BamaBoy Blogs Bachelor: “Ladies” Night



I’m really feeling like I need to buy a lotto ticket lately.  Thursday was a DOOZY, the weekend was pretty good, except for feeling somewhat crappy yesterday.  On the bright side, I got to take a 2-hour nap in the middle of the day – SCORE!!  Then, this morning, I was excited to leave early and get a few things before school for our Dr. Seuss Day, but ALAS, the truck wouldn’t start!  ARGH!!  Finally, after charging the truck battery (and thankfully a cup of coffee) we got to school on time.  But of course, the truck was dead again after school (I was leaving earlyish to cook and everything!) SOOOOOOO, FINALLY, at 5:45, our friend came to jump the truck.  I got home at 6:30. Awesome… I want to run that damn truck off a cliff.

One a brighter note, we might get another ice day/late start day, so I might get to sleep in tomorrow!  There is a little ray of hope.  And, it’s BACHELOR NIGHT!!

Tonight is the biggest, brightest, most candle-filled Monday Night “Lady” Fight of them all!  Get ready and get some wine (I’ve got my movin’ buddy!!”) tonight’s going to be good and really, real!

Looks like it’s another episode of “Everybody Hates One Pollo”.
But first, a little visit with Sean and Catherine to talk about their Wedding Night “quick fireworks!”  OUCH!
Apparently, Sean’s “man parts” got a lot more action from a stingray.  Awesome.
Mommer: “Ripe old age of 30?!  You can go f&$k yourself!”  He’s feeling a little bitter about being old.

We’re already trying to fill time and Chris chats with Miss Piggie and Kermit.
BamaBoy: “Look Vienna’s back!” Wow!…well, kinda.
Leave it to The Bachelor not to miss out an opportunity to capitalize on The Muppets.

Ding, Ding, Ding!  Introducing, the REJECTED “ladies!!!
Renee and Elise admit they were most attracted to One Pollo’s looks.
Cut to montage of the “ladies” talking about how hot he is, his dancing and soccer skills, and kissing. Blah, blah, blah, he’s amazeballs.

ALRIGHT, gettin’ to the nitty-gritty.  Everyone except for Renee feels like their relationship and time with One Pollo never got into actual conversation.  Kelly totally calls Lauren (from Austin) out on her “sour grapes” as Chris Harrison refers to them.  Even Andi stands up for One Pollo saying she still believes he came on the show for the right reasons.

Elise puts her pretty shoe in her mouth when she says One Pollo uses Camila as an “excuse”.  Good for Chris Harrison for calling her out on that!!  Wow!
Some things that came out:
– One Pollo contradicted many of his own “rules”.
– Dog Lover, Free Spirit, and Former NBA Dancer all = unemployed.
– One Pollo had “buyers remorse” with Clare. Hahaha!
– He handled the whole ocean-swimming deal like an a$$ by putting it all on Clare.

Sharleen gets the hot spot:
– Chris Harrison calls her “hot and cold”, too!  HA!!! I just said that!
– Kissing One Pollo gave her tunnel-vision.
– Watching Sharleen watch herself with One Pollo is pretty entertaining.
– Even though she’s “sure” he’s not “The One”, she still can’t sleep at night.
– He actually asked her about herself and had great conversation.
– The “ladies” all agree Sharleen was a front runner and one of his favorites.
– She doesn’t regret leaving.
– Good for her.

By the way, we’re on a 2-hour delay so far but the sleet is coming down pretty hard so it looks like we might actually get a day off!  Fingers crossed everyone!!

Renee’s up next on the hot seat:
– Renee found One Pollo romantic.
– She says, “Oh my god” a LOT and very quickly!
– BamaBoy: “She has a LOT of blush on…or she’s eating a WarHead…or she’s trying to be a fish.”
– She’s seems to be the most “normal” of all the “ladies”.
– She’s dating and happy!  YAY!
– She’s still our favorite!

Andi, post-Fantasy Suite of DOOM!!
– Dunn, dunn, dunnnnnnnnn…
– Negativity
– She’s brings up the “default” issue again.
– This is basically the same conversation she had with One Pollo.
– Chris Harrison calls her on the “pretending to be asleep” tactic.
– He was rude and an a$$, but not mean…J: “So he’s a moron.”
– Andi finally admits that he didn’t get it, not that he was trying to be an a$$hole.
– “This is how a great relationship, a great love is supposed to start.” J:”With 27 other women, right.”
– We think she’s campaigning pretty hardcore for the Bachelorette.

