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I want to garden!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Okay, so I've weeded. And watered the outdoor plants. And watered the porch plants.

My candlestick plants are getting nice and big, and need to go into the ground. As do the lantanas. All purchased for the butterfly garden I've been establishing.

Link to candlestick plant:

and lantana:

But the landlord's maintenance guy was putting in a walkway for downstairs lady, and tore up the area I was going to use for the butterfly garden. And bought bags and bags of concrete, which he never used, and left out in the rain. Yup, now we have a stack of bags of concrete, which are solid instead of powdered.

So I don't have the space for the garden. It's under bags of concrete, or waiting for someone to put in the walkway. I don't want to put in my plants, only to have them be removed when someone finally finishes the walk.

Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Maybe I should pull out some of the weeds by the driveway and plant there.

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JLPNURSE 10/20/2009 6:55AM

    I wish I could garden year around. It is so fun and relaxing.

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LSCHULER72 10/18/2009 10:07PM

    Awww! That's too bad! I hope your landlord helps you find a solution. Gardening is a passion that should not be neglected!

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PHEBESS 10/18/2009 6:22PM

    Landlord is quite aware of the situation, they live upstairs. He just takes a while to get things accomplished. (And he's French, not on island time!)

I'll talk to him when I see him.

The plants want to stretch their roots!

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SECRETFUN 10/18/2009 1:41PM

  Ask the land lord what is up. Plus, surely she does not want to pay for improperly used concrete :-)

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Do you have a signature song?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I was thinking about all my favorite songs - they all have a similar theme, of yearning, love, often unrequited love, and the ultimate aloneness we all face.

Which is so odd for someone who is essentially happy and cheery - it takes a lot for me to be depressed, sad, and I somehow always manage to find the one bright way of looking at something.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Viva La Vida
Walk Away Renee
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
California Dreamin'

George Harrison
Bruce Springsteen
Green Day
Most of Midge Ure (of Ultravox)

I could go on and on. Part of it is the melody. Part of it is the imagery of the words. Part of it is I like a song that tells a story, makes me think.

And, well, maybe I'm just more existential than I realize. More philosophical. Of the opinion that we're born alone, we die alone, but life is all about experiences and relationships, and trying to leave something positive behind before we go.

I don't know. I've just been thinking about this lately. Looking at the music on my iPod, thinking about themes in life.

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JLPNURSE 10/18/2009 8:06AM

    That's neat your songs have a theme. Mine tend to be more random or maybe the theme is hidden to me.

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MRE1956 10/18/2009 5:25AM

    It's funny - while I'm going through an intensely dark period in life right now, ironically my favorite music style is - brace yourself - that ol' 70's style DISCO!


Anyone who says that "disco s**ks" will have a beef with me, that's for sure! The only explanation I can possibly provide is that most of the music is of an upbeat tempo which I much appreciate when I feel down (and that's been a lot lately); I find that disco makes for good commuting music (when I'm commuting, anyhow, which I am unfortunately not doing these days..... emoticon )

"I Will Survive" has awesome lyrics but is not my favorite tune, melody-wise - make mine "Let's All Chant"!

Have a gr8 Spark day!


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JAMIEJAMMER1 10/17/2009 9:31PM

    i use a bunch of different songs to exercise to, based on my mood

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WORKOFICTION 10/17/2009 9:19PM

    I don't notice a pattern in my song choices but I have always thought we should go through life with a sound track!

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Searching for a tile of gold, and I'm getting old

Friday, October 16, 2009

I feel like Cortez, or Pizzarro, or Ponce de Leon. I'm looking for gold ceramic tiles for our mural. Bright gold, easy to cut ceramic. I've found gold glaze, but it needs to fire at about twice the temperature that our clay fires at - so that's a no. (It'll melt the clay, really.) I can't find bare tiles that can withstand that temp. I could buy some high-fire clay, but shipping is expensive. (remember, we're on an island. A 25-lb bag of clay doesn't fly Priority Mail.)

I've found gold glass tile, all kinds of pretty colors, not too pricey - but glass is more difficult to break with the tile cutters, I envision shards of glass flying around the room. Maybe I could restrict that section to my Advanced students, who have more experience, having worked on last year's mural.

Ah, the dilemmas of an art teacher...........

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PHEBESS 10/17/2009 9:41PM

    Neil Young - "Searching for a heart of gold, and I'm getting old" - I think it was after he left Crosby Stills Nash.

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JLPNURSE 10/17/2009 9:42AM

    LOL, how does that song go? Who sang it?

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He's suspended, why is he in my class????

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have one of those students every teacher dreads, the one who has been in trouble with the law, who doesn't care about achieving, who only wants to disrupt class or fight or skip school. I'm sure there are problems at home, I'm sure he comes from a difficult environment. But that doesn't make it okay to bash someone over the head with a rock (he was involved in that big fight last year), it doesn't make it okay for him to be rude to me, it doesn't make it okay for him to yell and sing and dance around the class while everyone - I mean EVERYONE - else is working.

