Back to School

Last Monday I went back to work so let me just apologize for the lack of any blog posting. I gave myself the week to get used to being back to work and into a routine. Tomorrow students come which I am very excited about. Anyway, I will let you know how it goes!

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Oh Hey, Friday!

I am linking up with Karli at September Farm for

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This is my last free Friday before work starts which is crazy to me. I feel like I have been saying that a lot. Oh well- it really is hard to believe the school year is upon me. Anyway, here are my 5 Friday things.

1. I have been making a lot of lists lately to get my mind prepared for work and to feel more organized. One of my lists is a list of go-to meals; I want to have a list so I can look at it and have a quick idea on days I am really tired. What are some of your favorite go-to meals? I need some quick meals for nights I work out/don’t really want to cook a lot.

2. I am also trying to get my schedule together for when school starts. I want to make sure I am continuing exercising at least 5 out of 7 days. My goal is to get up 2 days before work and go on a run. I plan on running with Avery (the dog) on Wednesdays and going to Beauty Hunters on Mondays. Weekends will definitely include exercise to make up for the days I am not able to get a workout in during the week.

3. What are topics people most enjoy reading about when it comes to blogs? I would like to be more consistent with blogging, but I don’t want to just write dumb things that people won’t read. I would love more feedback from bloggers and readers.

4. As a new home owner, I struggle with how to keep my house clean and the type of schedule I should be on when it comes to cleaning chores. I don’t really want to spend all day on Saturday cleaning my house. I need to create a schedule for myself. I sweep and clean the kitchen every day and we usually vacuum at least twice a week. I need to decide what works well for me I guess…

5. This has nothing to do with lists. I am just so thankful that my husband and I are both teachers. It is so fun to be able to have the summers off together and travel and not have to worry about coordinating schedules. This summer was so fun!

Thoughts on Thursday: School Essentials

Linking up with Annie from Home of Malones and Natalie from East Coast Chic again for Thoughts on Thursday.

I have to go back to work on Monday. I can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by. We have been so busy, but I don’t feel like I missed out on any rest or anything. We were able to travel a lot but also spend plenty of time at home getting projects done. I thought I would write about some of my favorite products I use for school.

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1. Bubba Keg 24 oz envy: Really any water bottle is an essential. I am a big water drinker in general, so I can always be found with a bottle of water in my hand. I really like this bottle because it doesn’t ever have condensation and you have an option of using a straw or just sipping out of the lid. A happy teacher is a hydrated teacher!

2. Erin Condren Life planner:  This is the best planner I have ever had. I stay organized with all of my life things: work, meal planning, exercise. I am able to keep track of all of my important dates plus it has a lot of free pages in the back for notes which I use for lists, addresses, etc.

3. Pilot G2 pens: These are my go to pens for work. They have the best color variety which is great for grading. I am going to try my best to grade each class with a different color so every class is individual and I can stay a little organized.

4. Longchamp Le Pilage: I love this bag. It is sturdy enough to carry all of my things back and forth. It is also professional enough to feel good carrying it to work, but most importantly, it looks good with pretty much everything.

Those are just a few of the things I need on a daily basis when it comes to getting back into work. I enjoy this link up because I can talk about whatever the heck I want.

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Two Yellow Bathrooms (the conclusion)

*This is the third and final part of a three part adventure of mine in home decorating. Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2

So we left off with me crying in the Home Depot parking lot but convincing myself that going back and painting my bathroom yellow would not be the worst thing and guess what? It was not.

Now- I have been asked on multiple occasions about my experience and based on the first one, most people expected me to say “Kill me now” or something along those lines.

Believe it or not, painting my bathroom was a relatively pleasant experience once I actually got to the painting part. Now, it took me a little while once I got home to really convince myself that I wanted to do something like this to myself again. I had to give myself multiple pep talks all the way up the stairs (and back down again, I obviously forgot things).

I prepped the bathroom way better than I did the last time, I thought through what I was actually doing, and I gave myself an action plan. Also- I did not start at 10:00 at night (I think that was one of the key factors in the dramatics of my first attempt).

I knew getting into it that there was no way I was going to do the trim at the top. I am just too short and our ladder is currently broken so I knew that I couldn’t finish the entire room by myself, which was fine, so away I went into the adventure of painting.

I finished, I would say, 70% of the bathroom by the time Nat got home. I left him most of the trim work at the top and some of the touching up.

Now as this adventure comes to a close and a I move on to my next big undertaking (which might just be going back to work on MONDAY) I have to say one thing:

Painting will never be a hobby of mine. I just don’t think that it is ever going to be something I enjoy, but now after 2 rooms I don’t think it is something that will bring me to tears (hopefully).

Now it is time to reveal the new color! There are a few spots that need touch up and my shelves aren’t completely decorated but here it is:

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I bought the picture frame and clock at TJ Maxx this morning…so ignore the price tag. The shelf decorations aren’t permanent. I just needed something to fill up the space for the time being. We will see where it ends up.


