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impudent_twilek
22 March 2009 @ 02:57 am
It's been a quiet day. Many hours of a boring health class in the morning, followed by a relaxing day of reading. I've now read 551 pages of "The Other Boleyn Girl" (I started this book last night). I'm really enjoying the book. It's been a long time since I just read. I really don't have the time for it, but it's been very nice.

I went out with Shawn to dinner and to chat. Then I spent way too much money on new pants. I've lost so much weight that nothing fits me anymore and it was becomming embarrassing to pull my pants up in front of my students. I bought two pairs of size 2 jeans and a pair of size 6. The size 6 ones are skinny jeans. I fit into the 2 and the 4, but they were so tight that my legs looked really weird. The 6 looked fine, though. Weird stuff- girl sizes.

This is the first weekend that I have been home in a long time. It definetly has a weird feeling to it.
 
 
impudent_twilek
I spent too much time with teenagers today. I'm looking forward to a nice teenager-less weekend. Looks like this will be a weekend at home... which is ok, cause I really have a lot of work to do. I'm hoping to get all of my homework for Saturday done by 5:00pm today. I'm not sure if I want to try to go to FNW... I'm still thinking about it. If I don't, then I could potentially get all of my homework for Sunday done tonight and get started on catching up on my grading. I'm so far behind that its honestly scarey. Last year I was never this behind. I think I can catch up on all of my math in about an hour or so, but science and social studies are more intensive. (I have more reading to do, basically.)

I'd like to dance tonight... but I want to get work done so I don't have a massive amount to do next week. Hmmm.... work or play? What to do....
 
 
impudent_twilek
19 March 2009 @ 09:10 pm
I have a weird, unsettled feeling in my stomach. I'm not sure why. It could be stress from having a bunch of assignments due on Saturday. It feels bad and it's distracting me from my work. This is not the first time I have felt like this right before a bunch of stuff was due. When my PACT was due, I felt the same way and it semi-paralyzed me then too. I think I just need to kick myself out of this funk and get to work.

Personally, I would much rather lay down and read my new book that I got this weekend. I've already read 99 pages in the last hour. I just want to finish it and lay around, but I have to get this work done. If I don't, I will end up with a bad grade and I already have 2 Bs pulling my GPA down. Grr to homework.

I will type out this paper and have it done in the next 30 minutes. Then I will write my 15 situations out in the next 40 minutes. Then I will do my food diary in the next 15 minutes. Then I will design my brochure in the next 10 minutes and do the final copy of that in the next 30 minutes. (I'm skipping the watercoloring idea in favor of a quick and dirty computer made one.) So, I will be done by 11:30. Let's see if I can do it! (Go self-directed competativeness!)

Edit: The situations are taking me longer than I had hoped. It's an interesting assignment, so that's something, but I wish we only had 10 to do. I've done 7 so far. Ugh. Looks like there's no FNW for me. Also, I looked at my assignments due this Sunday... and they are long and intense. I have a group project and no group. Bah! Whoever heard of assigning a group project for an online class? It should be against the law. Anyways, back to work. Looks like the brochure will have to wait until tomorrow to get done.
 
 
impudent_twilek
18 March 2009 @ 11:58 pm
This is obvious to practically anyone who knows me. I hope I don't annoy too many people.

Also, I have a tendency to go off on tangents. A recent one was about life drawing.

I miss drawing. I miss painting too. I think I'm going to watercolor my health brochure tha I have to make for Saturday's class, just so I can have an excuse to paint. I need to either find my paintbrushes that my dance teacher lost or I need to buy new ones. ~Oh, poor me! I need to go to Pearl in SF and buy brushes! Whatever shall I do? *puts back of hand to forehead and sighs dramatically*~

My dress is cool. I got it off ebay and it arrived today in the mail. It's got black sequins though. I'm not sure if I like that. The waistband is a bit small, so I either need to not eat a gigantic burrito before I put on my corset or I need to move some hook and eyes around. (I ate this burrito at 5pm and I'm still full! It was HUGE!!) I'm worried that the sequins look cheesy and non-period. The beading on the dress is awesome. The material is pretty and the bustle is so cool. I'm pleased with a lot of it, but... those sequins are worrisome. I'm doing research on the history of sequins, but it's slow going and most things that I find are absolutely useless.

Homework. I hate it. I'm going to do it and it will be done on time, but it sucks and most of it feels pointless. There. Thats all the whining about homework that I will do here. I should probably get that started and stuff... sometime.

