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Currently January

It is that time again...
don't think you missed the ball dropping
or that I am going super CRAY
I am posting a day early because
well I can
and the next few days I am going to busy busy busy
so happy new year and
cheers to a grand 2013

and HOLLA...

 I have a sponsor for this MONTH...

Stephanie VanMeter and her girlfriends have a super cute blog
 and Stephanie
 has a FANTABULOUS TpT store...
I asked Stephanie to send me pics of some of her favorite items and here is what she sent...

this is her newest creation and is perfect for k-2
 February is Dental Health Month so this will come in handy...
it is appropriate for k-2 and is jammed packed with 63 pages of
Dental Awareness GooDieS
check it out by clicking on the pic

the next 2 items are her top sellers...
so fun and hands-on
 This is great for math stations and is good for k and 1
it is also Common Core aligned
click on the pic to go look at this awesomeness

great for morning routines
jam packed with 100 pictures of various delish lunch choices
this pack will come in handy for those kiddos that need a visual to help decide what they want for lunch
what a great idea
again... click on pic to go right there

Now what do you think of THAT???
Thanks so much to Stephanie Van Meter and her store
for SPONSORING this month's CURRENTLY!!!
PLUS she is having a ends the 3rd
so go now
if you would do me a favor...
purty please ...
ONE go check out her store...
and TWO go tell her hi on
tell her Farley sent ya :)
If you would like to be a CURRENTLY SPONSOR...
like Stephanie
look at the top of my blog and click on advertise
it will give you the 411

and NOW it is time for....

I am listening to this rainy weather... we need it

I am counting all of my blessing as we move into this new year

I am thinking about the PD that I will be giving on the 7th... OH MY WORD and and and it is full... waiting list only FULL... are you kidding me... I am doing a training for the district and I feel honored and SKURD (scared) at the same time
I am also thinking about school BECAUSE I just remembered that I left my cooler there
it was full of ice, milk, ice cream, and whipped cream... I am sure now it is full of water and mold and stink or stench and I am thinking I am just going to throw it AWAY!!!!

thinking about stitches because that is what I have...
hold on and I will count how many...
I think I counted 20 maybe 21 (hope it is 21 b/c I am weird about 3s and 3x7=21)
I get them out on the 3rd :) YAY
this wrist surgery was a little more involved and intrusive than I was anticipating but...
I had a wonderful Dr and Gertrude the Ganglion Cyst is adios (goodbye) and my awesome Dr. knew how concerned I was about scarring and he used plastic surgery sutures... cool!!!

am I writing a novel or what

I need a new couch... got our current denim couch when we moved here 11 years ago,
we have 2 snuggle dogs,
and a rowdy 4 year old...

need to be more organized...
I say that every year so it is a tradition
I probably need to change my need to

and now to my ONE LITTLE WORD...
if you are unfamiliar with OLW please head over to Ali Edward's blog...
that is where I first heard about it years ago
my 2013 OLW is
I  like this word...
more like {puffy} heart LoVe this word
choose encompasses so much
I can choose my words more carefully
I can choose to let go of things that bother me
I can choose to eat right
I can choose to spend more time with my bub and hub
I can choose how to deal with stress, paperwork, and work
I can choose if I want to get up and walk or sit and blog
I can choose to make changes
see it is a great word!!!
you can have it too if you want
but I really encourage you to listen to your heart and soul and pick a word that
a word that will give you guidance to a better YOU for 2013

now it is your turn...

don't forget the RULE OF 3
where you need to go to the 2 links before yours and make a meaningful comment
and then come back and comment on the link after yours...
spread the love and joy

and just because I LOVE Y'ALL
and I wrote a novel
I am letting you know of a new freebie that you can find in my preview file
so you and your kiddos can do CURRENTLY...



  1. HI Farley.
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
    Come check my blog out for a link party "Forget-me-not" 2012.
    -Lovely Nina

  2. Great word choice I mean choose...ah you know what I mean!!! :) Have fun being busy!!! love ya!

    1. thanks friend!!! here's to a great 2013 :)

  3. I'm so glad you posted this a day early. The new year is going to be very busy for me and this timing worked out perfectly!

    OOh a sponsor! You are getting fancy! Thanks for sharing a new blog for me to follow! It looks like a great one!

    It's no wonder your PD is waiting list full! I'm sure you are going to do an amazing session!

    I would not want to go open that cooler after break. It is not going to be pretty. Just throw that baby away!

