Tuesday, January 31, 2006

new addiction

Your Scholastic Strength Is Deep Thinking
You aren't afraid to delve head first into a difficult subject, with mastery as your goal.You are talented at adapting, motivating others, managing resources, and analyzing risk.
You should major in:
PhilosophyMusicTheologyArtHistoryForeign language

What should you major in?


Ginger has an eye infection. I took her to the vet this morning and 125 smackers later, she has some eye drops and got an allergy shot. Yesh, I spend more on medical visits for my cats than I do for myself! She did very well at the vet, surprisingly. I was afraid she would be a nervous mess and not let the vet touch her. She did let me know, repeatedly, how unhappy she was to be in her carrier. The whole way there and back she meowed this low guteral meow that is not like her at all, the same one I heard for 22 hours when I moved here from Florida. She's doing fine now, not too excited about the drops but she'll survive. Oh, yeah, the vet weighed her and she's gained almost a pound since last April. I've been feeding her diet cat food for months and this is the end result. Yikes! I guess this just means there is more of her to love:)

Monday, January 30, 2006

here he is!

Isn't he precious?! I'm already in love with the kid and I haven't even met him in person. I can't wait to finally go home now! I'll keep you updated on when that will be; unfortunately I'm so broke I don't know if or when I'll be able to go home, so sad!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

window sitting

It is a beautiful day! It's 70 degrees and sunny, with a slight breeze. I took a nice long walk which helped to relax my brain a bit.

Ginger and Simba loves days like this because I open the windows. They love to sit in the sill and check out what's going on on the other side. They watch the cars and the trees swaying in the breeze. Just a moment ago, Ginger was sitting in the sill. I heard her start to meow, but it was a soft low meow, and sounded really far away. My first thought: "oh no! she's fallen through the screen!" I went to check on her and she had not fallen through, thank goodness! She had discovered a little birdie or something and was singing to it. Isn't that precious? I love my little critters!

i'm an auntie!

My nephew was born on Jan. 25th! I'm so excited and I will post pictures as soon as my sister is able to send them. He was 9 lbs, 2 ounces, so a big boy! My mom says he already has chub on his legs:) I can't wait to see him. Hopefully I'll be able to go home over spring break!

wut a happend wuz...

A big fat nothing. Yep, you read correctly. Upon my co-workers return, I told her what happened and she also had the extensive note the substitute left. She went to the principal's office for advice on how she should punish the class. He said, "you're not going to like this, but you shouldn't do anything." His reasoning? You can't punish the whole class for what a few students did because the opposite effect will happen and the entire class will mutiny. I have to admit that it did make sense, but it still stinks! I was told that if it ever happens again, that I should call security down. As for my class, they of course heard through the rumor mill that her class wasn't punished and they were upset. I had to tell them that it was none of their concern but I certainly felt their pain.

ps--I'm applying my ebonics language learning in the title:)

Monday, January 23, 2006


Ah, the joys of teaching. I teach in a portable, which isn't really that bad. I get to control the temperature in the room and we have windows, which isn't a luxury that every class in the building has. You can feel a little closed off from the rest of the staff and the copy room is about a million miles away, but other than that, it's not that bad. The worst part is that my room is right next door to my co-workers; a door separates them so we can visit each other if we need to. The walls are not that thick, so if one of our classes gets rowdy, the other class can hear it. This usually isn't a problem because even when I have a super rowdy class, hers are equally so and they block out each other.

Today, my co-worker had a sub. The day went fine until the last period of the day. My class was behaving very well (one of my favorite classes) and trying to work. The class next door kept banging on the wall, making all sorts of noise. They were also yelling and evidently not doing their work. My class was so frustrated that a couple of the boys got up to go over to the door to go into the class to say something. I had to threaten them with detention to divert them, even though I secretly would have loved to see it. I handed out a quiz and my students were having great difficulty concentrating because of all the noise. Finally, I opened the door and told the other class that their behavior was unacceptable and that their teacher would hear about it. I shut the door and as I did so, one of the students yelled "f* you!" at me. I'm used to the cursing by now, but this is the first time that someone has so openly directed at me. Legally, I can even press charges and the punk will have to pay a $175 fine. I'm thinking about doing it...Anyways, my class continued to get upset by the other class' behavior, making comments like, "Miss K, you're getting punked by that class!" and "I'm going to turn hulk on that class!" I felt bad for them but at the same time it made me feel really good because my kids didn't like that fact that I was getting treated badly. They love me:)!

I can't wait to talk to their teacher tomorrow...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

a few new favorite things

Peanut butter filled Hershey's kisses (to die for!!!)
diet Black Cherry Vanilla Coke (yummy! way to mix to of my favorite flavors together)
Vegetable Italiano Progesso soup (great for a cold gloomy day)
my new Black and Decker blender (finally can make smoothies!)

it's raining!

I was just sitting on the couch, reading, when I heard this unfamiliar sound, a pitter on the windows and roof. I looked outside and it's raining. Not just a drizzle, but a steady rain. It hasn't truly rained here in months.

