Homework

February 11, 2009 at 2:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I broke my 30 day goal… I think it was probably too lofty of a goal with the amount of homework I have every night . Besides blogging would cut into my daily nap time.

So I’m jumping back on the blogging bandwagon. Maybe not everyday, but I am back.

I have some worthwhile thoughts floating around I’d like to give some attention to, but again that would cut into my daily nap time – a necessity that is non-negotiable right now!

We have a 3 day weekend coming up and I’m hoping to carve out some alone time for long overdue introspection. I’m looking forward to a few hours of just me, a cup of chai tea, deep thoughts and some Dean crooning in the background. Ah, sounds like heaven!

Some interesting tidbits for this blog…

A fellow teacher sent me a fun website today. We had a good laugh at some of the items in my 3rd period class. Check it out here… This is Why You’re Fat food creations

Also, I figured out how to make showing a clip from The Office relevant to my Foods classes. Sweet. Remember when Michael burned his foot on the GF grill b/c he makes bacon in his bedroom every morning? Check out that hilarious clip here…Office clip

On a more serious note, I have taken over the daily duty of correcting the 5th grade math homework. It is quite a task. You would think having a genius (her, not me 🙂 would help, but a 5th grader is still a 5th grader.

The parental figures were doing a sub par job with the daily math. Even after correcting it most papers came back with 3-9 problems marked incorrect (the teacher’s grading criteria is a different story completely). Besides the fact that they haven’t looked at this stuff in decades, they wait until the end of 30 (yes that’s right, 30 long and tedious problems EVERY night) to pay attention to what’s happening.

It also seems that any madness that is going to ensue in the house that evening, including people constantly coming and going, occurs right at homework time.

So homework now occurs with myself and the resident 5th grader holed up in my room, away from the madness, reading and solving each problem. She does all the work, but I follow along so that if she makes a mistake or has a question we take care of it right away.

This strategy seems to be working, but the results will tell the real story. Last week my first night of take over came back with 2 problems incorrect. One of those was right, we forgot a hyphen.

My question for the teacher – what happened to partial credit – we’re in 5th grade. Guess that’s not the way she rolls…

I’ve become painfully reminded  of the fact that children have no concept of time. This is a beautiful thing, most of the time. When you’re staring down a 15 grid double sided page of math problems…not so much.

What could be easily accomplished in 15 minutes most often takes just under an hour to struggle through. It is agonizing, but at the same time, refreshing. It is a much needed reminder to stop struggling to get to the end and just enjoy the process.

Yes distractions arise and the pokey little puppy needs to be constantly refocused, but eventually we always get there. On a good night, when I’m engaged in the activity, the process is actually fun…laughs & teasing and a few jokes, occasionally with a thick cockney accent and a cup of tea thrown in for good measure.

Recently I stumbled upon this quote…

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. but there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. at last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. this perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. happiness is the way. so treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~Souza

With that I’m off to accomplish my grown-up teacher homework for the evening. With an episode of Lost in the background and a warm sleepy dog curled up next to me I’m ready to enjoy the process…

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Ace Ventura

February 5, 2009 at 4:28 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Caught the tail end of Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy on Oprah today. Don’t usually tune into Oprah but I happened upon the show and something Carrey was saying caught my attention.  The depth and insight of Carrey’s statements resonated with me. I find it intriguing that his public persona and movie roles seem to be so different from who he is as a man. But maybe he isn’t all that different. Perhaps this side of him is just another facet, one that the public has not been privvy to.

These days I don’t always have time to process what I hear as quickly as I once did. I need to revisit the clip before I can begin to “connect the dots.”  Two things that have stuck with me were his comments on nervous breakdowns and our words, what we “put out there” really influencing our lives.

Carrey said that he and McCarthy refer to nervous breakdowns as nervous breakthroughs. Here’s a little clip of the script from Oprah.com

“I call it a nervous breakthrough,” Jim says. “I think people have ways of hiding their emotions. People think their emotions are ugly, but when she finally broke down, we were in the kitchen, and I kind of grabbed her and I wouldn’t let her go until she dumped it.”

For years, Jenny says she hid anger and guilt behind a beautiful smile. “Her therapist told her there was anger there because she felt guilty for giving her son autism,” Jim says. “This is what a lot of mothers deal with—this terrible guilt for giving their child a disease.”

Over the years, Jim has been Jenny’s shoulder to cry on, as well as a voice of reason. “‘When you feel it, you heal it’ is what he taught me,” Jenny says.

I love that saying, “When you feel it, you heal it.”

Also…

Jim says women should keep in mind what they do want—not what they don’t want—from a partner. “If you go around saying, ‘It’s impossible. No one will ever love me. A good man is hard to find,’ then you’re saying to the universe that you don’t believe in abundance,” he says. “This universe that created the stars, galaxies, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the duck-billed platypus is quite capable of finding someone for you that has the capacity to love you, no matter what your situation is.”

If you convince yourself that you deserve to be loved, Jim says it can—and will—happen.

Jim refers speficially to matters of the heart here, but I believe this theory is true in general. Universe is a very general descriptor, but his point is well stated.  We live out of a place of hope and abundance, even in the waiting, or a place of scarcity and doubt, which can become a trap, a moment we become stuck in.

These 2 thoughts connected seem to be a powerful theme. It’s not everyday that you can walk around feeling hopeful about something that has caused pain or a place of doubt and fear and unbelief. BUT more important than magically feeling positive all the time is the need to recognize that the doubt and fear exist. From that place of awareness comes the ability to “feel it to heal it” Eventually you may even have a nervous breakthrough 🙂

My thoughts are incomplete tonight, but that’s where I am at for now. These things have struck me, but I’m still processing… “stay tuned!”

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The Big Cheese

February 3, 2009 at 4:26 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

OK, so I am going to wuss out on tonight’s post. I’m tired, its late, I’ll hate myself in the morning if I stay up writing a blog rather than grabbing every precious second of coveted sleep I can. Let me get to the point. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It’s not a holiday I put much stock in. I think it is a money making scheme.

I think it is ridiculous to convince the women of the world that men should pay double for flowers and that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Simple, unexpected gestures are much more powerful in my opinion.

That being said, I definitely buy into the cheesy movie, sappy moment mentality. I have been known to DVR many a Hallmark movie. I am up for an Anne of Green Gables marathon anytime. True love and chivalry are not dead. AND I will be watching every movie Lifetime and Hallmark offer (in the romance category, not much for the Lifetime melodrama, I see enough of that in high school every day) between now and Valentine’s day.

In the interest of full disclosure, I think The Office is freakin’ hilarious. BUT that is not my primary reason for watching the show… I think my favorite clip just about says it all. And yes, crazy as it may seem for a rational girl like me, I think Jim Halpert just may be the perfect guy. My favorite office clip.

In my defense, check out one of my favorite “funny” clips… Let\’s Get Ethical

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