November 12, 2012

Manic Monday

Happy Monday!  Good ol' Chicago weather took another crazy turn, going from 60 degrees Saturday to a brisk 28 degrees this morning...I even had to bust out the mittens.  Gross.
This morning I started my week off with a new addition to my class--another new student from Syria!  I swear, is there a billboard with blinking lights in Damascus advertising for our school?  This is the FOURTH Syrian transplant to the school this year!  Things seem to be pretty rough there right now, so I'm glad the kiddos are here and safe, but it is certainly challenging!  Thankfully my new little guy speaks fairly good English and is just a few levels behind grade level in reading--phew!  Big difference from the little guy I got a few weeks back who has proven to be a bit...challenging...both in terms of his ELL status and his overall behavoir and personality.  Cultural differences aside, this kid is...umm...quirky...
This morning I was in a bit of a panic over adding ANOTHER new ELL student to my already overflowing room, so I told myself that if I could just get through the day, I could reward myself with a Target trip later.  Nothing says motivation like the big red bullseye!  One busy school day, a tutoring job, and a vinyasa yoga class later, I walked into target for bandaids and toothpaste and left with a $100 bag of stuff including 3 sweaters and a top...How does this ALWAYS happen to me?

Seriously, always.  Anyways, off to finally eat some dinner and catch up on last night's Revenge, followed by an early bedtime...I WILL get up at 4:30 to run tomorrow, I WILL get up at 4:30 to run tomorrow...

Race Recap of the Chicago Perfect 10 mile race coming up tomorrow!

Tell me I'm not the only one who NEVER leaves target under $100...


  1. I teach 5th grade and love your blog! I went to target today and randomly only spent proud! But I held back on a couple of very cute sweaters!!!

  2. Hi Amy:
    I spent $125 at Target today and I can't remember anything I bought except for doughnuts--and those should have stayed in the store!

    I'm catching up on blogging this week and catching up on YOU! Sending you good (warm) wishes from California...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  3. Same here about Target. Loved Revenge too!

  4. Haha! Target is dangerous - I always pop in when I'm in the States!

  5. I try to avoid going to Target for this reason! Even when I go in with a list, I still come out with other things!

  6. I know that our school gets many students from the same countries. It usually works out that transplants move in close to other family members, friends, or acquaintances to feel more at home or sticking together, and that puts them in the same school districting. At least, that's how it seems to work for us.

  7. Ha ha ha. I actually have a (blogger) friend who calls Target the $100 store! I am the same way. It's nearly impossible to leave and not spend that much :P

  8. Ugh, it's COLD in Missouri too!! Getting gas at 6:30 AM was a terrible idea yesterday when the wind was blowing and my fingers were FREEZING!

  9. I never get to Target so when I do it is pricey. We keep getting new kids at our grade levels and have two more coming by Monday. Often new kids aren't easy. I had some new ones to our school this fall and it has been very tricky. I have my hardest kid ever and I have been teaching many many years. How many students do you have? It sounds like a lot. Do you have assistance?
    Reward shopping is great. I did some last week at City Sports.


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