Gosh, I've missed you gals sooooo much. I really, really appreciate having you all here to give me hugs and cheerleading during the last few weeks of school, which is always crazypants crazytown.
There are so many teachers here now! We're gonna take over the earth. Of course we also have our super-teacher-spouse Taxi.
I will take a moment to wax philosophical about our profession. There is a lot of crap to deal with (sometimes literally, lilac! extra hugs for you. Almost done!) But what Pinch said I think is the #1 reason that I love teaching: it's never boring. Time flies. You continue to learn and grow and face challenges professional and emotional. I have a lot of great kids, a lot of great coworkers, and mostly good admins. The last day of school when you're trying to get your crap packed up and you keep getting distracted by middle schoolers and former students coming up and hugging you, it really puts things in perspective. The bad apples try to spoil the bunch, but we can't let them. What Hykue said is right, as hard as it is, the kids are venting on you for the most part and it isn't personal although in the moment it's almost impossible not to take it that way. The way that I ran my class this year was SUPER sucessful. I had a majority of my students read 20 books or more, and so many of them said that they love reading. I should post my graph from my google docs survey. ha. Anyway, yes, we complain, we go crazy, but we wouldn't do it unless we loved and it there were some major rewards. I for one am not that much of a martyr! I miss my kiddos already, but it's cute, we made goodreads accounts just before we left and a lot of them are on there already. :) I get to teach the same kids 2 years in a row, so that's how I'm doing summer reading for my 7th-going-to-8th graders. Thanks again everyone for the support.
Pinch, Cath, and Lilac, how many more days! Did I miss anyone?
Caly, thanks so much for your thoughts and I was so happy to hear that you are finding some good in your DHs absence. I didn't want to be pushy, but when I was posting how good my doc experience was, I was hoping you'd notice and think about doing it sooner rather than later. Like I said earlier, I think you will be tremendously relieved to talk to someone about it who is knowledgeable and who will assume some responsibility for your care and your understanding of the whole process. If you need any extra support please please ask, I would not have even gotten to that appointment without Taxi gently prodding me via PM, and it was the best decision. xoxo. I'm also really sorry about your job. My first year of teaching was part time, even though I worked my butt off, it sucked and I ended up leaving that district because it became clear it was basically impossible for me to move to full time.
Regarding BSG, I still don't know who all the cylons are and I stopped being able to care! We got through almost all of the series but got fed up sometime before the finale. I keep thinking maybe we'll go back and watch because in the first few seasons we loved it and even used to go over to our friends house for BSG watching night. But I think I like my sci-fi a little less dark, with just a little more sarcasm and humor or something. This year, we watched all of X-files, and in desperation the last few months of school started watching Stargate SG-1, which we really actually like a lot, surprise! And of course Doctor Who!
Rosie, have a great time in Italy! Please find some ancient landmark to wish for BFPs on! Is this a vacation or business or something else? Thanks for getting the thread fixed. xoxo
AFM, no changes to report, DH still hasn't done the SA, I am still waiting for results from my doc and it should be a few weeks before O. This weekend we went up near Sedona and took a four hour scenic train ride that was super relaxing. Did I already say that?
Today I have been soooo lazy, played a ton of sims, goofed around online a lot, had my yearly "forgot to enroll during open enrollment" conversation with HR, enrolled, made a dental appointment, and typed this. ;) I've got to go to the grocery and get some stuff, we are cooking some meals for our coworker whose husband is about to have major surgery in response to his second round of colon cancer. My house is such a mess, I hate to start cooking in it, but oh well. I'm also going to get a lot of fresh fruit and veg to start juicing again. And I ordered some super cushy new walking shoes so I should be able to start walking on the treadmill without my joints crying for mercy. My lung doc told me no outside exercize. bleh.