Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's Ok 1/31

Guess who remembered Thursday and was prepared for the linkup today! That's right. This girl.
Its Ok Thursdays

It's ok...

  • to have 60 degree weather one day and a snow storm the next. No joke.
  • that J had a two-hour delay and a snow day this week and I got neither.
  • that due to washing dishes, washing my hands and having them in bleach/lysol I can't seem to keep polish on my nails longer than a day or two.
  • that J and I want to buy a house so desperately that we watch HGTV 95% of the time.
  • to be excited about going to a superbowl party, but only for the party part.
  •  
    You know what's not ok? That it's not Friday yet. This week is exhausting and I'm over it. I'm gonna end this post before I turn into a major grouch. :)
    xo Steph 

Monday, January 28, 2013

You Might Be a Teacher If...

 I saw this list on facebook and since I found myself nodding vigorously after each one, I decided I had to share. And of course give you my commentary.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE A TEACHER? By Jeff Foxworthy
1.You get a secret thrill out of laminating things. So true. Laminating = I can use this again for countless years. I don't hang things in my room unless they're laminated. 

2.You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line. Yes. Or hear some commotion at nap time and know exactly which child it is and what toy they are trying to play with.

3.You walk into a store and hear the words, “It’s Ms./Mr. ____________ and know you have been spotted. This is when I turn on my selective hearing (the kids do it..why can't I?) and turn the other way. Just kidding. Kind of.

4.You have 25 people who accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one time or another. My students are 2-3. This happens. A lot.

5.You can eat a multi-course meal in under 25 minutes. Yep.

6.You’ve trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day, lunch and planning period. I don't have a planning period. So it's once during my lunch break, and whenever I get home that night.

7.You start saving other people’s trash, because most likely, you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom. Another one especially true for preschool. I have a stash of coffee filters, bubble wrap, paper tubes, etc. You never know.

8.You believe the Teacher’s Lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine. At least a soda machine. Let's be real.

9.You want to slap the next person who says, “Must be nice to work 7 to 3 and have summers off”. I do not get the pleasure of a 7-3 work day or summers off. But thanks to my previous teaching experiences and being married to a teacher, I know anyone who says this deserves the slap.


10.You believe chocolate is a food group. I guess I'm not really sure what this has to do with being a teacher. But yes I do.

11.You can tell if it’s a full moon without ever looking outside. I didn't believe this when I was going through school. I understand now.

12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, “Boy, the kids are sure mellow today.” Don't you dare jinx it.

13.You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public. This. Is. So. True.

14.You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin. ...

15.You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form. Are they working on this?

16.You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own children. I don't have children. But both Justin and I are guilty of investing more in our classrooms than in our home.

17.You can’t pass the school supply aisle without getting at least 5 items! You can never have too many stickers, books, coloring pages, or educational posters.

18. You ask your friends to use their words and explain if the left hand turn he made was a “good choice” or “bad choice.” I am actually guilty of pulling this on J. And all of my friends. If I had a nickel for every time I said this in a day...

19.You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils. In my age group, sharpened pencils are too dangerous. But this can easily be applied to fresh, capped markers or a new box of crayons.

20. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer. This is not a secret. I got two bottles of microban, and a hodgepodge of other germ-x related products for Christmas from assorted family members.

21.You understand, instantaneously, why a child behaves in a certain way after meeting his/her parents. Well...yeah.
And there you go. Teacher friends, I know you hear me. Non-teacher friends, welcome to my life.
xo Steph

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Social 1/27


Here I am again, linking up for Sunday Social. Although I don't know how real-life social I will be today. I've made myself a cozy little nest on the couch and don't see any major activity happening in my near future. Speaking of relaxing, here come the questions...
Sunday Social


What is your ideal way to relax?
Don't laugh at me. My ideal way to relax is probably knitting/crocheting; something I don't have to think too much about and just get to sit and enjoy.
 
Where is your favorite place to be?
Loughrigg Fell. The town of Ambleside in the Lake District, northern England. Over Lake Windermere.
This is my favorite place I have been, and I would love to be there again. Realistically though, probably my apartment. It's cozy and home-y. A good place to be. 

