November 4th, 2004
|04:51 pm - My on the fence point of view.|
Wow, election day was rainy and humid and loooonnnnnnnggggg. I had a teacher's mandatory in-service (basically all CMS band teachers get together for a clinic at my school) from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
I live next to the polls for my county and I got there at 7 am. I would've had to wait 2 hours to vote. I had to be at work so I just left. I was sooooo mad that I couldn't perform my civic duty because I had to go to work. Anyway, we managed to get out of the in service early ( 5 people showed up) and I went to vote again. This time it only took about an hour and fifteen minutes. I started talking to this lady behind me in line and let me tell you oh faithful readers you meet the strangest people in line. She was very pleasant, but told me about how she lost her job and home in two days. She was married to a mafia man a couple of years ago that put a gun to her head (yikes), and how she gets bored running her storage place.
I called my Dad to congratulate him on the re-election. I wasn't happy about it, but W obviously loves this country and in my heart of hearts I can't see things going too terribly we're not dead yet.
Will pointed out that changing presidents in the middle of a war was not a great idea, I have to agree with that. Things are pretty awful in Iraq, British aid groups that are trying to help rebuild the country have to leave because women are being kidnapped and places are being bombed every ten seconds. We need to finish the job quickly and bring our troops home!!!! Hopefully that will keep old W busy so he doesn't strip our civil rights or stagnate the progress.
This country is so divided right now, I don't think that Kerry or Bush are right person to run the country. It sounds corny, but I'm hoping that somewhere a person is quietly waiting and getting ready to save the country so to speak. We need a leader that a large majority of people can feel good about, not someone that half the country is going to disrespect.
I'm coming to G'boro this weekend, lookout girls!
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: Ghost Train in my head
October 21st, 2004
|06:17 pm - Things that keep me going|
Some people enjoy filling out surveys and posting them, I enjoy list making. I think I have accepted my fate as an anal retentive individual. Oh well.
Things that make me feel great
1. Wearing Halloween socks
2. Getting compliments on my kick ass jean skirt
3. Sending positive emails about students to parents (and then getting really nice ones back)
4. Realizing that I can be a grown up and take charge of a situation when other (older) adults are divided.
5. Watching the music and character progress of my students. :)
6. Anticipating seeing some friends that I'm way overdue hanging out with!
7. Going out to dinner with Will (we're so poor this is a treat)
During the past few weeks I've had a lot of road blocks; it's really easy to feel down about all of these changes but it's not worth it.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: 1st Suite in Eb is stuck in my head
September 26th, 2004
|03:40 pm - What's going on|
Hmmm I haven't posted in a while so here's what's going on in my life:
My first concert is in a week and a half. Most of the ensembles are ready, all we need to do now is to get the schedule for the evening organized because it's a spaghetti supper event.
My car is still dented, it makes me sad to look at its first battle scars and I wasn't even there to protect it. I'm going to try to get it fixed on my workdays coming up, but it might be too expensive.
Every time I turn around something or someone else is asking for money. Sigh. Lots of my students want me to buy cheesecakes or papers or chocolate (none of which I need). My motto is that I don't play favorites and therefore won't buy from anyone.
Story of the day works really well with high school kids. I've heard the funniest stuff ever from these kids.
I've had three observations in the last two weeks. Ugh, thankfully my observers have had good classes to observe.
My dad bought a honda element. I'm trying really hard not to pick on him about it.
I miss my sisters and friends in g'boro, send me happy thoughts please!
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: McDonald's jingle
September 19th, 2004
|06:35 pm - Karma|
This has been a very frustrating day.
I woke up at 4am cause my stomach hurt and it has been hurting off and on all day.
I managed to go to the grocery store and upon my arrival to Sweetpea I found a sizeable dent on the back passenger door. Oddly enough the paint wasn't chipped and I have a coupon that will take care of one of the parts of the dent. I was and still am a little upset about it.
I still feel like crap and I can't find my administrator's number just in case I have to call in sick tomorrow. I hope I don't have to but I can't stay at school sick.
If anyone wants to join my pity party you are welcome to, but hopefully it won't last long.
Current Mood: uncomfortable
Current Music: the gentle hum of my dryer
September 4th, 2004
|06:35 pm - I Sunburned my boobs|
Ha, yes this title was meant to catch your eye. I forgot to put sunscreen on the twins when I was sitting by the pool today and I have a very distinct redline. Will just laughed at me.
For those of you that don't know, I'm going to Italy over spring break :). I am sooo excited because I've never been out of the country before (hell I haven't even been off of this continent). Plus, we'll be there over Easter and I get to see beautiful rituals and such over the holiday!!
School is going well, my kids are finally getting to understand that I mean business and routine is good for them. I have TONS of stories of the day, but I don't feel like posting.
Ironically I've been teaching some younger siblings of kids that are or went to UNCG. All of the SAI sisters may remember or have heard of charter sister Aviva Ezring, well I teach her little brother. Also surprisingly, I teach the younger brother of one of the new flute freshman at school.
Hmmmmm, so far so good in other aspects of my life. Caitlin and I've been emailing and such, hopefully I can get my ass out of Gastonia a little bit more and hang out with her. Congrats to TAU B by the way cause she's the new province officer :). I know that KG will be really excited to have her helping out the new generation ;).
