Friday Flip-Offs

Fridays are generally when I link up with Kludgy Mom for Friday Flip-offs.  It’s a super great way to vent about all the stuff in the past week that has added to the stress and torture of actually getting through the week.

Well, Gigi (Kludgy Mom) is still busy with her back to school blogging (which you should check out because it’s a great idea for those who have MORE time now that school is back in session…that would not be me), so to link up to the Flip-offs we are headed over to the lovely Momma Kiss’s place today….

1. I am first flipping off this new sleep schedule I am apparently on.  I have gone from getting and average of 9 hours of sleep (my bare minimum for survival during the day) to getting hardly 6 hours.  This is not good.  I spend WAY too much time on twitter (you all are addicting.  did you know this?  Quit signing on and being all entertaining at my bedtime. ahem). Something is going to have to give.  This morning I almost drove off the road on my way into work because my eyes wanted to close out of sheer exhaustion.  So a big finger-wagging flip-off to lack of sleep.

2. In connection to that I am also flipping off my crappy time management skills as of late.  I am getting stuff done, but I am tired.  And I am skipping things like breakfast.  Not good.  Flip-off.

3. As much as I love my job, my class sizes are getting ridiculous.  I have 36 desks in my classroom and my largest two classes are at 37.  I have been trying not to complain since I know there is a freshman English class with 49 students right now and they have kids sitting on the floor in between desk rows.  But these large class sizes?  Are no good for student achievement let alone classroom management.  Hopefully we get some teachers called off the lay-off list and the schedules figured out soon. Until then? Flip-off!

4. Ok, this one is a little embarrassing, but it’s been driving me nuts.  I REALLY need to get in to my stylist (my cousin) and get my hair dyed and get my eyebrows waxed.  Gray hairs are sprouting out of my 32 year-young head and dark hairs are growing where I don’t want them on my face.  I hate all the maintenance of being an adult woman!  I have shrubs growing above my eyes!  And also?  What is with the random chin hairs!?!?  So for all the care and time I have to put in to making the hair on my dome look good (or go away, depending on its location), I say FLIP OFF!

WHEW!  That felt pretty good.

Now it’s your turn.  What are you flipping off this week?

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. 49 kids in a class? I thought my son's kindergarten class with 27 was too many. I seriously cannot imagine.

    Were there a lot of students that enrolled last minute that the district couldn't plan for?

    I hate when my hair needs color. I always feel "blah" until I can get it colored again.

  2. Wow. I cannot believe those class sizes. I feel fortunate that my kids are in classes with only 19 children. No teacher should have that burden!!

    Hope your sleep gets back on track 🙂

  3. WTH am I Doing? says

    OMG. I love you for flipping off the random hairs. *sigh* Stuff like this never happened before I had kids. And before I was over 30. Why does being female require so much maintenance? Do guys get it easier with everything??

  4. I'm with everyone else on the class size. Holy Crap!
    Grey hairs. Grrrrr.
    And you called me lovely. I think I love you.

  5. Grace @ Arms Wide Open says

    i found my first gray hairs this summer! and also? i've had chin hairs for a LOOOONG time.
    no shame!

  6. designHER Momma says

    I'm flipping off my grocery bill. Dude, it's high. And why do these kids demand to be fed everyday? Why can't they be more like goldfish?

  7. OMG i homeschool 3 and i'm about to lose my mind!! LOL

  8. Jennifer Kay says

    Lunchtime eyebrow wax today for $7.00 and it feels good…I had a catapillar walking across my face all week.

  9. Holy crap! That is just unreal class size numbers. Not cool at all!

  10. Random hairs in random places NEVER happened to me before I had kids!

    Holy crap… 49 kids? Sitting on the floor? That's crazy! Best of luck that this situation gets resolved sooner rather than later!

  11. wow those are herendous class sizes. I couldn't handle that. WOw! With those sizes especially in our district it has me contemplating homeschooling. Phewwww! 49 kids

  12. I always love your flip offs–they make me smile! 🙂 And I wouldn't just be flipping off your class sizes, I would be mooning them, too! 🙂

  13. Hair waxers unite! I fracken hate getting it done but I don't trust myself with tweezers!

  14. I used to start each school year with about 36 students in my class. Our district only allowed 30. It would take a month or two to find other schools to send the extra kids to. It can get hard when the classroom is small and you have all the extra desks and students and no aide. Anyway, just so you know, I have one gray hair that always comes to visit my left eyebrow. Ugh! Have a great day!

    Mama Hen