Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Random Consistency Restored.

All-righty, then!  I'm back on board with the Wednesday Night Bullet Post and doing it when I'm supposed to.  Last week's little Thursday debacle is past us and we can all move forward.  This is what healthy people do.  At least that is what the healthy people tell me.  The non-healthy people tend to ignore me since they are kind of caught up in their own stuff.

Let the bullet points commence!

*The Organized Teaching Assistant had to have surgery again and is out for three weeks.  This leaves us kind of short staffed over in my corner of The Magnificent Learning Factory.

*The Cheerful Teaching Assistant wasn't quite as cheerful as is her norm yesterday.

*I was not exactly shocked when I got word that she was home sick with a fever today.

*Fever=no work.  That is the rule.  

*And I don't want her getting even sicker so she really did the right thing.

*There were no substitutes available at all.  Not even for the first one to fall under my command.

*I had to go it alone today.

*At 1:00, I went to the office to find Mrs. Secretary Who Sits At The Back Desk. I had three children in tow.

*Here's what I said:

"For the love of all that is holy, would you please look at these children for three minutes.  If I don't find a bathroom soon, there is going to be a great deal of therapy in all our futures.  I can't speak for them, but I plan on billing the school district for this."

*She watched them for me.  

*But then she made me take them back because there is no sneaking past MSWSATBD.

*We had a meeting after school.  Training on the issue of school violence and bullying.

*I am very passionate about this topic and have been since back when we all thought it was OK to say things like "Kids will be kids..."

*I did not care about it this afternoon.  Not one little bit.  

*I was tired and feeling a little bullied myself after 8 straight hours in the company of middle school students.

*And I forgot to bring the sock along so I couldn't even knit.

*Hey...I'm curious.  Has anyone read The Forest of Hands and Teeth?  I hear good things and I'm thinking it's one I should have read by now.  

*You don't need to rush out and read it just because I'm curious.  Don't put yourself to any trouble on my account.  I was just wondering is all.

*Best Conversation Of The Week:

Ms. Sheep:  Mmmph.  Magglepromph.  Blerk.

(the boy who is) Dark And Disturbed:  You look tired, Ms. Sheep.

MS: Blaaaaaaaahhhhh.

DAD:  Hey, have you ever heard that story about the Greek guy? The one who had to do all those trials and stuff?

MS:  Flagglesnorf.  Glumph.

DAD:  No.  Not him.  The other guy.  The one who was really strong.  One of the things he had to do was clean out these massively messed up stables.  It's a myth.

MS:  Hrumph.

DAD:  Yeah.  That's the one.  Anyway, I was thinking after watching you today that your job is kind of like that trial.

MS:  (eyes tearing and lip trembling because someone finally understands)  Mmmphlap. Booooosh.  Proooshie-koosh.

DAD:  You're welcome.

*When I got home today, I was very tired.  I wanted nothing more than to fling myself upon the sofa and forget the whole world.

*But I was met at the door by two cats.  The Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty always meets me at the door.

*The Very Complicated Kitty does not.  He waits for me to come to him.

*Today there were two at the door.  And I've lived with cats long enough to recognize guilt when I see it.

*Trash can dumped all over the living room.

We are past the guilty phase of the process now.

We are back to filling all the holes in the window screens with fluffy fur.  We tell Mommy that it is insulation for the coming winter and she is too tired to argue.

*I get a daily WikiHow on my Google homepage. Sometimes it scares me a little. 

*The best thing about September is that there are all kinds of new TV seasons starting.  It almost makes September attractive except for the part where I have to work too hard to stay awake for most of it.

*The cats seem happy about it, too.  Which is good because they had a hard day what with all the anxiety and guilt over the trash can.  

I can't think of anything else.  I'm pretty sure there is other stuff I should be telling you.  Like the part where the lady was knitting at the training this afternoon and it made me sad because mine was still sitting in the classroom.  Or how I forgot my lunch and was forced to eat all the apples I've been putting in my bag every day but not eating in spite of all my good intentions.  But I guess I won't be able to tell you about that since I can't remember it.

Still, it is Wednesday and I managed to post so we're going to celebrate anyway.  We also celebrate that there is new television to watch and no children in my house to make me too tired to appreciate it.



Karen said...

Grief at work and guilt when you get home. That's too much for one day. You deserve to sit on the sofa and watch TV.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Yeah for the Wednesday night post...yeah we had a meeting on guided reading groups for are large classes.....

Yeah for new tv, I'm waiting for Criminal Minds...and my computer died today...

Beth said...

I'm really not sure how you even stay awake. After teaching just one class (and I even enjoy it), when I get home I feel like I need a nap. If I had to teach all day long, I'd fall asleep on the way home!

Jeanne said...

Did the sudden urgency to use the restroom follow the consumption of two weeks' worth of apples?

I keep forgetting about new TV, having become so conditioned to summer lack-of-TV-fare that I've rehabituated myself to doing other activities during prime time. But I seem to recall Grey's Anatomy starts tomorrow, conflicting with Project Runway. Alas...

AH! My verification is "sumwinec".

BTW, this is Knitty Banter Jeanne. I posted under my Gmail addy today.

PICAdrienne said...

Thank you.

Donna Lee said...

I had my sock at the training last week and the trainer told me she was a knitter and I should feel free to knit away. Unfortunately, my Director was sitting behind me and we have had words on this subject (and they were not good and happy words) so the sock stayed in its bag.

Julia G said...

Well at least you didn't have to clean out the Augean Stables by diverting a river, although at the end of the day cleaning up the aftermath of kitties cavorting in trash probably felt that way.

ITA on the bullying issue -- kids pay close attention to what adults do more than what they say, so all the bullying programs in the world are useless unless the administration leads by example and enforces the policy.

trek said...

It's Thursday now. Tonight was back to school night. They had cookies. I had too many.

This back to school/work stress is killing me.

Finally, someone who understands.