Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Last 2 Weeks

School started up again, and we promptly had two snow days at the end of the week. It was like an extended vacation. Well, an extended vacation that we'll have to make up in June. Our last day of school is now June 10, with the teacher work day on June 11. And, that's if we have no more snow days. Oh well. I love my snow days. I don't mind being in school that long if I have snow days to enjoy.

Andrew's daughter made it home safely from Taiwan. Andrew's son was home for Christmas vacation. I'm not used to sharing him, but it's been fun to get to know his kids better. Zach is now back at Iowa, and Holly is researching jobs teaching English in Japan. She hopes to spend a year there, leaving sometime in the next 3-4 months.

My Hawkeyes kicked some Georgia Tech butt in the Orange Bowl! It was so fun to watch, and my #94, Adrian Clayborn, was a complete animal! I wish I could have been there in person, enjoying the game with the Hawkeye Mornin' Crew, but Andrew and I had fun watching ti on TV. Holly didn't quite know what to think of her dad, the new football fan!

I'm busy with rehearsals for the middle school play. It's been hard with snow days and kids having detentions and suspensions and everything else, but I think we're getting into the swing of things.

Andrew and I had our 1 year anniversary last weekend. I can't believe it's been a whole year. We celebrated by having dinner Saturday night at Cafe Dodici in Washington. It was LOVELY! (It was also a good thing because Sunday night I had a terrible stomach bug and threw up about 40 times... NOT an exaggeration) I can't believe it's been a whole year. I'm a very lucky girl to have such a wonderful, caring, intelligent, good man in my life. I'm blessed!

Yesterday was a work day at school with no students. Following the work day, our middle school staff had another meeting from 5pm - 8pm with a speaker named Monte Selby. He infused humor, music, and experience into a very inspiring evening. He is a former teacher and principal, and his message was about giving our very best to kids, understanding our students' points of view, and a general reminder of why we've chosen a career with middle school kids. It's messy, true... but, it's wonderful too. It was a long day, but it was a day that was very fulfilling. We all need to reboot the system once in awhile, to refill the cups that run dry occasionally with all the demands put upon us. Good day.

Hope you're all having good days where you are too!

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