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Friday, August 15th, 2008
11:43 am
so i kind of love the jonas brothers. they are such snappy dressers and i really like the new cd. true story. great pop music. yes, i know, maybe instead of teaching seventh grade i will be in it!

also, i think death cab's i will follow you into the dark is the most romantic, positive spin of atheism i've heard.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
9:56 pm
middle school books
i've been trying to cram my head full of middle school books to prepare myself for my seventh graders in less than a month. it has been amazing. i was sad to shelf some of my own reading for the middle school books, but in the past two weeks i've read some of the best books i have ever found. there was an interesting article in the times about authors writing books and finding that they were put in young adult classifications even though they had not written them for that audience in particular. i feel like these books are just amazing for anyone to read.

I just finished the The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which can probably be read in an hour or so. i was like -oh another cute velveteen rabbit type story, and i like stories like that, but it was really so much more interesting and surprisingly dark and so much more touching.

I also read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Reading the book jacket enticed me because that familiar description is missing, and in it's place:
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the jacket, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter such a fence.

It is not difficult to pick up what the book is about early on, and I usually don't like holocaust fiction because i just think it's one of those subjects where there is enough nonfiction out there that does it in the most powerful way. but this book surprised me.
Friday, July 25th, 2008
3:33 pm
i am feeling so energized by the welcoming attitude at guilderland - but especially by the perspectives of the administrators and fellow teachers who were there today to talk about what kind of building it is and offer ten different kinds of help. it is not a competitive place or a building where teachers don't share or collaborate with each other. we even get paid to collaborate and they allocate forty minutes a day for us to to collaborate with anyone else in the building. and i know from having the same supervisor when i student taught here that it is never about administrators saying GOTCHA! and telling you what you suck at but that they always try to help you be the best that you can be. that sounds cheesy to the max but it is amazing to see how much they believe in their teachers and how much freedom they give them. they paid me over 200 dollars a day every day this week and bought me books so that i could talk about cooperative learning and meet other teachers in the district.

ps if anyone wants to see the dark knight this weekend, i think you should buy tickets to the xfiles movie and sneak into the dark knight because the juggernaut that is batman should not stomp on my hopes and dreams and opportunities for future xfiles movies. batman doens't need any more profits. sincerely, a dork.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
7:01 am
wooo i am disgustingly excited..and not even about my reading comprehension and literacy workshop almost being over (today is the last day!) ...but rather about being a huge dork. new x-files movie and apparently I do have new teacher training the next morning. It remains to be seen whether or not I will stay up til 3am to see a midnight showing of the movie... but i know which way i am leaning :)

Your result for The X Files Dork Test...

Elite Phile Dork

You really know your shit. Like me (the writer of the test) you probably spent most of the show's nine year run hanging out on X Files message boards, surfing for spoilers and rewatching episodes. You know all of the episode names and like every single bit of inane trivia. You probably even shelled out the ridiculous amounts of cash required for the DVD sets, maybe wrote some fan fiction or have gotten into a heated arguments over the mytharc. You can probably guess what season an episode or picture is from by Mulder and Scully's hair and can guess which episode you are watching merely from viewing 30 seconds of it. If I don't know you already, message me because we should be friends.

Take The X Files Dork Test at HelloQuizzy

Monday, June 16th, 2008
9:18 pm
mark rylance
i really enjoyed mark rylance in boeing boeing, so when i heard he won a tony award last night i decided to check out his speech on youtube. i had no idea what the guy was doing, but i loved the end of it, so i looked it up and he was reciting a poem by a guy named louis jenkins.


rylance certainly confused a lot of people. i definitely want to check out jenkins, though, because most of the time i don't think i like poetry at all, but poems that don't take themselves so seriously and yet say something ... i don't know how to describe it but i guess humor is always the way i like to get at truths. jenkins also has this fantastic bat poem that i found. i think i like this one precisely because i have a soft spot for bats. haha im lame and i love it.