One Pollo is the Over-Warmed Hot Seat:
– Something about honesty.  Basically, the truth hurts sometimes.  Yes.
– “Eee’s ok.”  BAHAHAHAHA!!
– He says he has no regrets.
– Open to the “ladies” – someone give him a helmet.
– “I didn’t came to the show to kiss 27 women.” Obviously he didn’t follow in Bachelor Bob’s footsteps – the self-proclaimed BachelorSlut.
– “Eee’s ok.”

Questions from the “ladies”:
Andi: Everyone would have felt more appreciated had you gotten to know what everyone liked, who they are, called them a wife…. (That’s not a question.)
Sharleen gets called out: “Yes, he asked those questions, and we got to know each other.”
One Pollo: “It is what it is.”
Flower Power: “It’s not a GAME.”  You wore a FLOWER CROWN the first night. We can’t take you seriously.
Kelly calls him on the gay comment. One Pollo says it was taken out of context.
One Pollo: “I love gay people.” I’m not sure you’re making this better.
Sharleen to the rescue: “We talked about this. He is open-minded and accepting.”

Chris Harrison: “A lot of surprises this year.” I’ll say!
Bloopers (Time out: Why the f are they called Bloopers?!?! What does that even mean?):
– Lots of ridiculous dancing.
– One Pollo calling his package little…a couple of times.  The producer trying to help him not call his package little.
– Renee gets hit by lighting. Not lightning….LIGHTING.
– Shit falls down…a lot.
– Eeet’s ok.
– BamaBoy: “Never play ‘eet’s ok’ as a drinking game…you will die.”
– Someone kills a cat…Chris Harrison?!?!
– One Pollo wears pink shorts. (I think there’s a picture of BamaBoy in pink shorts around here somewhere…Ask my mom, she’s been scarred for life seen it.

Elise talks a lot.
The “ladies” vote for Team Clare or Team Nikki.
J: “Two week finale?!”
BamaBoy gives her the rundown of the two-week finale.  *Tear* Momma’s so proud!

I still call that Nikki stays but probably shouldn’t.
I think Clare sees the “light” that Andi saw.
If he picks Nikki, like I predict will happen by default…hee hee!
Here’s the rundown of final predictions from our house:
– Mommer: “I think he’s going to make a decision.” “Neither.”
– J: “He’s going to continue to be boring. I think he’ll pick Nikki.  She’ll say yes.”
– BamaBoy: “I think….he’s going the way of Brad (Womack) and he won’t pick either. He’s been dealing with enough bull shit and maybe because of language, maybe because of whatever…but none of the ‘ladies’ seem to render him ‘in love’.  I don’t think he found the one on this (oh, shit.) journey.”

Whatver happens, Eet’s ok! See you next week!
– T

Disclaimer: BamaBoy, J, Mommer and I are in no way affiliated with ABC, The Bachelor, or Chris Harrison.  We are not being compensated in any way for our witty observations….although, not so witty today. Suffice it to say we have a “Bad Case of the Mondays”.  Anywho, thanks for visiting, come back next week for “Lady” SuperBowl and more wine.  YAY!!


Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Retelling Graphic Organizer


Picture 1

Sorry the Friday Freebie is a little late today!  This week has been a DOOZY!  LillyBug is sick and we’ve all been exhausted!! Yesterday, in particular, was so bad all I could do is laugh.  I’m pretty certain if I’d stopped laughing about it, I’d have just cried.  Start to finish, it was just terrible.  But today was much better and Lil got a day home with Daddy.  All will be well.

Today’s freebie is a retelling graphic organizer my kids LOVE!!  We have used this to focus on setting, to visualize stories in order and to just practice retelling stories.
Here are a few ideas:

– To focus on setting or visualization, use a story without pictures (our Treasures Read Aloud Anthology is great or this because there are stories with no pictures.)  Then, students use the organizer to draw what they think the setting looked like or what they visualize from the story.

– To just practice retelling, give students a word bank of names and important words from the story.  Students write the main events from the beginning, middle and end of the story.

– When my kids use this one, we talk about using all of each box, like a photograph, to tell the story.  Their pictures turn out really great usually!

To get you own copy of the organizer, click HERE!  As always, please feel free to share, print and copy for free classroom or personal use.  I think sharing ideas and resources makes us all better!

Thanks for visiting, have a GREAT weekend!!