IMG_2879I got this print from Sacred Made shop. This is my 3rd print from this shop and I love it. I really am trying to put Biblical truth in every room of my home to help keep my mind focused on what is real and true. They are really nice quality and very affordable! Check them out!

IMG_2882I purchased this shower curtain at Target (surprise surprise) as well as the bath rugs. I am a little mad at myself because today at TJ Maxx I saw a few bath rugs I liked a little bit better. I might consider new rugs a little bit later…

Overall, I am pretty happy with the way this room turned out. It still has a little work left, but I am pleased. I am not excited about painting other rooms, but I am not dreading the day it comes.

Thanks for staying with me in this story! Happy Thursday!

 

 

Summer Reading Favorites

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As usual, this summer I was most thrilled about being able to read for fun. I have always been a big reader, and even as I age that has not changed. This summer I didn’t read a lot of easy, “fun” books, if you will. I read a lot of books that covered tough topics and that weren’t books I could easily finish in one day (which I do a lot).

I thought I would share my favorites from the summer! I still have a couple of weeks left and I am planning on letting my mind decompress a little bit so I am starting to read a couple of lighter reads before I go back to work.

1) Pat Conroy Beach Music:

This is by far my favorite book of the summer and maybe one of my favorite books of my life. I picked it up while we were at the beach and I could not put it down. It is a big read, 628 pages, but they are all worth it. I will say that I am a major cryer and this book brought the tears like no one’s business. As I was trying to pull myself together after finishing this book, I told my friends “He writes things that I feel in my soul and I just don’t know how to say.” I know that sounds really melodramatic, but it is completely true. Pat Conroy is a genius and an author. This book has changed the way I look at reading and writing. Mmm magical.

2.Gillian Flynn Gone Girl:

I read this book for the first time last summer, but I saw the trailer for the movie version and couldn’t remember all of the things from the book so I had to read it again. This is a book I finished in a day. I had told myself I was going to lay on the beach for literally the entire day and this was the perfect accompaniment. This is a fast, fun, edge of your seat read so if you are looking for something to keep your interest- this is definitely it. I saw that Ben Affleck is in the movie, so I am really excited for October to come around.

3. Markus Zusak The Book Thief

My husband taught this book last year to his freshman students and couldn’t stop talking about it so it was on the top of my list. I actually saw the movie before I read the book, which looking back, I can’t decide if that was a mistake or not. I sobbed for literally 20 minutes after we finished watching the movie, but I actually didn’t cry while I read the book. The author did an amazing job of setting up the reader for what was coming next. It is a beautiful story and one of the most creative pieces of literature. The narrator is death for crying out loud! Anyway, this is definitely recommended for all readers.

4. Khaled Hossieni The Kite Runner

I found this is in our school’s book room and I knew at one point my mom had read this, so I was excited to dive into it. Again, this book really made me think and ponder. It was a really emotionally difficult book for me to read. It was not something I could rush through. The pain and the reality of the characters was something I had to chew on and fight through. I think the thing I enjoyed most about the book was the different perspective I saw of the Afghani people. This may show my ignorance, but I am definitely learning about how much more is out there than just my America, but it was interesting to see and realize that there is life in Afghanistan far from the people we are in war against. There are people, just like you and me, who aren’t fighting and who are just trying to survive and live their lives in the midst of chaos.

5. Pat Conroy The Prince of Tides

Pat Conroy again, I know. I really struggled with this book. I had been on such a high when it came to Pat Conroy after reading Beach Music that I thought everything he wrote was going to be just as poetic and beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, this book was poetic and Pat Conroy’s writing style is nothing short of beautiful, but this book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The family in this book had so much pain and it was hard to read about. I didn’t like the narrator or most of the characters- not because of Pat Conroy’s writing, but because of how well he wrote them. They were real people with flaws and pasts and yikes. I will recommend this for sure but don’t read it right after Beach Music. Give yourself a little time, maybe a book of a different author in between.

6.Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

I think this summer was a summer of my husband’s recommendations. This is one of his favorite books. I read this a long long time ago, and I figured it was time to pick it up again. It is a classic for a reason. It isn’t a difficult read and I finished it rather quickly. The characters in the book help make the reader get attached to the story quickly. I have decided that my husband is Atticus and I am 100% ok with that.

These are just some of the books I have read this summer. It was a great summer for reading and hopefully this school year I can dive into a few books that I am not teaching the next day. My goal is to read 1 “fun” book a month while I am teaching. I need to keep myself somewhat sane!

**BTW thank you so much to Anneliese at Superfresh Babypants for this awesome tutorial on how to make collages! I am going to be using that bad boy all of the time.

-Sarah

 

Thoughts for Thursday

I’m joining the link up “Thoughts for Thursday” today!

