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YES to Fall Flowers!

October 29, 2014
Nothing adds a beautiful pop of color to a room quite like fresh flowers do.  In addition, a bouquet of flowers can really transform the overall appearance of a room.  When Adam from The Bouqs contacted me and asked if I would like to get a bouq sent to me, I jumped at the chance knowing all along that I had the perfect spot in mind for them--in my new classroom!

Since I just started teaching, I haven't really added those personal touches to my room just yet, so I figured that having some gorgeous flowers on display would certainly be appealing to the eye!

Ordering from the Bouqs was easy as pie, and I appreciated that I could schedule my delivery.  It was nice knowing just when my flowers would get here so that I could plan accordingly.  When my flowers did arrive, I was having a particularly rough day, and as I mentioned earlier this month, flowers always make me feel better. When my Chinese co-teacher saw them she got a big smile on her face and referenced our terrible day paired with the arrival of the flowers by saying, "We still have to try to make ourselves happy!"  As one of my students always says, "Can I get an AMEN?" 

I kept the flowers in a vase on my bookshelf behind my "desk" (that's really just a table with all my stuff piled on top.)  The bouq was a real conversation starter.  So many of my co-workers commented on "those amazing flowers," and I even had a parent bring them up during conferences!  I was still getting these remarks even four days after I initially got the flowers.  

There were just too many awesome bouqs to choose from in the Volcano Collection, but in the end I decided to go with the Dawn bouq because I'm missing fall in Ohio quite a bit and the color is perfect for autumn.  

Here is the description for the Dawn bouq: Our Orange premium Roses are a magical sight when fully bloomed.  Grown on a Volcano and cut-to-order, this flower bunch will blow them away like a breathtaking sunrise.  Our flowers are shipped straight from our eco-friendly, sustainable farms on the Volcano to your recipient's door, with Free Delivery!  Color: Orange
Please note that colors may vary slightly from photos

Truthfully, I have never ordered myself flowers online before, but after this experience, I would like to start treating myself to a bouq or two more often.  Just look at these arrangements offered on their site and you won't be able to blame me... :)

Cake n' Cream 


Since I was pleased with my overall experience, I may have to order another bouq in the near future.  I have my sights set on the Ladybug bouq because it contains both of my favorite colors and would match all the red in my Chinese themed classroom. 

Which one is your favorite?  Would you ever order from the Bouqs?
**These flowers were provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.  I will also get credit for any purchase made from the links in my post.**

I Got Mail!

October 18, 2014
Lately some pretty exciting things have been coming in the mail for me, so I thought I'd share them.  :)

1) An invitation to my sister's baby shower!  I thought I was going to be the one to throw my sister her shower, but she told me that three of her friends offered and were taking care of it.  She informed me that if I wanted to help, I could do so by organizing a game with prizes.  I'm actually relieved...It's not that I didn't want to throw my sis her shower--of course I did, but it's just hard to do because we live six hours apart and I'm swamped with things to do for my new job.  I can't wait to go to her shower in early November and get her something cute for her baby girl.

 2) Boots from Alloy- Last year I didn't buy any new fall boots, but this year I figured that I'd treat myself since I got a new job.  I've only worn them once so far because the temps are just now getting into the 70's, but I'm sure that I'll be wearing them a lot in the late fall/winter.  I was just happy that they came in my shoe size since cute Size 11 shoes can be difficult to find.

3) A copy of Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa- This came from one of my professors at OSU because we co-wrote an article together that is published in the book!  I've written plenty of papers for college, but never had the opportunity to get anything published until now. :)  The cool part is that my bff Everett works in an international school, and he has to pick a county for part of his room's theme.  He is going with South Africa and is going to use this book as a resource to find high-quality adolescent literature for his students!

4) My Journal from the Journal Swap that I co-hosted with Nancy- My partner, Meg, sent me this nice journal with an inspirational quote about education on it since I had written her that I just got a teaching job.  She did such a great job picking it out, and I had a blast hosting the swap.  I'd like to host another swap in the future.

5) A package from my sister.  She is TOO thoughtful and collected a bunch of school supplies that I'd be able to use in my classroom.  She included index cards, stickers, dry erase markers, decorative borders, and some stamps.  I've already started putting some of the stickers on the kids' papers and they love them and have requested more!

