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Spring Break 2009: Peru April 14, 2009

Filed under: Life,Teaching — Stephanie @ Finances & Fatigues @ 5:54 pm
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I had an awesome Spring Break.

My roomate S1 (both my roommates are S’s, incidentally) and S1’s mother and I went to Peru for 8 or 9 days.  I loved it.  I loved speaking Spanish again, I loved the people (mostly), I loved the sites, I just loved it.  Except I didn’t really love the agency we went though, we had too much traveling.  Too much planes, trains, and sitting on buses.  But once we got to the sites I loved it.

I also bought a car over Spring Break.  I had still been driving the same junker from high school and was sort of half heartedly looking and then I saw a good deal and I took it!  So I now drive a Volvo S40, 2006 but under 10k miles on it.

Anyways, back to the whole Peru thing.  At school, I only speak Spanish to tell the colors and numbers and months.  I love teaching Spanish, but the amount I use doesn’t push my skill.  I was so excited to be able to practice so much in Peru and it got me all pumped up and rejuvenated to teach Spanish when I got back.  My students were soooo excited to hear about my trip.  They keep asking me questions, some oddball, but some really thoughtful, and they were excited to see the coins I brought back.

I also got a lot of reading done in Peru, again an effect of the whole plane-train-bus issue.  Then I realized that I haven’t updated my books read in a long time, so I went ahead and did that.  My count right now is 21.  I know I read mostly young adult and juvenile books, but it still seems like a high count.


Happy Birthday to me! February 6, 2009

Filed under: Life,Teaching — Stephanie @ Finances & Fatigues @ 4:57 pm
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My birthday is on Tuesday and I’m treating myself to Monday and Tuesday off work!  Yay!  The catch?  I got confused and asked for the wrong days off so I don’t have a sub for Monday.  But I’m sure throughout the whole weekend I’ll be able to find somebody to sub, I have a lot of buddies from my credentialing program so I’m sure something will come through.  If not, the principal said they’d find a way to cover me, she’s pretty good about that.

So how am I celebrating my birthday?  On Saturday night G and I are having a “Happy Birthday to Steph and G, good-bye to G and D” party.  (G’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, on March 3rd he’s leaving to study in Germany,  D is leaving on Sunday to study in China) If it’s not raining, I want to go to the zoo on Monday (I have a pass.)  If it raining, I think I might go to the museum of contemporary art, it’s free to people under 25, and honstly G (my boyfriend) won’t be under 25 much longer!  So might as well use it.

What about Tuesday?  I’m going to… Disneyland!!!  I have a pass and I go all the time, usually with my roommates/best friends who also have passes.  This time though I’m taking my mom as a late Christmas present.  I’m actually really excited to go with her, it’s just nostalgic because all of my childhood memories of Disneyland were of course with her.  Plus since it’s my birthday I’m allowed to eat lots of ice cream and goodies. 🙂  Disneyland has a deal right now that you get in free for your birthday, but since I have a  pass I get that amount in the form of a gift card.

Overall, I’m just really excited for a long weekend and to de-stress and enjoy my special day.

Update: As I wrote this, J text me that she can sub for my class.  That’ll be awesome because she was just there and all the kids loved her.


Apples and Friends February 3, 2009

Filed under: Life,Teaching — Stephanie @ Finances & Fatigues @ 4:28 pm

My friend J came to observe my class today.  I’ve known J since 2nd grade and recently went to her wedding, so she’s definately a close friend.  She called me over the weekend and said that as part of her student teaching she has to observe various classrooms.  She thought it would be a worthwhile experience to observe a first year teacher so she asked to come observe my classroom.  I gave the kids a big talk about it yesterday and they were so excited to meet her today!

Overall, it was really fun to have J today, although I probably scared her a little bit.  It’s so different observing a really great experienced teacher and then watching a first year teacher, but it’s also probably a reality check.

So why is the word “apples” in this post title? Well, I’ll tell you that little diddy.  As kids, J always teased me about my “fifteen minute apple”.  Basically, I’d eat an apple every day at lunch and it would take me fifteen minutes to eat it, hence she teased me about it.  Well today I pulled an apple out of my lunch bag at snack time and the kids started commenting, “You always have an apple!”  “Why do you like apples so much?”  “Do you like apples because you’re a teacher?”  I looked at J and she burst out laughing, remembering me and my apples.  I guess some things never change.