Leave me some lovin folks!!!
August 21st, 2004
|04:00 pm - First week of School update|
The instrumentation for my ensembles is really messed up.
My beginning band has at least 30 kids in it with almost half of them being percussionists. I have more than 6 snare drummers and 5 bell players.
The beginning jazz lab band isn't too bad, we don't have a piano player, but the kids are doing alright, I just don't have enough music for them to play yet. My teacher's edition of the jazz method hasn't come yet...
The middle school wind ensemble is as follows:
2 clarinets (they aren't very strong yet)
1 flute (his instrument is a piece of crap)
2 tenor saxes (with HUGE ATTITUDE Problems)
4 trumpets (they're actually pretty decent and well behaved thank goodness)
3 percussionists (one beginning snare drum (ugh) one with an attitude problem and one that really doesn't follow directions)
My high school symphonic band is slightly better we actually have a trombone I think but one FANTASTIC Percussionist. I'm so glad this kid is alive. The instrumentation is pretty sparse, but the kids seem willing to work hard.
The high school wind ensemble has NO TROMBONES. I managed to convince one kid to play horn though. They only have 2 clarinets, no oboe player (which isn't as bad as a sucky one), no bassoons BUT we have a bari sax.
My high school jazz ensemble has almost 40 kids in it. I also have a violinist and a violist. My guitar players and bass guitar players can't read rhythms or music too well. I've been transposing parts so far all weekend.
Obviously this program needs some rebuilding, and I'm very excited about that, finding the right music can be really frustrating though. It's also really frustrating when the kids don't have instruments that work well. Sigh.
The state of the band booster is questionable. I know that I have some really great parents but I need more support than just a few great parents.
My apologies for the length of this post, however I don't get to speak with my friends that often anymore so here's my life :) I don't regret taking this job at all and I know that I can make a difference.
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: TV
August 15th, 2004
|12:56 pm - OH MY|
Tomorrow is my first day of school. Wow, sometimes I think I'm prepared for it and sometimes I get a little nervous, hey, who doesn't though right?
I've already jammed the copy machine in the teacher workroom, but I know what to do to fix it...I think.
I didn't check with all of the proper people and I have a homeroom but didn't have their schedules on open house night.
The front office ran out of materials for my homeroom and I had to go to school on Saturday to make copies of stupid pamphlets that the kids will throw away.
I have yet to get the band boosters together, but there was some discord about what happened last year.
One of my percussion students is a prodigy and in three of my ensembles. EVERYONE has been telling me about this kid.
I have to eat lunch with my middle schoolers at the table in the cafeteria.
I don't know where my lockers are for my homeroom.
People kept looking like they were going to cry when they found out that my predecessor left.
Some of my students look older than me.
I have a lot on my plate right now. I am missing college already.
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Seabiscuit
July 28th, 2004
|01:35 pm - Hooray for internet at my new place!!!|
Now this place doesn't seem so lonely. I have cable tv and internet :). I don't think we'll get a phone for a while though, it doesn't seem worthwhile enough.
I love my car. Love it. However, a bird pooped on it already (yuck) luckily there were 5 downpours on my road trip to get Jennifer yesterday. Most of the poop washed off.
Here's another quiz!!!
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Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Hammering in the downstairs apartment
July 23rd, 2004
|10:26 am - Whew!!!|
I have my own car!!!! Yesterday I purchased a 2004 Honda Civic LX that has all of the features I want. I was thisclose to looking at the EX but the main differences were more horsepower, alloy wheels, and a sunroof. It would've cost a couple thousand more but the only feature I would want would be the alloy wheels.
I think I'll name the car Sweet Pea because she's green and really cute. Dad even said that it was a really cute car and it suited me just fine. Originally I wanted to name the car Xavier or Juanita, but my family was laughing about car names over the dinner table and I suggested sweet pea.
What was really funny was that Dad let me use the Accord (Jorje) as a trade in (so I had to pay no money down), and the salesman kept calling the car Jorje. Apparently Kendall kept the name for the car and told the salesman and he thought that was really funny. Kendall is naming the CRV Paco. She tried to name Mom's buick Walter but Mom doesn't want an old man name for the car she drives. Kendall named the Honeybaked van Bruno, but Dad likes the name Walter better. GO FIGURE!!!
Today I'm fixing up my apartment and looking at computer desks. I won't have internet there till next week at the earliest, so if you have my cell phone number you can call me :).
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Michael's videogame
July 17th, 2004
|03:29 pm - Online quiz time!!|
congratulations. you are the "you smell like
butt" bunny. your brutally honest and
always say whats on your mind.
which happy bunny are you?
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Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?
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Your soul is OPTIMISTIC. You tent to look to the
brighter side of things, and your positive
outlook on life makes others happy. People love
your open, unassuming nature and your innocent
belief in good for you, the grass on your side
of the fence is always greener. You are rarely,
if ever, pessimistic or doubtful, and you try
your hardest to make life the best it can be,
for yourself and others. You are a joyful and
What Is Your Soul's Trait?
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Current Mood: dorky