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A Few of My Favorite Things…

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.






2.  Teaching…I really do enjoy teaching, even after twelve years!  Since this is about “things”, I thought I’d share some of my favorite teaching schtuffs.7100 Now, who doesn’t like grammar? 

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:

517zAIeqzEL These two books are set in the Depression era.  The grandma in this book is saucy and hilarious.  It’s a must-read!



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!



2ccd92c008a0c4329a867010.L 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)



roman combo 24 x 9.75, 44 needed


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!

  • Lizzie - I love this post! I love that you've listed all these books. I'm going to favorite your page. I will definitely be back. Thanks for the referrals!ReplyCancel

  • ~ M ~ - WOW what an excellent shots of your favorites. You have a beautiful family! And I too was 'addicted' to those hidden objects games awhile ago LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Andrea – you are in luck! Bath & Body Works now sells Country Apple on their website, so you CAN still buy it… http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3733066&cp=3157625ReplyCancel

  • jen@odbt - Great list – do you have a good website for the hidden object games? I could lose myself in those games too.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I can't believe I forgot Chipotle! Have it at least once a week. I love books too- but even younger then your selection- 2nd grade! Your Science Court video's are making me miss teaching!
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Alysha Gray - Thanks for sharring all your favorites… I just have to say that your video list cracked me up. It was definitely a great way to start my morning. hehe. It was great getting to know you a little better too! :)

    By the way… I totally forgot to mention it but I love food too… and chipotle is the best.. we just got one 2 mins from our place.. I think I might be in trouble!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rooney - After you sweet comment, I had to hop over and say "Hi". Great list of favs…especially the down pillows!!! Have a blessed week!!ReplyCancel

  • Sticviews - Thanks for sharing! I love Holes! I used to be a little embarrassed that I liked reading middle school level books, but I'm glad someone else does, too!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Ok, your list is making me hungry, especially that darn Blizzard picture!!!

    I LOVE Country Apple too! But now I'm obsessed with the coconut lime verbena. Ahhhh.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - oh girl I LOVE your post – I cant wait to check out those other books (I loved holes!) :-) it's so cool that you love teaching (still) . . . what a blessing you are!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Down pillows are heaven!!!!!! I just don't know what I'd do without :)ReplyCancel

  • Dot O - Drew, my list could have gone on a bit longer myself but I figured I might bore anybody who would read it to tears. I love your list!!!

    I hope you are all well. The kids look adorable (as usual) in your photo. Hope school isn't draining too much of your energy away….

    Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Suki - Your post is wonderful.
    Holes is the best book ever :)ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - Drew, You are so funny : ) I would like you to know that I came over here at least 3 times to see if your post was up yet. Just in case you think I forget about you I never ever do! I loved everything about this post. Especially the chipotle and the Lindt balls : ) And the books. TOTALLY in love with the books. Let's be friends forever and ever and ever : )ReplyCancel

  • Angie - The Arthur Clan - That "best actor" baby video makes me cry from laughing every time I watch it. That is just so hysterically funny!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne in Ohio - Loved your list, Drew. I read young adult books, too. I've read all the Newberry Award winners, and some of the runner-ups as well. I started them because they seemed to keep popping up on my daughter's reading list for school. I kept at it because I really loved them. They have all the writing talent of authors who write books for adults minus the bad language. Love that!

    The two by Peck that you featured were some of my favorites. That grandma was something else!ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - You must go comment at Jennifer Bowen's page for the lens…. Come on Drewbylicious! I know you want a new lens. : ) I am going to bring my new one to the thing so you can put it on and make me use it, ok? : )ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - You have a great list! I am forwarding that teacher rapping video onto all of my teacher friends…that is soooo hysterical! And the other one I'm going to pass on is the Mathmoticious one…I tell my husband he talks "dork" when we discuss his work (he's an engineer) so that one is perfect for him!!!
    We have a lot in common by the looks of your list. I am a big fan of Tom Snyder products and used them with my students when I was teaching, too. I also am a sugarholic…I have no will power when it comes to sweets!!!!
    Thanks for sharing some favorites with us!ReplyCancel

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