Saturday, March 30, 2013

spidey kiss


nice lazy afternoon...what a busy weekend.
Yesterday at school, we had an egg hunt with the kids. It's somehting we do with the second year/low level students to build background in understanding and relate to American culture.  We give them all a paper lunch bag which they convert into a basket of sorts and decorate.  I went outside and hid about 120 eggs in an area between the school building and the parking lot out back.  It's fun to see the grown high school age kids all running around trying to get the most eggs/candy.  We finished up with a bit of time left over in class so I just stuck in the movie "Avengers".  After that class was my lunch break, and I left school to drive over to the college I teach at to give my supervisor a addressed stamped envelope to use to mail a reference letter for that job in AR.  I also spoke with the head of the English dept about how I'd applied at the college but was also applying in AR just to be aggressive in getting out of high school teaching this year.  We also spoke about some common core stuff, and I talked to her about what I'd used in my class last week and she said she'd like a copy of what I'd used.
drove back to the high school, taught the last 2 hours and then HOME!
no time for gym yesterday, my leg day! alas, I stayed home and chilled unitl leaving to go out.  I went to the movies last night with buddy S. We saw "Oz" with james Franco as the wizard in a story that explains what could have happened before the movie we're all familiar with. I drove home thinking, well do I prefer the way they told it or the way it'sexplained in Wicked. If you haven't read that book, it's a very well written, creating a whole different world and story regarding the beginnings of Glenda the good witch and "Elphaba" the wicked witch.  Has anyone seen tha tmoive? what'd you think, I like the China Doll character but I thought it was hokey that they gave her a scene where she pulls out a knife, I also thought the "river fairies" or whatever they were seemed a bit over imagined for the tale.  but overall the movie defintiely keeps moving and keeps your attention and keeps you guessing. was a great ride I'd say overall.
Anyway, got home late and to bed late, then up early this morning for a teacher training session I signed up for which takes place just about every other Saturday this spring. ha...The guy that got the facilitator job instead of me is also going to all these meetings, and I have to keep myself from being unfriendly or sitting there thinking how he's making more money than I am and less experienced/qualified! ha ha, so I just think to myself at these times, God has a plan and something better for me!
got home from that in time for a nice pizza lunch and then worked out in the yard most of the afternoon. I had some plants I ordered online arrive and waiting on the porch when I got home. great sunny day today here in OKC. I searched online via on how to apply for the language school in San Antonio. That's my option number 3 for changing jobs this summer. The school in San Antonio at Lackland Air Force base is the same one I trained at before going overseas, and I taught with a guy who's in admin there I can use at a reference. It just depends on if they have any opening, but I want to put my name out there as much as possible with this job search and see what gets a bite.  I'm rpetty sure I have a good chance still at the college here in okc though....but enough of all that. tonight I plan to relax and get stuff done inside the house,maybe look up some movies online, like The Wiz, or Ironman one or two which I haven't yet seen.... and make sure my clothes are all clean and ironed for church tomorrow. Since it's Easter Sunday I'll be going to church with my family and then lunch afterwards at my parents' house. Hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend. :)



Friday, March 29, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


plundering forward here in OKC.  Had an excellent weekend. was busy with most of it getting papers graded and finishing up projects around the house that I'd wanted to get done during my break, and of course put off til the last few days off. ha
What a busy week! Monday I was back at school, introducing a new CELL chapter with the kids writing sentences with the word cell in different ways, cell phone, prison cell, solar cell, fuel cell, plant cell, blood cell, etc... and then similar stuff going on with other classes. Haven't seen my kids since Monday because we're testing all week, so my classes are all with subs Tues, Wed, and Thurs. we have been calling out all the ESL students to our building for the end of the year testing their levels of English language.  Tomorrow is our last day and there are five of us teachers doing it, giving the 3 parts of the test before lunch and then repeating over and over the speaking tests individually.  I'm actually pretty good at it and don't miss my classes. ha
I have been in charge all week of getting the list of students, finding all their first hour teachers from the computer system and then getting "tickets" put in everyone's boxes with the name of the student on the ticket so that they are sent first thing in the morning to testing rooms.  This takes a bit of effort but I pretty much strive on getting things all in order and getting everyone in the right place. So I've been up to school early t his week and after first hour warning bell, I am paging teachers' classrooms from the office to say "hey you have tickets in your box you need to get!"  As much as we email the teachers to check boxes and tell them they have a kid we need to test. etc etc.. blah blah.
what else, oh yeah, Tuesday night class went very well. practicing finding subclaims in our reading assignments and finding the evidence to back up, then we also practice wrtiing it all together as you would in an essay to help them with wording, language, and citing sources.  I feel completely more motivated to be oh so planned and prepared and ready what with the possible full time job interview coming up. I also had called a few students who've been missing classes last weekend and they were both in class Tuesday night, I'm really trying to keep everyone motivated and so far have 20 students enrolled and still attending class (out of 25 max class size). that's good retention for a junior college seriously. sad but true.
My ex gf in AR emailed me a posting at University of Arkansas that I am applying for also. It is at a language school at the university for international students learning English and everything on the list fits me, masters in Tesol, overseas experience, etc etc... I'm applying mainly out of curiosity of how much it pays though really. although I would consider Fayetteville as a place to work and live most definitely! woudl sure beat trying to landscape and garden in San Antonio , one of my other plan Bs.
The weather has finaaly turned here more spring like and I'm only looking forward to the next few weeks to come. gym time after school today went very well. my bud was there and we had lots of chti chat, he had a great pair of blue shorts hanging loose in, showing all nicely as usual. hmmm
excellent time at home tonight, I got a book in the mail about King's Crossing metro stop. very cool, also got a brugmansia or Angel trumpet in the mail today from ebay.  some good tv watching tonight on abc then it was get ready to hit the sack.
I'm hoping to get to school early tomorrow and another great day of testing.bring on the weekend!
If I get more time and can gather my thoughts, I'd like to say more about the DOMA thing going on, and the whole issue in general. I was thinking at the gym today while working out about equality for single people. I was thinking that shouldn't employed married people have same taxes and/or benefits that a single person would... ha ha. just dumb thoughts I know. I guess it has something to do with sharing the same residence or something blah blah, i have no idea since I'm single anyway. 


can't sleep....

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

no rest for the weary! :)

as much as I'd like to sit here and do nothing after coming home from work.... the gym awaits!