Greatest Hits

These are some of the blog posts from my past that I think are truly my "Greatest Hits." I will be changing this page from time to time, so be sure to check back again in the future.



Here are some of the websites I frequently "haunt."


Stormy Weather

Thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, I got two extra days off from school. I took advantage of this time to get some extra sleep in, watch the Olympics past my bedtime, and oh yeah, do some work. Honestly, I did most of the work today - seating charts for my classes, a course schedule for my SAT/ACT Verbal prep course, and an Introductory Quiz for my AP English students.

Things I still have to do:

1. Introductory Letter for my AP kids
2. Lesson Plans for all six classes
3. Wash and dry my hair (this takes more time than all of the above!)

I'm doubly grateful that the storm gave me this extra time, and most especially, that the storm wasn't that bad. Honestly, some of the rainstorms during the summer were worse. All we got from Fay was a little wind and rain. We didn't even lose electricity, thank goodness.

But we're not out of the woods just yet - we've got at least 4 more months before hurricane season is over. I have a feeling this is going to be a busy hurricane season...

Books and apples and junk

More ficletty goodness! Read them here and here.

Today I went back in to my classroom with Ricky and finished two of my bulletin boards. The one that's kind of like a store window, facing the hallway, I decorated with pink paper and butterfly border plus two big, bright butterflies. According to Ricky, they look real and since I stuck them there with tacks, he says that only helps achieve the life-like effect that much more. I've got to remember to take some pics with my cell tomorrow, so I can post them here.

The other board's not as exciting, it has a teal background and a teachery border, all books and apples and junk. This one will be my FYI board, where I'll post important announcements and the like.

I'm feeling better about my new room. At first I was eh. I felt like I'd been kicked out of a club or something, after being moved from the main building. But today I got my room keys for the first time plus they moved over almost all of my old furniture so it's starting to feel like home. It helps that it's getting all prettiful, thanks to Ricky's decorating skills with posters and boards. I really have to remember to take pics of the room when it's done.

Well, I'm watching the latest episode of "No Reservations," which takes place in Tokyo. Man, I want to go back. I feel like I didn't fully appreciate my time there. Anthony Bourdain also posted a great blog entry about his experience. You can read that here, along with his other, previous entries about his other travels.

Denial Ain't A River.

I am in complete and utter denial that my summer vacation is over. Where did the days go?!? I have done absolutely nothing valuable with my time, unless you count the AP English Language workshop and the countless ficlets I wrote. My thesis? Don't go there.

And in little over a week, I'll be greeting my new slew of students. Joy.

So what have I done with my time this summer? Weeeellll, I did organize my closet. I cleaned my abomination of a room, which was beginning to look like a hurricane and some of its friends blew through. I played PixelJunk Monsters. A lot. We attended two weddings and missed a third because Ricky got shingles, forcing us away from each other for over a week because I've never had chicken pox before and he could've given me it. We saw "Dark Knight." Ricky and I accompanied some friends, Tony and his gf, Sheri, to Sea World (Their first time in a while and our gazillionth time. Seriously, I lost count. We bought one of those tickets that gives you unlimited visits until December 2008 and we have milked that poor cow to near-death). I re-read Twilight a couple of times, along with a couple of other books. Oh, and I hung out with a bunch of hormone-fueled teenage girls on August 1st waiting until midnight so I could buy Breaking Dawn. Yeesh. (More on that book will be discussed at a later date on my Twilight webby here.)

I forget what else. Oh yeah, Tigger, my darling kitty-cat, got sick and was hospitalized for a few days, making his foster-mother (ME) very upset. If there's anything else, I don't remember.

On Friday, Ricky and I went in to see my new room and move most of my junk over from my old room. My new room is in the old building (which the Powers That Be refuse to call as such, bullying us into referring to it as the original building, conveniently finding a name that matches the same initials... whatev, I'm not buying it). It's kinda dusty and ill-lit, but I will do what magic I can. The day before, we'd gone to Get Smart to buy some new posters and Barnes & Noble to get some SAT prep books, since apparently I'm teaching an SAT English prep course this year. So I'm going back in tomorrow with my posters-galore and hoping the trusty custodian will agree to move some of my furniture over from my old room - my podium, stool, bookshelf, and filing cabinets. I also want him to get rid of the SIX crusty old file cabinets in my new room. It takes up so much space I can't imagine how the old teacher taught in that room.

Welpies, I'd better get offline before the insomnia really digs its heels in. I want to be up at 9 AM, a tall order for someone who's become mostly nocturnal this summer. Le sigh...

Almost forgot to mention: I wrote two ficlets today. They are here and here. I hadn't written a ficlet in over a week, so the withdrawal was starting to wear me down. I was almost worried the muse would go on strike! Thankfully, she didn't.