12.19 | high five for friday!



i made these delicious mini salted caramel cheesecakes for school this week.  they were a hit for sure.  so delicious!  they’re a little time intensive, but they are worth it.  click HERE the recipe.



i got both my birchbox and ipsy bag this week.  lucky me!  loves from birchbox: the primer and scrub.  loves from ipsy: the brush and lip balm.




my erin condren planner is currently being held hostage by fedex BUT my friend holly got me 28 sharpies for christmas (along with an adorable baking ornament).  that many sharpies at least takes the edge off waiting for my planner to get to me.

me and holly with my christmas present

best present from a sweet friend


school is out today at noon.  thank goodness.  the natives are getting restless.



the weather this past weekend was GORGEOUS.  i happily walked five miles out at the park.  you have to take advantage of nearly 70 degree weather in texas in mid december.



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mini salted caramel cheesecakes

i came across this recipe when i was looking around online for bloggers who decorate their EC planners since mine is coming in soon.  i knew i had to make them.  first of all, i love cheesecake.  but it’s a pain to make and hard to serve at school, which is what i needed something for.  you would need plates, something to cut it with, forks, etc.  so little mini cheesecakes seemed easier.  and second, i freaking love salted caramel.  it’s the perfect combo of salty and sweet.


i did tweak the recipe a little bit which i’ve noted below.  i also used the pioneer woman’s caramel sauce instead of the one with the original recipe.  the recipe will make a little over two dozen.  make sure you use paper cup liners.  foil will result in a  bad flavor transfer.  also, you will need several muffin tins for the baking process.  i had to split the recipe because when i realized that indeed i only had a 12 cup muffin tin.  it took longer but i didn’t have a choice at 9 pm.  by the way, this whole process takes several hours so make sure to block out that time to make them.

start with:

  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 12-14 full sheets)
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 7 Tbsp salted butter, melted

preheat oven to 350 degrees. put the graham crackers in a food processor to quickly crush them.  in a mixing bowl, whisk together crushed graham crackers with 3 tbsp granulated sugar.  then, pour in melted butter and stir mixture until evenly coated. divide graham cracker mixture among 24 paper lined muffin cups (or more – i had extra graham cracker mixture and batter), adding about a heaping tbsp to each.  press mixture into an even layer using the back of the tablespoon .  bake in preheated oven 5 minutes. remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing filling.

  • 4 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

in a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar with 3 Tbsp flour until well blended. add softened cream cheese to a separate mixing bowl (i used my mixer) and pour sugar mixture over top. blend mixture on low speed until smooth.

  • 4 large eggs

mix in eggs one at a time and blend on low speed, while scrapping sides and bottom of bowl and mixing just until combined after each addition.  do not overmix.

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

add vanilla, sour cream and heavy cream and mix just until combined. tap mixing bowl against counter top about 30 times to release some of the air bubbles. (this is vital to a smooth cheesecake!!)  divide mixture among muffin cups filling each cup nearly full. again, tap the muffin tins against the counter to release the bubbles.  then, bake in preheated oven 20 – 23 minutes.  the centers should still jiggle slightly.  don’t overbake (if they begin to crack they are starting to become overbaked). place a shallow pan of water below the muffin tins to help infuse moisture.  remove from oven and allow to cool 1 hour.  cover loosely with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours. serve chilled with a spoonful of the pioneer woman’s caramel sauce and a pinch of coarse sea salt.  chill again until ready to serve.  this is an important part of this recipe, which we discovered at school when they were left out for a couple of hours.  not that the mini cheesecakes didn’t still taste awesome, but they were soft and had to be eaten with a fork or spoon.  so keep those babies in the fridge before they’re ready to go.  :)  enjoy!

recipe reference: cooking classy

adventures in online dating.

