A not-so anonymous letter to the A-hole teacher mentioned in my previous post

A not-so anonymous letter to the A-hole teacher mentioned in my previous post

May 28, 2010

Dear Mr. Giant A-Hole Jock Teacher,

I know you think I’m just a little Home Ec teacher and that what I teach isn’t as “important” as football or your social studies class, but you really have some nerve treating me and my program like it has no purpose or importance. I’ll have you know that many parents have told me that if it wasn’t for our program they don’t know if their child would still be in school- as in our piddly little program is the only reason their child hasn’t dropped out of school, yet. I’d venture to say that no one has said that about your very boring social studies class, which by the way, I do deem to be very important if it were taught properly. But, since you show boring video’s every other day, I’m kind of doubting your students are learning anything important.

Oh, and since you asked, DCF stands for the “Department of Children and Families.” The exams you mention are coming from the State of Florida for their certification to teach in a preschool. These tests are proctored by the STATE- not me. So as you can see, I have very little choice on how and when these tests are administered. I am at the mercy of the State and their schedule and their rules.

Also, since we’re on the topic of importance, let’s talk about what’s really going on in our world, outside of football. Can you do that? I know it’ll be a stretch to think about anything other than football for you, but I’ll use easy terms so you can understand. In case you hadn’t noticed, we are kind of in a recession [when the state of the economy declines]. A pretty bad one- one where people don’t have jobs, are losing their homes, and in some cases can’t get food for their families. In fact, I have some students who don’t come to school because they don’t always have transportation [the act of moving someone or something from one location to another] because they can’t always afford gas. Gas, by the way, is derived from petroleum and used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines (like what is found in our cars-those things we drive). This brings me to the largest oil spill in US history that’s going on right now. I don’t want to confuse you though, so let’s just skip that for a moment and go back to money because I don’t think they’ve been able to make any video’s on this oil spill just, yet.

Did you know that people need money in order to go to college? Crazy, I know, but it’s true! Well, some of my students don’t have money to go to college. Actually, one of my students didn’t even have the $7 she needed to take the DCF exams, so I paid for it out of my very own pocket. Know why? Because she really wants to teach in a preschool and when she’s done with all four levels of my course she will be able to do just that, without even going to college. That’s right. My students are employable for more then minimum wage straight out of high school.

Are your students employable straight out of high school for more than minimum wage? What? No, you say? Well, then just shut your damn trap and lower the sound on your video. And don’t worry, I remember we’re neighbors in real life, too. I’ll still smile and nod politely if I see you this summer at the neighborhood pool, you big giant Ass. It’s a little trick I learned back in my ole sorority days. *smile*

Sincerely,

Mrs. Tow

PS- You picked on the wrong little pregnant girl. Shame on you for underestimating the wrath of hormones. You really should know better. I’ve met your wife and son…

Worse then I thought…

Worse then I thought…

After months of planning and one-on-one work with students to get them prepared for the state certification tests, I have to say I was very disappointed with today….

It really did go worse then I thought it would.

1) They didn’t set up the cafeteria like they said they would (the State is VERY specific on the test conditions). The cafeteria was pissed that they couldn’t let students in for breakfast, and the teacher in the adjacent room was pissed that we made him turn his video volume down. He actually said, “What the hell are DCF exams anyway, and why does it matter?” Grrr…..

2) 19 of my students (out of 45) did not show up for the exams. 19. 19. 19. As in 42%. And the principal would not let us make an announcement for those that forgot to come- so as not to interrupt classes.

3) For some reason, the teacher I co-teach with did not help me check-in the other 26 that did show. So there I was, by myself, collecting money, writing hall passes, getting their ID’s, and having them sign by their names all at the same time. By myself.

4) Then, I stayed in the class to deal with the other kids that didn’t sign up to take the exams and graded all our big projects, again,, by myself.

5) Did I mention, I barely slept last night and I felt so sick that I barely ate all day?

