Friday, December 27, 2013

13 for 13 Linky Party

Ahh, the perfect thing to get back into blogging after a week plus of break.
13 - Favorite article of Clothing!
Has got to be my new cordourary shirt I got for Christmas. From Land's End, it's a beautiful green color. Can Not Wait to wear it!
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 (Who doesn't love this teeny-tiny picture? Ha!)

12 - Favorite Movie you watched -
This is a toughie. I have a very difficult time shelling out $$ to go to the movies - and when I do I Have to have popcorn lol. But on Christmas, we watched A Christmas Story - and I have to say, that is one of my favorites of all time!

11 - Favorite TV series -
Man, all my TV shows are getting weird. However, I do still like Major Crimes. It's a kinder, gentler version of its predecessor, Closer.

10 - Favorite Restaurant - 
Has to be Panera - and the sad news, we don't have one here in my little town/city. So I have to get my fix when I'm traveling. Just went to the Big City on Christmas Eve and went there and had potato soup - yum, yum, yum!

9 - Favorite new thing you tried - 
Hmmm, hmmm. Thinking, thinking - - -
I've got it! I took one of my centers and made it a fluency center. First the kids time each other on a passage. It is pretty structured - it's from a book and it has those little numbers so the kids are supposed to put their finger on the last word they read when the timer went off and count how many words and then graph it. After they do that for each other, they get a book they are reading and read a page or a couple paragraphs to a buddy who rates their reading with smiley faces. Then they re-read the same passage. This has been going pretty good.

8 - Favorite gift you got -
My girly got me a seat warmer for my poor little car that doesn't have one! It plugs into the {what used to be called} cigarette lighter. I can't wait to use it! {Of course, we are having a heat wave here - in the 50s!}

7 - Favorite thing you pinned - 
This yummy potato bacon casserole which we had for Christmas breakfast - too yummy and very easy to make. 

6 - Favorite blog post -

This Might Be the Year  I love the optimism in this post {which has, for the most part, remained through the year} and the hopefulness and the feeling that I want to enjoy teaching. 

5 - Best Accomplishment - 
I started my ESOL endorsement. I'm going with the slow and steady method - one course a semester. {I'm not sure that's an accomplishment, because I'm just starting. Or maybe the accomplishment is getting one course under my belt!}

4 - Favorite pic - 
Any that have me and my girly! 

3 - Favorite Memory
My bubby and I took a weekend trip to Denver over Labor Day and it was so fun. And we took a day trip to an area wildlife refuge and it was so fun. Just enjoy being with that guy!

2 - Goal for 2014
Yikes! I don't know!!

1 - One Little Word 
I've never done one little word before - but I'm thinking 

I want to be more open to new ideas, more open to what my kids tell me {and not jump to conclusions!}, so just open, open, open!
What a great way to end the year! 


  1. I don't like spending so much money on movies either. On average, I see one movie per year because my parents and I always go to one on Christmas Eve. :) I'm glad it's been a great year for you!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. So, what's the one movie you went to see in Christmas Eve this year?
      I'm glad it's been a great year for me, too. I know that's not true for everyone, or every year. Wish it was, though.

  2. I am hoping your year has turned out to be THE ONE! I went back to your post about the beginning of the year and can tell you I have been there and done that! I love your optimism and hope your 2014 is great! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thanks Carol - I'm hoping for a feat 2014, too.

  3. I am not a fan of shelling out money for the movies either. It's so expensive! And Panera was my favorite restaurant too! Luckily I have many near me (and may have gone to lunch there today). Have a great year!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

    1. Oh, I know - I just hate paying the big bucks. And then, what if you don't like the movie. Blah.
      Have a great break!

  4. Enjoy Christmas Story too. I live near Panera and I hardly go, but it is a treat : ) Have a great 2014 too!

    ~Lucy Kids Math Teacher

    1. Oh, A Christmas Story. We usually all see who can quote the lines first. My bubby always wins at that!
      Yep, Panera's a treat for me, too.
      Have a great break!

  5. Open. Love it. I'm going to make that my second word. I have too many words!! Happy New Year!

  6. Wow, I have missed a bunch of your posts. What was I doing while I was on break?!? I broke my average this year, we went to 2 movies instead of one! lol I like the idea of your fluency center. I remembering reading a post about it, but I never did follow through. Do you think it is helping your students?
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. Oh, this is so bad - I'm not sure how much it helps the kids - but it keeps the higher ups happy. Lol. No - I do think it helps. All my kids moved up out of below average when they were officially tested before Christmas break - so it is doing some good.