Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy Friday!  I really haven’t known what day of the week it is which is the best way to be during the break, right?  

My first favorite is simply the break.  I don’t take it for granted that I get these long breaks.  But, I will tell you that from August until December, it is a long stretch.  When the kids get days off the teachers often don’t.  Yes, we get out earlier in the afternoon than most jobs, but we cannot just leave during the day to go to an appointment or to even get real people food.  And, you are always on.  It is exhausting.  I love teaching, but it is exhausting. 

The unseasonably warm weather meant I could sit outside many days.  Give me a book, a drink, and a candle and that is my best form of self care.  This book was just meh but I didn’t have another option and I did see it through.  

I just started this below.  I have some more books ready for me to pick up at the library.  I love my library so much and I am still going strong not paying for any of the 50+ books I read each year!  


I love the opportunity to catch up with friends. Monday night I met up with two ladies I met when our kids were in elementary school.  We were part of the “walkers” – kids who walked to school and the parents would gather at the back door to walk the kids home.  We chatted each and every day and even had nicknames for all the parents – in a nice way, of course!  So, they both have college kids and sophomores in high school and guess who is their Spanish teacher?  Me!  It’s so cool to teach kids you have known since they were tiny.

We had happy hour at Napa River Grill.  

We all had martinis.  Lemondrop for two of us! 

Their guacamole and homemade chips were excellent! 

Some product faves I have been enjoying as my skin has gotten dry.  I love this lotion that you put on before drying off.  I hate to take the time to do lotion especially when it is cold so I love this option.  I also switched to this facial moisturizer from Trader Joe’s and I love it. 

O.k., I am in love.  I happened upon a Glade candle called Cashmere Woods at Target and then proceeded to order the plug in and refills on Amazon. I want to bathe in this scent.  I want to plug this in in my classroom and every room of my house.  So far hub has not complained.  It says it’s made with essential oils and it is a slightly masculine spicy woodsy smell.  Please check it out!  I love it so much!  


I haven’t decided if I will do a goals post yet, but one goal I have is to become the kind of person who wears an apron to cook in to protect my clothing.  I ordered a two pack from Amazon for 8.99 and I love the fabric. 

I am also trying to become a cloth napkin person.  I was unfolding them to wash them here.  img_1032.jpg

And, finally NYE was really fun.  Our boys both spent the night at friends’ houses and we went out with some of our best friends for Cuban food!  

And this meme applies to me. Crazy, right?   img_1050.png

What were your favorites?  

Happy Friday!


16 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. Wow, a lot of fun things, thanks for sharing!
    I so agree on your “thoughts of teaching”, it’s hard to explain to people that don’t work in school. But it’s a very rewarding occupation, I really love it! I didn’t start teaching until I was 40 (!) so it still feels quite new for me…
    I’m so happy I’ve increased my reading. It’s because of the cabin not having a tv in the bedroom, and the library close to my temporary school. I just finished Christmas Shopaholic, thanks for the tips! Now I plan to read Sally Rooney’s books, I’ve heard a lot about them.
    Do you start on Monday!? Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I love talking to fellow teachers because it is true! I didn’t know you started at 40. What did you do before? Wasn’t Shopaholic cute? I love the idea of the cabin for reading! I haven’t heard of Sally Rooney.


      1. I worked in the office of a health club (way to overqualified) and wasn’t welcome back after my second child… But if one door closes… I had a lot of university credits from when I was young and only had to study for 18 months to get my teacher license.
        Yes, Shopaholic was cute, the end was the best! Sally Rooney is very much talked about here, so I thought I would give it a go. But first I will read the third part of a YA series called The Thousandth floor – read the first one, it describes the future in a very suggestive way, I can really recommend it!


  2. Now I need to find that candle from Glad at Target! Good thing you posted this today because I am headed there. I love the break too and have really enjoyed not blogging. I managed to read all free books this year too and I am so proud of myself. The library is a Godsend. I also love getting a free book on my Kindle each month thanks to Prime. You had a great NYE and break and that really is the BEST!

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    1. I’ve missed you! I’m glad the break did you well, though! Let me know what you think of the scent. I am very sensitive to sweet, floral or anything artificial smelling. This is amazing and none of those things IMO! I just love reading and it keeps me from too much technology. I don’t have a working Kindle anymore or I would do some of that, too.
      Happy Friday!


  3. I bought an apron a few years ago but after I washed it once it was just awful; shrunk in all sorts of weird ways and completely wrinkled mess. I’ve been hesitant to buy another one but really do need something to protect my clothes in the kitchen.

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  4. I really love a lot of the glade scents, and find the smell to be just as strong as more expensive products! I’ll give that one a try. I also want to try the TJ’s serum. Their sheet masks are wonderful. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I really wanted the evergreen one you recommended but never got around to it. Now I know that their scents are so good! I have loved all of TJs beauty products and give many as gifts! Happy weekend to you!


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