There's a bat circling in the early dark, between the pine tree, the spruce and the maple. He seems happy enough gobbling up perhaps hundreds of mosquitoes on each turn around. But maybe it's Dracula. You have to think about that. Maybe Dracula doesn't transform himself into a bat, instead maybe the bat becomes Dracula. He has to go home soon, put on his little suit and tie and wander around the empty castle muttering to himself in a strange accent. And later, of course, there will be guests for dinner.


awesome! i will have to check out some more from this guy. i'm beginning to crystallize that which i value most in the world: people not taking themselves too seriously, humility (maybe number one), reflection, and humor. sure, i fail at these things very often but reflection being on the list proves that i won't always fail at the rest. i'm trying to stay positive with this list, so maybe that is another one to add to it, because it has certainly been prompted by observing the opposite. just saying that makes me feel like an asshole though. i want to stay low to the ground and know that i should never be the first deal out judgments.

it will be so tough to go home on friday, though at times it is tough to stay here away from friends and family. i worry about everything and i hate wanting to be in two places at once. oh life. i sure am lucky.
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
7:39 pm
8:52 am
josh lyman!
went to see boeing boeing yesterday in the city and got pictures with my beloved josh lyman (aka bradley whitford). when i'm back home i'll post them because they make me smile a lot. if only i had said something intelligent to him instead of reverting into a primitive animal. haha jk, that was only in my head. ;) the play is hilarious. i would definitely recommend anyone to go see it if they are in the area. it is about an architect who is juggling 3 flight attendant fiances who are on different flight schedules. the german one is the best. :)
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
9:26 pm
this game is exciting! lets go giants!!

ps: this new pelipper icon is amazing. he has other pokemon in his mouth!!

i am a dork.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
7:40 am
death penalty logic
im reading a new york times article about the methods by which states lethally inject those prisoners sentenced to death. the court case rests upon the notion that if the first of the three drugs administered does not work, the prisoner will be in serious pain. they also go into whether or not you have taken away someone's dignity by making them twitch with another drug. i just don't get how this is a factor at all when you've decided on the severest possible punishment. you are KILLING someone and you care if they are in pain? i mean, your full-blown ending their life. we want to kill you but we hope it doesn't hurt or cause you discomfort?? how could that make any sense? i know about "cruel and unusual punishment" being illegal and all that, but i just really do not understand this. i'm not going to get into where i stand on support for the death penalty, because i don't know that i can easily articulate it other than to say that it seems we make mistakes with regards to convictions. anyway, off to the DMv!!

and ONE MORE THING that doesn't make sense. why does the grammys have a best new artist award? what does that mean?? feist is nominated in that category and is not "new" unless you mean commercial recognition?? i don't know about the other candidates. ok, i don't know why im ranting about weird things today, but i am. :P
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
9:37 pm
87% Barack Obama
86% John Edwards
86% Hillary Clinton
85% Chris Dodd
79% Joe Biden
78% Mike Gravel
77% Dennis Kucinich
74% Bill Richardson
46% Rudy Giuliani
36% John McCain
27% Tom Tancredo
26% Mike Huckabee
25% Mitt Romney
15% Ron Paul
15% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

i finally have a car again, so hopefully i can have a life this week and maybe even work. yup yup yup. if you have a wii, bubble bobble came out for the virtual console and that is AMAZING. whatup NES games.
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
3:12 pm
Can you believe that this is a serious candidate for our nation's highest office??

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
8:10 pm
1040 people on this website type faster than me! i'm going to have to take them out, but for now its back to real life and out of the typing zone.

106 words

Touch Typing

Friday, December 21st, 2007
4:40 pm
i just walked to my grandma's.  we did some frying : 
pignalatas....that's the stuff!!!  i also had some escarole and beans and realized how much i need to stop eating frozen food every day.  so i'm graduated.  i'm hopefully going to be subbing soon.  other than taking a slide in my car last week on the ice, things are great.  i took the trailways home, and thanks to katie i checked out the audiobook community on LJ and downloaded patrick stewart doing A Christmas Carol and IT IS THE BEST THING EVER.  happy holidays!  i'm going to gain a hundred pounds in a week.   
Monday, December 10th, 2007
4:13 pm
all i wanted all semester was a free second, and now all i want is a JOB!  yikes. 
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
10:26 am
Ok, so I never *usually* feel the need to express my I-told-you-so moments...but this one is just too awesome!

Can I just say that I should have made this claim public...in writing...but I did tell many witnesses that Dumbledore was gay after reading the last book!!  The whole Grindewald thing was so obvious and the fact that we finally got the back-story on his life in that book with no explicit mention of a relationship.... oh man.  awesome.  word. i wouldn't count this as a spoiler either since reading the books won't directly take you to this revelation.  if it irritates someone, you can always take me off your friends list.  damn, im also mean today.  i love 15 page papers!!!  w00t.

