Wednesday, November 30, 2005


I have almost recovered from the bustle and gluttony of Thanksgiving. I'll post more soon. I had a great time with the folks but it is taking a while to catch up.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

It's been a week since my last post

It feels like I should say something. But I don't really have anything to discuss. I'm too busy to stop and process things so I don't have any perspective to offer. DH finished a chapter of his dissertation and has sent out nearly 40 job applications. I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning Saturday planning AP discussions. My parents are coming on Wednesday and I'm totally pumped about that.

Anyone else have exciting T-day plans?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Actually, I'll be 27 in 3 weeks.

Personally, I think I look 16 and act 60 (because of the naps and knitting) but it appears I'm pretty normal.

You Are 29 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Ho! Ho! Ho? No! No! No!

One of my good co-worker friends has a first date for a fancy black-tie gala next weekend. So we spent SIX HOURS shopping yesterday for the correct shoes. Every store we went in had Christmas decorations and Christmas music. This was annoying, but not shocking.

BUT, one mall already had their Santa out and there were long lines of children. This is unacceptable. Doesn't everyone know that Santa doesn't come out until the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? That is his official debut folks. This is too early.

I am considering making posters and going up to protest. I could make signs that say "Hey kids! This is a FAKE Santa. The real one doesn't come out until after Thanksgiving!" What do you think. Who's with me?

Of course, I still win, because all of those parents have just gotten their kids all excited about Santa coming when he won't be here for another month and a half. Do you know how long that is in kid time?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Just your normal tampon on a sprinkler day

Here's what happened at my school today:

A new teacher was sick and needed a sub. We have a new automated process for calling in sick. She did not do something right when going through the process.

Her first period ended up being unattended for the entire period. The class apparently had a free-for-all. Towards the end of the period a girl stood up on a chair and tied a tampon to the sprinkler head.

This set off the sprinkler.

The sprinkler set off the fire alarm.

The school was evacuated and the administrators raced around the school to try to figure out what was setting the fire alarm off. One thought he smelled gas. Everyone smelled smoke because the fireplaces in the neighborhood were going for the first time of the season.

Meanwhile, no one from the class has explained what happened and the room is flooding with water. The water is pouring underneath the door and through the walls into other rooms.

The entire school stands outside, many without coats because it was much colder than originally expected.

Finally, they located the problem. The fire department was called because now it was in fact a fire hazard. They shut off the electricity first, then worked for some time until they could get the sprinklers shut off too.

We missed all of our 2nd period class standing outside in the cold. Four classrooms, including the special ed crisis room, have been relocated to the auditorium and library until further notice.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

O Happy Day!

Today is my one year blogiversary! Some things I have learned in the last year:

1. Sometimes you just write a quick post with little thought, and it catches someone's attention and becomes something much bigger.

2. Sometimes you write what you hope will really get people going and no one responds.

3. Even if you write anonymously, you will worry about people you know finding your blog.

4. You write many more posts in your head than actually ever make it onto the screen.

5. Even though it's anonymous, you can find yourself strangely attached to what people think of you.

6. Your blogger you is really no different than the real you. The same struggles and the same strengths appear over time.

Also, at this time I should probably say something about the blogger family tree that is going around. My blog father would have to be Mode For Caleb. I don't have any blog children that I know if. Isn't that ironic?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Clothing Dilemma

This week is our school's homecoming week. We have a different theme each day. For example, yesterday was costume day. I do not like Halloween (especially at high schools because it is just an excuse for the girls to wear NOTHING) so I did not wear a costume. Today was 70's day. I wore a shirt that I regularly wear but it had a 70's look. Some people caught on, others just thought I was wearing an ugly shirt. So, tomorrow is Wild West Day. What's a Texas girl to do? Had I known in time I could have gotten my real Rodeo clothes from my parents' house. But I was just looking through the closet and discovered my overalls. From high school. I called my co-worker friend and she said go for it. If she was me, she would wear them (she's wearing denim and a bandana).

I dunno. This would be the most drastic I have gone in my 4 years at this school. Other options include a denim dress or cords with dress boots and a denim shirt. All would be accented by my James Avery lone star earrings. It'll be a game-time decision. Anyone with advice should feel free to share. I'm off to try to find my Texas bandana.