BamaBoy Blogs Bachelor: Fantasy Suites of DOOM



I know, I know, you were thinking, ‘Why, oh WHY, do I have to wait another week for BamaBoy’s whitty comebacks to the Bachelor?!?!’ Well, guess what?!  You are IN LUCK because tonight is PART 2 of this week’s Bachelor Experience!!  We’re not completely sure why they’re totally screwing with the Bachelor episode lineups, but we have a few theories.
A) We’re thinking One Pollo might be Brad Womack 2.0.  What does that mean, you ask? (Newbie.)  Brad left his first go-round on the Bachelor still single after he left BOTH women high-and-dry at the final rose ceremony.  If this is true, is it because the girls find out he’s a douche-canoe and leave him? or because he realizes he should have picked Renee (yes, we’re still a little bitter) and walks away.
B) He decides after the Fantasy Suite dates that he has a bad case of the Clare’s and tells the other girls to pack it in.  We think that’s stupid because, let’s face it, we haven’t been Team Clare since the beginning, but it’s entirely possible.  One Pollo’s been drinkin’ her Kool-Aid from the first one-on-one in the snow.

Well, tonight should be interesting to say the least.  Looks like we got stood up tonight by Mommer, but we’ve got ourselves a nice box-o-wine and we’re READY TO DRAMA!!

One Pollo and the final three “ladies” are headed to St. Lucia (Pretty!) for the Fantasy Dates!

Clare’s got the first Fantasy Date and they’re “excited” to spend the day together.  After a short ride on a skiff, they make it to their personal yacht. Poor babies. Clare brings up Laura, AKA The Bitter Sister, and somehow turns that convo into “he loves my family.”
J: “He never said that.”
One Pollo is looking forward to “getting to know each other better” in the Fantasy Suite.  Yeah, he does!!
Clare talks about how much she really wants to meet Camila and talk to her and get to know her.
BamaBoy: “and I want to know if she likes apples or not?!” Yes, this is how random that conversation was.
J: “But the second that little girl gets more attention than you do…” Exactly.

Obviously, they open the Fantasy Suite card and debate the option to stay together.  She wants to take into consideration Camila and his feelings about how she might feel.
BamaBoy: “You care what Camila thinks? Sure ya do.”
J: “So, is that a yes or a no on the banging?” Yup.

After heading to the Fantasy Suite, there’s a lot of slurping, non-passionate kisses.
There’s also a lot of love talk, baby talk, and petting of Clare’s face.
Hot tub, more slurping.  Fade to water and a candle.
BamaBoy: “I wish there were one of those rubber ducky thermometers in the hot tub.”
Me: “How are they going to know if the water’s too hot or not?!

Andi’s up next and with a, “Heee-eeyyy!” and lots of follow-up “Hi”s, they head to Dennery’s Seafood Fiesta.  They get an “unplanned” metal drum lesson.  Sure.
They head to eat at a picnic table with some random kids and ask to sit with them.  One Pollo gets the kid (who’s ADORABLE) some juice.
J: “This is sooooo fake!”
Then, of course, they find out the kids play soccer.
BamaBoy: “Oh wait, yup, the shirt’s coming off.”
J: “Imagine that.”
They go for a dune buggy ride.
J: “I’ve totally never ridden in a vehicle before!”
Then, they go hang out by a waterfall, a perfect place for conversation!
Later, they go to dinner and One Pollo points out Andi’s admission that she “badly wanted to fall in love”. Good for him! I like that he’s direct and wants to confront the issue.  Although, I am realizing as I watch her talk, that she has this disgusted frown as she talks to him.
Red Flag: One Pollo still has a LOT of “I don’t knows” about Andi. And REALLY, the overnight is the make or break?  That makes you sound like a man-slut.  If one night is the deciding factor, you might be doing this wrong.

Alright, let’s get to the Fantasy Suite of DOOM already!!!
Well, we get there, no thanks to the TERRIBLE background music.
And now, there’s more slurping.
BamaBoy: “He’s a terrible kisser.”  *insert super-smacky kissy noises*

In the morning, One Pollo is super-happy about Andi.  He’s raving about their night together and laughing for “HOURS”.  He thinks she might be “the one” now.

Andi sees this VERY differently.  To her, the night was a DISASTER.
Wait, NOW she wants to admit she has always had concerns?!  Yeah, maybe that’s why he’s always had to reassure you.  Ok, so she raises a LOT of really good points: name dropping, only stories about himself, telling her about Clare’s overnight…yeah, that.  Andi’s sure it’s over.

J: “What HELL’s he doing with the damn horse?!”
He’s still on Cloud 9 from his nightmare date with Andi while prepping for his date with Nikki.
They go horse-back riding and he gives Nikki the bigger horse.  And even she points out that she, THANKFULLY,  brought pants.  Horses are no fun in a thong…oh yeah, One Pollo touched on that, too.  At least he’s concerned about her hoohaw, good husbands do that…I guess.
One Pollo talks about how he knows Nikki is happy from her smile.  Intuitive.
J: “Wait, you were looking at her face?”
BamaBoy: “She has a HEAD?!” “THAT’S where all the noise was coming from!” Classy.

Fantasy suite, more slurpy kissing.  They discuss her readiness for “this”.
J: “Get ready, you’re going to be a big sister!” LOL

One Pollo meets up with Chris Harrison to discuss the week. He has NO IDEA what he’s going to do?!  That seems like, yet another, red flag.
We get to see the video messages from all the girls.  Nikki and Clare are sweet, optimistic and in love.  Andi’s was AWWWWKKKWWWWWAAAARDDDDD as she walks in slow motion up to meet One Pollo and dump his ass  talk about her feelings.

He still has No. Idea.

Once again, One Pollo is “ok” and tells her that if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be.  He has no idea that he hurt her feelings, to be fair, though, she hasn’t even told him she was hurt.  She wants him to “feel something”. Amen.  For being down to 3 and he’s supposed to propose, he seems pretty unemotional.
They have it out and I honestly, have no idea even what to make of that whole thing.  Was he an ass?  Maybe.  Is she being too sensitive? Maybe. Are they meant to be? NO.  She says he told her she’s only here by “default” between her and Renee.  One Pollo says he doesn’t use that word and an entire argument ensues over the word “default”.
BamaBoy: “Well, you’re going home, by DEFAULT!”
J: “Hey, Nikki and Clare!  You made it to the final 2 by DEFAULT!”

Andi, although she raises some important points about getting to know someone before you MIGHT PROPOSE, also needs to realize that English is NOT his first language.  Her expectation is that he will completely grasp the language and it’s nuances despite the fact that he’s still LEARNING.  I’m NOT going to get on my teacher soapbox as a Dual Language ESL teacher, I’m NOT, but damn if I want to.  Get a grip lady…she even goes so far as to call him annoying. 
BamaBoy: “You’re ANNOYING!”

Andi, obviously, goes home.  So technically, Clare and Nikki make it to the Final 2, by default.  But, “It’s ok.” The basic consensus is that they were both in the wrong about different points, but what is glaringly obvious is that they WOULD NOT have worked out.  Better to end it now, than later.

Rose Time:
The “ladies” are confused by the fact that Andi’s gone.  And, is it just our TV or does it look like Nikki has a mustache. J sees it too, but it might be our TV or a very unflattering shadow.

One Pollo tells Clare and Nikki about Andi leaving because she didn’t have feelings for him.  He offers to always be open to them about his feelings.  He opens the floor up to anyone who might want to tell him they also want to leave. Crickets.

Nikki and Clare both accept roses.

In two weeks: Brad Womack 2.0???  Maybe, but Nikki might be willing to look past a LOT because she doesn’t “want to lose this”.  Young love’ll do that.

Well, until next week, goodnight, good lovin’ and don’t worry, “It’s ok.”

Disclaimer: BamaBoy, J and I, despite our awesome dance moves and witty observational humor, are in no way affiliated with The Bachelor, Chris Harrison, ABC or Kool-Aid.  We are (still) not being compensated in any way (snacks or otherwise) for our weekly “lady dates”.  These are just our own words, on our own DVR time and not-for-profit in any way.

BamaBoy Blogs Bachelor: Hometowns from Hell



Good evening everyone and welcome back to an ALL NEW BamaBoy Blogs the Bachelor!  If you’re just joining us, you should know that this all began against BamaBoy’s will.  He has been my Bachelor watching sidekick for a long time and he’s CATTY!  We’ve always had so much fun and have finally gotten our friend & neighbor Mommer to join us on our weekly escapades so we thought it only natural to bring you, the world-wide interwebs into our girl drama-laden Monday nights!  We like to call it Monday Night “Lady” Fights!

