The picture is of Dinky Creek, one we took a few years ago.
Despite the fact that I have not posted in about a week I still get a few views here and there on this site for various old posts. I never experienced that on the other blog sites I had been on a year or so ago.
Life has gotten really crazy for me in the last few days and once I get a few things resolved I may share some of the worst of the relationship issues that have occurred in my life in separate blogs.
On the professional side of things, yesterday was event filled. I got a grant a few months ago to build a pond on campus and now finally, almost at the end of the school year, we have most of the logistics of building it planned and handled. We have the work day planned as well. I was freaking out because one person told me that the rock that had been delivered was giant boulders. I have a wonderful coworker who is part of the program mentioned below who is a great partner in this project and she assured me the rocks were of the appropriate size. Of course, there could be jokes made where we ask, How big were those rocks? I found out I received another mini-grant which will pay for the plants around the pond.
One of the programs on campus which has been very beneficial to the students is not going to be continued next year. There could be hope for next spring, but the employees as part of this program can’t wait that long without a job. They will be moving on to somewhere else.
The viewing of microorganisms under to microscopes in biology went well today considering I used only the mud and water and algae from our fountain which is really not a pond. There is the cool site called a Virtual Pond Dip and we reviewed some of these in 1st hour before the microscope inquiry lab today. We did see hydra, rotifers, and stentors.
There is even more that happened yesterday regarding my volunteer work which I am not really at liberty to share, but it all worked out for the good. It was just stressful along with the personal stuff going on…well this explains why I am up at 4:30 a.m. writing on my blog because I can’t sleep. I did sleep some, but the last three nights I wake up after about 4 hours and usually don’t go back to sleep for more than cat naps after that. Uggghhh!
All of what Donald T. says sounds like play ground chatter. “They hate me, they have a conspiracy against me.” “She’s a liar.” “Nobody should believe her, she’s not pretty enough.”
He sounds like a kid who is not getting his way, when playing with others. Wow, I can’t imagine anyone wanting such an immature person as our President. He makes all kinds of promises to the down trodden workers out of work, but as President he would have to work with Congress to pass legislation to get the policies in place that he wants to propose.
Get real, Donald, this is not like your businesses, where you can go into ladies dressing rooms as you please because you own the whole thing. Besides the President, there is Congress, and the Legislative Branch, and don’t forget the Senate. You all have to work together well in the playground to get things done. Yes, the President has veto power, but before that he has only proposal power, the Congress or the Senate have to propose bills based on all parties recommendations. Then usually to get them passed there has to be some bipartisan work done.
By the way, has everyone forgotten how many times Donald has gone bankrupt? He thinks it will be so easy to balance the budget, and where will all the money come from to build walls around the U.S.
Here is a picture of my late father when he was a child. I posted this just because he was an awesome man, a veteran of Vietnam and the Korean Conflict and served 22 years in the USAF. I wish he could have been president. He knew the rules of the playground.
He just deflected the question toward ISIS not his behavior toward women, even if it was boasting locker room talk. Hillary is going back to the question. She is right, he is a person who has no respect for women or minorities ect.
At the last minute I was asked to chaperone going to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Fox Theatre downtown Riverside. I thought it was fabulous.
Then I came home and did my taxes, filed online. That wasn’t too hard and I will be getting a refund from both state and federal.
Then I talked with almost every member of my family. With Danielle it was about my surgery in June, getting me up the stairs to my apartment afterwards. Then we talked about plans with Junyor to spend time with each other. He and I might drive up to see Jay and make some side trips on the way. This will be in July.
I also talked and joked with Keith by text–boy is he up with the times now. Later last night I talked metaphysics with Jay.
It turned out to be a rather full day.
I have been attending a night for poetry critiques for a while now. I shared some of my old poems from the early ’90s and The Concrete Porch, which I may not change much based on the feedback.
I have learned so much. I started writing many new poems to submit, with the last one, the group didn’t have too many problems with the way it was written.
I have yet to write the poem about Nashville and hearing all that Country music from my childhood, causing me to cry,
I don’t want to cry in my beer…
It’s a start.
This is more like a recap for several months. The school year has been frantically busy. Every year seems worse than the one before.
We have a new principal, as of this last week. Along with all the new staff members in the CTE department we have many new opportunities to build a fantastic program for out students.
I was able to go to the National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, March 30th through April 3rd. I learned much. I also had a chance to get out a see the Country Music Hall of Fame and a dinner theater called Nashville Night Life. It was very nostalgic for me hearing so much of the old Country and Western songs my Dad was always listening to especially on our cross-country trips as a kid.
I chaired a WASC visit. Chairing a visit is the hardest volunteer work I have ever done, I and the team work harder than we often do at our school sites at least in terms of the intensity of the work, there is no real down time. Nevertheless, I learn so much on each and every visit.
I have much to do over the next few weeks before school is out on the 5th of May. We have the Showcase on the 15th of April and the Powwow the next day. It’s a hurry up and get things done time of year.
The picture is with Mark Powelson at Nashville Night Life!
The cute little corn husk doll is what i made at Indian Day the subject of my last post.
I am miserable right now going through some horrible pain due to a tooth abscess at least I assume that’s what it is. I am not a fan of a medication the Dr. prescribed for me called Meloxicam. This medication seems to take hours to kick in and doesn’t last all day at all.
I am home waiting for the dentist office to open so I can talk to her about a 3 month old referral to the oral surgeon for this problem which I thought was gone away. Some things cannot be handled with homeopathic methods. I am still in pain and exhausted due to no sleep last night.
Therefore at 4:45 I got up because I wasn’t sleeping anyway and went to work to set up the lessons for today. I know that 90% of the students are not going to try very hard on the assignment. They really don’t want to read to find out information. I really have no choice but to use worksheets or book work when I am gone as no one except two people on staff are qualified to help with chemistry or biology. Last time the sub was there she sent some students to the library. Uuuggghhh!