Even though we desperately need the rain, it still makes me want to crawl into bed and sleep. Takes me back to winters in Blacksburg, where it was cloudy and gloomy about 90% of the time. Gotta love the New River Valley:)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Where were you?

10 years ago: I must have been a sophomore, too, since Karebear and I are the same age. I was living in Main Egg two doors down from Mish (btw, why doesn't she have a blog?); we'd make our daily trek to Owens for meals and we had some ridiculous Sociology class with a professor who obviously smoked too much (but isn't one cigarette too much?). I was a psych major at the time but took my first Spanish class that spring semester. Who knew it would change my life forever?

5 years ago: I lived in Harrisonburg after coming back from a year in Venezuela. It was my "what the heck do I want to do with my life" year, or so I thought. Too bad I'm still living that year...anyways, I had two jobs, one as an office manager at a crisis pregnancy center and another as a home/school liaison with Migrant Education Program. I loved that job and wished they would offer me full time, but that didn't happen until April when I had already decided to join staff.

3 years ago: I was in Venezuela for round 2, living with my favorite family in the world in the midst of a 3 month long nationwide strike. I remember the guys on the street corners who bought 2-liter Cokes in Colombia and sold them on the street for a huge markup because there was none in any of the stores. Everything was shut down and the lines for gasoline were literally miles long. Buses didn't run and taxis were also scarce and it was nearly impossible to do ministry.

1 year ago: Yikes, I don't like to think about this. I had just heard back from Hewitt that I got a job as a customer service associate, and I was actually excited about it because I was so desperate for a job. At least the uncertainty of getting the bills paid would shortly be ending.

yesterday: Tried once again, and almost surely unsuccessfully, to teach reflexive verbs to my Spanish II classes. Took my co-worker Tim to Whataburger so we could grab lunch. Had coffee with a friend and caught up on our lives. Definitely the highlight of an otherwise horrible week.

today: Same ol' same ol'. Had my terrible, rotten, no-good first period today (my school is on an A/B block schedule so today was a B day). To start it all off, one student saw his progress report grade, wasn't happen, and decided to let a stream of obscenities fly out. Office referral number one for the day. As I'm writing it up, he starts calling another kid derogatory terms (nevermind that it wasn't even related to the other kids true race) and the second kid was ready to pound him. So, I had to send kid #2 outside to cool down while I finished the referral. The kid who called me stupid on Wednesday was in true form again today. He threw paper all over the room but I could never catch him in the act. He was disruptive, etc. I told him that we were going to have a conference after school because his behavior was unacceptable. The bell rang and on his way out he hurled a paper wad at me, aiming for my face but hit me in the chest instead. It actually stung a little so I know if it had hit me in the face it would have hurt. I was furious! I wrote up an office referral and marched straight to the office during second (my planning period). My favorite assistant principal was in so I talked to him about the issue and he called the student down. He reemed this kid out for a while. I felt bad for the kid but at the same time he has been this way for a while and this isn't his first occurance. Another teacher said I should file charges for assault because that is what he was intentionally trying to do, even if just with paper. I have had it with this kid, though. I shouldn't have any further problems, though, after today. Parents have been notified and a conference is in the works. I will not put up with disrespect any more!

tomorrow: Sleeping in! Going to the library is on the agenda for the morning, then I have a test review thingie for yet another test for certification that I have to take in February. That is most of the afternoon, then I plan on hitting SuperTarget to finally stock up on groceries. It has been rough lately but finally payday came! Yipee!

5 snacks i enjoy: peanut M&M's, Dove chocolate, kettlecorn, white chocolate covered pretzels, Nutella spread on almost anything

5 songs i know all the words to: Ummm, this is a hard one...Living on a Prayer/Bon Jovi; Where the Streets Have No Name/U2; You Can Call Me Al/Paul Simon; Born to Fly/Sara Evans; Nothing But the Taillights/Clint Black (this is in no way an exhaustive list...)

5 things i would do with $100,000,000.00: Get out of debt! Pay of those pesky school loans finally! Then buy a house or two, give lots away to various ministries, never work another day in my life, and volunteer where I wanted. I'd also go to back to school just because I love learning. And I'd travel!

5 locations i'd like to run away to: Hawaii, Venezuela, Greece, Australia, Mexico

5 bad habits i have: Eating crap food; not exercising enough; not having consistent QT's; not flossing regularly; gossiping

5 things i like doing: Watching movies, traveling, reading, cross stitching, playing with my kitties

5 things i would never wear: anything that shows off my flourescent white legs; belly shirts; leg warmers; matching outfit of boyfriend/spouse; holiday cardigan (you teachers know exactly what I'm talking about!)

5 t.v. shows i like: Lost; ER; What Not to Wear; Extreme Makeover Home Edition; Law & Order: SVU

5 movies i like: About a Boy; Spanglish; While You Were Sleeping; Return to Me; Pirates of the Carribbean

5 favorite toys: I'm broke; I can't afford any toys!


I just finished watching the sweetest movie, "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." I love how the friendships of 4 young women are portrayed in such a positive light. Precious!

