Random Notions and Stories of Teaching

June 28, 2005

Hoity toity names

It just goes to prove that even wealthy people give their children silly names. Names hubby has had at The Club include:

Rand
Brookes
Norbert
Zita
Maximillian
Theron -- nickname "Teo" (Tay-o)
and my personal fav: Trout

Nice.

Hey, Queen of Rambles, I have some name suggestions for your mother!

Cruise Overload

I am so sick of Tom Cruise! Ok, Tom, you are experiencing your midlife crisis with your relationship with Katie Holmes. Honestly, I don't care who you love. If you want to marry someone 18 years younger than you, GO AHEAD! It's America and you have the right to do that.

However, I cannot continue to be your fan. I am sorry. You know what, no, I am NOT sorry. I really enjoyed some of your movies. They're not half bad...but I will not be going to see another movie you are in for a long time. I respect your choice to believe in Scientology. I respect your right to practice WHATEVER kooky religion you want.

I do NOT respect your (uninformed...unresearched) views on psychiatry. SINCE WHEN do you have any kind of medical degree and/or medical training that allows you to discredit an entire field of medicine? SINCE WHEN do you know better than doctors and therapists that have spent YEARS in school? SINCE WHEN is it ok to attack other celebrities for being honest with their health!?

I applaud Brooke Shields for coming out with her story of post-partum depression. If she can help ONE woman
to not suffer the debilitating disease...ONE child get their mother back and not be neglected. How DARE you attack her? I agree that children are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD too much...however, have you seen the BENEFITS of the medicine on the children that truly need it? I had a child this year call his Adderall his "smart pills" because they quieted his mind enough to be able to concentrate! He LOVED taking his medicine.

Speaking as the spouse of a depressed person you have no idea how wonderful a little pill has made my life. I got the person I love back. Before it was someone I didn't know or like very much. He didn't even like himself very much.

Walk a mile in my shoes Tom. Walk a mile in my husband's shoes. Walk a mile in Brooke Shields shoes. Walk a mile in the shoes of someone with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. Walk a mile in the shoes of someone with PTSD. Walk a mile in the shoes of a person with obsessive compulsive disorder. Deal with what these people deal with on a daily basis before you JUDGE them.

Shame on you, Tom Cruise. Shame. On. You.

June 25, 2005

My Values in Action Strengths

According to VIA Strengths, my strengths are as follows:

Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness


You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a "real" person.

Capacity to love and be loved


You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

Kindness and generosity


You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

Love of learning


You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

Gratitude


You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

June 19, 2005

Movies!

Carrie indirectly tagged me...but I'm counting it!

Number of Films Owned: Luckily, I just alphabetized them, so I know approximations. I have over 250 movies. 250 multiplied by $12 per film (12 is my average since I got some for $5 and some for $20) = too dang much money spent on movies!

Last Film Bought: Hmmm...last movie I bought. Probably Connie and Carla, but does it count since it was a birthday gift? I bought it with 3 other movies at the grocery store for $20 (they're 4 for $20 or $9.99 a piece).

Last Film Watched: Yesterday we went to see the remake of 'The Longest Yard'. It was great!

Five Favorite Films That I Watch Frequently or That Mean A Lot To Me: Every movie I own is special in its own way. Ok, teacher answer done. Seriously...I love movies. Current faves are:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - While the BOOK IS BETTER, I saw this movie with a good friend and it was wonderful. Just the kind of movie to see with a friend. Its a wonderful story about friendship. I felt attached to each character.

The Princess Diaries I & II - Ok, cheesy I know. But how perfect is this movie for me? It's about a girl who becomes a princess AND its a Disney movie. Hello!?

The Phantom of the Opera - The music is so beautiful and the movie is done quite well. For once, my high expectations were met.

That Thing You Do - Again, a movie about music. I love Liv Tyler in this movie and the guy, Guy...you know, the Guy guy. :) I could watch this movie every day (and do thanks to HBO!).

The Thing Called Love - Even though I HATE the ending (I think Miranda should end up with Kyle...I'd pick Kyle...he's gorgeous) I enjoy watching this movie. Once again, a movie with music.

I also really like Centerstage. It wasn't a blockbuster, but it is a great movie about dancing. I took dance classes for 11 years, so again, it appeals to me. Plus I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the end number.

June 18, 2005

Karma and my teacher voice

So...hubby started his new job at "The Club" last week. He is basically 3rd in charge (lol) of a day camp and head soccer instructor. He teachs a soccer camp in the morning for 3, 4, and 5 year olds for two hours. TWO HOURS! Needless to say, he figured out quickly that they might be there for 2 hours, but there is no way those kids will play soccer for those two hours.

