Monday, August 17, 2009

Back to School Without Mrs. T

So Tullahoma is back in school without me. It is very strange but also liberating at the same time. I've been working on getting my novel Gold Earrings published. I've sent out 29 submissions to literary agents so far.

Meanwhile I have volunteered at East MS counting money. It was great - free hugs and seeing friends. I miss it, but I'm also feeling so much better than I do at this time of the school year. It was the right thing to do.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer Vacation!

So summer has officially begun in Tullahoma with the end of school! As I look into the future, I have high expectations for the summer and beyond. I did "retire" in that I do not intend to teach next year, for sure, and future years ... well... we'll see.

My first big excitement is a 10 day trip to Scotland with hubby Ken. What fun that should be! Next I may be chaperoning and driving luggage for Highland's youth group at Missionfuge, Mobile. And on July 22 when teachers return to school on my 31st anniversary, I won't! Of course I also get my last check on the 25th.

My goals? To write, to finish the novels I've begun and to publish the one that's complete. I hope to do more things with the youth at church. I hope to clean my house and put away the clutter. I hope to see my former students around Tullahoma - WalMart for example. I want to spend more time is devotional with the Lord. I hope to feel better, live healthier, and get better from my fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure, etc. I want to read the books I have stacked around me.

Happy summer!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April musings I prepare to retire in 5 weeks, I am full of mixed feelings. I really value the relationships with my students. I love teaching Around the World in 80 Days in the spring after TCAPs are completed. I love my classroom and colleagues. BUT...fibromyalgia and asthma are winning the war. I just have nothing left at the end of the school day. My family needs more of me though.

I'm hoping to write, do crafts (knit, scrapbook, sew, bead, etc.), and shop! I seriously need to clean ans de-clutter my house too. I can't wait to be able to read during the day and enjoy it. I can surf the 'Net to my heart's content as well. I can also take off to see my parents and sons when they need me, and, if Ken has a business trip somewhere cool, I can tag along.

I've taught for 11 years now. I have tenure if I want (or need) to go back to teaching. We'll see what God has planned for the next step of my life journey!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TCAP Question Review

So, I'm in Nashville reviwing the q's for the 2010 Language Arts test. You are SO glad I'm here speaking for you. I've seen some crazy q's that have answers that are all correct in a manner of speaking OR 2 are correct OR none are really right for the standard being tested. I can't give you any specifics, but I am fighting for you!

Dad was doing VERY well when I left there on Sunday. I had a temporary crown installed (where I broke my tooth eating pizza at my mom's the first day I was there!) on Monday before heading for Nashville. Permanent crown to be installed on Tuesday next.

Elie Wiesel was featured in today's USA Today. Apparently his foundation - responsible for the Holocaust Museum in DC and fighting for Holocaust survivors - has been decimated by the Madoff Ponzi scheme that's in the news. He states that we'll start over again. Knowing that my 7th grade guys started pre-reading activities for Night today made the timing of the article seem odd.

Don't forget to check my netvibes page too.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Taking care of Dad

February 9, 2009

I'm in St.Louis helping Mom and Dad. Dad gets stronger each day and is recovering much of his personality and humor. I'm doing a lot of cooking, supporting, pulling and pushing, and general chief cook and bottle-washer duties. Besides physical duties, I'm working on grading papers from school.

I have my knitting with me as well as Twilight. In addition, I brought New Moon in case I get to read. Of course, I have the laptop to post grades, check email, and stay in touch with family and 7th graders.

I'll try to keep you posted.