Saturday, September 22, 2012

skinny dip buddy!


way too busy this last week and weekend... but I can handle all the stuff to do. Only bummer was my little gym crush wasn't around at all this last week.. ha! I kept looking out for him. We have approached the stage of getting a head nod or "hey" as greeting when one of us walks into the weightroom, and then last time we were talking about my diet blah blah, so definitely a lot more conversation going... come on boy come back, keep me inspired at the gym! :)
otherwise this week I was on full throttle with work and such.  Tuesday night i had 20 essays turned in from my night class... Also this week two of the teachers in our ESL dept were gone to a trip to Denver Wed-Fri. so for three days the kids had substitutes in those classes , which means when I got the kids they were pretty relaxed from subs. blah 
 Friday night i had a meeting via my gardening club, and somehow I was in charge of bringing a cooked ham! then first thing this morning a drive to north of the city to a bilingual education conference, which was mainly just about networking for me. I left by lunchtime.  I won't carry on about it, but this country has a HUGE dilemna of all the kids who are learning English at the same time they are trying to learn all the content in order to graduate. SUCKS. Our nation has one of the highest drop out rates ever, mainly due to immigrant kids who come here and try to learn English AND graduate high school and CAN'T.  Actually some do, but there are others who don't have a very solid educational background to begin with or are moved around so much etc etc etc etc. okay enough of that...
YES, I watch project Runway! okay? ha ha. anyway, I think Ven got robbed since Sanjay's thing has NO DESGIN at all this week, but I think they were going on her past episodes and that Ven is boring and can only do an origami rose. also I loved when Kors said that should be his drag name, Origami Rose! ha ha...  but overall, I was ready for Sanjay or Ven to go home regardless so it doesn't really matter which order they leave in.. the Ukraine girl is bound to lose soon anyway...I was rooting for the NYC skyline dress from the get go. not that I particularly have any favorite person this season really. any comments on PR?
I'm quite in the swing of things with teaching English. the 9th grade boys sure are the squirreliest of studetns. The guys can not keep their hands off each other. I have to teach them that there is no pretend fighting and playing in the school building.  They are not allowed because of the sever penalties our school has for fighting, so even play fighting is not allowed. Basically if any teacher saw them and doesn't know them, they could get turned in then and there etc.. Also they are latin culture which to begin with has minimal physical space expected anyway, but still it's pretty funny.  This reminds me of how disgusted I get when I've heard female teachers in the past say " you know what people are going to think???"  insinuating boys look gay when they play around physically too much with each other. I've seen it time and again 8th grade when guys keep teasing or pestering each other all in good fun as buds and some woman teacher starts butting in like it's something gay, oh the rage inside try and turn something as beautiful and naturally as physical contact (nothing sexual at all about it!!!) into some awful gay thing.  used to really burn me up. just say hey guys, no horseplay in the classroom and that's that! simple enough. sigh... okay once again, don't get me started. 
I did intercept a note in class this week in Spanish about how this guy was telling this girl in class he was going to think about her while he "masturbeme" tonight... something like that. so yeah that's 9th grade. come on kids get a grip and focus on learning English please!! ha ha
So i got back after lunch today from edmond, and now am pretty busy, picking up all the shoes and clothes I've left everywhere during the week, grading papers, kitchen and the ham mess, some yard work only as reward if I get 5 papers done at a time... and then i went on a short drive to get a haircut, but this one girl I go to is on maternity leave, and the other barber who i don't really love but he's fine. he's out of town for a week. and then this other place was closed, and this new place was busy for the next hour then closing... UGH! so I decided I'd go to some barber place near my school after work Monday. maybe find some Mexican barber than can do a good high -and-tight.
I received the Star Trek movie from netflix today, so I plan to watch it with the projector and my laptop tonight, big computer speakers plugged in etc.. should be fun. :) hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Go Navy!

gracias a Ex-frat-man! for the video. check his link below right... :)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

let the sun shine...

