{July 30, 2007}   Can you back-date that?

Hi y’all.
So I totally didn’t get time to post about my first day ever teaching in an SDS and now I’m about to head back for my next.  Wanna know why?  It’s not that exciting, but I took mum to the airport, and then I went to Geelong to have my nose checked (standard procedure… everything is healing well) and then I slept.  A lot. 

So teaching in an SDS is a total mind shift for me coming from mainstream.  I almost freaked out when the kids ran off to go to brain gym… and when one of the little ones spent the time walking in circles rather than participating.  It was all ok, but to my mainstream self it was a mind shift.  Maybe order plays such a big role in my life because I’m private schooled.  Hmmm, could explain a bit… but not my desk.  Which I can see this year.  Mind you it’s three times the size of the one I’ve had previously!!

Either way, I had a ball with the kids.  I think it was great for them to have a mainstream teacher in the room, because I set them tasks and they did them… which I later found out they hadn’t done before.  Two are non verbal, and there is a list – albeit a very short list – of the words that they speak.  I think the day that one of those two little ones talk to me will be that moment that will make me want to teach special.

In other news, I have fish at school.  I like fish.  I’ll let you know when I have no more fish, because little animals that can’t speak to me should not be my pets.

Listening to: JJJ – perhaps.  I can’t hear it over the hum of the computer
Mood:  Exhausted


{July 25, 2007}   Entry the first

Today is a big day.  It occurs to me that I should get a job closer to home, or move closer to where I work… I have so much time in the morning when I’m not trying to leave by 7:30.  Anyhoo… I’m working at an SDS today*.  My first foray into the world of children with a learning disability.  I’m terrified that I’m going to come across like a great git with no experience in the teaching game, that I’ve gone back into study without nearly enough experience on my plate and it’s going to be so obvious as soon as I step into the segregated classroom.  *sigh* The aide in the room is fantastic though, so I should have plenty of support to get me through the day.  Stay tuned for the update to see how I handle it…

*I just edited the name out here… I got a job at the school, and since this has morphed into a more school based concept rather than personal blog, I thought I should remove all identifiable markers!

{July 15, 2007}   Small Things

make me happy.  They make me smile, and end up on the list of ‘things I like’.  Small things also amuse small minds…. you make the call. 

So… today, I get in the car, and listen to two of my favourite songs… Hotel Yorba by White Stripes (boy… is that funto dance to in the kitchen) and then half of Sprung Monkey’s Party Like a Rockstar (So cal loco).  yeah.  I love that song, and now I flash to Dude… where’s my car?anyway… I get out the car, I shop around (I’m going to try and make up to mum for getting my nose done by taking her It’s all fun and games until somebody loses and eyeby Christopher Brookmyer) and then I head into the pub to talk new Potter with one of the staff members.  I sit and have a beer with Des and Dean and others in the pub… all the while singing in my head

“knokin back laughs and a bottle or two
just a watchin that ass as it rolls on through
life is short soN better have fun
(party like a rockstar kick a little ass)
crack a cold one snap a fat one in the mid day sun
(rock it like a pornstar slap a little ass)” 

Finally it leaves me, I shop (I’ll come to that) and check all the ingredients like a good girl (yup, I’m trying to actually follow through on the no wheat thing) and get back into the car.  Small things:  I’ve totally forgotten that so cal loco was playing… and I’m totally excited to hear it playing again when I get in the car.  Stupid really.

So now, I have the things I need to cook:
*  steak siciliana
*  tacos
*  mash potatoes (though to be fair, the sauce for the steak will be stirred through the fun mash…)
AND I have wine and cheese.  What a nice way to finish the holidays

Mood: relaxed!
Listening to: Damien Rice

{July 13, 2007}   Something new (mostly random)

Hey y’all.

So, those that know me, will know I have a thing for the body art.  Usually I make the choice to keep said body art in a hidden place, since it’s for me and all.  But today I broke away from that mould.  Today, I got my nose pierced.  I’ve been talking about it for a bit, and some people have encouraged me in this.  It’s funny… I only just got it, and it looks kinda right.  I feel like it’s been there for quite some time.  And?  As is the way with a good piercing…. I (so far) am experiencing no pain.

 In other news, today I get my hair done.   It’s about 3 weeks over-due.  I’ll keep it long though.  I don’t think it’s fair on parents for me to rock up to school with my nose done AND short spiky hair.  Ben is also looking into quitting smoking. ooohhhh.  He worked out he’s been smoking for about 10 years and thus 75.000 cigarettes.  Made him a little sad, because, as he said to me… “that could have been push ups” *waits for Wen*  which is only 20 push ups a day…. not 202.  

Current mood: easily amused    (annoyed now… this is on double spaced lines and I can’t get it to stop.)   Listening to: Dools.  Go my radio boyfriend!!                                                                                                                                   

{July 11, 2007}   Riddle me this

Why is it that when I eat waaay to much wheat in a day, I end up craving sugar?  I lurv chocolate, and could eat it all day, but I rarely want lollies…

In other news, I met with Maria today.  That was nice.  Scary, but nice.  As part of my rounds I’m doing a teacher swap with an SDS*, and Maria is the lovely lady who is brave enough to try and teach my grade.  In turn I get to try and teach her grade.  5 children, all with special needs.  We met to discuss what we need to know, and drank tea and coffee until they kicked us out because they were closing. 

Also?  It’s been pointed out to me a lot (because I say it a lot) yet again I have been invited out for coffee, only for both of us to order yummy teas.  Tonight I had lemon grass tea.  mmmmm.


*identity concealed for writer feeling antsy reasons.

{July 8, 2007}   ever considered…

what it would be like to go back and do something again?  i’ve just finished reading Chasing Shakepeares  by Sarah Smith.  I know a lot more about shakepeare now then i did when i was studying it.  i know a lot more about it now i’ve read the book.  i can’t help but ponder what it would be like to be back at uni studying it again with all the knowledge that i have now.  hmmmm. 

 in other news, i’m going to go and have wine and cheese with mum later today.  it’s very nice to sit in her garden and drink wine.  it’s on the list of things i like.

{July 6, 2007}   Holidays


Hoorah for holidays.  I’ve just got back from a stint in Halls Gaps, and I believe it to be the most relaxing place in the world.  It’s hilly, it’s green (except where it’s black from the fires) and cold.  Not cold like Ballarat is cold, a different sort of cold.  We even played tennis in the nice rain.  I will try to keep this up to date from now on…. even though I haven’t written the entry that I wanted to write to thank the lovely man who helped me get my car back.  Stay tuned for that one.

 For Bek I will list things I like today:

  • relaxing holidays
  • doing nothing with your day
  • a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate

That’s it for now

et cetera