Tiaras + Books + Friday Eve = Smiles

I’m not naturally an unhappy person. Naturally I’m a please-keep-her-away-from-sugar-because-she’s-already-overly-effusive person. But I don’t compartmentalize well and I wear my heart on my sleeve (even when I’m wearing strapless). My puh-puh-puh-poker face? It’s a mythical creature more elusive than the unicorn. If something exciting happens, I radiate; if something scary happens, I tremble; if something upsetting happens, I bawl. And when something devastating happens, I shut down.

Luckily, while I may not compartmentalize, I am very easily distracted.
I needed something to distract me right now. (Distraction Fairy, where art thou?!) There is no better way to distract myself than doing something good for others – especially when it involves books!

Enter Operation Teen Book Drop! (See http://www.readergirlz.com/ for more information). As soon as I hit ‘post’ on this blog, St. Matt and I are off to purchase and drop books. I’ve got my bookplates and glue sticks ready to go and a list of potential drop sites color-coded and annotated. I’m so excited to buy books for others and have spent far too much time thinking about which titles I want to share.

I’ve already got tomorrow’s Distraction Fairy lined up too. TIARA DAY! This is a Susan Adrian suggestion that I may have taken a little too literally. I know people will post tiara’d avatars on Twitter, but do other people actually wear their tiaras? Because I am. Not only will I be wearing a tiara, but my kiddos will be as well.

It has been decreed, tomorrow will be Tiara Day in room 202! We voted, and even the boys decided ‘Tiara Day’ sounds far better than any gender-neutral version. Royal Headwear Day? Please. Besides, many of my boys plan on borrowing their sisters’ tiaras and rockin’ some rhinestones. This may have been influenced by my (male) vice-principal’s announcement that he would join us in our tiara endeavors. We will also listen to ♫Punk Rock Princess♫ a frightening number of times. Can’t wait!

Know this now, when I tweet, blog, or otherwise visit the cyber-world tomorrow, I will be doing it bejeweled, with a magnanimous royal wave, and while keeping my chin up and my Distraction Fairy occupied.


  • Yay for Tiara Day and distraction fairies. 🙂

    April 16, 2009
  • Hooray for Tiara Day! Please take a picture of you in all your bejeweled glamor if you can.

    April 16, 2009
  • I’d love to see a class photo from tomorrow – 6th grade boys and your VP in tiaras? Must have photo proof. You are the best teacher!

    April 16, 2009
  • Yay for people with *sparkly* Distraction Fairy ideas 😉

    I’m super annoyed that I can’t post my pictures (I had a great one of “Tiara Day” on the Homework board). Maybe blogger won’t be cranky tomorrow.

    April 16, 2009
  • The world would be a better place if there were more teachers like you. 🙂

    April 17, 2009
  • Tiara day was resounding ~success~! Not only did I have 100% participation, but each of my 15 boys chose to wear a TIARA instead of a crown. Because, as they informed me: “Real men can wear tiaras…” (apparently real boys can too).

    We’re working on our regal waves 🙂

    April 17, 2009

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