ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
The weekends are never long enough to both unwind from the week AND accomplish items on my never-ending to do list. However, I have checked off a few: wandered around the mall, went to a bunch of stores yesterday looking for a bookshelf I don't actually have space for, got groceries, made some lunches for the week, laundry is in process, and I procrastibaked more banana muffins to use up some bananas. What I have not done is change my bed sheets and look over lesson plans for this week. I have church in a bit, and then Sherlock is on at 8.

This morning I had breakfast with my old teammate, J. We of course talked about work, the ups and downs of each. The grass was not necessarily greener at her new school, and she sort of wants to throw her name back into the hat at my school. I told her it's not necessarily great there either, but at least it's friendly and familiar. Then again, she would leave teaching if she could. Who knows. It was good to see her.

BIG NEWS, PEOPLE! I started reading a book last night! What? Crazy. A post came up on FB from a year ago showing ~10 books I had not read. Well I had read half of one at the time. Since then, I read one book and started another (that I decided I don't like). Anyway, last night I started One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. So far, so good. I need to make reading books before bed a habit again.

My no soda resolution is going well so far. I've been out to eat 3 times and got iced tea twice and an Arnold Palmer once, which I did not even finish. Healthy eating at home is still under construction. It's basically the same as usual, but I am trying to incorporate more fresh fruit and vegetables.

What else was I going to say? No idea. Oh. Postcards have been written and so hopefully tomorrow I can stop at the post office. Just FYI, if you get one from me, I apologize ahead of time for whatever dorky message I wrote.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
Since Friday, I have:
-watched 3 eps of Once Upon a Time (S3) and A Ballerina's Tale on Netflix
-washed 2 loads of laundry (who knows when they will be put away)
-slept A LOT
-went to Target (I was bored at home yesterday)
-started a rewatch of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre when I could not fall asleep last night
-graded a few papers, and avoided many others
-answered and sent a few work-related emails
-changed the water in my bettas' homes
-looked online at homes for sale, cringing at the decor of most of them

I keep trying to get papers graded and work done, but my attention span on that is about 30 seconds. Still, I need to get this done before tomorrow, and also before Once Upon a Time comes on tonight. So I've heard on tumblr, we're going to get some Rumbelle tonight. Keeping fingers crossed.
ringsandcoffee: (XF Mulder o_O face)
I skipped life group (my Thursday night small group Bible study) tonight because work was stressing me out. Trying to pack in a bunch of grading from 3:30-5:30, then having dinner with Natalie, then life group, and not getting home till 9:30 was just not a good idea. Instead, I finished up the tasks I needed to do in my classroom, threw all my grading into my bag, then headed to Target. I needed new air filters, and decided to get ice cream instead of a frappuccino. I don't know what has come over me. I never really liked fraps, even when I worked at Starbucks. I've had several in the last few months, after not having more than 2 a year. Must be the heat. Anywho, Target did not have coffee ice cream, so I got vanilla bean instead. I also got a jar of caramel sauce. Yeah, I must really be in a funk.

At home, I mixed up a concoction of ice cream, a shot of decaf instant espresso, and caramel sauce, and called it dinner. Somehow my completely unhealthy dinner gave me the boost I needed to plow through a ton of papers and then enter the grades online. Next came my second course of ice cream. This time I just poured caramel sauce into the container and ate spoonfuls until the sauce was gone.

My hands smell like Dawn dish soap. I have more grading to do, but I've lost the will to do it. It's 8:15 p.m. This is my life.


Since I leave my laptop in the living room more often, I've been trying to read books again before going to sleep. Real, paper books! My bedroom is currently littered with books. I started and stopped a few, and then started Far From the Madding Crowd. Holy cow, I had forgotten how much Thomas Hardy likes to describe landscapes. I'm only on page 21 but I think half of that is telling what the area looks and sounds like. I had to read it after seeing so many pictures from the miniseries on tumblr. Fortunately, this book seems to be less depressing than Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Please don't spoil it if I'm wrong.
ringsandcoffee: (insanerer)
I had 2 things planned to do tonight: make brownies and grade. Well, I made the brownies, did the dishes, then graded one thing, maybe 2, while the brownies baked. After they came out of the oven, I saw some chicken I'd put in the fridge to thaw. Since I won't be home tomorrow, I had to cook it tonight. So, I made chicken and couscous. Then I had to clean those dishes and the mess on the stove. I sat down to post about the brownies on FB (my coworkers love them) and one mentioned she was sad she can't eat them. I remembered I have a black bean brownie recipe that I'll make if my roommate can ever have chocolate again, and decided to make those for the coworker with food restrictions. You make them in the food processor, and a good amount of batter ended up still in the bowl, but they are actually pretty good! I don't think I baked them long enough but that doesn't matter because they are vegan/egg free. After that I had to empty the dishwasher and wash the second set of brownie dishes. By that time it was 730 and I was pooped. I'd be going to bed now if not for the laundry I've been procrastinating on.