I think that I'm going to go to bed and try to wake up at 5:40 tomorrow... that way, I can eat breakfast, work on my homework and relax a bit before going to work. Ooh... If I was really smart, I would put my iPhone *just* out of reach, so I have to get out of my warm, toasty bed with my warm, toasty, purry kitties. I think 5:30 would be a better time too, rather than 5:40. That way, I have 1.5 hours to get stuff done before I have to be out in my car, driving off to work. Whatever I do, I've got to go to bed now in order to get up in the morning!

Edit: I fail at waking up. I woke up at my normal time (6:40) and got nothing done, but made it to work on time.
 
 
impudent_twilek
I'm counting down the days. 55 more days. I can do that.

I'm pretty tired. I gotta catch up on grading or I will be in gigantic trouble. This week is homework-for-my-classes-at-SJSU week. Next week is mad-catch-up-on-grading week. Two weeks after that is enter-in-grades week. (I think...) The week after that is spring break! That's neat. Oh, and I also have March 30th off work. I don't know why and don't really care. I'm just happy to have a day off!

So Pala isn't closing. (Another middle school. We were going to get about 195 or so students from them, which would suck cause the low functioning department, otherwise known as my mom and another teacher, would have to leave the school to make way for ex-Pala teachers.) Everyone is very excited about this and apparently the school board made it's decision because so many Sheppard teachers spoke up. (Not me. I was told not to because I'm a temporary employee... I'll just leave the rest up to the imagination.) Anyways, it's neat and I'm quite happy about this.

I still have my job, which is more than I can say forsome of my fellow interns. I'm feeling super disorganized and out of sorts, but it's been that way since the beginning of the school year. I'm desperately hoping that I get to teach just two subjects next year. I'm crossing my fingers for math and science, but I wouldn't terribly mind Social Studies and Science. (I do like teaching science a whole lot.) I put in a request for math/science 7th grade, so I'm crossing my fingers. You should too, cause it will totally help and stuff!
 
 
 
impudent_twilek
09 March 2009 @ 09:23 pm
My brother's facebook status says, "Leo Lowy ate an orange. Scurvy is defeated again."

I just wanted to share that. Cause I found it funny.
 
 
impudent_twilek
02 March 2009 @ 04:04 pm
I was just informed that progress reports are due on Thursday. I haven't graded anything in weeks! So, next three nights = little sleep for me. Sucks.

On the other hand... well... actually, there really isn't anything to contrast that. Life sucks til Thursday and then it will get better!
 
 
impudent_twilek
02 March 2009 @ 12:14 am
This weekend:
Sleep: 11 hours
Dancing: 9 hours
School: 6 hours
Food: 4 meals (ish)

All in all: wonderful weekend! Friday night dancing was great! I went en pointe cause Charlie was en pointe too, but I forgot my toepads. It wasn't the smartest thing to do, but I've really been missing dancing en pointe recently, so I needed to get it out of my system. Sam dj-ed the dance and the music was awesome! I danced nearly every song and I think I managed to dance with nearly all my friends. I also finally danced a polka with Sam. It was lovely! I love how everyone has their own style of dancing. Christophe's leads are easy to follow because he exagerates them (probably for my benefit)and he loves to dip and do lifts, Jesse is a bundle of energy and he will polka your ass into the ground if the music lasts long enough, Alexander is crazy (plain and simple), Josh is deliberate, Sam is light on his feet and graceful (he also teaches me new things everytime we dance, which I totally love!), Anthony is direct and so on. I love dancing with everyone and I think I'm begining to improve. I know I still have a long way to go and I want to learn everything there is to know.

Gaskells was awesome. I felt stupid beforehand since I didn't have anything special to wear and was wearing modern clothes, but so many others were doing the same that I felt fine in the end. I'm eyeing something pretty on Ebay right now, so hopefully next Gaskells I will have a new pretty to wear and show off. I danced a lot and even got asked out by two different people. Weird stuff. However, I'm quite happy with how my life is right now and I'm not interested in dating either person. (I'm trying to say that as nicely as I can.)

Next weekend is Friday Night Waltz and the Peers event. Also I'm going to the White Elephant Sale and getting neat stuff for my future apartment. I really love my mom, but we are definetly starting to wear on each others' patience.

