Friday, January 30, 2009
I've been working here since October 1, and I can't lie - I love my job. My kids are great (albeit usually unmotivated and hence very frustrating to me), and I love working at a school and - of course, if this week of snow days is any indication - being on a school schedule. I also love that I'll be working part-time during the summer months. Lovely!
I work at one of the two high schools in Bloomington. I have only two coworkers who do what I do - one of them works at the other Bloomington high school, and the second works at a high school in a neighboring district that falls under our grant program.
My coworker Becky, who works at the other Bloomington high school, just left for maternity leave, and I will be covering both Bloomington high schools in her absence. Today is my first day at high school number two. So far, so good - she has a much bigger office than I do, and it's feeling very luxurious! Also, the staff seems really great and friendly, and I know I will enjoy my two months here.
A few moments ago, I ventured out of my office to the staff bathroom. Its contents...were disturbing. Maybe I'm being weird or something - you can tell me! - but, inside the single, women's staff bathroom were the following:
- Two aerosol cans of air freshener
- One aerosol can of Aquanet (or something similar)
- One wide-tooth comb (????)
- One makeup bag or discreet feminine products bag that was left in there for some reason....
- Dental floss (?????????)
- A toothbrush. Singular.
- Body mist
Okay. Some of that is weird, right? I mean...are you telling me that the entire female staff population of this high school shares dental floss? And the comb....? The toothbrush?
And to answer your question...no, these are NOT items all left accidentally in the bathroom this morning. I was here last week, too, prepping for Becky's absence, and...all that stuff was there.
In my normal staff bathroom at my normal high school, it is just...a bathroom, and there is usually a small seasonal decoration along with a suggested reading list of new books. I much prefer this. Thoughts?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- I cleaned one of our two bathrooms
- I cleaned the kitchen and completely reorganized it
- I have kept 100% up-do-date on my google reader, to the point where I am hitting "refresh" constantly and get frustrated when none of the 120 blogs I follow have new posts
- And..........that's about it. Wait, that's not true. I have cooked a full meal for my husband every day besides today, when he had to leave for class before I got home from a chiropractor appointment. AND I even made him cookies. So there.
- Pretty much everything else.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I'm not the first blogger to post this today, and I certainly won't be the last. I was so sad to hear that Domino magazine will be printing it's last issue in March. Another great mag bites the dust. Is anyone besides me still mourning Blueprint?
I took Oscar outside and we played in the dog park. I'd also like to use this time to pledge my undying love for my Lands End down coat. I SAT DOWN IN THE SNOW and didn't get cold or wet. I heart you, Lands End! Oscar LOVED the snow and had a great time reconnecting with his part-Husky roots. Yay snow!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This one really makes me laugh! This photo is from happy hour, shortly before I moved from DC to Indiana. My friend D, a native New Yorker, loves hot dogs more than anyone I have ever met. She ordered this massive foot-long hot dog during happy hour. Love!
My favorite boys - my husband Matt and our dog, Oscar. Clearly two peas in a pod! This was taken right after we moved into our new apartment in Bloomington...we literally had no furniture for a few days as we waited for the Army movers to come!
Oscar posing for the camera...I mean, Oscar resting with his head on his favorite stuffed dog.
Hmm, this one is a little dark. I clearly should have used my bberry flash. Anyway...this picture makes me laugh - a great shot of Oscar and his usual partner in crime, Big Mean Kitty*.
Amazing sunset on Christmas Day, near the end of our 6 hour drive from my parents' house (Michigan) to Matt's parents' house (Indiana)
Oscar enjoying an unseasonably warm day of Indiana winter.
The St. Louis Arch, as taken through the car window in the backseat of my mom's car during the 11 hour drive from Bloomington to Norman, Oklahoma for New Years.
This is the gorgeous sunrise I saw this morning. Isn't it amazing? Too bad it's a bit blurry. I think it's safe to say that bberry cameras are less than perfect.
Last but not least...the sock/shoe combo I am rocking today. What exactly happened here? I know that I dressed in the dark, but...still. Sigh. I feel totally and completely eighties-tacular. And please note that both my shoes AND socks are from Target.
So, there you have it! My life via bberry photos. I hope you enjoyed!
*do you have a dog? if so, please run to your nearest petsmart/petco and buy a Big Mean Kitty. It is in the canvas-y toy section. Oscar is a serious chewer, and...these things are completely indestructible!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
About halfway into the incredibly rich beverage, I realized that it tasted just too good. I had forgotten to order it with skim milk. Sigh. That's only, like, a day's worth of weight watchers points, right?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Walked to his car, which thankfully started asap. Decided that this would be a great day to finally drive his truck...for the first time. It seems a bit more responsive than mine, and I spent the 15 minute drive to work lurching forward on the gas and then accidentally slamming on the breaks.
Walked into school and realized, in a flash, that I didn't have my office key. It's on the key ring with my car keys, naturally. Sighed a deep sigh. Went and finally found someone to open my office door.
Thank goodness it's Friday.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Anyway, I guess the problem with my lack of blogging has been a lack of internet at home. Thankfully, that was just rectified and our internet works once again. Also, I feel like I never really have anything interesting to blog about. Work is work, and I don't have any good quotes or kid stories right now...but don't worry, I'll keep you posted.
This morning, we had a two-hour delay due to cold weather. Now, call me crazy, but...we're in the midwest, right? Where it's frequently cold between the months of October and May? Granted, it is cold today, but nothing unmanageable. I guess the school district is worried it's too cold for kids to wait outside for the bus. I don't remember EVER having either a "cold delay" or a "cold day" in high school...and that was in freaking Michigan, several hours north of Bloomington!
Anyway, I'm not complaining. And the word on the street is that we're having another cold delay tomorrow. That would be the fourth delay since last Tuesday!