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Secret Santa gift - a month late :)

January 20th, 2012 at 05:03 pm

Today SrC came back to school. She's been out most of the second semester sick. She was my Secret Santa, so she brought my gift today. It was a $20 gift card to Sizzler and a bag of Reese's Peanut Christmas trees. Yum. Big Grin Well worth waiting for. Smile

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This afternoon I talked with SrN (principal) about the possibility of having a full time assistant assigned to me. She told me that she'd been considering resplitting the position into computer and library, and letting me have my pick. I told her that I enjoy doing both, but I just don't have enough time to do my best at both. If I had someone assigned to just me that I could train and *count on* and would be accountable to me ... that right there would save me hours of work. Which would make it possible for me to get much more done! It sounded to me like she was agreeable to the idea.

So ... next year I *really* may have an assistant!! (I'd love to steal the 6th grade assistant away - cuz I know he is a hard worker, very computer literate, intelligent, and we get along really well ... but I don't think that will happen.)

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Yesterday I stopped at the local video store to see their prices. I ended up renting two videos - older ones - $1.99/5 days. New releases are $3.99/3 days. I don't see myself getting videos there all that often, but maybe once in a while.

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I sent home overdue notices on Tuesday (well, I gave them to the teachers to send home Wednesday.) Out of about 8 books which I marked "Lost" and added the cost of replacement, as of today, 5 of them have been returned. Amazing what seeing the figure $19.99 next to a book your child checked out and hasn't returned in over two months will do! On Monday we had over 100 books overdue, and as of this afternoon, only 49 are still out. Only one person paid their fines though ... but at least most of the books are back!!

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I showed the 5th and 6th graders a number of book trailers today. It got several kids interested in a book (Because of Mr. Terrupt) that I'd previously book-talked unsuccessfully.
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Don't remember if I mentioned this or not, but on Tuesday night when I filled up my car, I left my gas cap at the station. I didn't realize what I'd done til I got to the hotel. So last night I stopped by the station in the off chance that someone had turned it in. Nope. So I stopped at the auto parts store to see if they had one. The lady there told me that she was getting one in Friday -- of course I remembered this about 15 minutes ago ... after they were closed!
So I guess I'll have to get it on Monday. Hopefully another 60 miles or so of driving without the cap won't hurt my car too much.

And ouch! The replacement cap will be $8.19!!

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I'm going to have to get some more Allegra D OTC tomorrow. My allergies have just been awful lately. I meant to call my doctor today (and yesterday too) to see if she'd prescribe the generic non OTC version (so I could actually get a months supply for less than ten days of OTC Allegra D!) Unfortunately I got way too busy both days to do it.

I'll have to see if she's open in the morning ...

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Oh, I spent my Amazon money, plus $7. One of the books actually came from the donation order, but the original seller couldn't locate a copy. Rolleyes The other two (yes, only two!) were ones recc'd by Judy Freeman -- Press Here and 10 Experiments that Failed. There were a ton of really good books I was tempted by, but these two looked to be most immediately beneficial. (And now I have to wait for my next giftcards .. Could be awhile because Swagbucks has been kind of stingy with search wins the past week or so - both few in number and low in amount. Frown )

7 Responses to “Secret Santa gift - a month late :)”

  1. snafu Says:

    Can you call an auto wrecker for a replacement gas cap? Will you consider using Kindle or one of the electronic readers for your books. The advantages are borrowing electronically from the library [free], buying with immediate delivery, cheaper than paper, less environmentally destructive and best of all, doesn't need to find bookshelf space or 'where did I leave it?'

  2. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Snafu for the idea of the auto wrecker. I'll have to see if there's anything like that here.

    I don't have a Kindle (although I do have a kindle app on my phone with about 300 books - free) and getting Kindles for the library? Won't happen as long as we have our current principal. A few months ago I suggested getting playa ways , and once I explained what they were, she wouldn't even consider it. Besides, two of the books I bought might work on a Kindle, but Press Here would lose half it's magic if not in physical form.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    As a parent of a child who forgets to return her books I am thankful when I get the overdue notice. Most of the time I don't know about the books she has checked-out. Embarrassment
    Also, do you mind asking your brother a wine train question?
    I would like to know if he had his choice would he choose a standard dinner or a murder mystery dinner?
    Thanks in advance. Smile

  4. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    My brother *highly* reccomended the Murder Mystery dinner. Smile he got a bit excited - wanted to know if you were going to blog your exp. and what you're following was ... Whoa silver! The mind of a marketer in overdrive. Big Grin I don't particularily want to point him this direction, if you know what I mean. Smile

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    Thanks FT!
    I don't realy have any idea about my following, LOL! Big Grin
    But, I would certainly do an online review on Yelp! or other such reviewing type site.
    I was looking at the Murder Mystery dinners and one falls ON my bday, so it's like meant to be I think. Smile
    Thanks again for asking. I love having "insider" info.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    A review on Yelp probably would be a good thing Smile
    It sure does sound like it is meant to be. Smile I hope it is as good as it sounds. Big Grin

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    Hi again. Smile I saw your comment on m.mama's post and I want to tell you to try freetaxusa.com. It only costs $10 to file fed and state.
    Okay, just trying to be helpful. Smile

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