Sunday Post | Halloween Fun

November 1, 2015 Sunday Post 44

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I think Halloween is the first time I’ve had legitimate FUN teaching and been thankful to be in an elementary school – where we get to really embrace Halloween fun. Our school had a storybook character day on Friday – you could come to school in costume, but you needed to have a book that your character came from. The goal was to emphasize literacy. I dressed up as Fancy Nancy and my kids loved it.
Me as Fancy Nancy
I had a Belle, Dorthy, Sparkle Princess, Supergirl, Glenda the Good Witch, and a Power Ranger (yeah, I’m not sure he had a book, but whatever). The whole school did a parade through the halls at the end of the day Friday and it was genuinely a good time. For math, I told spooky Halloween stories for math word problems that they had to add and the kids had fun. And they even behaved most the day. Of course, the rest of the week sucked… but I’m not dwelling on that. Let’s just focus on the fact that Halloween was fun 🙂

On Saturday we went trick-or-treating with my step-son and his little brother. We did a bonfire afterwards with the whole family and roasted marshmallows (no one really ate candy lol!). If I didn’t have to go to work tomorrow I would be in a great mood. But one of my better weeks! And, since we have teacher in-service November 9th and I’m having surgery November 20th I only have 13 work days before I’m off for 6 days (not including the 4 weekend days)! Woot!

Blog News

I think I’m ALMOST full scale blogging again! I’m have posts scheduled for the upcoming week and I even think I’ll be able to visit again! Thank y’all for being so patient with me and my slow return!

#FitReaders Update

So when I registered my weight on My Fitness Pal this week it said I’ve lost 108 pounds! That’s like in the past 1.5 years I think, since that’s how long I’ve been using fitness pal. I don’t really keep track of my weight closely, I just make sure it’s consistently going in the right direction – so it kind of surprised me. It’s exciting – if only I didn’t have so much to lose I would be more excited.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | Halloween Fun


2015 Book of the Year | 3rd Quarter Picks


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin


The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine


My TBR List | November 2015 Voting (I’m hoping Ican start doing this again… I miss it!)

How was your week?

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44 Responses to “Sunday Post | Halloween Fun”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    You look amazing as Fancy Nancy!! I bet that was fun – I remember how much fun Halloween was in elementary school when my kids were there. And It was a great way to end a less than stellar week, yeah? Focus on the positive is right! 🙂 I’m glad you had a good time celebrating Halloween. My kids went in 3 different directions so I was exhausted getting 2 of them to and from where they were going. But all in all, it was fun. This is the last year I’ll have all 3 at home for Halloween so pumpkin carving was an event. 🙂 Congrats on your weight loss, my dear. You should take pride in that number even if you don’t keep close track of it.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Brandee! Halloween really changes as they get older I guess, huh? We’re lucky because Franky doesn’t do much of the teen Halloween stuff because he likes to hang with his little brother. But his little brother isn’t that far from being a teen now either…

  2. Lark

    I love your Fancy Nancy costume, Berls! And the idea of having the costumes come from books is awesome. I’m glad Halloween was good, both at school and at home.

    108 pounds!!! Wow! I need some of whatever you are doing, I think. Well, not the stress, but the exercise and healthier eating. You inspire me!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kara 🙂 I was surprised when I realized how much I’ve lost – but I still have a ways to go so I’m trying not to be too happy and relax, if that makes sense. I haven’t been doing much lately – just the eating healthy part. Work is active, but I need to get back to the gym, that’s a goal for this week.

  3. Kathy

    That’s a great costume and it is good to hear you had a fun day. Congrats on the weight loss. I have to start tracking again and getting more exercise. I hope this is a good week for you and it goes by fast! I can’t wait for the weekend again lol.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kathy! My goal this week is to get back to the gym, I haven’t been since I started working again and I miss it – so I’m with you! Have a great week 🙂

    • Berls

      Lol I know, I’m worse than my stepson – he doesn’t know how many days until next break but I do! Thanks Kimba, have a great week 🙂

  4. Bea

    Congrats on your weigh loss, that’s fantastic! A bonfire for Halloween sounds wonderful, and s’mores too. 🙂

    I’m glad you and your class had fun for Halloween. Are things going better for you? Good luck with your surgery!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Bea! Things are going… I guess better I that I’m not working as many hours and things are total chaos anymore. But I still don’t enjoy it. I don’t think I’m going to – I’m just not the right fit for Kinder. I’m too serious, I think. But I’ll survive 🙂

  5. Greg

    Keep on hanging on- it’s got to get better right (maybe?). Glad you had fun- great costume! And a bonfire sounds nice. We had rain here so it was a soggy Halloween in our area.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Greg 🙂 It’s gotten tolerable I guess, and that’s enough for now. As long as I can survive it and find time for other things that make me happy I figure I’ll be okay. The bonfire was great – we had some drizzle, but it stayed away last night thankfully. Have a great week!

