- Thanksgiving was lovely. All the food turned out well, and was done at the same time. Yay. The rolls were to die for.
- Although I lost at Scrabble, like always, I didn't disgrace myself. And I redeemed myself a little by not sucking at Trivial Pursuit.
- I got some good bargains on Black Friday.
- A purchase on Ebay is going to make someone extremely happy at Christmas.
- I spent most of the day Saturday combing used bookstores in town, hunting for books for my library. I don't like having to do this on my own time, but I love the used bookstores, so it was ok. I also don't like buying used books for the library--it doesn't do authors, publishing companies, libraries or the students any favors--but with with such a tiny budget this year, I feel like I have no choice.
- It was wonderful having five days off work and spending the time with family.
- Today was so warm that you could go outside in short sleeves.
- Ozzie loves his new flippy cat toy. He's been dashing around like a kitten.
- The movie The Taking of Pelham 123 was actually pretty good.
- I bought a big, red Purse of Awesome.
( (It's pronounced Biew-furt) )
Eating at the Shrimp Shack was a really bad idea. I knew it was a bad idea, just looking at the place, but trust me. It was a Bad Idea.
I got a $1000 grant from IBM to buy a collection of books for our super-low readers, written on a K-3 grade level. Yay. I think they'll be excited to see we have books just for them.
An exciting day yesterday. I swear I'm not making this up. First, one of our 7th grade students went into labor. The receptionist was timing her contractions until the squad came for her. She didn't have the baby; labor stopped and the principal asked her to please go home and stay there. 13 years old. :((((((( Then, a student broke the one mercury thermometer in the school. He got mercury on him so they had to call the authorities. Haz Mat people came in their yellow suits to decontaminate. The kid had mercury on him so they had him change into his gym clothes and took everything, including his underwear. The teacher is pregnant, so they had to make sure she wasn't contaminated. Quite the exciting day. And people wonder why teachers can't seem to just teach. At least the labor stuff is extremely unusual. We've never had a student in labor before though there have been a few pregnancies.
I had to go sit in a doctor's office yesterday for a few hours (I told you it was a busy day) and had to face something about myself (only my dysfunctional personality--not a health issue, sorry Willow). The waiting room was small and packed. The chairs were uncomfortable. All I wanted to do was sit and read The Virtu. There were three conversations going on in the room and I thought I was going to lose my mind. Seriously, I thought I'd have to go stand in the hall. I cannot abide small talk between strangers. Yes, the government sucks and health care sucks and you don't feel good but I just want to read my book. I am the most antisocial person ever born. It's a tremendous character flaw but I can't help it. It was painful, as were the chairs.
I'm off to Ohio tomorrow to visit my family for the weekend and OMG the weather!! TEN inches of snow are predicted! Gah! Must go hunt up boots.
Two more weeks, then back to work.
1. I suppose we need this torrential downpour.
2. PTA is bringing us lunch today.
3. JT$ has brightened my week considerably. ♥ ♥ ♥
4. Hmmm, I'm thinking.
5. It's Friday.
6. My new mix CD is awesome.
I posted this in Chatzy, but thought I'd put it here, too.
Funny story, and I swear it's true. A year or so ago, a rodent-creature got in through the attic and ended up in my bedroom. Ozzie sat and watched it scurrying around, leaving little trails of poop, and me scurrying around after it. I caught it in a box and said, "WTF IS this thing??" I carried it up the street and let it go. Looked it up online, and it was a FLYING SQUIRREL.
They are nocturnal, and darling with their big brown eyes.
Two days later, there was another one in my attic. I could hear it running around. I bought one of those safe traps and caught it. Took it to work (a mile and a half) and let it go. Over the course of the next few weeks, I kept catching them and taking them to work. The science teachers loved me. We'd let them go in a wooded area behind the school. I read about them, and found they can live in nests of up to 50!
I also read that they will travel miles to get back to their nest. After I caught nine of them, I began to wonder if I might be catching the same one over and over. When I caught it the next time, I took a Q-tip and put a dab of green paint on its tail. About a week later I caught another one. Guess what? Yes, it had green paint on it.
I'D CAUGHT THE SAME FRICKIN' ONE 10 TIMES. It must have been exhausted by then. Drove it several miles away and let it go, and haven't seen another one since. I imagine it living, quite happily, in someone else's attic.
At least I didn't know they could do this.
Happy Birthday, my dear friend Kate. Enjoy the trip to NYC.
I went unshopping* today, then went to one of those cheapie chain bookstores because it was going out of business. I got: (for my library) Firebirds, Instead of Three Wishes, Conrad's Fate, and Cart and Cwidder.
All for $10.25!
ART and I had a great time shopping yesterday. She showed me this little shop that sells beautiful crafts by artisans from third world countries. I bought a beaded necklace. Actually, I tried it on and broke it. But I really liked it, so I bought it and brought it home and fixed it.
I love my parents dearly, but I don't think there is anyone who knows less about computers. Whenever they have a problem, they call me. Of course I don't mind helping, but my dad knows so little that is is PAINFUL to walk him through the steps. I had to get him to start the computer in safe mode, then do a system restore. It took an hour and a half. Plus, my phone died at one point, then he cut me off once. *headdesk of frustration*
All in all, it's been a good weekend, despite how it started.
Also bought Firefly from ebay this week. I had tried to rent it, but Blockbuster doesn't have it anymore. Circuit City wanted $35 for it, so I was feeling pretty smug when I got it for $21. Until it arrived today, with the Sam's Club price sticker of $18 still on it.
*that's when you return more than you buy.
Cleaning the bathroom to within an inch of its life.
The spider has settled in nicely. I'm keeping my eye on him. We seem to have a mutual respect for one another at this point.
Once you buy a Victoria's Secret bra, there is no going back. You'll never buy another. Proper foundations are important to any girl's figure!
Traitor's Moon is very, very slow going.
Happy Birthday, Anne! Have a wonderful day. *sends love*
"Blog is such a funny word. It's so stupid when you think about it, too. Is 'weblog' that hard to say? Isn't that a little more dignified than 'blog'? Then again, someone who keeps a public diary of the nonsense in their life that no one cares about or reads is pretty undignified. Blog. Blog. Blog. Hahaha."
What a gal.