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Top 10 Autumn Cocktails

October 10, 2011

One of the top ten autumn cocktailsContributed by Lisa Pratto, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

Autumn conjures up images of pumpkins, hayrides, raking leaves and apple picking. But did you ever consider creating autumn-themed mixed drinks?
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Top 10 Paper Crafts Ideas

October 5, 2011

One of the top ten paper crafts ideasContributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

If you or your children are the craftsy sort, you know paper is the home artisan’s best friend.

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Top 10 Ways to Prevent Senior Falls

October 5, 2011

One of the top ten ways to prevent senior fallsContributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

When elderly people fall down the outcome can be catastrophic:


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Top 10 Reasons Tall is Good

October 5, 2011

A list of the top ten reasons tall is goodContributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

There are lots of reasons why being tall is good.


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Top 10 Ways To Wear Beer

October 5, 2011

A list of the top ten ways to wear beerContributed by Lisa Pratto, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

You can wear your beer anywhere, anytime …

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Top 10 College Course Catalog Tips

October 3, 2011

One of the top ten college course catalog tipsContributed by Lisa Pratto, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

Whether you are a freshman or a perpetual student, you could probably use some tips on how best to work a college course catalog.

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Top 10 Ways to Dress Like a Rock Star

October 3, 2011

One of the top ten ways to dress like a rock starContributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

Dressing like a rock star is going to require stepping outside the box and letting go of your inhibitions because the “typical” rock star doesn’t go to work in business casual or three pieces suits.

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Top 10 Distractions at Work

October 3, 2011

One of the top ten distractions at workContributed by Missy Nolan, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

Each day, you show up bright and early in your best “I take my job seriously” outfit, ready to work.

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Top 10 Teacher Burnout Symptoms

October 3, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

teacher burnout symptoms

It’s not easy being a teacher. And there will always be some bad days. But how do you know when it reaches the point of burnout?

Here are the top ten symptoms of teacher burnout. If more than a couple apply to you, you might want to talk to someone about ways to overcome burnout and regain your love of teaching.

10. Loss of excitement

teacher burnout symptoms

Remember when you first started teaching? How excited you were about making a difference in the lives of your students?

If it’s hard to remember, or if it seems like that excitement is something that exists only in the past, teacher burnout might be the culprit.

9. Impatience

teacher burnout symptoms

Do you find yourself snapping at colleagues or students? Everyone is impatient sometimes, but constant or increasing impatience may be a sign of stress and burnout.

8. Fatigue

teacher burnout symptoms

Does it feel like your alarm rings only seconds after you fall asleep? Do you wake up still tired morning after morning? Is it hard to stay awake by the end of the workday?

If you’re getting enough sleep, and your health is good, the cause of your fatigue could be emotional exhaustion, stress or teacher burnout.

7. Avoiding student interaction

teacher burnout symptoms

You used to love talking with your students. You even volunteered to lead after school groups or clubs.

But now you can’t find the energy to talk to them at all. As soon as class is over, you hide in the teacher lounge, or shut your door to “do some work.”

When what used to be great about teaching becomes a burden, you could be heading into burnout.

6. Using the same old lesson plans over and over

teacher burnout symptoms

You used to love coming up with new and exciting lesson plans. That was half the fun of being a teacher.

Now it all seems like too much work. You see that your students are bored but you just can’t seem to care enough to do anything about it.

As with any profession, loosing interest in doing your job well is a classic sign of burnout.

5. More bad days than good days

teacher burnout symptoms

When was the last time you had a great day at work? How about a good one?

And when was the last bad day at work? If you can’t remember the good ones, but can count off lots of bad ones, it might be the burnout coloring your experience.

4. Dread going to work

teacher burnout symptoms

The alarm goes off, but you hit snooze. You wander around the house doing random tasks to avoid heading out the door to work. And when a slight sniffle strikes, you gratefully call in sick.

