November 12th, 2005
|12:46 pm - I'm not dead yet....|
We decided that it's too expensive to have the internet at home, so I'll be updating randomly from friends computers etc.
I'm doing just fine, I've tightened the old financial belt (ugh I hate cliches but I hate money so I guess it works out). I still LOVE living in Denver NC. I really didn't think that I'd like it there, but it's so beautiful and everyone is so nice.
Bella and Will are doing great, my dog is a TANK. She's nearly 6 months old and already close to 40 pounds. She's still the sweetest dog ever, but we've got to get her to puppy classes so she won't lick everyone to death.
Will's doing fine with teaching 90 kindergarteners how to play the violin every week. I'd scream, but he's good at what he does and seems happy doing it.
Anyway, that's my update.
August 13th, 2005
|03:13 pm - Puppy's Here!|
Hooray we finally have a puppy! Her name is Bella Love and she's 12.6 pounds of Rottweiler/Husky fun.
She really is a sweetie, but she doesn't sleep through the night, hates her crate and chews everything in sight. She ate a pigs ear in about 20 minutes! However it kept her occupied and that keeps Will and I happy.
She is going to be HUGE. She's only 10 weeks and gaining weight like a champ. Her teeth are the Husky fangs and she has the Rottweiler paws and coloring.
We are finally living in our new place in Denver NC. (Yes there is a Denver NC) People keep asking us if we live in Colorado. Yikes. This place is so awesome, there's a fenced backyard, a huge kitchen (well bigger than the last one we had), 2 1/2 baths, a soaking tubs, huge closets, and hardwood floors in the downstairs. We are sooo happy there. Our neighbors seem pretty cool especially since Bella howls alot.
We won't have internet or Tv for a while cause we're running low on cash but that's okay, we have enough to keep us occupied. I start school on the 18th and Will goes back to work full time in September, so hopefully the Bellarina will be crate trained and more housebroken by then.
leave me some lovin!
Larissa, your baby is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: Hammering downstairs
July 29th, 2005
|10:25 am - Possibly the last post for a little while|
We are moving on Sunday!!!! Yay!!!!!
I wish the people from Salvation Army would come and pick up the couch. I have to do so many things today (including telling the landlord that I'm leaving...oh well. I think they've figured it out. I have to shut off the power too yikes. Moving makes me grumpy that's for sure.
I went to Greensboro for a little while this week, it was really fun. Too bad the weather was gross.
I tried to make pancakes this morning, but the spatula was in the running dishwasher===note to self pancakes are not good when you flip them with forks, they burn.
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: the beating of my heart
July 20th, 2005
|12:04 pm - Packing, cleaning, and thinking|
We finally signed the lease for a townhouse in Denver North Carolina. (Denver is a little town north of Charlotte.) It looks like it's going to be a really good fit for us. We can't stand living in Grasstonia anymore, we haven't met really nice people and there are no good bookstores.
The puppy situation is looking like a rottie again, we were thinking that a rottie wouldn't work out for a while because no one wanted to let us rent a place with a rottweiler. "mah in-shur-unse won't lemme have no rock-a-weyelers."
For those who cannot read phonetics "My insurance won't let me have rottweilers". You would not believe how many times we heard that. Anyway, once we found this place in Denver the landlords were fine with Rotties (they have 3 dogs a Bull Mastiff, Weimerarner (sp?) and a golden retriever.) Needless to say they didn't care as long as the property was in good shape. They even recommended a good trainer and vet!
We move in on July 31st (thank god). We were pretty worried for a while that things were not looking up. This summer hasn't been the greatest. There've been highlights such as going to the beach, road trip with Bowie and Angie, and the release of Harry Potter 6, FANFUCKINGTASTIC btw.
I'm not looking forward to the start of school, but I'll try to keep a positive attitude. Good Luck with your new job Jessi!
Current Mood: productive
June 27th, 2005
|12:38 pm - I'm it|
Not because you have to, but because you WANT to! Things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal... and then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs.
