Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Let's find a cure for the cold

Just before I left for Hawaii, a nasty cold went through our house.  I refused (REFUSED!) to be sick for my vacation.  Sadly, I do not have the power to simply will myself better.  If I had that level of mind control I would not only be healthy, I would be 3 inches taller and 100 lbs lighter.  I also would have flawless skin and the voice of an angel.
One of my co-workers suggested a "brilliant" cure that she swears took away her bronchitis.  Cayanne pepper, garlic, and a bit of honey mixed together.  Take 1/2 teaspoon every 30 minutes.  Well.  WELL.  I tried it.
I forgot to tell you I might have an ulcer.  This is something I might have wanted to think about before pouring the sizzling fire down my throat.  It didn't burn my mouth, because I tossed it right to the back and down my throat.  It was....warm....going down.  And then the lava exploded in my insides, and I wanted to curl up and die.  I suspect smoke was coming out of my belly button.  My eyes streamed tears.  The oxygen when I breathed simply fed the fire.
My family was not very helpful.  Girl Terror looked at me as I clutched my gut, and said "I told you to google it first.  I knew it was a bad idea."  Hubby waited until I calmed down and then said "Just a still has to come OUT the other end!  Won't that be fun?"

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


We went on our first major family vacation over spring break!  Yay!  I was going to write a whole post about it, but Hubby got to it here's a link to a summary of the best 10 days of my life.  Maui vacation.  Check it out!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New students, new thoughts

I am teaching all English 10 this semester, and I love it.  Planning 10 was fun and all, but I like the challenge of teaching English.  Plus, of course, I actually went to school to be an English teacher....

Today in class, as we were settling in, the students were talking about Planning 10.  Some of them took the course with a different teacher, and therefore had different assignments.  The biggest difference was that they did not have to take the Real Care Baby.

Things student A said that make me worry for our future:
"Can I take the class again, so that I can try the robot baby?  I think it sounds FUN!"
"I can BUY one?  For reals?!"
(To student S) "Hey, want to go halvsies with me on a robot baby?"
"I don't get jumbo shrimp.  Like, how is that real?  Shrimp are animals.  How is that an insult?  What?  It's not an insult 'cause of the animals?"

On the upside, I seem to have lucked into another semester full of really bright kids.  They are generally happy and fun.  In a perfect world I would be given semesters like this every year!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I'm ready!

I woke up this morning in the grip of Christmas Spirit.  Woot!  The tree has been up for a week, the crystal snowflakes hung, but my heart wasn't in it yet.  Maybe I had the perfect amount of sleep.  Maybe my body realized it is now December.  Who knows??  I went to an annual cookie exchange party this afternoon with a fabulous group of ladies, and now I have 9 dozen treats in my Christmas tree cookie jar.
Sometimes I think I might get ready a bit too early for the holidays, but it makes me happy so I don't actually care what anybody else thinks.  If you need me, I'll be tucked into my jammies, sipping hot chocolate and gazing at my tree.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm feeling a little bit sad tonight.  One of my former students took his own life last night.  He was one of the success stories.  Many teachers worked together to help him graduate from high school.  He put his best effort in and had a smile every day. But obviously, we missed something.  There was a part of him we did not see.  And now we are left with a grieving family and stunned friends.
Hug your loved ones today, and let them know how much they mean to you.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


This fall, I have nothing to complain about.  NOTHING.  My classroom is filled with delightful, brilliant students.  Yes, seriously!  They are funny and smart.  These semesters are always fabulous, until you realize that it is a calm before a storm.  Look out, next semester...  My workplace is a happy spot.  Teachers in my school are generally cheerful, upbeat people.  We look for the positives and take joy in every success.  Naturally there are a few miserable sorts, skulking around the staff room, acting as if the entire world has pissed them off.  But!  Mostly happy teachers.  Smart students.  Good days.

Life in the new house (almost one year here!  Wow!) is good.  The dust bunnies have made themselves completely at home.  The nooks and crannies are feeling like....well, like home.  It's a good place to be.

Girl Terror got braces yesterday.  She is so brave!  No complaining, nothing.  Her new purple wires delight her.  Right now, she is downstairs with her school friend, doing a science project.  They seem to be leaping around and shrieking more than I would expect, but I'm not a scientist.

Boy Terror is totally himself, and I adore him.  Not in public, though.  That would be horrifying.  His current obsessions are origami, paper airplanes, and mazes.  He makes mazes, he solves mazes, and he probably dreams mazes.  He's a quiet thoughtful creature.  I suspect he is just like his daddy was at this age.

Life just keeps on moving forward, and I feel blessed every day.  I promise to try to come back here more often!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Still Alive

Oh yeah....I'm a blogger.  Supposed to blog.  BRB.