I Am Going to Join the Circus

Do you know what I’ve noticed? 

I’ve noticed that the majority of my blog referrals come from Facebook. 

I’ve also noticed that when I post a blog to Facebook, the first 30 or so words from my blog appear next to the link.

So, I think I should make the effort to make those first 30 words really electrifying and gripping.  Like, “And then my hair was on fire.”

Except obviously not this time, since I just blew my first 50 words talking about my first 30 words.  So stay tuned!

I have decided that my talents are quite suited for the circus. 

I’m going to be a professional juggler.

Except, you know. I can’t juggle.

PHYSICAL OBJECTS!!

But.  But! BUT…

I can juggle a million other things.  I do it without really thinking, too.  I am an absent-minded juggler.  Wouldn’t you pay millions of dollars or at least a quarter to see an absent-minded juggler?!

I daily juggle motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, teacherhood, car hoods, sisterhood, bill-payer-hood.  I’m all up in the hood, apparently.

And I could make you a big list of the little things that go into each one of those big things, but that would be boring and I am also not that much of a whiner or attention whore.  Plus if I saw an actual list of this stuff, I would be all overwhelmed and probably just freak the heck out.

This, for example, is my partial grocery list. That woman in the center must be a neighbor that wandered in and got lost. Cuz she sure as hell ain't my secretary!

The good news is that I seem to pulling it all off.  Or give the impression of doing so, anyway.  And instead of being all overwhelmed, I am actually really happy with my busy, crazy life. 

(Well. Usually. I have my moments when I am like OHMYGOD)

(And except for laundry.)

(I hate laundry.)

(But I love parentheses!)

And I seem to be doing okay.  Neither of my children is in therapy.  They actually seem to love me most of the time except when I say “No, you cannot have one more squinkie or mommy will just explode.”

My husband still hangs around and seems to like me.

And I’m getting lots of praise for my teaching.

So I must be doing something right!

Plus, I love to look at the optimistic side of things.  I’m busy and crazy but I’m never bored…and I interact with so many people in a positive way that I have a smile on my face at least 90% of every day.  Who can complain about that?

Look at me juggling happily! Isn't my hair cute? Oh wait, that's not me. I don't have shoes that color. Or lips that big.

 Although I do have to admit that some things may slip through the cracks.  Which may be why I toured the entire Akron Zoo yesterday with my shirt inside out.  You win some, you lose some.

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August Fan-dom

I read another blog and that blogger had a good idea.  So I’m taking it.  That’s right.  Just ripping that idea right off.  Because I’m a teacher.  And we beg, borrow and/or steal whatever may work best for our students.  Apparently, that’s now seeping into my blog life.  You never know, it may seep into my real life and they’ll haul me away for five-fingering a Reese cup.  Or toilet paper.

ANYways…

This other blogger recaps every previous month by talking about some things that she loved or discovered or used that month that were particularly great.  So I’m calling mine

 ___(enter month name here)___ Fan-dom

because they happen to be things I was a fan of the past month.

Here goes!  August Fan-dom!

1. Baylor Beach

I love this place.  Cheap.  Gorgeous.  Wonderfully family friendly.  Clean.  And the best part is that there are loads of stuff for my girls to do.  If being a parent of a two- and four-year old has taught me anything, its that most things are designed for ages six and up!  We visited twice this summer, and next summer I’m sure it will be more!

2. Back to Schoooooolllll

HOW could a teacher possibly be a fan of back to school?!  Why, because I am thoroughly weird and adore my job, that’s why! I will say that the whole third building in three years was stretching it a bit, but actually going back to school to teach my students?  Fantastic!

3. My Cricut

I can’t get over how versatile this machine is.  I can use it to make everything from bulletin boards and flashcards to T-shirts and scrapbooks.  I caved and bought myself a new cartridge for it for the first time in over a year (Simply Charmed Cartridge) and I’m using it more than ever!  I’m joining my sister at a craft show where I’ll be selling “Scrap-Packs” of themed accents that I’ve created…look for a future post on those!

4.  The phrase “Straight Up”

Every once in a while (actually, about once a month) I seem to get hooked on a phrase, and it pops up in my conversations at least 3-4 times per day.  There is no explanation for this behavior.  But this month, it was “straight up.”  No, I don’t know why.  But if you talk to me frequently and you think about it, I’ll bet you’ll straight up remember me saying it.

5. Those last precious days of summer with my girls

No explanation required! 🙂