Archive for August 2011

Today is the first “official” work day for high school teachers in my district.  I say “official” because I have been working what seems like non-stop for the past 10 days to get my new classroom and new lab set up in our fabulous new building.  But, who’s counting, right?  True to my inner-nerd, I am extremely excited and woke up an hour before my alarm was set.  I love the beginning of a new school year for several reasons:

1) I love buying new school supplies.

2) I love the people I work with — wonderful folks who make me laugh, give hugs, and genuinely care about me and my daughter.

3) I love teaching kids, especially about the awesome world of biology.

4) I love that everything is brand new in our amazing new facility.

I am looking forward to a GREAT year!

In addition to our fabulous new high school, we also have awesome new athletic facilities.  Last night was the first home football game in the brand- spanking-new stadium.  It was a wonderful evening — despite the final score.  This was the breath-taking view for those of us sitting in the home stands:






Our students deserve these beautiful new facilities.  Our community is very fortunate, and I am proud to be a part of this new era.

For the past four days, I have been extremely busy unpacking and setting up my new classroom in our fabulous new school!  This will be my fourth year teaching high school science, and I would like to show you just how far I have come.

My first two years, I was what is known as a “floater”.  In other words, I had no classroom of my own to call home.  Consequently, I was forced to push a lovely cart from room to room all over the building to teach my classes each and every day.  Needless to say, this was not an ideal situation.  I did, however, have a small desk in what was known as the “floater office”.  I shared this office with three other teachers, and this is what it looked like:







My third year, I thought I had hit the jackpot because I was given a classroom to call my own!  It was not a science classroom, but I did not care because I would have a home and could give up the dreaded cart.  This is what my shabby, little classroom looked like:






Now, we are all fortunate enough to be moving into a brand new building that has the most awesome technology available.  It is a beautiful facility, and we have gorgeous views of the mountains.  All of the furniture is new, and I can not describe how thrilled I am to be a part of this milestone for our community.  This is what my fancy, new classroom looks like so far:














This is going to be a GREAT year!

This has been quite a hectic week.  But, I’m never too busy for a good laugh.  Consequently, I wanted to share a couple of things from Tosh.0 that made me giggle …


Let’s Dance

If you are a parent, please take a moment to read this and let me know what you think.

This blog post from The Sydney Morning Herald gets at some of the contradictions inherent in parenting. The love and irritation, exhaustion and exaltation that are the lot of even the most conscientious and loving mother.I’ve experienced a wider plethora of emotions since becoming a parent, than I have in any other role. I’ve never felt such pure frustration and intense anger as I have since becoming a parent. I didn’t realise a small being could … Read More

via Janette’s Blog

I have always been a huge fan of Saturday Night Live.  As a kid, I fondly remember spending the night at my cousin’s house and trying desperately to stay awake until 11:30 pm!  SNL has given us some of the most wonderfully talented comedic actors of all time.  Folks like Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy, Chris Farley, and Jimmy Fallon are brilliant.  There have been countless awesome sketches over the years, but these are some of my favorites:

Will Ferrell & Christopher Walken — More Cowbell

Will Ferrell & Cheri Oteri — Spartan Cheerleaders

Patrick Swayze & Chris Farley — Chippendale Dancers

Molly Shannon — Mary Katherine Gallagher

And, who can forget the hosts?  My recent favorite is Justin Timberlake, and this clip is one of the funniest things that I have ever seen!

I will never forget August 9, 1995.  I was driving through Atlanta, Georgia with my mother.  We were on our way to Auburn, Alabama where I was about to begin my adventures as a graduate student.  A radio announcer broke in to say that Jerry Garcia had passed away.  I can not describe the reaction I had because it’s difficult to articulate how much Jerry and the Grateful Dead mean to me.    

You see, even though I was in my early twenties then, I had been lucky enough to see the Dead perform live a total of six times.  I was introduced to the band by a very special person.  He took me to my first show on March 1, 1992 at The Omni in Atlanta.  I saw five shows in Atlanta in 1992 and 1994, and one show at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1993.  All of these shows were while I was an undergraduate student at Clemson University.  So, you see, Jerry represents the carefree happiness of my youth.  Seeing those shows and listening to their music with different friends over the years are some of my most treasured memories of all time.  Jerry was a brilliant musician, and he was a beautiful singer.  Luckily, the Dead always allowed fans to record their shows, so “The Music Never Stopped”.  

As a tribute, I hope you enjoy these lyrics from one of my favorite Grateful Dead tunes, “Brokedown Palace”.



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