I think today may have been worse than the vomit debacle of last week, which I haven’t blogged about, yet, because I’ve been so stressed about this Friday coming up.

The reality, no matter how crappy I felt today, is that I have a job. I love my job. I really do love my students (most of the time). And, that I have a good and loving life. So, I’m trying to focus on that. That and the 9 more days left until summer…

But wait! Let’s look at the sunny side of things! One of my students painted me a canvas with abstract flowers and geometric shapes that says, “Open my eyes, teach me how to love.” How sweet is that? She made it for the baby, she said. And a couple others bought Tiny a blanket, some cute outfits, and some crocheted slippers. It was my one touching moment in an otherwise crappy day.

No matter what happens with these stupid certificates, at least I know I’ve touched some of my students in a positive way.

In a funk..

In a funk..

This Friday is a big testing day for the course I teach. My students are taking their certification tests through the state to be able to work in a preschool and I’m, well, stressed.

In the midst of teachers getting laid off and involuntarily transferred for such things as numbers, I feel a little more than terrified that I may be sealing my fate with the results of those tests tomorrow.

My sleep pattern went something like this last night:

  • Laid in bed but couldn’t fall asleep until after 1 am.
  • Woke up briefly at 2:30 am
  • Woke up again at 3:30 am
  • Again at 4:30 am
  • And again at 5:30 am to take my shower and get to work.

So, I’m tired, I’m cranky, and I haven’t felt like blogging! Sorry! I really am, cause it’s not like I don’t have anything to say these days. I have plenty, but I just can’t bring myself to get on a computer and do it until I get these tests done with!!

In other news, I think I finally finished my registries at BRU and Target. I’ve only tweaked them about 1 hundred times each. But, my point here is that I have taken every suggestion very seriously and I wanted to thank everyone for their great advice! If you have any other suggestions, I am more than happy to take it. Being the weirdo that I am, there is still plenty of time for me to tweak until the baby shower.

Also, I haven’t forgotten about those ultrasound pics I promised from the anatomy scan. I need to post those and my 22 week belly pics- probably sometime this weekend AFTER these stupid DCF exams tomorrow…

The Oil Spill Disaster

The Oil Spill Disaster

I haven’t brought up the recent oil spill because, well, it’s devastating and out of control! I have been very upset about it, though. Especially, with reports around my county of weird smells and so on. Not to mention what a catastrophe it will be when the oil reaches our shore. I really hope it doesn’t because Clearwater Beach happens to be one of my most favorite places to be in the world! I just can’t imagine the damage that’s being done right now around the Gulf. This to me is worse than any “recession” we may be in.

My point here, is that I’ve been thinking of what kinds of things I can do. I have already boycotted BP gas stations. No joke. We were coming back from the beach a couple of weeks ago when my gas light came on (cause I keep forgetting to check it these days since I got pregnant..oops!) and I refused to let Matt stop at the closest station, a BP. Matt was worried we’d be walking home, but I honestly would rather walk home 4 miles than go to any BP station right now.

Since I am interested in helping out the cause and I know others are to, I thought I would share that agencies from the federal government to community groups are requesting volunteers to help with the impact of the Gulf oil spill. Here are some organizations to contact:

•The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is asking for volunteers and donated items as it prepares for injured birds and coastal cleanups. The sanctuary has a drop-off center at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores. Linens, kennels, towels, sheets, detergent, Pepto-Bismol and toothbrushes are needed. For information, call (727) 391-6211 or visitwww.seabirdsanctuary.com

•Save Our Seabirds Inc. needs donations of towels and sheets along with volunteers to help at its headquarters, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota. For information, call
(941) 388-3010 or visit www.saveourseabirds.org

•Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is looking for volunteers to register for cleanup efforts. Go to www.mote.org to learn how to sign up.

•To report an oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call (866) 448-5816.

