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Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Currently!! My favorite month of the year!

It's almost July!!  You know how after your first week of vacation it feels like you have been on vacation much longer?  Or the opposite, after your first week back at work, it feels like you never left?  Well, I am in that happy place where my vacation has just started and it is not even July yet:)  Sometimes the calendar falls so that the first week of vacation is the week of July 4th but this year we were out June 21st and had all last week off before the week of the 4th this year!!!  I wonder if that means we have a whole extra week of summer vacation?  Wahoo!

Today I am linking up with the fabulous, my blog crush, Farley from Oh 'Boy Fourth Grade (see, she even teaches the same GRADE as me!) for the Currently monthly party!  July is my favorite month of the year because summer has just started for me and it is the month of my birthday and wedding anniversary (and, since last year, blogiversary!).  The only thing I don't like about July is the humidity here in New York.  Here is my currently:

Listening:  House Hunters is my show of choice at night when I just want some background noise. I started this post last night and was too exhausted to finish.  Speaking of House Hunters, my little sister and her hubs just bought their first house!  I spent all day Friday "skimming" with joint compound two walls in their kitchen that were not very appealing.  I also taped and mudded a huge crack that went all the way across the ceiling.  Then, I cut in and painted what I could of the rest of the kitchen and helped my mom paint a spare bedroom.  I started at 10:30 am and left at 10:00 pm.  On Saturday, the whole family went up and while my nephew watched the kids, my hubs (Paul) helped them move furniture in and I sanded the walls and ceiling (if you have ever worked with joint compound, you KNOW what a mess that is!).  Then, I finished painting the kitchen. It looks fabulous!  Next...we took off to meet our new puppy for the first time!  Which brings me (out of order) to...

Wanting:  We can't wait to bring little Porter home in two weeks.  He is such a happy little guy and his tail was just wag wagging as fast as that little thing could move. I could just snuggle with that little tiny face for hours.  The hubs was pleased with himself because he got the first little kiss from Porter. :)  Here is the little guy:
Loving:  Yep, finally took the plunge and got an iPhone 4.  People told me that I wouldn't know how I could have lived without it.  They were right! LOVE!!

Thinking:  My iPhone was my "Happy Birthday to Me!" present.  Since my birthday is next week, followed by my One Year Blogiversary on July 9th (Yay!), I am thinking of a little somethin' somethin'  to celebrate!!  I appreciate the blogging world SO much and it will be my way of saying thank you to all of you!!!  I'm not sure of the details yet but stay tuned!

Needing:  It needs to be done.  This Wednesday I am going in.  Wish me luck.

Tips, Tricks, or Hints:  Don't take it personally.  This is the mantra that I live by (although I have to remind myself of it often!).  Whether it is blogging or TPT or life in general, when something doesn't happen the way you envisioned, don't take it personal.  
Share your ideas and stories and feel good about it.  
You can't please everyone but the positive BY FAR outweighs any negative.  
We all know we can have hurt feelings in this blogging/TPT world (i.e...Hey! No one commented on my blog post!  or That comment on TPT is really irritating!).  
But at the end of the day, you are sharing your passion for teaching and learning with (mostly) strangers and building awesome relationships.  
Don't let the little stuff wear you down.  
Also, take breaks from blogging and don't let it consume you (thanks, Farley!).  
Look around at your family and friends and take the time to enjoy what you have been blessed with.

Okay, I will get off my soap box!  Don't forget to stop by and enter ALL the Show Us Some Bloglovin giveaways!!  The prizes are pretty amazing and there are so many to enter!  I am giving away items from my TPT store and mailing a big box of my favorite things to one lucky winner!  How fun!!
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  1. Great advice! I have a tough time with it, but I know that I can't please everyone. I joke that when I hit 30, I got way better at not caring, so I can only imagine what 40 might bring! :) Look out world! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. I love House Hunters too. I love trying to guess which house they will pick. Enjoy your summer!

    Fantastic First Grade Froggies

  3. Love House Hunters and anything DIY! Jealous that you get to help your sis with her house- so fun! I miss that! I'm excited to see more pics of your new pup. Are you gonna get on Instagram now that you have a smart phone? It's a whole other world of addiction.. just don't say I didn't warn you.;)

    iTeach 1:1

  4. Great advice! Happy almost birthday as well. I think your iphone is the perfect early birthday gift! So glad you are enjoying it.

    Good luck with your files...I am currently ignoring mine.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. Happy almost birthday. Your new puppy is adorable - you are in for some busy times ahead. Your advice about blogging/TpT is excellent, it is a work in progress for me not to take things personally, but I am working on it :)
    I am currently working on my filing system at work too - moving from files to binders and tubs, it is crazy how much stuff I have. I hope you are being as ruthless as I am when deciding what to keep.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. My blogiversary is this month too, along with my wedding anniversary! Think I am more excited about the blog one though, well, in a different way of course. HAHA!

    Enjoy your phone, its addicting!!!

    Hodges Herald

  7. Excellent advice! It's easy to get so sucked in that you loose perspective. Happy happy birthday! :)

    The Teaching Thief

  8. Just started my blog today and was meandering thru other blogs and found you! Great ideas.. thank you for sharing. I would like to start the Currently... how do you type on that graphic? I know, definitely a rookie!!



    1. Hi Susan! I hope you see this reply! I save the picture and import it into powerpoint. Then, I add text boxes right onto the picture and type in my answers. When I am done, I save the file as "save as pictures". Then, I can import the revised picture into my blog post. Hope this helps!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. That puppy is SO cute! I am wanting one but I can't figure out what kind I want. Something small I know for sure! Glad I found your blog today!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway!