Monday, August 22, 2011

How'd I Do?

Well, as you're reading this post, chances are I'm sitting in teacher inservice.  That's right folks, today is the first official day back at school!  Though I have been in a few days in the last 2 weeks setting up my classroom, today is the first day I had to wear something other than sweatpants and actually had to listen in meetings - haha!

So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to look back at my "to do" lists from the beginning of the summer and see how I did!

We'll start with the fun stuff...the book list!  Here's the list I started with:

  1. "Get Off Your Knees and Pray" by Sheila Walsh
  2. "The Power of a Praying Woman" (the workbook/study) by Stormie Omartian
  3. "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore - can't wait to do this study with some of my girlfriends!!
  4. "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp
  5. "The Fitting Room" by Kelly Minter (I'm reading this one with the Bloom Book Club online)
  6. "Rain on Me - 40 Day Devotional" by Holly Gerth (she writes for (in)courageand I loved the previews she gave on their blog)
  7.  "I Still Believe" by Jeremy Camp
I read a few chapters in #1, I'm enjoying it and just reading small bits at a time.  #2, I didn't read at all yet - but I am hoping to get it this Fall.  I finished #3 with my girlfriends, and it was AWESOME!  If you haven't done this Beth study yet, you should!  I'm in the middle of #4 now and I am LOVING it.  I can't wait to share a whole post about it later on!  I abandoned #5 - I just didn't like the writing style and didn't get hooked.  #6 I'm working through a few devotionals a week. They are awesome and really help me think on my grief process.  And #7, I read in one day and cried through most of it.  I LOVED THIS BOOK.  

I also read several fiction novels this summer and a few books for my students, too!

Ok, now on to the project list!  
  1. Curb appeal makeover - including a new front door, painting my porch, and actually taking time to decorate it.
  2. Completing my office/craft room makeover
  3. Clean out my basement 
  4. Paint my kitchen table
  5. Painting my bathroom
And guess what?  DONE, DONE, and DONE!  The only remaining project on this list is painting the front porch.  I wanted to wait until my new door was installed, and that just happened last week.  At this point, I'm thinking I'll tackle the porch painting over Columbus Day weekend.  Hopefully it will be cooler and less humid.  But, I did get the door in and do a little sprucing up - a post about it will be coming!

Phew - that was a productive summer!  

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