    Congrats on getting rid of Gertrude! You are going to have an amazing 2013 with her gone!

    I just did some organization today. Gotta start 2013 off on the right foot! Got a great deal on storage bins so it made me motivated to clean when normally I NEVER am.

    You always have the best last section of the currently. Last month RACK and now OLW. I love it! Your word is a great one! Choice makes up so much of our lives. Hoping 2013 is full of great choices for you!


  4. I also love the currently post

    I am noisy so it feeds my addiction

    Thanks again

    I love the OLW too
    Pocket Full of Kinders

  5. Thanks for posting this early - I really wanted to link up for the first time.
    Your blog has been a source of awe and inspiration for me, thanks!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. I need to organize too! Yay for getting your stitches out soon!! Happy New Years!!

  7. As always, I am loving your Currently!! Wishing you a lot of happiness and good fortune in 2013!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. I love your OLW. I'll be keeping that in mind too as the new year starts. Hope your wrist heals well and your stitches come out soon. Take care!
    First Grade Found Me

  9. Thanks for posting early Farley! Perfect timing for me. This week is going to be c-r-a-z-y!!! I love your OWL...choose! What a perfect word for this month, and the new year. Happy 2013!

    Elementary School Garden

  10. I actually got to link up this time! :) Yay me! I love doing the currently - I just never end up posting it - but I did this time! Thanks, and I love the OWL! :)

  11. Farley, what a great little word! I like to choose a word for each new season of my life--simplify, thankful, etc--but I am really excited to choose one word for the entire year!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Happy 2013, Farley!
    Little Miss Primary

  12. I love, love, love your one little word!! :)
    Cheers to 2013!!

    Color Me Kinder

  13. Happy New Year sweet friend! :) I just about rolled over when you said you needed a new cooler for the new year. I think choose is such a great OLW for the new year! I know you will do just awesome presenting at your PD! :)

    Fourth and Ten
    Like Fourth and Ten on Facebook!

  14. Happy New Year to you too Farley!


  15. Good luck on your PD - I am sure you will be amazing! Happy New Year!

  16. Happy New Year!! I love the design on this month's currently! So pretty! :) Good luck presenting!!

    Second Grade Sparkle
    Like Second Grade Sparkle on Facebook!

    1. thanks so much... I was trying to keep it super simple :)

  17. Love your OLW! It's so easy to get stuck in focusing on the negative and the stress-especially when we get closer to testing time. Perfect attitude to take back to school with me next week.

    Happy New Year!
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  18. I just linked up with your Currently Linky for the first time. Your blog seems fun! I'm happy to be your new follower!

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  19. Your OLW is such a simple thing but can be so incredibly powerful!! All I can say is WOW!! Maybe it's a few minutes before the ball drops in New York, or the fact that my grandbaby is snuggled in our bed, or perhaps it's that my puppy is sound asleep next to my hubby but whatever it is I'd just like to thank everyone in the blog world for including me and helping me and loving me and accepting me! You are all the best!

  20. Smart and very ZEN OLW... love love love it!

    Thanks, as always, for Currently!

    Happy 2013 to ya, Farley!

    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  21. So super excited, I did my first Currently tonight! Thank you for the inspiration!



  22. LOVING your OLW! I hope you have a wonderful NYE & Happy 2013 :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  23. Thanks for hosting! I look forward to this all month long. :) Happy New Year!

  24. Woot! I was number 100 and the first of the year. That has to count as good luck or a good sign!!!!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  25. Happy New Year, Farley! Thank you for once again hosting and giving us a chance to get to know other bloggers on a more personal level. I love your OLW! Here's to a wonderful 2013 now that Gertrude has been banished! Good luck getting your stitches out and on your PD! I am sure you will be fabulous!

    The Learning Lodge

  26. Thanks for hosting you lovely lady! I hope 2013 brings you many blessings.

  27. I wish I could be you! You just crack me up!
    Love you OLW for this month! :)

    Happy 20-13 to you!
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  28. Thank you as always for hosting such a great linky! Loving your OLW, what a great thing to remember for the new year. Hope your New Year is filled with much happiness and many blessings (and a new couch)! :)

    Fun in PreK-1

  29. Thank you for hosting this great linky party! I love your OLW! I hope you have an amazing and blessed 2013!
    Crayons and Curls

  30. I enjoy reading blogs like yours and would love to become part of the blogging community. I am a 2nd year teacher, currently teaching third grade in rural Alaska. I started my blog because I wanted to keep friends and family involved in my adventure up there, but have since become an avid reader and writer about the ins and outs of teaching. Love to follow you and hope you don't mind adding another brand new teacher to your list of blogging teachers.

