Friday, September 28, 2007

One Semester of Spanish-Love Song

If you haven't seen it yet....check it out now! If you want a translation, let me know I can help you out. After all, I had 2 and half years of Spanish, 13 years ago!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Why Sometimes My Husband And I Have Trouble Understanding Each Other

I ran across this short paragraph that completely explains why my husband and I sometimes try to communicate, but end up mad at each other or with hurt feelings.

He is the "normal" (that being used loosely) one and I am the nerd (that being literal).

When normal people talk to each other, both people usually apply the appropriate amount of tact to everything they say, and no one's feelings get hurt. When nerds talk to each other, both people usually apply the appropriate amount of tact to everything they hear, and no one's feelings get hurt. However, when normal people talk to nerds, the nerds often get frustrated because the normal people seem to be dodging the real issues and not saying what they really mean. Worse yet, when nerds talk to normal people, the normal people's feelings often get hurt because the nerds don't apply tact, assuming the normal person will take their blunt statements and apply whatever tact is necessary.

So there you go...my husband just needs to stop being so sensitive! :)

(Puppy you know I love you!!)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Pig Feet

Ok, I am a little confused on this one. Is it a family of pig feet or a package of pig feet for your family? Either way, it is a little disturbing. I will give it one thing, at least it is cheap!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Today is "Talk Like A Pirate Day", just in case you didn't know. It reminds me of a story from when I was teaching.

I was going over the answers to a homework assignment. The assignment was to determine if a number was rational or irrational. I will not bore you with the explanation...no matter how much I really WANT to!

To shorten the process I would say either "R" or "I" for the answers. At one point there was a string of answers "R". I wasn't paying much attention, but then the kids kept asking me to repeat the answer. Several times they asked me and then snickered afterwards. It finally dawned on me what was going on. They told me it sounded like a pirate. "Aaarrrrrhhhh"

I then finished going over the assignment, but the answers were back to their long form and for the rest of the year, out of the blue, a kid would say, "R" and they would all giggle.

Twelve year olds are so immature!

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Hazards Of Living In Texas

I have cactus thorns in my pinkie and ring finger on my left hand. It sucks. I can't see them to get them out either.

I have a cactus sitting in my kitchen window (so technically, this could have happened anywhere) and I reached for a paper towel. In the process I knocked the cactus off the window onto my hand.

It didn't hurt, but there were A LOT of little blonde thorns in my two fingers. I got most of them with tweezers, but now I can't see the ones that are left. I can only feel them when my fingers brush up against something. Now, that does hurt. But, as you can see it hasn't stopped me from blogging!

It will be weeks before I get them all out.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

To Teach, Or Not To Teach...

There are so many no's that go through my head when I think about teaching again, but then there are these little "well maybe's" that have started to lurk around.

Just in case you didn't know I taught middle school mathematics (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) for 4.5 years. I taught in two different towns during this time period. I quit in the middle of my fifth year for many many reason and started working at my current job, which I do like and have been here for almost 3 years now.

So I have decided to hash it out here, where I can get some feedback. What has got me to thinking about teaching again is the fact that San Antonio is going to open an all-girls middle school next year. I have always said that if I can find an all-girls school, I would go back to teaching in a heartbeat. But now that it is becoming a reality, I am starting to wonder if that is what I really want to do. I think right now a pro and con list would be helpful.

CONS

* I would have deal with the TAKS (state test) and it's being put on a higher level than where some in administration seem to put God, himself. (Good scores = money from the state, you see.)

*We would possible have to move since the job I want will be in San Antonio and that is where Frankie will hopefully be working as well. I wouldn't want to do the hour commute everyday. While moving is not really that bad, I am just now started to really get to know people where we are. We have not settled anywhere really yet since we have been married. One last thing on moving is that we would have to change churches yet again. That really leaves me feeling so unsettled. I know many people don't care, but I do.

*I would have to leave the safety and comfort of my current job. It is a really good job.

*I would have to deal with students again, which is not really too bad, but I get tired of expecting things out of them and them not living up to it. And I would have to deal with parents....UGH!

PROS

*The money would be way more than I am currently making or ever had made! Especially, if Frankie starts teaching as well.

*I really do like teaching. I get a thrill out of seeing someone understand something they had been struggling with. I really really love seeing students who like math and want to learn. I never stopped "teaching", I tutor several days a week, even now.

*If Frankie starts teaching we will have the same schedule and even if he didn't but stayed where he is at we would have the same schedule. Same hours, same days off.

*Which leads me to this: 2 months off in the summer, 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week in Spring, multiple one day holidays....when it is all said and done, did you know that teachers in Texas only work 187 days out of the entire 365 days of the year??

I am sure there are other pros and cons, but these are the first ones I think of when I think of teaching again. So what feedback do you have for me? Please, really, I need help.