But first, let me drink some coffee.

I’m not a procrastinator, I lead an efficient life. But when I do decide to put something off my excuse is always a hot cup of coffee.

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” (Clary, City of Ashes)

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Click here to read a post about my cat and a BUNN Coffee Pot… Today’s post was inspired by the Daily Post Prompt: What’s your “Procrastination Destination”?

I Don’t Have a ‘Fearless Fantasy’

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” (Divergent). In my opinion, a life without fear would be bland.

There are a lot of people (and animals) that I love. Sometimes, in the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life we forget to tell people how much they mean to us. It is a combination of thankfulness and fear of loss that reminds me to say “I love you”.

Fear of not reaching a student motivates me to be a more effective teacher daily. The fear that I didn’t differentiate enough (give a student the tools they need to succeed), fear that I didn’t reach out enough, or notice a child in need, and the fear that I’m not making a real difference fuels my fire every day.

Adrenaline; fear is a key ingredient. I don’t fear losing. I fear being unprepared for an obstacle. I fear looking back and realizing that I didn’t give something everything that I had to give. This fear makes me a better coach and competitor.

Without fear I would burn my mouth on my morning coffee, drive too fast, procrastinate, and walk my dog without a leash. So, yes. I’ll keep my fears.

A life without fear wouldn’t necessary be easer or harder, but it sure would be a lot less interesting

Daily Prompt, Fearless Fantasies: “Would your life be better or worse if you were incapable of feeling fear?”

A Teacher’s Brain on Canvas: Frame of Mind

A chaotic colleague; learning targets, essential questions, key vocabulary, cause, effect, significance….

If my current mood could be painted on a canvas there would be splatters of orange to signify excitement, a hint of red for stress… and an American Flag with 13 stars representing the lesson I am currently planning.

Key phrases such as “war for independence”, “dawn of a revolution”, and “shot heard ’round the world” would be illustrated in a 1773-style font. It would even be appropriate if the artist spilled some tea on the painting, in observation of the Boston Tea Party.

The backdrop would be Red, White, and Blue fireworks… With a “No More Kings” banner flying in the sky… and it would be painted to the tune of “School House Rock’s” songs and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”.

Splatters of hopeful baby blue for teachable moments, purple for student diversity, yellow for collaboration, and green for proactive discipline.

Sure, my painted brain looks chaotic… But I believe the best classrooms are based on controlled chaos.

…and people think teachers get summers of. Smh.
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Daily Prompt, Frame of Mind: “If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?”

The Fatigue of Freedom

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it” — Thomas Paine

Halloween is fun,
Spending time with family and praising God during Christmas is a blessing,
And even though I’m Native American I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
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A Self-Timer Photo Creates a Contrast

Set the self-timer, push the shutter button, run, pose and smile, walk back to the camera, and see how the photo turned out. On this occasion a beautiful sunset stole the show in our self-timed photo, creating a delightful contrast.

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Weekly Photo Prompt, Contrasts: “Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad — this week, share a shot that captures a contrast.”

Another photo with a story about contrasts: “When the phrase ‘will you take a picture for us’ fails.”

The Uncustomary Housewife Needs Your Advice, help me out.

You know me as “The Uncustomary Housewife”, but I’m not a full-time housewife anymore; I got a teaching and coaching job. My conundrum is this, should I change my blog title?

My husband is in the second year of his medical residency, so he doesn’t have time to do house chores (but God knows he does his best); thus making me a teacher/coach by day, and housewife by night. A combination that I love.

My stint of housewifery last year was the first time in 16 years that I haven’t been affiliated with school during the day and sports during the evening.

Becoming a housewife was the reason I started blogging. In June of 2013 staying at home really depressed me and blogging became my outlet. However, as time passed I developed a love for housewifery, and over the past 11 months I’ve taken great pride in my stay-at-home job.

I call myself “Uncustomary” because I’m an eclectic person; comic books, cowboy boots, sports, superheroes, politics, yoga, dresses, personalized belts, country music, rap music, jam bands.

It is quite “Uncustomary”, I guess, for me to be a teacher/coach by day, and housewife by night. Right?… So the title technically applies…

What do you think? Keep it or change it?

Here’s a link to the homepage of my blog, check it out: The Uncustomary Housewife; “A Synopsis of Elizabeth”

A Tale of Two Commas

It was the best of punctuation, it was the worst of punctuation, it was the age of grammatical correctness, it was the age of illiteracy, it was the season of run-on sentences, it was the season of fragments, it was the spring of exclamation points, it was the winter of question marks, we had memoirs before us, we had biographies before us, we were all spell checking in Heaven, we were all autocorrecting in the other direction…

So, you want to know which punctuation mark I couldn’t write without, definitely the comma, which is why I rewrote the first sentence of “A Tale of Two Cities”… It is the perfect sentence, full of commas, and a perfect summary of the French Revolution; Therefore, I guess “A Tale of Two Commas” is a summary of the modern day Language Revolution.

“Comma, Comma, Comma, Chameleon”

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