Who do you consider your biggest roll model?
I'm not really sure. I think I would have to say my grandmother though. She's hilarious, stylish, and one of the most active little old ladies I know. I hope I'm half as cool as her when I get old.
 
What does your life look like in 3 years?
I don't think life would be much fun if I knew what the future held. But in three years I am hoping to be in our own house, and perhaps have a baby. And a cat. 
 
If you could go back and change one decision what would it be?
I believe that every decision I've made, good or bad, has shaped my life in some way, and I don't think I would change that.

What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?
 Either graduating college...which is pretty awesome. 
Or the decision to pack up and leave my family and fiance, move to Florida, teach, and be on my own for the first time. 

That's Sunday Social for this week. See you next time!
xo Steph

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Ok Thursday 1/24

I haven't done this linkup in quite a while. Thursday always seems to sneak up on me. As part of my morning routine, I always give myself a few minutes to read a couple of blogs (I always look forward to Rachel's posts in the morning). Somehow I'm always surprised to see so many "It's Ok" posts and by the time I get a chance to sit down and write a post it's not Thursday anymore and there would be no point. 

Today I'm making time. Here's what's OK with me today. 
Its Ok Thursdays
 
It's ok....
  • That by 11 am I was on my second diet coke, and I'm considering a third. (NO! This is NOT ok!)
  • That I'm a little bit over-excited about my students writing their name for the first time.
  • That I just realized I'm scheduled to play organ this Saturday and next Thursday.
  • That I'm already planning the food I want to make for the super bowl party we're going to.
  • That I like to come home on my lunch break, even though I spend 2/3 of it driving. (By lunch I need those few minutes away from the building)
  • That I am vowing to do better at working out next week than I did this week.

Let's just make it to Friday, folks. Okay?
 xo Steph

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Social in Threes

Well, friends...not much of a weekend to wrap up for you. Sometimes I feel really lame, but by the time Friday evening rolls around J and I are so burnt out we're not really in the mood to party. Anybody else?? 
Friday night I was at school until almost 7. We ordered Chinese takeout and caught up on our DVR (J's brother has gotten me really into Suits these days). 
Saturday we had to tackle my least favorite chore--grocery shopping. I hate grocery shopping. Most of the time J doesn't let me go with him. But after the horror that is a grocery store on Saturday morning, we made homemade broccoli cheese soup and bread bowls. Holy delicious!! I also finished crocheting a second pair of slippers, and started a new project...
I'm trying to teach myself how to knit. It's hard. Today now that we're up and have been to church, my biggest excitement is linking up for Sunday Social. And a nap. I will probably take a nap. 

Sunday Social

1. Top 3 favorite kinds of food
Potatoes...in any form; mashed, baked, french fries, hash browns, you name it. Chinese food, and ice cream. 
2. First 3 things you do in the morning
Pee, take a shower and eat breakfast. 

3. Last 3 things you do at night
Lock the door, wash my face, pee.
 
4. 3 TV shows you NEVER miss
How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars.

5. 3 places you want to visit
Ireland, Germany, and Washington.

6. 3 people you can always count on
Justin, my mom, my best friend Tiffany.

 I hope you all had an exciting weekend...or relaxing...whichever you prefer. 
xo Steph

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Therapy

Hi, friends. If I'm ever going to finish this Thirty Things challenge I need to get my rear in gear. Tonight I'm knocking out number 16; my five greatest accomplishments. I haven't done anything spectacular like save a life or have a kid or anything. These are just some tidbits that I'm proud of.

1. Graduating college. 
 It was a gross day outside and way too cold for the cute dress I bought for the occasion, but I did it! And I'm still paying for it.

2. Finishing this race.
 This was last winter in Florida. I had never been much of a runner, but I was *determined* to do this race. It took place on the Daytona Speedway. Crossing the finish line was one of the greatest feelings.

3. Along with finishing that race, between when I started college and by the time I left Florida, I lost upwards of 40 pounds. 
On the left, with Ben Folds... 2010. On the right, with my best friend Tiffany, 2012.

Ok. I was really debating sharing this one or not. I am an incredibly shy person and pretty quiet. I know a silly act in a college talent show is not much of an accomplishment, but for me...this was stepping out of my comfort zone big time. 