•To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

Your first Infertility Doctor Visit

Your first Infertility Doctor Visit

Seeing an Infertility Specialist can be nerve wracking. I remember when I first made my appointment how nervous and excited I was all at the same time. If you think you need to see a specialist, be aware that most won’t see you unless you have been actively trying to conceive for at least 1 year. In some cases (like advanced maternal age), they might see you after only 6 months. I happened to make my appointment at the 1 year mark.

The first few appointments are going to be a little different than what you are used to. For instance, your first appointment may only be a discussion. The doctor will specifically ask you for the following information:

Menstrual history
Pregnancy history
Birth control history
History of sexually transmitted diseases
Current sexual patterns
Medications
Surgical history
Other significant health problems
Lifestyle and work environment

The next appointment usually consists of physical exams and blood work. In my instance, I was fortunate enough to have an OB who did the physical part for me and had already diagnosed me with PCOS prior to seeing the specialist. Not all OB’s are that proactive, though. The physical parts of the exam include thyroid checks, hair distribution check (signs of PCOS), a breast exam and pelvic exam. Afterwards, they send you in for blood work to check all your hormone levels.
If your blood work or physical exams come up with something strange, they will almost always do a vaginal sonogram to check your ovaries and uterus. Sometimes, they request an HSG to check for tube blockage.

If I had any advice to give Infertile newbies I would say this: Have your spouse checked ASAP! 50% of Infertility issues are with the man. Unfortunately, they don’t always check the man until some treatments fail. Do a semen analysis as soon as you realize there are any fertility issues. This will save you tons of time and money!!!

Hula Hooping Classes!!!

Hula Hooping Classes!!!

One day (about two weeks ago), Matt and I were at the beach and there was this girl who had brought a hula hoop. She would go out by the shore and do her moves and I was, well, jealous! I want to be a hula hooper! She had a great body and I know it had to have been a hell of a workout.

Then, at work yesterday an email came out about hula hooping classes on the beach! What?? I think it’s a sign! Except, I know my big baby bump would get in the way for now, so I’m going to table this notion for post baby and put the details on here for my local friends…

Every Tuesday!
BEGINNER LEVEL**NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY**
When?: 7 p.m.
Arrive by 6:45 p.m. to get signed in & pick a hoop if you need one. We start at 7:00 p.m.! :o)

Where?: Dunedin Causeway
South side of the causeway by the kayak rentals
How Much?: $10 per person!
Wear comfy clothes & get ready to have FUN while you blast calories!

***side note***
Can you imagine me pulling out my hula hooping skills at a family BBQ? Or better yet, in public at the beach. Ha! I would do it! I would….after a few cocktails (ok maybe 6 cocktails).

Counting Down

Counting Down

Not that I am counting (I am, though), but there are only 16 days of school left.

THANK GOD!!!!!

Holy cow! The kids (both big and little) are really bad these days. Just yesterday I had to separate the high schoolers for being giggly during silent reading time. Oh, and did I tell you how it’s been 90 degrees here and that the power went out yesterday….you know what that means, right??? No air conditioning! And since my body temperature has gone up like 10 degrees from being pregnant, that was a real joy. What I mean, is that it was a real joy for my students to be around me….

So now I am counting the days until I can sleep in and hang out in the pool all day. I need a break. And, I need to get my house ready for a baby…

Speaking of which, I registered this past weekend- by the way that was stressful!!! Thanks to Rhiannon and my mom for helping me out, because I was silently (not really silently) freaking out. How can one little human need SO MUCH STUFF!!! How can teenagers afford to have babies? How can anyone afford to have babies?

Since your reading my every word right now, what’s the deal with monitors, bottles, nipples, and pacifiers? I need advice. There are too many to choose from and well I’m too tired to research it. Any suggestions from the veteran mommies? Particularly those of you that breastfed for the bottle/nipple/pacy department. I felt like having a nervous breakdown in the bottle isle at Babies R Us. Yikes!!!! Oh, and diapers….I think I like the G diapers. Any thoughts?? This inquiring mind needs to know asap so I can stop stressing. Thanks in advance! 🙂