Oh, about laundry. In researching how to soften old towels, several sites said to use vinegar as fabric softener. Last time I did laundry, I used vinegar in all 3 loads, and it works! I didn't need dryer sheets. My clothes don't smell like vinegar either. I try to go less toxic where I can. Not everywhere, but trying. The best stuff for removing hard water in the shower is still the nasty chemical stuff.

Ok, I am tired. My back hurts. Laundry is still going though.

recipes: brownies and black bean brownies

6 days of school left!
ringsandcoffee: (JE school mistress)
Why am I so tired after work? Well, for a myriad of reasons, but one sticks out in my mind at the moment. I now have 72 students. That's 3 classes of 24 who need my attention for several hours a day. Then I have the families of said students, who also need my attention. Well, only a fraction of them, and mostly via email, but still.

Is it any wonder I feel like a parent, even though I don't have kids of my own?

Yup, work

Aug. 8th, 2014 07:30 pm
ringsandcoffee: (sleeping Eowyn)
Oh man, it's nearly 730 pm on Friday night and i've lost the ability to type and I am ready to go to bed. First week of school = done. Went well. This group in general is so much more with it than last year's classes. The 6th grade teachers are lamenting now that they get to deal with them. I'm just like been there, done that, sorry, I tried.

Grading last year: 3-6 assignments/day x 23 kids. Grading this year: 1-2 assignments/day x 70 kids.

I might seriously take a shower then crawl into bed with Netflix soon. Need to finish watching The King's Speech. yawn.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
Smoothies. Yummy, yummy smoothies. In a blender goes frozen fruit, a dollop or 2 of plain yogurt, and juice. I don't even measure anything. The trick is to have enough liquid, and you can use all juice or part juice, part water. I prefer orange juice, as well as at least some blueberries in my mix of fruit. If I made too much, I just pour the leftovers in a cup and stick it in the freezer for another day.

I'm also still addicted to the show Once Upon a Time. Last night, I went back to the first season, and Henry was so little!

I'm spending my last week off going into work. Yeah, I've had enough time to relax. Plus, w we were told that we won't have much time to work in our rooms the week we go back. As usual, I make a mess jumping between different tasks, but things are coming together. Trying to do my lesson plans is once again my biggest challenge. I think just trying to commit activities to the days scares me, but remembering last year, I know it's really a big list that I just need to check off. Well, the first 3 days is get to know you stuff, plus teaching procedures, so if I don't get to something, it's not the end of the world.

movie day!

Feb. 16th, 2014 11:04 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P 95 lovehatemarryokay!)
It's been forever, but we finally had another movie day. Austenland, 5-hour Pride and Prejudice, and the second half of North and South. Snacked all day on cheese fondue, plus chips, popcorn, and banana bread. Twas nice to finally have a real TV at my house. Well, a bigger one. However, it's a flat screen HD, and my dvds are not HD, so the quality was a bit weird. Austenland looked ok, but it's brand new, so maybe that's why.

I really need to go to bed. It may be a 3 day weekend, but tomorrow I have to go in to work to get ready for the week. Also, I will grade at least 5 poetry books. Maybe the reading tests too. I can do this!
ringsandcoffee: (sleeping Eowyn)
So. freaking. tired. Still not done grading. Have to stop. Will have more tomorrow. Complete sentences too much effort. Need to shower now. And sleep.

I accidently sent an email to all contacts for my class by hitting send instead of cancel on the preview. Thankfully I had not left off in the middle of a sentence. I think some of the contacts shouldn't have gotten the message though, like non-custodial parents. Sorry...I'm new to the grading program.

