Thursday, March 1, 2018

Currently... (Vol. 26)

Disbelieving...  that today is the four month anniversary of my transfer to my new school.  I can't believe how fast it has gone by.

Inspired...  by the U.S. Men's Curling Team, who won the first ever gold medal in that event for the United States.  The U.S. is not a curling powerhouse and their Olympic story is very uplifting.


Remembering...  my favorite commercial of the Olympic Games:

Getting back... on a sleep schedule.  I was terribly sleep deprived throughout the Olympics.

Looking forward to...  Spring Break and having two glorious weeks off.

Recommending...  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Reading...  yes, like with my eyeballs reading, the novella Master of the Dark Side by Cherise Sinclair. 

Listening...  to the audiobook Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Crossing...  my fingers and holding my breath.  I've caught the flu two out of the last three years, despite having received the flu shot, and both times were in the month of March.

Increasing...  my walking mileage each week in preparation for the KDF Mini Marathon next month.  

Continuing...  to make slow, but steady progress in Erin's current book challenge.  So far, I've completed five categories and have accumulated 70 points (see below).

Taste testing...  the new Diet Coke flavors.  My verdict is as follows:  I couldn't taste the feistiness of the Feisty Cherry at all; the Zesty Blood Orange was pretty good; and the jury is still out on the Twisted Mango.

Stunned...  by the flooding Louisville has experienced during the past week. This is the worst I've seen it since moving here 18 years ago.

Applauding...  the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL who, rather than wait for lawmakers to make a change (LOL!), are taking matters into their own hands. They are organizing the March for Our Lives which is scheduled for later this month in Washington D.C. Sister marches are also being planned in cities throughout the country.

Planning...  to march on March 24.  I'm not sure where yet, but I plan to somewhere.

Agreeing...  with this political cartoon.  I'm not speaking on behalf of any other educator out there, but this sums up my feelings on this issue quite well.

February in a snapshot:

1) A behemoth "slice" of cake my friend ordered (which was 1/4 of a 5 layer cake), ice covered playground fence, my breakfast brunch (red velvet French toast)
2) Sunrise as viewed from my parking spot at work
3) birthday cupcakes, birthday gift basket I received, gigantic snowflakes

What have you been up to lately?

Linking up with:

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0 Progress To Date

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair
Read Jan 22-25

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Read Jan 21 - Feb 2

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
The Royal We by Harriet Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Read Jan 1-20

• 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title 
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read Feb 15-23

• 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists
The Couple Next Door by Star Lapena

• 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen

• 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter 
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

• 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own 
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Bachman

• 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Read Feb 3-15

• 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness 
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen


  1. I like that commercial and nice snapshots of the month

  2. I would recommend all three books that you mentioned.

    As I told my husband, I wouldn't mind being able to protect myself and my students, as a teacher. But you CANNOT make me juggle the papers, the kids, the books, the technology, the curriculum (metaphorically and physically) and then expect me to keep track of a gun too. I can barely remember to make sure my keys are in my pocket every time I leave my classroom.

  3. holy moly that cake! looks amazing and huge. the flooding is seriously insane - i can't believe it.
    love both those books you recommended! hope you like eleanor and park, love that one too.
    i am undecided on the mini marathon.. i haven't been training, so.... eh. i'm also not registered and i know it goes up as time gets closer. i have only missed it one year since i moved here though and my friend is doing it so.. i don't know.
    fingers crossed you don't get the flu! i had it in feb and it was awful, i am a big baby.
    my husband is a teacher and an ex-marine. he feels the same as you.

    1. When the waiter brought out that "slice," I told my friend, "Good luck!" Seriously, it was 1/4 of a 5 layer chocolate cake, Crazy! (It came from Malone's in Lexington.)

      So far, I'm enjoying Eleanor & Park. I was in junior high in 1986, so many of the 80s pop culture references have personal significance for me.

      This will be my second Mini Marathon. I did it the first time in 2009. I'm strictly doing it this year because a friend asked me to and we're doing it for a charity.

  4. The flooding is just crazy - I'm right outside Cincinnati, so the Ohio River haws been flooding an insane amount and it's gotten places I haven't ever seen it flood!
    Ooh I hope you don't get the flu. That would be awful!! I'm still hoping I can avoid any big illness too, since it seems to be all around me. Working in a college doesn't help with that. haha I still haven't read Eleanor and Park, but I WANT to.


    1. It is insane, isn't it (the flooding)? I saw some footage of Cincy, perhaps near the baseball stadium and it was unreal.

      I hope I can escape the flu, too! I friend of mine from work came down with it over the weekend and two days later was diagnosed with strep! This is also the second time she's had the flu since Thanksgiving. I work in an elementary school, which unfortunately is just a giant cesspool of germs. Good luck to you! I hope you can avoid it as well.

      I'm enjoying Eleanor & Park a lot. It's super cute an is bringing back a lot of memories of my first high school love.

  5. Wow that flooding looks crazy! That cartoon is far too real, people just don't get it.

    1. The flooding has been very crazy. This is the worst flooding Louisville has experienced since 1997. Nicknamed "the River City," some flooding is always expected from time to time but this has just been absolutely unreal.

  6. Two weeks for Spring Break? Whaaaaaaaat? That's awesome.

    I'll be in Philly for the March for Our Lives. I wanted to get to DC but we have two events that night and would not get back in time.

    1. Yes, my district is on a 45-10 calendar (45 instructional days then a 10 day break). It's been very nice this year; I had two weeks off in October and at Christmas.

      I don't know anything about a march here in Louisville, but I may have missed something. They are organizing one in Marshall County, KY and that one would be a fitting one to go to given they had a school shooting that left two dead back in January. But, Cincinnati is a lot closer to me. Logistics are a definite consideration, so I'm not sure where I'll end up.

  7. Currently... noticing that Girl Scout cookies are made in Louisville and wondering if a certain young lady wants to hook me up with a few boxes that fell off a truck.

    1. For real? I did not know that. What kind do you want and I'll be on the lookout for you? Often they set up selling cookies at grocery stores and Walmart.

  8. Try Metro Hall, on Jefferson Street, at 1:30.

    1. Thank you, I did see that, it just doesn't look very organized yet. I'll keep a watch on it.

  9. Still jumping all over your blog maybe I should read in order. Anyway I read Eleanor and Park enjoyed it but tough stuff.
    I caught the flu for the first time in over 10 years. I was out a week. Next year a flu shot.

    1. From what I've heard, the flu shot wasn't very effective this year, so even had you received one, it still might not have done you any good. Two of my coworkers have caught both strands of the flu this winter and both took the shot! Both times I've caught the flu in recent years, I've taken the shot as well. My doc thinks that because I take it fairly early (early March when they given them free at my work) that the shot's effectiveness has worn off by the time March rolls around (when I seem prone to getting it). Right now, I have two more days of work until spring break and 10 more days in this month. I am hoping, crossing fingers, saying prayers that I might be in the clear.


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