I'm going to the library tomorrow to see if I can find the books!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

horrible day

I almost quit today. My first period class was horrible. I hate American teenagers! They were loud, obnoxious, rude and disrespectful, refused to do any work, and I got called my normal "boring" but with an added, "you're stupid". Okay, punk, when you graduate from college and have lived on 3 continents, then you can call me stupid! Once class was over, I went into a co-workers room and just lost it. I cried and cried. Not because of what was said to me but because of their disrespectful behavior. If you don't like my class, fine; you don't have to pay attention or act interested. But shut your mouth! Sit there and just be quiet. Don't make everyone else's life miserable because you think the world revolves around you. I hate my life right now. I have absolutely nothing to look forward to here. Sure, I have good things in my life, like the fact that today is my bro and sister-in-laws' due date, but those things are so far away. I work, come home, work some more, and sleep. It's miserable. But it's not like I even have the energy to change anything. Never ending cycle...


1. What goes best with a donut?
o Milk
o Muffins, bacon, eggs, toast... mmmmo Irish coffee
o A mint chocolate chip iced coffee drinko You've been asking yourself that for a while now
o Your normal coffee - two sugars and cream (nonfat latte with 4 splendas)

2. What's better? Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme?
o Doesn't matter - whatever's closest to youo You'll have both, thanks!
o You prefer an indie donut shop
o Krispy Kreme, especially when they're hot (yummy! hotnows!!!)
o Dunkin Donuts, no question about it
o Depends on what you're getting

3.If you were a donut, what would you be filled with?
oCherry flavored jelly
o Apple filling
o Caramel
o Gooey dougho Chocolate
o Cream (the white sugary vanilla or boston, both are great!)

4.When you get up in the morning, you're most likely to say "Time to make the ..."
o Coffee (i wake up at 5am people!)
o Bacon
o Alarm clock stop ringing
o Pancakes
o Cappuccino
o Donuts

5. How many donuts do you eat in one sitting? (be honest!)
o 1
o 3
o You lose count
o Enough to get a sugar high
o 2 (not too bad, right? i don't eat them that often...)
o 6

Sunday, January 15, 2006


I had a dream 2 nights ago that I was driving through enourmous mountains covered in snow. The peaks reached up as high as the Alps. The sun was shining and it was all so breath taking. I miss the mountains so much. Virginia mountains are nothing like what I saw in my dream, but I still miss them. I think the enormity of their size in my dream shows how much I miss being home.

Dreams are funny things. I often find myself in the morning wishing I could fall back asleep to my dream because the thought of going through my boring drudgery real life leaves me restless and discontent.

I need to get out more...

Monday, January 09, 2006


doing what they do best

I can't believe they are actually sitting next to each other. Usually Simba (right) attacks Ginger within seconds of their being close to one another. He's just having fun; she does not feel the same way and hisses at him...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

small victories

I made it to the gym yesterday. I ran 2 miles on the treadmill then walked for a long time waiting for the Redskins to beat Tampa Bay. I even did some weight training. Now we'll just have to see if I can keep it up!

Saturday, January 07, 2006


That is what I feel today. I feel like there is a hole in my stomach, a sinking pit. I think I'm getting sick of hearing how other people's lives are going somewhere and I feel stagnant. Plus I'm exhausted because school started back up this week. I gotta look at the positives...

Monday, January 02, 2006


Sometimes I like change. Sometimes I don't. Right now is one of those times when I don't like change. I printed out a class roster for the 6 weeks starting on Wednesday (trying to be prepared) and I noticed some names I did not recognize. I looked through all my classes and not only do I have new students in each of them, but some of my favorites were taken out! This is a bit of a shock for me, especially after the guidance office let us know that there would be very minimal schedule changes mid-year. This is very frustrating me because I tend to be protective of people. I have had these students for a full semester and I know them; they are my kids. Now everything is getting all mixed up! I need to make a new seating chart but I have no idea where to put people because I don't know who knows who, who's a discipline issue, etc. Very frustrating! Ugh!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

I have made some goals for this year. I don't like the word "resolutions" because I tend to not fulfill them, so we're going with "goals" this time around. Goals are things to shoot for; it makes me want to work harder to reach them than keeping a resolution. Here are the four I have come up with so far:

1. Train for and run a half marathon. I already mentioned this one. I have no idea how long it will take to actually accomplish this one, but I'm hoping before the end of the year. I'm registering for a 5K in February to get my into gear.

2. Pass the TOPT--this is an uber hard oral profiency test I have to pass in order to become fully certified. It's really tough; someone said that only 10% of non-native speakers pass it the first time around. I have 2 chances to take it before next school year starts. I have a lot of work to do!

3. Meet with a financial advisor and start investing. My savings account is pathetic and I really want to start investing for the future. I'd love to be able to buy a house one day!

4. Start seminary. I have already started filling out the application online and I made a reservation to participate in a 2 day info session in March. My hope is to start taking a class this fall.

So, that's it for now. I'm sure I will have more to add as the year progresses. Those are my top 4 for now. I will keep you updated on how things go. Happy New Year!!!