why ask why me?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

2 more good days

yesterday my phone rang right as school ended.... it was big brother... his wife had gone out of town and he was single fathering it and had to go shopping - did i want to go along?.... it was supposed to be a 90 mile drive each way - not that big of a deal when you are talking highways... yeah - it turned into a 200 mile drive each way.... at least he was driving.....however, his 18 month old daughter was NOT happy with him.... she did take to me though....

it was not the first time i had met "peanut" but it was the 1st time i had spent a lot of time with her..... she is really smart, but doesn't like to verbalize - so she uses sign language - not baby signs w/ pointing, but real ASL sign (big brothers wife is a reading specialist).... peanut also doesn't like wet diapers - she decided that i was a good person and let me take her to the bathroom so she could pee on the toilet --- YES, an 18 month old who self-toilet-trained.....

then, today at work.... my special ed students made some great observations - 1) i am not a pushover... 2) i have an evil glare (or at the one kid put it "a look that could scare babies")... & 3) i am tough but fair.... they are funny and i like them (so far - even the kid who walked out of class but he DID come back - he has a lot of emotional baggage..... it WAS only day 2 w/ this group)

my regular ed kids are another story - most of them are good so far - but 3 of them think the rules don't apply to them... yeah, well - wait till i call home and they get the progress notes w/ 0's all over them

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Monday, August 27, 2007

back in the saddle again..... sort of

well, after 2 weeks of being sick AND working everyday, i THINK i am doing ok......

i managed to make it through 10 days of orientation, and today was the 1st day that i got to meet the cheeky buggers.....

today was the EASIEST of the 10 days i think....well, at least the least annoying or stressful - and the shortest....

so far, the people i work with have been really nice & helpful.... i am sure there are some jerks and assholes, but fortunately i haven't had to deal w/ them yet

hopefully tomorrow will run smoothly too....

Saturday, August 11, 2007

ehhhhh

i have been here 15 days (ok, counting today that is).....

today is the 1st day the a/c has been turned off - it was actually more than 10 degrees COOLER outside IN THE SUN than inside on my handy-dandy inside/outside thermometer when i woke up today..... so i threw open all the windows

YIPPI!!!

unfortunately, i think i might have strep

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

tourist time

although the camera has not come out at home yet, i did finally play tourist a bit yesterday...



a friend from home was in the same state, so she came to visit... she was supposed to stay thru tomorrow but FOUR people she knew died this past week so she left this morning....



we were going to go to the aquarium - she said she would pay for the tickets for that since i was paying for other things so i didn't look it up online... if i had, i would have ordered them online... wish i had - when we got there the ticket line was over 2 hours long and she didn't want to wait (mind you, she said she wanted to visit me so she could go to the aquarium 2 months ago)... well, we passed on the aquarium, but we did go on the water taxi for a few hours, stopping in varius neighborhoods to walk around and take pictures.....

















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Sunday, August 05, 2007

security check # 1, big brother style

as i have mentioned, i have a propensity for staying friends w/ most of my my ex's.... sort of......... it usually goes something like this: i'll be rolling along, living my life, and then the phone will ring, my e-mail box will fill up, im's start popping up on my screen..... well, one ex is the one who helped me move here... and the other one is the one who i visited when i went on vacation/spring break to DC, and then actually stayed with while job hunting.... it definitely helps that i have finally met his wife (and that is probably helped by the fact that they have a baby who is absolutely adorable)

it's IS a bit odd to outsiders though, when they ask how i know this ex, who i believe i will, from now on, call "BB" for big brother.... see, we actually only dated @ 3 months and then he immediately dated the woman who 6 months later he became engaged to and then 6 months later was married to....but we never stopped being friends, and even though "wife" and i only met 6 months ago, we really do get along... we actually get along so well that she didn't have a problem w/ me heading over to spend the afternoon w/ "BB" while she went off shopping w/ "baby"

why now, would "BB" call me and say come hang out? -ahh, because he THINKS it is his job to protect me... 1) he forgets he is YOUNGER THAN ME... 2) he is a little bit of a chauvinist (one reason we never would have worked long term) and 3) he thinks that i live in one of the most dangerous cities in the world and that since i live alone i need a gun and thus it is his job to take me to the shooting range to practice and then help me find the right gun for me (he is also planning on doing a total safety check of my apt and is probably running checks on my neighbors.... (all i'm gonna say is that he works in the pentagon)

now, understand - i do not have a problem with guns, and actually, the first (and only other) time he took me shooting i found it to be quite exhilarating.... but i am never going to be a card carrying member of the NRA either....

so off to the shooting range we went.... should i own my own gun, well - i don't know about that... HOWEVER, since most gun fights happen w/in 10 feel or less distance... i am REALLY REALLY ACCURATE in the kill zone - 7's, 8's, & 9's... for me a missed shot tended to be around the head of the groin (unfortunately, BB would then shoot at the same target he had me use and would decimate the targets so i didn't bring any home to take a picture of).... unfortunately i flinch like hell from the concussion, and not just when i am shooting - but from ALMOST EVERY SHOT in the range, well that and i mean, i understand why the glock has a 2 part trigger, but i really had trouble pulling it at times - my arm and hand is strong enough to shoot @ 200 rounds, and my arm, hand and finger aren't tired or sore today - but i don't think a glock is for me

on the humorous, yet potentially painful side, evidently the spring that shoots out the spent casings needs to be replaced - the spent rounds kept hitting me square in the middle of my forehead... fortunately i have a hard head and it actually didn't hurt - just kept surprising me (i could actually see them flying out of the gun at my face) - the painful ones were the flaming 5 that flew down my shirt into my bra!