If you have no idea what we’re talking about but love girl drama as much as any other closet reality show lover, you’ve found the right place.  Grab some wine and get ready!!  We’re BACK for another week!!

Let’s get this party started.  Refill, please!!! … Please?!
I’m still waiting for BamaBoy to begin responding appropriately, (“As you wish”) you know, because we have “Twoo Love”!
Sorry for the tangent, but have you seen this?! Awesome!!

Alright, it’s HOMETOWNS!!  Tonight is sure to be full of daddy-daughter drama, “love” and what seems (from the previews) to be a new episode of “Everybody Hates One Pollo”.

First up: Nikki in Kansas City
I was pretty interested in the barbeque at Oklahoma Joe’s until she called it “gas station barbeque”.  I might be missing the reference, maybe it’s a Kansas City thing (anyone?) but I think old egg salad and nasty bathrooms when I think of gas stations.  Not really delicious barbeque.

Next, One Pollo rides a mechanical bull.  Nothing says, “How do you handle stress?” like a pair of squished nuts followed by awkward conversation.  What the hell happened there?  I, honestly, have NO IDEA what they were talking about.  It was more like a series of grunts, “I don’t knows” and “maybes”. Great date…hmmm.  Nikki really wants to tell him she loves him.  This seems forced.  Like really forced.

YES!! J just showed up from across the street and she’s READY!
J: “You love her for her honesty…she’s a dyed blonde.

Is Nikki’s dad a preacher or a psychiatrist?  He is overly analytic and calm.  He really seems to like to “talk it out”.
Now that I think of it, our house would be a lot more like this if we were all medicated.  I’m leaning more towards psychiatrist.

After all that, Nikki doesn’t tell him she loves him.

Next: Andi in Atlanta
BamaBoy: “I have never seen a season of this without ducks!” This is a REALLY good point. “How much are they paying the ducks?!
J: “The ducks aren’t unionized…they get nothing.” (J is a lawyer….can you tell?!)
Andi is taking him on a “surprise date” but asks him about 5 billion times if he can handle it.  Are you ready? Are you sure?
Mommer: “Can we just get this over with already?
BamaBoy: “Do you want to ask me 5 more times if I’m ready?
They head to a shooting range…finally.
J points out, “Hey!  We didn’t have to wait 30 minutes for him to rebuild her confidence and listen to her whine this week!” Another good point!
Andi handles a gun pretty well, guess that’s how she wins most of her cases. 😉
One Pollo’s turn!  He misses twice, but not without Andi pointing it out.  She might as well have yelled , “You SUCK!”
BamaBoy: “At least he knows he has someone to protect him!
J: “Was the zoo closed?!

The door at Andi’s parents’ house says, “Welcome Home, Pookie!” This could be cute and sweet or as Mommer says, “RED FLAG!!”

5 minutes in, Dad is already grilling One Pollo and Andi.  Even Andi realizes he disapproves.  AKA Dad’s a d*@k.
Dad obviously hasn’t watched the Bachelor because he doesn’t seem to grasp the way the show works.  (Much like many of the “ladies” in the beginning.)
Sidenote: I get being skeptical, but seriously, did you NOT KNOW this might happen?!  And if you thought she was just going to get sent home before this, why’d you let her go?

One Pollo talks to Andi’s mom and they discuss dancing.
J: “Yes, let’s discuss the important things.  Like dancing!”
One Pollo says he’s realized (NOW?!) that he and Andi are best when they’re having fun.
BamaBoy: “Really. I always thought the best parts were when we’re miserable and fighting.”
Mommer: “Maybe that’s why I’m single. Every time I’m with a date I’m like ‘Let’s just sit and be miserable together!”
One Pollo asks if Andi’s dad has any other questions for him.  Andi’s dad replies with a too-quick, “Nope!”
Mommer: “Let’s get this the f*#k OVER!” “It’s kind of like when you go on a job interview and you realize halfway through you don’t want the job anyway.  They’ll ask, ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ Yeah, do you validate parking?!” LOL…exactly.
Andi’s sister gets her to admit that she thinks he’s hot, but she’s not getting “deeper”.  I think it’s time for Andi to realize she’s NEVER been sure.  Andi even admits that she’s “just not there yet” and she “really wants someone to tell her she’s the one.”
Andi’s dad recollects his conversation to the family and that is NOT what he said!  Well, not what the producers edited.  He tells everyone he said that he’s sure that if Andi picks One Pollo, he’d have their blessing.  That’s not what we saw!  He said, “IF you come to me and say ‘she’s the only one for me’ then we’ll have that conversation”….not the same.

