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Rise and Shine

Nothing quite like waking up on a Wednesday and being served breakfast in bed by my amazing husband. When I asked him what the occasion was, he replied, “Just ’cause I love you, that’s all.”



I am honored to have been nominated by the adorable duo at Faraday’s Candle for the:


Thank you!

***Scroll to the bottom to see your questions for the Rules and Questions if you have been nominated…

The original questions that Bloggers Faraday’s Candle have asked me are as follows:

1–Do you like wearing fuzzy slippers?  Every chance I get

2–What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Today…mocha almond fudge

3–What is the funniest thing that happened to me as a kid?  I tried to dye my hair red once, and it turned out deep plum, and my happy accident started a trend in school

4–What is the funniest thing that happened to me while blogging?  I thought I had deleted all of my widgets and cried and cried, and then, someone tipped me off that they were all just rendered inactive and waiting for me at the bottom of my admin page

5–Who is my favorite singer?  I just love Damien Rice right now

6–What is my favorite song?  His Eye is on the Sparrow

7–Who is my favorite Pixar character?  Jesse from Toy Story II & III

8–Who is my favorite Disney character?  Belle

9–What is my favorite Disney movie?  Beauty and the Beast

10–Have I ever gotten a brain freeze?  Regularly when I order a Frappuccino

***The Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to her site

Put the Award Logo on your blog

Answer the ten questions they sent you…my nominees see below:

Make up your own 10 questions and nominate up to 7 more recipients.

***My Ten Questions:

1–If your life right now had a theme song, what would it be?

2–What actress would play you in a movie about your life?

3–What makes you laugh?

4–Why do you Blog?

5–Who are your inspirations living or dead?

6–If you could go back in time or flash forward to the future, which would you choose and why?

7–Do you have any favorite reads?  (TItles/Authors/Bloggers)

8–Describe yourself in three adjectives.

9–Who are some of your favorite Bloggers? (Care to link them?)

10–What is the meaning of life?

I am nominating:

Godspeed, My New Friend


Sometimes our journeys get tangled up in someone else’s path, and, for a brief moment, we walk alongside a complete stranger only to find that, with every step, an unlikely friendship forms before our roads diverge again.

Almost every year, the university near our suburb asks us to take on a few of their new credentialing candidates, and some of us throw caution to the wind and agree. These doe-eyed, soft-spoken, smiley faces step onto our archaic campus, backpacks in tow like students themselves, and take on the hardest job they’ll ever do for free…err, I mean credit. The university seeks our site out deliberately (insert evil cackle) in hopes that if one of their own can survive working at my school, then that new, burgeoning teacher can survive anything. It’s sad, but true.

I knew going into this new school year that the students I would have were, as a whole, a very pleasant group, unlike some groups that have sent some of our teachers on year-long hiatuses to recover. So, I offered to mentor a student teacher with the understanding that the victim…err, I mean candidate, would likely survive without getting eaten alive by my upcoming clientele.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve been at this site since January 2000. It’s obviously my comfort zone, and I can honestly say that this is the best group of lovelies I’ve had in years. I’m not trying to paint this horrific work environment in our dilapidated school, or persuade you to assume that any of our students are the future dregs of society because it’s simply not true…I’m just sayin’ that it takes a special kind of resiliency to handle working in an environment where actual teaching is the last thing we get to focus on when we step onto campus each day.

The interns I’ve mentored over the years have come in all kinds of flavors. I have had to dismiss some, I’ve held the tissue box for others, I’ve even chased a few down the hall trying to escape over the years. But then, along comes my student teacher this year, and I am completely surprised. She arrived two days before school started, all bundled up in shyness, and embraced the students as if they were hers day one, and immediately, I knew that she was going to make it.

As vastly different as we are as individuals, in the classroom, we were one, functioning as a perfect, synchronized team, with the students in the forefront and her own education hiding in the background. She soaked in everything I had to offer, she put as many steps in per day in the classroom as me reaching each student individually—maybe even more, and she grew into her own confident, capable teacher-self in record time. In all of the years and all of the interns I’ve taken under my wing, I’ve never had one so amazing as this person.

So, it didn’t surprise me that the university decided that it was time to have her move on and grow in another challenging environment. And, with a quivering chin and a heartfelt, “Thank You”, I, and all of her students, bid her farewell on Friday. Although, she is leaving, she is most definitely not gone, as I can say that she is no longer my student teacher, interning her way through the credentialing program, but she is now my beloved friend.

Two roads converged in a most serendipitous way, but we parted only one path, as we continue to forge our unlikely friendship on our journeys as teachers. Godspeed, my comrade, and ‘good job’! We are all going to miss you!  I know that you will succeed, and all *is right in the world now with you carrying this teaching torch onward.

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