Winter Break: Day 1

You've all heard that the three best things about teaching are June, July and August, right?

I beg to differ, however.

The three greatest things about teaching are Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. I mean, why limit yourself to just three months?

Ok, ok, ok! Jeesh! I'm kidding!


I'm not that superficial about my occupation. But to be real here, guys, teachers have a very tough job day-in and day-out. If you have kids, you better hope and pray their teacher has a relaxing break filled with lots of R&R. I mean, your kiddos see their teacher more than they might see you in a single day, so it's essential that teachers get a break to recharge. And it really wouldn't kill some parents to spend a little more time with their kids during school breaks, either.

Just sayin'.

Sorry, I digress.

Today is my first day of Winter Break.

You don't even know how good it feels to say that. I might have to say it again.

Today is my first day of Winter Break.

What did I do on my first day of break, you ask? Well, I began by waking up at 7:30 a.m. - a whole TWO HOURS later than my normal wake up time. Score 1 for Kelli.

Then, I began to get ready for my day, which consisted of showering and blow-drying my hair. No make up, no hair products, no heat styling, no worries. This, my friends, is a break my skin needs right now.

At about 9 a.m. I made my way to Aldi's and bought $100 worth of non-perishable grocery items to donate to an organization in Cedar Rapids that helps the neediest of the needy: Mission of Hope.

With a trunk FULL of groceries (you can buy a lot at Aldi for just $100) I made my way to Mission of Hope at 10 a.m. for a drop off.

The shelter was full, which made me sad. However, just as I arrived I saw a father and his son leaving after emptying their truck bed for the shelter. Yes, you read that right. A father and son had donated a full truck bed of non-perishable food items to Mission of Hope. When I have kids some day, I hope to teach my children the life lesson that this man taught his son.

**Side Note: Go here to see "Wish List" items for Mission of Hope. 

After dropping off my donation, I headed home and loaded my car with a ton of clothing and home accessories to sell to Rags to Riches - a local consignment shop that resells your clothing and gives you 40% of the sale price. Over the past few weeks I have spent a considerable amount of time downsizing all of the crap around our home.

It is all crap, I tell ya! I don't know why I acquired all this junk, but I did. And it's got to go!

I had a spray tan appointment at City Looks in the early afternoon, and after a stop Starbucks for a peppermint hot chocolate I spent the rest of the day unwinding on the couch watching Food Network.

This is what Winter Break is all about, people!

Doing a good deed, simplifying your life, treating yourself and enjoying some time being a foodie.

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