My class is good though - chatty but WORLDS more responsible than my old school. Wow.
ringsandcoffee: (DW Get in the Tardis)
Goals I accomplished this summer: sing karaoke, read a book, try new recipes.

Goals I still need to finish: be ready for the school year to start, finish watching Firefly.

Unexpected accomplishments: weekend in Flagstaff (which felt like a vacation), spoiled the movie Serenity via a Nerd HQ video on YouTube, and spent way too much money.

My digital camera has officially bitten the dust.

I just got totally distracted and started watching the Doctor Who panel from Comic Con. Going to continue that now...
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Lizzie reading)
Comment on this post and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Hmm, trying to remember if there was more reason to listing this than the fact that I live here. No, I think the fact that I moved here is why I added it to my interests way back when. I lived in California all my life before coming here 8 years ago for a job. A friend I'd known since 8th grade was already a teacher here, and helped me get a job at her school. Just checked my archive, and yesterday marked 8 years since I arrived.

Jane Austen
Jane, oh Jane. How do I love thee, Ms. Austen? Let me count the ways: Pride and Prejudice, Darcy, all your books, your leading men, your scoundrels, your smart female characters, the way you parts of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park make me wish I could reach into the pages and shake Fanny Dashwood, Mrs. Ferrars, and Aunt Norris...that's just a start to the list. Watching P&P (2005) at [livejournal.com profile] holbytla's insistence was my gateway into period literature and movies.

Lord of the Rings
This is another fandom I was quite late in entering. Somehow I made it until 2003 before discovering the books existed. ROTK was in theaters when one of my coworkers and my friend [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter said I needed to watch the movies. I had no idea what they were talking about. Later on, I vaguely remembered seeing a poster for TTT. Coworker loaned me FOTR, extended edition I think; I watched it and wondered what the heck I had just seen. A day or 2 later I found myself at Blockbuster (and I rarely rent movies) getting TTT. I watched that on a dark and dreary day, and got more into it. By the end of the same week, I was at the theater immediately after work to see ROTK. By then, I was hooked. I saw ROTK 4 times total in theaters and read the books in 6 weeks. My coworker friend was more than happy to feed my addiction, watching the movies over and over, sharing her books and introducing me to the wonderful world of dvd bonus features. Haunting [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter on here led me me to start my own LJ so I could fangirl to my heart's desire.

Phantom of the Opera
In 8th grade, we sang a medley of Phantom songs for chorus. I loved them. My chorus teacher read us what I think was an abridged version of Leroux's story. We also watched a made for TV miniseries that I would love to find again. I think it's this one. A year or so later, I got to see the show on stage in San Francisco. Our seats were terrible but I didn't care. What I remember most about that show was how sad the Phantom sounded, and how you could hear his wail travel around the theater as he mourned for Christine. I read the book that year as well, and loved the descriptions of the opera house and the world below it that the Phantom had build for himself. I didn't have much more to do with Phantom until the 2004 movie came out, which I saw twice. I'm not a huge theater-goer, and so for me to see a movie twice (and in 3 days even) at the theater is a big deal.

The movie soundtrack used to live in my car, and is quite good for singing along to, loudly. :D

Road Trips
I've never minded car rides. Well, unless I'm stuck in the backseat and get carsick. Even then, I love going places. Before I could drive, I liked going on random rides with my dad, taking back roads and seeing the sights. I love driving. I love going places, new or old. I love truck stops and convenience stores. I'll drive alone or with someone. Each December, I make the ~13-hour drive to my hometown for Christmas. In 2001, I did an epic, cross-country trip with my dad. Every once in a while, I get an itch and just have to go somewhere for the day. My camera is usually close by so I can document the journey.

I am a teacher, so I probably should be interested in teaching. :) You get used to/better at it, but really, no 2 days are alike. Each day is a challenge. Classes can eat you alive, and that's happened to me. I start again in a few weeks, EEK. I could write a novel on this topic, but will spare y'all.
ringsandcoffee: (insanerer)
Tomorrow is the last day of school. It hardly seems true, probably because I don't have my own class this year.