Third: Renee in Sarasota, FL
Renee, of course, can’t wait to see her son.  But then she says she is going to “literally, eat [her] son”.  Creepy.  I get it, missing your kid.  But cannibalism is taking it too far. (I can say that, I’m a mom.  Mommer doesn’t understand ‘cuz he doesn’t have kids. 😉  Sorry, inside joke.  Mommer gets it. No nasty notes.)

Renee and One Pollo hang out with her son and they seem to get along well.  One Pollo’s already talking about playing sports with him!!  They get to watch his baseball game and good for ABC for planning a realistic date.

Overall, this family time seems WAY less eventful than Andi’s but that’s not a bad thing.  Renee says she’s in love with One Pollo, with little to no emotion. But I think that’s just the way she talks.  BamaBoy: “Are they just handing out the Xanax?!”  Where’s mine? Anywhoo….I think Renee and One Pollo seems to be the most natural and easy together.  I might biased because we all like her.  Once again, she says telling him she loves him doesn’t feel right at the time.

Last (and maybe least): Clare in Sacramento
I’m totally uninterested in Clare’s date or anything she has to say…until we get to the part where Clare’s sister calls her bullshit.  I’m interested in that.  Also, I’m REALLY sorry her dad is gone, but I’m soooooo over hearing her whine about being a daddy’s girl and how much he spoiled her.

Sister #1, married 20 “some-odd” years: supportive, happy, asks good questions, genuinely excited for Clare.
Sister #2 (the bitter sister) Debbie Downer and Momma: devil’s advocate (but not in a good way), Momma doesn’t get to speak…waiting for Momma to bitch-slap a mofo, can Momma get a word in?! Bitch, please!
Sidenote: It’s a good thing we’re not drinking when they say Momma or we’d all be annihilated and this blog would be getting REALLY hard to read.

It’s One Pollo’s time with Momma and here comes “the bitter sister” again…can someone kennel the guard dog, please?  Oh, thank Jesus, Momma (drink) gets to talk and she’s very sweet to One Pollo and welcomes him to the family.

Rose Time!
BamaBoy initiates a minutes-long conversation about real vs fake boobs on Clare.  Apparently, he knows entirely too much about boobs.  Men.

We’re pretty sure Clare goes home tonight even before the rose ceremony.  The previews for tomorrow showed Renee and Andi after the Fantasy Suites, but I’m also pretty sure they showed Nikki crying.  Alrighty, let’s see if the producers have forgone (Get it?!  “Forgo your separate rooms for the Fantasy Suite?!!” No…mmm) any suspense and already given it away.

Nikki, Clare (WTF….) and
BamaBoy: “WE KNOW CHRIS HARRISON!!!”  You’d think this was an LSU game or something…not the final rose.
Andi get roses.

Well, obviously Renee was our unanimous favorite, so there was a LOT of cursing and yelling at the TV. Renee handles it like a champ, Duh!  And One Pollo looks like he had to eat crow, “Well, he’s going to realize that soon when Andi high tails it out of the Fantasy Suite.”

BamaBoy begins to tell YET ANOTHER story.
Me: “Have you NO RESPECT for this show?!
BamaBoy and J together: “NO, does ANYONE?!” Harsh.

Well, no need to wait until next week, folks!!  We’ll be back tomorrow for the Fantasy Suites of DOOM!!
Good night and, as Nikki’s dad would say, “Thank you for your time.”


Disclaimer: Mommer, BamaBoy, J and I are in no way affiliated with ABC, The Bachelor, Chris Harrison, Xanax or The Princess Bride ( I WISH!).  We are not being compensated for our fantabulous fun times in any way.  We’re just glad to see some of you getting to enjoy our Monday Night “Lady” Fights as much as we do!

Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Fraction Book


Picture 4Picture 6

Happy Friday!  Since last week’s gift was Fraction Bingo, I decided to continue with fractions and give you the Fraction Book template, too!  I have used this book with 1st through 3rd graders, but it could potentially work for older kids, too.  You’ll need to copy as many inside pages as needed for the fractions you’ll be expecting students to cover in the book.

The file includes:

– a cover sheet
– a book page template

Each book page allows students to write the fraction with a numerator and denominator, ___ out of ____ parts and how many equal parts are needed to make 1 whole.  Students can then represent each fraction using a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.

