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Room 101

Hubby recently introduced me to the British show, Room 101. On this show, 3 panelists (usually comedians and/or actors) try to convince the host (currently Frank Skinner) to put their pet hates/ fears in to Room 101.


Here is the description from Wikipedia:

Room 101 is a BBC comedy television series based on the radio series of the same name, in which celebrities are invited to discuss their pet hates and persuade the host to consign those hates to oblivion in Room 101, a location whose name is inspired by the torture room in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four which reputedly contained “the worst thing in the world”. George Orwell himself named it after a meeting room in Broadcasting House where he would sit through tedious meetings.

It’s pretty funny– especially when panelists pick really obscure things. Last night we watched an episode in which cyclists in lycra were put into Room 101 (I wholeheartedly support this!) and also cats (which I beyond disagree with)… So this AM I have been thinking about items I would nominate for admission to Room 101.

My list:

  1. Mushrooms- Everything about them grosses me out– their texture, smell, taste, etc. I mean, who initially saw these pesky things growing and though- “Oh hey, these look and feel bizarre… Let’s eat!”
  2. My dishwasher- If I run it one more time and the little soap door doesn’t open, I swear to God you will find it in my front yard!
  3. Donald Trump- I don’t think any explanation is really necessary.
  4. Plaque- I hate flossing.
  5. Turtlenecks- Why wear a shirt that feels like someone has their hands clasped around your throat?

I have a feeling this could be an ongoing post… I am sure over the next week I will come up with many more ideas for the Room… What about you? What would you nominate for Room 101?

Weekend Thoughts


Friday, 1/20

  • First thought- we’re screwed.
  • #vomitty
  • How did this happen?

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    Recycled band uniform? Red gloves? Really? OK…


School: For those parents who think it is perfectly ok to do drugs while pregnant– come teach them for awhile. The frustration, not only for the teachers, but for the child is intense. Sometimes I just hate people.

Saturday, 1/21/17
Women’s March on Washington: Inspiring! I think the most amazing thing is that it happened on ALL 7 continents! (Way to represent Antarctica!) Non-violent, no arrests. The intelligence, kindness, compassion, and dignity was amazing.

Do not get me wrong– I am not wishing Donald Trump to fail– that would hurt us all. I would like for Donald Trump to learn– to allow himself to grown and be enlightened. I would like for him to be a nice person and set an example for the young of this country– a POSITIVE example. Why shout hate and lies constantly? Why rant and rave like a lunatic toddler that hasn’t had a nap in 4 days? Is that not exhausting for him? It exhausts me.

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#teacherproblems pt. 2:When Stupid Kids Return,with Power

“And that’s why I feel like this hearing was a perfect metaphor for the worst of the education system in America,” Noah said. “Here’s a student who’s clearly not proficient in the required subject matter, but because of the system, we know they’re still going to get pushed through.”

Betsy DeVos.

I do not personally know ANYONE, Republican or Democrat, teacher or otherwise, that thinks this lady is a good idea. So what the hell?!

The above quote is from an article from Huffington Post, Trevor Noah Eviscerates Betsy DeVos Over Her Confirmation Hearing.

How has it come to this, and WHAT are we going to do? This dumbass thinks teachers are overpaid, and that we no longer need to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Um, wait what?

Well, at least we will be able to defend ourselves from grizzly bears while teaching fractions.


Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017.

For many years I taught 5th grade social studies, which included a unit on Civil Rights. It was my favorite unit to teach, mainly because of MLK. His insight and intelligence, his patience and nonviolent actions during such a tumultuous time was incredible. And educating children about him was an honor. To this day I keep several of his quotes in my classroom.

mlk2This one seems especially appropriate (& terrifying) given some upcoming events…. and the next 4 years.

And of course I would show my students the I Have a Dream speech… but my favorite is King’s last speech– the mountaintop.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

Difficult days ahead. Yeah, I think we can all relate to that.

And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I’m happy, tonight.

I’m not worried about anything.

I’m not fearing any man!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

Perhaps reviewing MLK’s words will help us all remember that during the darkest days, stars shine brighter.


I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I proudly admit it.

Today I was reminded it has been 1 year since the passing of Alan Rickman. What an amazing actor. He could play the bad guy like no other, but by all accounts was nothing but a good guy in real life.

Severus Snape will forever be his legacy. I remember when I first heard he was cast for the role I thought, “Oh my God YES! PERFECT!” It was like the role had been written for him. And that was WAY before we knew the complexity of the Severus Snape character.


I came across this link today from The Huffington Post UK. If you are a Harry Potter/ Severus Snape fan, or an Alan Rickman fan, watch it.

Remembering Alan Rickman With His Most Poignant
Severus Snape Scenes In ‘Harry Potter’

Where to Start?

First of all, I am happy to report that I feel more awake and “with it” today. I have already made some big accomplishments and it is not even 2pm.

  • Got new tires
  • Deposits at 2 banks
  • Took charger to hubby at work
  • picked up prescriptions
  • Took my ring in to be repaired (only $32, YAY!)
  • Ate lunch
  • Watched ep. 2 of Sherlock


While getting tires, I was also productive. Took care of some emails for work, read over 20 pages in my book, and had a long conversation with an 85 yr old man. Bless him. He was super sweet, asking me about my job, computers, etc. Telling me how to use the internet to get deals on oil changes. He told me he and 12 others hike every Thursday– which is awesome! I learned all about his kids and wife Betty, who like me drives a Prius. As I was leaving he was waiting to pay, and for whatever reason pointed out his truck to me. It was a small pickup truck covered in stickers, which I found surprising. As I was preparing to walk past it and get in my car, I had a sudden thought… PLEASE DO NOT LETTER THERE BE A “Make America Great Again” STICKER ON THIS CAR…

Dammit. And I really liked that guy.

Another thing I did before my convo with the old republican was read up on some motivational articles and blogs. I do this, along with reading ideas for “Getting my sh*t together” on a daily basis to try to stay motivated. Some days it works, some days I can’t be bothered to click the link.

Today I came across 10 Ways to Stay Motivated — and it’s pretty good! Number 1 is STAY FOCUSED. Shit. This is a problem for me as I am always multitasking (even right now!). But the article says:

Stop multitasking, do one thing at a time with all your energy, this will help you stay motivated.

So I plan to attempt this more. Making to-do lists (at which I am AWESOME) was next! Again here my new planner is helping make this more fun anyway. A to-do list with stickers is way cooler! And it does help me to actually accomplish a task if I know I will get the satisfaction of marking it OFF my list. The article also says to read motivational articles, as I have just confessed to doing. Man, I am feeling even MORE accomplished now! 😉

The next bits are all about staying energetic (uh-oh), positive (crap), and enthusiastic (balls). <DEEP BREATH>

OK, seriously. I can do this!

Off to use this newfound energy to mark something else off my list!


Let’s List

In order to accomplish, well, pretty much anything, I have to make a list… at least one. Sometimes I make lists for my lists….  Seems lately all of my lists have been BLAH– make a dr appt…. Get new tires…. pick up meds…. etc. So I decided to make a 5-point list of things I would like to do/ try:

  • Hot stone massage– these look AMAZING!
  • Yoga– I think if I could maintain it for more than a few classes it would be beneficial
  • Kickboxing– seems this could reduce some stres
  • Advanced Cake Decorating class
  • Photography classes

Now… to find some time…