Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dear airline companies:

When a pregnant lady calls to find out why, even hours before her flight leaves, you already have it marked as departing two hours late, please don't tell her it is because of maintenance repairs. Even if it is. It is okay to lie sometimes. Thanks.

p.s. This is especially important if said pregnant lady used to take valium in order to fly. Even though she has managed without it for the last couple of years, she likes to carry it with her and tell herself she can take it if necessary and she can not do that when she is pregnant. So yeah, just lie.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

We're moving

This is the face of a $1200 cat.

You might be thinking, hey that really looks like a $40 cat one would get at the Humane Society.

That is true. And since we got this cute thing a few years ago, she has taken very little maintenance. Food, a bed, scratching posts and toilet paper rolls is really all it has taken.

Then my dear husband went to Denver to find us a place to live. And he found us the perfect little duplex (near Harvard Gulch for you Colorado residents). It was cheap and had most of the amenities we were looking for. AND, it had a strict no pets policy. What to do? Abandon our darling Shea (pronounced Shay)? No way! My husband negotiated instead. We're paying an extra 100 pet deposit plus 100 a month. So now she's a $1200 cat.

Before you try to commit us to the insane asylum for cat people, keep in mind that even with the added rent, the place we found was still $150 cheaper than our second choice, so not a bad deal all-in-all.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

And it was over...just like that

Schooooooooooolllllll's out for SUMMER!

What now?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Letter to my 1st Period

To my bright-eyed, eager learners of 1st Period:

182 class periods, 12 units with corresponding exams and essays, nearly 1000 pages of text, even more pages of notes, one giant exam, a few random comments from K- and many strange stories from P-…but we all survived and lived to tell about it. Come July, you will get your scores on the AP exam and then supposedly we’ll all know how much we really learned. Even before the scores come in, though, I can say the year has been a worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience for me.

Thank you all for such an incredible year. Thank you for staying awake, for asking great questions, for fixing my staplers. Most of all, thank you for giving it your best. I know that other interests and challenges in your life pull you in a thousand different directions, but for forty-five minutes a day you (mostly) focused on U.S. History. It is students like you that give hope to cynics like me, because it is obvious you see the ways our country can be improved and you have the potential to do it.

And, of course, thank you for the Trader Joe’s gift card. I promise to try to buy some healthy snacks in addition to the several boxes of chocolate Joe-Joe’s I am bound to pick up. It was sweet of you to do that, and I will think of you all summer while I munch on my snacks!

I wish you all the best of luck next year in your senior year and in the amazing years that are bound to follow!

Mrs. Abigail

Letter to my 7th Period

To my most favorite seventh period class of the year:

Thank you all so much for the wonderful shower/party/Wild Wild West viewing/escape from typical class. It was so sweet and thoughtful of all of you to arrange it. I am pretty sure I am the only woman in the world to get to watch a Will Smith movie at her baby shower. The cake, cookies, and sodas made it even more enjoyable.

Of course, I love all of the baby gifts as well. I will be sure to send pictures of little Publius in the cute outfits. And years later I will tell the baby all about your class when we look at the Dr. Seuss frame or read the book together. (Actually I expect the baby to be reading the book to me by at least eleven months.)

Please know that I recognize how fortunate I am to have worked with such a great group of students. You have made the year manageable, (hey – maybe even enjoyable) with your curiosity, flexibility, and humor. I am so glad to have had the experience of working with you and I will take many great memories with me to Denver. The shower and gifts simply add to what was already an incredible year. Thank you so much!

Mrs. Abigail
{editor's note: Publius is our class name for the baby...long story}