sharelle: (Snape - Shut Up)
I have one final test to take before I get my administrative and supervision certification. I had to put it off for a few reasons last year, but was determined to schedule the earliest possible exam this year - just to finally be finished with it.

So I did. It's a $115 exam as it is. (Cha-ching!) I scheduled early, so there would be no chance of additional late or emergency fees. I was very pleased with myself . . . right up until I hit the "confirm" button. The moment I did that, I realized my mistake.

I'll be at a concert in Philadelphia the night before until who-knows-what-time.

The test I scheduled is for 7:00 the next morning. (Which means I'll be super well-rested . . . if I sleep at all, after driving 3 hours to get home!)

It cost me another fricking $30 to change the date.

*headdesk headdesk headdesk*



I'm usually only stressed out like this during the actual school year!
sharelle: (Evil Teacher Club (from mustangsally78))
Apparently, our building's entire network was down today. Naturally, it was the day our students were scheduled to take the National Spanish Exam, which is an online test. So already, there was mucho stress in my department.

Then, as if the faculty wasn't already painfully aware of the situation, our school district decided to inform us that the computers were down.

They did this by sending a mass e-mail. *headdesk*

As if that wasn't enough, they made an announcement saying that, since the computers weren't working, teachers should send a hard copy of their attendance lists to the office rather than submitting them online. (Because, duh. We can't.) They went on to request that we not simply write the students' names on a piece of paper, but print out and mark the appropriate boxes on the school's official attendance sheets.

Which are located on the school's website. Online.

*double deaddesk*

God, the stupid burns. (I do work in an academic institution, right? Because some days I really wonder.)
sharelle: (Affection (Wash/Zoe))
Because you can never have too many good things in your life, and because we tend to overlook the good stuff far too often, here, in no particular order (and for no other reason than I felt like it), are 101 things that make my life awesome! I was surprised by how short a time it took me to list them all. (The best part was I probably could have kept going!)

101 Things That Make My Life Awesome! )
sharelle: (Affection (Wash/Zoe))
Because you can never have too many good things in your life, and because we tend to overlook the good stuff far too often, here, in no particular order (and for no other reason than I felt like it), are 101 things that make my life awesome! I was surprised by how short a time it took me to list them all. (The best part was I probably could have kept going!)

101 Things That Make My Life Awesome! )

NKOTB

Jun. 12th, 2009 06:13 pm
sharelle: (Teacher)
Sometimes I think I won't warm to the students in my current school the way I did in my old one. The sheer size of all the classes takes some of the personal touches and intimacy away. But sometimes I think they are every bit as sweet as my former students.

As we were preparing for final exams, I chatted with the kids about random things. I told one group in passing that I was disappointed to not be going to the New Kids on the Block concert two nights ago. (NKOTB had been my first concert *ever* and I had really been looking forward to being among those screaming, fangirling 30-something women who still remember their crushes on Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight from twenty years ago.) Sadly, it coincided with my cousin's high school graduation, which I needed to attend.

One of my students, who was going to the concert, came in the next day with a wrapped gift for me. The little sweetie had bought me a t-shirt at the show! (Apparently she had collaborated with another girl, and both were very adorable and excited to see my reaction.)

Sometimes, the students drive me crazy, but other times I love my kids a lot.


In another (though related) story, the guy I've recently been seeing was also at the concert. (He was working though - he was reviewing it for the newspaper.) I find it interesting, however, that instead of me ditching the guy I'm dating to spend an evening with my first crushes, the guy I'm dating ditches me . . . to spend and evening with my first crushes.

Weird.

NKOTB

Jun. 12th, 2009 06:13 pm
sharelle: (Teacher)
Sometimes I think I won't warm to the students in my current school the way I did in my old one. The sheer size of all the classes takes some of the personal touches and intimacy away. But sometimes I think they are every bit as sweet as my former students.

