Saturday, February 09, 2013

Coffee Table....


This is the book "Now You're Logging"  by Bus Griffiths published in 1978 by Harbour Publishing in B.C. Canada.  I bought this copy online about a year ago.  If you read the blog, you know I like graphic novels, and I searched this one out on a whim for something unusual.  It's pretty interesting from the standpoint of being part of a team of loggers. The book goes into a lot of detail about the terms and rigging involved in the job, and over all I appreciate the attention to detail and the outdoors scenes etc.  I thought I'd start putting up  a post now and then of the different coffee table books I set out from time to time.  The rug on the floor is one I brought back from overseas. A student had a workshop where they made this rug based on a photo I had taken of a tile floor in Austin, Texas....

Principal Skinnerrrrrrrrr!!!!

wake up the brain....

Friday, February 08, 2013

the 1975 et al



get cleaned up and ready for the weekend! ...

cover bands

what I THINK is a Russian accent, correct me if it's some completely different language...  have I ever mentioned how I really like a Russian accent or I consider how I could have lived there for a while and fallen easily for any of the guys that I imagine are raised 3 times smarter than any average american high school kid. ha ha this based on nothing other than the one guy I taught esl too many years ago. :P  They're cute. right? I'm probably just attracted to the idea of a whole other gene pool...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

hamburger helper...

I think one of my students may seriously be a little touched in the head... the skinny little 5'10 guy was told to stay seated until the class left to the assembly and kept getting up to leave anyway and I had to physically block his way to the door and direct him to go back to his seat, like twice. we were co-teaching and so the other teacher was telling him to listen and follow directions etc etc... anyway, I won't bore you too much with it, but he's not a hateful sort of person, usually sort of just a dumb grin and laugh and want for doing anything but what he's supposed to. ha I told him to walk with me over to the gym and once we got out of the building he starts walking a different direction saying he's just going home.. I again walked ahead of him, facing him, and explaining to him to think kid! think! use your brain! all this in heartfelt broken Spanish... telling the kid that if he left school it would cause another referral and the principal was most likely to put him in alternative school etc etc..
anyway, my point is that he's not a bad kid at all, but is definitely having some trouble adjusting to the culture,in fact we are wondering if he's been schooled much at all where he came from in Mexico. One really tough thing is the kids we teach that go home and have all this freedom of NOT doing any homework because their dad or mom work all night. alas. had parent meetings after school today and will have more tomorrow morning til 11am. then the weekend begins! woo hoo!
I have some plans tomorrow night hang time with S buddy. his AR bf arrives Saturday and then they are meeting up with another couple from out of town and I think going to the gay clubs in OKC.  I'm still debating whether to join them, which I'm sure rugbysex would say yes go for it! get out there! but I'm not feeling it too much, for one thing I got my grizzly winter beard going full force right about now. My new approach to growing this beard is to trim the chin area but not the moustache, I'm waiting to see how long I can stand it growing below my upper lip. ha! but not just the bear, thing is the gay bars aren't a place to meet up with guys for anything real that lasts anyway. However on the other hand it'd be nice to just hang out and have a beer, been a long time for that!
sine I get off early tomorrow I most likely will hit the gym before lunch, make up for the arm day I missed today after school.
I spoke with my bud at the gym yesterday, seems his arm days are always Wed like I'm always doing back/shoulders the same day.  His arms get so pumped up, he was wearing on of those sleeveless athletic shirts and so many curves and roundness going down to his chest and underarms etc... we discussed how easy arms are to grow/workout/get pumped up and what muscles you can work out as much as you want, like abs, and then he said something about forearms, and what I really wanted to do was make some type of joke about beating off and never having a problem building up the forearm, but I didn't. ha  I forget what all else we chatted about but I know we can talk for quite a few minutes so I really try to end the conversation  nonawkwardly so we can both keep our groove going with our workouts.  I had a really good back/shoulder day yesterday and was sweating it up with a good heart rate by the end of it. woo hoo.
I'm looking forward to trying out a new church this weekend. I've had it on my mind lately about wondering if American Muslims are similar in faith to American Christians, in which I mean the distraction to their faith of  American culture and social norms... I was just thinking how the guys I taught in Kabbuull were all so humble and kind and generous and we'd speak constantly and openly about their faith.  And I consider how my life was while living with all the other teachers overseas while working at a missionary school, and even now all my missionary friends that I keep up with or those who are on my facebook have that missionary mindset.  something about seeing the bigger picture than the distractions we get bogged down with living day to day here. anyway, those things have been on my mind lately.
man I'm so happy to not have to teach tomorrow, just go to work and chit chat most of the morning with my esl co workers.
Did I ever mention about the meeting we had with the new facilitator this week, the job I'd wanted, and how he's going to be training teachers at our school how to work with ESl kids and at some point while we discussed it he mentioned he was alternatively certified!?!  A coworker and I at the meeting just looked at each other and I tried not to roll my eyes.  We came back to the room talking about how in the world is he alternatively certified and got that job!?!?! ha ha.
ah well, it's part of God's plan, and as much as I ask "why?" I get the answer "because...." and as usual wait however long it takes years later to fill in the blank, knowing by then it was all part of God's better plan for me. :)
I'm including a photo of something I wore to work this week many layers, a blue shirt, flannel shirt, brown hoodie, and a windbreaker/rain jacket sort of thing.... I really like the color story of the outfit that day. 

