Weekend Update!

Hey all!  I’m back!  Before I could even recuperate from the Whole Brain Teaching conference last week {posted about here and here}, I headed out to Chicago for the Midwest Conference on Differentiated Instruction!  I went with two of my teaching friends and had a wonderful time... but… my head is about to explode with information, ideas, and to-do’s!  When I felt like I couldn’t possibly process anything else, I literally spent one whole session at the conference creating more to-do lists for myself!  Eeek!

I am glad to be back, but folks, I need your help!  It’s action week.  Can you all do me a favor and not post anything this week, so I can save some time in my day?  Ok, thanks, you’re the best! Seriously, if I don’t start getting some tasks done, there is no way I am going to be ready for the year! {Ok ok, I’ll be ready either way… but I won’t get to try any of my new ideas if I don’t get crackin’!}  I already have my first teacher meeting of the year NEXT WEEK!!  Ahhhhh!!! 

Ok, speaking of lists, here we go. 

1)  I have a newfound love of Chicago {I already want to go back again!}.  I am from a small suburb in Northwest Ohio.  Chicago is eye opening to me!  Isn’t it amazing how places can be so different?  I love the lifestyle, the architecture, the shopping, the nightlife, and the tourist traps; however, I don’t think I could live there long term! 

On our first night in Chicago, we went to Howl at the Moon.  Stop.the.world.  Have you ever been there?  It’s in a lot of major cities—not just Chicago!  Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar.  Hands down the best bar I’ve ever been to!  Now, if you’ve read my previous posts, you already know that back in high school and college, I used to be a rock star in a few slightly horrible bands.  I played keyboard.  If teaching doesn’t work out for me someday, I have found a new calling in life!  I would love to do some piano dueling!  {so much so that I even looked at their job application… unfortunately, I don’t think my piano skills are quite up to their standards!  Also, I can’t sing.  Also, you pretty much have to play every other instrument in addition to piano.  Shoot.  I’ll keep dreaming!}  Here I am in my rock star glory days:

2) While I was in Chicago, I got my first chance to meet a few bloggers in real life!  Nothing like a spontaneous blogger meet-up!  I met Karla from Teach with a Smile {Karla is also the creator of Technology Tailgate!} and Leslie from First Grade Frenzy!  We grabbed a quick lunch at T.G.I. Friday’s between sessions.  Only problem is, I wish we could have had more time to chat!  They were both so friendly!  Check out their blogs!

 
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3)  Stay tuned tomorrow as I post about my DI Conference take-aways!  {Right now, I need to catch up on some sleep!}  I will also be linking up to some lovely linky parties I missed out on while I was gone!

4)  Sara from Miss V’s Busy Bees is having an amazing 200 follower giveaway!  Sara is wonderful and I am thrilled to be participating in her giveaway.  I will be donating a TPT gift certificate to the winner!  There are also FOUR other gift cards in the giveaway, as well as some great products from other bloggers!  Go check it out!!!

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5)  Last, but not least, I am expecting my new blog makeover any day now!  Lindsey from Sour Apple Studio has been graciously working me on the final tweaks of my design {thank goodness for designers who can graciously work with Type A customers…}  During my first week of blogging, I actually won a free blog design from Lindsey during the grand re-opening of her design website.  Check out her site if you are looking for a new design!!  I can’t wait for the big reveal!

That’s all for now!  I am looking forward to sleeping without hearing Chicago police and ambulance sirens every 3 minutes!!!  Goodnight!

5 comments

  1. Just found your blog and can't wait to read about the WBT conference! I was going to go but ran had too much other stuff going on this summer.
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  2. PS there is an award for you on my blog :)
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  3. Thanks for slipping in something about my giveaway :) you are the best!! I'm glad you had fun in Chicago - I can't wait to hear about your conference!

    Patiently awaiting your new bloggy design!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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