Monday, September 26, 2011

A Day Off

Last week I was at my breaking point. There were a lot of things going on at school, including picture day, library day, basketball, suspensions, etc. I decided to take Friday off, partly to get some peace and quiet, partly because I knew I would totally snap if I went to work that day, and partly because I had 65 essays and 65 vocab tests to grade.
I started my day off slowly. I set my alarm for 7 but every time it went off I thought, "I don't have to wake up now."

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Finally, at around 7:30 I got out of bed. Slowly.
I managed to make my way into the living room. I noticed the comfortable long green couch and instantly knew I would fall back asleep if I sat there. So instead, I prepared the futon for a long hard day of grading and watching TV.

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Notice that the remote, my computer, and my phone are all within reaching distance. After putting on Friends (I was in the middle of season 5), I started to grade some vocab tests. BORRRRRRRRING.

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Grading is seriously a snooze fest. I had to keep the TV on and go on my computer just to feel stimulated enough while I graded tests.

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After making it through about half of the vocab tests, I realized something was missing. Breakfast. I was starving and had no food in the house that was good enough for breakfast on a Day Off. So I put my hood on and headed down to the coffee shop. It is so much easier to grade papers when you can stop every four seconds for a sip of coffee or bite of bagel.

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And so my morning progressed.

After tackling the pile of vocab tests, I headed for the 7th grade narrative essays. Thinking about grading essays makes me want to die. I purposely told all of the students that I didn't want to read long essays because I have a life. Do you think they listened? Noooo. They just kept writing away, 4 and 5 page narratives. AWESOME THAT YOU MOVED TO A NEW HOUSE. CAN'T YOU WRITE THAT IN 2 PAGES? Once my coffee kicked in and my crankiness wore down, I realized the essays were actually pretty great. I mentally patted myself on the back for being such a great teacher.

After I finished some of the essays, it was time for lunch. By that point, I was finished with season 5 of Friends and had watched Community, Jersey Shore and America's Next Top Model (soooo not worth it, but better than focusing on essays). After making such progress in my TV shows, I figured I deserved a break. So I headed to Reverie, the best cafe in Cole Valley, and ordered my favorite artichoke pizzette.

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After all of that, Dylan was finished with work, and I couldn't possibly be expected to work on more essays after I had read... 15 essays. (That's right 15 out of 65. Kill me.)
So I went with Dylan to an abandoned parking lot and watched him do tricks on his BMX bike. It was not that enjoyable; it was windy and I was sitting on a curb and there were creepers nearby. But Dylan had fun and he was good at those trick things. We headed back home, but not before Dylan made a pit stop at yet another abandoned area so he could do even more tricks on some stairs.

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And that was my day off. Amazing? No. But there were several moments throughout my day when I thought "Thank god I am not at work" and "I should seriously quit and move back in my parents" and then finally "I'm rested enough for Monday" so I guess it was worth it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This is the Prettiest City

Saturday on Twin Peaks. This is right near where I work.



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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Basketball

Soooo I had a meeting after school that all the basketball coaches had to go to. I walked into a room at the district athletic office wearing an adorable work outfit and carrying a chai. As I entered the room, I quickly noticed that not only was I the only adorable person in the room, I was also the only female. There were about twenty tough, beer belly filled, balding, crude looking dudes there. And me. Everyone was staring at me like I was lost. We all sat down and the meeting started. The guy leading the meeting kept looking at me quizzically. Finally, I said, "I'm SUPPOSED to be here." That eased the tension a little bit, but I think no one believed me.
Then the guy leading the meeting started asking a million dumb leading questions and he would call on random coaches to answer. No one knew any of the answers. Then he asked me a dumb question. I guessed. I was half right. He asked me another question. I guessed again. I was again half right. Then he asked me a third question. I said "Ughhhh. I don't know." Finally, I ended up saying, "Look. I don't know much." The leader guy was not pleased. After he asked me one more question, my school's boys' basketball coach said, "She's with me. I got her, so back off." He's pretty tough looking; plus, he's a dude. So the leader listened to him and backed off.
On a semi-separate note, I had 22 girls try out for the team!!! So there will be 10 very upset girls on Friday.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES

Today is a great little Sunday. I am currently watching the Eagles first game of the season. We are winning, we look good, and most importantly, we look like we have a lot of potential this year.

I am also googling drills to do with the girls basketball team. That's right, I've signed on to coach the team, and tryouts start this week. I looked up some cuts and screens, but they seemed a little complicated for 7th and 8th graders. Then I called Joe Vernace, the smartest sports guy I know. He explained a simple 2-1-2 zone defense to me, something I hadn't heard since sophomore year of high school.
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While talking to my dad, we figured out when I would go home for Thanksgiving and he even has enough miles to get me home for free. Then I thought to myself, "I wonder if Tessa is coming over for Thanksgiving," and just then I received an email from Tessa herself, which made my day. She included these old adorable pictures in the email:



Tessa, are you coming to Thanksgiving???

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update

Dear loyal readers,
I am sorry I haven't updated in awhile, but I have been busy. I have a life.
At work, I've had maybe 200 meetings in the last three weeks, including a BTSA meeting where I learned I'll be focusing on ELL and Sp. Ed students. Ummm didn't I already get a Master's in that? I also learned I'll have to read a book and comment on an online forum. Ummm, didn't I already get a BA in that? We had Back to School night which went swimmingly, and our first dance, where I learned four new dances, had a dance off with one of my students, and taught the kids the rock lobster.
At life, I've been busy continuing my dedication to the gym. I've gone to spin weekly or bi weekly for the last five weeks. I have not stopped going to body pump and now I am incredibly strong and sexy. Last week, I had a favorite friend visit when his band played a show at the Hemlock Tavern. I've also had two Bat Mitzvahs, a trip to Berkeley and a trip to Santa Cruz in the past month.
Here is a hodge podge picture show of some of these happenings:

First day of school beers:
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A Walk Around the City:
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Berkeley:
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Joe's Visit:
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SF Food Festival:
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