1. Reading a book
2. Watching movies at home
3. Laying around with Will
4. Playing computer games/gamecube
5. Those elliptical machines at the gym
7. Hanging out with the girls from g'boro
June 18th, 2005
|09:32 am - Oh what to do?|
I must admit the whole summer off thing is pretty nice. However the entire summer filled up really quickly and I'm not really sure what happened to my life.
Right now is pretty boring because I physically can't move around too much. I had the kidney stone removed last week (yay) but lets just say the cure is as bad as the ailment. I simply cannot believe that on Tuesday I will feel fantastic after the doctor's appointment. :)
Wednesday I'm helping Jane Mendlick teach a flute session for her band camp and after that I'm driving to Emory and Henry College in VA to see Will and his family at summer institute. The week after that I'm teaching at flute camp in the mornings and getting my life back together in the afternoons. I'm also going to a coworker's wedding (it's going to be gorgeous) that weekend.
Sigh, that leaves travelling to see friends and family and moving in July. Most of my family hasn't seen me since last summer. Most of my friends in G'boro haven't seen me since November. I feel like I should be on a WTF happened to so and so? shows. I'm really hoping that we can get a rottie or some kind of canine companionship so that I can remember this as the summer we got a dog instead of the summer that was eaten by events.
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: the gentle hum of the computer
April 16th, 2005
|07:16 pm - Grrr Growl Fierceness.....|
Upon my perusal of the online creative loafing for Charlotte I found an interesting article called Teacher Wussdays.
Go here http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/newsstand/current/news_cotton.html
to read the article yourself. If the link doesn't work then look up the article by the author's name, quinn cotton and read up!
Cotton claims that teachers don't spend enough time in school during the school week and waste time on teacher workdays, HA HAHAHA. Cotton also mentions that teachers run away the minute the final bell rings for school and getting off of work before 5pm in the corporate world is considered "easy".
Apparently working nine to ten months out of the year is a luxury that the rest of the world doesn't have, and teachers make such a good living off of tutoring that we can more than make ends meet.
What this dumbass does not acknowledge is that teachers generally get up at 5 am to be at school by 6:30 AM. We also give up nights and weekends to supervise school trips, socials, concerts, and PTA meetings. An average labor worker works for an 8 hour shift a day, once that worker goes over 40 hours he/she gets overtime. If you add the hours up for a teacher on a weekly basis we'd be owed a lot more money in overtime. Average workers also get paid vacations after a certain amount of time with the company, most teachers have second jobs over the summer and weekends to help support families and save money. How many jobs to you know of that require you to work when you're sick as a dog because no one else can cover it?
A lot of teachers have lives too, doesn't he consider that banks close at 5pm (oh god) as well as the post office and several doctors offices? Several teachers are running out of the door to pick up their own children, those "bratty beserk annoying kids" as quoted in the column. We have to take off on workdays to schedule doctors appointments, car tune ups and to VOTE!!!
Just for his information "optional" teacher workdays don't mean jack. We are required to attend school a certain number of days and we take the day without pay when we miss a workday. You can only get paid for an "optional" workday if you accrue enough time in the state (yeah and it takes a while).
Yes we teachers complain that we are underpaid and overworked, but find someone who doesn't have those problems. If someone screws something up in the corporate or small business world, they get fired and maybe lose money for the company-TEACHERS SHAPE LIVES and those of us that care try to do a good job. Yes, it would be nice to be rewarded financially, but we have to do what we can to support ourselves for the future.
By the way, our salaries are only based off of 10 months a year, and guess what WE PAY TAXES FOR THIS TOO!!!!
My apologies for taking up space but this just infuriates me.
Current Mood: infuriated
Current Music: The pounding of my sinus headache
April 8th, 2005
|06:21 am - My fabulous trip to Italia/the terrible aftermath|
So I have so many exciting things to tell about Italy (and to those nearest and dearest don't get too upset if you don't learn these things in person you will be called or you should call me for the details).
Let's see, after many hours of delay on both flights to get to Rome we arrived in Rome on Thursday 10am local time/4am American time (yuck). We then drove for the better part of the day to Montecatini this really cute little town where we would sleep for the next 4 days.
