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Five reasons why today is a good day to be me


1.  It’s Friday and I’m not at work.

I am a teacher and am on spring break.  I really don’t think any further explanation is necessary, do you?

teacher spring break

2.  Spring has sprung!

I’m not a fan of winter.  Or cold.  The first snow is kind of exciting, but then I’m done.  This winter seemed to have been especially long because we had NO SNOW DAYS off from school.  Can you imagine this atrocity? The only time we received a good amount of snow was on the weekends.  What good did that do us?  None, I tell you. Of course, we could have had 10 million feet of snow like Boston.  No, thank you.

winter is over

3.  The sun is shining.

I know you may think this is a repeat of number 2, but alas, you would be mistaken.  Just because it is spring in Kansas, does NOT mean the sun would be shining.  We have our fair amount of rainy, cloudy days in spring.  Sometimes we even have SNOW. A couple of years ago we had snow in MAY.  That’s just not right.  However, today the sun is shining, birds are singing and the future looks bright.

future looks bright

4.  It’s March Madness!

Not only is it March Madness, but my two favorite teams play today–The Wichita State Shockers and the KU Jayhawks! I have been hearing some smack about their mascots–the WuShock and the Jayhawk.

house united

I don’t understand this hatred because frankly there are much worse mascots.  Consider Xavier’s blue blob:


Or let’s take a gander at Delta State’s Fighting Okra:

fighting okra

I don’t want to hear anymore about the ridiculousness of the WuShock and Jayhawk because your view is unfounded.

The only bad thing about this tournament is that WSU and KU are on a crash course to play each other this weekend. If they both win today, then they will play each Sunday and one team will be eliminated soon into the tournament. This match-up has been long awaited by many people in our state of Kansas. I would like to see them play each other, but not in these circumstances. The only thing I can say is let the best team win!

5.  God loves me.

Once again, this needs no further explanation.

So what makes a good day for you?

Who are you rooting for in the NCAA tournament?


Happy First Day of School!


Today is the first day of school. To be honest, I haven’t been too excited about the start of school. School means alarm clocks, endless lesson planning, infrequent bathroom breaks, gulping my lunch, and having to wear real clothes and shoes instead of t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops.

But last night I had a wake up call as to why I teach.

Last night was Back to School Night when parents and kids come to school to meet their teacher and drop off their school supplies. I am a Title I Reading teacher and I offer a Reading Workshop for parents and kids during the evening. Kids have some “make-it and take-it” projects to do while I provide parents with information on how to help their children become better readers.

I had several parents come with their kids. While I do enjoy talking to the parents (really!), I have to admit I like the kids a wee bit better.  (No offense, parents!)  The kids just crack me up.

Most kids, even if I already know them (which I usually do because we are a small school), come in my classroom a little shy.  But it doesn’t take long for them to warm up as I show them pictures of my family and pets and ask them about their new teachers and school supplies.  Backpacks are an important topic, especially to the younger kids.  By the way, Transformers and Frozen seem to be tied for first for Most Popular Backpack.  (And for those who aren’t up on popular trends, Frozen pertains to the newest Disney animated movie, not the temperature).

The kids soon are very comfortable in my classroom as they explore my reading tent (a $3 garage sale find!) and my stuffed book characters such as Clifford, Curious George, and Horton ($5 Kohl’s finds!).  They are soon informing me of such things as to how their baby sister eats dog food and the like.

I had two new young friends who colored beautiful pictures and then bestowed them upon me as gifts, which will proudly be displayed by my desk so I can look at them during the year.

Kids.  That’s why I teach. I can handle the early morning alarm, the necessity of wearing clothes I have to iron, the reduction in the amount of coffee I drink because I don’t know when I’ll get a bathroom break, and all the politics that seems to overshadow education these days because of the kids.

Kids are funny, forgiving, excited to learn, and are just happy to be in the moment. Isn’t that the way we should all be?

Happy First Day of School, everyone!

Marti Kindergarten edit

The Caffeinated Ginger with her kindergarten teacher on the first day of school.

It’s my birthday and I’ll party like I want to!


Today is my birthday.  This picture was taken on my seventh birthday.  Do you think I could have stuck out my cheeks any further while I was blowing out the candles? Marti 7th bday I have always loved having a summer birthday.  However, I’ve had several people comment, especially when I was younger, how sad and unfortunate it was that I had a summer birthday because I missed out on celebrating my birthday at school.  My response was always, “Are you kidding me?!”

There are so many benefits to having a summer birthday.

1.  Summer is my favorite season and I thrive in the heat, so having a summer birthday is perfect.  Planning a party to be held outside?  Go right ahead!  No chance of snow in the forecast.  In fact, I don’t even remember it ever raining on my birthday. Want to have a swimming party?  Absolutely!  Hot and dry are synonymous with August in Kansas.  Get a new bike for your birthday?  You don’t have to wait until the snow and ice melt to ride that cool new two-wheeler.

Marti 6th bday

 My brothers and me with my new bike on my 6th birthday.  I’m not sure who is more excited–them or me.  Groovy clothes, eh?


2.  I always was able to have my birthday parties on my actual birthday. I didn’t have to wait until the weekend to celebrate with friends. Slumber party?  No problem! No one had to get up to get to school the next day.

3.  I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday.  While some people obviously felt sorry for me because I didn’t get to take cupcakes to school and have the whole class sing Happy Birthday to me, I always thought it was a much better deal to not have to go to school at all!  What better birthday present could there be than that?

4.  Now that I am all grown-up (although some people might argue that fact) and am a teacher, I still don’t have to go to school on my birthday. No school = No Work = A Happy Caffeinated Ginger.

Mr. CG, who also happens to have a summer birthday, and I felt so generous with our kids that we decided to bless all of them with summer birthdays, too. Spoiled, rotten kids.  Our summers are basically one long birthday party.  Feliz cumpleaños! pinata