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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Random Thoughts on School....

Well, I'm back at work. I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude but there are lots of little annoying things that are bugging me. We have a new assistant principal, a lady who WAS a principal last year but was demoted. Isn't that scary? We've been that route before at our school and it wasn't a pretty site. I'm hopeful that maybe it was just a bad fit at her other school, but we'll see.

There's also a second assistant principal roaming the halls...he's a former superintendent from Indiana who was hired on by Pedro and is "shadowing" our principal for a few weeks. This makes me nervous. Hopefully he's not here to take over for our principal....better the devil you know, right?

Anyway, I'll update tomorrow on how the first day went. Hopefully things will pass calmly. My friend Lynn says she's adopting MY motto: It'll be okay. When did this become my motto? I wasn't present at that meeting.

Friday, July 28, 2006


So I was driving along yesterday near the airport when suddenly, in front of me, blocking the entire right lane, is a car at a dead stop. People, this is a 50 mph zone! The car in front of me slams to stop, and I, fortunately, make it, too. The idiot behind me, however, didn't, which is something I can actually understand. He didn't pop me hard, but obviously I'd been hit---and then the asshole took off! He was in a white, older Lincoln and I'm assuming he either didn't have insurance or was driving on a suspended license (major surprise, huh?) Who I'd really like to hurt is the white trash woman who was stopped dead in the right lane and actually caused all this. I spoke to her briefly--she tried to get the license # of the car driving off---but she was stopped because she was following her boyfriend and things had flown off the back of his truck and they were stopped to pick them up. I was kinda in shock--not hurt, just pissed. I did drive on down to a safe spot and called the cops but of course there's little to no chance they'll ever catch the idiot. So now I'm left to decide whether or not I should turn the claim in to my insurance and watch my rates go up (thanks, asshole!) or hope the damage is actually less than $500 so I don't have to involve the insurance people at all. You can't really tell there's much damage--just the muffler is bent and there's a small dent in my back door. It's just the principle of the thing. What is wrong with people? You go along minding your own business and then, bam! And we really can't take another financial hit now. I'm just really down about all this.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Adding to the books read list...

And here we have the books I've added to my Read in 2006 list so far this summer, plus ratings (out of 10)..

31. Hidden Honor by Anne Stuart (5/28/06)...7/10
32. Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham (6/3/06)....9/10
33. Sweet Ruin by Cathi Hanauer (6/7/06)...6.5/10
34. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (6/11/06)...10/10
35. A Famine of Horses by P.F. Chisholm (6/14/06)...6.5/10
36. Bad Twin by Gary Troup (6/18/06)....7/10
37. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (6/19/06)...7/10
38. 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal (6/20/06)...8/10
39. Plain and Simple by Sue Bender (6/24/06)…5/10
40. A Lady Raised High by Laurien Gardner (6/26/06)….7/10
41. Regency Charade by Margaret Mayhew (6/30/06)…7/10
42. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (7/2/06)…7.5/10
43. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (7/8/06)….8.5/10
44. Treason by Meredith Whitford (7/14/06)…9.5/10
45. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (7/16/06)….8/10
46. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (7/16/06)…7/10
47. Disobedience by Naomi Alderson (7/20/06)….7/10
48. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers (7/22/06)…9.75/10

I cannot say enough good stuff about The Book Thief. If you haven't read it, do so now! Awesome, awesome. And I kept up my tradition of reading a classic this summer, having finished off Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Every time I read Austen I wonder why it's taken me so long to read another one. Love her writing!

Twilight has turned out to be one of those books I'd like to immerse myself in---interesting storyline and characters that have crawled into my soul to live. The writing itself isn't outstanding (Edward chuckles wayyyy too much) but there is something just so compelling about the story that I've found myself thinking about the book numerous times since I finished it Friday night.

I tried to read Alentejo Blue for review and had to pitch it halfway. If someone tells you this is a good one, ignore that person. There was no one in the story I cared about, and the odd things each character had wrong were just so....yucky. It seemed like an author trying to be pretentious for pretentiousness-sake. I don't do well with those.

I'm currently reading Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty) and it's okay so far (77 pages in). I like how Bray writes. She knows how to pull you in. I'm also reading The Thirteenth Tale for review and can't decide what I think of this one yet. It's come highly recommended so I'm hanging with it, hoping it picks up a bit. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.


The Dreaded Email....

Oh, no, I just received the dreaded principal has decided it's time for him to start sending out his weekly staff emails. I am so not ready for summer to be over! Not sure why he thinks we're needing to be updated on the latest copy of the schedule (which will probably be updated again so why get upset now?). Why can't I get excited about going back to work? I read emails on teacher-lists about how excited some teachers are, planning a new year and going to workshops and I think, why not me? Maybe it's because I enjoy sleeping late or I have a life outside of school. I am NOT excited about another teacher who is joining the related arts team, I know that for sure. Arrgh. I'm going to have to work hard to maintain my sunny personality with this one, I know that.