I start teaching my intervention class tomorrow. It starts at 7:25 am. Now, note what time I'm writing this. That is why this entry ends abruptly here.
 
 
impudent_twilek
I have 2 days to finish my PACT. I'm having a hard time with motivation right now. Before December, I did nothing but work. I either worked at school, at home, or at Faire (Renaissance and Dickens). For the first time in years, I'm taking time off to enjoy life. It's wonderful, but it has it's consequences. Now, I'm down to a few hours to finish a huge project. Granted, I've been working on it and I don't have *that* much left to do, but I wish I was already done with it so that I could relax.

That being said, I had a great weekend. I went to the Viennese Ball, which was awesome. I went rock climbing and now am unable to move parts of my body effectively. I did give up on a climb for the first time. I hated having to do it, but I was sure that I couldn't do it. It turned out that the first time I attempted the part that ended up defeating me, I slammed my knee into a handhold. Now my knee is swollen and I can't both bend it and put any weight on it. So, I'm not feeling too crappy about giving up on that climb. I will try it again next time and I will succeed. After rock climbing, I went to the Bay Celtic dance and danced more polkas than I wish to remember.

So now I'm back home, after fun, cuddles, and dancing to do a seemingly endless pile of work. I'm going to keep this mantra in my head: "I'm done with my credential in May... only a few more months to go.... I can do this!" I know I can, cause I can do anything... but I'm sick of school. I almost started calculating how many years I've been in school and then I realized that I really didn't want to know. (However, my stupid subconscious believes that I should know and has already gotten to work on figuring it out for me so it can remind me at a later date.)

Ok. Enough slacking. Back to work, go I. (Mostly cause Facebook is broken.)

Oh. And vacation ends today. I'm not ready to deal with my student's crappy attitudes quite yet. I wonder if they are ready to deal with mine?
 
 
Current Music: "Sour Times" Portishead
 
 
impudent_twilek
19 February 2009 @ 02:00 am
Then I spent a loooong time trying to figure out how to download an app without knowing my iTunes password. I think I may need to log into iTunes on an actual computer to figure it out. The problem? I can't download iTunes onto my laptop. Or anything for that matter. Because? My district, in their infinite wisdom (yeah right), decided that us teachers can't be trusted to load any program onto our work laptops. Which means: I can't even update Java, Adobe Reader, Quicktime, or anything else on my laptop. Cause they can't trust me.

Weird how they trust me with over 100 students a day, isn't it?

All I want is to get an app that allows me to read a bunch of Dicken's books! Is that too much to ask for???

Seriously. Lame.

Edit: I got around my problems by using my mom's laptop. I still think that not being able to upload any programs onto my laptop is stupid...
 
 
 
impudent_twilek
18 February 2009 @ 01:57 pm
Apparently, I should read more. I do have to say, if this list had more science fiction, I would look more well read. (I'm shocked that Stranger in a Strange Land isn't on this list!)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden X
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn (sic)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X
 
 
impudent_twilek
17 February 2009 @ 10:45 pm
I look creepy.
 
 
impudent_twilek
11 February 2009 @ 03:32 pm
I like lists.

1. Buy new pointe shoes
2. Buy a sewing machine
3. Go to the nifty pattern store in Berkeley
4. Clean my classroom up
5. Clean turtle tanks
6. Actually remember to bring my turtle food
7. Sort out belongings and organize room
8. Go shopping for food
9. Finish homework for online class
10. Wash new dresses
11. Go clothes shopping
12. Finish cleaning bones
13. Finish writing PACT
14. Grade everything
15. Prep things for the weekend

That's enough for now. That's enough for at least a few weeks.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 
impudent_twilek
09 February 2009 @ 05:08 pm
School started again at SJSU in all it's stupid "Here's a class you need to take which is completely superfluous to your job-oh! and you've already done this stuff last year, but do it again cause we say so" glory. I'm taking 143B, which is my intern class, a health class which meets 3 Saturdays for
7 hours each Saturday, and an online Special Ed class.

The intern class is going as I expected, with one exception. We got an extension on the PACT, which is great because all of the January drama caused me to fall drastically behind in getting it done. I'm proud of myself though: I have spent a few days working on it and got a bunch done so far. I still need to figure out how to edit my video and burn it to DVD, but I now have until the 25th to figure all that out. I plan to work on it some this week and next week. I got some help from Josh on it, which was awesome. I went over to his place, was snarky and bitchy, and he still edited a few pages for me!

