With One Stone

Hello all! Happy Monday!

I still can’t believe another weekend has come and gone. I only have five weeks – five weeks! – left in student teaching, and then I’ll graduate from college! 😮

Today I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone (I actually hate that expression…I don’t want to kill any birds!) and turn my Week in Review post into a MIMM post as well. I haven’t done either in a while, and I’m still hard-pressed for time, so why not?

Week in ReviewThanks for hosting, Meghan!

MIMMThanks for hosting, Katie!

Over the last…well, many weeks…

  • Two of the radio stations around us are now playing Christmas music! I know most people in the world think it’s far too early, but I just love it. There’s something so innocent and happy about it. 🙂


  • I finally got my acid reflux/EOE issues under control! My doctor prescribed a new medicine that’s only just been made available. The only problem is that it isn’t covered by insurance. Honestly, though, I’d rather spend lots of money than deal with that pain.
  • I do still have an appointment with a gastroenterologist this week, though, to see how I can be proactive in fixing this awful problem. Wish me luck!
  • Also on the health front, my plantar fasciitis has gotten better, too. I received customized orthotics (which, again, cost an arm and a leg) around Halloween, and they’ve worked wonders. I was even able to run for about 10 minutes on the treadmill on Saturday!
  • It is officially November here. I thought fall could hold out a bit longer, but it’s been windy, cold, rainy/snowy/sleety, and just downright unpleasant the last few days.

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  • I have been teaching full time for almost a month now and I’m happy to say that I really, really like it. Yes, it’s a crazy amount of work, but I do like it. My two favorite classes are my Honors American Lit classes, namely because of the students, but also because of the content. My coordinating teacher has been letting me teach The Great Gatsby, which I love her for. The students are so into the book, too, so we have consistently interesting conversations daily. I love it!
  • Throughout college, I always thought that I was busy. And granted, I might have been, but I’ve never been this busy before. I now completely understand the saying “There aren’t enough hours in a day.” My average day looks like this:

5:00 – Wake up, exercise
5:45 – Eat, shower
6:45 – Head to school
7:10 – Get to school, organize my thoughts
7:50-2:40 – Teach (with the exception of my planning hour and the hour I don’t teach)
2:45 – Plan for the next day
3:30 – Arrive home
4:00 – 6:00 Pick up the kids off the bus (if it’s Wednesday or Thursday)
4:00 – If it isn’t a Wednesday or Thursday, I try and relax a bit
5:30 – Dinner
6:00 – Plan for the next day, grade papers, email people, do stuff for my seminar, etc.
10:30 – Get to bed (if I’m lucky it’s that early!)

  • Last week was my first experience on the other side of the table for parent/teacher conferences. It was a total of six hours over two days, and I actually enjoyed it. I didn’t get any of the parents teachers dread, so that’s probably why, but it was fun matching up the faces and personalities of students to their parents.
  • I feel so bad that I haven’t been able to play with Ella in such a long time. I spend time with her as much as I can, but I still don’t feel like it’s enough. Not to worry, Ella, once December comes, I’ll have more time for you!

This dog loves slippers. But she’s so cute when she has one, it’s hard to take it away from her!

  • I graded over 100 quizzes this weekend, and about 60 analytical paragraphs. Good thing it’s still new and fun to me. 😉
  • Last but not least, last Friday was my second blogiversary! I was fully aware that it was coming, but sadly didn’t have the time to do a post about it. However, I’m working at getting things together for my first ever GIVEAWAY, so hopefully I’ll have that up and running soon…ish!

Well, that’s all I have for now. Have a great week, everyone!

Questions for the day:

What’s Marvelous in YOUR Monday?

Do you like Christmas music? How about in November?

What does your daily schedule look like?


  1. So much great things going on in your life. I personally think you’re doing a wonderful job juggling it all. It can be hard, but you make it sound easy 🙂 Sure it stinks you have to pay a fortune for medicine, but if you feel better taking it that’s all that should matter. Sometimes we have to sacrifice :-X Btw, I’m sure Ella understands your busy.

    Have a lovely day,

  2. I’m glad your plantar fasciitis is getting better. I’m dealing with it right now too, and some days it’s horrible.

    I just started a new job that I have to be at work at 5:15 am, so that means some pretty early bed times for me (7 pm) so I can get up at 3:45 am. It allows me to be done at work early though, so I can do school stuff in the afternoons.

