CPR

I had to take a CPR class last night since I somehow thought it would be a great idea to coach high school softball this Spring in addition to being a first year teacher. Genius. I know. Anyway, if anyone knows The Office you know how near impossible it was for me to hold it together while the CPR dummy lay lifeless in front of me. If you are one of the weird few people who haven’t seen it, watch it. NOW.

On that note, I’ve collected quite a few clips from around the web that are sure to kick off your weekend on a hilarious note! Enjoy!

OMG I was crying with laughter. Steve-O is back and better than ever!

Kristen Wiig is genius and I love her.

Have you seen this? There’s something about people being scared that is hilarious!

On that note, Ellen does scaring better than anyone!

This should get you through the day 🙂

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Brrr…It’s cold in here…

There must be some Torr…ok, I won’t finish it. But I know you did! Every year the same thing happens: it gets cold. And every year I am somehow never prepared for it. So I thought this year, to change things up, rather than complaining and whining and crying about how friggin cold it is, I would try to find things that take my mind off being cold. Enjoy!

Live in NYC? Can’t make the trip up to the slopes? No worries! The ski lodge comes to you! (This was always my favorite part of skiing anyway.)

When’s the last time you read a good book? Or any book for that matter? Try thisthisthis, or this.

Go back to school, just for lunch.

Get crafty! Perfect solution for the sweaters your Aunt Edna gave you that you’ll never wear but still feel guilty about throwing away.

And don’t feel too bad if this ends up being you all winter long:

P.S. If you happen to have any of your old childhood books lying around…help a teacher out and donate them to my classroom! 6th graders are tough critics when it comes to reading. What were some of your favorites? I loved The Boxcar Children and R.L. Stein’s The Babysitter series!

Music Monday

I made two kids cry today. In my defense, they were acting like Wild Things, but still, I made two kids cry today. I try my best to leave my work happenings at school, but when a kid screams shut the f*** up, throws a chair, and storms out, it sort of hangs over your head for a while. So what do you do? Put on your best teacher face, use your best teacher voice, and try to make her feel bad for what she did in hopes that tomorrow, it’s just a shove of a chair and not a full out WWE throw. I mean honestly, at one point today I looked around and my classroom was like Wrestlemania meets a Jumanji stampede. How do you make a kid care about their education? Even more, how do you make them care about their future? Apparently, my approach today was make them cry. Accidental? Yes. Effective? Totally. Crying means they care more than they want me to think. Crying means I got through to them. Crying means tomorrow I can wipe the slate clean and start fresh, or at least try to. Anyway, this song played on my way home and reminded me I’m not doing this for myself, I’m teaching for the kids. The chair-throwing, ratchet-name-calling, cursing, angry, smelly, awkward kids. And I love them.

P.S. My hometown was featured on SNL…I still remember when the “old Kmart” was a Grand Union…those were the days 🙂

 

Movie Music Monday

I love movies. Do you love movies? I love ’em. (Almost as much as I love books.) This weekend was the first in a while that I was actually home for more than the time it takes to pack some semi-clean clothes and run a brush through my hair, and what did I do? Watched movies. Coincidentally, they all had fantastic soundtracks. My all-time favorite movie was the inspiration for today’s Music Monday post. I’ve said before that growing up, I lived in a house that was booming with sounds of the past. What is now considered “classic rock” was the soundtrack of my childhood, which could be why I love Almost Famous so much. Taking it for face value, it’s about an aspiring rock journalist trying to land that one great interview that launches his career. Delve a little deeper, and you find it’s more so about the loss of innocence set in the 1970’s and a family coming to terms with the ever-changing world around them. If you haven’t seen it, you should 🙂 Here’s a great scene with an even greater song. Enjoy!

Like what you see? Here a few of my favorite movies with amazing soundtracks.

O Brother Where Art Though – Those Soggy Bottom Boys are somethin’ else!

Garden State – Jersey pride!

The Tree of Life – Heavy movie. Heavier soundtrack.

Enjoy your Monday!

P.S. How awesome is this??

Music Monday

I write this post with a heavy heart. There hasn’t been a moment of the past week that my mind wasn’t on Hurricane Sandy, yet I still cannot seem to wrap my head around the immensity of this disaster. I came to work today (which was the most familiar sight of the last 6 days) and could not believe that this area of the Bronx was so unaffected, when just a few miles in every direction faced such destruction. As I drove over the GW Bridge with gas in my car and (finally) a warm home to return to later today, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for my good fortune, when so many people have lost everything. I wanted to pick up those who’ve been broken down and give them a great big hug, a warm blanket, and a safe place to sleep tonight. As I looked through pictures of Sandy’s aftermath, my iTunes made some very interesting song choices to play…and yet they were oddly calming as I saw the images of flooded neighborhoods, sand-filled homes, and darkened streets. I have included a few below in hopes they bring some solace and peace as we slowly recover. I hope your Monday commutes went smoothly and you are on your way back to “normal!”

(a HUGE thanks to Brittany and her family for taking me in when my house was nothing but an icebox and to Heather for giving me some sanity during a week of chaos xo )

Sandy

Hello my lovely readers. Are you all ok? Excuse my French, but Sandy is a dirty, dirty pirate hooker and should go back to her home on Whore Island. One thing I’ve learned this week, I would never survive the Hunger Games. On a brighter note, my displacement due to no power at home has lead me over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s House which really means I get to go on a safari amidst all of her trinkets and treasures…

(stay tuned for The Adventures of Blue Hippo!!)

 

My borrowed internet time is limited…stay safe and warm, my friends! I’ll check back in soon. xoxo