a few years ago, i got frustrated with my dating life and i gave match.com a go.  just so you know…that shit is expensive!  and they put you on automatic renewal every few months.  it also takes a very long and drawn out conversation with a customer service rep to get out of it.  it turned out to be just as frustrating to me as dating in person because guys get really ballsy and forward…and rude when they’re online.  so when a guy i had been talking to for a couple of weeks broke a date hours before our first meeting because he “met someone else” (read: someone better), i threw in the towel.

it left a bad taste in my mouth.  but real life dating wasn’t much better either.  it was just as i had left it.  so i gave dating a break.  a few very brief relationships and long periods of solitude between followed.  most of the time i was okay with it.

but after the last “brief relationship”, i felt restless and a little adventurous.  it still took me a few months to get up the courage to try again.  i told myself this time would be different.  that i would be honest with myself and my potential dates.

a friend was on tinder, but i just didn’t feel comfortable with it.  so i consulted my other single friend.  she suggested a couple different sites/apps.  i settled on one to start.  it was very intimidating because as soon as i finished the simple and painless profile, i was bombarded by messages from random guys.  i’m talking like twenty in five minutes.  i had to weed through them to see who was worth talking to.  then came the awkward first conversations.  (just for the record, i’m totally judging you for your bad grammar, spelling, and lack of any capitalization.)

i did not tell anyone about it besides my one friend.  i don’t know if i was ashamed or what.  i just wanted to see what happened without any judgment or opinions.  i was scared of running into someone i knew or being made fun of.  because for sure, i screenshoted the weirdos to share semi-publicly.  the thought of someone doing that to me was kind of humiliating.  but i just did it.  i went for it.

here’s just a sampling of messages and profiles.  some freaked me out and some just made me laugh. (i have commentary in the captions for ya.)

POF experiences

left: yeah, there’s a difference between 29 and 21. | right: this guy told me he was a refrigeration technician. you should probably be able to spell your own profession in your profile, right?


POF experiences

top left: yes, it’s a problem. | top right: just tell me. you’re freaking me out with all this. | bottom left: no. not interested. | bottom right: i think if you’re on a dating site, you should be able to describe yourself. and what makes you unqualified to do that? do you need a note from your therapist for this info???


POF experiences

top left: i think at 37, you should be able to list an actual profession and not “Batman”. | top right: if there’s so much to say WRITE SOMETHING. | bottom left: a little full of yourself, aren’t ya? can you just tell me some things about yourself. | bottom right: did you have a seizure while writing this or are you actually so lazy that you can’t write a simple paragraph.


POF experiences

left: this was literally the first message i got from him. back the fuck up, dude. | right: let’s just say i’m “not interested”, rude man.


POF experiences

top left: ummm…there’s a thing called birth control and common sense. | top right: this was the first message i ever got. i kind of wanted to reply “nope, are you?” | bottom left: the tagline made me laugh. too bad his personality didn’t match. | bottom right: i’m not DTF. go find someone who’s more open to that. i’m more of a relationship kind of gal.


so far, it’s been kind of a repeat of my last experience. sometimes the conversations would be going so well and then he would say something so strange that it would weird me out. sometimes a guy would just disappear or stop talking to me for seemingly no reason. about four weeks in, i started taking some little breaks. those breaks became longer and longer and eventually i just hid my profile. i’m not saying i’m giving up. i just don’t know yet. maybe it’s just not for me. maybe i just need to try a different platform. i’m also not sure because there are some personal situations that I need to figure out and come to terms with. but hey, at least i got some good stories out of it.

