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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Snow!!!

We got a (sort of) big storm.  Granted, it's been so warm that nothing stuck until it had been snowing for well over two (possibly double that) hours.  And took at least another hour or two before it stuck to the roads. but we got plenty on the grass and cars.  Then it cleared up after snowing for two days so the temperature is closer to 30.  Not more than 4 inches I think, but plenty in the mountains.
Winter Olympics are cool, just wish they wouldn't build up certain people so much and then get so upset when those people don't do as well as they built them up to.  Examples: Nathan Chan and the Shibutani Siblings.  The siblings got bronze, which is awesome for their first olympics, and Nathan got 5th(and made a very impressive jump from 17th to get there from the short to the long program) in his.  But because neither got gold "its disappointing".   We watched Cool Runnings, which in my mind is a true show of what it means to compete.  Winning the medal is secondary, just making it there and giving it your best should be first.
Got a nasty cold last week(my sister got it first, then both my parents-theirs lasted over a week-then two of my brothers) that the sore throat is lingering.  Worried that my room's dry and aggravating it, so I need to sleep with a humidifier and see if that helps.  For right now I can talk but not for long and certainly not very loudly.  Made yesterday's sub job tricky, had to really focus on student names and wander the room more.  Otherwise it was fun.
My sister took her car into the shop as she's tired of not being able to get her car working right in a timely manner and wanted to make sure this time.  She suspects they did a lot more than they said they did(brakes and shifting are much better, and they were 'only' fixing a bad part of the steering system)and charged her for.  But at least her car's more reliable now.
Working on appealing to repeat DT in the fall, and my mentor thinks I have a strong chance of getting it.  But I have to hurry and get it in to be safe.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Winter Olympics!

They're here!  Sad part is I have to work tonight during the Opening Ceremonies.  But my mom says she'll record them for both my sister(who has to work too) and I to see after.  So I'll see them later.
My mom and I were watching some of the competitor's pre-videos about what got them there and how people look up to them.  Reminds me of my coworkers, who have spent a great deal of time this week telling me how much they enjoy working with me(especially the newest, who says they are glad they always work with me) and the soon to be new night manager told me they want me there because I can advise them on what to have coworkers do before leaving.  Given the current one asked me for similar stuff it's not too surprising.  They keep mentioning how well I know the job and so on.  I have to remind them that I've been there for 3.5 years.  So it shows, I guess.
Kind of made up for getting kicked out of DT after barely four weeks with no warning.  Granted, I'm still working through that for more info an such.  Returned the keys and parking pass today.  Been looking at transferring or changing majors, but both would still cost me another semester at least. Sigh...
Nice day out, as has been most of this week.  Too bad I still want one more big snow before spring 'officially' hits...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Week 5?

So this week started out kind of weird and now my student teaching's been put on hold.  They won't tell me why and it's my university's policy that I not contact the school during this for my protection.  Not sure how that protects me, but it's what they told me.  And I thought I was finally getting a handle on this...
Then I went to the bank to ask about a charge on my debit card that I don't remember anything about(as in, I didn't go buy anything on that day-when the charge was made-, I've never been to the store it came from, and I don't have a receipt for it) and so now they're doing a fraud report about it. Sigh....
At least work is still the same, and I can sleep in for now.  Plus I have time to finish those two research classes that I was supposed to before starting student teaching...
Still having car issues, as my sister got hers working for less than a week and now it's not again.  Really makes me want my truck back, just wish it didn't cost so much...though my dad's suggesting I go to a salvage yard to see if I can get a good engine to replace the one not working.  Still probably take me a lot longer to get the old one out and the new on in than the professionals...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Week 4

is over, as is my first clinical observation.  Which was very nerve wracking having another teacher come in to watch me try to teach.  Sigh.  I was fine with just the one, but enter a second one and I get very nervous.  At least I didn't get all zero's, though they keep saying a zero doesn't mean fail just 'not observed'.  And the difference being..?
Trying to get my manager to lower my hours isn't working, so far they just adjusted them.  I'm still on for 27 hours on the newest schedule.  Wanted to talk to them at work this morning but they were out with either a back or hip problem.  Grr...
Sleeping is getting hard, it's like I'm even more sensitive to sounds and such than I used to be.  Plus I have to fight not to be super cranky about it too.  And I'm hungry a lot faster than I ever remember being.
We got snow twice this week, which was cool.  Got some last saturday so the girls were able to go sledding.  But that melted fast and the snow for the past two days was just a skiff.  At least we got some moisture.....

Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 3

Well, I mentioned that I start really teaching this week, though there's only three out of five days for that, so I'm working on the lesson plans to show my teachers so I can see what they think.  Still really only have enough for this week and next, but I have ideas for after and I'm going in tomorrow(teacher prep day so I'm supposed to anyway and they suggested I bring in the plans to go over) to get more.  Plus got the first official observation nailed down(think I mentioned that last time).
My poor sister had an accident involving a screwdriver while trying to fix her car problems so she didn't have a good weekend.  Could have been worse though.  I'm still relying on spare cars to get to work and such.
Helped my mom out by scanning in a bunch of recipes she had in a binder(there are two more just like it) so I could clear out duplicates and organize them.  That took almost four hours and I'm only done with the bulk stuff, still have the stuff that I either have to type up or scan in by hand(the other stuff I just put on a tray).  But  It put a large dent in it and I still have stuff to do later.
Wish we had more shingles, it's a nice day to work on the roof...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Student Teaching

is not what I expected.  I was nervous and excited up until I walked into the high school and suddenly I'm just plain calm.  Been that way ever since.  Other than some rather common swearing among teachers and students it's been very comfortable.  Rather strange for me, but I take it as a small miracle for me.
Downside is that I'm still doing 20 hours at work, which makes for some almost 15 hour days.  Afraid that resulted in a unpleasant interaction with a customer(they were calm while I was being sarcastic and came off as mean) due to a late night Thursday with an early Friday and a longish shift at work.    Slept in saturday(of course) but still had plenty of time to get stuff done before work.  Sunday was nice too.  Save the very thick fog rolling in after dark...
School's the same, though I'm only two modules away from finishing one of the research classes and given I have two days off next week I should get pretty far on the second I hope after taking the final for the first.
Still no car, but my brother got the spare one working so the driving situation isn't as bad(despite my sister's car refusing to start on her last thursday-hence the late night) for now.
Both teachers I'm with are planning to have me take over next week, so I'm spending this week getting the students more familiar with me and planning lessons.  Seems I'm going to be there for all of 3rd term and three days into 4th(not to mention these two weeks of 2nd)so I get to teach them about argument writing.  This should be fun...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Almost 2018....

And not much done here. still haven't finished either of the research classes I was supposed to finish before Christmas despite my best efforts.  Over halfway through one of them though, but only started the other. Sigh.  And they told me it would only take 3 weeks?
No go on the car too, had one I was seriously looking at and it got sold.  So back to looking again.  But I'm getting the impression to not rush(which is what my dad always tells me to do when looking for cars, so both my father's are telling me the same thing)so despite student teaching starting next week I don't feel any urgency to find one.
Work got the usual insanity(though my boss said we were barely over half what we were expected to do on the 23rd) but right after went back to more typical busy.  So enough for 3-4 cashiers and 2-3 sandwich(plus manager or two)to stay busy for lunch, but not enough for the 5-6 we needed saturday.  One of my coworkers is sick, another is getting sick(and poor thing managed to slam their finger really badly in the fridge door yesterday-probably because they were sick-at the start of their shift.) and the rest of us are recovering from the week(s) leading up to the holidays.
Had a great Christmas(hope everyone did)as all my siblings and spouses and kids made it over for almost the whole day.  We got to play games together, talk, and just hang out between meals.  Makes for a great day.
Didn't get to do our usual after Christmas movie on the 26th, mainly because we wanted to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and it was booked all day.  So we shifted to this monday(January 1st) and plan to buy the tickets beforehand(like today or tomorrow).
On to the New Year!