Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I'm very new at this.  I only found voicethread this afternoon, but it so cool!  I can't wait to find out more about it!  Try it!  

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Shoes

On a superficial note, one of the things that I have been enjoying most about being a teacher rather than a waitress (well, I'm still waitressing on the weekends...) is that I don't have to wear that ugly uniform!

Since it had been so long since I'd worn anything but the uniform, my closet was pretty bare.
I went to Macy's one day after waitressing and picked out a butt-load of clothes. I am basically a clearance shopper, and I was lucky enough to find lots of deals. When I got to the cashier, she told me that if I donated $12 to a charity that buys books for kids, Macy's would give me $10 off my order. She did this the maximum number of times it was allowed for my purchase price, bringing my $160 total down to $75. I'm not sure how it worked out that way; it didn't seem right, so I practically ran out of the store before she realized she'd made a mistake! (actually, I don't think it was a mistake, but it really did seem like it was too good to be true!) Since all of the things I had purchased were on clearance, I got about $650 worth of clothes for $75.

Next, I went to Payless and got 4 new pairs of shoes with their BOGO sale. Target was also having clearance on shoes. Jackpot! I've enjoyed dressing up everyday! I've looked very cute, from my jewelry (I've already had a collection of cute jewelry since that is the only bit of personality that I've been able to wear with my uniforms) to my clothes, to my shoes!

Until Wednesday...Wednesday a huge blister showed up on my left pinky-toe. I had already had some blisters on my heels from the new shoes, but they weren't bad enough to really hurt me. The toe-blister, however, was not good. When I was getting dressed for school on Wednesday, I ended up changing my whole outfit so I could wear more comfortable shoes. Thursday, I picked out my outfit based on comfy shoes. By Friday, I had thought I was ready for heels again. My toe hurt, but not as badly as it had been. The heels I had picked out were comfy ones, so I didn't think much about it...

Then in my first class, I decided that I couldn't wear my shoes anymore because my pinky was all red and sore. No problem, I just took my shoes off. The problem came when I tried to put the shoes back on... My left foot was so swollen that I could hardly get it on! Since our school consists of two buildings, and I needed to take the kids to the other building (across the hot black-top parking lot), this really was a problem. I hobbled throughout the day this way, keeping my shoe off as much as possible.

By the end of the day, my foot was swollen and the whole foot was red rather than just the toe. There were red streaks all the way to my ankle bone. I decided I needed to stop at the clinic. I stopped at CVS's minute clinic, thinking she'd give me a prescription for an antibiotic and I'd be on my way. She looked at my foot and freaked out. She said it was too severe for her to take care of and that I needed to go to a different clinic right away.

Turns out that I needed an antibiotic shot. The doctor told me that if it got any worse by this morning, it meant that they hadn't given me the shot fast enough and that I needed to go to the emergency room. Whoa. It is better now, but I still can't walk on it. I have to keep it raised, and I obviously didn't go to work (waitressing) today. I kind of feel like a queen, making everyone bring me stuff and what-not. I should relish it today since tomorrow I'll be back to being the one being bossed.

Moral of the story-don't buy cute new shoes? Naw, that couldn't be it.

The First Week of School

Whew.  I feel like my week has consisted of waking up before dawn, running around like crazy, then sleeping (dreaming of running around like crazy) for 5 minutes, and then starting all over again by waking up before dawn!

I started my new teaching position last Monday with inservices, which also included reading a whole lot of books about Garner's Multiple Intelligences.  Then, this week was the first week that the kids came to school.  It has been a wonderful week.  I love my students.  I love only having 16 of them in a class!  I'm overwhelmed with trying to do all of my lesson plans MI style, but I'm sure I'll get it down... eventually. 

Night also started school for the first time this week!  Actually, he went for half a day one day the previous week, but the actual first day was the same as mine.  I was very sad that I couldn't be here, but such is life!  I do have the pictures to post, but they are on my phone, and I'm not sure how to get them onto the computer!  Night insisted on riding the school bus rather than being taken to school.  To me, riding the bus seems scary, but what do I know?

So, we've all been trying to adjust to our new schedules.  We all went for so long doing the same thing over and over that we had grown accustomed to our monotony.  Then all of the sudden, EVERYTHING CHANGED at once.  Josh is adjusting to waking up early and getting Night off to school.  The bus stop is at our corner, so luckily he doesn't have to wake up Keira.  I think she usually wakes up before the bus arrives, though.  I think the first day the two of them were alone in the house, they just sat and stared at each other!

Thursday night, Night had his open house, which just happened to be the same night of MY open house.  Great timing!  I got to Night's open house, though, with about 5 minutes to spare.  Josh was there for the whole thing, though.  I did get to see Night's classroom, which by the way is about 5 times bigger than my own classroom.  I have bigger kids with less space.

1 week of school down, about 40 to go!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Time for a New JOB

Well, I guess it is time to update my header! I'm a teacher...again.

