Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Random Stuff

Some random things I've been experiencing lately...

New Friend: On Monday afternoon, as I entered the cafeteria/teacher's lounge at my school, a substitute asked me, "Are you Alana?" I'm new to my school this year...and very few people here with the exception of my reading department and the 2 co-teachers I work with, call me, "Alana." I was trying to figure out who had told the substitute about me. Imagine my surprise when I learned she was my new friend, Katie from Double the Blessings. My first time meeting a blog friend in real life. We were able to talk and eat lunch together. COOL! :)

School Stuff: Things at school are calming down a little. I'm still having some anxiety regarding next week's meeting with district reps. Fortunately, much of my anger has subsided. I met with my principal this morning and discussed the phone call I had with Ms. Cray with him. (See 4/17/09 post, if interested in the nitty-gritty phone call details.) He was very supportive. He stated that his first year as a principal, he was "upset" with some of the district visit commentary. However, he now looks at the visitor's feedback as only a "snapshot." He said he knows that they don't see in only 10-15 minutes what our classrooms are "really like" the majority of the time. He chuckled when I told him Ms. Cray said my vocabulary-related crossword puzzles were "unacceptable." He even asked me to bring the crossword subject up when Ms. Cray is here so that we can discuss it as a team. Yea! I feel so fortunate to have such a supportive principal. And though there are still some aspects I dislike at my new school, he is a BIG reason to stay here next year.

A school funny: One of my students today is wearing a t-shirt that reads, "I'm NOT trying to be difficult (it comes naturally.)" For some reason this was really funny to me. :)

Girl Power: It's a go. Several of my college girlfriends and I will be having "Girl Power 11." Our 11th post-graduation reunion. This year we'll be spending 4 days in NYC. We purchased plane tickets this week. I am SOOOOO looking forward to bonding with the gals again. (All but 2 of us still live in Ohio and are able to see each other a few times a year. Since I'm in Florida, the reunion is often the only time I get to see many of my girlfriends in person each year.) Yea!

DH: I have to say a big SHOUT OUT to my sweet DH. Our dryer broke this week. He spent much of his day off yesterday at the laundromat doing 7 loads of laundry. And researching to figure out what type of dryer we want to buy for a replacement. He is wonderful!

My planning period is nearly over, so I must go.


Carrie27 said...

That is so cool that you met a fellow blogger. So cool!

Beautiful Mess said...

You met a blogger at work?! That's awesome! I hope your meeting goes well, sounds like it will, though. YAY for your DH! Ahhh a new fancy dryer will be so nice.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Yay for hubbies who do the laundry! And that is so cool that you met a blogger at work! :)

Best When Used By said...

Thanks for sharing your "Random Stuff." I've thought it would be cool to have a blogger community get together some day.

I had to smile about your dh doing laundry. When our dryer broke, my dh spent 2 hours trying to fix it (unsuccessfully) then announced we were going shopping the next day to buy a new one. The new one is great.

Best of luck to you.


sklay723 said...

It really was SO nice to meet you in person, Alana! I'm just glad you didn't freak out and think I was stalking you. :) It was such a coincidence that I was there in the first place, especially since I booked that assignment three weeks ago and only started following your blog last week! :)

Hang in there for your meeting for work...I am sure everything will work out great. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

Parenthood For Me said...

What a small world. That is awesome that you do a college reunion. Sounds like fun.

Mommy (You can call me OM) said...

Wow. I admit I'd be a bit freaked out meeting a blogger like that.
Your husband can do my laundry anytime! :)

In Due Time said...

WTG Hubby! :-)

Good luck with the district visit.

(Here from ICLW)

Celia said...

That is pretty neat to meet another blogger. I just read the previous post about your dog and your daughter. That is hysterical.

I'm very interested to poke around your blog. Do you have a favorite book for the kids to read?