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- I cannot believe it is July 24th already. I go back to work in less than 2 weeks. This year I am actually getting excited about going to work. I am excited about getting into my 3rd year of teaching. This is also my first year as dance team sponsor which I am sure will result in a lot of funny stories for me.

- Speaking of dance team, I am going to attend my first ever UDA dance camp next week. I am going in between dreading being away from home for 3 days to being excited to get to know my team a little bit better and experience something that I am sure will be unforgettable.

- Going with the going back to work theme- I am trying to figure out my goals/plans for this school year. I feel like my time management has gotten better every year I have been teaching. I am trying this year to really stay on top of working out and eating healthy and keeping my house relatively clean. There are a lot of things I would like to do- we will see how it goes.

Anyway- have a great Thursday!

 

Two Yellow Bathrooms (Part 2)

*This is the 2nd part of a riveting 3 part series on the mistakes I make in home decorating. To read the exciting first part click HERE.

I am so glad you came back to read how this story ends (or really, it is just beginning. I have 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom left unpainted in my house).

So, where were we? Oh yes, I had just finished painting my half bathroom and had sworn off painting for life. I had decided I would just spend the money on professional painters and save my time and sanity.

That lasted, oh about 2 weeks and 1 stitch fix later and I realized that I didn’t really want to spend my hard earned $$ on something I (technically) could (probably should) do on my own. Nat and I had come from a couple of busy weeks/I went out of town again and realized there were very few weeks left in our summer. WOMP WOMP (Pity party scheduled for next Friday, August 1- bring your friends and copious amounts of margaritas).

Anyway, after I came to that horrific realization I decided to paint my bathroom. I had picked out a lovely shade of light, almost white blue because I had this image of a really serene, spa like bathroom going on (via pinterest) and I was going to accomplish it.

This was my initial inspiration. I liked the light colors going on; it made this bathroom seems peaceful to me.

 

 

 

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And so that led me to this Monday morning, the day I was going to put the past behind me and become a house painter who didn’t cry. Or so I thought…

I was determined as I sat there and watched the Today show. I was going to paint that bathroom and it was going to be a completely positive experience and I was not going to cry and by the time Nat got home from football the bathroom was going to be almost completely done and I would be fresh faced and gorgeous.

I got up with fierce determination and I did something I should normally do (but never think about it until I get there) when I go to Home Depot. I MADE A LIST.

I wrote down everything I needed that day…including the paint color. I dug through all my samples from my time as a homeowner and wrote down the sample dated 7/1/2014.

I got to Home Depot feeling confident and positive. I told the lady exactly what I needed- 1 gallon of satin paint, please. Boo yah I thought. This is going to be easy. I even found this:

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I thought to myself, “WOW, Sarah, this might actually be fun it is going to be so easy.”

I didn’t want to cry while I stood around looking at paint brushes. I even found liners for the paint pan so that when I was done painting I didn’t have to spend forever trying to clean out and preserve my paint pan. What a day I was having!

And then.

And then I walked up to the counter where my gallon of paint was waiting for me to take it home to my 2nd adventure in painting and I realized it was yellow.

Remember how I said I wrote down the sample date 7/1/2014. Well, guess what? There were two samples dated 7/1/2014. One was my light, almost white blue and the other was yellow, as in the yellow from my half bath downstairs.

I tried to fix my face as I recognized what I had done and I picked up my gallon from the counter. I dragged myself to the check out (thank you Lord for self check out) where I paid for my paint with shame.

*I recognize I could have told them it was the wrong color, but this girl has a little too much pride. (But do I? It is questionable considering I am sharing this story)

I walked myself to my car where I immediately broke down into tears (all the while thinking, I wasn’t going to cry today). I texted Nat a very melodramatic recap of my morning where I apologized for wasting $35 on paint. I intended on getting a new can of paint, but it sure as heck wasn’t going to be that day. This girl has too much pride to walk back to the paint counter 20 minutes after leaving. I texted my mom because she knew that I was planning on painting that day. After a few minutes of crying and pouting in the car, I drove away from Home Depot- defeated and turned off from the idea of painting.

As I turned out of the parking lot I started thinking of the gallon of paint currently sitting in my back seat. I thought about selling it online (is that even a thing?), I thought about leaving it at Home Depot, and then finally after my tears of shame dried up, I thought about actually using the paint and having two yellow bathrooms.

No, my bathroom would not be exactly what I imagined it to be, but it is a very pretty shade of yellow, and yellow is my favorite color.

So, I texted Nat (who still hadn’t answered; probably for the best) and said “We will have two yellow bathrooms.”

I drove my sassy little butt home and got ready to paint my bathroom yellow.

*Part 3 of this hilarious, yet heartwarming narrative will be available any day now. I am not ready to reveal the finished product of my yellow bathroom until all pieces are in place.