Monday, October 27, 2008

Not up for Parent-of-the-Year

I had my very first Parent/Teacher Conference on Friday where I had to sit in the parent chair. (Let me preface this with I thought I knew what to expect) Colby is in Kindergarten this year and has 2 years of Preschool under his belt. His preschool teacher always gave us raving reviews... so, today, kinda knocked me off my pedestal as a mom (who is a teacher).

Colby's teacher told us that Colby will need to receive additional tutoring as he is not showing recognition of all of his letters. My heart immediately sank. I felt as if I not only failed as a parent, but as a teacher. My job is to daily educate other peoples' children and yet my own has fallen short.

We, of course, agreed to the tutoring~ we do want what's best for our child, even if it is a HUGE blow to one's ego. As we were leaving, Robbie, my ex, said, "It's okay. I had to be tutored when I was in school." I turned and looked at him and said,"Yeah? Well, both of your parents weren't teachers!"

This follows Colby's trip to the dentist, a few weeks back, with the result of nine cavities.
Yeah...I guess I won't be nominated for Parent-of-the-Year anytime soon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Do you have tourette's?...Or why else would you be twitching??

This week is Parent/Teacher conferences, and despite what parents think, teachers do NOT look forward to the conferences. In fact, some of my teacher friends and I have been having some symptoms that only seem to come around this time of year.

My friend, Laura, has has a constant twitch in her eye for the past week. She walks around saying, "It's twitching again....Do you see it??!!It's twitching!!!!" I asked her if she thought it was brought on by stress...or something else??? She confirmed that she did not have tourette's. She did tell me that a teacher she once knew (name withheld to protect the innocent) had it and she would do lots of blinking and funky little twitches all the time. Guess she should be glad hers didn't involve cussing - don't think schools would look highly upon that.

I, on the other hand, have just had the most wild and crazy dreams! My last one consisted of me being partially naked, in a stranger's house and me not being able to find my clothes - which just so happened to be my Halloween costume. I kept wandering around looking. I asked Laura (who was in my dream) if she had seen my costume and she told me that it was the middle of the night, to go back to bed. I told her I couldn't sleep because of the old woman I was having to share the pull out hide-a-bed with. See, it wasn't just because I should be creeped out that I am sharing a bed with an elderly woman I do not know...no, the reason I couldn't sleep with her is because she kept falling out of bed and when she would start to fall, she would grab for me and scratch my arm and then her little lap dog would jump off of her chest onto mine. I, then, would have to throw the dog off of me and walk around to the other side and push her back up into bed. Thankfully, in the end, I did find my clothes. They were at the end of the bed Laura was sleeping in - Go figure!

I have decided that either I need to take up drinking more often ...or have someone psycho-analyze my dreams - that is... before I start twitching. :)

**Update** Thanks Erin for pointing out that tourette's is not spelled terrets. I don't know why spell check didn't catch it. LOL

Saturday, October 18, 2008

AARRRHHH Halloween Party

For those of you that either chose not to come...or weren't invited - I'm sorry! We had an awesome time at the 1st annual costume party!

Here's a few pics to show you what you missed. (Yes, that is a Magic 8 ball sitting on the table - it was eerily correct all evening long. LOL)


We have a very nice selection of alcohol!



We, somehow, did not get pictures of any of the dancing or most of the games we played...but that might be for the best!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

If the following applies to you, please raise your hand

Being a teacher, I come across things on a daily basis that I am sure most people don't have to deal with in their normal every day business lives. It makes me laugh, though, thinking of these situations in an office building.

1. Peeing in public (NO...It wasn't me!)
2. Seeing someone getting kicked in the junk. (NO...I didn't do the kicking - lol)
3. Catching someone masturbating. (I'm NOT kidding on this one!!!!!)

Now that I read back through my list, I am noticing a common theme, not one that I had intended when I started this post.

I'm telling you...it's a good thing that I can laugh at my daily life...because they sure don't pay me enough to afford a trip to the loony bin.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Idle...it will save you gas

Today, my friend Laura comes into work as normal. At around 2:30, our secretary comes down to her room with her keys. (You have to know Laura, she losses her keys constantly, so this was NO big surprise.) Until our secretary says to her "Did you forget something this morning?" Laura looks at her and says, "You mean something other than my keys?" Our secretary laughs and says, "Laura, your car has been running all day!"

Laura said she guesses she just got to school, had so much on her mind, and, in turn, just got out. Laura had just filled up right before she came to school, so we both ran out after school to see just how much gas she had left. After seven hours of idling, all she had used was a quarter of a tank! So... next time you feel like wasting a little gas (You know, since gas prices are going down)...idle for a few hours. LOL