Friday, January 3, 2014

Fabulous People + SLANT Surprise

Yesterday was an important day. Very. First, I was in the (online) paper because I am the only NBCT in my district (first one in many years too) and the story was tweeted all over the area. *blushing* As if I wasn't on cloud nine(teen) all day because of that...
I opened up the mailbox and found a lovely surprise. (Okay, okay, I knew the box was coming but didn't know what would be IN the box.)
Back in September, I signed up to do the SLANT box. I did what I was supposed to do. Mailed my box and even re-mailed my box when I got word that the first one had been damaged on the way and the contents scattered who knows where. I waited ever-so-patiently for my own box to arrive. The anticipation was intense. And I waited. And waited. And waited some more for my box to come.

It never did. (Let's point out that it's January and still no box from September. Lame aaaaaand lame.) My partner told me she had just gotten married so I was more than willing to be flexible about it....but all these months later and still no box.Very rude. Not to mention inconsiderate. (I mean, really? Who does that??)

Not long ago, the dear Amanda over at His and Her Hobbies posted about a SLANT box that she had received. I commented on her post sharing my woe regarding my own would-be SLANT box. Soon after, I had an email from her saying that her and Sean (the "His" in the blog title) wanted to send me a SLANT box since I never got mine. 

I was floored. I didn't share my woe because I wanted anyone to step up and rectify the issue (well, except maybe the person who should have done it in the first place). Amanda was so sweet, however, and insisted upon sending me a box.
And yesterday it came! First I was in mass anticipation because the box was a smaller flat rate box and I was intrigued by what could possibly have fit in there.
Look at this goodness! And holy moly, I have NO IDEA how they fit all of this into that lil ole box!! Overjoyed, enraptured...blessed beyond belief = me!

Isn't that the sweetest, nicest thing ever?? Firstly, Lindor truffles = Y.U.M. I even had to fend off The Oldest because she wanted some. No way, Jose! Mine, mine, mine! (Think Daffy Duck when he finds the riches in the cave and shoves Bugs Bunny back down into the hole....wait, am I dating myself here??) And get a load of those cozy socks with the little lamb face. Cuuutttteee! Who doesn't love sticky notes? I have an entire DRAWER full at school. Really!

See? (And this is nothing....its SO much more full now. The entire drawer is just sticky notes and note pads. I may need an intervention! haha) 

And finally, INK JOY Pens!! My FAVORITE. I have only used the capped version but oh my word...these are fab-u-lous. Hello Chevron! :D And they write so beautifully.
See?! Perfection in Pen form. I may be in Heaven. (I'm a tad bit easy to please. Is it obvious?)

Words can not possibly convey how grateful I am. Sure, it's just stuff BUT there was a lot of heart and thought put into this box and I'm so grateful that they thought of me when someone else flaked out. YOU ROCK LADY (AND DUDE)! :) 

Also, my dearest Kim (from Finding JOY in 6th Grade) asked me for my email the other day and I didn't think anything of it when I shared and that dear friend sent me a Starbucks card. ♥ Why would she do this for lil ole me? Because she said I was inspiring. Back in August when I got jerked around (more than once) regarding my position for this year, I didn't complain. I didn't gripe. I shared that I was just dealing with it as it came....because honestly, I knew it was just a head game. (And now...I honestly wonder if the HR folk are eating crow since I'm the sole NBCT in the district and the one who jerked me around all summer with my position is the one who had to announce my achievement to the BOE...ha!) The district was trying to flex some control/muscle and they failed miserably at it. I knew it would happen so I just sat back and took it all in. I didn't let myself get up-in-arms even when I really wanted to...because I knew I couldn't change it. I prayed about it and what do you know...when push came to shove, I ended up back where I belong, in my favorite grade to boot.

So really...thank you my bloggy friends. Sometimes I really wonder who even reads my drivel (and why they would want to haha!)...but the truth is, the bond I feel with many of my bloggy pals is so much stronger than with people I see every day. Probably because most of are truly honest in our blogs--there isn't as much fear of judgment from people you don't see face-to-face every day compared to if we spoke our minds about these things to our colleagues or bosses.

I know that when push comes to shove, it will be my turn to Pay it Forward as it were. And believe me, I won't forget this. I'm a firm believer in Karma and the old saying "what comes around goes around"...and that applies in both good and not-so-good situations. You will be blessed my friends. Guaranteed.
The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. I am so glad you liked what we chose. We had fun picking the items for you. :) What you wrote here was super sweet! Thank you. I hope you have a good week.

    1. Definitely loved it all! Check your email girlie, I have good news!

  2. I'm really glad you enjoyed the goodies. The small flat rate box was a little smaller than I had expected but I saw it as a challenge to make it all fit and I wasn't content until I made it all fit! Even the guy at the post office said something about how full it was.