A couple of months ago, I went through a little bit of financial stress, which in turn became panic. I told Josh that I wasn't making enough money at my 2 waitressing jobs (working a total of 5 days at the time) and that we would be poor forever and that life sucked. After feeling sorry for myself (ourselves), we came to the conclusion that I needed a little break, so Josh got a job.

Josh got a fairly good paying job as a security officer. He hated the job, and he was working horrible shifts. It didn't allow for me to quit work-it just allowed for us to both be tired from working all the time--he'd work work the midnight shift; come home; then I'd go to work; then I'd come home; then he'd work second shift etc. We didn't want to put the kids in daycare, but we weren't making it well watching them ourselves either.

It was at this point that I decided I should look for something more stable than waiting tables, something a little, stable. Since I have a teaching degree, and it is summer, typically when teachers get hired, I filled out some applications and sent out some resumes. At first, it was a means to an end--not have to be a slave to those old hags who would just leave me a dollar tip after running my ass off for them, no I'm not bitter. The more I answered why I am a good teacher and why I enjoy teaching, the more adamant I became about getting a job. I discovered that I really miss teaching.

Well, I interviewed at a nearby middle school for a Math position. I love Math, so this would be perfect. I have to tell ya'll that I rocked that interview. The principal told me that she would be deciding by the end of the week. Whoo hoo! Then, she didn't call. And didn't call. In fact, she never called. She didn't even tell me that I didn't have the job! I left several messages, I just wanted closure.

When the principal never called, I decided that it wasn't meant to be this year. By this time, we had decided that both Josh and I working was NOT working, so I picked up more waitressing shifts and told Josh to quit his awful job. It was less stressful for both of us if I was working 7 days a week with him watching the kids full time than if we tried sharing both kid-duty and work-duty.

Then, I got a call from an AWESOME private school offering me an interview for a part-time position teaching Science. Well, Science is not my favorite, and part-time isn't ideal, but it would work-I'd still get to teach. I would be able to supplement my income with waiting tables, so the part-time position would get my foot in the door, and I could hope for full-time next year. So, I went to the interview; however, I had NO time to prepare myself. I had to go straight after work one day, and I didn't have time to get into "teacher mode."

I pretty much bombed this interview. I didn't even bother following up with a phone call for that one--I spent the whole drive home wondering why I answered some of the questions the way I did. I didn't lie in my interview or anything, but think I came across as a dolt.

I went back to waitressing, and I changed my attitude around. Tips have improved as of late, and by working 7 days a week, our income has gone up steadily. I truly believe that attitude is everything, because I was happily going to work 7 days a week whereas a few months before I could hardly survive my 5 days.

This brings us to this previous Monday. At the end of my shift, I checked my voicemail, and the second principal (awesome private school) called and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for a full-time Math position. WOULD I? I love Math! I love full-time! So, I called her on my way home, and she OFFERED ME THE POSITION RIGHT OVER THE PHONE!

Whoa! Talk about whirlwind! I drove home, and told my family that I had a new job--even though I had stopped trying to get one, and it was for a perfect school for the perfect position! (Yes, I realize I am insane because I love teaching middle schoolers!) After work on Tuesday, I stopped by the school and SIGNED MY CONTRACT. The principal asked me to start the next day because they were doing a technology-training inservice. Well, considering I hadn't quit my 7 day a week job yet, I couldn't. She said I could start this next Monday instead, and there you have it. I'm a teacher again.

My awesome private school is based on Howard Garner's Multiple Intelligences, which is amazing, but overwhelming because I have a lot of familiarizing to do before those kids show up next week! So if you need me, I'll be reading and lesson planning and studying. I am not giving up my weekend gig, either, so stop by the "other" restaurant and say howdy!

Night Wants to Go to Bed?

Last night, as I was lying in bed reading around 10:00ish. Night's bedtime is around 9:00, but Josh and Night were distracted by their video game, so time apparently got away from them.

Suddenly, Josh had an idea. From the bedroom, I hear, "Hey, let me pull out your tooth." Night's tooth has been loose for about a month.
"Ok.... Wait! It hurts!"
"I'll be done in a minute."
"Ouch! Ouch!"
"Hold on." Josh goes and gets pliers and a paper towel. (because that's not scary!)
A minute later, a panic-stricken Night says, "IT IS LATE. I SHOULD BE IN BED. I'M TIRED. "
Josh says, "Fine, but if you get out of bed tonight, I'm pulling that tooth!"

I guess Night stayed in bed, because all his teeth seem to be intact today!

Monday, August 04, 2008

A Ladies Man

Yesterday, Night told me that he had an idea for getting a girlfriend. He said that he needed to chew gum. It makes his cheeks go up and down. Apparently the girls really go for that.

Today, he told me he had another idea about getting a girl to like him-show them his manly muscles, the ones on his arms and under his shirt.

He starts Kindergarten in a few weeks. I think he's got big plans...