POF experiences

this was the last guy to message me. everything was semi-normal until i got to the bottom. and he’s a “prepper”. as in a doomsday prepper. there’s someone out there for him, but it’s not me.


things i’ve learned about from the experience (because life is all about learning something, right?!):

  • i am okay
  • i am picky (and i don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing all the time)
  • everyone has baggage
  • being single and childless at 30 is a rare thing
  • being told you’re pretty (and other nice adjectives) is nice but i still don’t believe it all the time
  • my profile writing is on point. i don’t know how many times guys told me that. (also my pics were great.)
  • there’s an age gap on the site (and i’m sure that’s true in real life too). there are a lot of young guys and a lot of older men. there’s not a lot in the middle, which is where i am.
  • i kill it with the 21-25 age range. unfortunately, i’m not really interesting in adopting a child at this time, but it’s nice to know i have the option.
  • some people don’t understand tone and sarcasm.  i don’t really need to know those people.

teaching tip 50: develop your own teaching philosophy.

teaching tips from {a tattooed teacher in texas}

it’s a classic job interview question: “what’s your teaching philosophy?”

it’s such an open ended question.  i was so nervous in my interviews.  i just remember rambling on, but i have no idea how i actually answered this question when asked.

so here are some things to think about when developing and writing your own teaching philosophy.  how do you feel about…?

  • the purpose of education
  • the importance of your particular subject
  • school rules and procedures
  • classroom rules and procedures
  • discipline procedures
  • positive incentives/motivation
  • attending to students with special needs
  • incorporating diversity
  • your students’ quality of work
  • lesson planning
  • time management
  • personal teaching goals
  • being a team member
  • what professionalism looks like

remember this though…your teaching philosophy is something you just have to figure out for yourself.  and you really need experience to learn it.  it will change over time.  that’s just natural.  don’t be afraid to change your philosophy.  

12.12 | high five for friday!



i got my little tree put up.  it looks almost identical to last year, but i don’t care.  it’s tiny and adorable.  i love the vintage ornaments mixed with new ones.



sons of anarchy ended this week.  i hadn’t realized until this week that it had been on for seven years.  i never missed an episode.  it’s not a happy story.  it’s tragic, really.  but there is something amazing about it.  the characters are incredible, and they just pull you in.  the series finale tied up all the loose ends and gave me closure with the story.   {plus…although opie will always have my heart, jax is a total hottie.}



i got in an order from colorpop.  i’m surprised that i love the “i love this” lippie so much.  so far i like both the lippie stix and the lippie pencils.



only five and a half days until christmas break.  and i need it.  that is all.  :)

christmas break


i am back on track with my health.   have worked out seven out of the past ten days.  i’m not quite back to the point of enjoying it, but i’m doing it.  i’m most excited about my food.  i’ve been experimenting and feeling inspired from my new “power foods” cookbook.  this week i made: rice with tofu, whole wheat spaghetti with broccoli, pecan crusted chicken, and frittata.  my favorite of the week had to be the frittata with the pecan crusted chicken following close behind.  so yum.



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12.5 | high five for friday!



i bought myself a little christmas present this week.  i’ve always wanted an erin condren planner.  i know…planners are so 20th century.  but i don’t care!  i’m a planner person.  i’ve drooled over them for years, but they’re kind of expensive.  no, they are expensive.  however, i know i’ll use the heck out of it.  mine looks the one below except with a light aqua color instead of yellow.

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i still haven’t put my little tree up yet.  i’m still trying to get in the christmas spirit in terms of decorating.  my goal is to get it done this weekend.



i finally got my ish together and got back on the health wagon.  it took me nearly a month, but i made it happen.  i’m frustrated with myself for letting myself be lazy and careless for so long.  but it feels great to take care of myself again, and i already feel better.  sore and tired, but better.



several of my christmas presents came in the mail this week.  i absolutely avoid the mall and stores during this time of the year.  and i can’t stand christmas music due to many years or working retail in high school and college.  but i LOVE buying gifts for the special people in my life.  it’s probably my favorite part of the holidays.



i got this new cookbook.  i’m excited to get cooking just by thumbing through it.  it has some great recipes in it that are super healthy and flavorful. (martha stewart and whole living magazine can do no wrong in my book!)  i’m looking forward to doing some grocery shopping this weekend and trying out some new things next week.

power foods from whole living magazine.


