Thursday. The picture above gives you an idea of what I’m in store for today. Bins full of rhythm instruments [woodblocks, triangles, guiros, maracas, and sound shapes] that will be handed out to my little ones throughout the day. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll have a massive headache by the time I head home today. And guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow? The exact same lesson with different kids. These are the pitfalls of being an elementary music teacher. Weekend, please get here quickly!
Wednesday. Today is going to be another busy day, but I feel much better today than I did yesterday. After running around like a crazy person yesterday, I had a moment to sit back and relax. It was a short moment, but it was better than nothing. In that moment I had some time to really think about the place I’m in right now. I realized that I’m in a really good place. I’m really happy with my life the way it is. Sure, it’s been hard to juggle my work life, school life, and social life, but I’m doing it. I’ve had a few hiccups a long the way, but it’s a learning curve. I’m slowly figuring out how to balance it all. I’m also in a place where I’m not over-thinking anything. If you know me at all, you know that I’m a champion of over-thinking. For me to be able to sit back and just let things happen the way they’re going to happen is a HUGE accomplishment. It’s taken a lot of the stress & worry out of life and lets me just enjoy it. I wouldn’t say that things in my life are exactly how I want them forever, but they’re exactly how I need them for now. It’s a nice feeling.
Little Things. Today might have been [still is, actually] an extremely hectic and stressful day, but a little bit of thoughtful artwork from one of my kids sure brightened my mood. It’s the little things y’all!
Tuesday. Woke up this morning feeling completely overwhelmed. I’m a little behind with my school work (ugh…) and my work-out routine has been non-existent for the past week. I’ve let the dishes pile up in the sink and have a huge pile of clean laundry that needs to be folded and put away. At work, a new second grade teacher was added yesterday because the class sizes were HUGE. We’ve known she was being added since before Christmas, but because of all the technicalities of adding a class mid-year, she was just approved by the board and the classes were divided yesterday. Which means in the middle of the school year my schedules, seating charts, class lists, and such are all changing for that grade level. It’s nothing big, but it’s still extra work that I normally would not have to worry about at this point in the year. So it looks like today is going to be one busy day for me. Lots to do. Hopefully I’ll have enough time to get it all done, so that I can wake up feeling a
little lot better tomorrow morning.
Weekend Happenings. Sleeping in. Lunch on the water. 70 degree weather. A little bit of shopping. Karaoke. Excitement for my cousin who found her dream wedding dress. Episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Puppy cuddles.
While it’s snowing in other parts of the country, we’re having a pretty warm day. I may have just heard an ice cream truck… In January?!?
Friday. Every Friday at 3:30, I promptly rip the band-aids off my wrists & put my nose ring back in. For two days, I get to walk around band-aid free with a little bling in my nose, and I love it. I know that part of my dress code is to have all tattoos covered and I can have no visible piercings. I also knew when I got my wrists tattooed that I would have to cover them in professional settings, but that doesn’t stop me from hating it when I have to cover them EVERY SINGLE MORNING. I look like I tried to slit my wrists which is not a good look for anybody. Needless to say, I look forward to the weekends (and summer) because it’s my chance to live free of the band-aids. For that reason alone, 3:30 on a Friday is a highlight of my week. I know that’s probably a little silly, but it’s the truth.
Today. My principal left this on my desk after my appraisal. It’s not the official results, obviously, but still nice to hear. Now I just wait for the official results…
Also, I found out that one of my fourth graders wrote a paper about me. Last week, the fourth graders took a mock STAAR Writing Exam. STAAR is our standardized test here in Texas, and I can’t even begin to explain how much it bugs me that they picked an acronym that is a misspelled word [ugh!!], and I won’t even get into how I feel about said test. Anyway, the kids were asked to write about someone that inspires them and one of my boys wrote about me. I can’t put into words how that makes me feel. When his homeroom teacher told me, I teared up a little bit. It’s an amazing feeling to know that what I do everyday matters to someone. He may not remember my name in ten years, but right now, today, I inspire him and that’s pretty cool.