Have you gotten anything fun in the mail lately?

Also, be sure to enter this giveaway I contributed to!  It's for a Starbucks gift card.

Yours Truly // Lindsay
Samantha // Kathi // Becca
Rebekah // Ashley // Lisa
There will be one winner.
Winner will be contacted by e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.
Gift card will be sent via e-mail so winner needs a valid e-mail address in order to receive.
Must be 18 years or older to enter.

What Makes Me Feel Better

October 8, 2014

*Slipping into comfy clothes.  Gosh do I love wearing yoga pants, sweatpants, hoodies, and Snoozies around the house.

* Helping someone out or having someone help me.  One veteran teacher at my school has really gone out of her way to help answer my questions, and believe me, I have a lot of them.

* Pay days!!  I find this VERRRY strange, but I got paid for two weeks of work on Friday and the money was in my account before I even finished working on Friday, which was one of the days I got paid for.  At every other place I worked at there was always a delay in the payroll period, but I guess not at my current school district.  Hey, I'm not complaining and was super happy on Friday when I got my first paycheck since June. :)

* Gorgeous weather.  Yesterday it was just perfect out...It was in the upper seventies, sunny, and there wasn't a single cloud in the sky.  Just getting to go out and breathe in fresh air in nice weather can be glorious.

* Buying myself flowers.

* Getting support from my friends and family.  My sister Denise is just the best...We spent two hours talking last night about some difficulties we were facing and she told me, "Just so you know, I'll always be here for you to listen and support you."  Just hearing those words meant so much.

* Everett's jokes and humor.  It's nice not to take everything so seriously and just having a good laugh every now and again can do wonders.

* Seasonal treats.  Of course now I'm on a pumpkin kick like I am every fall.  I really love Dunkin Donut's pumpkin mocha iced lattes.

* Getting extra days off.  This won't happen for awhile, but I'd love to just have a catch up day so that I can relax for two full days and then get stuff done on my extra day off. :)  Right now, I take Saturday for myself and spend Sunday getting ready for my next teaching week.

* Escaping reality with a good book or with a movie.  You guys, I want to see Gone Girl soooo badly...hopefully I can next weekend.

* Retail therapy.  There's nothing like a successful shopping spree!

* Getting pampered.  I'm talking about a massage, getting a facial, or a mani/pedi.

* Words of affirmation.  I think that is my "love language," but I'm also big on it in all areas of my life.  One of my teaching mentors e-mailed me telling me I was doing a good job, and her feedback really made me feel better.

* Accomplishing a goal or crossing something off of my to-do list.

* Traveling and planning a trip.  I've been e-mailing a few friends to see if they would like to take a trip with me this summer.

* Blogging and reading other people's blogs.  I like 98% of other bloggers (there are always a few ratchets, haha), and am happy to be a part of this great community!

* Comfort food.  Of course now that I'm in the South, traditional Southern meals are easier to come by, but a good old bowl of chicken noodle soup or a grilled cheese sandwich sometimes just hits the spot.

* Organizing my desk after teaching.  By the end of the day, my desk can get pretty messy.  Putting everything back in the right spot helps me feel more prepared for the next day.

* Getting any sort of deal or freebie.

* Feeling prepared at work.

* Getting the right amount of sleep and getting on a schedule.

What always makes you feel better?

What I'm Not Good At

October 7, 2014
So, awhile ago, Becca came up with a list of blogging prompts to use for future posts.  I already used one of her ideas over the summer and wrote about my life in numbers, and today I chose to go with another one of her prompts which is writing about what I'm not good at.  So, what am I not good at?  There are so many things!

* I'm terrible at remembering people's names when I first meet them in group settings.  I have social anxiety disorder, but I'm very good at hiding it, so I think (hope!) that I seem normal when I first meet people.  Even though I may appear calm, cool, and collected on the outside, on the inside there are a million thoughts racing through my head.  Since I get so nervous when I meet people for the first time, I'm preoccupied with that and don't focus on trying to remember names/other details.  I've been in situations where people expect that I should know their names since they told me them once already, and I totally don't.  When this happens, I just try to avoid using their names altogether and act like I do know who is who.  Sometimes it gets past the appropriate point of asking someone what their name is again, so I'll just pray that someone around me says it so I can learn that way!  I'm pretty sure that some of my acquaintances think I'm dumb because on occasion I'll have to whisper to them, "What was that lady's name again?"  Sometimes I'll just say, "How does she spell her name?" to try to trick people into telling me someone's name indirectly.  :)

* Cooking.  I'm starting to get a little better at this, but still have some cooking disasters!  I'm not a big meat-eater (though I do like an occasional burger), and do not really like dealing with raw meat.  I usually just stick to veggie burgers and eggs rather than handle meat, although some crock pot recipes are not that bad.