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WOW 12.3 | back on the wagon

me: i’m taylor.  i’m a emotional eater.  and an under-exerciser.  and lover of self-loathing.

my lovely readers: (in monotone) hi, taylor.

so i finally broke the streak of non-activity and overeating.  it took me 22 days to get back on track.  holy crap.  i can’t remember the last time i went that long without working out.

there were a lot of highs and lows within those 22 days.  and i let the lows get to me.  i ate like crap to mask them.  no matter what I tell myself, words (and actions) hurt. i may be thin-skinned but i own that. it affects me physically just as much as it does emotionally. i also avoided working out (some days on purpose) because i could.  i was able to get away with it without any accountability for almost a month.  it’s not like anyone can do the work for me, but having someone ask about how things are going helps me for some reason. maybe it’s the guilt or talking positively about it, but i need it.

i thought i had myself under control about a week and a half in, but i totally didn’t. so on day 23, i forced myself to get off my ever-expanding ass and get back to work.  there were a few things that helped: having trouble zipping some dress pants for school, my sleeping was all off and this girl needs her sleep, a talk with my mom, and a general feeling of being uncomfortable.

while i was visiting my family, my mama had a heart-to-heart with me about my headaches.  they’ve been way more frequent and more intense lately, and it has been worrying me because she suffers from chronic migraines. she’s been hospitalized – it’s that bad sometimes.  i want to learn from her experiences and do what i can to help take care of them myself. i’ve already taken a couple simple medical steps but now it’s time for some tough cuts with my diet… that means no more bacon and other cured meats.  i’m greatly reducing my cheese intake, paying special attention to avoiding aged and “fake” cheeses.  i’m cutting out as many processed foods and preservatives as i can.  (that delicious crap is a major trigger.)  i’m avoiding most beers and some wines and mainly sticking with water, tea, and coffee.  i’m focusing on whole grains, fish, organic chicken, veggies, and fruit.  so the basics…basically.  i knew that i needed to take these steps.  i think I just had to hear someone else say it to me.  i am hoping it will make a difference.


so there are a couple of more weeks until the holidays really hit.  about 22 days, actually!  22 days i need to get back that i wasted in november.  i’ve already started journaling again as a midway step back into calorie counting/food tracking. and i’m slowing getting back into my workouts. it sucks. it’s like starting over after that much time, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

check out this post by eating bird food: 10 tips to stay healthy during the holiday season.  (i love this list and want to put it on my fridge.  i also stole/borrowed the picture from this post because i loved it too!)

here’s the abbreviated list (with my personal commentary):

  1. take a moderate approach – 80/20 all day errry day
  2. don’t deprive yourself – i’m shouldn’t deny myself holiday foods
  3. keep the stress at bay – by working out
  4. move more – again, by working out
  5. eat normally – normal sized portions and balance!
  6. don’t let one bad day get to you – this is a big one.
  7. at parties, bring one healthy dish – for the option for myself and others
  8. it’s okay to say “no” – and i don’t need to feel guilty about it
  9. hydrate when drinking alcohol – to keep the headaches (and hangovers) at bay
  10. remember the real reason for the season – to celebrate Christ’s birth, to spend time with family, to enjoy myself

november favorites.

monthly favorites

{favorite beauty items}  

loreal true match foundation – i love the lumi version for when my skin is dry and this one for when i’m not.  but this month, i’ve been mixing a little of both together, and it’s perfect.

loreal voluminous million lashes excess mascara - it’s perfect for a more glam look.

maybelline lash discovery mascara – the little brush is perfect for the first coat of mascara and the bottom lashes.

{favorite snacks}

dark chocolate reece’s cups

sun-dried tomato wheat thins

{favorite books}

still missing by chevy stevens

not that kind of girl by lena dunham

the single woman by mandy hale

mockingjay by suzanne collins (rereading…)

{favorite new music, tv shows, movies}

the walking dead – the winter finale is coming up.  it’s been a slow season, but i don’t want to take a break from it!

the 100 – i watched this series on netflix when i was sick this month.  i didn’t think i would like it, but i did.

the e-team – this netflix documentary is about the emergency team of the human rights watch organization.  it was so interesting.

burt’s buzz – another documentary.  this one is about the founder of burt’s bees.  it was kind of a sad story, but very interesting.

the serial podcast – it’s addictive.  i can’t wait for the next episode to see what happens in the real life story.

