Thursday, January 3, 2013

Because Life's not Fair

How easy is it say that to someone flippantly (in my case it is usually to one of the monkeys) and then turn around and complain about the injustices done to us?  Because really.  It isn't and it stinks when you are on the receiving end of unfairness.  For example, if life were fair, then I wouldn't have been evaluated today (on our second day back after break) by the Director of C/I for our district.  If life were fair, our Director would have elementary teaching experience (and not downgrade a teacher's DOK and engagement when we were clearly reestablishing routines).  If life were fair, a score of 7 would be attainable (seriously...).  So, after reading my evaluation (1 of 5 so far this year), I've made my peace (after a little weeping) with the fact that it is what it is (a black mark on an otherwise stellar record).  I get results (and really?  Isn't that what truly matters?).  So, there's my little rant for today.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back at it

Today was my first day back after a break that was too short (especially seeing as the first week of it was spent on the couch in a Nyquil/Dayquil induced fog).  My class was very low-key today.  We did the customary "What I did over Christmas Break" free-write followed by a sharing circle.  This year, though, I added in a really cute Resolution flipbook from Ms. Winston.  My students made cute little faces with party hats attached and voila...way cute bulletin board in the hall with minimal effort.

In other news, my monkeys survived their first day back at school.  Right now, they are laying on the couch looking like I feel (Nap?  Yes, please.).  So, now it's on to wrestling practice and some writing on the book I keep saying I am going to write (but never quite getting started).

Monday, December 31, 2012

12 in '12

So, it doesn't seem like a full year since I've done this.  Nonetheless, I thought I would give it another try.
12. Favorite movie you watched:
My DH and I went to see the Avengers together.  Prior to that my movie going experiences for the year had been Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days and Ice Age:  Continental Drift (I think).
11. Favorite TV series:
I've always really liked this show, but this year we decided to go down to the bare minimum channels with Dish.  Therefore, I watch more network television than I did before (if I watch at all).
10. Favorite restaurant:
My DH and I tried this out on our anniversary, and it was quite possibly the best steak that I have ever had.  Ever.
9. Favorite new thing you tried:
I ran my first 5K in October.  It was awesome to run and pray with other believers from my community.
8. Favorite gift you got:
My DH, dad, brother-in-law and two friends moved my piano from my parent's house to mine.  I took lessons from 5-18, and then didn't have a piano until now.  I love, love, love to play.
7. Favorite thing you pinned:
Still no Facebook and no, no Pinterest.
6. Favorite blog post:
I read through the ones I did this year (few and far between, I know).  I think the one titled, "Just How Far" is my favorite simply because it reminds me of who I am.  And while I am not doing exactly what I feel called to do this year, there is opportunity to be a change-agent in my school.
5. Best accomplishment:
I traded in my black and gold for black and orange in a surprise move to my town's district [thereby breaking my losing streak of applications/interviews (if I even got one).]
4. Favorite picture:
I took this one from out of the truck window as we were heading to the State Park for vacation.  The sun was beaming down with the promise of relaxation and my DH and I could feel the calm starting to wash over us.
3. Favorite memory:
Definitely it has to be taking the monkeys on their first float trip.  It was a short day trip, but they had a total blast! 
2. Goal for 2013:
I will apply for the graduate program for a MSE in Autism Studies.
1. One Little Word:
GIVE!  Every day.  Of my time, of my money or just encouragement.