Friday, October 12th, 2007
6:41 am
yikes.  i am feeling sick.  i guess its just a cold,except its been getting worse instead of better.  then again, it could just be that early morning thing-ive found that i always feel worse in the morning and at night when i have a cold (or when you wake up because of it!). 

i really think this is the greatest job!!   i also thought, for awhile, that i might be incapable of doing it.  teaching is so much harder than being a student (who knew?).   the greatest part of my semester has been my seminar.  it's led by a really great English teacher from Guilderland.  all we do is sit around and talk about our week (the good, the bad, the ugly) and get advice.  my students are just starting "personal essays" this week.  eighth graders are fun to work with-i can't wait for the rollerskating trip!!  i do freak out a lot while doing this job, but only in my head and only when im supposed to be sleeping or enjoying free time etc.  its been really necessary for me in some ways to keep thinking about a lesson, at least as a new teacher.  maybe its something ill always do.  who knows?  it's also so hard to tell if the kids are engaged sometimes.  i know some of them are.  i love those small moments like when they go out of their way to greet me in the hall or when they read me their poems after class.

it's fRIDAY!!  i have planned a state test for the weekend (a nystate teaching certification exam) and also planning...  hahaha.  oh and maybe recovering from my cold.
Saturday, July 21st, 2007
10:29 pm
harry potter
so ok i actually decided that i should put some stuff here for anyone who has finished the book and wants to talk about some things because id love to talk about it.

8:46 pm
i finished the book!  i had a day or two's head start because i downloaded some chapters. 

i loved it.  not much more i can say here i think.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
7:22 am
has anyone ever used stubhub.com?  ive never used them but i need cheap tickets for a mets game on sunday .  it says fedex on the site, ...but will i get my tickets in time??  i just want to be sure but the deals are unbeatable!

ps the new pokemon game for ds took over my life.  i should be sent back to 3rd grade.
Friday, June 15th, 2007
12:04 pm
baseball.work. update.
There is an article over @ the times about the new stadiums that raised a concern I hadn't really considered (having not gotten beyond the nostalgic sadness ..and the "city field" thing for Shea). Pricing changes and overall seating. The new stadiums hold less people--I know that this is usually not an issue but at those big important rivalries it's really nice to pack em in there. So there will be more of those expensive boxes etc. and the real question is, will we still be able to get those 9 or 12 dollar nose bleeders in any great number or for the same price? I mean ..they get you in parking costs anyway!!

The article is written by a Yankee fan, who, on his recent trip to Yankee Stadium, wrote that he saw the new stadium "taking shape like the unfinished Death Star." Can I just say that I think this is the third Death Star simile I have come across in the last month. I love it.

I'm at work right now. Not much happens. I get paid $12 an hour to be at GE and drink all their tea and play Planet Puzzle League on my DS. Being around the internet just makes me want to spend money. Occasinally I reserve people rooms and buzz them in. I love my new Jordans that I did not need

So I'm really glad that I opted to take some risks with the job thing instead of falling back on surefire places that would pay me less like my SUNY RACC job. This is my last day here, very sadly, but after this I'll be at a law office. Hopefully it will be a positive atmosphere.

I can't wait to be at Shea next week. I really hope that the new stadium doesn't smell crisp and new or clean or something...I hope it smells like grease and deep fried stuff and peanuts and beer...and I hope they still look the other way when you pay for the nosebleeds and end up behind home plate after the 7th inning. My only hope is that the cost of the stadium will prevent them from spending too much on security.

I love the summer. I had to remind myself yesterday to appreciate the fact that I was walking around withOUT a jacket and gloves. I know in the winter it is hard to even conceive of things like that ever having been possible! I might as well enjoy it but I guess that is why it's all relative. After a few weeks, I forget about the cold and don't really appreciate the warmth so I complain about the humidity. Haha you can never win..without perspective anyway.
I promised myself I would do homework at 12.. from 8-12..tetris.. You'd think that would be enough time to get on track. I'm pretty bad at this stuff. I really think the new hanson CD is soooo good. Lisa made me change the CD in the car haha.

My mac has trouble with myspace. I get errors a lot when trying to .. do anything. You'd think they'd fix that. I'm pretty sure my firefox is updated. Oh well.. It's not like I'm short on ways to procrastinate.

These are very random comments. So here is another one. If you play Tetris Attack (aka planet puzzle league, pan de pon etc.) and you look at some of the YouTube Videos... it's insanity! I feel slow minded. how is this possible!

Current Mood: accomplished
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