Highlights that pop out to me from his first 2 weeks...
  • The kid who refuses to do ANYTHING and then says to the others, "We don't want to do ____, do we guys?" He's FOUR!
  • Same kid from above and his little accomplice both like to climb inside lockers when it is time to change to go swimming (or when they get in from swimming) and yell, "I'm peein in here!"
  • The youngest child at the camp this week seems really taken with my dear hubby. He will say to hubby, "I don't like you....but I know you!" Hahahahaha
  • The mom who couldn't pick up her unruly child that was being asked to leave the camp for the day because she was "playing tennis"...AT THE CLUB!

Last night I celebrated the 25th birthday of one of my closest friends (how can we already be 25!?!?!). We had a nice little party at the city park. It was quite fun. Of course, he boyfriend, Stilts, kicked a plastic ball (like you can get a Wal-Mart) up and it hit a broken light, thus popping the ball. Needless to say, Stilts made an emergency trip to Wal-Mart. Hehehe.

While we were there I saw some of the kids I had subbed for this year (one being on my mom's team) and he came to say hi. We had a nice chat and he ran off with his brother and cousins to play (UNSUPERVISED). A little while later, they were in our pavilion jumping off picnic tables trying to grab the trusses. Imagine the shock on the face of Stiltz when I said (in my teacher voice), "Fred, stop. That is dangerous." "George, you too." And the kids actually listened to me! Hehehe, teacher perks.

June 08, 2005

Three Things...

Taking leesapea's challenge..... :)

3 names I go by:
E***, Mrs. S, Mrs. Tree

3 screen names I've had: morning_glory, miners_angel, h0kieerin

3 physical things I like about myself: I like my eyes, my nose, and my hair.

3 parts of my heritage: English, English, and maybe German

3 things I am wearing right now: sundress, shorts, sandals

3 favorite bands/musical artists: Reba McIntyre, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw

3 favorite songs: These change daily. Bless the Broken Road (I also like, "Here's to You") (Rascal Flatts), Holy Water (Big and Rich), and How Do you Get that Lonely? (Blaine Larsen)

3 things I want in a relationship: Trust, love, caring

3 physical things about the preferred sex that appeal to me: Personality, eyes, smile.

3 favorite hobbies: Reading, web-design, movies

3 Things I want to do badly right now: Find out I've been hired to teach my own classroom permanently, win a large amount of money, and help those I love.

3 things that scare me: Being a sub forever, losing someone I love, and creepy crawlies.

3 of my everyday essentials: Chapstick, watch, my purse

3 Careers you have considered or are considering: Teaching. It's the only thing I am good at. No matter how much my mother tries to talk me out of it.

3 places you want to go on vacation: Disney World, Spain, and Disney World

3 kids' names you like: Frank Robert (family name...but I like it), Amelia, and Aubrey (I guess)

3 things you want to do before you die: Raise a child. Help raise a grandchild. Have my own classroom!

3 ways I am stereotypically a boy: I love to mow the lawn! I am super comfy in pants. Thats all I got! lol

3 ways I am stereotypically a girl:I don't like touching icky things (things I determine icky). I (and those around me) must match (and yes, maroon and orange DO match, I have tons of maroon and orange clothes). I love taking care of others: kids, animals, etc.

3 celeb crushes: I don't really crush on celebrities. But if I have to pick three...ummmm, Carlos Baerga (high school), New Kids On The Block; esp. Donnie Wahlberg (elementary/middle school), and Rob Lowe!

Enjoy!

June 02, 2005

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..............

Sing with me now....
School's out for summer! School's out...for...eva!

Well, not really, but it's nice to pretend.

Since I haven't worked at all this week, C and I went out to celebrate. We hit the best dollar store in the world (they have different stuff...not the usual cheap stuff - we're talking CRAFT supplies here). We got stuff for her birthday party in 2 weeks (happy birthday to her). Lastly, we went to see The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie.

Oh.


my.


goodness.

It was fabulous! Mind you, that does not mean it was better than the book. However, it was wonderful! It was the perfect movie to see with a friend. It also has Amber Tamblyn, who I LOVED in Joan of Arcadia (still hoping they bring it back) I knew the end and I still cried (I'm a big cry baby). Wonderful...wonderful...wonderful movie about friendship. I hope Ann Brashares writes another book.