Thursday, March 22
its ironic how many clever pictures up in google images when you type in "procrastination." so here i am writing this post .. procrastinating.
its funny how i can remember every sunday in highschool starting sophomore year that me and almost all of my classmates would be frantically IMing each other "have you started the paper yet??" and two hours later, "how many pages do you have done?" "...one paragraph..." and here i am coming up on two years after graduating college ... STILL PROCRASTINATING on my schoolwork.
i have my annual plan due on monday, which is basically every lesson i am going to teach to both 7th and 8th grade for the whole year. i have known about this for months. and for months i have been telling myself okay i will start next week. and now i am 4 days before it is due with maybe 1/6 of it complete, asking myself .. why didnt i start sooner?
really, will i ever learn??? i guess i have the comfort in knowing that every single one of my assignment from highschool and college got done and handed in on time. but man, this is stressful because now its MY JOB on the line .. not my grade.
at least i know i'm not alone. today one of my mentor teachers who has been teaching for 20 years who is also a little bit overwhelmed with this told me, "Britta, when the going gets tough..the tough go shopping.." and she proceeds to pull out three new necklaces. i knew i chose her as my mentor for a reason.
okay back to work. wish me luck.
Sunday, March 18
Monday, March 12
yesterday to finish out our weekend we went to a country club pretty close to my school for the going away bbq of one of paris's cousins. he is going to live in colorado with his wife and little baby girl! so he had a really nice gathering at the country club he is a member at and a ton of his friends and their lady friends came. there was a lot of meat eating, sun bathing, and soccer playing. here are some pictures from the day.
happy monday. lets hope this week flies by.
Sunday, March 11
more on the rest of the weekend tomorrow. hope everyone enjoyed theirs!
Friday, March 9
- my students would study for their quizzes!
- homework was always handed in on time
- students listened to everything i say THE FIRST TIME
- i was allowed to wear jeans and my uniform shirt every day, not just fridays
- i was told more about school activities and not left to just guess
- my students were all like my eighth grade students
- my seventh graders weren't so rude
- i didn't have to be observed
- teachers were paid the big bucks!!
but like i said ... i wish!!
thats the one picture i have so far of one part of school...i always feel a little bit weird taking out my camera to take pictures at an elementary school. and i'm not usually around after all the kids leave. but one day i will take more!
Wednesday, March 7
so once again i'm probably a little late on the band wagon, posting a video that most of my 10 followers have probably already seen. but that's okay because this time its for a good cause and i want to do my part by spreading the word.
in my junior year of high school (so about 6 years ago? yikes) we had to do a really big project for my english class on a a topic that we would "present to congress" in hopes to persuade them to agree with our point of view. my topic was child soldiers in uganda. this was SIX years ago.
i remember a lot of my research about cihld soldiers and invisible children and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). however its kind of shocking to me after watching this video that i do not remember the name Joseph Kony. even though it was a few years back i really cant remember his name sticking out in my head. i remember the LRA but i guess not their actual leader.
i'm really glad i saw this video today and i'm really glad that these children are getting a voice. its a terrible thing what happens to them and it absolutely should be stopped. some people may think that we have nothing to do with their countries and the african continent but hello, are we not all people? are we not all made of flesh, bones, and blood? exactly.
watch the video and do your part. spread the word and help out if you can!
Sunday, March 4
we got boneless buffalo chicken wings (a staple for us), paris got a bacon cheeseburger, and i got chicken fajitas. and by the time we finished eating we nearly had to be rolled out of there. seriously we ate so much we just sat for an extra twenty five minutes just to digest a little bit. but it was worth it, the food at applebees costa rica is quite yummy!
also, paris bought one of the new iphones this week which he has been wanting for a pretty long time. and i hijacked it for a minute to make an instagram account so now i'm one of the cool kids too! here are just a few more snapshots of our weekend. one of the street when we went on a little walk to the store and one of isaac, just for good measure.
hope everyone had a great weekend!