As we were preparing for final exams, I chatted with the kids about random things. I told one group in passing that I was disappointed to not be going to the New Kids on the Block concert two nights ago. (NKOTB had been my first concert *ever* and I had really been looking forward to being among those screaming, fangirling 30-something women who still remember their crushes on Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight from twenty years ago.) Sadly, it coincided with my cousin's high school graduation, which I needed to attend.

One of my students, who was going to the concert, came in the next day with a wrapped gift for me. The little sweetie had bought me a t-shirt at the show! (Apparently she had collaborated with another girl, and both were very adorable and excited to see my reaction.)

Sometimes, the students drive me crazy, but other times I love my kids a lot.


In another (though related) story, the guy I've recently been seeing was also at the concert. (He was working though - he was reviewing it for the newspaper.) I find it interesting, however, that instead of me ditching the guy I'm dating to spend an evening with my first crushes, the guy I'm dating ditches me . . . to spend and evening with my first crushes.

Weird.
sharelle: (Stoned (from ladyjessamyn))
The lunacy that one might experience at a funeral is not just for the movies, folks.

A funeral with my lunatic family )
sharelle: (Stoned (from ladyjessamyn))
The lunacy that one might experience at a funeral is not just for the movies, folks.

A funeral with my lunatic family )
sharelle: (Jewel Yay!)
I'm definitely bookmarking this entry for inspiration on those inevitable days when I just won't feel like going for a run . . .

When I was in high school (*cough*sixteenyearsago*cough*), I bought a Certain Pair of Jeans. They have always been my favorite jeans, though our relationship has always been a little love-hate: I've been in-and-out of them a lot over the years. I can't get rid of them, though. So every time they cease to fit, instead of going into a box for the Salvation Army, they get banished to the bottom of my drawer.

I resurrected them this evening when they happened to catch my eye. I figured, what the heck. I *have* been doing a lot of running this year . . .

I bought them when I was 16; next week I'll be 32.

And, alas, I still cannot wear my skinny jeans. They are now too big.

:)
sharelle: (Jewel Yay!)
I'm definitely bookmarking this entry for inspiration on those inevitable days when I just won't feel like going for a run . . .

When I was in high school (*cough*sixteenyearsago*cough*), I bought a Certain Pair of Jeans. They have always been my favorite jeans, though our relationship has always been a little love-hate: I've been in-and-out of them a lot over the years. I can't get rid of them, though. So every time they cease to fit, instead of going into a box for the Salvation Army, they get banished to the bottom of my drawer.

I resurrected them this evening when they happened to catch my eye. I figured, what the heck. I *have* been doing a lot of running this year . . .

I bought them when I was 16; next week I'll be 32.

And, alas, I still cannot wear my skinny jeans. They are now too big.

:)
sharelle: (Why me?)
I am dumb.

I attempted to save a little money while ordering through Amazon by buying just enough to qualify for Free Shipping. So I did, and it was good.

Then I learned about a DVD that my father wanted so I decided to add it to my order. I followed the directions at Amazon, took note that my previous order had not shipped yet (since it was only about an hour old), placed the second order, and followed the link to combine the two. And so far, it was still good.

It was then that Amazon told me that because I requested Free Shipping on my first order I could not combine it with the new purchase. Now I was bummed because I had to pay shipping on the new order.

Woe.

But I had a Cunning Plan.

I decided to switch to Standard Shipping on my earlier order -- just until I could combine the two -- then switch back to Free Shipping.

Ha HA! It was so Cunning, it just might work. So I did it -- then followed the link to combine and hit Confirm. All seemed to be good again.

Wouldn't you know that in the ONE MINUTE it took for me to do the whole combine process, my first order fricken SHIPS! (Or at least enters the "you-can-no-longer-touch-this-order" shipping process.)

I now have two orders coming to my house. And I'm now paying shipping on both of them.

Wow. I suck.
sharelle: (Why me?)
I am dumb.

I attempted to save a little money while ordering through Amazon by buying just enough to qualify for Free Shipping. So I did, and it was good.

Then I learned about a DVD that my father wanted so I decided to add it to my order. I followed the directions at Amazon, took note that my previous order had not shipped yet (since it was only about an hour old), placed the second order, and followed the link to combine the two. And so far, it was still good.