The health class is really a joke. We spent an hour talking about how to treat headlice. Yeah, cause I'm totally going to give my kids headlice examinations and shampoos in the middle of Social Studies class. I can sum up what that talk should have gone like: "Ok, if you see anything crawling in your students' hair, get out a piece of paper, write a note to the office, tell the kid not to touch anything or anyone and send them to the office." The end. Teachers do not deal with this type of stuff. Parents, yes. This was not a parenting class... and besides, I already know how to treat headlice. I was a very independent child and I did my own treatments after the age of about 10ish.

The online class is one that I'm a little concerned about, and only because I thought I knew how much work I had to do to turn in yesterday and I found out that I had a lot more to do. This screwed up my afternoon plans quite a bit, but I got all my work done and was still able to go to the play that I had planned on going to. I just need to remember to check the website daily to make sure that more assignments aren't added on to my workload without me knowing about them. That being said, here is a link to some neat simulation activities that I had to do for that class. They are supposed to help people understand what living with a learning disability is like. I had a really difficult time with the ones about attention; it was like having a double dose of ADD. The math was hard too, but only because I had to think spatially. (One would think that an art major could handle that, but apparently not so much.)

Work is going ok, but teaching 3 subjects is starting to make me go crazy. I really hope that next year I can teach 2 instead. I really enjoy teaching Social Studies, but I feel like I can't really get to know the subject material due to time constraints. Science is going well, despite the fact that I can't seem to find my lesson plans from last year that deal with the unit on the skeleton and muscles, which means that I need to rewrite them. Math, the bane of my existence, seems to be getting slightly better. I'm doing an action research project on what motivates kids to do homework. This week, if they get 4 out of 5 assignments in, they get a free homework pass. Next week... I'm not sure. I'm planning on doling out candy, game days, cute erasers, and other little rewards to get them excited about doing their homework. I have a motivation survey for them to do tomorrow and I will be writing an exit survey for them to complete when my research is all done. I feel like I'm doing a science fair project! It's kind of exciting. I also put into place a whole new system for grading. I give participation points for being on task and non-disruptive. I give a quiz every Friday, that is based on the homework from the week. I also do quick journal checks every Friday during the quiz. I hope that this makes them more accountable for their learning.

On the home front: June and Olivia are good, I'm sorting out things like bills, clothes, and other belongings. I'm following through on my resolution to spend more time enjoying myself that I made at the beginning of this school year. I'm feeling pretty healthy, although I have an odd mild sore throat that doesn't seem to go away. It may be because I just talk too much. I do have some things that I need to attend to this week: I need to clean up my classroom, I need to wash all the bedding in my room, I need to go though my shoes and sort out which I'm keeping, I need to get the rest of my things out of the den and organized. I'm leary of setting up a bookshelf, only because my mom's cats have no manners. June and Olivia are adapting beautifully. June hangs out all over the house, but my room is still home base for her. Olivia is absolutely not a Bianca fan, but she is slowly getting braver. She even ventured out onto the cat enclosure and spent some time outside listening to the birds.

All in all, I feel healthy, fit, on task, and relaxed. I definitely need more sleep. I also need to catch up on some grading. I've been doing really well on staying on top of math and science, but once again, social studies takes a million years for me to grade. I'm getting faster at it, but it's still longer than grading math papers or tests.
 
 
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
impudent_twilek
08 January 2009 @ 11:07 pm
This is too neat! I am teaching this right now. I'm all giggly now! (Which is better than my usual current temperment.)

Electromagnetic Spectrum
 
 
 
 
impudent_twilek
SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 of these films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click publish at the bottom.

My total: 94

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I already knew that I had no life. This proves nothing.
 
 
impudent_twilek
28 December 2008 @ 03:58 pm
Grading has to the worst part of teaching. Either that or the inherit drama that goes along with the job.

Last night was interesting. (Read "interesting" to mean "stressful and worry-laden") I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep and decided to massively freakout about the future. No amount of telling myself to chill out and relax was helping, so I just wandered around, trying to clean, with my mind basically repeating the same concerns over and over. I'm not usually this unstable or OCD-like. I think it's a combination of many things.

Anyways, I'm leaving for LA tomorrow. Stephen and I will be driving down at some point... plans are not set in stone at this point. I think I am coming back on the 3rd.