Ummm, brain not working. Still kind of stuck on Doctor Who, but have also watched So You Think You Can Dance and Call the Midwife.

Usually all anal about italicizing names of things, but can't be bothered to right now. Don't care.

Long day tomorrow and Friday. Um, brain not working any more. Yeah. LOL.

More coherent post...Saturday perhaps?

Cleaned the bettas' homes today. They seem happy. :) Love my fishies!
ringsandcoffee: (DW Ten Tardis door)
1. This photo makes me incredibly happy.

David Tennant and Matt Smith

Ten and Eleven in the same photo! No way of knowing whether they will share the screen on the 50th anniversary show, but I don't care about that (yet).

b. No contract has been signed (not available yet for any staff) but it's pretty much official that I'll teach 5th grade next year. Someone asked me if I am excited...I said I am ready, but excited isn't necessarily the right word.

III. Going to bed at 11 instead of 10 means I catch a bit of the Absolute Radio breakfast show live.

d. The roommie possibly getting married within a year?!?!?

5. Tomorrow is Friday. Yay.

VI. I ate a lot of cookies today. Ok, 4, but still.

g. LJ isn't disappearing, those of you who keep mentioning that! :D

7. I need to do some retroactive tagging of posts.
ringsandcoffee: (DW Get in the Tardis)
A few times over the past year, I've sort of warmed up to the idea of teaching again. Then, I go to a training or meeting and hear something that makes me cringe. This happened again on Friday. It seems maybe teaching really is no longer for me, but I don't know this for sure.
ringsandcoffee: (POTO duhhhhh)
Pantry staples:
canned tomato products (diced, sauce, paste, Rotel)
pasta (any type)

Today I adapted Pioneer Woman's pasta alla Marlboro Man. I was trying to make something using the Roma tomatoes I'd bought yesterday. Last weekend my adaptation of the Rice-a-Rini meal flopped, I think, because I added way too much rice. Today's pasta is good, though the super-lean ground turkey will be changed to ground beef next time. My goal is to eventually use fresh tomatoes as much as possible, though I don't know if I could do without canned paste. Forget taking hte skin of the tomatoes first, too - too much work! I also want to learn to make more meals that involve meat besides ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken breasts. Beef stirfry I can do, but it's still easy. Steak I've done twice ever. Ever. Beef stew once also.

Right now, the AC is off and the window open. It was 85 degrees earlier with a nice breeze. All the cooking has warmed the place up a bit, but I'll take a day like this as long as it'll last.

One week of work down, 195 days to go. Same crap, new year. Feeling ok so far; my students are not trouble makers and pressure from the top hasn't come down yet. Just ye wait. In a month or two, I may want to quit again.
ringsandcoffee: (JE school mistress)
I'd like to watch a Jane Austen flick, but I should go to bed instead. Grrr, have to work tomorrow. Most of the morning will be sitting in a meeting, most likely. I'll probably get an extra shot of espresso tomorrow, but that will inevitably cause more trips to the bathroom. Apparently there's some parent night on Thursday, which people only saw because of a flyer on the counter. By people, I mean the overachievers who were working today. Great. My room is not at all set up. However, maybe we'll get our class lists tomorrow since kids will have to know who their teachers are. Last year he held out on us till the middle of Friday.

Maybe I'll read Jane Eyre instead of my classroom management book tonight.
ringsandcoffee: (Leg guitar)
Done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done done!
ringsandcoffee: (sure fine whatever)
Sure enough, the period of relaxation at work (i.e. after AIMS) came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday. The district is being audited by the state the last week and a half of school. Audited...at the very end of the year. Random strangers, who may or may not have ever been competent educators, will be coming in unannounced, staying for unspecified periods of time, and will be making sure we're "teaching." Checking if we're adhering to the standards, doing actual instruction, as opposed to busy work, I guess? AT THE END OF THE FREAKING SCHOOL YEAR. Can't clean up, can't take stuff off the walls, nada.

It's not as if I'm taking things easy and no longer teaching, tempting as that is at times. But, seriously? Whose bright idea was this? Half my kids have tuned out as it is.

I need a massage and a pedicure.

