Thursday, November 30, 2006

My ears are too old

In class today, I was teaching what is destined to go down in the record books as one of the best ever since I had someone observing me. As soon as that woman left, you could see the relief in the kids' eyes and the desire to dump all things Silas Marner. One of my jokesters did something I could not see or hear and all the kids began to screetch at him and tell him to stop. I asked what was going on, and the kids looked at me wide eyed. "You can't hear that, Mrs. Cumby?" (I know, not the best nickname I've ended up with). I couldn't and asked him to do it again. Again, nothing. Here's where I realize I must be the butt of some joke and that the kids are making a mockery of me, despite the fact that I thought they liked me. The kids' claim was that they had a cell phone ring that only kids could hear and that old people over 40 couldn't. I said, "But I'm only 27" (28? I don't remember and I don't want to do math right now) Then I realized God was the one playing the mean joke on me when I read this:

Basically, a company created a device to annoy teens that adults couldn't hear to run off vagrant hobo kids hanging outside places. But some kid got smart and made it into a cell phone ring and they all can use it in class while the old fogies (yup, that would include me) keep going without knowing. Just when I was feeling better about getting old, this happens...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My 100th post

Oh, they've all been great posts too, haven't they? I got tagged, so my post won't be nearly as fab as it should be considering it is my 100th, but oh well. BTW, tomorrow is my last day of work before a week of VACATION!!! That rocks! Pray for me to actually get something done next week so I can salvage some amount of self esteem...

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:15, with a 5 minute return to bed with Jason to cuddle around 6:45 for warmth (per his request) That's right, Jason, the secret is OUT.
2. Diamonds or Pearls? Now this reminds me of when Heather and I were still managers and we were at a conference and she got to tell this 45-year old manager who married her high school sweetheart what a pearl necklace was. Nice. That said, my pearls were stolen in the last break-in, so I am sticking with my diamond ring and that's it.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Skeleton Key with my mom and stepdad. What can I say, it has been awhile.
4. What is your favorite TV show? 24. South Park. Sesame Street's zombie creating powers.
5. What did you have for breakfast? Peanut butter and jelly on toast, like everyday.
6. What is your middle name? Marie, just like everyone else from the 70's. Heather, can I get a shoutout?
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian, but I never get good italian anymore.
8. What foods do you dislike? I have been trying to be open minded lately. But Indian food is truly awful, truly.
9. Your favorite potato chip? French Onion Sunchips
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? What's a CD?
11. What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Prius ($16 to fill the tank and goes 400 miles, sucka).
12. Favorite Sandwich? I eat a turkey and cheddar sandwich on toast with mayo everyday
13. What characteristics do you despise? Irresponsibility on a million different levels
14. What are your favorite clothes? Skinny clothes when they fit - can I get a Hell Yeah?
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it
be? Hmm. I'd like to tour Europe and have time to visit all the churches, museums, etc.
16. What color are your eyes? Brown.
17. Favorite brand of clothing? No label whore here.
18. Where would you want to retire? Right where I am with my family and friends close by.
19. Favorite time of day? 7-9 pm.
20. Where were you born? Baton Rouge, LA (not that far from Britney...)
21. What is your favorite sport to watch? I hate sports
22. Who do you think will not send this back? Everyone already seems on the ball
23. Person you expect to send it back first? I'm not tagging
24. Pepsi or Coke? Coke of the diet variety
25. Cats or Dogs? I think neither in the future
26. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I can sleep from 9 pm to 9 am. What does that make me, other than lazy?
27. Pedicure or manicure? Getting my first pedi with HK next week
28. Do you prefer funny or mushy cards? Funny.
29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? I'm pregnant. Not really, but I thought that would get people's attention
30. What did you want to be when you were little? A pediatrician
31. What do you have in your trunk right now? A stroller and an emergency kit
32. What is your best childhood memory? Getting to spend so much time with family in Baton Rouge. I was always with my grandparents and aunts, and moving away was devestating
33. What are the different jobs you have had in your life? fast food, bakery, laser tag facilitator, cookie maker, telemarketer, assistant to an interior decorator, waitress, teller, bank officer, asst mgr, bank mgr, indentured servitude (sahm for longer than i could handle) and a high school english teacher
34. Favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving. It has the food and the family without the gift obligations
35. What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate and rice krispie treats
36. Favorite Summer getaway? I like family stuff wherever there's cool air
37. Ever been to Africa ? No.
38. Glasses or Contacts? Glasses, but I usually do the best I can with my eyes
39. Ever been toilet papering? Yes, of course
40. Been in a car accident? Lots
41. Favorite day of the week? Saturday, one day of weekend left after that one
42. Favorite restaurant? hard to just have one...
43. Favorite flower? Love em all. Pretty, pretty
44. Favorite movies? Josie and the Pussycats, South Park, American Beauty
45. Favorite Pastime? Scrapping and playing on the computer
46. Favorite ice cream? Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip
47. Favorite fast food restaurant? Jack in the Box
48. How many times did you fail your drivers test? Never.
49. From whom did you get your last email? Heather
50. Sandals or tennis shoes? Flip flops
51. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Anyone who knows me knows I could never max a card. Never.
52. If the speed limit is 60 what is the fastest you will drive? 64.
53. Bedtime? Around 11:00.
54. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? I only care about myself
55. Last person you went to dinner with? Jason
56. What are you listening to right now? My Name is Earl is playing
57. What is your favorite color? Blue or burgandy
58. How may tattoos do you have? None, but ten various holes
59. How many people are you sending this Email to? Nada
60. What time did you finish this email? 7:58 pm

Monday, November 06, 2006

In heroic couplets a la Caterbury Tales

I am home with a sick boy (yay calling in sick!) and thought I should post something. I am trying to waste time as not to read my book for school, so I will write my post in heroic couplets with iambic pentameter in tribute to the Canterbury Tales. If you don't remember the story from HS (I didn't) it is a bunch of travelers together on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. We had the kids do a modern pilgrim in the same style of Chaucer (10 syllables per line, AA BB rhyme scheme, etc), so my pilgrim will be the Blogger. Be sad for me and enjoy, and assume all insults are self directed.

And on our journey the Blogger there was
Typing away the day and night because
The people of the world wide web must be
Just on pins and needles waiting to see
The mundane happenings of this girl's life
The laundry, the family, oh what strife.

It is Monday morning, and she is there
Laptop in lap, Diet Coke next to chair
And she is off. Tappity tap tap tap
Her thoughts are out, wisdom hidden in crap.
Tales of the weekend, and the week ahead
Those reports are due, those meetings to dread
Such random musings from one woman's head
"Did you see last night's Desparate Housewives?
The bloodshed was gunshots, this time not knives
I wanted Nora to go, but I hope
Lynette feels no blame, it was that big dope
Of a woman who did it, and that speech
that Lynette gave to her thus, let that teach
People to self pity and let rage out
In the supermarket, without a doubt."

She moves on to talk of holiday plans
Thanksgiving turkeys, stuffing and bread pans
That will quickly become pine trees and snow
Snow in Houston? It's a joke, you know!
Decorating her home, buying gifts
Thinking of her loved ones, her spirit lifts
And she makes lists of gifts she must go buy
It all must be perfect, nothing awry

On and on she goes, and typing away
Who really cares, one cannot help but say
As they read this post, and comment at length
Then move on to their blog, with equal strength
Of words and content, as useless as these
Make sure to leave a comment, pretty please
So bloggers know that it is not in jest
"My blog is important, not like the rest."

I know, next time I should fight the urge. Jason saw some book about daily blog challenges and it made me think it was okay to do something this dumb. Perhaps I should rethink that.