4. Therapy...
 


5. This is just silly. But I'm pretty proud of this dog sweater I created for Bailey. 
 

So I used to love American Idol. Ok...so I had a major thing for Clay Aiken, and maybe saw him in concert 4-5 times...And then they started changing all of the judges. Simon was my man. After he left I swore I wouldn't watch the show anymore. But I had to check out the new judges, just for a few episodes. And a few more episodes when they changed judges again. 

Obviously I couldn't miss seeing Nicki Minaj on the panel. My favorite part of the whole episode was a clip of announcing the new judges. "And bringing some style to the table, Nicki Minaj!"....What kind of style are you looking for exactly?? This girl is a train wreck.  You think that will stop me from watching? Probably not. Something about this show sucks me in. 

xo Steph  
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Social Blog Style

I'm linking up again with Ashley and Neely for Sunday Social. This week it's all about my little bloggity blog.

Sunday Social
1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?
The name of my blog is Stephanews. Catchy, right? Right. I actually just realized when looking for my first post that my blog has just turned a year old!

2. Why do you blog?
I blog because sometimes I think I'm hilarious and my real life friends don't always appreciate it. Just kidding. Kind of. I blog because I like connecting with new people and being able to get my thoughts and opinions out.
3. What is the first blog you ever followed?
I believe the first blog I ever followed is no longer in existence. I think the first blog I started following that I still follow is Amber's
4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2012?
My favorite post is probably my poem about shoes. See? Hilarious. 
5. What are your blogging goals for 2013?
Every time I'm asked this question I say I want to be more consistent in my posting. And I do. I also want to continue meeting and creating friendships with new people. 
6. Name your top 3 favorite blogs.
Whitney. This girl is hilarious. I look forward to her posts every single day and laugh out loud at least once whenever I read her blog. 
Angi. She is funny, down to earth, crafty, a good cook, and I feel like I can really relate to her!

It was really hard to pick just 3 but I have to go with Elle. She's a thrifty beauty blogger who comes up with the greatest DIY beauty tricks and tips! 

That's all, folks. Thanks for being social with me. 
xo Steph

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thirty Thangs

It's really exciting when a funny story from my day ties into what I was planning on posting about. I'm on number 15 of my 30 things and they're asking me if I were an animal, what would I be? 

I have a new student in my classroom. My introduction to her mother went something like this:

Me: Hi. I'm Stephanie. It's nice to meet you. 
Mom: Nice to meet you too. Stephanie, right? 
Me: ...yep.
Mom: Ok. That's good to know. Last night I asked *child* what her new teacher's name was. She said "Koala". 

 Uncanny resemblance, right? After this encounter, I decided to research this a little bit and found some similarities between myself and the koala. Such as...

  • The koala is not a bear. Neither am I. 
  • Much like the koala, I prefer to sleep during the day and eat party all night. 
  •  Koalas may look cute and cuddly but have very sharp teeth and claws. Watch out; I bite.
  • Koalas have a pear-shaped body to provide stability while sitting in trees. This must also be why I have a big ol' booty. 

 There you have it. If I were an animal, I would be a koala.
xo Steph

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Social Post-Holiday

 Time for another Sunday Social!
Sunday Social


1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?
Well, yeah. With all of the parties, celebrations, and get togethers and happen during the holidays I kind of gave up on paying attention to what I ate (like I'm sure many people do this time of year). Over the break I drank a "Green" juice for the first time, and it was pretty delicious. We've gotten into a pretty bad rut of eating processed junky food and I would like to start eating more clean. (Let's see if we can get J on board with this)
If you haven't tried this, do it. It's tasty.

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?
I am definitely not a person to ask for workout tips. The best advice I can give is to just get up and do it (take my own advice, right??). I'm the queen of excuses and the more I put off working out the easier it is just not to do it.
3. What is your favorite thing you did over the Holidays?
I really just enjoyed seeing my family and friends. It was so nice to hang out and relax with people I haven't seen in a long time.
4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2013 that you did not in 2012?
I'd really like to be more consistent with my blogging. I know I have said this before, but I think it will just be something I'm always working at. 
 
