The problem with this week’s theme is that it reminds me of THAT SONG and now THAT SONG is stuck in my head, replaying over and over and over. Hopefully now you have THAT SONG stuck in your head too, and I’m not the only one going nuts. ; )
(disclaimer: most of these pictures are not mine)
So, what are my favorite things? It’s so hard not to pick all technology things. Since it’s obvious that I love photography, digital scrapbooking, computers, on and on, I’ll try to share some new juicy tidbits about me. Okay, they’re actually pretty dry boring bits of info, but ya get whatcha get…
1. Obviously, I’d choose my family above everything.
Well, at least this book makes it a bit more bearable. If I recall correctly, it cost me a whoppin’ 35 buckeroos, but it was worth every penny. It’s full of grammar games that are set up to be fast and easy to put together. The kids love the games too!
I don’t teach science, but if I did, I’d get the whole set of these computer lessons. They’re funny, motivating and set up for groups. In fact, I love just about everything Tom Snyder puts out including Reading for Meaning and Math Mysteries.
Here’s another hard-to-find book. It’s only around $7, and the activities looks deceptively easy to kids. When I give them an activity from this book, after a couple minutes, I get comments like, “Hey! This is challenging!” (I know…how dare I?) Basically, there is a picture on top. Underneath is a description. As the students read, they have to fill in the missing details that aren’t showing in the picture. Doesn’t sound hard, but it turns out to be a thinker!
3. Reading…if only I had more time to read. I love it! The last time I really got to sit and enjoy a book hour after hour was when I went to Puerto Rico with my sisters. Mark stayed home with the boys. (Ben was just a baby then.) I got to enjoy 3 days of lazy, glorious days on the beach.
I mostly read middle school level books. It’s may have to do with my maturity level or the fact that I teach seventh graders, but there’s something to be said about young adult literature. Some of the most talented writers out there author children’s books. Here are a few of my favorites:
You may have seen the movie, but the book is even better. The way the author ties together so many different events across time is genius!
I’m sure this is a little gem that 99.99% of you have never heard of. I used to work at a warehouse type of bookstore. We would get the most random books into the store. One day as I was stocking the shelves, I came across this one. I read it over my lunch break and was brought to tears. Just like the cover implies, it is an illustrated story told in rhyme. There are so many lessons crammed into this book: dealing with oppression, pride, over-parenting, acceptance, special needs, etc. I adore this book!
4. Flowers…I’m actually not a fan of bouquets of flowers. It just makes me sad because so much money was spent on something that is only going to last a week or so. I’d much rather have something techie. That being said, if someone were going to get me flowers, Gerberas are my favorite, especially if they’re still growing in the dirt.
5. Country Apple Bath & Body lotion…it’s discontinued, but it’s really not about the product. (Update: My SIL let me know that it can be bought from the online store. Yay!) It’s more about the memories evoked when I smell it. I wore this scent back when Mark and I were dating. Ah, nostalgia! It may also be because it reminds me of the skinny days…you know, back when I thought I was fat.
6. Autumn…it’s my favorite season. I love everything about it except that it’s too short. The leaves, the crisp, cold air, bonfires, apples, pumpkins, hayrides, Halloween, Thanksgiving….I could go on and on.
7. Food…sadly, I like food too much. I’m a sugar-aholic. Candy of all kinds are my weakness. Here are some of my favorite junk foods.
(minus the tomatoes)
Yep, I always choose wholesome, nutritious foods.
8. Corny videos (educational or otherwise)
9. Hidden object games…Call it a grown-up’s Highlights game. Back when I had time, I could kill many an hour staring at the screen for hidden objects.
10. I really don’t get much sleep. When I finally crawl into bed at night, I am so grateful for:
~ down pillows – once you buy a down pillow, you’ll never go back
~ memory foam mattress cover
~ratty 20+ year old blanket (I’ll spare you that picture.)
Well, I can’t spend all night on this, although I probably could think of a million other things. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get a chance to see everyone else’s favorite things!