Monday, August 12, 2013

Let's Talk About Me!

What's Up Y'all!!  It has been a whirlwind of a summer, consumed with school work and a little bit of fun packed in there.  All-in-all I can't complain.  But all good things must come to an end!! I went back to work today!! So it is fitting that I link up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week '13. Each day there will be a different linky party.  Today's topic "Meet The Teacher."

1.  Teaching is my third career.  After graduating from Walton High School (1982) in Bronx, NY I went to Virginia State University (an HBCU) in Petersburg, VA.  I was pre-med, but I was not focused.  I did a year and a half and then dropped out, by then my parents had retired to Virginia.  Well I had to do something so I got a job at a retail store in the mall called "The Closet" formally "The Junction".  I worked there for 2 years as an Assistant Manager.  When a manager's position became available at another location they gave the position to someone that I trained (I was heart broken), I left that company and joined the Army.  I spent nine years in and got out in 1995.  I became a stay at home mom.  I decided to go back to school to finally finish my degree.  I was finally going to be that nurse that I always wanted to be.  When my daughter went to kindergarten I would volunteer in her classroom.  I immediately fell in love and found my true calling.  I was suppose to be a teacher!  So here I am 11 years later...still L.O.V.I.N.G. what I do!! 
        Me as a First Grader                       Me as a First Grade Teacher
 2.  I love to listen to music!! Mostly R&B (old school) and Gospel.  I love to blast my music...the louder the better.  My all time favorite male singer was Luther Vandross.  I have every single one of his LP's.  Right now I am on a Donell Jones kick.  I have talked about him on my June and July Currently.

3.  I am already an empty nester!   Wait-a-minute...It is too early.  My daughter is 21 and attending USC.  She officially got her own place and moved out this summer.  My son is 14 and went to live with their dad when he was 12 so I could work on my master's and not worry about him being left alone at such a pinnacle point in his life.  That was the hardest decision I had to make, but I think it was a good one.  

4.  I started sewing  and making my own clothes when I was 12.  Although I don't do it as much as I used to, I can make pretty much anything from coats to wedding dresses to curtains.

5.  I love to decorate.  I guess that is why I go all out to get my classroom ready and make sure that it is color coordinated and looks good for my students.

6.  I was born in Portsmouth, VA and I lived with my paternal grandparents for the first five years of my life.  I returned to the Bronx when I was ready to go to kindergarten.

7.  I absolutely love seafood.  Every year for my birthday I hit up Red Lobster to get the Utltimate Feast.  When I went to Virginia my son and I went to eat at Joe's Crab Shack.  It was delish!!

8.  I love to cook and I love to bake.  I made a pineapple upside down cake and banana nut bread last week.  I gave them to my daughter.  Every now and then I get in the mood to do some baking.

9.  December and Christmas are my absolute favorite times of the year.  I love Christmas music and sometimes I start playing it in October...yes I said October.

10.  My current obsession is clip art   I have purchased so much that I had to get a 500gb portable hard drive.  I plan on buying some more once my favorite artists have their back to school sale.

It's your turn!  Go link up with Blog Hoppin' for this fabulous linky!

I'm Out!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Monday Made It...A Little Late

What's Up Y'all! Happy MondayTuesday...I'm linking up 4th Grade Frolics  for Monday Made It.  It's crunch time for me and I hope to get my room completed by Friday so that next week all I will have to do is plan and make copies.

Made It #1
Student Procedure Frames
I had my student procedures posted on my door, but it was so plain, so I decided to bring some color to the forms by putting them in frames.  I took a trip to the Ikea store in Charlotte yesterday and purchased some frames and added a bow to the top.
Supplies needed: Frame, updated procedure cards, ribbon.
Close-up of finished product: Fire Drill Procedures

Made It #2
Table Make-over
I have spray painted this table over and over again.  This time I decided to use contact paper, it was quick and easy.

Well that's all for now. I have a few more projects to complete.  Go link up and show us what you made.
I'm Out! Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August Currently

What's Up Y'all!! Can you believe that it is already August? Where did my summer go? 
I'm linking up with Farley for the August Currently. 
listening:  I am absolutely obsessed with love DJ...As a matter of fact I was listening to his new album Forever last month typing my July Currently.  He is such an underrated R&B singer.  He has such a smooth and mellow sound...I am currently grooving to his very first album from 1996 My is on repeat!!!

loving:  That I have lost 36 pounds.  I have given up fast food, junk food, and cherry pepsi (Yes!! I was addicted!!) and I am committed to living a healthy lifestyle.  I started out walking 5 miles a day in May and moved into running 2 miles in July.  I am very pleased with myself.  I still have a ways to go but I have made headway and I am seeing results.  I am not really a picture taker and was at home alone when I snapped these pics...I was on my way out to hang go out with some friends...

thinking:   I have so much to do before school starts back in a week.  I need to create a To Do List so that I can stay focused to make sure that I get everything done.

wanting:   To clone myself.  If there were about two more of me, one could be at school getting my room ready, one could be at home cooking and cleaning, and one could continue to work on my masters and get all my writing assignments done and do my internship for me...then I could do away with my To Do

needing:  I really, really, really need to get my office cleaned out and organized.  I have been putting this off for so long, because it is a very daunting task and I am so overwhelmed.  I started purging yesterday and made a little progress.  I will continue the task of getting rid of things that I have not used.

B2S must haves:
1.  My personal laminator-my school does not have one so this is not an option.
2.  My Cameo...believe it or not...I feened desperately wanted one but haven't even used it yet...will definitely put it to use this weekend creating some things for my classroom.
3.  This cute 1st grade "Back To School Bash" created by Stephanie at Falling Into First
Click on the picture to check it out!
Now it's your turn...head on over to Oh' Boy 4th Grade to link up!

I'm Out!!! Have a Super Saturday!!