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  It was supposed to snow this morning.  It didn't snow, and I am so incredibly disappointed along with all of the other teachers out there. I've got a song stuck in my head... "Alaska" by Little Hurt.  It's got explicit lyrics, but I wish I could listen to it at school because its super catchy.  It talks about moving to Alaska and hating snow but taking a chance and just doing the things.  I love this song and Norah knows all of the lyrics, which makes me smile when I hear her sing it.  My grad school class starts tomorrow and I'm actually really excited to start it.  I feel like I've got a good habit of waking up early to do things so I'll have a good routine set up for my "homework time".   I've also started doing crafts while I read or do grade things so it doesn't feel so much like "work", which is fun.  I'm currently crocheting 1) a hat, 2) a scrunchie hair bow thing, 3) a baby blanket for my neighbor's baby gi
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  Happy Sunday, Friends!  We tackled IKEA, the Memphis Galleria Mall, and then dinner at Huey's.  Slept like babies at the hotel and are we're now on our way home to clean the house and put all of this IKEA stuff together that we got.  I'm pretty excited about it.  This weekend was such a great mini-vacation... makes me want for a bigger trip this summer to somewhere relaxing like maybe a trip to Seaside or a cruise, assuming that it is safe to take a trip because of Covid-19 and because of graduate school classes.   Speaking of grad school, I am excited to get started.  (I think) that I start on January 14th, but I need to double check when the class actually starts. I've got my book and my email set up.  I've got my new highlighters and I started tabbing the book until the tabs got unsticky and I had to taken them off. I'm ready to start, I think.  Still kind of nervous about being "too busy", but I think that I'll do ok enough to make it.  Today
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"It didn't seem like she'd left long ago and let her own folks go..." We are on our way to Memphis right now. Norah and Chris are singing and we're having a grand old time.  We're going to be going to IKEA today and a few other fun Memphis places like Knowledge Tree and "big fun outside park place" that I can never remember the name of.  The lyric up above from "Wide Open Spaces" makes me think about how I'm getting older and slowly but surely becoming an adult. We are going to IKEA to get a new rug but we aren't going to only get a few things that we "really need to get."  It's a new thing, but we have a basic budget for what we want to spend on this trip this weekend.  We're going to stay at a hotel (big deal, since we've barely left the city besides our 2020 Camping Trip to Colorado).  We're going to go eat at Huey's.  We're going to probably find a toy store or maybe Knowledge Tree to go visit f
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Yesterday was one of the saddest and scariest days that I can remember since the Twin Towers were hit on September 11th.   Rioters and Protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington D.C.  People were shot and four people have died so far. Multiple people were hurt.  The windows and furniture were destroyed and people were carrying guns.  It was out of control... and we watched it on the Smartboard during my GT Seminar class.   Students were texting their parents.  One student started to tear up and asked me "Am I safe?" and I wasn't sure what to say.  I responded that "Your home is safe and school is safe..." but I wasn't exactly sure if I was telling the truth or just saying something to give encouragement.   There should be a peaceful transfer of power.  This is how our democracy is supposed to work.  Hopefully it will be more peaceful moving forward into the next few days whenever President Elect Joe Biden takes the place of our current president.   I hope
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Today is Chris's 39th Birthday!!!  He is not excited, but I am.   :) I slept in today and it was glorious.  I have been getting up at 4AM the past five day, but I slept until 4:30 today.  I also went to sleep at 8:00 last night and it was awesome.   I think I need to slow down a little bit from my pace from the past few days.  I know it is hard to start back into the school and work routine, but I've been going and going and going nonstop it feels like.   Yesterday. Was. Awesome. :) I was SO GOOD to see my students again... I have missed them over the break.  I did an activity with the GT Seminar students called "Hows It Going" where they gave me some feedback on the class and how things are going so far this school year.  Most of the feedback was super positive and I even got called "an awesome teacher" by a few kids, which was a huge confidence boost on my end.  I was kind of shocked... I thought that GT Seminar was somewhat kind of mundane and boring for

All Of My Days

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  One of my things that I am working on improving right now is increasing my faith.  Now, I am not an exceptionally religious person and I am not going to start preaching on my blog...however I do think that faith is an inner feeling that helps me to get through the days, especially the hard ones.  My faith helps me to reflect upon the happy days too and helps to provide a sense of grounding for me.  Song lyrics also do the same thing for me.   This morning's Bible Verse ironically goes along with today's song lyric (that I am going to attempt to embed in the code of this post, cross your fingers I can figure that out). Today's Bible Verse is Psalm 90:12 - Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. This makes me think of the song "All of My Days" by Alexi Murdoch. Have a great day today, friends! -Sarah

Keep Your Head Up. Keep Your Heart Strong.

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This quote from The Lumineers is perhaps my favorite song, ever.  "Stubborn Love" is perhaps the best Tiny Desk Concert from NPR that I have ever had the chance to witness on Youtube and I love it so much. I'm proud of myself for waking up super early this morning to start the practice for whenever I have my grad school class start.  I slept ok, but tossed and turned somewhat.   Honestly, even though the virus is at terrible numbers right now, I am excited to go back to school.  I'm nervous about the numbers, don't get me wrong... I just look forward to getting back into a routine again.  I'm pretty excited about the Word of the Day and starting my class blog with my students is quarter.  I'd also like to do Literature Circles with our next class novel, but I haven't yet figured out how to do this with a hybrid teaching model and hold kids accountable for reading the book.   I just turned my Fitbit app back on so I can start to track my miles and sleep