{favorite words}


overcome fear by action

{my own favorite posts}

my second stitch fix

day nine was a new day

{favorite posts from other bloggers}

fall capsule wardrobe by unfancy | i find the way she puts together her wardrobe fascinating!

first thanksgiving down under by the pineapple cake | this post was so sweet and heartwarming from a girl living in her new home away from home.  it brought a tear to my eye. :)

maybe today by the single woman | sometimes you need to be reminded…

five tips for the best all-butter pie crust from scratch by joy the baker

{the struggles this month that have molded me}

overeating and under exercising – i’m getting back on track TODAY.

strained family relationships that i can’t “fix”

dealing with my single-ness and dating and trying new things

{most memorable moments}

reconnecting with an old friend.

taking some new pictures of myself, which boosted my confidence.


spending thanksgiving with my family and doing a lot of cooking.

watching the hunger games: mockingjay part 1.

helping my mama get together some ideas for “elf on the shelf” for my middle sister.

11.28 | high five for friday!



i only had one and a half days of school this week.  and that was a blessing because…i needed a break.

december ecard


i caught up on all of the serial podcast episodes on my drive down to see my parents.  the story is riveting.  and since it’s in real time, you don’t know what the producer of the show is actually going to conclude at the end.  (check it out on iTunes for free)

serial podcast


thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude.  i wrote a list this year of things that i am thankful for.



with thanksgiving comes lots of good food.  and i have to say…my mama and i outdid ourselves this time.  the turkey was so moist and flavorful, the stuffing was new and different, the potato rolls were amazing, the squash casserole was yummy, and the broccoli and rice casserole was delicious.  and the desserts??  the best part.

butterscotch cream pie with a pecan crust

butterscotch cream pie with a pecan crust from @southernlivingmag


i have been reading up a storm over the holiday week.  i’m almost finished with the single woman, i’m halfway through still missing (which i can’t put down), and i’m about to pick up unbroken.  i love having a kindle to keep track of all my books for me.  (by the way, i bought all of these books on sale on amazon.  look for the daily deals!)



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i’m thankful for…

{in no particular order}

my family who love me . food in my fridge . the safety of my home . my good health . my kitties’ cuddles . my parents who always lift me up . my car for getting me places . a job that i actually like . health insurance when i need it . clothes in my closet . my God . my friend Kat who always supports me . money in my bank account and savings . my creativity . facebook. my curly hair. my intelligence . my students who drive me crazy . my college degree that feels worthless sometimes . my friend Jess who makes me feel less alone . my living grandparents and the ones who had to leave too soon . summers off . the relatively mild weather in Texas . my cousin Lauren who is always there for me . my mostly clear skin . the freedoms I have living in the US as a woman . my laptop and Internet connection that connect me with friends and family everywhere around the world . reality tv shows that make me feel normal . my phone that connects me . my little cousin Lylli who lets me be her aunt . my sensibility . beauty products that help me feel pretty . inspirational books . the experience of other teachers . my organizational skills . the canyon . my never ending curiosity . YouTube videos . online grade books . my Texas . my kindle . my friend Holly who makes me laugh . instagram . coffee . holidays . movies . pies . brunch . my shoe collection . birchbox each month . soldiers and the police who protect us . target . my washing machine and dryer . email and texting . my mom’s quilts . pizza . craft projects that distract me . funny buzzfeed articles that waste my time

11.21 | high five for friday!



i’m trying something out of my comfort zone.  i’m not going to give any details just yet because i don’t know how the hell it’s going to work out, but i’m excited/scared about it.  :)

overcome fear by action


this month’s birchbox was amazeballs.  (do people still say that?) i just loved everything.  i’m always up for a mask and there were two in this box.  i’ve used other balm products and i look forward to the highlighter.  i wasn’t sure about the perfume but it’s growing on me.  (i also got my second stitch fix this week.  check that out HERE.)




