Drizzles of Sunshine

I can't believe it's the end of March! Who is  jiggling the sand in our hourglass and making time fly? This month I wanted to share some things that made me smile. Too many things these days make you feel so depressed. I turn on the news and all I hear are tragic stories. My heart just crumbles into a million trillion pieces. Guys, what the hell is wrong with this world? So, I want to start posting some of the good things I find in hopes of making you smile just one more time today.

-Mario Kart Love Song...I die. It cracks me up and melts my heart at the same time. It replaces The Wedding Singer's airplane scene song as the silliest love song.

- Reese's Eggs  Reese's can make their candy in the shape of *enter inappropriate shape here* and I'd still devour every piece, of the whole bag, in one sitting, and be proud of myself.
- All of my middle schoolers, except for one, think that manners are very important. We had a long discussion in class this week about what things we see people doing in public that are just plain rude and rest assured that our youth does in fact, know the difference between right and wrong. It seems the consensus in my class and the topic that came up most was that hitting people with a car was wrong. Good to know.
-The Humor Tab on Pinterest  Oh man, whenever I feel down, I scroll through hundreds of clever memes, unfortunate pictures of painfully awkward people, and sarcastic cats saying exactly what is on my mind.

-Reviews. Particularly hilarious ones.  These are real and that means there are people out there with an awesome sense of humor.

A review for a banana slicer:
Review from Amazon  I'm not lying. Here's the link to prove it.

5.0 out of 5 stars No more winning for you, Mr. Banana! March 3, 2011


For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. Well...my parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO! I had to resort to carefully attempt to slice those bananas with my bare hands. 99.9% of the time, I would get so frustrated that I just ended up squishing the fruit in my hands and throwing it against the wall in anger. Then, after a fit of banana-induced rage, my parole officer introduced me to this kitchen marvel and my life was changed. No longer consumed by seething anger and animosity towards thick-skinned yellow fruit, I was able to concentrate on my love of theatre and am writing a musical play about two lovers from rival gangs that just try to make it in the world. I think I'll call it South Side Story.
A review for a recipe for ice:
Review from Food.com Here's the link.

 This recipe is horrible! Maybe I should have left them in longer than two minutes (the recipe doesn't say how long to leave them in the freezer so I just kind of guessed) but mine came out all watery. I won't be making these again

Hope you smiled at least once. If not, just remember that it's Friday! Happy Easter!

A Mommy Link-up Party!

I know why other people get annoyed with new mommies. It's because new mommies post lots and lots of pictures of their beautiful babies every chance they get.....

It's because they flaunt their mommyhood badge around to everyone in a 10 mile radius of them at any given moment of the day.

It's because their so-called food and life blogs have been taken over by every topic about babies, breastfeeding, and uber cute diaper bags.

I love that even though my friends on Facebook probably hid me 20 Joaquin pictures ago, I still have mommy bloggers who will relate to my blog and appreciate my gushing about my baby boy. That's why I decided to join a Mommy link-up party hosted by Erikka over at The Life of Lil Miss.

Here are this week's questions:

1. what was the name you chose for the opposite sex? {in lamens terms- if you had a girl, what was the name you chose if she would have been a boy?}

-Since hubby and I didn't want to know the sex of our baby, we had an arsenal of both boy and girl names under our belt. We actually had a lot more girl names because girl names are pretty and we fell in love with many. Our top runners were Lily and Lucy.

2. where is your favorite dinner spot & dish? {could be a restaurant, home, park- wherever!}

-That's a toughie because I love so many places. I guess one place that I will ALWAYS be in the mood for is In-n-Out Burger. Their fries are so good I'm making my 6th graders write a persuasive essay convincing the world that their fries are the best.... no, I'm serious.

3. when do you typically take shower {or bathe} & favorite product to use while gettin' "silky smooth"{ever see the movie don't mess with the zohan?}
-I am now a night time shower-er. Saves time in the morning regardless of what my day will be like. If I'm rushing to work I can just wash my face, brush my teeth, douse myself in some eau de toilette, and out the door I go. If I'm home with baby, I don't have to worry about smelling all stank when 4 pm rolls around because taking a shower with a baby in tow is just plain useless.

