Still Here

Seems like it's been a lot longer than the two weeks since my last post. This year is winding down quickly! I just finished with the French and Indian War, and now I have 11 more days to cover the Revolutionary War. If anyone has any ideas or products that get to the point very quickly, I'd appreciate a comment!
I started off the week traveling back from my long weekend in Cancun. Yeah, I know. My husband was there this week for business, so we went down a little early to use up my personal days for this year (all two of them). Then I came back before his meetings started.
The highlight of Tuesday was walking to the football field to fly the kites they made in science. It was a warm day, but there was a nice little breeze to get them up in the air. It was really cool to see how excited they were that something they made flew!
The lowlight of Tuesday was the deer that I hit when driving home after a family visit. I've lived in Iowa practically my whole life, and this was the first one that I've hit. I've had many close calls, but this one was all of a sudden standing on the interstate. Personally, I don't recommend it. It was an experience that I could have done without. Luckily, I was able to drive home and no one got hurt. In fact, I'm not sure that the girls ever took their eyes from the movie they were watching. It could have been much, much worse.
Thanks to Corinna, I have convinced myself that I NEED one of these - a personal binding machine. Because why not?! I have already justified it by thinking of at least four projects that would be perfect bound instead of three-hole punched. And I think that my personal laminator, electric three-hole punch, and sticker maker need a new friend.
And speaking of new toys, I will soon be picking up this fun dispenser at my local JCP for $14.31 after tax and free shipping to the store (originally $54.99!) How fun is that?! I think that Joanne(?) tipped me off to this a few weeks back, but they are now sold out. I am hoping that I don't consume the entire thing because my students are being too naughty to get rewarded!


  1. I grabbed a similar candy dispenser from Target after Christmas. I paid about $10. It was so worth it. I use it as a reward. It dispenses by motion sensor. The kids love to see if it will be a big reward, or a few candy pieces. I used Skittles, then jellybeans this Spring. I am going back to Skittles. They hold up better. We cannot chew gum. :(
    Learning in Bliss

  2. I think everyone needs their own personal tools- and why should a binding machine be any different??!! Do you mind me asking what kind that is and if it is reasonable?? By the way, I am TOTALLY jealous!!!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  3. WOW! You have been busy. :) Enjoy your weekend and take a break. ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. So jealous of that trip, and so glad you're okay! I think you've had a little too much excitement this week!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  5. So sorry to hear about your collision with the deer. Glad everyone was okay.

    Your short trip looked wonderful. Your husband is lucky to be traveling there for work. How could someone work with that view? :)

    Learning in the Little Apple

  6. Hahaha! I hope I am not a bad influence :) It is super handy to have though! I love that candy dispenser, but I think it would be used by myself more than anyone!!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second


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