Saturday, October 25, 2014

Haunted Hayride

The haunted hayride wasn't as exciting as we were hoping it would be. There were times when it was a little startling. However, there was a lot of talking about the history of the cemetery. Near Halloween, that's not what we were looking for. We went back to Festival Park today and checked out the food trucks and other festivities. As expected, it was packed. I loved being out on October 25th and it was 70 degrees. That doesn't happen in New York!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Festivities

We are celebrating Halloween a week early. We are doing a haunted hayride downtown tonight. I've actually never done anything like this before. It should be fun. Short post tonight. I have nothing exciting to say. Maybe tomorrow I'll tell you how the hayride was.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dollar Store

There's only 1 true dollar store left, Dollar Tree. Everything else is much more than a dollar. Dollar General is where everything is generally much more than a dollar. Family Dollar is expensive too. Yes, normally most of the stuff in any dollar store is garbage. But I've been getting a lot of stuff from the Dollar Tree lately. Today, I bought some Halloween pencils for my kids and some other useful things. I have no shame buying things from the dollar store because I'm cheap and try to save money any way I can.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Late Nights

These late nights really need to stop! This is the 3rd night in a row that I have stayed up well past my "bed time". I'm normally in bed before 10 most nights. It's now 11:04. I am definitely going to pay the price tomorrow morning. Yesterday morning, I looked like a zombie when my kids walked in and I told them not to go to bed late. All of them told me they go to bed past 12. I know they are all lying, but that's insane. I had a great night though with my Wednesday night dinner crew! I'm greatly looking forward to the weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Double Planning

Each day, the kids have a 40 minute resource. They go to either art, gym, computer lab, library, or music. We have a 6-day rotation. On day 5, my 4th graders have double resource while teachers have double planning. They go to 2 resources back to back so we can try to plan next week's lessons. It's not fun! I wish those 80 minutes could be used to keep organizing things and getting stuff together. It's good to work on plans for next week, but in a group it gets chaotic. Last week, we spent half the time talking about some virus in our school and the other teacher tried to get us back on task. Let's see what tomorrow's planning brings...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Past My Bedtime

It is waaaaaaaay past my bedtime. It's 11:30PM on a "school" night. I know I'm going to do this next Monday as well because the Dallas Cowboys will be playing. I didn't expect to stay up this late tonight though. It's okay because I have a friend visiting from New York. She came in at about 8:45. We just went out to dinner and now I'm back. I'm going to be more exhausted than usual tomorrow at school. There's no such thing as catching up on sleep anyway.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Is it January yet?

When I moved to North Carolina in January, assuming teaching went well, I fully planned on living in this apartment for more than a year. I had the option of signing a lease for this apartment for two years. If I did, my rent would be even cheaper. I didn't because I had no idea where I would be in a year. So I signed for a year. Boy am I glad I did that! I cannot wait to move. There have been so many problems in this apartment that it's insane. The Internet works when it feels like it, the dryer died, my garbage disposal never worked, the water stopped working randomly, and oh yeah, my roach problem hasn't gone away even though I had an exterminator come. To top it all off, the company in charge of the apartments in this development never respond to things. Oh yeah, we also had a hole in the roof where squirrels lived for a few weeks. It's gross. I don't want to deal with the stress of moving again, but I gotta get out of this place!