Here's an original thought; I'd like to be more active this year. Yesterday I was flipping through channels on tv (great start, eh?) and actually stopped on an infomercial for the Insanity workout. We used to get a group together and do it in the dorm and I really miss it. I'm not very good at working out on my own and I miss having people to go with.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.
-Two of my best friends are getting married! I'm so happy for both of them and I can't wait to celebrate with them.

-I'm not positive that this is happening this year, but it's a goal that makes me pretty excited; J and I are really doing our homework in looking for houses. We would love to be in a house by summer time.

-J and I are taking a little vacation. Well. J is going to a conference and I am going with him to enjoy a few days off of work, a nice hotel room, and a weekend away.


Did your weekend fly by as quickly as mine did?
Weekend 
xo Steph

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Strength

Hey guys, remember when I started that '30 things' challenge? Me either. Just kidding, I do (see? It's here). I know, I know I left you hanging with five weaknesses I have. Since I know you're on the edge of your couch awaiting the next installment, here are five strengths I like to think I have. 

1. I'm pretty open-minded.
I like to try and see things from every angle before I make my opinions on them.

2. I am persistent. 
Prime example: this list. It has been weeks since I've done my last post on this 30 things deal, but I'm not about to give it up! I've also been plugging away at a blanket I have been "making" for over a year. It WILL get finished!! 

3. I'm frugal.
AKA cheap. I have a really hard time spending money actually. Unless I need something. I love shopping and looking around, but most times I talk myself out of buying anything. This drives J nuts. And maybe borders more on being a weakness than a strength to be honest. 
4. I'm a pretty quick learner. 
Except for cooking. Still a work in progress....

5. I'm adaptable 
In the preschool world (and in the teaching profession in general) it's rare that anything goes exactly according to plan. I've gotten pretty good at changing the plan to suit whatever needs to be done or needs to be changed.  

Funny Friendship Ecard: I want you to be completely honest with me as long as you're only pointing out my strengths. 

Happy weekend, pals! I'm off to a day of crocheting, movie-watching, and catching up with friends. 
xo Steph

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pad Thai, Pictures, and Procrastinating.

Before I catch you up on the exciting events that made up my vacation I wanted to tell you about what I attempted cooked tonight. My parents got me a wok for Christmas and I couldn't wait to use it. I knew my girl Rachel Ray wouldn't let me down, so I used her Pad Thai recipe from Food Network. Unlike my sweet & sour chicken fiasco, this was a huge hit! And it looked pretty good in our cool new square bowls.
 



Well, here we are almost a week after New Year's and two weeks after Christmas, and I'm finally ready to recap. This was my first official Christmas with Justin's family and his first with mine. We got with his family the Saturday before Christmas and left for the Great Lakes state early Sunday morning. 
This little peanut was waiting for us when we arrived. 
 As is our usual tradition, we spent Christmas Eve with my mom's family and then went to church. After church when everyone had gone home J and I exchanged gifts with my parents. I was up at the butt crack of dawn Christmas morning (can you talk about butt cracks and Christmas morning in the same sentence?) because my parents needed help cleaning and cooking for my dad's family to come over. We exchanged gifts and stuffed our faces, then spent the rest of the day just enjoying each other's company. Don't these three studly men look like they're having a blast?
And then there was my internal alarm clock. Anybody else have this problem? For a whole glorious week I had no reason to set an alarm; I was free to party all night and sleep all day. But what time was I up? By 8:00. Every. Single. Day. Except for the morning after a bottle of homemade wine. Other than one painful day of professional family portraits we had time just to relax. Which means shopping, card playing, and drinks/apps with long lost friends and family. And what would a vacation be without some crocheting?
 Bailey obviously loves her new sweater, and I made these slippers for a friend on the car ride. We spent a pretty low-key New Year's Eve with some friends of my family having a game/drink night, and Tuesday morning we were back on the road bright and early! 

Getting back to school right away Wednesday was rough. Just about as rough as trying to get back into a blogging routine. Sorry I got a little long winded. I guess that's what happens when I keep all of these things stored up and don't blog them. One day I'll learn. 

xo Steph