Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Because words could not express how very proud I am of these kiddos!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Focus... (cont.)

The rest of yesterday's post. Scroll down to begin.

4.) KICKBALL! This one has been months in progress. I knew that it would be thrown together given the end of year activities, but it was on the verge of exploding. Long story short, I made it a priority, MY kids made it a priority, the players …?… not so much. People got involved that just did not need to. It pissed me off beyond belief, and my poor kids got the wrath. I am so sorry, yall. Please know that it was not at you and I am sorry you took it. That being said, my kids pulled off the first great thing I have seen while being at my current place of business!! They put together a powder puff kickball game that was far beyond my expectations! Parents, students, alumni, and Grinsie all came and had a great time. Congrats to you all. Each of you has so much to offer the world. I am proud to have known you.

5.) I am appreciated! Two weeks ago one of my kiddos brought me roses as a “Thank You”. I was shocked. It made my day; if not my week.

6.) The light. I see it. The end is near. Geez, that sounds far more morbid than I mean it to sound. I am not sad to leave the comfort because, to be honest, it is no longer comfortable and has not been for 2 years. I am sad to say goodbye to the good people. I am sad to say goodbye to great kids. I am BEYOND EXCITED about what is in my future!!

That brings me to my next point. I LOVE MY NEW JOB!!!! Today I had a meeting there and had the same feelings I did the first time I walked into the place. Initially I think, “What in the world am I doing here?” It is just so drastically different from what I ever thought of doing in my life. It is exactly the opposite of “the type” of person I would associate myself with in life. But once I am actually past the entrance and down the hall I realize on thing. This is perfect! As one of my favorite kids said today, “where are you going?” I answered his question. Completely straight faced he said, “Oh. Heaven. Can’t blame you.” There is so much more than the stereotype of what I know. Once I am inside, it is nothing like my perception. I mean sure, it is beautiful, but not stuffy or stuck-up or bratty. It is an environment of development and challenges and growth and respect for everyone involved. Young and old alike. Once I am thoroughly engrossed in the day-to-day activities I hope I feel the same way. One of the people I spoke with today made the statement, “I have worked here for over 25 years and I am just as excited about it now as I was when I first started.” What a novel concept! Man! I can’t wait!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Focus people, FOCUS!!

Since I am pretty much done with new material at work, it is time to turn to the next task at hand. But there is so much to do before I can move on to my new challenge. The water is beginning to recede and the elephants are moving up the mountains preparing for the tidal wave. That was not a Republican joke, Eb. And yes, it does deserve to be capitalized. I digress. In response to the growing to-do list, I thought I would make a post of the “good stuff”. It was supposed to be just about work, but some other aspects of my life sneak in there also. It was too long, so the rest of the post will come tomorrow. Maybe Thursday. We shall see.

1.) Prom was wonderful. The kids looked nice, behavior was great, food was super tasty, music…was… well, music, the king and queen were very deserving (as were the other nominees), and my dress was the most comfortable thing I have worn in a long time. Well, since last year’s dress; which ended up being worn by one of my kid’s date this year.
I even ended up having a great prom night. Stop thinking that right now! I met up with a good friend of mine and we rushed to make last call. We had a nice little chat over a pint. Granted I was in full prom get-up and he was in jeans and a t-shirt (jealous!), but that is what I love about him. Always up for a pint…prom or pjs.

2.) Testing. First, it is over!! Aside from that, this is the best it has ever run. Thanks to my best friend, Robyn, who stayed up many a night until the wee hours of the morning. Everyone had a day off, tested grade levels they were familiar with, in their rooms, and even had breaks. THANKS ROBYN!! Now go hang out with your toddler and husband. She is the short one, he is a little taller. She is crazy cute, he is … a little taller.
My other test was at 7:30 in the morning after prom. I was really nervous that they would oversleep, but they all showed up. Now they were not wearing bells or anything, but they were there…EARLY! I provided breakfast and they just had to show up and do their best. They said they felt good about it. That could be a blessing or a curse. We shall see in a few months.

3.) My last DH meetings ended on a good note. They were short, sweet, and best of all, DONE! That is enough about those.

Again, the original post was way, way too long. Stay tuned for more tomorrow or Thursday...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sorry, but...

It has been a little crazy here. Testing, prom, more testing, officially resigning, packing, planning end of the year party, tournaments, and preparing for graduation festivities gets a little overwhelming all at once. Not to mention it is still super hard to go to work each day, and at the same time, I am really sad to be leaving the people that are the reason I go to work. There are so many that I hope are successful in life, and I just wish I could hear about all those joys over the years. It is a bit of a bummer to know that the chances of that are slim now that I am leaving. My hope is that some will touch base a year or two or three from now at my new "place of business" and tell me some amazing story about something in their life.
It is quite a roller coaster. One minute I am upset because of some meeting that went terribly wrong, I gather my composure, and the next minute I am a mess because a kid gives me a "we will miss you so much" card.
In the coming months I need to refocus. I need to convince myself that I am good at what I do for a living. I never thought I was the best, but I honestly thought at one point that I was pretty darn good. After the past two years, I just want to be decent again.