  31. Thank you so much for doing these Currently Link-ups! I look forward to them every month and love that it allows us to meet other new teacher bloggers! Thanks for all you do and have a wonderful New Year!!!! Happy 2013!

    Tales of Teaching in Heels

  32. Love your Currently! I don't envy you having to deal with the cooler...yuck! I agree, just get a new one!

    Happy 2013!

  33. I love the Currently design this month. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

  34. Thank you for creating and hosting these Linkys!
    I have been reading them for quite some time and am very excited that I finally got to participate.


  35. I hope your wrist heals quickly! I had the same exact surgery about 8 years ago. My wrist felt so much better once it healed. Totally worth the temporary pain! I didn't get the good stitches like you though, so I've got a scar still.

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  36. Thanks so much for hosting this linky again AND for the free preview of the currently for your classroom. It will be so much fun to use!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  37. The great blogs I find via your Currently is never ending... Thanks again for being SUPER fabulous!!!

    Lovely Literacy & More

  38. I am so glad that I finally did the "Currently" and I had no idea that there were so many people that had already done it! It was great wondering through bloggy land and reading some of the other "Currently" posts.
    Deb at Fabulously First

  39. Please please please remember me for the blobby meet up in Austin this summer. I don't live very close, but I would love to make plans and attend! : )

    Yeehaw! Teaching in Texas

  40. Thank you for the freebie!

    I have to say, I came by last night (could I make that sound any creepier!?) and there were 102 people. Link up tonight and there were 270!! You're quite the popular gal. Impressive.

    Happy New Year!
    Daydreams with Miss D

    1. I was shocked at the super speedy show up too... I have the linky thingy... email me every time there is a link added and I never would have guessed it was that many... lol

  41. Farley
    YOU are my favorite blogger. I always laugh and smile through your posts. Thanks for posting Currently...I always say it's my favorite Blogging thing!

  42. I am glad I found your blog! We share something in common...I LOVE T. J. Maxx! LOL
    I have really enjoyed visiting all the great blogs that I found through your Currently. Thanks!!!

  43. I love your OLW!! It is perfect:) Sending healing thoughts your way for a quick recovery from your surgery:)
    Cheers to 2013 friend!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  44. I also love your OLW! I had a hard time choosing mine:) Wishing you all the best for 2013!!
    Teach With Laughter

  45. Thanks again for the party! Did you ever think they would be such a hit when you originally started them? SO clever you are! Happy New Year!

    Chickadee Jubilee

    1. i NEVER in a bagillion years would have guessed my linky would be this big... NEVER!!! I am truly blessed and thank my lucky stars daily!!!

  46. I am REALLY liking your OLW. Reminds me of telling my mom (and myself sometimes) that a person cannot have control over your feelings unless you GIVE it to them. I think I definitely forget sometimes that I am in control of me. :D

    Question: are you signing up for the OLW class? I am thinking about it but have never done OLW before. :) Oh, my OLW is "balance." I have such a hard time balancing home with work with cleaning with exercising with etc etc etc!!

    Also, can you make my son go to sleep, please, so I can get my chores and my Currently done? KTHX. :)

    Teach On.

    1. I was going to sign up for the class BUT my plate is so full right now I need to upgrade to a platter but there are only 24 hours in a day and I am afraid a platter would require there to be 50... LOL so long story short... NO (insert SAD face) I realllllly realllllly want to though :(

  47. Thanks for another great Currently! Love it!! :)


  48. I'm fairly new to the 'world of blog'...and can be pretty slow to put up new posts. However, your Currently linkies give me that kick in the pants that I need to get moving once in awhile. Thanks! I hope your 2013 is off to a great start!

    Teaching is an Addiction

  49. I LOVE your blog and am excited about the Currently idea! But, I must be very technology challenged at the moment because I cannot figure out how to get the Currently pic/thingy!!! Help, please! I've already linked up and commented on 2 before and one after.

    Krazy for Kindergarten

    1. Am I supposed to purchase an advertising spot to get it? Sorry for my lack of knowledge. I'm new at all this and trying to get started.