While stationed in Montecatini (I can't spell, but it's Italian so it's okay right?), we visited San Gimingano, Sienna, and Florence (Firenze). I don't really have a favorite, but I definitely prefer the little towns to the big cities!
The Suzuki Tour had the first performance on Easter Sunday in Montecatini. It's a spa town, so we actually performed in this little theater in a spa. The concert went really well and the Europeans loved the Italian music that we played.
Do not get me started on European restrooms/Waterclosets/Toilettes. Let's just say that when you have to go you have to go even if drastic measures must be taken.
Easter Monday (which is a huge holiday for the Italians) we departed for Sorrento a wonderful resort town. On the way we visited Orvieto a little town famous for its white wine, and Montecassino, which is famous because of the abbey. Let me tell you, the view on top of that mountain was breath taking!
There was a huge traffic jam in Sorrento so we did get to our hotel until really late. However the next day was really fun because we spent it in Capri. Will and I got hooked on blood oranges there yum! We had our second concert back in Sorrento, it wasn't as wonderful as the first, but the kids did a good job.
The next day we went to Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. You'll have to call me to get all of the details it was amazing!
The next day we spent the morning shopping in Sorrento and then rode back to Rome. By then the Pope was in really bad shape. When we were visiting the Vatican museum and St. Peter's Square the next day there were lots of rumors flying and several official looking people walking around. On Saturday morning we went on a walking tour of the city and shopped and ate. That night we went to the vigil for the Pope in St. Peters for about an hour. Will managed to get a few minutes of video of the processional etc. That was a very emotional experience. We left about an hour before the Pope's death was announced.
Sunday was spent travelling, our international flight back to the US was much better than the one going over. Going to Rome the flight attendants were water nazis. You could get all the coke you wanted but little to no water. Our flight from New York to Charlotte was delayed for three hours. We didn't get back to the apartment until 1 am Monday morning with NO SLEEP. UGH.
The trip was wonderful, however this week I've been really sick, it turns out that I have a Kidney stone. Lemme tell you it's been no picnic, but I'm sooo glad that it didn't get me in Italy.
So I apologize for the length of this post.
BTW I got engaged in Florence
Current Mood: sick
Current Music: TV
January 27th, 2005
|07:51 pm - Wow it's been a while|
So the internet monster strikes again. My computer finally decided to give up and succumb to the spybots. I have to call dell and wipe the system clean. Luckily Will hooked his computer up so we are back online again.
I'm taking some of my students to All-District tomorrow. I'm very proud of them. I'm also REALLY happy that I get a day off. I've been feeling a little sick lately and it will be nice not to have to be teaching. Teaching is uplifting but also really draining. You can't have an "off" moment because there will be someone that's hurt, or you'll forget something. Even when you're "on" things aren't always covered.
Today was the first day after report cards. I have already had to answer to several parents about their child's grades. Sigh, I'm only one person, how can I possibly be responsible for all of my student's work? Simple, it isn't possible, therefore it's a team effort to keep students afloat. Believe me, parenting is a much more difficult job than teaching, however I think both groups are blaming each other for something that there isn't a blame for. The only way for me to fully meet the needs of every student is for there to be one of me for each kid. I'm not going to be apologetic for not being superwoman.
I apologize to the faithful readers about not being more inspiring about this profession. I'll end this post with letting you know that the kids that I'm taking to All-District are completely worth all of the efforts and heartbreak. I even have more students that are worth it too. They keep me going.
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: TV
December 15th, 2004
|06:56 pm - Only two days left of teaching......|
So my life has been hectic; last week my kids had two performances and I had a gig of my own on Sunday. I have also had to deal with auditions for my school, all-district band, whiny kids, mean kids, and sweet kids.
Let me just say that I'm a wee bit tired of teaching right now. It's exhausting. I think I need a nice looonnnngggg break to get me back on track.
Joy you are in my thoughts and my heart goes out to Tom Bulmer. All I can offer you two is the good thoughts and care from Gastonia. If there is anything more I can do then feel free to get in touch.
This isn't a very uplifting post. Hmmmm I need to post a happy thought....
WE HAVE A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE :).
I hope everyone has a great holiday.
Current Mood: sick
Current Music: Heater bbrrrrrr