You're CURRENTLY a Winner!

Okay, so YOU might not currently be a winner, but there is a CURRENTLY and a couple of winners in this post!  First, for the winners....congratulations to Christina M. and Amanda O. for winning units from Teacher's Clubhouse and/or Lightbulb Minds from my final giveaway.  Thanks so much to everyone for participating in my giveaway week!!!  Y'all ROCK!

Now to link up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the December Currently....
Let's expand on this a bit...

Listening:  I'm waiting on DEXTER to come on (OH.EM.GEE....that show is keeping me on the edge of my seat!) and, well, Sundays are my laundry day.  This is the one day of the week when I do laundry and about dreading it, BUT I get to enjoy the other six days! ;)  I just assumed everyone had a laundry day, but I've come to realize that a lot of my friends do a little each day and just iron clothes as they need them (GASP...I don't think I would ever make it out of the house!  At least, not on time!)

Loving:  I have always said I would love to live where the weather was in the 70s/80s year round.  I do not do cold. ;)  We set out to go buy our Christmas tree today and my husband was saying we really needed to get in the holiday spirit!  We haven't bought ONE present, taken out ONE decoration...YIKES!!  So, today was the day!  I told him we should get the tree, come home and start a fire, drink cocoa, and listen to Christmas music as we decorated.  Then I walked outside and started to sweat! haha...I'll take it!  I can drink cocoa year round anyway.

We've always went to a tree farm and picked out a living tree.  We did this when I was little, too and my husband insists on it.  I once tried to convince him to get a fake tree and it was like I told him Santa wasn't real!  Well, I've been working on him slowly over the years and guess what?!  We bought a FAKE tree today!  I still can't believe it!  Don't get me wrong, I love real trees...but, I don't - the pine needles, the water, the transporting of it....I mean, I almost KILLED my husband by having him bring it in and put it up last year.  So, I like TALL trees.  And, did I mention the pine needles?!?

Thinking:  I really need to start my Christmas shopping - like, yesterday!  The problem?  I don't know what to get anyone!!  It was so much easier when my nephews were small and I could go down the toy aisle and go crazy!  Now, they're teenagers.  What do you get teenagers?  I refuse to give them money for Christmas...I do that for birthdays, but Christmas needs to be special!  A couple of years ago I moved to getting them "family experiences" - I sent them to Great Wolf Lodge.  Any other great family activities you guys love?  I'm leaning towards an Atlanta Braves game (and maybe throwing in the aquarium or World of Coke).  The only easy one will be my husband because he created a list.  When I say list, I mean a legal-sized notepad of one and half pages.  He writes small.  He listed items numbers, websites, prices...geez!  He's good to go for the next five years! lol

Wanting:  Okay, so Farley had this one, but it is something that has been on my "to-do" list since last summer and I just never have time to sit down and play.  I think creating my own clip art would be soooo much fun!  Anyone out there do it already?  Is there a program you love?  I have a wacom tablet...I told you it has been on my list.  I bought stuff with great intentions! ;)

Needing:  Yeah, yeah, we got the tree today but that was about the extent of it.  We did put garland down the stairway but there is still a LOT to be done.  I wish I was one of those people who LOVES to's just not me.  I would much rather hire someone to do it for me...along with the cooking and cleaning! ;)

RAK:  How timely.  I just ran across this "Light 'Em Up" post on Pinterest earlier today and thought, "I'm going to do that" so this is perfect!  I plan to start by leaving little treats (maybe small giftcards and baked goods) for those who serve us daily, but I often never even see (like our garbage collectors and mailman!)  Check out the blog...there are tags you can't print and use if you'd like to join in and they have a great FB page, too.  Years ago, Catherine and I did RAK with our 2nd graders...we had them do a random act of kindness once a month (we had our students read to kindergartners and give them books we got with our scholastic points, we made little gifts to take to a nursing home and sang them songs, we made posters to hang throughout the school with RAK tips, we left treats on our desks for the custodians, etc.)  It was a lot of fun....I should probably start that back up! Thanks for bringing to mind again, Farley!

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  1. I'm jealous of your warm weather! It was warm here too - 50 degrees! Enjoy!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. I have been dying to learn how to make my own clipart too, maybe that will be something I will decide to conquer next summer!!

  3. Congrats to the winners!

    I also want to know how to make clipart! You seem to know way more than I do though, I have no idea how it works! But it would be really cool (and another distraction when I should be doing other things =P)

    The Resource Room Teacher

  4. I'm trying to make my own clip art too. I have a tablet but it doesn't work on my graphics program without looking pixelated. I think I need a more professional program. I'm getting an ipad for Christmas and I found out there are 2 apps on there to use that I am going to try first. If those don't work, I'm going to splurge on the Adobe photoshop package. Let me know if you figure out any good methods!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  5. My husband has been trying to force me to get a fake tree for years. We both always had a fake tree growing up. But...I love the tradition of finding the perfect tree that we've started with our kids. I love the idea of doing random acts of kindness with students!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  6. My St. Nick gift is here...finding your Blog!!! :)
    By the way, I second your urge to want to create your own clipart! SMILES and stop by anytime!


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