He started a fight yesterday morning. The principal told me he was suspended.

So why - WHY OH WHY - was he in my class yesterday??????? I checked this morning, yes, he was suspended, he's out until a parent comes in. He's supposed to go to the alternative program at another school. He needs more help than we can give him.

WHY - if he was suspended - WHY didn't he just go home? Why does he cut my class when he's supposed to be here, and then come to class when he's supposed to be home?????

I don't want him to like my class! I don't want him to like me as a teacher! Of course, then I feel guilty for feeling this way about a kid - but really, he's so disruptive and rude, the only redeeming factor is that he's strong and willing to move heavy heavy boxes of tile for me. Maybe I should make him my official tile mover.

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SECRETFUN 10/17/2009 11:37AM

  He wants attention. He hates authority. So you tell him to be somewhere that is not where he will be. You tell him NOT to be somewhere and there he will be. That strength is going to get him in trouble when he gets older. You are correct that he needs more help than you all can give. If he does end up back at your school for a while, since we know who well these transfers work, for now I think the tile mover sounds reasonable. If you want it broken tell him not to drop it under any circumstance and see what happens (either he will oops or he will be super careful, and then you can see what you are dealing with.) At home he will be bored. Or if he shows up and you cannot get rid of him and you are worried, have him do that moving. Even if it does not need doing. Or cleaning the sink out, moving the clay. Something. His job is to be the tech.

Many of the harder ones do gravitate to art, shop, and other places. You cannot help that he likes you or thinks your class is easier to disrupt, but you can do your best to protect your classes. Peace and tranquility.

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JLPNURSE 10/16/2009 6:55AM

    I don't envy teachers. Always caught between parents, rules, good kids wanting to learn, and disruptive kids. Hope it is resolved soon.

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SAPNA. 10/15/2009 7:43PM

    I agree with all the points made. You cant be expected to handle a child as violent and unpredictable as this. he needs specialist help.

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CRITTER123 10/15/2009 11:59AM

  It sounds to me like you have a kid who is screaming for help and nobody is listening. He is not in your class with you for no reason. I believe that you could be the hope he needs. You seem to care about this kid or you wouldn't be so concerned with him. So, he's as strong as an ox? Could be his saving grace! I also wouldn't be surprised at the crap in his environment that could be helping to fuel his behavior problems. By this, I mean that his behavior problems could possibly be a result of environmental and well as familiar toxins. His social interactions aren't healthy, he probably doesn't eat right or exercise properly (sometimes PE doesn't suffice). I encourage you to educate yourself about toxins in the environment and our food supply. Get Jillian Michaels' book called Master Your Metabolism and read it cover to cover. The information will startle you but, it may give you the knowledge you need to possible break the grip of problems this kid has. Sounds like weight lifting may be an excellent outlet for him as well. I encourage you to talk to your school's weight lifting coach or, if you don't have one, maybe your school has a YMCA After School program that offers weight lifting he could plug into. He could vent his anger and frustration in appropriate ways through the iron and, a little counseling and motivation wouldn't hurt either. You never know, you may be the one person who begins this kid on a path of happiness and success!

Be Strong! Be Fit! emoticon

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PHEBESS 10/15/2009 10:45AM

    No, now that I know that he's definitely suspended, I'll call the principal or assistant principal if he shows up.

I just didn't know for sure that he was suspended yesterday.

And yeah, you'd think his parent(s) would be held accountable!

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MOTOMOMOF2 10/15/2009 10:29AM

    I agree with Lady, talk to the principal. Its not fair to the kids that are there to learn. Keep fighting for their right to learn.

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LADYIRISH317 10/15/2009 10:23AM

    Tile mover sounds appropriate.

Have another talk with the principal. If he's barred from campus, he's breaking the law being there (and possibly his parents are as well for not monitoring him).

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So much to do, so little time

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I truly don't know where the time goes. I have work to do, at home and at school and for my after school program. I need to run around and get signatures on a grant application, and monthly grant reports. I'm firing the kiln right now (glaze firing). I just taught two classes, dealt with the mother of a truant student, have another class this afternoon. I have a dr appointment this afternoon. I stayed up too late reading a great murder mystery. I cooked dinner for DH and myself (an easy pasta and truffle cheese dish), cleaned up, Sparked while watching the news - and I still don't have enough hours in the day.

Thing is, I'm hyper-organized - a place for everything, everything in it's place - files and files, color coded and grouped by subject or origin or purpose. I don't waste time.

I just don't have enough of it for all the things I want - or need - to do.

Ah well, at least I don't eat out of boredom.

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JLPNURSE 10/15/2009 7:06AM

    It's amazing how busy life is, isn't it? Don't burn yourself out!

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SAPNA. 10/14/2009 10:01AM

    I think you are so lucky to have a full and meaningful life. You will have far fewer regrets than those of us who have just pottered our way through life achieving very little. Give yourself a pat on the back and try to enjoy everything you are doing. being so loved and needed is a very special blessing not given to everyone.

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