Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Glitter in the Air

We've been back about a week from the Dominican Republic, and our vacation was fabulous. It's too much to blog in one day, I've had so much to tell, I have been typing a draft a little at a time, but in short, it was spectacular. A fully detailed blog with pics is coming, but really, I loved every minute of it! In the last few days, we've spent so much time in our respective classrooms, and now Hubby is back to summer camp for the last few weeks before school begins, and I've been working on stuff for my grad school class. (Ugh, why did I insist on being an over-achiever and take this class?!) So much to do, so much I want to do! Planning, working, decorating, thinking, and more planning! It's been so exhausting, yet exhilarating and exciting, this feeling of anticipation and excitement and nervousness. I told my principal I felt like I did the day before we got married. Well, driving home from briefly working in my sweltering classroom today (the to capture air is still not on, and with this Carolina heatwave, my goose has been cookin'!) and I was flippin' through the radio stations and heard Pink's new song, Glitter in the Air. I've always loved Pink's sound- she can be so haunting. So this song captivated me. And the lyrics! Way to capture my pre-August jitters, the back-to-school angst I feel, especially this part:

It's only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg
The sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning
The breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?


In all the fear for my first "real" year teaching, I feel like I am gonna repeat this lyric a lot:

Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care"?

No matter how "scared" I may be, I don't care. I will overcome. I will shine, I will sparkle, and most importantly, my students will succeed. :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

So Sad.

This is a link to a news report about a murder that happened close to our home. I can't seem to get this family out of my mind- a woman who was three month pregnant was shot and killed by her boyfriend. Before he turned the gun on himself, he also shot their three children, ages 3-7. Only one child survived, 7 year old Destiny, who was shot in the head. Unbelievably, she remained conscious despite her injury and was able to tell her grandfather, who walked into the family's home to check on them when the mom didn't show up for work, that her "Daddy did it" shortly before she collapsed. I can't imagine the scene that poor man had to see- his 24 year old daughter, pregnant, and her three young children gunned down. Bless him. The whole community is mourning. My friend from church's daughter was best friends with Destiny, and her 7 year old daughter is so confused and hurt by what's happened to her best friend. My cousin's son was a kindergartener last yeart at the same elementary school the 6 year old boy attended. My heart just aches to think of it- how senseless, how horrific, how wrong. They are accepting donations for the funerals (and I'm sure for Destiny's medical bills), and I plan to go donate tomorrow. The family had no insurance, so the burden has fallen to the grandparents. Having to deal with such unspeakable loss, I can't fathom having to worry about money.
Stories like this makes you realize how important it is to speak up against domestic violence. It makes me even more worried about my own students. Please pray for comfort and healing for the friends and family of Tracy Hedgepath and her children, and especially for Destiny. Not just her health, but her heart as well.

Hundreds turnout at vigil for murdered mom and her children - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC-

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…

It’s the sound of the clock ticking down the time left of summer. I’m slowly feeling the back-to-school feelings… Next week, my hubs and I will be jetting off to the Dominican Republic for a week of white sands and clear-blue water, a vacation from the go-go-go of summertime, and a mental health break to prepare ourselves for August… I blogged last year about August- the month of nerves. Oh how I hate the feeling of August. It’s sweltering, it’s frustrating, and it tears my nerves up not knowing what’s coming or what the next school year will be like, if I am prepared or not- that fear of the scary & unknown.  That being said, I can’t help but start the work of preparing, making my long range plan and making a sketch of the year… I’m also splitting my time between the garden, family & friends, and my newest hobby- volunteering at the local county history museum, plus I’m taking an intense online Autism class for graduate credit. Not such a break, once you add in all the summer time to-do lists I accumulate over the school year. Anyways, today I worked on my class book list. I have created an Amazon wish lists of books I want to add to my class library. My library is already fairly sizable for a beginning teacher, but no where near the size I need to service the literary needs of 75-100 students. So, I thought I’d share my list with my bloggy friends and family. I hate to beg for books or donations, but I just thought someone out there might be looking for a good deed, and what a great way- getting a kid hooked on reading! :)

Here is the link if you want to help out or are curious:

Amazon Classroom Book Wish List

Thanks!

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Too funny!

Need a camping chair?

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This picture is one a few friends posted on Facebook, and I HAD to share… it is too fabulous not to!

EKK!

It’s JULY?! What have I done this last month?!

Well, let’s see…

* Beach
* Watched my little sister-in-law graduate from high school and hosted a pool party in her honor.
* R & R (highly needed, too)
* Cleaned, pittled in the kitchen (put up tons of squash, blackberries, peaches, apples, and pickles! And I mastered the art of meringue & key lime pie!)
* Camping!
* Rearranged and organized my office
* Got my contract! Read: I am OFFICALLY sign, sealed, and delivered as a 7th grade ELA teacher. 
Now why do I feel like I “blew this month away” doing nothing? Probably because I have 9 units of work to do for my online Autism class that most teachers are taking for certificate renewal credit, which obviously means it doesn’t make a hill of beans of a difference for me, but I am taking it to be an overachiever and because I  thrive on stress… not to mention that I am dazed and confused as to where to begin planning for this next year. So between the 4th and the day we leave for the Dominican Republic for our weeklong vacation later this month, I will be utilizing July to make myself feel productive. :) Or so, I’m telling myself this. Baha…

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Just sayin...

... Congratulations, Gamecocks! <3 Woo-hoo, this South Carolina girl is happy!
And yet another reason I don't do orange...

This photo is from The State, showing the USC flag flying from the top of the State House (which I personally thought was fitting as SC has an affinity for controversial flying flags that receive either rants or raves from  South Carolinians...) in celebration of their victory this week as the National Champions, and I have to say, it makes me smile!