Currently- January 2015!

Happy New Year Friends!
I certainly hope this year is the best ever for everyone!

Of course the year, and month, must begin with Farley
and Currently!

Join this fabulous linky and tell us what you are Currently up to....
Here's mine!

The cockatiel is having a restless morning. He has chirped non-stop for about an hour and it is purely driving me crazy. 
This is Harry, the cockatiel that lives in my STEM Lab. He spent a week with my principal and then I fetched him to my house for the rest of Christmas break. He is shut in a room with a street view and music playing to keep him company. I have to keep the door closed because of the three fur babies that live with me...very sad.
Tropical birds should never be pets. Harry was donated to us, but what a sad life for a bird.

We had a wonderful trip to Colorado to ski. There were some funny moments as we kept running into trouble, but to be honest, our trips almost always have those moments. We had great fun skiing and lots of family time- no computer, no Pinterest, no TpT....maybe some Instagram...
Me, hubs, and kids! I am bundled up because I cannot stand the cold air on my face. We really should have removed hats and goggles for the photo, but it is so hard to get all that back in place. Have you ever been skiing? Getting dressed is the worst. It takes an hour to get all that equipment in place....

I have so many ideas for STEM challenges for the coming months. I have two ideas to begin January with and will blog about the results as they happen. I am hopeful this will be successful, but sometimes I have experiments that go awry!
This photo is from a challenge we completed during the first month we had a STEM Lab. The challenge was to build a model of a pulley system that could be used to hang food out of the way of animals. The idea was that you are out in the desert and need to hang food up at night and you must build a pulley device only from what is in your backpacks. Sounds great, right?
We worked on this for 4 class sessions and probably only had two teams that built a successful pulley system. There were a lot of great ideas, but not many that worked.
Boy, did I learn a lot!

I would really like to feel better! This happened this week:
Yes, after a very awful Sunday and Monday, I finally went to the doctor and I have the flu. Tuesday morning I could not stand up even to make some coffee or breakfast. Hubs came to my rescue and brought food and shuttled me to the doc. I am able to breathe better, but I still don't feel great. The body aches were really awful- it even hurt to touch my skin....ugh!

I need to announce a really big deal!
If you follow my TpT store then you will be receiving a message soon. Check your inbox!
Here are a couple of hints:

I have some big things planned. If you don't follow my store, well, you should!

I need to exercise daily
like I used to

read more
which goes along with what I used to do before TpT.
I have read some great books during Christmas break so I am taking that as a clue to what I need for sanity's sake.
Here's my book list:
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (she wrote Gone Girl) - to be honest I dislike this book, but it did keep me reading.
The Rosie Project- a laugh out loud book about a man with Asperger's who formulates an application for potential wives to fill out.
A Feast for Crows-  Book 4 of the Game of Thrones series. I had to make myself read this book and plodded through it for about three weeks. The last 100 pages made it worth it- spectacular things happen. I can't wait to get started on Book 5!
The Son by Phillip Meyer- profound generational book about a family whose oldest member was kidnapped by Indians as a young man.

Everyone says you will just know when it is time to retire. I am there... teetering on the edge of making that big step. Will I do it this year?
This almost, kinda, relates back to TpT......

Well, bloggy friends, have a terrific rest of your break! Say Roll Tide a few times tomorrow night for my hubs, and enjoy those chiddlers when they return next week!


  1. Love finding your blog through the currently link up! I'm going to a STEM conference in February so I'm going to be reading up on all your ideas a lot!

    Colorado seems like a blast- I'm not a good skiier (too clumsy) but we're going on a ski trip in January so we'll see... I don't mind bundling up with hot cocoa and a good book though so it should be fun regardless.

    That sucks that you have the flu- it's AWFUL this year. I hope you feel better quickly!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  2. Your ski trip look so fun. I am way to uncoordinated to ski. Trust me.

    Retirement is a big step. All of my friends say, "You will know when it is time". Trust yourself to know. You will make the right choice for you and your family. Good luck!

    1. You so right about retiring! I feel ready, but cannot imagine not going to school everyday. If I do retire, I will be a sub for a couple of years, I feel sure! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful ski trip(...saw your great pics on insta, too!)! Glad you were able to enjoy it before you got sick! I can't wait to read your STEM posts! I have a few in the works for my 3-5/6-7 G&T students, too! Enjoy the rest of your week. Happy New Year!

    A Middle School Survival Guide

    1. We did have a great time! Just never drive from Denver to Crested Butte! I am also glad I was sick after we got back. Being sick when out of town is never fun, but not being able to ski would have been awful. I also would have infected the whole family! Thanks for visiting!

  4. That stinks that you were sick over break! So many kids at my school were sick right before break we closed school for a day. I am not too sure if it helped. Hopefully we go back all healthy!! I love your STEM ideas! Sometimes we do get a dud or two! I am sure the kids had fun any way!

  5. So sorry you have been sick, not a fun way to spend your break. Glad you and the family had a good ski trip. That poor bird. The IG picture of your kitty at the door was too funny. I would be going crazy with the squawking, glad he is not at my house. My yes was to exercise too! Too bad we didn't live closer we could go together. I need a workout buddy to keep me I know all your new stem ideas will be fantastic. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Wishing you all the best this New Year!

    Luv My Kinders

  6. Your ski trip sounded like a lot of fun and I can't wait to hear more about your new STEM projects! Hope you're feeling a bit better now - poor you being so ill over the holidays. I loved the Rosie Project and got The Rosie Effect for Christmas - I'll let you know how it is when I've read it! Happy new year!
    Growing Little Learners

  7. Aw, sorry to hear you're sick! That stinks :( I hope you feel better soon! Rest up!
    Happy 2015!
    Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

    1. I am feeling some better, but now I have a cough! Ugh! I am headed to the grocery store to get healthy foods and then lay on the couch watching football! Roll Tide! Thanks for visiting Melissa! Happy New Year to you!

  8. I'm hoping to introduce more STEM projects into my 4th grade classroom when we get back. The products in your store look amazing. I'll spend some time and investigate them further. Happy 2015!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. You will be happy when you challenge your students with a STEM activity! If you need any advice, set-up, procedures, ideas, whatever...just holler at me!

  9. Hi Carol, I think the retirement decision will become very clear - like one day you'll know & feel at peace (with whatever the decision is). How exciting!! TPT time does compete with exercise time, doesn't it? Happy New Year! Jen :)


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