Ah! Summer vacation is finally here! I’m only a few days in but already feel like I have accomplished some things (including updating my long neglected blog….)
One of the true perks of teaching is these few weeks we have off in the summer. Of course those not in education are quick to point out how “lazy” teachers are, etc. Um yeah. We cram 12 months worth of work into 10, we deal with unruly kids and even unrulier parents, we are evaluated based on students’ test scores… Trust me, it is in everyone’s best interest to give us some time to recharge. Not to mention, those not in education also are not aware of how much training and planning teachers do over summer break– it’s not all beach trips and umbrella drinks, people!
Something I like to do during time off from school is try new recipes that I do not have energy to make during the school year. This AM I tried one that I saw on Facebook last week. I finally tracked it down and saved it to Pinterest– Sweet Potato Crust Quiche. I will tell you I used too much sun dried tomato (if there is such a thing!), so mine wasn’t really “eggy” at all– but it was still really good!
While we are talking about food, Hubby and I had an INCREDIBLE meal the other night. We went to a Japanese restaurant we have been meaning to try for, oh, I don’t know, 7 years or something ridiculous! Anyhoo– it was AMAZING! I had an avocado roll for an appetizer and Hubs had some pork dumplings– both DELISH! My main was an adventure for me– I tried yakisoba (stir-fried ramen with chicken, cabbage, and onions, topped with seaweed and scallions). I. LOVE. IT! Can’t wait to go back!
Miss Priss and I have also been having some fun. Her BFF spent last Thursday night, so for her first FULL day of break we went to Jump Jam, Chick-Fil-A, and to see Boss Baby. She and I have also played approximately a million games of Life. Yesterday we moved to some card games as well, now having enjoyed some heated games of Go Fish and King on the Corner.
She is also enjoying “sketching” and drawing, and often challenges me to contests. We had some fun a few weeks ago drawing silly pictures.
School: For those parents who think it is perfectly ok to do drugs while pregnant– come teach them for awhile. The frustration, not only for the teachers, but for the child is intense. Sometimes I just hate people.
Saturday, 1/21/17 Women’s March on Washington: Inspiring! I think the most amazing thing is that it happened on ALL 7 continents! (Way to represent Antarctica!) Non-violent, no arrests. The intelligence, kindness, compassion, and dignity was amazing.
Do not get me wrong– I am not wishing Donald Trump to fail– that would hurt us all. I would like for Donald Trump to learn– to allow himself to grown and be enlightened. I would like for him to be a nice person and set an example for the young of this country– a POSITIVE example. Why shout hate and lies constantly? Why rant and rave like a lunatic toddler that hasn’t had a nap in 4 days? Is that not exhausting for him? It exhausts me.
“And that’s why I feel like this hearing was a perfect metaphor for the worst of the education system in America,” Noah said. “Here’s a student who’s clearly not proficient in the required subject matter, but because of the system, we know they’re still going to get pushed through.”
I do not personally know ANYONE, Republican or Democrat, teacher or otherwise, that thinks this lady is a good idea. So what the hell?!
For many years I taught 5th grade social studies, which included a unit on Civil Rights. It was my favorite unit to teach, mainly because of MLK. His insight and intelligence, his patience and nonviolent actions during such a tumultuous time was incredible. And educating children about him was an honor. To this day I keep several of his quotes in my classroom.
This one seems especially appropriate (& terrifying) given some upcoming events…. and the next 4 years.
And of course I would show my students the I Have a Dream speech… but my favorite is King’s last speech– the mountaintop.
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.
Difficult days ahead. Yeah, I think we can all relate to that.
And I don’t mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I’m happy, tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!
Perhaps reviewing MLK’s words will help us all remember that during the darkest days, stars shine brighter.
I refuse to get my hopes up… but man a good snow day would be awesome! (Plus it would save me a sick day)…. was back to the grind today… damn near killed me, so I am taking Thurs & Fri off. This appendectomy lark is no joke, kids!
Hoping I can get all my trees down in between resting and naps. 😉