My biggest accomplishment for the summer is the band website. I do like it, if I have to say it myself. I worked really hard on it and I hope it's accessible. Here's the url:

Hannah's excited about band again this year and Katherine is looking forward to being at my school. I guess I just like the freedom to do what I want when I want. I hate being overscheduled.

On that happy note, I will now upload a picture of my beautiful family to share.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

More books.....

In an effort to not lose my list of books read so far in 2006, I'm now republishing what I've read...not a long list, but hopefully will be added to soon as I'm now a free woman (school's out!). Here goes:

Books Read in 2006

1. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (1/16/06)..7/10
2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (1/16/06)...6/10
3. Night by Elie Wiesel (1/21/06)...9/10
4. Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1/31/06)..6/10
5. A Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick (2/6/06)...9/10
6. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie (2/10/06)...9.5/10
7. Small Steps by Louis Sachar (2/18/06)... 7/10
8. The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis (2/18/06)....8/10
9. A Certain Slant of Light by Barbara Whitman (2/20/06)....10/10
10. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (2/25/06)....9/10
11. The Spanish Bride by Laurien Gardiner (3/4/06)...6/10
12. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker (3/8/06)...7/10
13. I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman (3/12/06)....7/10
14. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Philip Hoose (3/21/06)...9/10
15. A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (3/24/06)...9/10
16. The Empty Mirror by James Lincoln Collier (3/25/06)...6/10
17. One Sunday Morning by Amy Ephron (3/26/06)...7/10
18. The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper (4/7/06)....7/10
19. Deep, Dark, and Dangerous by Jaid Black (4/8/06)....3/10
20. Grab On to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way (4/11/06).....5/10
21. But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn (4/19/06)....9/10
22. The Journal of Callie Wade by Dawn Miller (4/23/06)....9/10
23. Party Princess by Meg Cabot (4/23/06)...8/10
24. Memories of Survival by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt (4/25/06)....10/10
25. Hidden Child by Isaac Millman (4/29/06)....7/10
26. Six Million Paper Clips by Schroeder (4/30/06)....8/10
27. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (5/4/06)...9.75/10
28. Startled by His Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison (5/8/06)....9.5/10
29. John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge (5/14/06)....7/10
30. The Englisher by Beverly Lewis (5/20/06)....8.5/

Saturday, April 01, 2006

What Do You Do?....

What do you do when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place? That's where I live now, at least at school. We are already looking at next year's schedule, and a select few have been "chosen" to create a schedule for all of us. I like the schedule I have now, including the wonderful experience of having my planning period back up to my lunch, creating a much longer free time during the middle of the day. Hey, if I have to be there, I want it to be pleasant. But now my planning period is being moved to first period....and I'm pissed. I can't think of a legitimate reason why it shouldn't be first period. I used to sit on the side of the fence where academic subjects should take priority. But this just sucks. Our principal doesn't do the scheduling himself, but turns it over to a couple of teachers who are "good with numbers". Hello? I'm not a number. And of course they want the long planning period in the middle of the day. And while I can't think of a good reason for me not to have first period planning, the other related arts teachers can. So how do I walk this line? Very carefully. Why can't I approach things without flying off the handle? I don't know. It's all so frustrating. I wish I knew how to speak my mind without going off or else sounding wishy-washy. Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting scheduling debacle.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Spring Break!!

It's finally spring break...and it's already half over. I can't believe how the days slip by when I'm at home. I could very easily just not go back. I sometimes wonder if there's something wrong with me because I don't feel the compelling pull to be a teacher. I can't imagine myself doing anything else, but I could just as easily walk away and not look back. I might miss some of it but definitely not the regimented schedule and the kids whose parents have spent a life time either a) ignoring them, or b) telling them how special they are so they don't feel they need to follow any of life's rules, let alone the school's rules.

But I don't really feel bitter, even if I sound that way. As far as lives go, mine is pretty good. We've been cleaning the girls' rooms all itself a major feat. Those two are packrats extraordinaire. I thought I was bad growing up, but they have me beat by a mile. Hannah hit the ceiling when she wanted to spend the night at a friend's house and I wouldn't let her until she cleaned her room. Though she did it and I think she's actually a bit proud of herself right now. I am. She's a good kid, even if she is a smart mouth. I wouldn't know WHERE she gets that from! LOL

One of these days I'm going to go back to writing. I don't know why I stopped exactly, but I have my suspicions. :) I keep thinking through ideas but nothing gets committed to paper. So I force myself to blog occasionally to see if I've got anything dying to come out. So far...nope.