Sunday is the LOST series finale. It's...the end. (LOL episode title. No one will get that joke/reference unless they read [livejournal.com profile] ack_attack's recaps) I can't believe it's going to end, and I'm sad. Not majorly depressed, but still. A fandom is ending, what am I to watch on tv now? At least there's a plethora of period dramas I've yet to see. LOST is truly one of the best tv shows ever. It will be so weird after Sunday, when it's no more.

Need some dinner.
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Watching the Opening Ceremony and working/playing on the laptop at the same time. This is actually kind of fun. I got one day of lesson plans taken care of already. The Olympics always make me cry. Every single time. Right now it's the parade of nations, so not much to watch. I can just listen to the trivia from the commentators.

Staying up to watch, and also now to pick someone up at 11:30 from the airport. Maybe I should have added a scoop of regular coffee to my pot of decaf after all, but I didn't know I'd be going out later at the time. I get to see Jayme! Tomorrow is a short hike with Kairos folk, and in the afternoon watching Emma with Reena and Michelle. I hope I'm not too tired.

Ok, seeing a commercial about watching tv on a cell phone freaks me out. I don't even know how to get on the internet on my phone. I only tried (and failed) when we were trying to find the Tucson arena a few weeks ago.

Had my evaluation today, finally, after 2 cancellations. I thought it went crappy. I was trying too hard, not being my normal self, but trying to do all the things he would want to see and hoping the kids wouldn't constantly be coloring on their whiteboards. It was fine though. Got a good report from the boss man, as well as the news I probably won't have a split class next year. So, job security, it seems, and only one grade. Except...in talking to other people, I keep finding that my school is not how it should be. My school would never do a 2 week unit on the Olympics as my friend did with her class. Kindergarten would not research a Chinese New Year tradition or have a celebration complete with Chinese food. All we do is speed through the standards, take tests, then see how much they didn't learn and add those things back on top of the things we haven't even been able to teach yet. One more year may be all I can take at my current school. Either find somewhere that actually prepares students for real life and teaches them about the world they live in, or figure out how to fit it in myself. Um, yeah, if I'm even allowed to.

Bad news...I'm getting sleepy.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
-Shiny cookware is shiny! All 13 pieces are washed and dried. Now, to use it.
-When I want a Seattle's Best coffee ice cream shake, I should just get one. My 2 attempts at a substitute just didn't cut it.
-Why do I eat fast food like it's nothing, the read the ingredients on all the different ice creams to find the least scary brand? Shocker of the day: the generic Wal-Mart brand was the most natural, pretty much the same as Breyers, and it tastes way better.
-I have huge recycling piles and Goodwill piles. I hate carrying all that stuff out to the bins and my car.
-Why am I so enamored with cheap plastic storage bins?
-I'm weird about certain things (see above for examples) but I've decided that everyone is weird in their own ways.
-Cold and rain, I really do like you. You'll be fondly rememebered come July. Keep in mind that cold here = the 40s. Ha ha ha.
-Staying up the next three Sundays to watch Emma on Masterpiece Theater isn't really feasible; Luckily, I can watch it online! Or just wait for the dvd on 2/9.
-Teaching parts of speech all year long, and I still get asked what verbs, nouns and adjectives are.

Examples of things students do that make no sense (happens multiple times daily)
Me: Take out your reading books and read any story you want for a few minutes (or do XYZ).
Student: Can we read any story we want (or do we do XYZ)?
Me: Did you *really* just ask me that?
On the way back from lunch
Student: May I go to the bathroom?
Me: Yes, when we pass by.
Student: (as we pass the bathrooms) Can I go now?
Me: o_O
Math question: Which shows the fraction in order from greatest to least?
Student: Oh, I thought it said least to greatest!
Me: But it says greatest to least.
Student: Yeah, but I thought it said least to greatest.
Me: That's like you saying "My name is Bob" and I reply "Oh, I thought you said your name was George!"
Me: *gives directions*
Student(s): *doesn't listen to directions*
Student(s): (2 seconds later) What do we do?
During reading centers, at which time I work with one of the 4 groups.
Student: *walks over to me from group across the room, holding paper* What am I supposed to do?
Me: Did you read the directions?
Student: No.
Me: Read them.
Student: *reads* Ohhhhh! Ok I know what to do!
Me: You couldn't have read them to begin with, or, you know, asked someone IN YOUR GROUP?
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