Saturday, January 6, 2007


It has been quite the week. I got 3 hours of sleep Monday night after traveling all day. But I got to go out for dinner with my friend Sarah in Chicago during my 31/2 hour layover. I don't think I got much more sleep than that any other night. It was a good week- but long. Why is it that 4 day work weeks seem more like 6 days? Friday was a good day... until my 7th period. Those kids sure know how to push my buttons. Then I had my home room kids- we end the day with our home room class for 25 minutes. We are supposed to read on Fridays- silently. Well they weren't. I was sooo tired and frustrated. I was going to burst into tears so I walked out of the room into my office (All our rooms are connected so I could still hear them!) I composed myself as they continued to talk. I went back in and tried one more time to get them to read silently. It worked for the last 5 minutes. I finally broke down after my fellow teacher asked if there was something wrong. I think I just really needed a good cry. So there I sat- folding dish cloths and towels in my kitchens... crying... how sad. I decided to email the parents of a good kid in each of my classes to tell them how much I appreciate having them in my classes. That is going to be my new Friday tradition. I headed home- decided to buy a pizza and ice cream. That seemed to do the trick. My friend Martha came over and we watched the cheesiest movie EVER. I don't remember the name of it but it is part 4 of a series about a family during the pioneer times. It was good for a laugh.
Today I finally got my bags unpacked and everything put away. It was 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) so I vacuumed out my car in capris and flip flops. Can you believe it? On January 6th I was wearing capris and flip flops. Wowzers.
Then I went to see The Pursuit of Happyness with friends. What a movie. It makes me want to go help everyone that is in a situation like that. Amazing!!! Life is good. Even my life as a middle school teacher! :)


Kim said...

good luck! I hope this next week is better for you!

Kristi said...

awww. hugs to you! stupid teenagers. make us Thomsen girls cry. sheesh. icecream. cures all ills. or chocolate.! miss you.

Mikaela said...

I'm sorry you had such a crappy day. Crying does make it seem a bit better sometimes though, right? Glad you got some pizza and ice cream...definately a cure. I also love your goal of sending an email to the parents of good kids. I think sometimes kids need all the extra recognition. So that's a great thing. Oh, and was that movie called like 5 mile creek or something like that? I swear we used to watch some disney show that was a series...just curious!