I was 19 and working for a water treatment center one summer to earn extra money. I was hired by a friend of my parents and told that the work would be extremely easy. My job description fell under the vague category of “safety coordinator”. I was told to show up at the water treatment center at 6 am and to bring a lunch. I was hesitant about going, the only safety measures I knew were medical procedures I learned watching E.R- and I doubted anyone would need me to (or even let me) perform a tracheotomy with a bic …READ MORE
Do you ever go to write something and then go read your archives and find a post you already wrote that is pretty much identical to what you were going to write?
And you are both elated (hello link love, let’s just save mamma some typing!) and deflated (I was way funnier two years ago)?
And then you realize you just called yourself ‘mamma’ and you wonder what it says about you when you admit to yourself that you like it?
Saturday is the *birthday. TWENTY EIGHT. I’m sure I’m supposed to be feeling all sorts of things …READ MORE
I have a job.
An honest to goodness teaching job.
In a school.
Where I will go to the same classroom everyday and teach grade four students about reading and writing and how to not write run on sentences like this one.
I have a job.
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Thank you so much for your kind words and emails everyone!
Yesterday I spent the day with the Obama class.
We were working on a tough language arts assignment when one of my favourite kids in the class, Kyra- came to show me her work. Now, we were working at a grade two level so I wasn’t expecting precision coloring, but I could tell that this wasn’t her best work. Instead of going all Nazi-coloring judge on her, I asked her what I ask all kids who I know are giving a 30% effort because the other 70% of them is thinking about when the hell class is over. I simply …READ MORE
I read a lot of blogs about people who work in offices. People who have co-workers who steal their lunch, co-workers who wear too much perfume, who haven’t mastered email etiquette . I read blogs where people rant about their bosses, complain about their work schedule, moan about their cubicle size.
Which makes me feel guilty.
Because usually, I don’t have anything to complain about. Sure, a kid might smear glue all over his hands, wait for it to dry and then methodically peel it off- but is that really something to complain about? Not really. It’s sort of gross, …READ MORE
If you are someone who wants a lot of traffic on your blog, I will give you a tip: wait until tomorrow night and then write a post titled “Vice Presidential Drinking Games”. I guarantee your traffic numbers will explode- mine did.
The funny thing (and by ‘funny’, I mean ‘distressing enough I wished I had an unhealthy addiction to take the pain away’) about suddenly finding your blog getting thousands of hits a day is that it just increases the amount of people who will find your post and NOT like it. Who will hate what you’ve said, who …READ MORE
You know when bloggers write out a list of things they are currently disliking or things that are pissing them off? I love those posts. If I see a blogger has written one, I save it till last in my google reader. I like that they give everyone an opportunity to see a blogger in a different light. I like that they are usually completely unapologetic. I love that they are always so honest.
I’ve never done one before, mostly because my list of what I’m usually hating goes something … 1.Sarah Palin when she’s being smug 2. cream cheese …READ MORE
I could write about how I’m not looking forward to Friday. If I was feeling very brave, I could confess how I almost canceled the job because I’m worried the whole thing will depress the funk into me. I could write about how my fall clothes are feeling a little too tight, my finances are a little shaky or about how I haven’t had a good hair day in weeks. I could rant about how everything on my sidebar keeps disappearing and I don’t know where it goes. I could write about how it still bothers me that my dad …READ MORE
I’m still reviewing what I’ve done to deserve this.
Is it because I spend my money at Starbucks instead of sponsoring a child? Is it payback for that time I faked sleep to avoid talking to the boy in my bed? Was it all the times I screened my calls, gossiped or is this about that time I lied about what happened on my 18th birthday? Is it because I still listen to Soul Decision and play their music every chance I get?
Deserve what, you ask…
I just found out that my first substitute teaching day will be this …READ MORE
I often like to reflect on all the things I didn’t learn in university that I should have. Someone should have taught a class on how to work all the school office equipment (and more importantly, what to do when the photocopier breaks down for the 734th time and your kicking of the machine is getting you dirty looks). Someone should have taught a class on what to have your teacher assistants do- because finding work for them often is the hardest part of my planning. Someone should have taught a class on time management. On the trick to writing …READ MORE