Break Face contest finalists!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I have never had so much fun reading emails in my life.

Over a hundred of you crazies emailed me your Break Faces, and over a hundred times I giggled, gasped, or said, "OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THIS ONE!!" to my roommate.  Even though I'm psyched to be on break myself, there's something about seeing everyone united in craziness and joy that just really makes my love muscles ache.

It was about as easy for me to pick finalists as it would be if you brought me to a zoo full of only baby animals and told me to pick only a few to bottle-feed (i.e. it was not easy at all).  But, as I do when I visits zoos full of only baby animals in my dreams, I eventually narrowed it down to the following eight contestants:

Contestant #1: Lori 

This was one of the first emails I received, and I'm pretty sure I clapped my hands with excitement. 

Contestant 2: Tara

My favorite is 3 PM.  And that you're trying not to laugh in 12 PM. 

Contestant 3: Melissa

I. cackled. 

Contestant 4: Kim

A bunch of you sent in some awesome paper-throwing pictures, but Kim took it to the next level by JUMPING. Awesome!

Contestant 5: Joann and Joann's Husband

Joann and her husband are both teachers, and I dare you to look at their Break Faces and not smile gigantically.  Also, if it looks like they are cold, it is because they live in the YUKON!

Contestant 6: McKenzie

We can file this under "Break Face pictures that made Ms. Teach laugh maniacally". 

Contestant 7: Brooke and Brooke's Mom

You and your mom are teachers + you get out for Christmas break + you have a tiny trampoline = this.  Beautiful.

Voting starts now and ends at 9:00 PM CST Sunday, December 22nd (that's tomorrow)!  
I hope you had fun taking the Break Face pictures, because I absolutely loved seeing all of them and reading your emails. Totally put me in the winter break spirit :) 


Or else.




Congratulations, KIM!!  Your paper-throwing brought joy to my (and the majority of voters') hearts.

Let's play this again in June :)


A Break Face Contest!

Sunday, December 15, 2013


My plans include:
  • Eating an overabundance of complex carbohydrates
  • Running to somewhat offset said carbohydrates and also to meet lots and lots of dogs
  • Reading the final installment of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake series
  • Bribing my two year-old nephew with food, books, and dinosaur paraphernalia to love me best
Oh, and starting grad school!  I am PUMPED!

This year, to get the rest of you on my level of excitement (if you're not already there), I've decided to issue a little challenge.

The challenge is this: 

Take a photo of your Break Face, that is, your face the moment you are officially off work, and email it to me at It can be the second your classroom is empty, when you're walking (or running) to the parking lot, when you arrive home-- whatever you consider being "on break". If you're not so sure about sending your face, feel free to send a picture of your jazz hands or other school-appropriate body parts!

Since most teachers get out for break this week, I'm making the deadline for emailing me the photo Friday, December 20th at 11:59 P.M. I will choose the Break Faces that convey the most excitement and post some finalists here, right on this here web log, on Saturday the 21st**, then I'll have you beautiful specimens vote on a winner.

OH.  I almost forgot! I served TWO detention duties in the past couple of weeks so that I could afford the following prize:

A FIFTY dollar (that's $50) gift certificate to the wonderful world of Amazon!

So, to review: 

What: A contest for who has the best "I made it to Christmas break!" face
How to enter: Email your Break Face to 
When: Before 11:59 P.M. on Friday, December 20th (this Friday!!)
Why: WHY NOT?! And because also there's a gift card up for grabsies.

So get your Break Faces on, people.



*You also don't have to be a teacher (no discrimination here).  If you're not on break this week, you can always pretend! I'll never know! :)

**So don't put anything in your Break Face picture you wouldn't want the world to see, like the tops of your hairy feet or your DVD collection in the background that includes Baby Geniuses II.