One Week

May 3, 2008 at 8:36 am (life, wedding)

One week from this moment I will be sitting in a salon chair having my hair done and make up applied. Then the hairdresser will pin a tiara and a veil on my head and send me on my way. I’ll go to my parents house. My sisters, my mother, and my dear friend Anne Marie will help me step into my gown. We’ll pile into a limo and go to the church. Ray will be there and we’ll get married.


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First year? Check.

May 22, 2007 at 5:51 pm (life, teaching)

Today I made my final exams. I have 19 days of teaching left. What the?

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I’ve made a poor choice.

April 29, 2007 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Pink eye is all better and I’m back on the horse!

Every week I create 3 vocabulary lists (15 words each) and distribute them to all the homeroom teachers. The teachers then distribute the lists to the appropriate students and assign work related to the lists to be completed during homeroom every day. I also teach and review the words in English class.

This week, I added the word “fallacious” to one of the lists.

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April 23, 2007 at 7:44 pm (life, teaching)

Arriving at school on the Monday after 420 weekend with pink eye to teach students who go to rehab after school? You can only imagine.

Went to the doctor – have a sinus infection and raging pink eye. Have been forcefully given the day off tomorrow. Shucks.

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April 11, 2007 at 8:17 am (wedding)

Ray and I went to Lewisburg this week to make some wedding arrangements. It was great! We made so much progress, and we’ve still got 13 months to go!

1. Ordered our cake – it’s going to be decadent…
2. Selected our photography package and paid a retainer.
3. Made some decisions about centerpieces, table numbers, linens, food, and beverages.
4. Nailed down a per-plate estimate.
5. Made hair appointments for bridesmaids, mothers, and grandmother.

Then we got home last night to find that our Save the Date cards had arrived! It’s waaaaay too early to send them, but don’t be surprised if you receive one soon just because we’re so excited.

As a person who has procrastinated her way through everything, it feels really good to be ahead of schedule for the most important day of my life. Several people have asked us what we’ll do with ourselves when everything is done and we still have 6 months left until the wedding. Here’s what we’ll do when we’re finished preparing for the wedding – we’ll focus on preparing for our marriage!

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One of the least polite wedding traditions

April 2, 2007 at 6:02 pm (wedding)

Due to overwhelming requests, Ray and I have started registering for our wedding. I think it’s entirely too early to be thinking about these things as our wedding is over a year away. Anyway, if you’re interested, we’re registered on so far. Just search for either of our names and enjoy how utterly boring our choice are so far.

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Mere ounces

March 21, 2007 at 4:49 pm (teaching)

Ray is in Amsterdam this week for work. I miss him and worry about him, but it’s kind of been a good thing to be able to throw myself into work while he’s gone. The end of the marking period is rapidly approaching and it’s my responsibility to compile and photocopy make up work for all my slacker students. On top of that, I scheduled my first of two observations for today. I know, I know, as a first year teacher I shouldn’t complain about two observations…but anyway.

I was well into my after-school-prep-for-tomorrow-work yesterday when a co-worker walked into my classroom with a box. “Special delivery!” she said. I figured it was a sample textbook or some other promotional material. How wrong I was! 4 dozen roses! From Ray! Why? Beats me! Anyway, I was glad for the distraction from my work so I went down to the kitchen to cut and arrange my roses. That took about half an hour, and afterwards I was just too happy to work, so I left school half an hour before I planned to. 1 hour of worktime would need to be accomplished the next morning.

This morning I woke up at 4:30, shower, dressed, and headed out to school. I made my usual stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way. Knowing that I would have a long day, and more work than usual, I got an extra-large coffee rather than the normal large.

The rest of the day is a blur.

I got to school, guzzled my coffee in the first hour I was there, and worked like a fiend. By 4th period, my prep, I was FRANTICALLY trying to get my grade book in order for my observation (we were told that we needed our grade books, lesson plans, and goals and objectives out for Dr. C to look at while he observed). My hands were shaking beyond control. I was sweating. My heart was racing. My vision was blurry. I was high on caffeine.

I had to ask my TA to teach 5th period because I simply didn’t have everything in order for my observation the next period. She complied, and I shakingly typed the whole time. Moments before the bell rang, I printed everything out and place it neatly on a desk in the back of the room for Dr. C.



This was the second time this year I prepared for an observation that never happened.
I almost cried. Several times.

In other news, a completely psychotic student who was kicked out of the school in November due to his utterly toxic behavior returned today. I have a feeling someone who doesn’t spend the whole day with the students made that decision.

I’m going to take a bath.

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Conversations overheard

February 8, 2007 at 5:33 pm (teaching)

Student: Don’t you think Miss P’s a little…full of herself ever since she got that ring?
Aide: No…she’s always been full of herself!

Student: You know, I really like Miss P.
Aide: Oh yeah? Why’s that.
Student: Well, she’s smart and nice. Usually you get one or the other with teachers.

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a serious engagement.

January 31, 2007 at 6:00 pm (first times, wedding)

I have suddenly found myself in the throes of planning a wedding. My wedding (ok, ok…our wedding). When we got engaged our wedding date was a-year-and-a-half way. Now it’s a-year-and-three-months. Somehow that seems so much sooner.

Maura told me that when I get within a month or so of the wedding day I won’t even care about the wedding – I’ll just want to be married. I can’t imagine! I am all-consumed. It all started last weekend when I had my first real wedding tragedy dream. It involved me wearing a bathing suit at the reception, tin foil wedding rings, and a birthday-sized carrot cake “hand cut” (in other words, torn into pieces) by the baker herself. Ray told me that I was crying in my sleep when I was having that nightmare.

My mind was racing as soon as I woke up, and it hasn’t stopped. Flowers! Cake! Pre-Cana! Deposit in the mail to the reception hall! Guest List (thanks, Maura)!

I’m so excited!

In other news, last week Hanson spent a considerable amount of time awkwardly standing on stage with a fan, cheering for her on Deal or No Deal. Vegas is coming sooner than I expected, I think.

Also, I just saw Gym Class Heroes on Ellen. I think I’m hoping on a bandwagon a little late, but damn they’re catchy. Watch them!

and my favorite:

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Two Hour Delay

January 29, 2007 at 6:29 am (teaching)

Remember what those three sacred words used to mean?

Today, they meant turning around when I was halfway to school to come home and work on lesson plans. Not getting back in bed. Not watching morning cartoons. Not even putting my PJs back on.

Sometimes I miss being a kid.

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