SOL:  New Hairdresser Anxiety 

Only Only moving to Washington State did I have to go out of my comfort zone and find a new hair dresser. Waiting until I flew back to New York to get my hair done was unreasonable… although it was definitely considered.

I don’t know about you but my hair is a very important aspect to me and I feel better when my hair looks good. I know it’s kind of silly, but with how quick my hair color flattens out and with little grey hairs appearing, it is important to me to make sure that I am keeping up with the color.

So I finally ran into an issue where my hairdresser out here I had found and gotten to like, is now booked this entire month and my brothers wedding is June 24th. I do not want to go be in the wedding and have my hair looking drab and blah colored! I will be in many of the pictures because we’re in the wedding party. Soo…. I am running out of options.

I reached out to some friends here and asked who they had do their hair. Another hair dresser I reached out to was booked for the entire month! How is this possible?! Two people are booked for the entire month?! Ugh!

I reached out to another lady who owned a salon and she was able to fit me in on a late night next week. Now, I am extremely grateful and I have seen someone who has had their hair done by this person, but I am still super nervous. What if they mess it up? What if it looks bad? There is always the chance that it could look bad but I do not have time for it to look bad! I have no time to get it redone after that point.

So, my new hair dresser anxiety is real! Does anyone else share this anxiety with me?


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SOL: Utoh…Test Scores are Incoming


Not sure if you know, but the end of May throughout June for teachers is literally crazy. Not to mention the end of National Boards, the Component 1 test, grades being due, cleaning up the classroom & packing and now, test scores are arriving.

I think I checked my SBAC score page every day if not like 5x times a day to see when all my students scores came in. Thank god I only had 19 kids because it was almost becoming an obsession – every morning when I woke up, the first thing I would check was the SBAC scores page!!! LOL – so silly.

I have all my ELA scores in and honestly, I felt they did amazing. With the diverse range of abilities in my classroom and this being the first time the kids took the tests ever, they did amazing. My class was 63% proficient in ELA- average for our district was 54% and state was 51%. I thought my class rocked it! I had 5 kids score a 4 – the highest score one can get & the first time taking a test as a school age student, 3rd grader! Maybe I am tooting my own horn, but that is flippin amazing! I had 3 kids receive 1’s but I knew off the bat they would get a 1. But that is just not bad for a first time…

And then there is Math…. Math will be a different story. We had no curriculum, we piloted a curriculum this year and barely made it through all the chapters in order for them to be prepared for the tests. Sooooo…….. we shall see.

But I am so proud of them! They tried so hard (most of them). And they succeeded! It was a wonderful feeling.

I know in NYC I didn’t have the luxury of checking my scores everyday or get to see exactly what they scored on and why. I would say I definitely love the SBAC for that – it is totally data driven and provides great feedback. Although on the other hand, it is super hard & very technology driven.

On the brink of my own test coming up this Friday, I hope that I have as much success with test scores as my students did. I would like to think all the hard work I did this year for my students and for my own self will be paid off in full next year. Praying. Hoping.

Going back to my OLW this year… different. I feel I surely have mace a difference in my students lives this year.


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SOL: Back to Back Birthdays

3 years ago I got my husband this awesome cake a friend of mine had made for his birthday.

It was really an amazing cake, almost too amazing to eat. Unfortunately, I was super pregnant at the time and I probably looked a lot like this cake! Anyway, we went out to dinner with my parents at a restaurant on the water, our favorite place. The food was great and we had a wonderful time. We only had a few pieces of the cake and we were going to bring it home to eat during Memorial Day weekend that was coming up (this was a Thursday night). The next day was going to be my last day of school as per my doctor & we were having a party, etc. I also had my last ultra sound before the next week of when the baby was going to be born. Lots going on!

My husband had a great birthday, knowing that his time may have to be shared with an infant really soon.

However, he was not prepared to have to share his birthday with our daughter the very next day!

I went in for my ultra sound and they told us we were going to have to have a baby …. and we were pretty sure we already knew that. And since it was Memorial Day weekend and beautiful outside, we assumed they meant Monday.

But no, my doctor meant in 3 hours from now.  Everyone almost fainted. But we made it through and we had to go home and get stuff etc. They told me I was going to have a c-section and they would see us at 1pm. UGH! Crazy – but there was no choice in the matter so what could we do?!

2pm- we had a baby! And then life was changed from there on out. 
Happy birthday loved ones ❤️ 





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SOL: High School Days


Recently, a bunch of people I went to high school with started a new Facebook page all about the town that I grew up in & people were posting pictures etc. It consumed a huge part of my Mother’s Day, looking at pictures, seeing all the people that I went to school with & what they look like now & their lives, etc. It’s so interesting to see what people looked like in high school and how they have turned out now and who they married, where they live, what they do as a job, etc.

I was not a fan of high school and had lots of girl drama and honestly, as a high schooler, it was traumatic. But looking back on it now, I wish it had not been! I actually like the girls I had problems with now, it all seems to have been so petty. But it was what it was, and I didn’t enjoy my high school years, I let drama get the best of me and I labeled it as terrible.

But now that I look back on it, it was not that bad. There were really great people and I had really great memories. Maybe it’s because I look at some of my students lives and think, they will never get to have the great experience that I had living in the town I did with the family I had and the people I knew.

It’s just kind of fun to think about the past and all the different things I did and went through and the different people situations.

Do you ever reminisce on the past?


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