To get your own copy of the Fraction Book template, click HERE! As always, my files are free for personal and classroom use.  I love to share, so print, share and enjoy!

Looking for Reading and Writing? I’ll have more Language Arts freebies in the next few weeks!!

Thanks for visiting,

– T

BamaBoy Blogs Bachelor: It’s Really Real…



Well, you know how Mondays generally suck?  They suck even more when you have a stomach virus!  Not only did my alarm not go off this morning so I started my day in a rush, but then I couldn’t keep liquids down for most of the day.  Not fun. At least now, I’ve managed to eat a pork taco, thanks Mommer!  Hopefully, I’ll start feeling better soon.  Sorry ahead of time if this week’s a little less “full of life” – I’m trying, here!  On the bright side, we’ve brought in another neighbor.  We’ll call her J.  She’s fun and she’s agreed to join us for this week’s Monday Night “Lady” Fights!

Tonight, we’re headed to Miami with One Pollo and the “ladies” and now it’s really real….

Of course, we have to visit Camila first.  Mommer: “I’m kind of over them using his kid for ratings.”

J: “I’m waiting for the gay Bachelor.”
BamaBoy: “We had that.  It was Jake’s season.” OUCH!

After a discussion about how Bachelors are selected, J: “So they pick losers…like you lost, here’s your prize.” Kinda, yeah…pretty much!

Sharleen has the first one-on-one date, which seems to be a good thing, so she can figure out why she’s here.
J: “She’s not sure why she’s here?!”
J: “What’s a ‘science educator’? They’re not called teachers in Ohio?”

Mommer: “I’m sticking with the McDonald’s date – it’s more realistic.” 

Here’s the thing: The only time Sharleen’s happy is when she’s attached to One Pollo’s face.  Otherwise, she’s wanting to go home.  This is not a good foundation for a relationship.  You can’t be attached to his face all the time.  Also, she wasn’t sure she wanted to settle down before this and she’s never really been motivated to be a mom…HELLO?!?!

The sad thing is One Pollo is definitely drinking the Sharleen kool-aid and this isn’t going to end well.  Hopefully, for his sake, sooner rather than later.

BamaBoy: “DAMN, she’s got big ears.  I bet One Pollo is happy he gets HBO when she’s around!
J: “Shhhh!!  She can hear you!!
BamaBoy: “She’d better be careful or she’s going to turn and pick up the naughty channels!

Sharleen still can’t make up her mind.  Well, she’d better.  And quickly!
Yes, please talk it out with Renee, so she can tell your ass to pack it up.

Nikki’s up and there’s already been a close-up crotch shot.  Way to go, camera guy.
One Pollo tells her they’re going to Camila’s dance recital and she looks pretty terrified.
Nikki gets to meet his family and Camila’s mom (who looks pissed!) and she says it’s all so “mind-blowing”.
J: “I think that’s all the bleach in your hair, honey!”

They drive into the Marlin’s stadium.  J: “They’ve had a shitty season.  Of course, they’ll let anyone just drive in there. There’s actually a game going on RIGHT now!”  Bahahaha!  They just needed seat fillers.
Mommer: “He just keeps staring at her tits.”
J: “Well, you don’t wear a shirt like that without knowing that’s going to happen.”

Sharleen finally tells all the “ladies”(have you seen the preview for the “lady fight” in a few minutes?!) how she’s feeling and she’s ready to talk to One Pollo.  She’s got her bags packed and she’s FINALLY made up her mind.
Why is she whispering?!  You know they’re still going to air this, right?!  Now we have to read it, too.  THANKS.

Mommer: “He is a rather suave gentleman. He’s so nice and genuine.”
J: “Why are we still whispering?”
Sharleen leaves and One Pollo can’t say enough nice things about her and her honesty.  Good for him, but good for her for finally being honest about her feelings. Except that she ruined it by saying, “I just wish I didn’t have to make choices.”
J:”It’s called LIFE!

Chelsie, Renee, Andi and Clare have the group date.  They are taking a seaplane to the beach.  Chelsie shares the notes her family wrote her with One Pollo and he loves them.  Andi can only talk about the rose.  And we’re spending yet ANOTHER one-on-one time with One Pollo comforting her and reassuring her.  THAT’s getting old and I’m NOT dating her!
J: “It would save a lot of time if she’d just take an anti-depressant.
Clare has turned into a spoiled brat.  Has she EVER been told no?!
J: “Look, even God’s crying after listening to Clare.” 
Andi gets what can’t help but feel like a pity rose.  Of course, Clare is pissed.  Hey, Clare, your evil bitch horns are showing again.  You might wanna cover those back up.
J: “If she’s like this now, she’s not going to handle being a step mom very well AT ALLShe’s got to GO!”

