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2 Jan 2013


Thanks for hosting Currently, Farley!!
Oops, had to update my post. Did you notice my spelling error? Arghh...hate it when I do that!

My dog, Max, is a rescue and we know very little about his background. He's always been shy, aloof, easily startled, and not a huge fan of cuddling. BUT, he is extremely devoted and rarely leaves my side.

I live in Victoria, BC. Our winters are chilly, wet and gray 80% of the time. So to have the sun shining brightly today is a real treat.

Google pic taken a couple of blocks from our house

Yes, I need a schedule so that I can give equal time to all the computer-related things I like to do. 

When I'm on holidays, my bedtime gets later and later (not that it's ever that early ... usually 11:30) until I'm going to sleep at 3 am.  Must get that under control very very soon.

But I'm not alone. I'm often emailing Sandi (rubber boots and elf shoes) in the wee hours and last night Traci (Dragonflies in First) and I were emailing each other around 12:30 am.  Care to join our "club"?

CREATE was my OLW last year and shall remain the same for this year.

Happy New Year, everyone!   


  1. You live in such a beautiful place. I bet you and Max must love the scenery on your runs.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Yes, we're very fortunate. Well you know how relaxing it is. Throw a forest or beach in the mix and you double your pleasure:)

  2. Happy New Years! I am visiting from Farley's Currently blog hop. I am in Manitoba so it is nice to see another Canadian blogger on the site :) I definitely know what you mean with having to get back to normal sleeping times. My fiance and I commute 2 hours to university so I am not looking forward to having to wake up at 5am again starting on Monday :(

    Miss L
    Miss L’s Whole Brain Teaching

    1. Yikes! My hat goes off to you! I don't think I could DO a two-hour commute. Although
      it would be nice to have all that chit chatty together time with the guy you love:)

      I was born in Manitoba and all my relatives, including my brother, live there. Winnipeg!!
      But, I've lived on the coast since I was 3 month old so I'm not sure if my original prairie
      roots count :)

      Take care and thanks for stopping by!

  3. I need to join the get to bed at a reasonable hour club! Monday morning is going to be a bit nasty!


    1. OOh, I hear you. I'm already dreading it!

  4. We started back to school today and I did not do a great job of switching my hours. I tried going to bed at a decent time last night but just laid there AWAKE for what felt like ever. There was much yawning at school today. But at least the kids felt the same. I had 1 fall asleep! :)

    I'm also hosting a linky party and I'd love for you to check it out. It's a little different than the standard link up...but totally worth it. ;)
    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

    1. Oh my goodness!! That's hilarious. The child falling asleep! Not you feeling sleepy:)
      It's SO hard to re-adjust, isn't it?
      I hope everything else about your day went well.
      And yes! I will check out your linky.

  5. Definitely need to join the late night club....I always freak out when Jimmy Fallon comes on and I am watching it live! I, again, am a fan of you OLW.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. What's the bedtime on the schedule for tonight?

    1. Last night it was supposed to be 1:00 so tonight it's 12:30. We'll see how it goes:))
      How about you?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

  8. Woe cannot stay up past 10...but I do often wake at 3AM WIDE AWAKE! I love your OWL.
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe

    1. I wish I could fall asleep at 10 and NOT wake up at 3 --- you poor thing!

  9. I know what you mean about sleep. I'm up till midnight or so. I wish I was one of those people who can function on only a few hours sleep each night, but I need/want my sleep. Hope you get to bed earlier tonight.
    First Grade Found Me

    1. Wouldn't it be great to be well rested and healthy on 5 hours? Think how much
      cool stuff you'd get done:)

  10. I think it's so great that you have other teachers that you are emailing back and forth with! What a great way to keep the creative juices flowing! Found your blog through the currently linky :)


    1. You're right! The teaching blog community is a great one to belong to:)

  11. Yes, I too turn a bit Vampiric during breaks. I love staying up later and sleeping in later. I went back today and it wasn't too bad. Lovely area you live in!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

    1. It's certainly nice to know I'm not the only one. There's a teacher at my school who does
      the same thing, but I think we're the only ones.
      Thanks for stopping by, Alyce!

  12. I've been trying to stop my late nights. For the past several years, I find myself staying up until 2 and 3 in the morning. I've done it so much that when I would go to bed at 10, I would feel more tired the next day than when I went to bed at 2. Doesn't make any sense does it.

    I'm trying to take better care of myself and one major step in that (besides losing some wieght) is to start going to bed earlier. I'm trying to get to bed by 11 with 12 being the latest. It's a hard habit to break, but I know in the end I will feel better.

    I copied the "Currently" on to my blog, but I can't figure out how to type on it, can you help me?

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. I feel your pain, Kelly. I'm fighting the urge to stay up til 2 or 3 am all year long:) I think I wouldn't get so many colds if I learned to go to bed earlier.

      I just emailed you instructions about Currently. Have fun!

  13. I completely understand! I tend to stay up later and later the more time I am off. Then it's time to go back to work and I don't want to go to bed on time. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. It's tough, isn't it? It sounds like a lot of teachers struggle with the same thing :)

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    1. Thanks, Erik! I think he's pretty adorable, myself. Not that I'm biased or anything :)

  15. Barbara,
    I'm afraid I have been reading about MANY vampires/teachers who have terrible sleep cycles like us! We need to CREATE a better solution to that!
    So glad I got to read up on your currently! I enjoyed seeing the map of where you actually are from! Would love to visit a beautiful place like that someday with the new fiance!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. I know! I had no idea there were so many teachers experiencing the exact same thing!
      I need to go to bed right now to keep up with my sleep schedule -- ha ha!
      Night night.


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