Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Comic Relief

So, this week I have felt the need for some comic relief in the work place. This made me feel better.

Workplace Excellence cartoon

Click on this one to see the whole thing.

Everyone has to find outlet for stress! Four days until the students show up.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back To Work

Monday I am officially back on contract and at school. Though I still have till the 25th before class begins. We have a week of inservices and time to work out all the workings of an elementary school. I believe that I am a little apprehensive about going back because May stress and exhaustion is still fresh in my mind. I thought by this time I would feel more rested and energized. God knows that for the last 11 weeks I have spent on my tush in the great recliner my dad handed down to me. I have spent many hours reading tons of books, surfing the web, playing the Sophie (yes she is in the recliner with me), watching tv/movies, taking naps and brainstorming ideas for the new school year. Though I did spend many hours on my mom's porch, which for some reason always feels 10 degrees cooler than what it actually is, and at the dog park. Don't get me wrong, I am excited for all the new additions and changes that have occured at our school, and there have been may, but I feel like I need just two more weeks and I will be fully recuperated from the last school year. Though at the end of the two weeks I may just say I need another two weeks. Though I am excited about a routine. I have been with out one for way too long. My daily routine being waking up at 5:15 to take the dog out and get ready for the day, go to work, work some more, get home at 5, cook/eat dinner, force myself to work out (that's the tricky one), read/TV/draw/grade papers/play with puppy and go to sleep. It gets repetitive but I feel comfortable and productive.

Some changes for this school year include lots of younger teachers, a new principal, new vice principal, and I am Fifth grade team leader. I have enjoyed working with every single one of my current and previous co-wrokers. They have all taught me a lot about the educational field. However I have always been the youngest by at least 15 years. There have been some other teachers around my age in other grade levels that I have had a great time getting to know and became good friends but I am excited to say that our school has hired 7 or 10 younger/new teachers. I am so excited to get the chance to work with some girls closer to my age range. We have a new principal and vice principal at our school this year. I was scared about another big change but meeting with them and discussing different issues I know they will be great and we will have a good year with them as admistrators. And finally, I am the fifth grade team leader. I am not sure if this is considered a promotion or not, but there is no pay raise and there are more responsibilities. I am confident that I will do well but I can be a bit passive aggressive and I think I will have to step out of my little comfort zone to some people. We will see!

This past week I have been going up to school and working in my room. I think I have all the walls/bulletins/ my desk/book shelves completed. I still have some organizing with my classroom library and student desks and text books. I want to get all this stuff done before next week so that I am not overwhelmed and prepared to help/meet with other people on our campus. I have some pics of my room last year. I hope it doesn't get this crowded and cluttered this year. I will post new pics of the room as soon as my room is done.

Good luck to my fellow teachers in the new school year. I am sure our blogs will all happen less frequently!

Monday, August 11, 2008

How Much Have I Changed In 8 Years?

8 Yrs ago:

1) How old were you? 16

2) Where did you go to school? McNeil HS

3) Where did you work? Sonic

4) Where did you live? Austin/Round Rock

5) Where did you hang out? Taco C, The Pool, Friends Houses

6) Did you wear contacts? Yes

7) Who was your best friend? I had a lot of really good friends

8) How many tattoos did you have? 0

9) How many piercings did you have? 4 - two in each ear

10) Did you drive a car? 94 Honda Accord

11) Had you been to a real party? No

12) Had you had your heart broken? Yes but only because of some choices I made

13) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? A little bit of taken and single

14) Any Kids? No

***4 years ago***

1) How old were you? 20

2) Where did you go to school? Texas Tech.... Get your guns up!

3) Where did you work? I did some babysitting, taught swim lessons and was a substitute teacher

4) Where did you live? Lubbock, TX

5) Did you wear glasses? Only when I didn't have my contacts in

6) Who were your best friends? Margot, Courtney, and Reagan with a lot of other good friends!

8) How many tattoos did you have? 0

9) How many piercings? five, all in the ears

10) What car did you drive? Same 94 honda... At this point the air conditioning broke and it smelled like burnt rubber!

11) Had your heart been broken? Yes

12) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce? A little bit of taken and single

13) Any Kids? N0, But my fat cat Diego does count.

*****Today: August 11, 2008*****

1) How old are you? 24

2) What do you do? Fifth grade teacher

3) Where do you live? Round Rock

4) Do you wear glasses? Only when I take my contacts out.

5) Who are your closest friends? The same girls and some great teaching buddies!

7) How many piercings do you have? same

8) How many tattoos? 0

9) What kind of car do you have? 2005 Toyota Corolla

10) Has your heart been broken? It is healed and loved and loving lots

11) Single/taken/married/divorced? Happily Married

12) Any Children? 2 a boy( fat cat Diego) and a girl (my sweet puppy Sophie)

In 8 years **** August 11th, 2016 ****

1) How old will you be? 32

2) What do you plan to do do? Teaching for sure. Maybe middle school and possible working on my masters for administration or school library media

3) Where do you plan to live? In a house somewhere inRound Rock

4) Will you wear glasses? Maybe get Lasic, may need reading glasses because I will be SOOOO old! haha

5) Who will be your closest friends? I am sure that I will meet wonderful people along the way but hopefully keep ties to the great girls I know now!

7) How many piercings do you think you will have? same

8) How many tattoos? 0- Ryan is very against tattoos. But I probably wouldn't get one anyways.

9) What kind of car do you want? One with good gas millage!

10) Will your heart brake? Ah, I hope not! I will work to keep my relationship strong!

11) Single/taken/married/divorced? Happily Married

12) Any Children? Yes please. Maybe a six year old and four year old???

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Life happens and I forget to blog! The past two weeks have been eventful. To start from where I last left off I took an ESL (English as a second language) Training class so that I may take a test and be officially certified. I sat next to a good friend of mine and breezed our way through four days of common sense! Though I did learn little tid bits here and there.

In the process of attending these classes I was reading the Twilight series. Now it is written for teens but I enjoyed just as much. I had heard about it randomly while looking at other Young Adult novels but then Ryan's sisters read the book and loved it. So I decided I would give it a go. Five days later and three books later I read roughly around 1800 pages. It was delicious! In the process of waiting for the fourth book to be out I learned that there will be a movie! I also learned of some interesting websites.
* and if you look at all the friends each character has their own profile. I am embarrassed I have looked long enough on the Internet to know that this exists.

Well I am now done with this saga and will pick it back up in December when the movie is out after Harry Potter movie comes out in November, of course. Jamie, a friend that I have hooked to Twilight, and I have decided to start a book club. I am on the look out for suggestions!

I have also gone to Houston to visit all my college besties. How I miss them! It was great to see everyone and have a good time.

Also, Ryan and I celebrated our one year anniversary. Now just that it itself deserves its own post. This past year has gone by fast but has been wonderful. We went to The Melting Pot and devoured our incredible food. The waiter played his violin for us at the end of the meal. We had some Champagne and one year old wedding cake waiting for us at home but we were just too full to even try and decided to wait until the next night. It tasted wonderful! I need to call my aunt to tell her she did a wonderful job! And thanks mom for letting it occupy your freezer for a year!

Sophie has a sensitivity to food. This is our latest expensive discovery. Which means everything she eats gives her diarrhea. Not fun. Hopefully this new food the vet gave us will work. When I say "gave us" I mean I spent more on that small bag of food than I would on groceries for Ryan and I for a week. Ouch.

So that is pretty much what has been happening. Crazy Crazy. In another two weeks we will officially back at work and wont have much time for anything. I find myself going up to school here and there now so I am not as swamped that first week. I hope all my readers are well and enjoying life.