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August 17th, 2008

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Back to school.
Have just announced that I will not be as involved in debate and forensics. The fall-out was about what I would expect it to be, namely not so great. I hope everyone can keep it professional, I'm a little concerned.

New obsessions: Bento Boxes. Holy shit. Packing lunch should not ever be this much fun.
Geocaching. The best hike to random places you will ever get.
The house. Living with Blake and James I interesting to say the least, but I think for the most part it is a great time. Not to mention I just love our house.
My Car. It's a honda fit. I love it.

Just thought you should know. Plan to update more frequently.
Maybe.

November 27th, 2007

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22 days until Christmas break.

Woot?

I went to the orthopedist yesterday. Lots of good news. The recent pain was nothing more than a damaged tendon. One more month and it'll be fine.
The break from a couple of years ago has healed well.

Thinking of taking up yoga. Not sure how that'll work, but I want to get out and meet people. I'm tired of it being the ferrets and I in this empty apartment. I see Eric Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Two out of the other four days I have Changeling. But that still leaves two days in which I could have girl time.

November 25th, 2007

Forensics/Debate

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Phew, I'm exhausted already and we're not even really getting into our season. Things I have learned about debate and forensics.

1. At our tournaments, students talk to walls. This is viewed as perfectly normal. Now, when I say talk to walls I mean yell at, cry at, make weird hand gestures at etc.

2. Policy debate kids talk fast. I don't mean like normal "Omigosh I'm so excited" talk fast; I mean that it is possible to get in and out of a conversation with one before you know what has happened.

3. Debate and forensics kids get along fantastically. But it's kind of like having two children, they always want to know who you love more.

4. Kids on extracurricular field trips will try to get away with a lot. Just so everyone knows, it is inappropriate to break school rules, even when you are not on campus.

5. I get mistaken as a student 9 times out of 10. I guess I should take this as a compliment, in reality it's just kind of awkward.

6. Catholics and forensics are like bread and butter. They just kinda go together. That said, Jews are overrepresented.

and most importantly 7. Doing an extracurricular is the only thing that keeps me sane most days. I love these kids a whole whole bunch. Not only are they normally the smartest of the smart, they are also exceptionally witty and funny.

November 6th, 2007

So the year is almost a third of the way over.

Somehow the tenth graders hate every single novel that I have assigned. They hated Siddhartha (who the hell hates Siddhartha???). They hated Wizard of Earthsea and thought the ending was trite and ridiculous, okay, those who read the ending and then asked to have it explained thought the explanation was trite and ridiculous.

Meanwhile, my eleventh graders seem to like the books I assign, for the most part, and are generally little rays of sunshine. My seventh period brings me cupcakes, sculptures, mixed cd's and movies to watch.

I have no idea what the difference is between the two classes. I'm the same person in both classes. The books I teach in both classes are equally good.

Advice to first year teachers: Do NOT PISS OFF THE SPECIAL ED DEPT. They will eat your soul.
I am sorry that I called them tard guards. what I meant to say was "I love you special ed people, thank you for not making my life a living hell, here, let me sacrifice this student to you, I didn't like him anyway." But what came out was "Piss off Tard guard".
I was mistaken.

September 26th, 2007

After 5 weeks-

Have hate/love relationship with kids.
Have too much to grade.
Have no idea what I'm doing for most of next week.
Am hiding from special ed teachers that keep making ridiculous demands. Newsflash: I've got over a hundred kids. I do not have the time to write a modified test for 1. I give you my test, you modify it. That's why the state fucking pays you, you lazy tard-guards.

In all seriousness though...I do love it.


Love debate/forensics kids.
Except that one that keeps lying to me...and somehow debating me into believing it. Those little bastards.

August 29th, 2007

Life of an English Teacher

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Week 1-

Kids are awesome. I'm worried because I think I like them too much. All of my classes are small, which is something of a god sent.

Running debate seems easy as well. However, this exchange troubled me.
I met the old debate coach today
she giggled maniacally and told me one morning around 3 A.M she would wake up and think of me
and then go back to sleep
....which really wasn't the most helpful thing she could have said
but I"ll take what I can get.

I'm also concerned as I have been called by a "Eric and Amy". I'm guessing they are parents of a student. Now, I don't know what they are upset about as it could be one of three things.
1. They're upset about how I talked about religon
2. They're upset about how I talked about sex
3. They're Sparky's mom and dad and want me to stop calling him Sparky.

Anyone want to place bets?

July 22nd, 2007

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about fifty percent right.
Not too shabby.

July 19th, 2007

Book Seven

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Alright, Harry Potter prediction time. I spent the past week re-reading all the books and formulating a list of predictions as to what will happen in the seventh book.
Don't worry it's not the only thing I did. I also prepared a Tonks costume for the Harry Potter Midnight Maddness party.

Predictions.

1. Snape isn't evil. I know, I know. But I re-read the segment and there is a huge indicator that Snape is, actually, still on the good guy side.

2. We will get more information on what the veil is and Harry will communicate with Sirius through it. This one seems obvious. As a writer you don't have someone get "pushed through a veil" instead of "killed" unless you're planning to go back to that.

3. At the end in the the epilogue section Neville Longbottom will become a professor at Hogwarts. More specifically the herbology professor.

4. We will hear/see something from Dumbledore before the end of the book.

5. As Mcgonagall is acting as headmistress, we will see a new teacher for transfiguration. My first guess would have been Tonks, she's the logical choice. But she's already got a job protecting the freaking world.

6. Fleur and Bill's wedding. I'm sure it'll be hilarious.

7. Ollivander gets revealed as a bad guy.

8. Draco Malfoy gets redeemed.

July 17th, 2007

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I am 24. I have an apartment to myself. I have a job that (supposedly) pays good money. I have a boyfriend who loves me.

I might also be the most miserable human being I know.


It is a very lonely night.

June 5th, 2007

Shadowrun

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Hey guys,

I decided recently to run a Shadowrun campaign. The reasons for this decision were numerous, and probably don't need to be delved into on livejournal. I suppose one doesn't need a reason to run a campaign for one of the best roleplaying systems in history.

In any event, I have never been a GM before. EVER. I'm a little nervous. I am also relatively new to the Shadowrun system as though I've been in love with the game since I was 19 I have never actually been in a campaign. If anyone has any resources or suggestions on GMing in general (Highcove?) or Shadowrun in general (Rach?) I can use all the help I can get.

Also I got my computer back from the shop and the DSL is almost all the way set up in my apt, so I might actually be able to keep in touch for a little while (sorry guys! but hey still better than the summers I was at camp and/or homeless right?)
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