Wednesday, January 05, 2011

WNBP: Because I Do Have A Blog After All!

Well, last week really messed with me!  I somehow managed to get off schedule and now it feels as if I haven't touched the blog in forever and six days.  Vacations are nice.  Very nice, in fact.  However, they do tend to make a person think that every day is Saturday.  I think I have it back under control now, though.  I'm going to do a Wednesday Night Bullet Post and that will set everything right back on track.  Or not.  It might make me think it is sometime in the distant future.  Or past.  But it will still be the right post for the day so I guess I'll be on some sort of track even if it isn't the right one...

*I have reached a conclusion.

*Not going to work in the morning is a far better thing than going to work in the morning.

*Oh, and I am also starting to think that people who expect other people to get up at 5:00 in the morning and leave to go to work before 6:00 are mean.

*That is just a theory, but I think I'm onto something here...

*The first Tuesday of the month is Staff Meeting Day.  All the teachers gather together to hear pearls of wisdom and interesting tid-bits from our fearless administrators.  

*This is an unpleasant state of affairs when you are trying to get back into the routine.

*And when said routine includes wrangling middle school students who are no more pleased to be there than you are after a two week vacation.

*I didn't bring my knitting.

*I didn't miss it.  I knit a lot for the holidays.

*People commented on my missing knitting.

*Felt like I'd somehow let them down...

*Hey!  Guess what!!!!  


*I finally got it!!

Pictures of cats playing with their Christmas toys!!!

For once, they decided to cooperate!  Actual pictures of frivolity and merriment!!!

This is the look that says, "My mommy has way too much time on her hands..."

*OK.  So it's probably a good thing that I went back to work.

*I finally broke down and replaced my tethered ereader with a wireless one.

*Wireless is better.  You can buy books from the bathtub.

*You probably didn't want to know that.  You might even want to take a minute to clear that mental image from your head.

*But it's really cool to buy books from the tub, right?

*I read a lot over vacation what with the whole bathtub-book-buying thing working for me.

*I've been meaning to read Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) for a while now.  

*Had to go on a waiting list at the school library for it, though.

*Finally just bought it.

*Love it!  Had to get Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2) right away!!!

*Hence, the aquatic purchase.

*I knew that Simon R Green's new series wasn't getting great reviews, but I love most of his stuff.

*So I went ahead and snagged Ghost of a Chance (A Ghost Finders Novel).

*Not his best, but I like to support the arts.  

*Plus Mr. Green makes me giggle.  

*And The Forest of Hands and Teeth?  Dudes...

*Sooooo good!!!

*Yes, there are zombies.  

*No.  They aren't anything unusual.  

*They shamble.

*They moan.

*They occasionally bumble into one another.

*And savagely devour the flesh of those hapless individuals unfortunate or unwise enough to stray beyond the fence.

*It's not really about the walking dead.  They are scary, sure.

*But what's really scary is what happens to the breathing types when all systems break down.

*This is a beautifully written book and not because of the zombies.  Zombies aren't beautiful and nothing is ever going to make me think that.

*It's a beautifully written book in spite of the zombies.

*Now I'm reading Under the Dome: A Novel.

*Because I am ashamed to have not read it yet.

*Not my favorite Stephen King novel.  But good, all the same.

*Best Classroom Conversation Of The Week Thus Far:

Ms. Sheep:  You know, when I adopted The Very Complicated Kitty he had a different name.

Cheerful Teaching Assistant:  Really?  What was it?

MS: It was Bob.  (fake name used for blogging purposes)

(The Boy Who Is) Dark And Disturbed:  Hey!  That's my name!!!

MS:  Yes.  And "Bob" really suited him.  But I still had to change it.

D&D: How come?  It's a great name!

MS:  Because I didn't want to ever, EVER have to say, "I am going to spend tonight snuggled up on the couch with Bob."

D&D: (burying his head in his hands)  OH MY GOD!!!  WHY?  WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?  WHY???  NOW I HAVE TO GO TO THERAPY UNTIL I'M THIRTY!!!!

MS:  Think back.  You are the one who decided to announce to the class that you want to go around wearing a loincloth all the time.  Now you know how I feel every, single, stupid day.

*This conversation took place yesterday.

*For the record, D&D was absent today.

*I felt badly because yesterday was his birthday and I gave him the gift of long-term mental anguish and trauma.

*Didn't tell him about the bathtub shopping.

*I'll save that for Arbor Day or something...

Well, that's about it.  I'm all tuckered out from the reading and staff meetings, not to mention how much disturbing the delicate mental balance of teenage boys will take out of a gal.  I'm going to sign off and see about mentally preparing myself for the last couple of work days.  I'd also like to check the calendar so I can tally up the number of days until the next long weekend.

And try to see if I can come up with a more regular blogging schedule...



Amanda said...

Glad you were able to catch the cats in the act. It's better that you said buy books from the tub as opposed to the toilet...just saying.

Anonymous said...

I have the audio version of The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my iPod. It is next, as soon as I finish Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life. You have whetted my enthusiasm -- nothing like a good ol' zombie apocalypse/society breaks down audiobook to get the blood flowing. The Dome was very, very long, but I enjoyed it.

Donna Lee said...

Our monthly all staff meeting is the first Thursday. I wish I could say we share wisdom.
Under the Dome gets weird at the end (don't they all?) but it's a good study of people in stressful situations. The new collection of short stories is better.

I am definitely cut out to be a woman of leisure is all I'm saying. This is the longest week ever.

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

We have staff meetings every Wednesday and 1/2 days most Thursdays for professional development, it sucks. (1/2 days are good, but you always feel rushed) Today we have no school, for those 3 3 days back, no school today, maybe snow tomorrow.....

trek said...

Oh wow, that's great - payback :oD

Knitting Linguist said...

I haven't even started back and I've already counted the days until the next long weekend (far too many of them, actually). Thanks for the book recommendations, I'm off to check them out. As for bathtub purchases, I'd be there with you if I had a tub, but I love buying a book in my jammies at 10:30 at night in bed!

Elaine said...

I luvs teh boyz.........

Kath said...

You get up and out the door in less than an hour??? I worship you.

Cathy said...

Oh good, actual pictures of the cat. Tho the loincloth and the bathtub thing were both disturbing to contemplate.

I hope D&D Bob ventured back to the class room - I think it's good he took his BD off!!

Beth said...

You have the funniest conversations in your classroom! :)

April said...

Please, please, please can I have the VCK? PLEASE?!?!?!?

Carrie#K said...

You gave him a lovely thoughtful long term birthday gift. After all, most people who need therapy don't seek it out early enough and "Bob" will need to.

I had two days of continuing ed. I definitely work for myself. It was killing me to crawl out of bed at 6am to be there by 8am, even if I actually wake up at 6am every day normally.

Julia G said...

Happy New Year!

Hubby and High School Girl both liked "Under the Dome", although they found it on the dark side even for King. Middle School Kid is tackling it now, so I'll have to wait in line....

Cute kitties!

Teri S. said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly: not going to work in the morning is waaaay better than going to work in the morning. Sadly, I still haven't figured out a way the collect a paycheck and not go to work.

My mother got a Kindle for Christmas and was unsure that she'd be able to figure it out. I told her I'd take it if she couldn't. The next day she sent me a message saying "You don't get the Kindle." Sigh... I might have to get a Kindle so I can share some of her books.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Since it started with visit to the World's Greatest Hairstylist and Life Coach, it should be a great weekend!