oh yes they call him the....

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seriously, just mute out the sound, and then try not to wonder if he's wearing make up or not...

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tuesday classtime...

awesome class tonight, but man what  along day.  I can't really complain since we are out of school Friday for teacher/parent meeting, many of which never show up anyway. Only thing that sucks is we have to stay late on Thursday after school which means I' miss my gym time, so I'll have to make up "arm day" with leg day Friday.   I'm so ready to get to march, I'm always for Spring to arrive this time of year so I can get back to doing yardwork and getting outdoors more.
tonight I put a post up about how there is no age limit to getting stickers on something passed back in class.  I enjoy seeing someone grin when they see their stickered perfect score on a quiz, or hearing someone say "I got a sticker!"  ha  I had experienced that tonight in class when I passed back last week quizzes.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night about 1 am and was stopped up and kept rubbing my nose, then I got out of bed and took a bit of Nyquil and started breathing better and felt sound asleep, so sound in fact it was tough getting out of bed the morning I felt like I was moving in slow motion. whoahhope everyone is enjoying the week! :)

Monday, February 04, 2013

bedtime post..


begin again

was just grading papers tonight, getting ready for long day and night class tomorrow. one of the papers, the guy athletic type looking guy who sat in the front row etc.. well he was writing the assigned paper for the class about short term and long term goals, and one of the funny things he mentioned was about going to college to meet a girl, here's the quote.
." So my intention in coming back to college was, I wanted to try and play baseball again and gain some knowledge and see if I really was out there or if more people see what I see and have the same viewpoints. I also wanted to meet a girl, lady, female or whichever you best understand, because life is tough when you try and do it alone not especially when you have no one to talk to."
 man, that last part about being alone really hit me as I was alone all weekend and pretty much just waiting to go back to work Monday morning.  I'm not complaining or anything, just saying when I read that last line, I thought dang that's me, and I went both ways with the thought.... this sucks! and also it ain't all that bad. ha me being mr. cheerful of course.   anyway, this guy does crack me up, I'm not sure how bright he is, but what does that matter when he's willing to gain knowledge and put himself out there to see who shares his viewpoints! pretty cool deal.
So yeah my weekend was actually pretty uneventful, no gym buddy at the gym, nothing special going on around here. church was great. They are about to do a big remodel and have services in the gym for about 6 weeks, and so I'm kind of thinking about finding a new church near my house and quit going to that one, although I do like sitting with my folks and seeing my sisters every weekend. Met all the family at my folks Sunday afternoon for my mom's birthday... today went back to work. blah!  The one great thing is this week we only have 4 days because Friday we are off for parent/teacher conferences.  and I played hookie from stock club meeting tonight and went to the gym instead and got a nice long chest workout in. buddy wasn't there today but that was fine, I concentrated on my workout more without all the chit-chat.
If there are any computer gurus reading this, I'm curious to know if I can take the hard drive out of my old Toshiba laptop and put it in this new one, just to get some files off of it, and then replace my new laptop's hard drive. or will that screw up my new laptop or cause it to CRASH FIRE BOOM!>!??!?!  ha ha. it was just an idea I had.

fun monday speedo