Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Stupid Sheep In A Hole.

There is a storm on the way.  This, in and of itself, can raise the anxiety level a bit.  The Wizards Of Weather made the merest mention of sleet and freezing rain early in the day today and that was enough to send people into a tizzy.  It wasn't too long ago that we were all sitting in the dark and watching the ice slowly encase us.  Some folks in the area where I teach were without power for a week.  

You can see how suddenly everyone might be thinking more about their generators and how much fuel they have stocked up to keep it running.

Adding to the distraction-level was the fact that there was no real definitive statement regarding how and when this storm was going to impact us.  Frankly, it didn't look like much at points.  But, for those of us trying to figure out if we are going to have school tomorrow, it meant frequent dashes to our laptops so that we could see just how much snow/ice/impending doom we were going to get.

I wasn't really all that invested.  I had other problems.  It seems that I need to do a little self-examination, perhaps go on some sort of retreat where I can sit in solitude and contemplate my flaws.  I am now aware of the following:

1.  I am stupid.

2.  I should die in a hole somewhere

3.  I am most decidedly oversensitive to people telling me the aforementioned and that I need to lighten up instead of flinging about consequences all willy-nilly like someone who really has cause to feel slighted.

Approaching low pressure systems have never been kind to me.  The kids in my class were antsy, grumpy and easily moved to flagrant expressions of opinion.  Since I was the one standing at the front of the room and making unreasonable demands (such as "please sit down," "do your math," and, "you need to stop throwing torn up bits of eraser at your classmates), I was the logical target for their ire.

It should also be noted that the detailed descriptions of my character flaws were not from one person.  The statement regarding my intelligence was mentioned fairly early in the day.  Later, another individual chose to discuss my hole-worthiness.  The third item seemed to be more along the lines of "general consensus" and came up one or two times throughout the school day.

That's OK.  I've been doing this for a while.  I know that this is going to be an issue when things go wonky in the atmosphere.  Not that I condone the behavior.  I just expect it and have learned how best to deal with it.  I'm a veteran.  My skin is pretty thick.  

Which is good since it is probably going to be a little chilly down in that hole once the snow starts falling...

I can't really say for certain just how this storm is going to affect my day tomorrow.  It wouldn't shock me to find that I have the day off.  Nor would I be surprised to find that I am expected to skid my way into school so that I can hear more about how I don't measure up to the standards of the average teenager.  Heck, we could end up going in and then getting sent home.  It's a tough call.

Just to be safe, I'm planning for all eventualities.  The coffee is set to start at 5:00 tomorrow. I think I've put together something to wear that will not embarrass me too badly once the sun comes up and I can actually see what I look like. On the other end of the spectrum,  I've also snagged a couple of new books from the school library and put the waffle mix out where I can get to it easily should breakfast at home be an option.  

Then there is The Happy Pink Sock, not to mention The Shetland That Is Almost Real Yarn.  In the event that I am home for the day, I think I will be easily and most happily occupied.  I'm all set regardless of the final decision regarding the school day.

Unless, of course, I end up in a hole.  I do not have a plan for that.  Who does, really?

SA

16 comments:

kmkat said...

I'd say you are covered on all fronts. Let the hole thing just fade away. It's too hard to find a proper hole under the snow anyway.

Wishing you a snow day!

trek said...

After a day like today, you absolutely deserve a snow day!!

Hang in there, Sheepie: just 100 odd days to go...

Anne said...

For us, I'm betting on a horrible morning commute and crabby children in high shine output all day long (Why are WE here? so-and-so school in the next town has the day off...). I hope you get a snow day out of it ...

Karen said...

I hope you get a snow day but please don't hold it against me if you are still traveling to teach the kiddies in July.

Kath said...

I remember years ago a friend telling me, "oh children are wonderful and sweet and loveable and then they become teenagers and they are evil." Since she survived raising two of them, I figured she knew what she was talking about!

=Tamar said...

Holes can be nice. They cut off the wind, for one thing, so they're actually warmer than being out in the open. Just be sure to build the igloo door away from the wind, and keep the opening clear of drifts.

Beth said...

You're really prepared! I'm voting for a day off for you.

Mia said...

oh sheepie, your preparations are enough to make me want to stay home too .. I'm trying to resist the call in *cough* but I gotta tell ya... it's major freezing rain outside my door right now. but they don't have snowdays at hospitals, so i guess I'm going.

but i'm gonna think about waffles all day!

Anne said...

I was 100% with your plan until you planned to have a snow day. You should know by now that you'll jinx things if you let the gremlins in the walls know that you'd actually LIKE a snow day (waffle preparations will tip em off every time!).

Anonymous said...

I teach high school and I have one period who while not recommending a hole think I am WAY too serious about this learning nonsense.

They also continually make fun of my hand knit socks, and seem continually shocked that I do not go home crying every night because they don't like how I dress.

Mine have ramped up the criticism right now because we have finals approaching next week, and because they are unhappy about unreasonable studying expectations (I think they should study), they want me to be unhappy too.

Gotta love kids :-)

Take care, and I hope your children are more cheerful tomorrow.

Scienceprincess

Julie said...

I hope you are enjoying your day off; I just want you to know that I had to skid my way into work. I want to be a teacher so I can have snow days (except without the bratty kids).

Cursing Mama said...

Judging from Noolies comment I feel pretty confident that you are home making waffles today while the children are sleeping in and dreaming of a day without school work. I hope that the felines treat you better than the "students" did. (I had to classify students - because using that term implies that they are actually studious)

Donna Lee said...

A hole could be nice if it were say, a hobbit hole (in which case it would be filled with food) or a Pooh hole (honey). We are faced with inches and inches of cold rain. Fortunately no ice but lots and lots of water. No chance of drought here.

Knitting Linguist said...

One more piece of evidence that teenager's opinions are suspect at best. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a snow day for you -- you clearly deserve it!

kim said...

Honey, unless you're a movie idol or rock star, most of us don't measure up to the standards of the average teenager. They're teenagers - their standards are whacked!

As for occupying a hole of any depth, it's just not an acceptable option. Besides wouldn't that require another real estate tax payment? Not in the budget.

:)

Carrie K said...

Is it too early to hope for a Snow Year? Kids. Sweet things.