!!!
I am making them as I go…
WHAAAA

OK so …
what about the stockings…
I just use the really BIG construction paper and have them trace over a template
I always seem to lose the template from year to year… HA HA HA…so our stockings are always different… oh well!!!
anywho…
this year I am going to do a COWBOY BOOT pattern…
I am in TEXAS… YEE HAW!!!
ONE tip I have is … after cutting out the two sides…
tape the two sides together  with a few pieces of tape…
before punching the holes… that helps A LOT!!!
believe me it does!!!
and it keeps it together while they lace it up.

We start our stocking making on the MONDAY before the party…
I find it keeps them on task BECAUSE… they can't work on the stocking unless they are done with their work.
I add their name to the stocking with glue and they glitter… with supervision…
I am a glitter HOG… don't waste my glitter…
and sometimes if you are not watching… you might get this…
YEP a skull made out of glitter from my glitter discard tray…
clever YES…
and boys say they don't like glitter…
I present to you exhibit A


LOOK… I found another pic from 2 years ago…
I forgot that one of my kiddos brought everybody a pinecone…
AND look … YEP the idea is from KENOYER!!!
thanks friend!!!


OK I hope that sums it up…
I let about 5 kiddos stuff the stockings… at a time
we hang them from the back of our chairs…

we stuff the stockings during our Party FEAST… which consists of me purchasing pizza and fruit drinks… and them eating the pizza and drinking the fruit drink…
OH
and watching some Christmas related movie

they are NOT allowed to UNstuff their stocking UNTIL everyone has stuffed…
this is torture for them… and slightly fun for me… HE HE HE
and then after we clean up our feast mess…
they are allowed to unstuff their stockings…
THE ROOM IS FILLED WITH JOY!!!
they love it….
smiles all around…
it really is a GREAT WAY to CELEBRATE!!!

ALRIGHT…
does that do it???
did I give you enough info???
I know I was scattered because I tried to type this as fast as I could…
and get it up so you still have time to get it started…

if you have anymore stuffer items ideas… let me know!!! PLEASE
I like to give lots of ideas on my reminder notes…
alrighty…
toodles