Today I had the opportunity to sit in Discount Tire and reflect on my existence for a while. You know, I really do love doing business with that shop. I had a flat that needed to be replaced, and because I had bought the tire there originally, it only cost me $20 to get a new one. You honestly can’t beat that!

I spent another night baking baking baking. I’ll spare you the cupcake spam. Needless to say, I’ll have 4 doz very happy coworkers tomorrow. :)

Today I had the opportunity to sit in Discount Tire and reflect on my existence for a while. You know, I really do love doing business with that shop. I had a flat that needed to be replaced, and because I had bought the tire there originally, it only cost me $20 to get a new one. You honestly can’t beat that!

I spent another night baking baking baking. I’ll spare you the cupcake spam. Needless to say, I’ll have 4 doz very happy coworkers tomorrow. :)

I know what you’re thinking. “That is highly inappropriate!” or “What are they teaching kids these days?!”

Don’t judge me on my footwear. The sooner kids are exposed to sugar skull imagery, the better off they’ll be. :)

Anywho, this is my 41st pair of Converse. I have to say, I’m in love. They’re definitely in my top 5. Every year I do a unit on Dia de Los Muertos. Sugar skulls are part of the symbols from that holiday, and I let the kids decorate their own real sugar skulls. It’s pretty much awesome.

Pictured next are the doodles I did around my tattoo tonight. Clearly I was a bit distracted.

And finally, I’m teaching my 4th and 5th graders about accessible art. They are making artwork that describes a color to someone who can’t see. They are writing their description in Braille, and then, using black puff paint on black paper, they’re going to print their sentence and draw a picture of one of the things they used to describe the color. I’m pretty excited about it, and the kids are really enjoying it too.

It was a pretty darn good day!

So, it was back to school today! It was a pretty uneventful morning. I helped procter the AIMS tests for the 5th grade resource students. They were taking the writing test, so there really wasn’t much for me to do.

After lunch, I got the brilliant idea to catalogue all my books. I have tons of books in my classroom, and they are not remotely organized. So, I fired up excel and built me some lists. It’ll probably take me several days to get my lists made and everything somewhat organized, but I feel good about getting that in order.

This afternoon I took a jaunt down Mill Avenue in Tempe. On one of the corners (near the old mill, incidentally), there is a small Hohokam labyrinth. I slowly walked my way through that. In the middle is the symbol called the I’itoi, which is used by the Tohono O’odham nation to symbolize the journey of the Hohokam people from the underworld to the earth. The Hohokam are the ancestors of the Tohono people.

On the opposite corner is a sculpture that slowly leaks water, and tons of plants thrive there in it’s shadow.

I really enjoy the walks, but it’s about to get a bit tortuous outside. It’s been in the 90’s for the last couple of days. That’s never a good sign.

hokeyfright:

The Philadelphia Phillies used children’s drawings of the starting lineup on the scoreboard in place of their official photos. [deadspin]

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So, nothing fun shoe-related happened today. It was a pretty laid back kind of day! 

I went to my roommate’s daughter’s birthday party, which I of course baked cupcakes for. Luckily, I have no children at this point in my life, so I was able to stay for a little bit and not feel guilty for not being there the whole time. 

I did manage to finish reading the two books pictured above. I have a soft spot in my heart for creepy kids literature, which is why I read “Doll Bones”. It was well written, but not very creepy, I’m sad to say. 

"Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue" is part of the "Origami Yoda" series. My upper elementary grade kids really like the series, and so do I. This book is the 5th in the series, and I really enjoyed it. 

Sometimes I kick myself for getting sucked into book series. I love to read, but sometimes I don’t have the patience to read the seven or eight or thirteen books in a series. 

This week is AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) week at my school. Nothing like state standardized tests to make students and teachers excited to go to school!

So, nothing fun shoe-related happened today. It was a pretty laid back kind of day!

I went to my roommate’s daughter’s birthday party, which I of course baked cupcakes for. Luckily, I have no children at this point in my life, so I was able to stay for a little bit and not feel guilty for not being there the whole time.

I did manage to finish reading the two books pictured above. I have a soft spot in my heart for creepy kids literature, which is why I read “Doll Bones”. It was well written, but not very creepy, I’m sad to say.

"Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue" is part of the "Origami Yoda" series. My upper elementary grade kids really like the series, and so do I. This book is the 5th in the series, and I really enjoyed it.

Sometimes I kick myself for getting sucked into book series. I love to read, but sometimes I don’t have the patience to read the seven or eight or thirteen books in a series.

This week is AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) week at my school. Nothing like state standardized tests to make students and teachers excited to go to school!

So, nothing fun shoe-related happened today. It was a pretty laid back kind of day! 

I went to my roommate’s daughter’s birthday party, which I of course baked cupcakes for. Luckily, I have no children at this point in my life, so I was able to stay for a little bit and not feel guilty for not being there the whole time. 

I did manage to finish reading the two books pictured above. I have a soft spot in my heart for creepy kids literature, which is why I read “Doll Bones”. It was well written, but not very creepy, I’m sad to say. 

"Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue" is part of the "Origami Yoda" series. My upper elementary grade kids really like the series, and so do I. This book is the 5th in the series, and I really enjoyed it. 

Sometimes I kick myself for getting sucked into book series. I love to read, but sometimes I don’t have the patience to read the seven or eight or thirteen books in a series. 

This week is AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) week at my school. Nothing like state standardized tests to make students and teachers excited to go to school!

So, nothing fun shoe-related happened today. It was a pretty laid back kind of day!

I went to my roommate’s daughter’s birthday party, which I of course baked cupcakes for. Luckily, I have no children at this point in my life, so I was able to stay for a little bit and not feel guilty for not being there the whole time.

I did manage to finish reading the two books pictured above. I have a soft spot in my heart for creepy kids literature, which is why I read “Doll Bones”. It was well written, but not very creepy, I’m sad to say.

"Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue" is part of the "Origami Yoda" series. My upper elementary grade kids really like the series, and so do I. This book is the 5th in the series, and I really enjoyed it.

Sometimes I kick myself for getting sucked into book series. I love to read, but sometimes I don’t have the patience to read the seven or eight or thirteen books in a series.

This week is AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) week at my school. Nothing like state standardized tests to make students and teachers excited to go to school!

Today was busyish. I finally finished picking out the embroidery on the heel stripes of these two pairs of converse. That took at least 4 hours to do. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. It was very difficult! Now, they are ready for their makeovers.

I also baked 4 doz. cupcakes. That took a long chunk of my day too. I couldn’t find Pokemon things to decorate the cupcakes with, so I improvised and made my own toppers with straws and Pokemon cards.

Fun fact: did you know that Pokemon have been around since 1995? I was a bit taken aback by that information.

The other cupcakes are for my roommate’s daughter’s birthday party tomorrow. They were supposed to be camouflage, but clearly they got quite a bit mixed up. Oh well! I tried!

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