Tuesday, March 30, 2010
You're probably wondering how this affects you as a reader. Well, it just means you are going to have to endure posts all about the happenings of public school teacher. Some funny, some sad, some scary, and some down right unbelievable. Today, we'll start with the funny...
The year, 2002. My very first year as a teacher. I loved that class. I had not a clue what I was doing (four years of college cannot possibly prepare you for twenty-five fourth graders), but I loved those kids. Still do! It was right after recess, and the class was silent. Let's just spend some time reflecting on that word a moment.
Silent (sahy-luhnt)-making no sound; quiet; still
If you have ever been in a room for any period of time with a bunch of kids, you know this is virtually impossible. However, it happened on this day. Every single kid was reading, and it was S-I-L-E-N-T. Sitting at my desk mentally patting myself on the back, it happened. Little Johnny (not his real name of course) goes to prop his feet up on his desk, leans back in his chair, and rips the loudest bodily function that could ever come out of a little boy. Of course the silence was replaced by obstreperous laughter, but not from this teacher. No way. I wasn't going to laugh and humiliate this kid anymore than he had to be already. So I very calmly told the class, "Now guys, this happens to everyone. Let's just get back to reading and leave Little Johnny alone." I really felt like I deserved an Academy Award for that performance, because I really wanted to fall over, slap my knee, and laugh until I peed my pants. But, no. I was professional. Until...
Little Johnny (who has a horrendous speech impedement) says, "I can't beweive I just fawted in fwont of the hoe class!" (Translation: I can't believe I just farted in front of the whole class.) That was all it took. I lost it. I couldn't stop laughing. Tears rolling, falling over, slapping my knee laughing. Thank goodness I didn't pee my pants (but, it was a close call).
I'm not really sure what happened after that because the laughter went on for so long, but it goes down in history as one of my all time funniest moments as a teacher. As for Little Johnny, he'll be a Senior next year, and you'd better believe I'll bring that up at the Senior breakfast! Poor guy.
Monday, March 29, 2010
And the winner is (drumroll please)...
Congratulations, Ms. Jackie!
Your losing streak has come to an end!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- First, you have to take a picture of yourself as soon as you wake up in the morning. Then send it to me so I can post it on here. Just kidding!
- All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT about what you like about Torres Tidbits (i.e. recipes, couponing, my crazy life...)! Whether I know you or not, just leave a comment and it will give you one entry. Become a follower of Torres Tidbits and you'll get an additional entry. Contest ends Friday, March 26th @ Midnight. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 29th!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- sucks his thumb like a professional
- can locate his silky blanket by smelling it
- picks his nose
- tattles on his sister and cousin
- eats pb&j's like none other
- AND...takes great pics
I'm thinking about starting up a resume for this kid!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
So here's how it's thrown together...
1 large red pepper
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 medium purple onion
-or- 2 green onions
1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Dice pineapple, red pepper, cilantro, and onion.
- Mix well
- Sprinkle on lemon juice.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Well in my classroom, you got a warning the day before that if you even tried one of the afore mentioned tricks of the devil, then you'd better be ready for some consequences. Now, there's always those boys that love hanging over the edge of that cliff, and they'll test you out. Everytime they would be met with one nasty 'Teacher Look' that sent their challenging eyes straight down to the desk. Followed by a, "Mrs. Torres, I'm so sorry. It won't happen again." Yep, I'm hard core.
You may be thinking, "Wow, she was one mean teacher." Yes, yes I was. But, it gets worse.
A few years back it was getting close to April Fool's Day, and I was starting in on my pre-rehearsed speech, "April Fool's Day is tomorrow...does not give you an excuse to lie to each other...don't even try it...and if you even think about testing me...And one last thing. Today is my last day to be your teacher. Tomorrow, you will have a new teacher who has taught for 50 years. She's a little mean, but if you make good choices you should do okay. I'll miss you dearly and I love each one of you."
Man, those kids went home bummed. I felt a little bad, but not too bad. After all, it was APRIL FOOL'S DAY the next day. They'd figure out it sooner or later!
So let this be a lesson to you readers, don't pinch and don't lie. Unless you are a teacher, then it's okay. Well. Not the pinching part.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
- Take a Notebook- Grab a spiral notebook and hit the store. Start writing down the prices of items you regularly purchase. That way when the item goes on sale at another store, you'll know if it's a good sale or a gimmick. For example, Target and Walgreens generally have higher prices than Walmart. Their 'sale' prices are often more expensive.
- Go Ahead and Stockpile- I'm not talking about hoarding here!!! However, if you don't need an item, but you find a great deal BUY IT! A perfect example for our household is toothpaste. We have a local drugstore that often discounts their Colgate toothpaste to $1.50. At Walmart it sells for $3.99. Colgate puts out $1.00 off coupons. So when it goes on sale I end up snagging a tube (or more) of toothpaste for $.50.
