Friday, February 29, 2008

I don't get bathroom breaks

With only one more week left of substitute teaching, here is a list of things that I WON'T miss about replacing absent teachers:

1. Getting up at 5:45

2. Signing bathroom passes for students all day while I have had to pee for like 2 hours because of all the water I drank with lunch.

3. Being told "you look like a student!" but punk kids with sagging pants.

4. Being asked "how old are you?" 47 times in one class period. Didn't anyone ever tell them it was impolite to ask a women's age?

5. Getting up at 5:45.

6. "Miiiiisssssssss! Did you see that? He just hit me!" (and from high schoolers too!)

7. Watching the first 45 minutes of the same movie 5 times but never getting to see the end

8. Getting up at 5:45.

9. School lunches.

10. Being shorter than middle school students.

I will miss all (well, most) of the kids and teachers (especially at DCIS!). Thanks for some (mostly) good times!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I'm still here. . .

for three more weeks.

Things that I'm going to to before I leave:

Trivitron- 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9 (Possibly with some questions written by me on the 9th)
Trunks- 2/23 and 3/8
Starship Troy- 2/27 and 3/12 (I may even put myself in for Ensign McCoy)
VIP dinner 2/26
Peace Corps Leap party- 2/29
Family party thrown by Lola- 2/29 (also celebrates the birthdays of my mom, my sister and my niece, which are all within a week of this date)
FAC Happy Hour- 3/7
alumni board goodbye dinner- 3/11
Birthday (J's)/Housewarming (Liz and J's)/Bon Voyage (me) Party- 3/14

I also want to go to the following restaurants:
Twin Dragon

The best way to see me is to call me and go to one of the events above.

Also, if I see you in the next two weeks, expect to get from me a blank CD which I would love for you to fill with music for my trip. If you feel the strong urge to get me some other gift, let me know and I'll tell you what is still on my shopping list. :)

And somewhere in all this I might start to pack. . .

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Destination Wedding (or the Wedding-moon)

I wasn't sold on the whole "Destination Wedding" thing. Mostly because it was going to be pretty expensive to travel to Mexico for a week and I'm trying to save my pennies right now. I almost didn't go- my original departure date for PC was Feb 15. After thinking about it a lot, I decided that I would regret more not postponing and missing my cousins wedding than I would regret postponing and spending the money to go to Mexico. So far I'm right. I don't know what my assignment would have been had I left in Feb instead of March, but it wouldn't have been Albania. I'm still nervous about Albania, of course, but the more I learn, the more interesting it becomes. And I really needed a beach vacation. And I'm really happy that I got to spend some QT with my fam, especially my Aunt and Uncle that I don't see too often. And I'm excited that I got to meet my cousins in-laws and actually got to know them a little bit because they are now part of my family (and they rock). And I'm really glad I didn't miss the beautiful wedding on the beach. So I get it. Destination Wedding, it works. And I got a tan, so yeah for that. :)

The bride and groom with my parents and me

The view from our cabana (no electricity, sand floor but right on the beach!)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Skiing and my new camera

In preperation for my trip, I am buying some new (sometimes badly needed) stuff. One of my few major puchases is a new camera. It was delievered last week and I got to try it out for the first time this weekend at the annual Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Ski Weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Winter Park. Since my parents have been heavily involved in the RPCV group in Denver since before I was born and we all like to ski, this has been an annual trip for our family for as long as I can remember. I decided to just cross-country ski this year (trying to save money and all) and then we went tubeing on the second day. The sled hill at SMR has a rope tow. . . that was of couse not working when we were there. While the snow was great and the tubeing was fun, I have my doubts about whether or not the trip down the hill was worth the hike back up. The law of sled gravity: what goes down must come back up.
Anyway, it was fun and good family time.