It was then that Amazon told me that because I requested Free Shipping on my first order I could not combine it with the new purchase. Now I was bummed because I had to pay shipping on the new order.

Woe.

But I had a Cunning Plan.

I decided to switch to Standard Shipping on my earlier order -- just until I could combine the two -- then switch back to Free Shipping.

Ha HA! It was so Cunning, it just might work. So I did it -- then followed the link to combine and hit Confirm. All seemed to be good again.

Wouldn't you know that in the ONE MINUTE it took for me to do the whole combine process, my first order fricken SHIPS! (Or at least enters the "you-can-no-longer-touch-this-order" shipping process.)

I now have two orders coming to my house. And I'm now paying shipping on both of them.

Wow. I suck.
sharelle: (Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps Marathon is two weeks from today and, after completing my final long run in preparation, I've learned a few things -- about myself and in general . . .

Ten Things I've Learned About Running - in no particular order )

I'll be tapering off with my distance over the next two weeks. (And trying to eat less carbs, so the pasta dinner will do its job on the night before. That will be the most difficult.)

The end is in sight, and I'm excited! I've already done so much more than I thought I was capable of!
sharelle: (Marine Corps)
The Marine Corps Marathon is two weeks from today and, after completing my final long run in preparation, I've learned a few things -- about myself and in general . . .

Ten Things I've Learned About Running - in no particular order )

I'll be tapering off with my distance over the next two weeks. (And trying to eat less carbs, so the pasta dinner will do its job on the night before. That will be the most difficult.)

The end is in sight, and I'm excited! I've already done so much more than I thought I was capable of!
sharelle: (DMB - Fire Dancer)
Last night was far and away the best Dave Matthews Band concert I've attended. I actually tried to call in a voice post of one of my favorite segments, but the playback quality was poor. (Sitting in the midst of a screaming audience made the music-to-crowd-noise ratio unfortunately disproportionate.) That's not necessarily a bad thing, however. The energetic crowd certainly made for a very good performance.

A brief overview of my most excellent evening )

And tonight, another big outing! Midnight show of Pirates of the Caribbean! Some of my friends across the pond may have seen it already by now. (I know you have, Charlie. *G*) As for me, I can't wait! (Only 5 short hours to go.)

Arr.
sharelle: (DMB - Fire Dancer)
Last night was far and away the best Dave Matthews Band concert I've attended. I actually tried to call in a voice post of one of my favorite segments, but the playback quality was poor. (Sitting in the midst of a screaming audience made the music-to-crowd-noise ratio unfortunately disproportionate.) That's not necessarily a bad thing, however. The energetic crowd certainly made for a very good performance.

A brief overview of my most excellent evening )

And tonight, another big outing! Midnight show of Pirates of the Caribbean! Some of my friends across the pond may have seen it already by now. (I know you have, Charlie. *G*) As for me, I can't wait! (Only 5 short hours to go.)

Arr.
sharelle: (No good)
I had a really hectic day yesterday, but it was a good one.

Firstly, it was my Granny's birthday. (She turned 81.) So everyone was together for that celebration. I'm happy to say, she had a wonderful day.

In the meantime, my brother and I had been making evil plans. (From a few thousand miles apart.)

Said Evil Plans )
sharelle: (No good)
I had a really hectic day yesterday, but it was a good one.

Firstly, it was my Granny's birthday. (She turned 81.) So everyone was together for that celebration. I'm happy to say, she had a wonderful day.

In the meantime, my brother and I had been making evil plans. (From a few thousand miles apart.)

Said Evil Plans )
sharelle: (Evil Teacher Club (from mustangsally78))
Hershey was fun, . . . aside from a few snags. Seems a handful of sophomores felt that, "Please check in with me right here at 1:00" meant:

A) Only if they felt like it.
B) As long as they weren't eating.
C) They could check in with any teacher, anywhere, at any time.
D) As long as they told another student to tell me (s)he saw them.
E) I probably wasn't really talking to them anyway.

