last weekend

after a super long week at school, greg and i decided to meet in auburn for a 24 hour vacation. it is not quite halfway but pretty convenient for both of us. we didn't do any planning but after calling everyone we knew in the area, bed and breakfasts, and hotels... we finally found room in the inn: the hilton garden inn.

we bot arrived late afternoon/early evening on saturday and went to dinner at one of my fav's, amsterdam cafe! we elected to sit outside (we didn't want to wait for a loud table in the crowded inside). outside was quiet... and hot. and there was one fan on the whole porch. greg tried to convince the waiter to move it after a selfish family moved the only fan to point only on them. 

after din din we went to visit one of greg's good buddies that interestingly enough lives in my old apartment (next door to greg's old apartment). it was surreal.

on sunday we went to brunch at hamilton's and greg got a massive omelet. he's crazy about his protein. then we went to the prize of opelika, angels flea market and antique mall. it opens at 1 on sundays. we got there a little early bc we had nothing else to do. apparently, people plan their sundays around the opening of angels. when we pulled up, there was a line of eager people at the door. greg and i marveled at the sight and estimated the number of smokers in the bunch. 
we tried to hit the whole store but it is nearly impossible in the time frame we gave ourselves, an hour and a half. but greg did score some super vinyl records and i got some metal birds. it is one of our auburn pastimes. 

i love my barry manilow!
overall, it was a short but fun weekend. felt very vacationy. greg and i hadn't seen each other in three weeks so any time together was worth it. the whole weekend we talked about how much we love auburn and how it was the perfect location for our 24 vacation.

oh, i forgot to mention that a lady walked in on me in the bathroom at starbucks. i could see everyone ordering in line... that's how wide open she opened the door. when she finally closed the door and i composed myself again... i walked out and told her to "watch out... apparently the door doesn't lock."


lessons i've learned in school... this week.

1. 5am comes really early.

2. 8th graders don't think i'm funny.

3. apparently rulers are the new slinky. attention parents: don't spend money on gaming systems, buy a $1.99 ruler!

4. 5th graders are kindergarteners in disguise.

5. it's not a good sign when a parent gives you every contact number, email, or address they have. or when they say "he's being tested."

6. read vitamin labels before taking them at night... especially the kind with caffeine.

7. reading bad spelling can make you a bad speller.

8. saying something once is not enough, twice is not enough, thrice... still not enough.

9. hide yo wife, hide yo kids, and hide yo husband....


it only took me a month

what up, y'all!

i had to take a month long hiatus. sorry!
but this is what I have done in the last month...

threw a baby shower
went to a couple of weddings
a lot of meetings
early mornings, late nights
wrote lesson plans for 9 grades
started school!!!

here are the afters of my classroom transformation... my mother still has the before pictures.

view to the door from my desk

from my desk to the front
another wall
view from the door and yes the whole room was that yellow
bulletin board that im really proud of :)
kiln "room"


i'm still weirded out that i am the teacher. what? i felt like i was "playing school" on wednesday. i haven't given any spankings yet... just a couple of "talking to-s."

and you can see my classroom blog at cornerartk8.blogspot.com

ok, so i'll try to be better about posting now that i'm getting things under control... but thanks for your patience! ha