    2. julie I am going to email you the directions :)

  50. This is fun ! I have been waiting to link up to make sure I did everything right! :). If not, let me know. I commented on two before me and one after. I have enjoyed reading everyone's currently posts . I look forward to next months for Valentines day!

  51. I just saw the new Party catalog from Oriental Trading, turned to page 58... and I thought of YOU. They have a 'Stache Bash!! Everything from stache bash plates to moustache costume props to a recipe for chocolate moustaches!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

    1. ooooooh sooo excited :) I need to go look at that :)

  52. Happy New Year!
    I hope your wrist is healing quickly! And your worries about a dairy-gone-wrong cooler sitting at school molding over has me thinking I left a cup of coffee on my counter that is now, oh say, 14 days old! If I may use your word and "choose" not to worry about it!
    Thanks for another great Currently!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  53. Can you e-mail me directions too? I know you posted them once but I can't find it.

    Yours truly untechno,
    Mello’s Memos

    1. I just happened to see this and I have directions on my blog for windows and iMac computers. It took me forever to figure out how to do a currently too! My blog is and do a search in the top left corner for currently. Or there are links and directions in my current currently (that sounds funny); my blog button is all the way at the bottom and the last one as I am typing. Hope this helps.

  54. I wanted to join your Linky for Currently, but I can't figure out the form. Help?
    Carrie Horn

    1. I just happened to see this and I have directions on my blog for windows and iMac computers. It took me forever to figure out how to do a currently too! My blog is and do a search in the top left corner for currently. Or there are links and directions in my current currently (that sounds funny); my blog button is all the way at the bottom and the last one as I am typing. Hope this helps.

  55. Oh my gosh I am number 349! It is only the 3rd...I know everybody had off on the 1st....but Oh My Goodness!! I love joining in your Currently. I look forward to it every month. Thanks for the OLW. It has really helped me focus on what I want to do next year.

    Terri Izatt

  56. Farley~ I can't believe how big this currenlty has gotten!
    SO much fun to see what everyone is up to! I love that my new blog design was finished at the same time and I can show it off!

    I was also Wondering what I might come back to with my smarties lockers yesterday! Luckily no mishaps... that they were willing to tell me about anyway!
    Happy New Year!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  57. Hello, a 'Currently' Newbie here. I'm not sure how I found you & I'm not a teacher (just a Mum), but I Love the idea of Currently & thought I'd join in. Thanks for hosting.

  58. Hello,

    I am new to the blogging world and I would love to join in on Currently. Can you please help this clueless teacher on how to do so? Thanks!

    The Bilingual Teacher

    1. Hi Angela. I just happened to see this and I have directions on my blog for windows and iMac computers. It took me forever to figure out how to do a currently too! My blog is and do a search in the top left corner for currently. Or there are links and directions in my current currently (that sounds funny); my blog button is all the way at the bottom and the last one as I am typing. Hope this helps.

    2. Hello! I just saw your post. Thank you so much! I am going to give it a try!

      The Bilingual Teacher

  59. Love Love Love your Currently for the Classroom. Starting it in January. YOU ROCK

  60. I am going to use the currently posts as a data gathering and analyzing activity for my 4th graders! I am going to divide them into groups and assign numbers like 1 - 50, 50 - 100, etc. They will click on the blog buttons, find the state of the school and grade level/specialty area, and record the info. Then we will create a graph of how many states are represented, grade levels, etc. Might even take some of the larger represented states and break it down to see how many different cities are represented. How many different grade levels, which participates the most! Endless possibilities! Can't wait!! REAL math!

  61. This was my first time linking up with your Currently! I absolutely LOVED it! I have read so many of them. Thank you for doing this! You are awesome!


  62. Happy New Year! Great word! (I'd say more but I am fighting for keyboard time with a 3 year old who is about to share a lot of CCCCCC with you!)

  63. I am excited to participate in "Currently!" I have been seeing it around for a while now but for some reason could not figure out how to do it until tonight. Thanks for putting it together and for having a great blog to learn from too! :)

  64. Hi ~ I'm trying my first Currently! I love your blog! It is so much fun!! I hope I'm doing this right! Anyway, I'm linking up and adding you to my blogroll!!


    oh PS: how do i find the Preview file?

  65. I am very new to teacher blogging, but I absolutely LOVE your Currently! Thanks for hosting!

    Apple Bottom Beans

  66. Thanks for hosting each month Farley. You throw the best parties. :)
    Life with Mrs. L


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