Monday, June 23, 2008

It's Monday...

It's the last week of summer school. I'm actually really happy it's almost over. I know that I'll enjoy the paycheck next month, but it's been very stressful. As I said before, I've never taught this subject before, so I don't really know exactly where to go with it. I also have one class that is major behavior problems and are very hard to manage most of the time. There is one girl in there who got in trouble twice last week and her mother has been all but harassing me since then. She wanted a meeting with her, the daughter, principal and myself. We really didn't get anything accomplished because she thinks that her daughter is perfect and that I am a terrible teacher. She didn't hesitate to remind me of that. She also threatened that she could come "sit in class anytime I want to" to which I responded that she was more than welcome. So she came. On Friday for the last 30 minutes of the day. D.U.H. It doesn't take a moron to know that is the worst time to observe classroom. This just confirmed her thoughts that I am a terrible teacher! Nevermind she has only one child, who for the most part is a good student! Some people.

I spent the day Saturday trying to make these pot scratchers that my great-grandma used to make. I DID IT!!!! I have made three so far, my family is so excited because these are like the best ever and easy on teflon pans too.

We have a new addition to the family, my cousin and his wife just had a baby. Meet Dane Matthew, he was 9 lbs, 10 oz. I haven't seen him yet, but I've heard he is so cute!

OTN: I finished the BSJ I was looking for buttons for, found them. I also finished Bella's sweater. Will post photos later. I started a hat for the princess niece, it has horses on it. It will be part of her birthday or Christmas present, haven't decided.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Quidditch Round #2

1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?
b. Professor Umbridge

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?
c. Magnolia Crescent

3. Tonks’ mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?
c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall’s class when Umbrdige is doing her inspection?
b. The Shrinking Spell

5. Who comes to warn Harry and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army that Umbridge and her group of followers are coming to break up their meeting?
Answer: Dobby

6. Who are the members of the Order that met Harry Potter in the Dursely’s house during the summer before his fifth year?
c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.
a. Yes

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?
Answer: 16

10. How many of the original Order members were killed (don’t include those who disappeared)?
b. 8

Kingsley Shacklebolt

Bellatrix Lestrange

Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Summer school is half over now. I am somewhat enjoying it. I am teaching a class that I have never taught before and I don't know the material super well. That makes it really tough. I have 2 classes and each class is 3 hours long.

I bought a new car today. My car died. Well, it's a used car. I refuse to buy a brand new one. It's not worth the depreciation. I got a silver Trailblazer. It must be the top tier on bells and whistles. There are so many buttons and knobs that it will take me a while to learn them all. It even has a dvd player in it!

While we were out, the dog chewed up some stuff. Mostly garbage, she likes boxes. But she did chew up one of my Denise needle cords. I found some of it, but not all of it. She has only gotten into a few things before, but she's also not alone by herself very often due to mine and the hubs schedules. I teach during the day and he works 3rd shift. So he gets home just after I leave.

OTN: Still working on the baby afghan for the hubs, this will be more of an ongoing project. I also am almost finished with my 8th Baby Surprise Jacket. I am on the button row and I can't decide buttons, so I refuse to finish it until I find buttons that will work. Thursday night I started Bella a sweater, it is brown and pink. I think it will be really cute when I finish it. That's what was on the Denise cord she chewed up. The hubs said I shouldn't finish it, I said that I'm going to finish it and then make her wear it all the time!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Interesting things at school...

So I was gone to a conference for school, I took my husband with me! It was ok, but we had a great hotel room. We were also right next to a great shopping area. I bought the princess neice an American Girl backpack to take on our vacation this summer.

News at school, some of my classes for next year have changed. I was scheduled to teach out freshman required careers class again, but I have been changed to teach personal finance. It has something to do with how the district reports to the state and they needed someone who is vocationally certified. It has to do with coding. Not the most fun class to teach, but oh well. It just means more training and more conferences!!! I'm also slated to attend a national conference in December, I like traveling!! Especially when someone else is paying!

My summer school classes are both very interesting, I have one who won't speak to me and one who won't shut up!!! One week already down.

On other news, we have a new principal for next year. He's been moved from assistant to head principal, he'll do a great job. Our current principal did such a crappy job that he was asked to move to one of our middle schools as an assistant principal. He was awful, he lost all my teacher artifacts and then blamed it on me. He didn't know staff members' names. He was never in the building, when he was you had to make an appointment to see him, then he never showed for the appointment. The kids absolutely hated him. Good news is he's gone!!!

My puppy is growing so much! My sister kept her while we were gone. It was really good for her, she was able to socialize with several other dogs. She's not afraid of other dogs now, she wants to go meet them and play with them!

OTN: I am currently working on a baby afghan for our future baby. It's going to be a gift to the hubs. I'm going to knit our college logo in the middle of it. He has no idea, he thinks I'm making something for my cousin who's due any day now. I'm also working on another BSJ.