why ask why me?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

well i TRIED to be a good daughter

so both of my parents have their birthday's in one calender week - mom's just passed and dad's is coming up.

all mom has talked about for gifts over the last few years is power tools. dad finally gave in and got her the table saw for mothers day. and now that i am in a little better place financially i decided i should step up to the plate and get her something.

since they won't be in town for dad's birthday we agreed that this weekend i would "come home" and it would be birthday celebration weekend for both of them and i informed mom that i was taking her to the hardware store to get her nail gun.

SHE WAS THRILLED....... that is, until she saw how expensive compressors were. personally, i don't know what the big deal is but she balked. so i said fine - what other tool do you really want but she totally shut down.

needless to say, my parents are in their 60's and don't need anything - nor do they want anything so i really have nothing to give them but me visiting......

Thursday, October 25, 2007

getting back into the groove

well, now that my observation trauma/drama is out of the way (for those of you who know what i am talking about, i had my "re-do" and it was a satisfactory) i an now getting my feet back under me and am slowly becoming me again.

one of the teachers even commented that he saw a smile on my face yesterday which was ironic since i had a raging migraine (no, don't get your hopes up people, he is happily married)

today was one of those days that started out where you don't want to get out of bed and you have a really bad feeling. the dog didn't poo outside because it was raining (think cold november rain type rain) and to make matters worse i just shaved him down for his last shave down before winter - we were out there for 20 min and he was shivering but i don't want to to poo inside just because it is raining out!!!

so i somehow manage to get out the door on time and get this feeling that i shouldn't take the highway to work but then i see a fender bender on the local roads in front of me so i get on the highway..... and the traffic is REALLY REALLY slow....... but it is moving.... and then i see the accident in the left lane... but we are still rolling.... and i only go another 500 feet to my exit..... and then i see that it isn't moving AT ALL!!!


THANKFULLY i bought that GPS so i go to the next exit, turn on the GPS and - TRAFFIC ISN'T MOVING THERE EITHER!!!!

I am F-bombing left and right... but i called in to the school and told them - not like i can control the traffic - i left home at 6:30 and it was already 7 and i had only gotten the equivalent of 3 miles to work - heck at this point, i may have actually gone out of my way.....

And that is when things actually started to look up..... when i got out of the car it wasn't raining and well, i don't know how i did it but i managed to actually walk into that building EXACTLY at 7:30 when i HAD to be there AND i was still able to make all the copies i need on the copy machine because there was NO ONE IN LINE TO USE IT!!!... the kids participated and only gave me flack in a teasing manner, not a rude one in 1st period... and 2nd period finished their assessment (ok, there was the kid an the cell phone incident but that actually was a good thing because by having the department chair take his phone he knows i am serious and i am done w/ his crap and even when he was being inappropriate he was doing it quietly)

then, i even had the opportunity to look good to the head principal. i HATE doing hall duty, but it needs to be done. while i was doing my rounds she came out in the hall and we ended up talking and were doing duty together for a while. i know she is my boss, but to me, it is nice to get to interact with my principal like that - she is willing to come out of her office and do the same things i have to do and she is also interested in getting to know her staff as more than people who just fill the classrooms. lastly, i then a meeting after school to learn how to use the districts assessment tracking program. the woman teaching the training session used my 1 class's data as the example and entered it this morning. i got to do it as the guinea pig in front of everyone this afternoon. so i am, for once, ahead of the game!

Friday, October 19, 2007

drivers ed

OK

So, we all know that when we move, we must eventually transfer our drivers license and plates to our new place called home.

Well, what do you do when said state craps on you, not once, but TWICE!!!!

The MD MVA says I had/have 60 day's to switch my stuff over.

They ha this REALLY LONG list of acceptable pieces of paper to bring with me.

So, last month I took a bag full - I mean I actually took EXTRA stuff just in case. The 2 bitches behind the counter seemed to take pleasure telling me why only one of them counted at proof of residency for getting my drivers license. My favorite for a bill/piece of mail not counting was my renters insurance: " you have to live there 3 years for it to count." WTF?!?!!?

FINALLY they decided that if i switched lines and got my licence plate, they would count that paperwork as an acceptable piece of proof of residency and then I could get my license.

And THEN I saw red. In this wack state, you have to turn over your vehicle title to get your plates. Well, in my previous state your lien holder has it until you pay off the vehicle (granted, i only have @ 5 payments left - but the point is that it is MY title that i have been working my ass off for 4+ years to pay so I can posses the title.)

I said "excuse me, i don't think so - my lien holder will mail me the form when i pay it off." She snapped at me "THEY SEND THEM TO US EVERY DAY AND IF YOU DON"T DO IT YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW."

I looked at her and said "only if they catch me doing something illegal."

I am sorry, but I have 2 college degrees and can read. Every piece of paper I brought in was listed as acceptable for me to get my drivers license.

I finally gave in and mailed the stupid title form in. Needless to say it has been over a month and no on has notified me that is has been sent to the MVA.

SO, ATTEMPT 2 was today.

I got there @ 30 min ago to be informed: we are not taking anymore customers today. I stated I wanted to have that in writing as I don't have another week day when they are open until December and as I am a teacher I cannot just take a day off to sit around the MVA. The woman told me if i didn't leave on my own she would have me thrown out.

I said "But ma'am, I've been living here almost 60 day's and i don't want to break the law like i you yelled at me i would be doing last time when i didn't have enough forms to show proof of residency."

She was NOT amused but I was, and so were the 3 people in line behind me she was also turning away.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

brushing the cobwebs off

yes, i live...

and i actually socialized this weekend - i have lived here @ 10 weeks and twice had to pass on meeting esmeralda, but i finally met her, g-man, and maven this weekend at what i will be calling "sushi fest 2007"

it was so nice to be around ADULTS who i don't work with. they, and their friends, are the most down to earth, real people i have met in YEARS!

i know i have been absent from the blog lately but work has been CRAZY busy.

1st, i am still exceedingly thrilled that i moved here
2nd, i really do love my new job
3rd, the people (95% of them at least) are really really nice people
4th, i like almost all of my students (even my "problem" students)

HOWEVER

they have some specifics they want here and that they look for when doing evaluations - and in the 2 weeks of training, i wasn't trained on any of it... so i have to do a 5th observation..... at least i didn't get an unsatisfactory - but it still is really tough, tiring, and time consuming