The older I get, the more I get my kicks from really pathetic stuff. Like, what's better than being all caught up on laundry (for that one whole hour...)?! I'll answer my own question: ordering take-out. Apparently the temporary highs of cleaning and food prepared by someone else are enough to ... » Learn More about Unsung Heroes of the Day
I imagine there are other professionals who also hit the Sunday slump, sluggish and pathetic and praying for an.y.thing to extend their weekend. But I can't imagine anyone more than teachers needing the extra time if for no other reason than to grade the papers they said they'd grade but ... » Learn More about What Happens to a Teacher’s Brain on Sunday Night
There are inherent quirks of being married to an educator. Like, when I try to get my husband's attention, I yell stuff like: "ONE TWO THREE, ALL EYES ON ME." It's only fair since he forces me listen to stories about AP Statistics... Pile on a pandemic, though, and those previously perceived ... » Learn More about Married to a Teacher During the Pandemic? I Feel Your Pain.
I've been following Bored Teachers for years. The site has always provided me a much-needed reprieve from the stress that naturally accompanies the profession of education. Bored Teachers' tongue-in-cheek social media platforms speak directly to my soul. Specifically tidbits like this: Especially ... » Learn More about Me + Bored Teachers = YAY!
To celebrate my 40th birthday, my husband surprised me with a long weekend away in a cabin located in the literal middle of nowhere. Any other weekend, I would have been ecstatic to unplug, but this weekend just happened to be the one where the 2020 Presidential Election dragged on (and on), and we ... » Learn More about 5 Things I Hope We Can Salvage in Post-Trump America
When our beautiful city of Pittsburgh began reopening after quarantine, it did so as thoughtfully, incrementally, and safely as possible. So when Fogo de Chao's Sales Manager, Mr. Gary White, invited me to check out the private dining options, I knew I was in good hands. I also knew it was an ... » Learn More about (Fo)go to Dinner
My six-year-old is painfully shy. She prefers to avoid eye contact at all costs and believes a smile is earned, not owed. Even here at home, she's a stage 5 clinger, requiring constant physical contact. Part of me loves it because awwwww, my baby! But I also recognize how having me at her beck and ... » Learn More about Dance Like Nobody…at This Parade is Watching
Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but distance learning may be here to stay, at least for a while. There, there now. Cry into your coffee if you must, I understand. If your situation is anything like millions of others’, your house has become a disaster zone. Trying to corral the chaos of having ... » Learn More about Decluttering 101: Make Room for a Combined Working and Learning Environment
Oh, hello! As with my beauty routine, I stepped away from writing months ago. Everything felt so hard. Now I've got a dead blog and a bunch of grey hair, but at least I'm feeling the urge to create again! Truthfully, I'm feeling the urge to eat again, but my jeans are no longer accommodating ... » Learn More about Antagonists, Shutty Town, & Permission: Lessons Learned
This post is sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. All opinions are my own. This November ushers in my 40th year on the planet. When I recall some of my best times, those beloved teenage years immediately come rushing back. Turning 13 was exhilarating! Turning 16 was freedom! Turning 18 ... » Learn More about I Forgot How Hard It Is Being a Teenager