Saturday, October 3, 2015

#obsessed (Day 3)

Today's Paul McCartney song is "Silly Love Songs"

Friday, October 2, 2015

#obsessed (Day 2)

Day 2 of my favorite Paul McCartney/Beatles songs:

"Let it Be"

September Books

This is a sad, but true story.

I have not finished any books for the month of September.  I suppose it's a good thing that I am 6 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads Book Challenge!

It's just so much harder to find time to read during the school year.  Between work, the gym, and trying to do the odds and ends around the house, I may get to read for 30 minutes or so before bed.  IF I even feel like cracking open a book.

I should certainly have something to contribute for October.  I am currently rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone along with one of my classes that chose to read the book.  I am also reading a nonfiction selection for a class that I am taking, and a book recommended by my blog friend Sarah (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon).  Finally, my Audible credit comes in near the end of each month, so I will get to listen to a book into October.

So tune in next month for what will hopefully be a more exciting post than this! ;)

Any reading recommendations?  I'm certainly open to suggestions!

(Don't forget to sign up for The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap!!)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#Obsessed (aka I love Paul McCartney!!!)

Back at the end of August, I caught a commercial on TV stating that Paul McCartney was coming to play at the Bryce Jordan Center (at Penn State).  I nearly fainted.

If you've been around here for any length of time, you may know that I love the Beatles, and Paul McCartney is my favorite!  I never thought that I would get the chance to see him in concert.

I clearly lost my mind, but I HAD to buy tickets.

This is a once in a life time opportunity.

Tickets were NOT cheap.

But this is a once in a life time opportunity!!!!

The best part is that I am going to the concert with my cousin, and life-long friend, Jaime.  We have both been #obsessed with the Beatles and both love Paul McCartney!

In honor of this momentous occasion (happening on October 15th!), I am going to post some of my MOST favorite Paul McCartney songs!  I will post one a day until the concert!


P.S. Did you sign up for The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap yet? 

Monday, September 28, 2015

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap!

Were you worried?

Did you think it wasn't happening this year?

I have sort of not been very active here lately, so I can't blame you if you did.

BUT it's here!

Swaps are so much fun, and I've loved participating in (and hosting) this one for the last three years!  Kristin (from Stuff & Things) and I thought it would be fun to save the swap until fall was really getting under way this year.

If you haven't done a swap before, you don't HAVE to have a blog.  Your partner can share what they're sending on her (or his) blog when it's reveal time.  You can also share your goodies on other social media!  A swap is also a great way to make new friends across the country (or world).  Thanks to this swap, I have met and continue to follow Casey from Everyday Adventures, Rachel from The Ross Family, and last year, Micah from Unabashedly Me.

So here's how things will go this year:

1. Fill out the form to sign up for the swap! Sign-ups end on Friday, October 9th at 11:59pm.
2. By Monday, October 12th, you will get an e-mail from one of us with your swap partner.
3. Once you know your partner, please make contact within 48 hours (by Wednesday, October 14th) to get to know a bit more about each other.
4. Spend $15-$20 (excluding shipping) to put together a fun package for your partner.
5. Mail your package on or before Tuesday, October 27th.
6. Link up with us on Friday, November 6th to share your swap goodies!

It's that easy!  I can't tell you how fun it is to get your swap goodies in the mail.  I am obsessed with getting mail and packages are so much better!  

So fill out the form below to join us!

And for your enjoyment, feel free to go back and see what kind of great goodies I've gotten over the years! :)  (I switched blogs after the first swap, so I don't have my post from my swap with Casey!)

2nd Annual Swap
3rd Annual Swap

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Stuff & Things: Things I Love

Stuff, Things, etc.

I've got a bunch of stuff that I'm loving lately, and I thought that it would be a perfect time to crank out a blog post, link up with Kristin, and share it with all of you!

  • Fall!  As much as I enjoy and look forward to my summer vacation, there's something about fall that I just love so much!  Sure, I have to get up early and go to work, but truthfully, I do love my job, and I function so much better with a routine in my life.  It's not feeling very fall-like yet here in Pennsylvania, and I'm getting a little anxious.  And around here, it's just so gorgeous in the fall.  It's breathtaking! 
  • Boots.  I have a problem.  Tall boots, booties, high heels, wedge heels, flats, I don't discriminate!  One of the reasons I want the weather to cool down is because I want to wear boots, and I know that somehow people wear them all year long or wear them in warmer climates, but no.  If it's hot, I don't want that much of my leg covered up.  

  • I also apparently love plaid.  I was browsing my "Things I Want to Wear" board on Pinterest the other day, and discovered that not only have a pinned mostly cold weather outfits, but many of them involve plaid.  Or leggings.  Or both.  I just ordered a new plaid shirt from Old Navy the other day.  I like the colors.  Still not sure that it fits me the way it's "supposed" to.  I like how the ones fit the girl in the picture.....
So all of that pretty much goes along with fall.  I guess I'm feeling a bit impatient.  Once school starts, I'm just done with summer and summer weather.  I get impatient to move on and get to the next season.  Now, winter on the other hand, I'm not a fan of at all.  I wish fall lasted longer!  That's probably why I like to just get to it.  I think I my mind, I figure if fall gets here sooner rather than later, it will stick around longer.  Doesn't seem to work that way, but a girl can dream, right?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stuff & Things 9/10: Education Edition

Stuff, Things, etc.

Hi everyone!

I've been scarce around these parts lately, so I thought I'd take a moment to link up with Kristin this week!

  • A new school year is under way, and it's off to a good start.  So far, this is a nice group of kiddos!  Some of them even brought me cards and gifts for my birthday even though I really didn't mention it or make a big deal of it.
  • Speaking of school, for the first time, I had a group choose to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as one of their novels this year!  I'm super excited to be giving this brand-new unit a try! 
    I covertly took this picture while the students were working in their groups.  If we're friends on Instagram, you might have seen this with the caption: "Happiness is: Students reading Harry Potter in class!! #hpforever"
  • Tonight is our Open House.  I'm stuck here at work until 7:30 tonight.  On the bright side, I get to have dinner with my bestie after work!
  • I have decided to take a class.  As per some big wigs in education somewhere, we now only need to have a formal observation in PA every 3 years.  The other two years, we need to do some sort of project.  Last year, I completed a portfolio based on a math strategy I was implementing after attending a conference.  This year, I decided I was in the mood to take a class, and I figured that I would kill two birds with one stone by completing a self-directed research project.  I found a class about working with gifted students in the regular ed classroom through Learners Edge.  One area in which we are lacking at my school is growing and enriching our gifted/advanced learners.  We are focused on our struggling students because that is our largest population, and advanced students get lost in the shuffle because they'll "be fine" no matter what!
With all of that being said, it's time for me to check back in with my reading groups!

What's up with you lately??

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