Needless to say, when I finally did catch up to them in the park, I was less than happy. They actually acted all affronted when I dared to speak harshly to them about it. But, honestly, not only do they need to learn to budget their time better, but they've got to learn a little common courtesy. I did wait an extra half-hour for them to show up at the predetermined place. Twice. (Only to have them never actually show up.) Which resulted in me:

A) Wasting more than an hour's worth of my afternoon
B) Being unable to meet up with the fellow colleagues that I was supposed to be hanging out with for the day. Which, in turn, meant that I . . .
C) Spent the majority of the afternoon alone until I could find someone from my group.

And would you believe they actually had the nerve to ask that, since I just saw them, were they required to come to the next meeting point? Sorry, kiddies. If I'm going to waste more than two half-hours of my afternoon waiting for you, then you are going to make the small effort it takes to check in when and where I say. (The sad thing was, if they hadn't gotten so huffy and bent out of shape over why I was mad, I probably would have said sure. Some kids just don't learn when it's not a good time to try to get the last word.)

In other Hershey news, today was the first beautiful day (weather-wise) that we've had in more than a week. So, naturally, I got a sunburn. Which means I'll have a lovely farmer's tan for the wedding I'm going to this weekend. (Guess it's not too late to change my mind about the sleeveless dress I was going to wear.)

Also, when we went past one of the park's Subways, the company's spokesman Jarod was there. That was pretty neat. He signed autographs for three of my students. Aw, come on! Who can't help but be a tiny bit starstruck, even by minor celebrities?



I'm off to Pittsburgh sometime tomorrow afternoon for my roommate's wedding. I plan on bringing the laptop, just in case there's wireless cable in the rooms or if I end up with enough free time to work on my story. In case I don't get to sign on before Sunday night, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
sharelle: (Evil Teacher Club (from mustangsally78))
Hershey was fun, . . . aside from a few snags. Seems a handful of sophomores felt that, "Please check in with me right here at 1:00" meant:

A) Only if they felt like it.
B) As long as they weren't eating.
C) They could check in with any teacher, anywhere, at any time.
D) As long as they told another student to tell me (s)he saw them.
E) I probably wasn't really talking to them anyway.

Needless to say, when I finally did catch up to them in the park, I was less than happy. They actually acted all affronted when I dared to speak harshly to them about it. But, honestly, not only do they need to learn to budget their time better, but they've got to learn a little common courtesy. I did wait an extra half-hour for them to show up at the predetermined place. Twice. (Only to have them never actually show up.) Which resulted in me:

A) Wasting more than an hour's worth of my afternoon
B) Being unable to meet up with the fellow colleagues that I was supposed to be hanging out with for the day. Which, in turn, meant that I . . .
C) Spent the majority of the afternoon alone until I could find someone from my group.

And would you believe they actually had the nerve to ask that, since I just saw them, were they required to come to the next meeting point? Sorry, kiddies. If I'm going to waste more than two half-hours of my afternoon waiting for you, then you are going to make the small effort it takes to check in when and where I say. (The sad thing was, if they hadn't gotten so huffy and bent out of shape over why I was mad, I probably would have said sure. Some kids just don't learn when it's not a good time to try to get the last word.)

In other Hershey news, today was the first beautiful day (weather-wise) that we've had in more than a week. So, naturally, I got a sunburn. Which means I'll have a lovely farmer's tan for the wedding I'm going to this weekend. (Guess it's not too late to change my mind about the sleeveless dress I was going to wear.)

Also, when we went past one of the park's Subways, the company's spokesman Jarod was there. That was pretty neat. He signed autographs for three of my students. Aw, come on! Who can't help but be a tiny bit starstruck, even by minor celebrities?



I'm off to Pittsburgh sometime tomorrow afternoon for my roommate's wedding. I plan on bringing the laptop, just in case there's wireless cable in the rooms or if I end up with enough free time to work on my story. In case I don't get to sign on before Sunday night, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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