Saturday, March 29, 2014

A long time with no blogging

This year has been a whirlwind. I am teaching school and while I am no longer as overwhelmed as I was first semester, getting lectures and lunches, grading and chauffeuring done -- with a bit of time to support Girl Scouts, my own classwork (for the classes I take on the weekends), Tae Kwon Do, and synagogue on top of what seems like an endless pile of paper to be created or graded has me spent.

So, while I should have been blogging, I have just been too overwhelmed.

But, there have been high points in the semester: watching all of my students using their right hands to try to figure out some physics (okay, two tried their left hands...); or the day that one of my students arrived with a crown from Burger King for me (I am now the queen of physics, who requires all her subjects to obey the laws of physics); or to see how my little family has adjusted - including a warmer bond between my husband and our daughter now that they have special time all to themselves.

Meanwhile there are things I definitely miss: time for myself and my friends; time to plan a dinner that takes longer than 20 minutes to make (or can't be left in the crock pot); time to play piano or just be silly with the kid.

Most days involve leaving home before 6am and at least one extra curricular for the kid. She is now a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do, her Hebrew is improving, and she sold a ton of girl scout cookies. All this means that most days I hit our home somewhere between 6 and 7pm -- 12-13 hours later...just in time to lesson plan and grade and do it again tomorrow.

And yet, I will probably sign up to teach again next year.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Child of the 70's

We listen to a lot of music. So far, Eileen loves all musicals (though I heavily edit them, as I don't need a 5 year old singing 'I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No'). We sing folk and rock and country. She likes Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, Tom Lehrer (within reason....yes to 'Poisoning Pigeons' no to 'Masochism Tango'), but in the past three days I have heard her singing Peter, Paul and Mary; Harry Chapin; and Cat Stevens. Goodness. I need to listen to something current that has lyrics that I won't need to wash her mouth with soap if she sings...suggestions?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Posting for the sake of opening lines up...

I am not a good blogger. I like to believe I am still a good friend. We are out and about most weekends with the little one (usually birthday parties, zoo, or the like). We are really lucky that way.

Meanwhile, I read a lot and I have been studying biology. Mr. Boyum, wherever you are, you did a great job teaching my high school class back in 1986-87 school year. I sometimes find myself remembering whole pages of a notebook that I kept for that class.

Eric is studying to get his private pilot's license.

Air Force has issued no news for us, so Eileen is going to stay at the private school that she attends: The Colorado Springs School. A pretty phenomenal school.

If and when I have news, I promise to send it along both here and in facebook, but otherwise, know that I continue to challenge myself and come up with new things for me. This week Eileen and I made slip knot tutus for many friends (okay at least one was a doll).