  6. A Voracious Reader

    That’s a great costume! And *high fives* on the weight loss! I need to lose weight. Seriously. It’s time to buckle down and get with a plan. Of course, I need to *make* that plan first…lol Take your time easing back into the blogging world. We’re here and we don’t want you feeling pressured to come back full strength. I know it’s a little ways away yet, but I will up the {{{posiivbes}}} for your surgery.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Carol! I’ve been going at it slowly but surely for a while – I have a metabolic disorder that doctors kept missing because it’s not an “official” disorder and so often there was this assumption that I was a “lazy pig” basically. Finally I had a doctor look closer and actually listen to me – since then I’ve been losing but it’s a struggle. I’m kind of amazed I’ve lost as much as I have because I still feel like there’s so much to lose 🙁 thanks to all of you for your patience – I feel guilty not visiting but I’m getting there! And thanks for the posivibes, I’m sure they’ll come in handy 🙂 Have a great week!!!

  7. Lola

    I am glad to hear you had one fun day teaching, although I think that only emphasizes how bad your job is the other days. I never heard of Fancy Nancy before, but your custome looks awesome and you look happy. I enjoyed seeing everyone sharing their costumes on social media as here halloween isn’t as popular yet.

    And that’s exciting you are getting back into blogging again! Sounds like you’re making progress even though your job is stil bad. I am looking forward to see your posts this week and I hope you can join the My to-be read list meme again, I always have fun with that meme. I hope you have a great week!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola! Yeah, it does emphasize how bad the rest the days are, but I guess I’ll just keep doing my best and just try to be happy outside of work. I’m so excited to be getting back to blogging more – I’ve missed it so much and it’s just not worth it to miss out on the things I love.

  8. Michelle @ Because Reading

    I love the costume! You look so cute!
    I am sorry to see the job still isn’t making you feel happy, I was really hoping you would love it but I totally understand, little ones are hard to teach.

    I am glad you are back in the bloggy mode. I think that will help with the job, get your mind on doing something you love!

    We will talk soon!
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    • Berls

      Lol thanks! I’m just not cut out for the really little ones I think. It’s okay, I’m almost to the halfway point and I’m finally managing to have time for my life things – like blogging. Hoping to start making the gym again this week too.

    • Berls

      Thanks Laura – it was a lot of fun. My son is technically too old for it too but he has a little brother, so he gets to go along lol. In a couple more years we’ll be just greeting trick or treaters.

    • Berls

      Lol thanks, it was fun dressing up 🙂 just have to keep pushing along on the weight loss, it’s a SLOW battle but it’s nice to see I’m going the right way 🙂

    • Berls

      Some of the books we saw we definitely a stretch, but the message was clear and that’s the point right? Plus the kids had fun and I did too, which is a new twist 🙂 Have a great week too!

    • Berls

      Thanks Melanie! It was fun and I was glad we weren’t just doing costumes but focusing on literacy. It’s a good lesson for the kids about how fun books can be.

    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie! I didn’t know before this year Lexxie – but it’s a series of children’s books about a girl who likes to be fancy… And that includes Fancy vocabulary, which is my favorite part. They learn new words through the books – which they really need help with.

      Have a great Sunday Lexxie 🙂

  9. Trish

    Love the costume and the idea of dressing up as a book character. Sounds like a lot of fun and your Halloween maths class sounded awesome! I think you come across as a great teacher in your posts and I’m sad that the rest of week sucked for you. Well done on the weight loss 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Trish! My class is actually doing pretty well – I had the kids take on of our monthly tests this week and they’ve all improved significantly, so it seems I actually am teaching them something. I just feel so frustrated all the time! If I could take 4 kids out of my class I might actually enjoy it – but those 4 kids ruin it for all of us all the time. :/

    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona 🙂 it really was fun to see kids in costumes. We had a teacher dress up as the Mad Hatter and she looked awesome.

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