Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Week 3 Down...

Ugh....Last week was soooo long thanks to working full time while trying to get 30 hours of my appeal observation(have to get 100 of them by April 1, not happening sadly, if I want to get in the fall cohort) in.  Managed it but was rather on autopilot by the end of Friday.  Crashed saturday, but didn't sleep in as well as I wanted to.  This week's not looking much better, even with the day off yesterday(from observations, teacher work days don't count sadly) as I did not get much sleep last night.
Then a coworker came in with a doctor's note saying they can't work for a full seven days, which means my manager spent an hour trying to get the days that that employee worked during that time frame covered by other employees.  Glad it was a very slow monday for the most part(rush after all that happened and we were beyond bored) so not too big of a deal.
Turns out the final I submitted two weeks ago and emailed my mentor about(as it was sitting in the 'evaluation in progress' state for three days) was something I misunderstood.  Thought it was just research with a question but it needed to be a full paper. Sigh...So I get to redo that sometime in this weeks(probably not though) to do list.
My sister has a post she thinks matches the weather: "winter is throwing a tantrum and storming out of the room only to stomp back in with 'and another thing..'"  Whereas a friend at church says it's more like winter procrastinated and is realizing it only has a few days to finish before spring shows up.  Be fun to see which is the more agreed with one....

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First Week of March....

So far it's coming in like a lion everywhere.  Got plenty of snow sunday, but it's all melting today.  At least we got it in the mountains where we need it for summer.  Cool sunset tonight, just like last night.
Been busy the last week, so I don't get to appreciate them much.
My work's been doing their own version of the Olympics, with shifts competing against themselves and each other.  Think I might have to stop competing as I'm way ahead of not just my shift but the other as well and it just doesn't feel fair given I have so much more experience than most of them.  And a few only work 2-3 days a week as well. Sigh...Got a raise, but I don't know more than that about it.
Plenty of sub jobs though, which breaks up what can be boring at home, but makes for the busy week I mentioned earlier.  And so I'm still trying to finish the one final so I can get to the other and get both classes out of the way this week.  But I have time now to work on it at least.
My mom's better, which is good as she can go back to work.  She does have to take it easy though, given her lungs are still weak.  Hope that's the end of the sick people for a while...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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...