Andi and One Pollo head to a concert and begin dancing in front of everyone.  Awkward.  Mostly because she’s not moving her feet.

Meanwhile, back in Clare’s “castle”, Clare’s in full bitch-mode.  Go figure, she’s disappointed she didn’t get the rose.  Nikki leaves the room and Clare needs to pick a fight.  Clare is not okay with Nikki “getting to be a bitch all the time” – tired of sharing the pedestal much?

Mommer: “Zzzzzzz….”  Looks like last week was a fluke.

Cocktail Party Rundown:
BamaBoy: “‘I need to see this guy’?  Why can’t Chelsie just say she wants One Chicken to meet her family.” 

Nikki thinks she already has a rose.  Now she’s beginning to sound like Clare.
Please stop talking.
J: “Ugh.”

Nikki and Clare are left alone together and you can literally hear crickets and a truck backing up.
BamaBoy: “Where’s the Jeopardy theme song when you need it.”

Thank GOD for Chris Harrison!

One Pollo tells Chris Harrison he’s going to “try to think”.
J: “Go try, honey.”

Rose Time!
Andi already has a rose.

Chris Harrison, “Here comes Juan Pablo.”
J: “Wait, he’s coming?  Are you sure?”

Nikki, Clare, and Renee get roses.
BamaBoy: “Where was Chris Harrison?  How were we supposed to know it was the FINAL ROSE?!”

Chelsie’s going home.
J: “Good, science educator…pffffffft.”
J: “That’s right, Clare.  It should have been you.”
For being new to Bachelor Night, she sure catches on quickly!!

BamaBoy on Chelsie wanting a partner in crime: “Why do you want to be a criminal?! Maybe that’s why he didn’t pick you. You know he has trouble with figures of speech!”

Next week:
Wait, fantasy suite?!  What?
Oh, and our bet is that One Pollo overheard Andi’s poop noises and that’s what went “horribly wrong”.

Alright, well, despite feeling awful all day, tonight was pretty fun and Monday Night “Lady” Fights didn’t disappoint, once again.  Here’s to a better week and that no one else gets my “funk”.

This is the final sentence…
– T

Disclaimer: BamaBoy, Mommer, J and I are in no way affiliated with The Bachelor,  ABC, or McDonald’s.  We are not being compensated in any way  for our random musings and catty behavior, although we’d be willing to barter for snacks!  ; )  

Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Fraction Bingo!


Picture 2Happy Valentine’s Day!!  I hope your weekend will be full of love, chocolate and mushy stuff!…or movies, wine and relaxation, at least!  Today is our class Valentine’s party, which is always fun!  The kids are making Valentine crafts, doing Valentine Math (Sidenote: Pinterest is AWESOME!!) and eating cookies out the wazoo!  Funny thing, when you ask parents for cookies and juice, they don’t play around!!  We already have had them flowing in, so I can only imagine what’s going to show up today!

Anywhoooo, since today is the Day of Love, I figured I’d shell out something big!!  Fraction Bingo!!

**UPDATE: This product has been moved to Teachers Pay Teachers and is no longer free, however, for only $2.50 you can have your own set of Fraction Bingo!

The file includes:

– 22 different bingo cards (2 per page)
– cards for random drawing
– fractions from 1/2 to 5/6 shown in various ways.

* I made sure that there are multiple draw-cards for the fractions that are shown multiple ways so students might get 1/2 twice, but there’s another card for that!

Picture 3

I introduced this to my kids by having them work in pairs, but most of my kids are playing on their own now!  I also made sure to read the fraction as parts of a whole, also, to differentiate for some of my kids who’d mastered parts of a whole.  For example, I would read 1/2 as “one half”, “one out of two” and “one out of two equal parts” as I walked around.  Doing this helped my kids catch on quickly and become independently successful.  All my kids loved it and had a great time practicing fractions.  This could be used for any age, though!  In fact, one of our 4th grade teachers is using this with her class to review before teaching equivalent fractions!!

To download your own Fraction Bingo, click HERE to get your own from TeachersPayTeachers!

Have a great weekend! Eat a sweet treat for me!

– T