Thursday, April 19, 2012
I can see the front of my classroom again!!!! I can reach the white boards without climbing on boxes of tiles!!! I can use the electric outlet in the front of my room!!!!!
Okay - downsizing. Not only do we need to get rid of 90%+ of what we own at home, I also need to get rid of some of the items I've collected at school. Art teachers are natural hoarders, because we don't usually have budgets, we're on the bottom of the schools acquisition list, we rarely get the equipment and supplies we really would like to have. So we scrounge, save, hoard - and I had boxes and boxes of donated tiles, which we've used in the murals.
But now, with the murals mostly finished, I thought it was time to get rid of the majority of the tiles, especially the neutrals. I had a bunch of students, mostly the boys who are taller than I am, help me with saving small boxes of the neutral color tiles, and then carting the extra tiles (boxes and boxes of broken tile in white, grey, beige, brown, black) down the hallway and out to the dumpster behind the cafeteria.
Of course, being students, some of the guys left the boxes of tiles on the ground outside the dumpster, rather than throwing them inside. I just hope the garbage pick up guys can get all the tile into the truck when they collect it.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My dad, two nephews, one niece, and a niece-in-law are coming for Carnival!!! Wooohoooo!!
No one is staying with us, I have a friend with a hotel who gave us a GREAT rate! But we'll definitely be driving everyone around to various Carnival events.
So I designed a T shirt on Monday, input it into the computer with the help of the Graphics Design teacher, and today he and I printed them on the shirts (with the help of some handy dandy graphics machinery).
Here's the shirt everyone will receive:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
One of our assistant principals (who is a fairly good friend of mine) sent out an email to all faculty and staff, with the guidelines for our school's pre-Carnival parade on Friday. Yup, we're having a parade. In the afternoon. All around school. Then a faculty vs. students volleyball game. Controlled craziness.
Anyway, the email said students could wear jeans and a solid colored T shirt (instead of our school uniform), plus any headdress from a previous Carnival costume. Imagine tall feathery and glittered up things - those are the headdresses. We're not talking a little tiara here, we're talking CARNIVAL, baby!!!!!!
So I emailed back that it was too bad I had just mailed off my wedding dress, train, and veil, I could have worn that on Friday for the parade.
She emailed back that I was a hot mess, LOL!!!!!
We crack ourselves up!
Seriously, though, I've always said that I could get a white or silvery bathing suit, attach the wedding dress train, add the veil and maybe a tiara, and it would be a perfect Carnival costume!
Of course, I'm personally not ready to march down Main Street in a swimsuit, but that's beside the point!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Not spooky scary. More like "Big Brother is watching" scary.
I will admit to loving clothes, especially now that my body is in a more-easily-clothed size range. So I'll browse through some website, looking at a specific designer or two.
And then, for a week or so, all the Spark ads are from that store, featuring ONLY that designer! Or only the kind of shoe I was looking at! Or whatever!!!!
I understand that this is the world of internet shopping, niche marketing, doubleclick and other marketing tracking software.
But it definitely makes me feel like some Big Brother agency is watching my "window shopping" habits - and it feels kind of scary!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Do you talk to your car? Maybe yell at your computer when it has those random hiccups and loses a file or something? Get mad at the TV remote, or the TV itself? Urge the traffic signal to turn green as you approach? Do you compliment them when they do well?
I do. I've named all my cars (usually with Liberian names, since that's where I was for Peace Corps). I also hug my car. He's a Yaris, and he's just the right size for a hug when he's been extra good.
When I play the SP spinwheel or bonus spin, I urge the computer to land on the high points spots - and when I get a 10, 20, 25 (or the sparkgoodie points) I blow kisses at the computer. (Yes, DH thinks I'm nuts.)
I thank slot machines when I win. I hug them when I win big. I thank the photocopier at school when it runs a big job and doesn't jam up or die.
And yes, I also yell at the computer when it hiccups. Or yell at the traffic light when it doesn't change in time.
So, do you anthropomorphise your gadgets?
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