Friday, December 18, 2009

LOTS of Coffee Company Today

Good morning, girls! Hope you’re enjoying your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Diet Coke, or whatever beverage is your personal Friday favorite. I’m currently sipping on a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. (You can read about my obsession with them here.)

Anyway, I have a confession to make. This morning when I went to Starbucks, I bought two Gingerbread lattes. I thought I might need them, and here’s why.

If you don’t know, I’m a high school Spanish teacher, and its finals week. I’m the teacher that gives her students a 7 page exam (total, including front to back, not that bad) that asks them to do a lot of writing to show what they know. I have about 150 students total, which means 150 finals and the accompanying review packets.

I’m also finishing my Masters degree (D.O.N.E. next week!), and had a big project that took over 90 hours to complete (I feel like that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was pretty challenging to get done on time and get my “real” job done, too) to turn in on Wednesday night. By yesterday afternoon, I’d given all 150 finals but not graded a single one. Last night I got through about 30 before crashing, which leaves the other 120 for today. I don’t have any classes, which means I’ll be sitting at my desk grading the whole day….

I wish I had the ability to upload pictures from work so I could show you, but I'll just leave you to imagine what a stack of 120 7-page exams and review packets looks like. Do you see why I thought it might be a two- Gingerbread Latte kind of a day? :)

The fun part is that our staff decided to wear Christmas PJs to school today, so although I'm sitting at my desk in my classroom, I'm wearing comfy PJs and drinking my favorite holiday beverage. Just need to get to work! (Cuz once I'm done with this, then I have to figure out how to get/make the family and in-laws inexpensive Christmas presents done before next week.... any suggestions????)

Hope YOUR Friday is full of something joyful (or that you can take joy in, like I do in my coffee company)!


  1. A spanish teacher! I always wanted to learn Canada, all the kids learn french...I even bought spanish for dummies! :0)
    Unfortunately, that's as far as I've gotten! That's a lot of marking to be sure...I hope you're able to finish soon!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. I am exhausted just READING about all you do! I admire and envy that.

    as for gift suggestions... I am on a strict budget this year so I am baking goodies and packaging them up all cute for friends and family. Just an idea :)

  3. I can imagine it, but can't fathom it. I hope the latte helped. Did you get through them all? And congrats on your masters degree! It was one of those days for me yesterday with the kids. I could not keep my eyes open. I'm so bad with what to get for people's birthday and Christmas presents. I can hardly shop for myself. Hope you'll find something for each person. I always like practical gifts.

  4. Ugh at the grading, yes, you need two cups! Congrats on your masters, and yes, 90 hours is over two full weeks of full time work. Couple that with a full time job and you do deserve a pat on the back...and some chocolate. which I would totally hook you up with if I could. I don't suppose your in laws have a kindle or do any online shopping? My Daddy is a techie and I got a last minute Amazon gift card for him. They even email him the card on the date I choose. Talk about easy...just a thought! Have a great week! Merry Christmas!

  5. Wow! I hope you got all those finals graded! My sister is a teacher, so I hear stories like that from her too.:) (Accept she's working on her boards, not her masters.)

    I'll have to try the gingerbread latte. I haven't made it to Starbucks lately, but if I do, that's what I'll order!

    With only three days left, I hope you came up with a great present.

    Merry Christmas!


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