My favorite product is my Aveeno Lavender Stress Relief body wash. Lavender makes all of mommy's problems melt away. That and chocolate ganache.

Are you a mommy blogger? Head on over to The Life of Lil Miss and join the link up party!

Random Wednesday: Zombie Mommy Thoughts

1. Spring Break is next week. I'm torn between making lunch plans with friends and staying home to take as many naps as Joaquinnie Pants will let me. Oh, and there is the question of spring cleaning the house. I miss those days when my biggest question was if I should go to class or not.... I miss college.
2. So, I just discovered that 4 month sleep regression is a thing.

3. Can we just talk about how great burritos are? I think I've reached my burrito quota for the year. I like that I can smoosh rice, beans, meat, sour cream, guac, and salsa into my mouth faster and more efficiently than a spoon can. I also need to learn how to unhinge my jaw because my TMJ is flaring up due to my burrito binges.

4. I get my best blogpost ideas when I'm stuck on the couch holding my sleeping baby. Don't get me wrong, I love holding my sleeping baby, but I need to hire a monkey to jot down my thoughts at the same time. Know any monkies looking for a job?

5. How come I can't get my homemade coffee to taste like Starbucks? Starbucks K-cups, check. Vanilla Soy Milk, check. Ice, check. I think I might be missing the magic drugs fairy dust they slip into each cup. Where can I purchase this? Maybe said monkey can blog and make me coffee.

6. It's official. I need a monkey.

Testing, Testing, C-S-T.

It's that time of the year again. That time when teachers are all in a tizzy trying to reteach all 12 chapters of math, again, when students are frantically cramming everything they've learn this year into their brains...or not, and when administrators are praying the curriculum rosary in hopes that their API and AYP scores will go up just enough. I'm really feeling the effects of the "testing pressure." It doesn't help that Joaquin has decided that sleeping through the night is rubbish.

someecards.com -
I can tell you firsthand that state testing is a bunch of bull ka-ka. It's bad enough that these poor students have to sit through two whole weeks of testing, but my English Language Learners have to take it in English AND in their native language. Yeah, double testing them will get you GREAT scores. Watching my students, who don't know a lick of english, take test after test is truly heartbreaking. Como se dice bull ka-ka in Espanol?
I hate to admit that I teach to the test, but with our pacing guides nipping at our butts each day, it's hard to do otherwise.  I hope one day, preferably by the time Joaquinnie Pants goes to school, that the Curriculum Nazis will get rid of testing and focus on implementing useful and meaningful lessons that will make our society...less stupid. Is that PC?  

I still like being a teacher. I really do.

Wandom Wednesdays: Spanish Love Song

1. I'm going to learn how to speak Spanish....again. I took the obligatory Spanish classes in both high school and college, but only a few words hang tough in that little Spanish village in my brain. Un Poquito. I panic when my husband leaves me alone with his Grandma. I look like a ciervo caught in the headlights. I've promised her that I would learn so we can talk about more than just how we are doing. That was about 5 years ago.  So, for the next few months Rosetta Stone and I will be BFFs...or worst enemies. We'll see.

2. All week I've had dreams about surviving post-apocalyptic times. Scary. Maybe it's because I've been watching nothing but The Walking Dead. That is the best damn show as far as I'm concerned. Zombies AND a show with a good cast, good script, and good character development. Bravo, AMC! I've also learned quite a bit about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, like, run fast, always go for the head, make sure they are ka-put before breathing that sigh of reliefdon't get pregnant, and of course, learn to use a bow and arrow. Team Daryl all the way!


3. In Joaquin News, he can now roll over. This is something I've very happy about but it makes changing diapers impossible. All he wants to do is practice rolling over. Poop... all... over the place. I need to learn to be quicker with the wipes. He has also met his toes finally. Can you imagine finding something on your body so amazing that you can't stop playing with it? I hear one day he'll find his wee-wee and...well... I'll let daddy deal with that.