Friday, April 29, 2011


No this is not another post about a certain crazy person who proclaims he is "winning" all the time.... Instead I heard something today that just struck me.  Most of the time I drive around with either the radio off or low, but occasionally I will listen to music or podcasts (that Chad listened to and got me addicted to and now doesn't even listen to) like "The Parent Experiment" with Lynette Carolla (Adam Carolla's wife.)  Today I was catching up on old one's and heard this episode with poker player Annie Duke.  The thing that struck me was something I really needed today (it has been a rough work week) she says "Sometimes it is not about winning, if everyone wanted to win all the time people wouldn't be teachers and work so hard for crap pay."  Boy did she hit that nail on the head....  Anyway, it wasn't really about teaching, it was about parenting and teaching our children about decision making.  She was Celebrity Apprentice and was talking about choosing to recommend Melissa Rivers to be fired instead of Brandy who was a much stronger competitor.  Her point was that her quality of life was better with Brandy on her team then it was with Melissa, even though it would have been MUCH easier for her to "beat" Melissa to "win."  Sometimes we make choices because they are important to us personally and make our life better, not because they make us rich or are better for other people.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Job...

Now that all of my students and co-workers know the news I guess it is fair to share it with the rest of the world. Next year I will be an Evans Eagle.  I will be teaching orchestra at Unit 5's newest school, George L. Evans Jr. High School.  You can check out the link to see the construction photos or click here to see a slide show of the orchestra "space" that I saw on the community tour in March.  The facility is AMAZING, I am sure I will post more pictures when I "move in" but you will get the idea.  My schedule will still be the same (as far as I know) with elementary schools in the morning and then all afternoon at the junior high school teaching 6-8th grade orchestra.  It is going to be a challenge, but I think it might be the push I need to get refreshed and re-motivated.... More info to come, but it seems like the staff is fun and innovative and I will already know some of the students since they are my current students this year.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Have you missed me? I am completely and totally exhuasted... Mentally and physically, I haven't been sleeping well, feeling well or functioning well (just ask Chad, he will atest to it.) I need a break, I need to be locked in a room given something to make me NOT think, a cozy blanket and need to sleep. I am sorry I have been absent. Lots has happened, I am so behind on here I still haven't posted from my trip to Oklahoma!!!
So, sorry.... I will try to catch you up on things soon, promise!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Flaunt It...

I just posted... did you?

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

FREE... Yep... FREE

Free 8x10 Canvas from the Canvas People, Check it out HERE!  I will show you mine as soon as it arrives.... All you have to pay is shipping and handling:)

Monday, April 4, 2011

A lil' bit of Easter

I have recently found some great new blogs, including eighteen25 which had a free download for Easter art last week, that paired with a dollar store picture frame, a little paint (leftover from something else,) a glass container (that had been hiding out under my sink,) and plastic eggs from last year and TADA:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Cute Giveway

Check out this super cute giveway over at She's {kinda} Crafty wouldn't these be great to add to giveaways in my classroom or for my own kiddos!!!!
I still have to post some of my little Easter creations... boy if I only had more time I could really get into this decorating stuff:)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tupperware Party!

My niece Amber Tuttle is a Tupperware Consultant, I am teaming up with her to have a Tupperware Book Party! Click on the link to see the products they offer (I highly recommend their pantry items too, they are delicious!!!) If you have any questions feel free to email or call me... Don't forget these could make great Mother's Day presents too!!!!