A Little About Me. I’ve had a burst of new followers this week. I thought I’d tell y’all a few things about me, so that you know who you’re following. Some of it might even be new info to those of you who have been following along for a while, but a lot of it isn’t.
- I have two Boston Terriers, Bailey & Mason, and a cat named Kennedy. They are my furry babies, and I talk to them all the time like they can actually talk back. I think that makes me a crazy animal lady, and I’m okay with that.
- I teach elementary music & most days I love my job. I’m also currently in grad school for educational counseling. It’s been tough juggling work & school and trying to fit a social life in there somewhere, but so far I’m doing okay.
- I am a born & raised Texas girl, but I spent my college years in Lamoni, Iowa. Those years were a wonderful experience for me. I lived a small town life & experienced some of the coldest winters ever. I’m very proud of my Iowa connection and will sing the praises of that state for the rest of my life.
- I love Broadway musicals. It’s not abnormal to hear a song from Rent, Wicked, Les Mis, Mamma Mia… [the list goes on] pop up on my ipod shuffle mix.
- I am extremely close to my mama & baby sister. We have always been a close family, but we became a million times closer when my father passed five years ago. They are the two people I love the most in this world, and I talk about them often here.
- I’m thinking of starting a wedding singing business on the side of my full-time job. That’s really not true, but I have been asked to sing in several weddings, and I joke around about making a living from it with my co-workers.
- My all-time favorite food is a cheeseburger. I could eat them all day, everyday.
- I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, and I have no shame about it. I’ve read the books several times & even have a lightning bolt incorporated into a tattoo.
- I have gone to summer church camps since I was 3, and still go at 28. My church does the typical church camps for kids that start at third grade and go through high school, but they also do a family camp. It’s the best thing ever, and some of my best memories & friendships have come from there.
- I battle with depression. It is a daily struggle, but I’m pretty honest and open about it which I think has been a huge help.
- I truly believe that Disney World is the happiest place on earth and would gladly go now & always!!!
Thursday. I have my annual appraisal this morning. Although this is isn’t my first experience with an annual appraisal, the nerves never go away. I will still be nervous about my appraisal when I have thirty years of experience under my belt. There is just something about having another adult in the room with me while I’m teaching that makes me so nervous. And this year is really important. If I get ‘Exceeds Expectations’ then I will be able to waive my appraisal next year, and I won’t have to worry about it at all. Three years in a row of ‘Exceeds’ gives you a waiver year. So here’s to hoping all goes well. Fingers and toes crossed!!!
In My Dreams. Last night, my dad was in my dream. I’ve had mornings when I’ve woken after having a dream about him, and I almost believed that my dream was real. I didn’t feel that way this morning. I knew that it wasn’t real, but I still woke up feeling sad. My dreams are the only place I see my father anymore. Only in my dreams is he walking, breathing, smiling. Part of me wishes I could just live in these dreams forever. Obviously, that isn’t an option. Even if it was, I know it wouldn’t really satisfy my need for my father in my life. Although I see him in my dreams, he very rarely speaks, and I know that it’s not really him, just my own reflection of him. A dream version of my dad will never be my dad. I know that, but it’s still nice to see him from time to time even if it does leave me feeling a little sad in the morning.
What I Wore. After putting this post together for Miss Austin last night, I was itching to wear some of my boots. So when it came time to get dressed this morning, boots & chambray it was. You can never go wrong with that combination, in my opinion.
hi girlfriend! I am doing some internet shopping because I am on the hunt for some cowboy boots! it is ‘bout time I owned a pair, don’t ya think? so can you help? I prefer a squared of toe versus the pointy and I want them to be to my calf I think. I am open to color though! I would rather stay on the lower end cost wise because unfortunately living in philadelphia I won’t get too much use! please help? xo -a
Hey there lovely lady! First of all, let me apologize. This question has been in my inbox for a couple of weeks now, and I’m sorry that I’m just now getting to it. But better late than never, right?