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Friday, August 03, 2007

acclimatin

so, yesterday i was supposed to go visit some friends who are also moving... but that was a bust so that means most of the day was a waste...

i did wake up w/o an alarm SUPER DUPER early so i got in the car at @ 6:45 (ok, i was still in my pajamas) and drove to my new school on the back roads, with out a map AND DID NOT GET LOST. YEAH FOR ME..... it only took @ 15 minutes, and that was catching red lights and going the speed limit so that means i should be able to leave for work at that time every day and get to work ON TIME!!! (teachers have to be on duty at 7:30 and, last i heard, i have 1st period prep so i really have no reason to get to work super early except to find a parking place...)

i spend the rest of the morning changing addresses online, working on the living room, and dumping more stuff upstairs in the "correct room" and then right as i was getting ready to visit friends (they are moving to philly from same BFE town that i moved from, but their house only closes today... hubby has been in philly in navy housing for 2 weeks, they have been living w/ her parents) in the annapolis area she calls - emergency dr's visit.... 3 hours later i still haven't heard back - oh well..... she's the one who is gonna have 3 upset boys (sure enough, when she finally called w/ the official cancel call i could hear the youngest in a full fledged temper tantrum)

so, for now, my kitchen looks like a kitchen - except my dishes are still in a box on the dining room table... my dining room is still filled w/ boxes as i need another shelving unit ( i think i have to go to pier one ~ any would fit, but the top left would ROCK if my TV fits) in my living room... except for the need of another shelving unit, the living room is currently done... the bathroom SO NEEDS more storage but otherwise is good... the bedroom is ok, but has kind of become a dumping ground as the office IS A MESS!!!

so, today, i have to drop off a form at work so i can get internet access before the next decade and then i am going to go shopping... unfortunately - i don't enjoy shopping like most women do, so wish me luck....

and yeah, yeah - i WILL get pics posted eventually..... if i can ever find my camera


EVENING UPDATE

in some ways i am quite pleased w/ myself.. in other ways i am pissed off......

i took my dog for a walk to the cove of the creek at the edge of my property... as far as i know, he has never experienced water in this form, or sand - he was scared shitless - i did NOT FORCE HIM... we walked most of the way, and then i slowed down and let him walk at his own pace (got to love the stretch leash) until he got @ 2 feet away..... i then just sat down... he then started to inch closer and closer... he then put on paw on the sand and ran away... i immediately got up and ran w/ him... he was shaking like a leaf - i told him he was a good boy and gave him a treat.... i will obviously have to keep working on this.... mind you - this is the same dog that doesn't blink at fireworks and loves to go on car rides... if i could get my hands on the SOB who abused him before i got him............

i then made it to work to turn in my form and met again w/ the asst principal who even remembered how to pronounce my last name... the head principal was there so i got to meet her, her asst., the secretary, and the librarian too... so that was good..... they all had bits of helpful info for me...

i then made it back to where i live and past it to the neighborhood wal-mart w/o looking at the map w/o getting lost - unfortunately its a ghetto-mart......

i then found the mall w/ both IKEA and Pier1... yeah, uh... so not what i was hoping for... i ended up getting a cabinet at IKEA because i NEED IT - but the experiences as SO NOT what IKEA is supposed to be... it was all wonderful upstairs as i was measuring items and writing things down.... and then i got downstairs and found a few small items i needed and then i went to find the furniture pieces - AND NOTHING WAS WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.... i ended up in a showdown w/ a manager..... finally i won.... but the mood was ruined - then to add insult to injury, i walked outside into a MAJOR ASS THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STORE CENTERED OVER THE MALL COMPLEX I WAS AT WITH FLOODING IN THE PARKING LOT I HAD TO RUN THRU TO GET TO MY SUV (fortunately a grandmother offered to watch my cart while i got my car)... i am still a bit salty and don't want to put it together but i have to because otherwise i'll end up hurting myself on the pieces (it weighs 70#'s - i could get the box in & out of the car but i had to take it out of the box to get it up the stairs)

and pier1 was a complete and utter bust - the shelves i wanted are TINY - if they drop a TON in price, i might buy them - but not at $250.... - i didn't pay that much for my bed from them - and it is cast iron!!!!

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