Monday, February 20, 2006



Lots of stuff going on but nothing too outrageous at this point. I skipped work today (it was an inservice day) and had a dentist appt. OF course I have another cavity or two. I swear my mouth is falling apart. Anyway, it's back to work tomorrow with all new classes for the final 12 weeks of the school year. I am soooo not looking forward to these classes. Some of the kids already are coming to me with such reputations that it makes me ill. And my schedule is changing, which is such a big irritation for a person like me. Damnit, I hate change! But if I look at it as though this is something to be endured until summer break, I can make it.

The health has been on an upturn lately. I don't know why but I just feel better. I was sick for a while and kept coughing my head off but now it seems better so I'm happy. Let's hope it continues.

I had a major meltdown this morning over the state of my house. I am so sick of the girls not picking up after themselves! I've got to be stricter about this. I know that they are good girls but it just flies all over me how they treat the entire house as their dumping ground. I know for a fact that the reason Han never invites anyone over is because her bedroom is such a wreck. Jeff isn't much better but at least he can understand where I'm coming from. What's the matter with these people?

I'm reading a really good book right now called A Certain Slant of Light. I can't wait to review it on amazon. I'm still not sure what I'll say about's such an odd little story but it's just so gripping.

That's it for now. Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts...well, maybe. I just spent the day in planning/inservice hell. What is it with these days? While I enjoy the break from teaching, I just hate sitting there listening to most of the crap we have to go through. I didn't need to know how to make fold books...I teach technology and there is no way I'm going to have scissors near the computers! But I did manage to get some stuff done in my room this afternoon, so the day wasn't a total waste. I just feel like I spend so much of time not teaching...I'm getting lazy. I readily admit it. My whole life is getting lazy as a matter of fact. I try to avoid going places and doing things. It's all just such a hassle.

My throat is bothering me. I'm still not breathing right....I'm obsessed about it but still not going to the dr. If I catch myself not thinking about it, I realize I'm doing fine but then it kicks back in when the realization hits. What on earth is up with me? I'm taking my Zoloft but it's clearly not working lately. I don't know what I need.

Maybe it'll snow. That would be cool. We haven't had snow in a measureable amount in so long.

If I die, I'm definitely coming back and haunting people. I think I'd make a great poltergeist.

Jeff is soooo into taking care of himself these days. I feel so inferior about it. Part of me thinks I should be doing what he's doing---worrying about what I eat, exercising, etc. but then part of me thinks he's just being vain. Probably it's a combination of both but it does annoy me. And then I think I'm being foolish and petty, which is probably right.

I hate getting older but the alternative is worse. :)

Check back in later!

Friday, January 20, 2006

It's Been A While

It's Been A While....

...since I posted here. There's so much to say and then again, not much to say. Back at school and not liking it. I really need a life/career change. I suppose I could analyze all of this but the thing is, I just feel stagnant. Nothing's working.

I'm worried about my health. I am having trouble breathing and feeling chest flutters. But I've felt the chest flutters for a very long time now and so far it's been nothing. The breathing thing? Well, I've been really, really stressed about it until today when I discovered by accident that when I take a Benadryl, the breathing problems disappear. So it looks as though I'm allergic to something, which is a relief. But I about gave myself a heart attack a few minutes ago when I was secretly checking out Hannah's blog and she started stomping up here. Holy shit! What if she caught me? Not that I would ever comment on her blog or stop her from using it but she would absolutely feel betrayed if she knew I read it. I just want to know what's going on in her head. She doesn't share much around the house, probably as a defense mechanism because her dad and I like to tease her. But I know she's a good girl overall. Anyway, my heart seriously started pounding and I almost couldn't click off the blog! Would've served me right, though, huh?

I've only finished 3 books so far this year. The one I'm reading now is such a doorstopper that it may be another month before it's done. I'm trying not to stress about that but it's hard. I want a quantity of books!

Rudi the wonder cat is at the top of this page! My kitty will be 20 this year! I worry about her constantly because while she seems to be perking right along, I know cats don't normally live this long. I realize how blessed I am but it's really worrisome. But she's my buddy who sleeps by me (and sometimes on me) and the "person" in the house I get up for to feed in the middle of the night.

I'm not sure what I need right now but maybe I should go looking for it rather than sitting here.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Books in 2006

Here I will try to remember to list the books I read in 2006. I feel good about my reading this year as I'm already 2/3 of the way thru with my current book which I just began on New Year's Eve.

Stay tuned for more info here on this very page!

So here it #1:

1. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (1/16/06)..7/10
2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (1/16/06)...6/10
3. Night by Elie Wiesel (1/21/06)...9/10
4. Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1/31/06)..6/10
5. A Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick (2/6/06)...9/10
6. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie (2/10/06)...9.5/10
7. Small Steps by Louis Sachar (2/18/06)... 7/10
8. The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis (2/18/06)....8/10