Sunday, November 4, 2012

Currently November

I think I might be the only Michigander who loves the coziness of it getting dark earlier.  I love a moon-lit walk with my family and doggy, a fire in the fireplace, and candles lit.  That extra hour today was such a gift!  I felt like I was able to "sleep in" but also got a TON done!

I'm linking up with Farley for her November Currently.  Nosy Nelly that I am, I love seeing what everybody is up to...just call me Agnes {hubby does}.

I love my husband bunches and bunches - but man, that guy loves his cereal...I try really hard not to fixate on it.  I mean, he's allowed to eat - right?  I swear I don't chomp and slurp like he does.  I can't, right?  Maybe I do.  I doubt it. 

I woke up this morning feeling really overwhelmed. I had a lot to accomplish and wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it all. That extra hour was a true gift.  I went into school and got a TON done!  My house presentable...not great, but at least the crumbs are off the floor.

Go vote!!!!

I really hate shopping.  A LOT.  I guess if I was rolling in the dough I would mind it less - but I really can't stand the mall, hate waiting in lines, bahumbug.  I just wish I could blink my holiday shopping done.  That's why I try to take care of it all early...before the crowds get so awful that I get all grouchy.

I have a few teachers coming in to observe reader's and writer's workshop on the 15th.  I'd like to knock the socks off their feet.  Okay, honestly - I'd just like to not look like a fool. At first they were going to video tape me - which, seemed like the better option.  Then I remembered the camera adds ten pounds and I opted to have the people actually come in.  That makes me sooooo nervous though.  Blah.

I play music all the time in my classroom.  We transition to music and often times we work to music.  My two current favorites are:

Hunk-ta, Bunk-ta Boo by Katherine Dines has a folk-y flair {which I'm not usually into - but I love it and so do the kids}.  It's fun and I use it mostly during transitions.  One of my favorites is "Read a Book" which I play before reader's workshop.

Lavender Skies by Gary Lamb is beautifully played piano music. We use this during quiet work time - usually during writer's workshop.  Soothing.

There ya be!

So what did you do with your extra hour?

Have a great week!


  1. I slept!!! It was glorious! I am not on the same boat as you- I hate that it gets dark so early. When it gets dark, I feel like I need to be inside and ready for bed. But it's only like 5 o'clock! I hateeee it!

    Happy to have found you through the linky party! Your blog is so cute!!!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  2. I loved the extra hour too! Glad to link up with you.

  3. I have no idea how to go a linky thingy, but CURRENTLY, my favorite classroom music is Madeleine Peyroux. Her voice is like butta! The kids really knuckle down on their writing when they hear that lovely voice. Our faves are the songs sung in French...oui oui!!

    1. I'm going to check out Madeleine right now!!!!!

  4. I starred this post in my RSS feed so I would remember to respond to it. Better late than never, I guess. :) Just wanted to say that my husband slurps his cereal, too! Drives. Me. Bonkers. Once I hear him doing it, I can't unhear it the entire time he is eating! Aaaarrgghh!!! ;)

    I love to play music in my classroom. Something about Enya really soothes them and keeps them calm/quiet.


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