My Secret Santa Sucks...

So at school this year, I decided to participate in our little Secret Santa gift exchange at school. If you chose to take part then you had to fill out a little fact sheet about yourself detailing all of your faves (fav snack, candle scent, things on your wish list, etc), and then draw someone's name to give gifts to. For the first two weeks you are supposed to leave little gifts for your S.S. every couple of days and then on the last day you reveal yourself and exchange a $15-$20 gift.
Many people told me not to participate due to some not so good gift-givers lurking in the halls. But I am, by nature, a participator. So I signed up.

Today my Secret Santa had this little joy delivered to my classroom:
That would be a floral, heart shaped matching ribbon necklace and earring set. Wow.

I laughed so hard I was in tears. I mean was this a practical joke? I hope so. God forbid someone actually think that this is fashionable or that I would actually consider wearing this? Geeeeezzzz! Stick to the list people!! It was filled out in detail for a reason! I'd have been happier with a Diet Dr. Pepper and some M&Ms! Can't wait to see what other fabulous gifts I have in store! I'll keep you posted! ;)

Sorry I sound like a Scrooge. Just thought this was too funny not to share! Bah Humbug! ;)


Hey bloggies! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did! A very MUCH needed 5 day weekend. It was rough going back to school this week with the tease of Christmas break dangling just 3 weeks away! But I'm back in the routine. Only 13 more days to go! Yippee!

Thanksgiving was a great time! Last year, Mason and I were in NYC celebrating Thanksgiving.
This year though, we were lucky enough to spend time with both of our families. First we headed out to Weatherford to visit Mason's entire family... seriously like 40 people were there
including these two cuties! :)
After we had stuffed ourselves silly, we went for seconds at my mom's house and had some more turkey!

It was a good time and I'm thankful that we were able to split our time with both families.
But once we got home, I wasted no time packing up my fall decor! I had my Christmas decorations unpacked and positioned by Thanksgiving night! I just love having the Christmas tree up! It makes the house so much prettier! ;)
I can't believe There are only 25 more days til' Christmas! Better get to shopping! Yikes!

Here's to hoping that this holiday season will be the most special one yet! :)


Mason Turns 27!

Happy Belated to this boy
...who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday!!
Well, not belated on my part, just a belated blog shout-out. I'm not that bad of a girlfriend! ;)
So happy to celebrate another milestone together!
Love you Mase!

PS: A big Happy Birthday to Cameron too! (Mason's twin brother!) ;)


Rushing the Holidays

Don't you just hate that?

I don't! Well I used to, but for some reason this year I am like a giddy little kid waiting for Christmas to come! Could it have something to do with having a lengthy Christmas break right on the horizons? Perhaps. All I know is that I've caught the Christmas spirit early this year!

Look at my most recent purchases:
I even bought a red, ruffled coat for the season as well! I don't know what has come over me! I've also already purchased Christmas cards and gift bags for presents for my fellow teachers. And you better believe as soon as I take my last bite of turkey this Thanksgiving, I'll be busting
out the tinsel and stockings and decking the halls! ;)

Adding to my holiday craze, I am a member of the "Doo-Dah" committee at work (we do all the fun, social stuff for the teachers) and today we were planning events for every day in December! I am in charge of the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest! Easy, I'm already a pro at that! ;)
*sigh* I just love the holidays! Wishing these next two weeks would hurry on by so we can get to the good stuff! Anyone else have Christmas fever yet!?!


Someday I'll Look Back at This and Laugh

Um, yeah.... so car troubles continue to plague me. I found a staple in one of my back tires, after realizing it was a little low. Well since I never have time to get things done, Mason and I both had just been filling it up with air in hopes of getting it patched when the weekend came. Ha, that kind of planning only works for normal people. Not me. Instead, I always draw the "worst case scenario" stick.

Let's rewind back to Friday afternoon, 11:14AM.