Does this sound familiar? People experiencing job burnout often dread heading into work each day.

3. Counting hours until workday ends

teacher burnout symptoms

You arrive at school at 8, and immediately look at the clock, calculating the number of hours until the final bell rings. As each class period passes, you count off the remaining hours until the day ends.

And when the final bell rings, you’re the first out the door.

Burnout can make every hour at work stretch into what feels like days.

2. Feeling unappreciated

teacher burnout symptoms

It seems that no matter how hard you work, no one cares. Your students are ungrateful, and the adminstration is only interested in cutting the budget. No one notices all the good things you do, or how many extra hours you put in.

Burnout makes it hard to see any appreciation for being a teacher, even if it’s there.

1. Spilling over to home life

teacher burnout symptoms

Once burnout becomes severe, the effects begin to spill over into your home life.

At this point, not being at work isn’t enough relief. You find yourself getting annoyed with your spouse, children or friends, even over minor matters.

Teacher burnout is very real. If the symptoms on this list ring true, it’s time to do something about it. Talk to a doctor or counselor, or even a trusted friend. Look into taking a leave of absence, or maybe just a change of schools.

Top 10 College Football Game Gear Choices

October 3, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

college football game gear

I just love football season! Cheering for my team, wearing the school colors, hosting football parties – it’s all fun.

The best thing of all is actually going to the games. But joining a few thousand other fans to scream for your team is more fun if you’re prepared.

Here are the top 10 college football game gear must-haves you should take to the stadium with you.


10. Seat cushion or stadium chair

college football game gear

Let’s face it – most college stadium seats aren’t too comfortable. Adding a stadium seat or cushion will make your time at the game a lot more comfortable, even if the game goes into overtime.

9. College sweatshirt

college football game gear

Sure, you could wear that new sweater or last year’s coat. But this a college game, so join in the fun with cozy new college sweatshirts. Have kids? Get them into the spirit with college hoodies of their own.

8. A warm hat

college football game gear

They say that we lose over 75% of our body heat from our heads, so a warm hat is a must for your college football game gear. Get a logo hat with your college mascot on it, or choose a cozy hat in your school colors.

7. Warm gloves

college football game gear

Keep your fingers warm and comfortable in a pair of warm gloves. Make sure the gloves you choose have Thinsulate™ or other heat-retaining lining to stay warm well into the fourth quarter.

6. Fan pom-poms

college football game gear

Who says the cheerleaders should have all the fun? Get a pair of fan-sized pom-poms and wave away when your team makes the big score.

If you can’t find pom-poms with your team logo, choose a pair in your school colors. Many discount stores and online sports stores carry pom pons them in common college colors.

5. A giant foam finger

college football game gear

Sure it’s tacky and silly looking. Who cares? It’s a college football game and you’re supposed to have fun, so wave away!

Giant foam fingers for most college teams are available online, so you can order one even if you live hundreds of miles away from your favorite team.

4. Foot warmers



Your college football game experience won’t be much fun if your tootsies are freezing, so invest in some footwarmers to tuck inside your shoes.

Choose chemical based foot warmers that last for about four to five hours, or invest in warm silk liner socks that trap your own body heat without making feet sweaty.

3. Sunglasses

college football game gear

When the game starts before sundown, adding a pair of sunglasses to your college football game gear bag will make it easier to see the field. Pick a pair with good UV and glare protection, so you won’t miss that great handoff or the perfect pass because the sun’s in your eyes.

2. Thermos

college football game gear

When the sun goes down and the chill sets in, a thermos of hot cocoa, coffee or cider is the perfect way to stay warm while you watch the game.

Choose a double-insulated thermos to keep your beverage pipping hot through the whole game.

1. Binoculars

college football game gear

Unless you’ve scored seats in the first few rows, a pair of lightweight sports binoculars will bring the game up close even if you’re in the nose-bleed section.

New wide-angle binoculars will give you a great view of the field, saving you from “searching” for the players and missing the play.

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