Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year In Review - The Most Popular Posts of 2011

Hey, y'all.  I'm deep into my plan to heavily caffeinate  myself in hopes of staying up past midnight.  (Sigh) The glory days are over...for now at least.  Okay, maybe not over over, but the glory certainly looks different nowadays. 

Regardless.  2011 was a year that was pretty light in the way of posting, something I hope to remedy in 2012.  But we went through a lot together over here at INAFAS.  Learning how to balance mommy-dom and work (Notice I said "learning" not "perfecting."  If anyone has "perfected," please  email me.  On second thought, don't.  I don't need to feel bad about myself.), finishing my doctoral work and officially becoming Dr. Mimi, expanding my writing career into magazines and other professional blogs, and, you know, complaining. 

Here is the most popular post from each month this year.  Remember, you did this to yourselves by commenting furiously on some fairly random topics.  And I love you for it.

Now, without further ado (and by "ado," I mean rambling):

January: The Cow Says Moo"
Unwavering in your support, you all listened to me bitch about discuss pumping at work.  (Sorry boys!)

February: Bloggers Beware
An open letter to teachers who should have really kept their mouths shut.  Blog carefully, lovies.

March: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
An apology to you, my lovely readers, for my absence during a fit of dissertation panic.  Balance, shmalance, Mimi wanted to graduate!

April: Whoops!  What happened to April?  Can I claim temporary insanity due to lack of sleep?  (Mini Mimi, I'm looking at YOU.)

May: Someone Get Me A Cocktail, STAT
In my apparent Year of the Me Monster, yet another post about me.  (Although I do love the whole "STAT" bit.  You can say those things when you're a doctor you know.)

June: We Are A Group Divided
A celebration of the end of the year.

July: The Wall
A sad moment, when my beloved Barnsey ripped my heart in twain.

August: Facey Face
In which I negate former friends in the interest of not falling victim to Facey Face.

September: The Ugly Side of Multi-Tasking
In which I admit that I have a problem.  Constantly having too much on my plate.  And loving it.  Kind of. 

October: I Think It's Called 'Having A Chip On Your Shoulder'
In which I rant about people who talk shiz-nit about teachers in public.

November: An Open Letter to Anna Dewdney
Because, yes, Mini Mimi and I have already done several author studies.

December: We Teachers Have a Sickness
Admit it, we are incapable of sitting still.  Must.  Have.  Project.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe night tonight.  Pour out a little champagne for me. 

To more posts in 2012!



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We Teachers Have a Sickness...

...I believe it's called Can't Sit the Hell Down and Relax Disease.  Or maybe Restless Leg Syndrome.  Or possibly we just need to start a group called Over-Producers Anonymous.  O.P.A. forever! 

Whatever you want to call it, it's definitely a sickness. 

Granted the rest of the world prefers to imagine us kicking up our heels in order to better shovel bon bons into our face. (If you have ever uttered something related to, "Teachers have soooo much vacation time!  How can they possibly be tired?" please stop reading right now and go punch yourself in the face.  For me.)  I choose to think it is because said individuals are not strong enough to admit what they don't understand and therefore find it more comfortable to hide their ignorance in unwarranted and completely bullshit commentary.

However, those of us on the inside know that teachers too often look at "vacation" as an opportunity to get SO. MUCH. SHIT. DONE.  Wheeeeeee! 

Like the rest of you, I have a few days out of schools. Days I believe are intended to be used for myself, for time with my family, for sleeping in, for rejuvenation.  Yet I, like the rest of you, seem to have chosen to use this time to clean out closets, write more lesson plans than humanly possibly, read several professional books, catch up on my education blog reading and, you know, save the rainforests.  Or whatever.  (And that's before Thursday.  Watch out weekend!)

It is in these moments that I begin to think there has to be some sort of middle ground.  Where we find the time to relax and take a breath from our oh-so-demanding craft while also feeling as if we can go back to work ahead of the game and prepared for the balls-out-all-hands-on-deck push that is January.

And the quest for balance continues...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lessons From the Little Engine That Could

You may have to just smile and nod at me through this one, as I realize that my steady diet of nothing but tea and toast (NOTHING....just tea and toast, then toast and more toast and some tea) may be slowly killing my brain cells.  That and spending most of my time reading and re-reading the same books to my toddler (who is amazing but DEMANDING when it comes to being read to).

Long story short, stick with me here.  I believe I have a point.

This time of year is insane.  It's insane.  You're little friends are bouncing off the wall, all hopped up on holiday mania and visions of heinously late bedtimes and too much sugar dancing in their heads.  You are desperately trying to teach something, anything but secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) want to throw in a movie in and call it a day.  Get some filing done.  Make some plans for the new year.  Breathe. 

Believe me, I feel your pain.

I also know that this is a time of wrapping up loose ends in order to have a fresh start in January.  So let the list making begin.  Stop what you're doing right now.  Seriously, stop.  Okay, maybe read to the end of this post, add a comment and then stop.  Stop and sit down in the middle of your madness and (you guessed it!) make a list.   A list that includes everything.  Everything.   A list that threatens to intimidate every other list you have ever made.  Perhaps a color coded list that will be the envy of all your friends -  your deeply nerdy friends.  And then harness the power of the Little Blue Engine.  Just chug your way through it ('I think I can, I think I can...') day after day (I think I can, I think I can) setting goals and rewards for yourself along the way (I think I can, I think I can).

I know you can.

Good luck making it until Friday.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wait, I'm Supposed To Update This Thing?

That's right, I have a blooooooggggg. Riiiiight.

Wait, so remind me how this works again?  I write something, post it here and then you all read it?  And comment?  Well that sounds just fabulous!  I should do that more often.

HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS IT'S BEEN OVER A MONTH!  One of you should have reached out through the interwebs and slapped me!   Or punched me!  Or at least yelled threatening statements about unfollowing me or something...

So.  Where have I been?  Where have I been?  Ah yes, it's all coming back to me now.  Let's see...well, there was Thanksgiving.  And then a few mind numbing bouts of random pains that sent me to the emergency room in a puddle that intermittently moaned and shouted, "Do something!" at passing doctors.  Hmmm....and then what?  Oh, then there was toast.  Miles and miles of nothing but toast until the doctors figured out what was wrong with me.  (An upside to this "diet"?  Losing the last ten baby pounds pre-holidays....cha ching!)   (I realize that last statement is all kids of messed up.  However, it is also true.)  Okay, so after the toast, you're thinking things can't get much worse, right?  You would be wrong.  Can you say "stomach flu"?????? 

'Cuz I can!

Rest assured that Mrs. Mimi is slowly but surely getting her (skinny!) (So messed up!)  self back together again.  Also, rest assured that future posts will not detail my gastrointestinal woes as this does not seem like true educational fodder.  However, I felt you all deserved some sort of explanation for my absence. 

Hope you are all enjoying the panic and mayhem that has become our holiday season, particularly for those of us working in schools.


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