* Anything musical.  As an adult, I found my pre-K developmental checklist that my preschool teachers filled out about me.  Of course, since I majored in early childhood education I got a kick out of reading that because I've had to use similar checklists to observe students in a daycare/pre-K setting.  Anyway, I got a check mark by almost everything on the list, but there were a few I didn't get.  As I read over the list, I saw that three of them were related to music!  One of them said something along the lines of, "I can clap to the beat of the song."  Another one went like this, "I can sing simple songs in tune." Yeah, I didn't get the check for that one either.  About four years ago, I had to take two music classes as a part of my program requirement.  We had to take tests on paper, and those were no problem at all for me--I got high A's on them, but we also had to complete a whole checklist of musical tasks, and that was like torture.  Thank goodness that the tasks were just pass/fail because if I got graded on them, I probably would have gotten some pretty low grades!  We had to learn how to play simple songs on the piano, play songs on the recorder, and take these quizzes online and mark whether or not a note was major or minor.  There were a bunch of other tasks we were required to do, but you get the idea.  Unfortunately, I was the only student in the whole class who hadn't played a musical instrument at some point in my life, so that only made me look worse in comparison to the other students.  By the last day of our music class, we had to complete everything off of the list my professor had created or else he wouldn't give us a final grade.  It came right down the the wire for me because the last day of class was approaching and I still hadn't attempted to play the recorder in front of my professor because I didn't feel like I was ready.  He gave us a list of ten songs that we had to learn and then would randomly pick about three songs from the list to play for our assessment.  I begrudgingly signed up to take the test on the last day of the quarter and headed into his office. The first one he picked was fine, but then he picked the one that was the hardest for me to play.  I remember sitting there with my fingers shaking and getting through the song at a snail's pace.  He actually said to me, "Well, you played the song, so I do have to give you credit, but you went through it so slowly that I could have driven to Starbucks, came back, and drank my coffee by the time you finished."  I did end up with an A in the course, but there is NO WAY I would ever apply to be a music teacher.  Also, if music was a core component of the curriculum like language arts or math, I'm sure I would've had to go to a special education class for it because something about it just doesn't click for me.

* Dancing.  All right, I just told y'all about how I terrible I am at following beats/rhythms, so obviously when it comes to dancing, I'm the worst!  In the past, a lot of my friends loved to go out dancing, and I would go with them and eventually dance, but it's just not really fun for me.  Since I'm tall, I stand out in a crowd, so I feel like people will notice my bad moves more since I stick out, hahaha.

* Keeping up with the latest technology.  

* Pull ups, chin ups, push ups, or anything that involves the use of upper arm strength.  In middle school we were tested on how many chin ups we could do, which for me was zero.  Our P.E. teacher also tested us on how long we could hold ourselves up on the bar, and it was always SO EMBARRASSING for me because a lot my classmates would be able to do it for over a minute and I would get like 2 seconds because my chin would immediately hit the bar.  I've never been able to do a single regular push up...all of my strength is in my legs!

* Snowboarding.  I thought it would be fun to try snowboarding, so I went with two of my friends in Korea who had a friend who said he could teach all of us how to snowboard.  It was seriously so hard for me!  One of my friends, who had only gone once before, seemed to have no struggles at all.  Part of the problem was that it was very difficult for me to push myself up while my feet were on the snowboard because, like I just mentioned in the previous point, I have no upper arm strength.  In the end I got so frustrated that I gave up, sat on my snowboard, and used it to go down the hill like a sled.

* Losing weight.  I maintained a certain weight for years, but then when I came back from Korea in 2009, I started packing on the pounds.  I have gone on several fad diets/cleanses and lost some weight, but I always gain it back when I start eating carbs again.

We all have our weaknesses, and these are some of mine!  What are some things you're just not good at?