As far as cowboy boots go, I don’t consider myself an expert. I know what I like as far as brands [Old Gringo, Lucchese, Corral] and designs [I love a good cut-out & lots of embroidery], but I think since this will be your first pair, a simpler boot would probably be best. I wasn’t exactly sure of your price range, but in my opinion, these boots are on the lower end of the cost spectrum but still good quality boots. I could have found cheaper, but you wouldn’t get the best quality. I stayed under the $200 mark. Most of the ones I picked are brown because I think they are the most versatile. And I know you said you prefer square-toed, but I threw in a couple of other options for good measure. Let me know if any of these seem like a good fit for you. If not, I am always happy to keep searching.
Ariat Sassy Brown Legend Punchy Square Toed Boot ($169.99)
I love the touch of green on this boot. It gives it a little extra flair, but it’s still a very classic boot that can be worn with anything.
Corral Tan Brown Cortez Square Toe Boot ($169.99)
Corral is one of my favorite boot brands. I think they make quality boots that come in great styles & designs but they aren’t quite as pricey as Old Gringo boots [my absolute favorite!].
Ariat Legend Spirit Ladies Yukon Cross and Studs Punchy Boot ($189.99)
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with the boot & cross combo, so I had to throw this option in the mix.
Ariat Women’s Heritage West Round Toe Boot ($149.95)
These are classic & simple. You really can’t go wrong with these.
Nocona Black Traditional Western Square Toe Boots ($179.99)
I don’t know much about this brand, but this classic design caught my eye. This is a classic option in black, although, as I said before I tend to prefer brown.
Ariat Sonora Boot ($179.95)
I LOVE these! The cut-out design is a favorite look of mine, and the neutral color combo works with anything.
Ariat Sassy Brown Heritage Boots ($169.99)
These may be a little bit pointier than you want, but I really love them so I had to throw them in.
Weekend Happenings.There is nothing better than spending time with people who know you better than anyone. My weekend was spent with some lifelong friends that I am blessed to have had in my life since birth [give or take a year or so]. We grew up together. We spent our summers at church camps together and eventually all went to college together. We’ve seen each other experience some of life’s best & worst moments. We’ve had ups & downs in our friendships with each other, experienced some pretty serious disagreements, & some awkward moments thrown in there for good measure, but a quarter of a century later we can still call each other up & have the best time. I would not be who I am today without these people. They love me for who I am, flaws and all. They support me even when I may be making a huge mistake. They’re always there when I need a friend. This weekend was the best weekend because it was spent with them.
Sisters. Baby sister & I are five years apart. There was a time when that age difference felt huge, but now that we’re older the gap has seemed to disappear altogether. She is one of my best friends & I love her more than anyone. While I was getting ready this morning I started laughing to myself. I was putting on my concealer, and I remembered that over Thanksgiving I gave her a hard time for using the same concealer as me. I teased her about still wanting to be just like her big sister. The thing is, when it comes to little things like make-up, she’s always used the same products that I use. She takes my lead in a lot of ways. That’s not to say that she isn’t her own person, because she most definitely is. She has grown into an extremely beautiful, intelligent, & strong woman. She has her own unique sense of style, has her own path to follow in her life, & makes her own decisions. But there’s still some ways that she ‘copies’ her big sister, and I kinda like it. It’s nice to know she still looks up to me after all these years, but I don’t think she realizes that I actually look up to her in a lot of ways. She may be five years younger than me, but she’s someone I want to be like when I grow up. I wish I had her confidence, her self-assurance, her bravery. I wish I had her ability to apologize when I know I’m wrong. I wish I gave hugs the way that she does. Everybody raves about her hugs. But the bottom line is that I’m so blessed to have her in my life. A constant companion, a friend for always, a confidant for life.