I had just dropped my kids off at lunch and had 30 minutes before I had to pick them up again. Well, since I never have time (plus I'm too lazy) to get to the grocery store, I had nothing for lunch... and no cash with which to buy some cafeteria food (darn). So I decided to run down the street QUICKLY to get Subway. Well upon arriving to my car, my tire was very low. Bordering flat. So I thought to myself, well, I'll just fill up my tire with some more air at the gas station right next to Subway. I even asked a fellow teacher who was outside if he thought I could drive on the tire. He said I should be fine as long as I drive slow. So since I'm such the adventurous, risk-taker, I climbed aboard and started my trek to the gas station. I tried to ignore the horrid sounds of my low-tire grinding against the pavement.

I reach my destination, climb out of my car and catch a nice whiff of burnt rubber!!! My tire is torn to shreds, ruined, can transport me no longer! It is now 11:20AM, I have to pick my kids up from lunch in 24 minutes and I am stuck at the gas station down the street.

So, I panic, call Mason and give him the play by play of how my life is over and my car will never drive again... oh and I'll probably be fired for leaving school and not picking my kids up on time. He agrees to leave work and help his damsel in distress.

Next step, call my school and try and get a ride back (first though, I had to google my school, because I didn't have the number in my phone - always prepared). I call the front office in tears and ask the front desk lady if she can find anyone to come pick me up from the gas station. She says not to worry, help is on the way.

It is now 11:34AM, and guess who got recruited to pick me up!?!?! MY FREAKING PRINCIPAL!!!! I mean seriously!?! Out of everyone in the whole school she asked my awkward, by-the-book, cheesy principal! Where were the other teacher's, custodians, kids with learner's permits, ANYONE!? I start bawling. Talk about the longest ride of my life. He was very nice about it while I, on the other hand, was absolutely mortified. I mean, I'm sure my principal was like, " hmm, Ms. C really knows how to keep it together in times of crisis." Um, yeah, fail.

So, it's 11:44AM (time to pick up the kiddos) and I'm still a wreck - I don't know why... I mean it really wasn't a big deal. I think I was just pissed about having another tire issue within two weeks of the last and just stressed (my Asst. Principal, Principal and Superintendent all stopped by my room to observe me earlier that morning -NO BIG DEAL). Anyway, I was in no condition to pick up my kids just yet, so I asked another teacher to pick them up, take them to the restroom and back to class while I composed myself. I, of course, had to walk past my class in the process. When I finally got it together and went back to the classroom my kids were very concerned asking if I had been fired. Ha! Good one kids. ;)

Anyway, Mason came to my rescue, took off the shredded tire, bought me a new one and returned my car to school in good shape. What would we do without men? ;)

Oh, first year of teaching memories. Another one for the books!


November 2010

Made it! I am now safely on the other side of October, my hell month! I only have one more GT training class to go to and only a few more online assignments to submit and I am done! I will have my life back! I'm not sure what I will do with all of my free time... Read books, take up knitting, become a faithful blogger again!? Things are looking up! ;) Anyway, so let's see what's going to be awesome about November...

Nov. '10
Excited about:
  • Thanksgiving! Duh! ;)

  • Having lost a little bit of weight with zero working out. (Although now that I have made this public I will instantly gain 10 pounds).
  • Going to Lafayette/Baton Rouge with Mason again for an LSU game with some friends who live down there.
  • Getting 5 days off in a row for Turkey Day (Only 3 more weeks to go!!)
  • Daylight Savings Time! It is depressing when it is still pitch black when I arrive at school!
  • Decorating for Christmas at the end of the month! Is it too early to listen to Christmas music?
  • The rest of the UT football season (and the Cowboys)...we suck this year! :(
Things to celebrate this month:
  • Mason (and Cameron's) 27th birthday! My oh my!
  • Turkey Day!
Jamming out to:
  • Fav new song right now.... "Like a G6" - Far East Movement
  • Same shows as October, but um did you SEE the Glee - Rocky Horror Picture Show episode! LOVE!!!
  • Still no time for pleasure reading. *sigh* One day....
So that is the low down scoop for this month! Hope you all have a fabulous day-after Halloween! Happy November! :)