Sunday, September 28, 2014

Birthday Presents

I am the most boring person in the world when it comes to giving people presents. I have no creativity. I typically give people gift cards. My mom's birthday is next Monday. I typically get her Pandora charms, flowers, or gift cards. I decided to get her chocolate dipped strawberries from Edible Arrangements this year. Of course it's insanely overpriced because they can, but I didn't have many options since I'm so far away from her. I'm sure she will like it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


One perk of being a teacher in North Carolina is that many places give teachers discounts. I went golfing today and the weekend price is $36. Being a teacher and going a little later in the day, I was able to pay just $20 for 18 holes and a golf cart! You absolutely cannot beat that price. I can get a discount when I get a haircut too. A. C. Moore and Hobby Lobby also give discounts to teachers. It's nice to know that some places care about teachers.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Squirrels in Roof

I haven't had enough problems with my apartment so I wanted more. I got home from working out today and my neighbor asked me if I had heard any noises on the roof. I told him no and he explained that there's a hole in the roof and a family of squirrels live there. He showed me and sure enough, the squirrels were poking their heads out. I showed him the stain on my ceiling that I thought was a water leak. He told me that it wasn't water, it was rodent urine. There is some green fungus growing on the stain too. I had a pretty bad week at work and this wasn't what I wanted to come home to! Apparently my neighbors have been contacting the company in charge of our apartment and they have done nothing. I emailed the company with the pics and we will see what happens... Sigh...

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Pinterest is such a great website. I go on there for teaching tools and more importantly, new recipes to try. Many people post their ideas and hand made teacher materials that they have used. It's pretty awesome. I found a few recipes I'll be trying next Wednesday when my friends come over for dinner: chicken bacon ranch pasta and garlic biscuits stuffed with cheese. It will be a very healthy, but delicious meal!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Flu Shot

I got my flu shot the other day. I only got it because I was able to get it for free from my district. I've only had the flu shot 2 times in my life, unless I got some when I was a baby, which I'm sure I did. I got one last year and this year. Everyone always cautions me because they say you will get sick from flu shots. I was fine last year and so far I'm fine this year. I'm glad I got it over with because being around hundreds of kids coughing, sneezing, and being gross every day is not exactly the healthiest situation to be in.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Killing Trees

Most teachers must not care about the environment at all. The amount of photocopies we make every day is insane. I probably make between 50-100 and day, and that's pretty low compared to some teachers! The hot times for the copier are first thing in the morning and immediately after school. If you want to make copies Monday morning or Friday afternoon, forget it. That's when teachers are being proactive or procrastinating. Naturally only 1 out of the 2 copiers will work at that time. One is always inevitably jammed. #teacherproblems It would be nice if there was a way we wouldn't have to use so much paper. I'm going to start using a math workbook for some of my homework. The kids can write in it since we won't use the book anymore after this year. It's still common core aligned, which is good. The less paper we use, the better it is for our environment. Save trees!

Monday, September 22, 2014


On January 28, I wrote about how I reached 1,000 book sales. It took me over a year and a half to get to 1,000 and I was quite proud of that. I just reached 2,000 book sales today not counting free books and borrows! It only took less than 8 months to get another 1,000 sales! I am blown away by how my books are selling right now. I've sold well over 100 a month (counting borrows) for 10 months in a row. I'm on pace to sell well over 200 this month alone! Maybe I can quit teaching soon and just sell books! I'm kidding, I would have to sell hundreds of books a day to get even close to quitting my job. Thank you for all of the support from everyone who has bought any of my books. I appreciate it!