  3. Awwww Ella is adorable. I always feel bad if it’s just me at home and my husband is out and Alfie (our dog) goes hyper and wants to play ball but I’m too tired. I walk him twice a day and he STILL wants to play ball. Ben is usually really good and always plays with him and most of the time I will play if Ben isn’t there, but I feel so bad when I don’t…
    Glad you’re gastro issues are getting sorted. Must be a relief!

  4. Good luck on your appt! Glad you found something that works though 🙂

  5. Wow teaching really sounds like your passion! There arent enough passionate teachers in the world so this post makes me happy. I’m sorry about your health troubles I hope you feel much better quickly!

  6. Congrats on 2 years. I love Christmas music and actually haven’t heard it on the radio yet! I love teaching – I’m a long-term sub right now (since May) and I have to leave the students next month. It’s so depressing, especially since I’ve worked with them since 2011 (as an instructional aide). My classes aren’t as big as yours – I have 15 students max to a class because I work with students with mild/moderate disabilities. My favorite class to teach has been US History, but I often embed lessons from Government and World History, which I also teach.

  7. I’m so glad to hear that your acid reflux is under control with the new medicine. I hope your luck keeps on coming and rolls into your next gastro appointment as well 🙂

    No judgement on the Christmas radio since I have been listening to Christmas CDs for a few weeks now…

    Full time teaching! Wahoo 😉 Growing up I always found it interesting to hear about conferences from the other side too. My mom still enjoys them the majority of the time for the exact reason that you stated- matching parents and kids’ faces.

    Happy blogiversary #2! Can’t wait to hear more about this giveaway… 🙂

  8. Josie Cappelletti · · Reply

    In 2000 the average amount of years teachers had worked in the schools was 12. Today the average is 2. Keep the passion alive Olivia! (and DONT expect the schedule to get easier). I believe in you, above all things it is about your love of cultivating children, the english language, literature, and constant self-improvement. Each and every time you teach something you get better at it. It makes me sad to think that the average amount of years teachers have worked has gone down so much over the last fifteen years… fewer teachers are retireing from education, and more are throwing in the towel early to take up a varied number of careers. American children need consistant, seasoned teachers. We just have to keep teaching no matter what to provide that for them! You are a blessing!

    You know that I absolutely LOVE christmas music, but I do not allow myself to listen until after Thanksgiving, I think it makes it more special 🙂 SIMPLY HAVING A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!! … not yet Josie, not yet.

    My monday is marvelous because I rehearse with the Treasure Coast Symphony at night, and get to make music with adults which is a nice diversion from making music with children 🙂

    Mrs. Cappelletti’s Schedule:
    5:00- wake up/Eat breakfast
    5:40- leave for school
    6:00- arrive at school early (to plan my day as I do not get a planning period)
    (tuesdays) 6:15 teach Honors Orchestra
    7:15-3:00- teach children how to play string instruments/how to play piano/ why we should appreciate and respect music as an art
    3:30- home
    (monday and wednesday) 4:00-6:30- teach string lessons (I have three violin students two viola students and three cello students)
    (monday) 7:00-9:00- Treasure Coast Symphony Rehearsal
    (every other day of the week) 7:00- Exercise/Eat/Shower/Sergio
    9:30- read in bed until sleep happens.

    ***Also I never have a typical week. On a non-typical week there may be a concert to attend (band choir drama)/ Orchestra event/ Professional engagment/ etc. Last week on Monday I was one of three adjudicators judging a concerto competition one hour from my home that lasted two hours… didn’t get home until 10pm hadn’t done any of the eat/shower/etc. and Friday was Solo/Ensemble in Florida so I drove to the venue after school, and helped 45 students find rooms, accompanists, judge sheets, extra music, and stayed after to help sort the final details out so I could get home by MIDNIGHT.

    Yes, I am complaining a little bit, but you asked for it, and who else is a new teacher supposed to really empathize with if not other new teachers? I am BETTING that it will get somewhat better, also I knew what I was getting into as an orchestra director at a public school before I started. I do not have to teach string lessons, or take extra gigs like the symphony or adjudication on the side. But, we are young, without children. If not now, when? I want to do all that I can to be a better teacher for my students and I feel like, even though it stretches me sometimes, and I miss Sergio a lot on those days, it is important that I do everything I can! It’s part of the A-type human experiance!

  9. Welcome back to WIR. It’s been awhile and it’s so nice to see you. I’m happy to hear you have your health under control and are loving teaching. Getting to do the Great Gatsby is perfect for you. Learning how to manage all the THINGS can be tricky sometime; it’s certainly why I always want more hours in the day. Just remember to pencil in some relax time, preferably with Ella, who is as adorable as always.

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