Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I'm the director of an after-school and summer art program for artistically talented teenagers - we have kids ranging from 8th to 12th grade, and from most of the public and private schools on island. We have classes 3 days a week after school, and 4 days a week during the summer. We're pretty much dependent on grants and donations - my job is to write and monitor the grants, oversee day-to-day operations, plan field trips, find staff, stuff like that.
The instructor is a good friend, we travelled together to Italy a few years ago. She can be hard to take for a month (she talks a lot), but she's fun and interesting most of the time.
So - we usually take the students to Puerto Rico, visit a few museums and art galleries, things like that.
But we received a big donation a few years ago, and with good management we've pretty much saved that $ and still have received grants. Plus we've had a few more nice donations. So we're currently ahead financially. (Which is great, at one point I took out a personal loan to pay staff, while awaiting gov't funding.)
Since we have extra cash, and we have a core group of maybe 4-5 girls who show up every day (as opposed to the seniors, who show up once a month or so), the Board agreed with my idea of a BIG field trip to Washington DC - we'll go to the National Gallery of Art, the Hirschorn, Corcoran, any of the numerous art museums in DC.
I'm so excited!!!! The only time that works for the instructor and me is Carnival - we'll leave here 4/23, return 4/28 - the students (and I) are off for Carnival, but we'll be back in time for the fun stuff that DH and I attend at Carnival time.
YAY!!!!!!!! 4 days of art with a group of kids who want to be artists!!!!!! What could be better!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Day 2 of the standardized testing at school. Day 2 of me as administrator in another teacher's classroom. She's Filipino, and the kids have a little trouble with her accent - that's they I'm the admin, and she's the proctor. We're doing fine together, mostly I'm just reading the script and we both are checking that everyone is working on the right part of the test/answer sheet.
I cannot tell you how BORING it is for the teachers - the kids are working, tests are 30 minutes or so a pop - today was reading comprehension and spelling. So I read the directions, the kids read/answer for 30 minutes, we just stand around and wait for the time to go by.
So today I paced back and forth across the back of the room. I marched in place. I put on 4000 steps during the test. Really! Two miles of walking while waiting for the kids to do their work.
I guess this will be this week's fitness - pacing the test.
Monday, March 15, 2010
My good friend at school, who has worked next door to me for over 20 years, came by my class this morning and told me I was featured at the queen show on Saturday. For those who don't know, a queen show is basically a beauty pageant where girls at school compete for Miss XXXX (name of school). Pretty much every private, public, parochial school has a Miss XXX, and they all are on floats for the Children's Parade during Carnival (our Carnival is April).
So - seven girls ran for Miss BCB. (We're a middle school, grades 6 - 8, ages about 11 to 14 or so.) One of the girls is one of my students.
As the background while each girl spoke, the AV person ran a computerized slide show, showing that child in action at school. Since S had been in Basic Art with me last year, and is in Advanced Art this year, there were a number of slides with her working on the mural. And, apparently, me talking to the group of students - my friend described it as focused on me in the center, with several students attentively listening in the picture. Plus she said it was up on the screen longer than any other slide!
I asked my class today about it (we're in testing, so we don't have the full schedule) and everyone said yeah, your picture was there Ms Schwartz.
So - Ms Feminist Radical Never-went-to-a-prom-or-my-graduation Rebel ME was featured in the background of the queen show!!!!!!!!! Ms "it's just a money-making popularity contest" ME was the background.
I just find this hysterically funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Cleo is our cat - about 14 yrs old, Russian Blue, loving to people she likes and snarly to people she doesn't like (such as the vet). She's quite a character.
Ruby is DH's Jeep Wrangler - smaller than his former Jeep Jack, who was a CJ-7, and red - hence the name Ruby.
Cleo and Ruby seem to have a friendship - Cleo goes out and lies under Ruby, rubs her head on the bumpers (on tip-toe paws), and will even lie underneath on her back and paw at Ruby's under-chassis.
This morning, we went out to the Jeep to head down the hill for breakfast. (So much easier clean up.) Cleo was sitting on Ruby's passenger seat, curled up for a nap in the sun. She heard DH get in, jumped up, jumped out. As DH said, he's not sure who was more surprised - Cleo, or him!
We think we heard Ruby chuckling.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
There are days when I just want to munch on junk food. Never mind that I've had about 2/3 of my cals for the day. Never mind that I actually had a cookie for a snack. (DH and I are in the midst of a cookie craze, which we both know isn't good, but oh man the cookies at these two stores are just so good.....)
Anyway, now all I can think about is popcorn. It's lower fat microwave popcorn, but still 240 cals per bag. I don't need that. I don't need the sodium, the fat, the calories.
But my mouth wants it.
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