I'm going to cheat since today is Friday and do a linky party with just a tiny bit of organization thrown in at the end. Yesterday I did such a great job cleaning and organizing downstairs that my husband was impressed.. If I do it two days in a row the poor man might keel over. So, for my husband's safety, I must underachieve today.
Good excuse, right?
By the way, husband is getting evaluated today to see if he can qualify as an instructor for Advanced Individual Training for his unit. He was going over the points of his presentation and I realized that it was just like the lesson plans we did in college - he starts off with a hook or attention getter, then a motivator or "why you're learning this", then a description of what will be learned (objectives), standards, materials etc. Doesn't that sound just like those realllllly long lesson plans we had to do in college? You know, the ones that if you were to actually write one of those for every real lesson in your classroom you would never have time to eat or sleep because you'd forever be writing plans! The Army even expects him to go a little higher on Bloom's and throw out questions to get his students thinking about why and what if rather than just regurgitating information. I just found it really interesting that he was learning how to be an Army instructor the same way I learned to be a teacher - of course the Army course was only 2 weeks long lol!
Anyways, I saw this fun linky from Bonnie at Living a Wonderful Life and had to join, just because it made me stop and think about my obsessions.
3. Knorr veggie dip. Goes great with the tomatoes!
Going Nutty I now have Nuts! on my phone which my 5 year old thinks is hilarious. He's also digging ZooZooSafari which I thought would be too young for him, but he's gone back to it several times now. At least he's getting some letter review in!
5. Books! I have books scattered all over the house! I don't have any bookcases at present because I haven't gotten around to getting any for this house. So I have 3 drawers full in my bedroom plus two drawers full in the coffee table. By the way, I loovvve my coffee table :) Here's a picture of it, but I don't have the teapot on mine :P
6. The Killing. Is anyone out there watching this show? I love Holder, he is hilarious! I'm ready for them to figure the whole thing out already, but will there be another season if they do?!
Yay, a whole list of obsessions without a single school mention! I must be getting into the summer swing :)
Okay, onto Organization Day 4.
Just some very quick tips, FlyLady style! If you are having trouble getting motivated to organize, set a timer for 15 minutes. After all, you can do anything for 15 minutes right? When the timer goes off you can stop, guilt free, or you can set it for another 15 minutes. This of course means that you shouldn't take out more than 15 minutes of work.
If you want to organize your boxes of teacher stuff, choose one box to start with. If you open up 10 boxes and start strewing the contents on every available surface, that will inevitably be the time when someone drops by unexpectedly. alternatively, you'll get knee deep in the pile and fizzle out and then have a mountain of mess to clean up. Keep it simple and do baby steps, this way the rest of your house doesn't suffer while you organize :)
Today's task is going to be organizing all of my ribbon - I am off to Hobby Lobby/Dollar Tree to find a basket so I can do this:
Update! Husband just came home and he passed his classroom presentation! Out of 5 people who presented today only 2 passed! Now he just has to do a hands-on presentation on the actual equipment next week and he'll be instructor certified :)