I think I die in victory’ says letter home from Springfield native Wilder Dwight wounded at Antietam

Near Sharpsburg. Sept. 17th 1862.

On the field

Dear Mother,

It is a misty moisty morning. We are engaging the enemy and are drawn up in support of Hooker who is now banging away most briskly. I write in the saddle to send you my love and to say that I am very well so far —

Dearest mother, I am wounded so as to be helpless. Good bye if so it must be I think I die in victory. God defend our country. I trust in God & love you all to the last

Dearest love to father & all my dear brothers. Our troops have left the part of the field where I lay —

Mother, yrs


All is well with those that have faith

Today marks the 150 anniversary of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

oh Sunday....

has anyone seen the show "broadway or bust" on pbs? pretty cool show. I"m hoping to take another trip in December so I'll have to get some show tickets purchased SOON! :P
I'm also hoping to see DC for fall break. Right now I'm in the process of selling my 2 wristbands to the Austin City Limits music festival. I decided not to go. thing is my best bud down there got a new job this summer (this was after I bought us the tickets) and he has to go on a work trip that weekend. Of course I'm welcome to come down, stay in his condo, even have his ex bf go with me all three days, but it's not the same things, I don't want to be alone in Austin hanging around a music festival all 3 days alone. blah! Which I'm actually okay with, cause I need to cut the cord with Austin buddy, let's face it. plus I'll put the money toward a plane ticket to DC woot woot...IF all works out okay. who knows?
I'm placing an ad on craigslist tonight in AUstin for the tickets so we shall see if anyone is still looking for 3 day passes or not ...urgh.
I had a very awesome weekend! the weather was perfect. drizzly and gray and cool and nice and fall like. oh yes. I've graded all the work to pass back to my college night class. now just getting ready for bed and my clothes laid out and breakfast dishes clean and ready.
I went out to a Mexican restaurant with S on Friday night and we got to catch up, it had been a while. what sucks is next Friday our friend from Houston is in town but I have a garden club meeting I have to be at blah blah, yeah I'm a nerd like that.
otherwise just waiting for the state to fund the title three money to our district so the dept in charge of ESL teachers can move me over to the admin position I'm pretty sure I've been hired for. can't wait. Actually I got to tell ya, I know I was super depressed about going back to school and getting back in the classroom with kids, but I have to say this year has been all right. I'm already in love with all the kids and just want to hit it every day with ESL ESL ESL and get them to learn and use ENglish!
Alas, I was just meant for the college classroom, my cheerful personality just excites the kids too much at the high school, especially 9th grade boys and I have to be mister tough guy which doesn't come easy to me, but I can do, don't get me wrong.
what's funny is when I go off into a speech in Spanish cause I'm so frustrated and suddenly I'm coming up with all these words and forgetting, whoah, I'm doing this in Spanish. ha
And you'll think I'm crazy anyway to want to leave the classroom, I confess 4 of my classes are with 5 kids. and one of them is with 20..... but 20 is too much for good language learning. group of 5 is perfect.
anyway, the smaller classes are the new to the country kids, so we had a little talk last Friday about the stages of culture shock. One of the boys had said how he hates it here and hates school etc etc.. and this is a super nice smart kid who was nothing but smiles all the time the first two weeks...SO we discussed the stages of loving the place, then hating the place, then adjusting etc etc.. I told them it's okay to have those feeling and hate everything being different and missing things back home. for example this was Sept 16th Independence day in Mexico and they weren't there for it etc.. this week I'll be hitting some Math lessons and trying to get to getting math in once a day and then English the other( we have two sections of 5 kids, I see them twice a day).
okay well I was over at my folks place all day with my other 2 sisters visiting an uncle who's in town. only the third time we've seen him. He brought 2 discs full of home movies that my grandpa took when they were all young. My mom had never seen them nor had my uncle. it was cool to watch my mom so young, especially smoking at 14! ha
hope all have had a great weekend! I'm ready to get through another week. :)