Yeah, me! I’m finally on time with a post for Teacher Week 2012! Did you notice that I skipped the classroom pics yesterday? We don’t officially start until Monday and we don’t have kids until the next Tuesday. However, we have a meet and greet this Wednesday. The name of the game has been :”Make it presentable". I spent 10 hours today and was too exhausted to even take pictures when I left at 9:00. I still have piles and just can bring myself to take pictures.
It has been interesting to pull out my things and decide whether they fit in a third grade, but seriously, it is like moving and decorating an entire house in one whack when you move classrooms and grades!
I have been reading the posts and am noticing that many of us say we are “Type A!” When I was in college, we took personality tests in a psychology class and the teacher told us (all teachers) that 90% of teachers fall into the same four personality trait composite. The only variant was the difference between teachers who were more creative thinkers versus linear thinkers. Interesting!
How do I relax? Relax? What is that? Seriously, I need to do more of that.
1. Quilting – Very relaxing and methodical. It takes a lot of thinking for me to make fabric choices and decide on patterns. I can’t even think about school. Then, cutting and sewing is so mindless that I can just get in a zone. Plus, when it is a quick quilt, I am amazed that something so pretty can be created in such a short period of time! Sorry about the pic overload, but I couldn’t pick my favorites. I need to finish my Eric Carle Quilt and my Dr. Suess Quilt for my classroom.
2. Shop – I LOVE to shop! Probably too much! Thrifting is my favorite way to relax. I also love to poke around antique stores. My Grandmother always called it “junking”.
3. Read – Sometimes I read all weekend. I wish I could do that more.
4. Cooking – I used to love baking, but for some reason I don’t do it very much since we bought our house. I like to cook for the week on the weekends.
5. Gardening – When I do work in the garden, I am amazed at how calm I become and how I don’t even notice time. Again, something I would like to do more of.
6. Remodeling and Decorating My Home – We gutted and remodeled out kitchen a few years ago. I wish I had a picture of the copper ceiling. Next up is my closet and the bathroom!
7. Reading Blogs (Other than teaching blogs) – Cooking, decorating, gardening, quilting, fashion.
8. Kitty Therapy – We have so many kittens at the farm and I will go and visit them to snuggle. I try to snuggle with my big cat, Murphy, but he has a mind of his own!
9. Genealogy Research – I have been researching my dad’s family for a few years.
10. Crafting – I am getting back into scrapbooking now that I have a niece. I also like to make jewelry. It is quite nice to see a necklace and then make it for a fraction of the price!
Well, I guess that’s it. I often say that my job gets in the way of my hobbies! What helps you to relax?
(P.S. – Sorry for typos and grammar errors! I am beyond tired and can’t think clearly enough to proofread!)