Monday, November 24, 2008

banjo and my grains

first of all, i have a wee little confession: i like cats. i realize that i will probably get made fun of for this, but i can't change it. i'm not one of those freaky cat-lovers who has 90 cats in the house or anything...don't get the wrong idea. i just think they're cute. anyway, coacher isn't a big fan of them, but somehow we ended up taking a cute little kitty home from my grandparents' house yesterday. (i didn't even ask...) all the little kids were crazy over it (and i think coacher's migraine might have clouded his judgment) so we took her (we think it's a she) home in order to bribe neices and nephews to visit us more often. :o) coacher even said he liked her, but i haven't yet figured out if it was his migraine headache speaking or if he really did like the kitty.

i was a bit concerned we would be made fun of for having a cat (dog people like to make fun), but then i was reminded that the admin family has a cat AND the mcintyres (who took our wedding pics) have a cat. so now we are thinking that the cat will probably make us more artsty. we are just waiting for some sort of artistic talent to come to us.

anyway, we finally named her last night: banjo. yep. that's the name. (PLEASE tell me you have seen the movie baby mama and remember that line...PLEASE!)

among other names up for consideration:

(on a semi-sidenote: i need an effective treatment/method of pain management for migraines. coacher has been a trooper with his major migraine headache the past few days, but i felt pretty helpless the whole time, so i'm looking for some relief for him. he's getting better now, but any suggestions are much-appreciated. i know a couple of other people who could use some ideas, too.)

we will keep you updated on whether or not the cat actually stays with us or goes back to grandma's on Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 21, 2008

friday=fight day

i'm pretty sure that's the rule around here. one last friday. one this friday.

actually, today was more of an escalation to a fight without actual punches thrown, but a guy did drop his bag and take off his jacket. that's serious stuff. i, being the buff teacher that i am, went out there and said something like, "ok, time to cut it out," to which no one responded. i kept saying phrases like this and standing semi-in-between the boys until i realized i was getting nowhere (didn't take too long) and i ran to the man-teacher across the hall to get some reinforcement. before, it was just a student-teacher and me in the hallway trying to figure out what to do, along with some maintenance workers just watching. (thanks for the help maintenance guys.) mrs. stephanie albritton was also subbing across the hall, and i was waiting for her to book it over to the fight and throw a couple of punches to show those boys who was boss, but she didn't 'make an appearance. she probably didn't want to embarrass anybody. both boys would have been in her classroom for the following block had it not been for the fight. that would have been fun, huh?

oh, fridays, how i love and hate you.

Monday, November 17, 2008




happenings update

the girl who lives by herself was perfectly normal today...nice even!! she was like, "i was so mad at you on friday, but now i'm better."

it is odd to me how they can let go of their anger over a weekend.

but now she has a 16-year-old living with her because the 16-year-old got choked by her dad. (as the story was told to me by the girl.)

sheesh. i cannot imagine.

Friday, November 14, 2008


happenings of the week, beginning with the most recent:

(before you read this you should know that i really do like my job a lot. it's true. there are just some days...)

1 - one of my best middle hitters in volleyball just came in to hug me goodbye. she is moving to illinois to be with family. stink.

2 - fight in hallway. a sub just walked into my class to tell me that two chicks were fighting in the hallway, so i, being the big, buff teacher that i am, went to find the girls to escort them to the office. i found one girl bleeding in the bathroom, surrounded by a mob of gossip-hungry teenagers. i told the girl she needed to come with me to the office, then went back to the hallway to find the other girl, who the sub said was wearing all red. well, right there, wearing red, was a girl who tried out for the vb team and had an attitude that smelled like last Christmas' tuna casserole. i mistakingly judged that she had been the culprit and started taking her to the office. "i wasn't fighting," she scowled. long story short they are getting the video tape of the incident from the security cameras. (i have not really been taught break-up-the-fight protocol. that might be necessary soon.)

