The start of the new school year is always kind of interesting. The way the holidays work in these here parts, it seems as though we are always cruising towards a break of some sort, at least for the first few months. That is nice and all, but it also means that we are always trying to recover from a long weekend or vacation and that is never easy.
It's like there's a big, ol' pause button just out of reach at all times...
Most of the time, the kids have figured out that a long weekend is lurking somewhere and they won't rest until they've nailed it down. I guess it doesn't help when the teacher suddenly realizes that parent/teacher conferences are next week and that the Veteran's Day observance can't be far behind.
Maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud. At full volume. Whilst doing a funky little dance. That might have set things off to some degree. I take full responsibility even if I don't feel all that much in the way of remorse.
Here's tonight's Wednesday Night Bullet Post. I'll try to leave out the long pauses.
*If someone wants to tell me why Li'l Einstein showed up wearing a paintball mask today, I'd love to hear it.
*We do not generally have random paintball battles breaking out in the classroom.
*Maybe we should.
*Things have been pretty tense lately and I can't help but wonder if shooting one another in a non-lethal manner might take some of the edge off...
*It snowed here.
*It snows here a lot but I can honestly say I have never experienced a blizzard in October.
*Trick-or-Treaters had to stumble over snowbanks in order to get their candy.
*They did not stumble to my house.
*They never do.
*I pretend to be disappointed, but I'm not really.
*I get the candy and can pretend that I didn't want it.
*That is hard to do with the half-priced stuff I've been buying since November 1st. I'm obviously feeling the want for that.
*Spent ten minutes giggling with the lady behind me in line at the store because we were both so thrilled with our respective candy hauls
*I've got me a candy filled freezer!!!!!
*I am pleased to report that the chai latte k-cups are as delightful as anything I've experienced of late.
* Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups for Keurig Brewers, 24-Count
*Much more delightful than snowstorms and kids doing their math in paintball masks.
*The hot apple cider ones are also really good, but they upset my stomach sometimes.
*We have a keurig at school. I bring chai latte k-cups and brew them whenever the stress gets to me and I start thinking about firing paintballs at recalcitrant kidlets.
*Did anyone see The Walking Dead on Sunday?
*Note: the site is a little wonky right now so I'm not linking. I figure you either know it or you don't at this point anyway...
*If you did watch it, did you totally and completely freak out in the last five minutes? Huh? Didja-didja?
*Lost. My. Mind.
*That, kids, is what we call an Emmy Moment.
*Brilliantly written, stunning direction and amazing execution. Hit every single note perfectly.
*And, when I arrived at school on Monday, not a single soul had seen it yet. I had no one with which to process.
*Mrs. Secretary Who Sits At The Back Desk rushed off to watch it that night and now we just keep saying, "I'm sorry" to each other.
*Then we fire!
*And in bookish news...
*I discovered The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, Book 1)
*These are really quite good and a wonderful way to kill time until some of the books I'm waiting for appear on shelves.
*Moved on to The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, Book 2) pretty quickly.
*Kind of wish I'd gone right to The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, Book 3) but I got distracted.
*I'm going to finish up with Heart of a Dragon (The DeChance Chronicles) and get right back on track.
*Oh, by the way! I forgot to mention Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant!
*A fun YA/Middle Grade read if you like that sort of thing. And it's a series which, as we all know, makes me giddy with joy.
I just remembered that I need to pull together a social studies lesson before tomorrow. I sent myself an email reminder from school so I wouldn't forget and then I read my email before I left school so I ended up forgetting again by the time I landed at the home front. Now it is getting late and good TV is almost upon me. If I don't come up with some sort of brilliant learning experience in the next hour, I fail to see how I am going to manage it at all.
There are no pauses this week, I'm afraid. Probably should get on that teaching-as-a-priority thing. I trust that your Wednesday ran smoothly and that any breaks in the pace were the good kind that allowed you to breathe for a minute.
Or that you had a paintball mask because I am starting to think that isn't really such a bad thing...
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