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It's been too long

I just realized that I haven't posted here in over 6 months. I suppose I'm not a very good blogger or my list of things to do is so long that I just don't think about it. There have been so many things that have happened during those 6 months (some I can talk about here, others I can't).

I am now the parent of a 20 year old. Do you know just how that makes me feel? I have a child that is no longer a teenager who is still a child in so many ways. I have had to watch her go through pain and suffer without interfering. She is an adult now and I am only here to hold her up when she asks me to. Since she transferred to MTSU, I see her less and less but that's a good thing. She has to stand on her own two feet and be her own person, which she couldn't do coming home every weekend.

I am now a member of the Order of the Pelican. It thrills and scares me at the same time. For those of you who do not know what that is, the Order of the Pelican is the highest award a member of the SCA can receive for service. It has been an overwhelming experience that I'm not sure I am completely ready to embrace entirely. People will look at me in a different light and take things that I say and do differently. Some people will just keep looking at me like I'm the same old me. I prefer the latter view point. I want to be the fencer who serves my kingdom as best as I can. I intend to keep doing so. The most difficult part is going to be the part where I try to let others do what I just naturally do. I don't think about the service I do; I just do it. Now, I need to guide others to do these things....or in other words, delegate. I feel so very honored to be a Pelican now. I hope I can live up to the expectations of the other members who voted for me.

I am the Kingdom Rapier Marshal of our kingdom now. There have been some bad things I've had to do and some positive changes I've implemented. We've revamped the reporting forms and added a thing or two to the rules for safety's sake. I haven't traveled as much as I've wanted to but with the new teacher evaluation that's in place now I have to spend more time on my job.

I will say that I've received 3s and 4s on the two evaluations I've had (Five is the highest). I know what I can do better and what changes I should make but it's difficult to figure out how. I will continue to do my job and prepare these kids for high school and the TCAP. It's what I know how to do.

Enough of my rambling now. Hopefully it won't be another 6 months before I post on here again. :)

Brief but important

Last day of school with kids......::happy dance::

But I'm still going to miss them!!!

Serving Others

The sermon this morning was about serving others and how our society seems to have lost sight of this. The preacher went on to mention how too many of our children will do things but only in exchange for something they want. I got to thinking about how things are with my own children and my students. I know it freaks my students out when I pick up a pen or pencil that they drop on the floor. They often suspect that I will ask them for something at a later point in time. I tell them that I can't ask them to respect me if I don't show them some respect. They just don't understand.

Too often, adults have the same expectation. You can't just do a kind deed for another adult without similar expectations. Have we as a society lost sight of being kind to others just because? Have we lost the hope that life shouldn't just be about self?

I would challenge everybody who reads this to spend part of this year being kind to others. It may not require you to go out and work in a soup kitchen. It may be something as simple as picking up a dropped pencil from the floor for a person that gets on your last nerve. You would be surprised how something that small can make an impact.

Gratitude

As I sit in my den, I think back on this year and I am truly blessed.

1. I have wonderful friends that catch me when I fall and hold my hand when I need strength.

2. I have the best kids in the world. Granted, they drive me crazy sometimes but they do what I ask of them.

3. I love my job. I truly cannot see myself doing anything else.

4. I finished grad school. MAE in Teaching and Learning. With a 4.0!!

5. We are blessed with stability.

6. I have the most wonderful, understanding husband in the world.

Irony

So I'm taking online classes this summer. Four of them. In one of those classes, we have to answer questions on the discussion board and respond to 2 others. One of the students in this class has deemed it necessary to search for the topics on line and paste the entire webpage as her answer. It doesn't matter that her cut and paste has nothing to do with the question. After the first response, I had to see if she had done the same thing to all the other discussions. Of course she had. For example, one of the questions asked for comment on a Thomas Jefferson quote about leaving the afternoon for physical activity. Her response was to cut info from a webpage about Jefferson's life. Absolutely nothing about the quote.

The ironic thing to this entire discussion is the fact that these classes are meant for students that are working on their certification to teach or they are already teachers. If this is what she does for her school work, what will she allow her students to do?

Update

So a lot has happened since I wrote here last. I'm not sure I'm going to be very coherent at the moment due to the amount of grad work I've had to do. Carmen has graduated and I didn't cry at the ceremony. That in and of itself is amazing. I cried before at home and I cried afterward but not during. :: shrugs:: I'm a cryer and I know it. It's just who I am. Too emotional I guess. I finished the spring semester of grad school and got all As. I was inducted into the honors and service society at Cumberland. I have lost what little was left of my mind and am taking 12 hrs of grad school this summer. This weekend all 4 classes had something due. My brain hurts. Oh, and school is finished for this school year. Nothing left but the cleaning up.

That sums it up rather nicely. Now, I'm going to just sit and breathe......until tomorrow night when I do my grad work for this weekend. :)

I've fallen and I can't get up

Someone throw me a rope......I think I'm drowning in all this stress!!!

(I know, it's not much of an update but I've got so much to do right now)

Helpless

For those of you who haven't heard, I broke my finger at Castle Wars. I was fighting in a two handed longsword tourney and took a thrust to my pinky of my left hand. The thrust was meant to hit my torso but my hands got in the way. It hurt and Cameron wanted to stop but I was determined to finish what I started. I am happy to say that I finished the fight and won. Then I took off my glove...... I knew it was broken but there was very important stuff happening later and I didn't want to miss it. Leveler heads than mine prevailed and off we went to the emergency room. They gave me Loritab which on an empty stomah made me ill. I got sick in the parking lot. Corbin took me back to the hotel, made me eat soup, and put me to bed.

I went to the doctor when I got back to Nashville. She sent me to an orthopedist who put me in a half cast/splint. I thought it hurt to begin with but when he set it, I thought I was going to hit him in his teeth. If it moves at all in the next week, I'll have to have surgery and get pins. I pray that it doesn't move.

Now, I can't do things for myself. Very hard for an independent chic. I can't even open up my med bottle. Putting in my contacts was amusing this morning and don't get me started on tying my shoes. It stinks greatly!!! Don't ask how long it took to type this....I hate h & p. Only 4 weeks before it might come off......

Stupid drivers

Hello Mr. Rude Driver.  I am sure you don't realize it but I did see you coming up behind me.  Sadly, there's several cars in front of me that won't go any faster.  No, I don't think that your moving to the left side of the lane so I can see your headlights will help me to move over.  I also don't think that flashing your brights at me will encourage me either.  In fact, if anything, that will make me dig in my heels and I'll slow down so you will just have to wait.  Thank you for your patience and understand as we drive to work.

Been a while

So things have gotten very busy around here so I haven't really had time to update.  School started back and I've been busy planning and grading.  Started doing work on my Masters as well.  Two classes this semester, two in the spring, three of four in the summer, and two or three in the fall of 2010 and I should be finished.  Lots of work though. 

Carmen started her senior year.  She's a little worried about the future and picking what college to go to.  Should be interesting for her though and she seems to be having a good year.

I need to work on doing fencing drills and exercising but there's not enough time.  I will need to fix this.  I miss getting to do stuff and get my frustrations out. 

That's about all I have time for right now.

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