3 - there is this girl in my class. she just enrolled and is independent, which means she is not under the care of an adult. she is under her own care (you can imagine how well that works out.) she's in my class because she's failed one course (not bad, compared to others), but i cannot figure her out for the life of me. she is by far not my best, kindest, quietest student, although sometimes she works well and gets a good amount of work done. today she would not stop with the talking and attitude. i told someone in class he needed to get to work (shocking! you actually have to EARN things...i mean, this is your second chance to get credit for class and i am actually going to make you earn it yourself and be responsible. i am asking sooo much! please note my sarcasm and annoyance...) anyway, out of her mouth come the words, "she pisses me off," referring to me, because i told someone else to get to work. i made her sit in the front desk really close to me the rest of class. (to which she protested several times, took her time getting there, then sat and did nothing for the remainder of class.) please pray for her and her situation, and for me to have patience and discipline to keep my mouth shut when i want to get sarcastic.

4) - this one kid in particular finally called me Mrs. LOTZ (long o, rhymes with oats) instead of Mrs. Lots. i never corrected him in the past because i went throught it thoroughly in the beginning of the year with all classes, but i feel that we made a breakthrough. don't worry; "lots" will return on Monday.

5) - found a nice note and chocolates from my husband who left for "Deer Camp." i have missed him since he left.

6) - found a note in my door jam this morning from a student: "You should read this 'Good Morning.' Smile it's friday already." (written exactly like that. this was from a student who comes in early every morning and talks to me and another student about a different girl he has a crush on each time. it's pretty entertaining, really, but also a little bit heartbreaking because usually one of his friends has "stolen" her away from him. poor guy. he's about the most polite kid you'll ever meet, too. he always asks EVERYONE in class how they are and how their weekends were, and he even says sorry when he needs to go to the bathroom. what a kid.

7) - one of my students tried to punch our security officer. emphasis on "tried."

8) - yesterday a guest speaker came to talk to my class about finance and building credit. he was a banker, and he constantly told us he loved money. he also told us several things i really didn't want to know, like how 5 years ago he dated this really hot blonde who worked as an office manager, and she was a really good kisser, and he missed her. then he told us that soon America would become North Mexico, and that women drivers suck. among other words/phrases mentioned were the following: sh*t, turn your head and your a** will follow, pimpin', 69 (wrote it on the board in full knowledge of what he was doing), b*tch, SOB, POS, etc. He also said something along the lines of, "can i ask...or 'aks' a question?" Another great quote: "If you think this is bad, you should see me drunk at a party." So on and so on until this, which I considered to be the grand conclusion: "I have an absolute dearth of knowledge." Yes, sir, you are correct.

9) - one of my students brought her mom in to meet me. this student is in the Missouri Option Program and is already married and living with her husband's step-dad in some difficult situations. her mom just came in to tell me thank you and to tell me her daughter talks about me every day. rewarding.

obviously, my job can best be described as "interesting," but i am learning a lot and very thankful for it and the kids i get to meet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

it's true

those new Sharpie pens that claim to not bleed through paper really don't bleed through paper. i can't wait to get them in every color!

this is also true: all my dad wants for Christmas are some scrapbooking pens. now, let me disclaim that with the fact that i told him i thought scrapbooking pens wouldn't bleed through Bible pages very much AND with the fact that he doesn't want "us kids" buying anything expensive for him.

on that note, go to this site for information about "real" pens that won't bleed through your Bible pages:

it was written by Jesus, so it must be pretty good.

Monday, November 3, 2008


i'm here at school from 4 to 7 pm for parent-teacher conferences. only thing is, i don't have even ONE ptc scheduled for tonight. yet still, i sit. and as i'm sitting i am thinking about all of the lovely things i could be doing. like playing volleyball. yep, i was supposed to play at 6:15. i was going to try to make it, but then i got nervous that that was the wrong thing to do...which makes me even more annoyed.

and wednesday, i'll be doing exactly the same thing again...3:30 to 7. feel free to send me a coloring book or something.

and i missed the food, which they apparently had out for us for about 2.5 minutes.

please excuse the crankiness. i was supposed to be playing volleyball right now.