I'm absolutly behind on everything. I was supposed to grade all the social studies stuff this vacation, but honestly, I can't remember having that much time to do so. I'm attempting to grade all the science journals before I leave tomorrow, but we will see how that works out. I still have my PACT to write. So far, my advisor says that I'm doing fine on it. I still don't know if the video that I took of my class will transfer onto a DVD or not. That is stressing me out a lot. If they don't, I'll have to reteach the lesson (which is a stupid waste of time) and refilm it. For the record: I think that making Intern teachers complete the PACT is the stupidest thing on earth. It's taking away from my planning time, making me hate reflection, and in general, making me dislike my job. It's for student teachers. I AM NOT a student teacher. I did that shit a long time ago. I've been teaching for 9 fucking years, it's not like I'm an idiot noob at it. (Yes... most of that time was spent teaching art or ballet. Fuck off. It's still teaching.) [Disclaimer: this portion of my lj is not to my friends really-it's just venting...]

Ok. So. I'm grading. And it sucks, like usual. (No more procrastination via writing lj entries for me) I knew there was a reason that I wanted to be an art teacher. No grading crap at home. Too bad art isn't important anymore.
 
 
impudent_twilek
11 November 2008 @ 09:52 pm
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impudent_twilek
02 November 2008 @ 10:14 am
Yesterday I went to a science teacher conference. I got there later than I had wanted to because the car died on Friday and I had to have Stephen wake up, jump the car with me, and drive me downtown to the convention center. I got there at about 11 and started wandering through the vendor booths, checking out digital microscopes and other things. I almost immediately ran into Carol and Linda, two science teachers at my school. They took me over to a booth that was having a raffle. I put in my name, thinking that I never win anything. There was a lot of cool stuff there, including three aquariums with a lizard, a chameleon, and three green tree frogs in them. The drawing started and about halfway through, my name was called. I picked the three frogs and I'm super happy about that, even though I have no idea where I will put them in my classroom. Carol won a beach ball that askes questions about astronomy. Linda didn't win, but she got a hat. Then we went to booth that was selling things for half off and I bought some preserved arthropods. I got a centipede, a spider, a scorpion, a cicada, and a dragonfly. [One chilopoda, two arachnida (scorpiones, araneae), two insects (hemiptera, odonata)] I also got the skull of a woodchuck and a catalogue called "Skulls Unlimited" which is really cool. (I've been talking about starting a skull collection... this may prove to be an expensive hobby though, if I purchase them instead of find them.)

After getting all this cool stuff, the three of us went to lunch and chatted a ton. Linda and Carol had a class on mass, which is an 8th grade standard and I chose to go to a class on bones, joints, muscles, and levers and a class on evolution. I picked these two because I felt that I hadn't taught those subjects very effectively last year and I wanted to remedy that. Both classes were awesome and I learned a ton. I have all sorts of neat ideas now.

After my bones class, I went back to the vendors and got a bunch of free stuff. I found a booth for California wildlife parks and ended up with a map of Point Reyes. I looked to see where this awesome waterfall was that I had been two three times (it falls from a cliff and flows to the sea... it's very pretty... if I can find a picture, I will scan it in and post it.) So now I know the name of it: Alamere Falls. I got a bunch of maps of parks that I'm going to laminate and hang up in my classroom, mostly because my kids don't realize that these places exist. I also got a free cyclamen and got to check out a beautiful tarantula which was spoken for and unfortunately, not for sale. (I miss my tarantula.... I either want to get a new one or get a scorpion... I think I have too many pets though...) Then I found the dork t-shirts. So, I bought two. I felt super dorky at this point. Then I had to go, cause the vendors were closing. I got a ride home with Linda, but then had to wait 4 hours for Stephen to get ready to go to Erick, Krystal, and Nathan's party. Dewayne and I were about ready to chop Stephen up and eat him by the time we finally left, because we were so hungry and annoyed.

I ended up hanging out with a guy named Nick almost all night. When I first saw him, I told him that he looked incedibly familiar and he said that he had just moved from Ohio about 2 months ago. In the end, I figured out that I had hung out with him, at a bar in Berekely about 3 weeks ago. I had been very very drunk that night and he had tried to teach me how to punch, using Dewayne as a punching bag. It turns out that we have a lot in common, so I decided that we were long lost identical twins. (We look nothing alike.)

So: I got a lot of cool stuff, some for free (!), learned a lot, waited forever, and made a new friend. All in all - a pretty good day.

(Also, I was a bit overdramatic and silly during part of the day. I've decided to reset and start over again. Even though I've felt ignored and been very confused about things, I've decided to just put those feelings away and go with the flow for a bit. Hopefully, things will work out better by me doing this. Sometimes, you can mess something up by trying to understand and fix it. Sometimes you just have to let things be.)