Monday, August 4, 2014

I Did Not Fall Off the Face of the Earth!

Although I haven’t written anything in about 2 months here, I did not fall off the face of the earth. I have, however, sat at the computer wanting to write. Some days it just doesn’t happen. 


I have a writing job for the summer—$8/article and I can write at least 2 an hour. Smile  That’s more than I make teaching!  No!  I’m not kidding!  lol  (It’s sad!)


I get to go back to work in just a couple of weeks.  Actually…..  two weeks from today!  WOW!  Same school! More kids.  This year, I’m teaching regular Freshman English and Mythology.  I’ll have about 35 kids in each class!  (I know, right?!)


We went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge on Vacation last month.  We took Mom and Dad with us!  We love going there. We went to a few shows.  Maybe… just maybe…. I’ll do a post about that! 


I am now a CRIMINAL MINDS fanatic!  I love this show!  I had never watched an entire episode because it wasn’t my beloved CSI!  But…. OMG!! I could totally be a profiler, except all the real blood and stuff……and all the being away from home.


The Princess has been playing softball all summer. She made the All Star team for our rec league. She also made a travel team…. many of the same girls on both.  Same coaches too.  We are probably going to be playing rec ball for the fall and traveling again starting in March!  (That’s scary with Girl Scout cookie booths in March!  lol) 


I am going through the process for weight loss surgery.  More on this later!  I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about this between now and when I have it!  I might have to have a page just for that! (Nope….can’t keep up with one….much less two!)


We went to the Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall over the weekend.  It was crowded and ok.  I didn’t see what all the hoopla was about…. but…. I’m more into mountains and horses than water and fish anyways!  lol  It was cool, but not something we will do again and again!


We still have to plan our trip to  Tweetsie Railroad. The Princess got tickets from selling Girl Scout cookies again!  She fell in love the first time we went and this will be her FOURTH year in a row!  We will probably be there for Labor Day.  We might even steal my parents and take them up to Boone for the weekend! (They are mountain people too!)


I bought a Silhouette Cameo.  I still have to make room for it in my office so I can get it connected to my laptop, but I will get that done ASAP.  I’m excited about the things I can make for scrapbooking now! Smile  Plus…. I can do gifts from vinyl and stuff for teachers. Smile 


The Princess turns 11 on Aug. 18th! Yes, that IS two weeks from today!  Yes, it is the first time in her life that I have had to work on her birthday! No, we have no idea what we are doing for her party this year, but I’m guessing we have to figure it out SOON! Smile 



Ok…. I think that is enough for now.  WOW!  When you “fall off the face of the earth” you do a lot of stuff!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It’s Almost Over

Exams started yesterday at my school.  That means that the kids only have 4 days left.  It means that *I* only have 6 days left.


I’m excited at the prospect of sleeping beyond 3:30am! 


I can’t believe that the Princess will be in middle school next year.


I have so much on my mind, but not enough time to write it out right now.  Hopefully I get more writing time this summer to get some of these things out of my head.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

20 and counting

At this point in the school year, I’m not doing anything new.  I teach an elective class, so I get the privilege of writing my own exam. I don’t have a state exam.  So, in that case, what do you do with 20 days left in the year?


You give them a 3 page study guide with specific instructions for how you expect it to be completed.  Then you give them time in class for two days to complete it so that they can’t whine as much about the amount of work.


Then you give them the answers to the study guide, assign them a specific part of it, and have them reteach that part of the information to the class.  That is the beginning of the review.


Then we play games (that they come up with and that I already have) for about 2 weeks. 


Then it’s time for exams! 


20 days of school left….. 15 teaching days/5 exam days!  This is the best part of being a teacher…. reviewing to get to the exam!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Countdown and Good News

As of today, there are only 24 days of school left for the kids. That means that I have 26 days of work left.




1. In February, my Principal told me that my job may be on the line. The class I currently teach is funded by a Federal grant that runs out in June. (There are 5 of me—one at each High school in the district. Each of us was in the same boat.) There was only one difference.  Each of the other teachers (at the other schools) had been hired as an English teacher. So, they had higher rank in their departments because I was hired FOR the grant position.  A couple of days before Spring Break, my Principal came to me to let me know that they added some sections for next year, and I get to keep my job.  It was awesome!


2. In March, Tony and I got a letter that we were going to owe $1600 to the IRS for something that was on our taxes in 2012. (YES! TWO years ago!) So, our tax lady (my awesome sister in law) did some research for us, did some paperwork for us, and found out that we actually owe them NOTHING! 


3. The Princess is 24 days away from being a MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT!  (OH MY! She’s getting old!)


4. We are planning our family vacation.  We are hoping to go to Gatlinburg for a week in July.


5. The Princess may be on 2 softball teams this summer. My brother is starting a travel (tournament) team with our other coach.  (So, we are pretty sure she’s on that team!) AND…. she tried out for the ALL STAR team at our rec league. Many of the same girls will be on both teams, but the rec league will control uniforms and playing locations for one team, and my brother will have a say in the other! Smile


6. This will need more explanation, but because so many children were affected, I will not give more explanation.  The day before Spring Break, the parents at my daughter’s school were notified that the Principal had “retired”. Please note that I volunteer at the school many hours, so I know more than the normal parent at the school.  I know (as did most of the parents) that she did not choose to “retire” with only 30 days of school left.  She was let go.  It was a good thing, but in some ways, the timing stunk.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nine Weeks (and No Softball)

Today begins that last quarter for the school year.  I’m kind of excited!  Actually…. I’m really excited.  With all the snow days and, therefore, snow make up days, we haven’t had a break since February.  It gets kind of tiring for the teachers and the students.  But, now, we are in the home stretch.  If we can survive 9 more weeks, we will make it until Summer Break!


This weekend, the Softball Fairies were not on our side. Sad smile We didn’t get to start the season as planned. Sad smile We are hoping that there will be no rain this coming weekend so we can get the season started!  Our team is starting to shape up very well, I think.  I know that we are going to have some tough games, but we are going to have a good time doing it.


Countdown Update:

6 days (counting today) until Softball Opening Day
14 school days (counting today) until Spring Break
9 weeks until Summer Break