my middle sister has special needs.  to keep it simple: she is a seven year old in the body of a 27 year old.  holidays are very important to her.  she focuses so much on them that it becomes an obsession.  (this is common with kids with special needs. her other obsessions are the wizard of oz and hello kitty.)  so it’s important to channel her nervous/excited energy on positive things.  my mom and i have been planning some elf on the shelf activities for her this week over the phone.  i always thought it was kind of creepy, but i know chase will love it.  she will get the biggest kick out of it.

elf on the shelf


i hung out with my niece for a few hours on saturday.  she’s a handful in the best possible way.  we made some cookies, watched some “girl meets world”, played with my kitties, and just chilled.  and when i wasn’t looking, she wrote me a little message on my white board on my fridge.  her birthday is this weekend, and i have the perfect gift!



i took today off for a doctor’s appointment (yeah that yearly one).  but it’s nice to have a little break from school even for a day.  it’ll give me a head start on getting ready for thanksgiving week.  so in honor of my poor substitute teacher, here is my favorite key and peele skit – the substitute teacher.  makes me laugh every single time i watch it.  (you done messed up, a-a-ron!)


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WOW 11.19 | day nine was a new day.

workout wednesdays with {a tattooed teacher in texas}

for eight days, i ate crappy food.  i quit my workouts.  i camped out on the couch during my illnesses and didn’t really get up even when i was better.  i basically just stopped taking care of myself.

day 8 was hairy.  i had been sick for days 1-3 and had a migraine for days 6-7.  i wasn’t feeling my best.  so i thought – what is the freaking point?  it’s cold as balls outside.  plus, it’s not like i have a man to notice.  so again, what is the freaking point?  

so on day 9, i shaved my legs.  i also repainted my toenails, did a facial mask, and put on some lovely smelling lotion.   i then cleaned out my fridge and researched some new workouts to add to the mix.  because what i realized on day 9 is that the point is that i should take care of me for me.  it’ll make me feel better for me.

every holiday season, i face this dilemma: to enjoy the holidays or not.  it shouldn’t be a choice, right?  but somehow i don’t have the self-control to face the holidays and not overindulge.  even with the best of intentions, i always tend to gain about 5-10 pounds every year.  i really want to go into the holiday season with a great attitude, a focused diet, and consistent workouts.  why is that so hard??  i’m usually good at planning, but it seems that around the holidays there’s always something around the corner to sabotage me.

happy thanksgiving

to top it off, my workout partner is indisposed right now with an injury.  it’s not a good excuse, but that’s making it difficult to keep myself accountable.  there’s no one asking about if i did my workout or how my eating is going for the week.  therefore, i can just keep quiet and make mistakes without anyone really knowing about it.  i still haven’t been working out and it’s been over a week!  i think need someone to text or call me every day.  he/she would basically need to yell at me to get off my ass and move and to quit eating crap.  i swear it would be effective.  any volunteers?  just kidding .  (but seriously…)

advice on getting through the holidays without packing it on?

The Hump Day Blog Hop

my second stitch fix

i received my second stitch fix this past weekend. (here’s a recap of my first stitch fix.)  i have mixed feelings about it…and yet, i bought the whole box. let me explain…

my second stitch fix.

when i started stitch fix, i knew that some items would be pricey.  let’s call them “investments”.  so i decided that i would only buy items that i absolutely loved.  but when you buy the whole box, you receive 25% off of your total.  so it just seemed to make more sense to buy the whole box even though i am not IN LOVE with the clover print top just off of the price difference.

this box was different from my first.  i got everything out of the box and tried them on.  at first, i didn’t really love anything.  then i walked away from them.  when i came back to try them on again, i looked at it from a different perspective.  i looked at fit, comfort, style.  then, suddenly i liked pretty much everything.  i studied the style guide* for ideas of how to incorporate them into my existing wardrobe.

