Stuff that Made Me Go BOOM!

This week was long and arduous.

It was fraught with chaos and stress and difficulty and exhaustion.

Most of this was due to work.  It was my last week, but it was also State Test Week (you should read that with a deep foreboding voice and sort of a DUH DUH DUUUUHHH afterward), and I am one of the test administrators.

We had a power outage on one of the test days, so they canceled school.  But then the power came right back on, so they decided school was back on.  But I didn’t get the call until 7:53 am that school was back on.  School started at 7:30am and my commute is a minimum of 35 minutes.

We also had two nights of parent/teacher conferences this week making 12+ work days.

That is just a tidbit of the crazy that was this week.

Most of the time I had no idea what day of the week it was.

My time online was extremely limited since A) I was forbidden from being near anything technological during the million hours of giving the State Tests and B) I was too dang tired every other minute of the week.

All of this hoopla ended in my coming this close to totally melting down at school on Thursday, AND to TWO cold sores cropping up.  I have never in all of my life had two at once.  That tells you how insane things were.

But I didn’t have a meltdown.

And let me tell you why…

A lovely friend who stopped over just because.

A Great Grandma who stopped over with a BEAUTIFUL quilt and pillows she made for her great grandson’s big boy bed.

A mom home from Mexico who brought over souvenirs.

The perfect words at the perfect time from two very best friends in the whole world.

A husband who does more than his share because we are a team.

A little boy who whispers “I love you, Mommy.”

And people who answered the call for book donations to my school’s Free Book Shelf.

Cort and Eddie and I headed to school for one last time this morning to clear out any of my personal items and to bring the book donations.  This is what the shelf looked like when we got there:

pretty cleaned out

Cort started bringing in all the boxes and bags that were donated by family and friends and blog readers and Eddie and I started unloading.

he’s such a great helper!

And when we finished?  BOOM!


THANK YOU to all who donated (besides me):  Tonya and Jer, Tammi, Erin, Trisha and Ben, Tracy, Sandy, Amy Jo, Kelli, Mom, Michelle, and some anonymous donators.  And probably others who I can’t even remember off the top of my head.  You are all amazing to send the love of books and reading to kids you don’t even know.  THANK YOU!

And now?  I am done with work until fall.

It’s a strange thing realizing my classes aren’t really mine anymore, but I have a little project that will be getting underway on Tuesday morning bright and early that will need my FULL attention.


About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Hope next week is better. Had to tell you a secret: Releev. The *only* thing that gets rid of cold sores and prevents them if you use it ASAP. Buy three. Stash everywhere. You’ll never get one again.

  2. Aww! Glad you got so many books. I see some of mine on the shelf. 😉 GOOD LUCK on Tuesday!

  3. Before and after pics of free books…FANTASTIC! Good luck on Tuesday!

  4. hang in there charlie’s mom

  5. Valtrex. I don’t go anywhere without. If you feel it coming you just take 1 and it usually stops it, but you have to take it ASAP! Is safe while Preggo too. I hate getting cold sores. Sorry for your bum week but congratulations in it being done.

  6. I love love love the look of the full book shelf! Kudos to you – and all your friends – for creating such a wonderful opportunity to foster kids’ love for reading! Good luck to you on Tues.!

  7. What an amazing parting gift to your school and students. You are a special teacher indeed, and I LOVE the picture of that full book case. Love.

    I remember the emotions when I was 48-hours from our planned birth of my second child
    …it’s surreal KNOWING exactly when your life will change again forever; but still not knowing exactly how.

    So I’m wishing you peace of mind, a warm heart, and the certainty that (no matter what else you have to deal with) the love in Sluiter Nation is about to multiply in more ways than you can imagine.


  8. Fantastic!! I love that. BOOM indeed. 🙂