- Cut It Anyway-When I first started couponing, there were some coupons that I didn't cut because even with the coupon, the item was more than I wanted to spend. I quickly learned that those 'expensive' items often went on sale, and had high value coupons. A prime example is Fiber One products. The cereal alone (for a small box) is around $4.50. Target often puts these in their ad for $2.50/product plus a Buy 5, get a $5 gift card towards your next purchase. Not to mention, there are a lot of Fiber One coupons in the Sunday paper. My new motto is, "If I'll use it, I'll clip it." I don't think about the price.
Hopefully these tips will help you out. Couponing takes a lot of effort at the beginning, but it pays off in the end. Everyone would like to have more money, and generally you have to work for it. Think of this as your little part-time job. After you get a system down that works for you, this little part-time job will pay you $75 for 30 minutes worth of work per week (at least in my experience). Sounds like a pretty good job to me!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Here's how I got the deals...
1 Clever Kids Fruit Snacks $2.19
Used $1.50 coupon from Vocalpoint (sign up and they will start to mail you some high value coupons)
4 Johnson & Johnson Buddy Bars* $.97/each
Used two printable coupons here
and two printable coupons here
(coupons are $1 off a Johnson & Johnson product)
5 Kellogg's Fruit Crisps Bars $2.50/each (on sale)
Used $1 coupon from Redplum mailer
Used 4 $1 coupons offered on Targets website
Got $5 gc (used on next transaction)
Total after coupons: $10.39
Buy 2 Huggies diapers $8.99 each (sale)
Use Target printable coupon (sorry no longer offered on their website)
Use a Huggies manufacturer mailer coupon for $3/2 ($3 off/2 packages)
Used $5 gc from previous transaction
Total after coupons & gc: $9.88
Couponing takes some planning, but it is well worth it! The diapers alone would have cost over $20.
*Even if you don't use the Johnson & Johnson Buddy Bars (found on the baby soap/shampoo aisle), they are completely free. You could easily donate these to your local Neighbors in Need Program. That's why couponing is so awesome. Not only do you get to keep your hard earned money (or in my case, my husband's), but you can also be more giving!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"Yes. I'm right here."
"Could you come out of that closet so I can use you."
(sigh) "I guess. How long are you going to be this time?"
"Just get out here!!!"
Okay, here I go...
I like to eat yummy food. I work out hard. I like to eat yummy food. In fact, I just downed nine Oreos and a glass of milk. Like I said, I like to eat yummy stuff. In fact, my main purpose in working out is so I can eat what I want, when I want. Sometimes the yummy food I cook is healthy. Some of it full of artery clogging fat. But as previously stated, I like to eat. So if you are looking for recipes that are 100% healthy, you are in the wrong place!
You may be wondering why I need a soap box right now. Let me share a little story with you...
I'm out and about (location to remain a secret), and so-and-so (again keeping this anonymous) stops to say hi. They proceed to tell me they enjoy looking at my blog. Great! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing that with me. Sounds sweet, right? Well, there's a little more. This person goes on to share that they would love it even more if it had more health conscience recipes on here. (Insert choking on my coffee here). Say what? Repeaten en Espanol. Como vous? I went on to explain that I just share what my family eats, and if it helps you know what to make for dinner and gets your family to sit down together, then that's wonderful. If it's not your cup-o-tea, then there are phenomenal blogs/websites all over this wonderful thing called the world wide web.
Moral to my soap box moment...you don't need to stop me in public to make requests. This is my family. I'll serve what I like. Thank you very much.
"Okay, soap box. You can go back to the closet now."
"Thank you. That was a mindless rant."
"Soap booooxxx! Don't you use that tone of voice with me!"
Ugh! Soap boxes can be soooo touchy sometimes!
Happy 'fatty' Cooking!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
4 cups whole grain brown rice
4 chicken breasts
1 bunch asparagus quarted
1 large red pepper chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 can chunked pineapple
1Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook rice according to package directions
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste, and Liquid Smoke (found on the same aisle as Worcestershire Sauce). Cook both sides in olive oil until both sides are golden brown and juices run clear. Remove from skillet, and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add sesame oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Toss in asparagus, red pepper, and onion. Cook until tender.
- While veggies are becoming tender, dice up chicken into 1 inch chunks.
- Add chicken and pineapples to veggie mix. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- Serve over brown rice.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The 20's were good too! Here's a highlight list of my twenties...
- graduated college in the top 3% of my class.
- became a teacher at 22.
- got married to the afore mentioned man at 23.
- bought our first home at 23.
- lived the young married life without kids...which included at least one trip every year...ahhh...those were good days.
- nominated Teacher of the Year at my school after 4 years, and made it to the Top 10 for my district.
- had my first son at 26.
- had my first daughter at 28.
- became a stay at home mom at 29.
- sold my first house at 29.
That a pretty good list of accomplishments for the twenties. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the 30's!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sausage Skillet Breakfast
6 eggs, beaten
1 lb sausage
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp ground mustard
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Mix milk and ground mustard into beaten eggs. Scramble in skillet.
- Cook sausage until no longer pink. Add in onion. Cook until onion is soft. Drain.
- Add eggs to sausage mixture.
- Top with cheddar cheese.