stitch fix style guide

after looking at my bill online, i figured out the math and bought the entire box.  the whole process is so easy.  and i like the fact that someone else is picking it out for me.  i would never even look twice at most of the items that come in my boxes if i saw them in a store.  and still, i end up liking them because they are out of my comfort zone but still fit my style.

my second stitch fix

the four tops from my second stitch fix


i’m learning what looks good on me, how to invest in clothes, and about my own personal style.  i still haven’t figured out those things yet, but i’m getting there.

*i think the style guide is key.  i’m very visual.  tell me how to wear it and i’ll be confused.  show me and i’ll be inspired.


teaching tip 41. don’t be a gossip girl.

i originally wrote this post at the end of last year.  my school is dealing with some more issues this year.  every school goes through growing pains when there are staff and expectation changes.  it’s just part of the job when you’re dealing with lots of adults and even more kids.  this post seems even more significant now with teachers picking at each other (for new and different reasons from last year), the continued frustrations with the kids’ behavior issues, the added stress of the upcoming state testing, and the struggles of dealing with a partially new administration.

when i reread these teaching tips posts, it reminds me to follow them too.  there are always new things that come up to deal with, but the old ones come around again and again to pester me.  so here we go again…  :)


teaching tips from a tattooed teacher in texas

things have been a little uncertain and weird at school lately.  we are going to have some staff changes that we already know about.  on top of that, there are certain people dealing with personal issues that seem to follow them to school.

all anyone wants to do is talk.  this is typical of schools.  teachers can be just as bad as the students about spreading hearsay.  it’s even worse when you’re friends with the teachers at your school.  i’m not going to tell you that you shouldn’t be friends with your co-workers.  hell, those weirdos are some of my best friends!

but here’s the thing…it’s easy to get pulled into the speculation, to gossip, to predict what is going to happen in the future.  one piece of gossip can spread like wildfire, especially in a small school like mine.  however, none of us know the real deal.  not really.  you ever played that game of telephone?  yep.  it’s like that.  the truth (or the beginning version of it) gets distorted as it spreads.  who knows what you’re hearing by the time it gets to you?!

no one’s perfect.  you’re going to hear things about other teachers or administrators (and even students!).  you’re going to want to know what is happening, who’s screwing up, who’s being a brown-noser, who’s got problems at home, etc.  it’s human nature to be curious.  however, there is a line.  it’s hard to find sometimes, but you are a professional.

so try not to get sucked into the drama as much as possible.  it’s just not worth the stress of it all.  i struggle with this issue for sure.  my curiosity and nosiness gets the best of me sometimes, but you’re never really going to know the truth and spreading gossip just makes the problem worse.


11.14 | high five for friday!


…one…  thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (right ahead of july 4th).  my mom and I have been planning the thanksgiving menu. we’ve decided to go non-traditional for once. and we’re doing all new recipes from the November Southern Living magazine.  i’m excited to try some new things!


….two…  a friend told me about this app called relay.  you can send gifs (and added texts) back and forth like text messages.  it is so entertaining!  i’ve been having a blast with it.


…three… i got sick on sunday night and stayed that way until tuesday.  stomach flus are the worst!  i wish i could have enjoyed having two days off from school, but i’m well now and i couldn’t be more grateful.  i was forced to rest for a couple of days, and i think i needed it. on the upside, being gone for two days means that i have two days of lesson plans already done for next week!

rest and self-care

…four…  first Ipsy bag. i feel like Ipsy might be the sluttier and younger sister of Birchbox. not that there’s anything wrong with that. i want to be both of those things sometimes. i just don’t know yet if I like one over the other. I’m going to give Ipsy another go. (in other subscription box news, i getting my second stitch fix this weekend and am so excited after a great first experience.)


…five…  this snuggle bug kept me company on my sick days and has been so cuddly during this cold week.




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