Monday, August 26, 2013

His and Her Weekend Shenanigans

Hello everyone! We are linking up with Sami at Sami's Shenanigans to share what we got up to this weekend.

Sami's Shenanigans
Even though I only officially worked for two days (Thursday and Friday) I was exhausted by the time I got home. Sean was exhausted also from working the whole week after being away for four weeks. We decided to just order pizza and relax. I was able to catch up on Project Runway so that is awesome. (So far, I am loving Kate and Jeremy!!)
I needed a few more things for my classroom so Sean and I headed to Wal-Mart. We found some good deals and I think I am done shopping. Emphasis on *think* :) All the teachers out there know what I mean. The rest of the day was spent hanging out at home, doing a few small school projects, and catching up on some more TV series that I was behind on due to the vacation.
Sean tried to go donate platelets in the morning but technical errors sent him home. I caught up on laundry (the Australia laundry is done - whooo hooo!!!) and started lesson planning. Since my Civics class is now an A/B class (meaning I have two classes but see them on alternating days - the kids have Science on their opposite day) I have to completely redo all plans, PowerPoints, activities, etc. I thought this would be a fairly smooth, albeit time consuming, process but I was wrong. It is going to be frustrating (so much work!), depressing (so many good activities that I won't have time for), and arduous (complex, complex, complex!). Well, I have one down and only 179 to go right??
So that was our weekend. What did you get up to?

Happy Monday,

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Her Getting Back

Every year I buy pencils and pens for my students to borrow as needed. ---- Key word --- borrow! But because I teach middle school, I usually am out of pencils/pens by midyear. Last year was particularly bad because I was out of pencils and pens by the end of November. I have seen many ideas online, on other blogs, and Pinterest about how to "tag" pencils. I decided to go simple. Here is what I did...

I went to Target to pick up the materials I needed. A box of plain pencils and some zebra print tape. (The theme of my room is zebra print.)

I cut a small strip of tape and put it on the end of the pencil.

Then I just rolled it up. Simple as that!

All 60 pencils took about 30 minutes with Sean's help. He cut the tape as I rolled the pencils. 

Now when my pencils are borrowed I will know who has them so I can ask for them back. I know I could let the kids keep the pencils but I hate running out and not being able to afford to buy more mid-year. I really want them to last this year. *fingers crossed*

How do you keep track of borrowed supplies?

Happy Teacher Prepping,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

His and Her Never Ever Ever (Week 12)

Now that we have been home for a few days, it's time to get back to some of our favorite blogging link-ups. Enter --- 

**For those who are new to our blog - WELCOME - purple is Amanda, red is Sean, blue is for both of us. We hope it helps make it less confusing for our readers to know who is talking and sharing. :) **  

Amanda will never, ever, ever:
-not own a dog (or two)
Our little fur-baby!!
-(despite how I am feeling right now) quit teaching
-(despite the crummy jet lag) stop traveling
-enjoy the heat and humidity of summer. Going to Australia for a month during their winter and our summer is perfect for me. I cannot stand the heat!!

Sean will never, ever, ever:
-ride the Cyclone roller coaster at Dream World in Australia ever again. I felt like my bones were going to shatter by the end of the ride from all the shaking and bumping. It's not that old, why are the bolts so loose?
-go on a long-haul flight without travel medicine or motion sickness medicine
-crave Red Rooster again (this was one of my favorite Aussie foods until this past trip...something has changed, it is bad)
-put my phone in a cargo pocket of my shorts again (see post here to know the back story)

What is something you would never, ever, ever do? 

Happy Tuesday,
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