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Jul 29, 2011

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Toys of Today

I don’t know if it’s just me, but have you noticed how complicated toys of today can be?!? Gaaawd. Let me put it in context….last Sunday, we celebrated my niece’s third birthday. Of course she received a lot of presents to mark the occasion, right? One of the gifts she got was this princess set. It was kinda like a doll house, but it was a castle. It came complete with towers, horses and carriages, a garden and a drawbridge etcetera etcetera. Not only was it difficult to assemble it, getting it out of the box was such a complicated matter I tell ya! Haha. It was funny though that while  I couldn’t figure out how to hook those rings like a trailer hitch in the carriage, the three year old simply slipped it together and viola, a hooked carriage to the horses reins. Okay okay…maybe the toys weren’t complicated after all. Maybe it’s me. Haha.

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Jul 28, 2011

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Never on Any Day

I never really understood what not wearing white after Labour Day meant. Perhaps it’s a western thing or a culturally bound expression? If you know what it means, do share it with me! Yes, this is teacher being too lazy to even Google it. Haha. Seriously though, one thing I have learned as a former preschool teacher is you really should never wear white, especially pants, on ANY day. Haha. Every time I’d wear white, for some reason I’d end up with either paint or glue on it. When I’d wear jeans, on the other hand, nothing ever happens. Toink. Teehee.

Random, right? Well, I was just thinking about what to wear tomorrow for work and pulled out an old pair of white pants and couldn’t help but remember all my white day mishaps in the preschool :) Gnyt guys!

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Jul 28, 2011

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A Teacher’s Journal

Earlier this year a friend of mine gave me this as a present. It is a daily journal for teachers, filled with little snippets of wisdom and inspiration on one side and a blank sheet for journal writing on the opposite side. Sadly I never got to use it while I was teaching in the preschool, but for some reason, I find myself drawn to it almost daily. I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean, but well, I’m going with it :)

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Jul 16, 2011

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Oh There Went My Money!

I came across an site today called “This is Why I’m Broke” and it made me laugh a whole lot. Well, mainly because it mirrored exactly what I have been thinking about these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to sort out my finances and came to the conclusion that I spend too much on useless things. Things that are cute, things that are fun, things that I enjoy, but definitely things I don’t need much. Like what, you wonder? Well, for one, junk food. Secondly, I spend too much on accessories like bags and shoes. And gadgets. Sigh. I should be thinking more about things that I should be investing in at this point in time (and in the same time, where I am in my career) such as stocks perhaps, or property, and even getting the best term life insurance that will give me back something in return or allow my money to grow. But yeah, where’s the fun in that, right? Haha.

Seriously, though…yeah, I should change my spending habits.

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Jul 13, 2011

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Teacher Finds Her Joy

Today I was reminded of little joys I get from my profession. I will admit that lately I’ve been feeling all frustrated and stuck in a rut (professionally, at least) and I have really been thinking about perhaps shifting gears and taking on a job that will allow me to bring home a bigger paycheck. But then I gave it some thought and I realized that where else can I get a job that will allow me to have the schedule I have now and the freedom to take on different types of tasks and roles?

Then out of the blue, one of my students texted me and told me that her heart was so full today and that she was very happy. Although it wasn’t me that did that for her, I realized, that feeling that she has, that’s what I feel when I see my kids graduate and become their own people. I love how our conversations evolve from theoretical concepts to more lived experiences. I find joy in being a part of all of that. I also love it when they feel comfortable to talk to me about issues such as how to handle their relationships, whether or not weight loss pills are advisable and what to do about certain things that they go through. While I do maintain a comfortable distance from them, I realized that I find joy in letting them be part of my life as well :)

And so for now, at least, I think I still belong in the classroom. Correction: I KNOW this is where I belong.

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