Saturday, October 29, 2005

Waiting For My Real Life To Begin

yeah, it's been a few days since I've written on here... My life's been kinda hectic.  Sleep has been little and too far between.  Last week was a real DRAIN.  So much to get caught up on.

First... Well, Trish's mom passed away.  That was a bit back now, but it was a real shocker.  You dont' know how to react... I mean, my reaction is probably a BAJILLION times less than what Trish herself was going through.  She looked pretty stunned.  It was good to see her out a few days (...5 or 6) at Pete's Party.  We talked... it was good to talk with her.  She sorta looked like she might have been able to move on.  Not saying that she couldn't, just it's good to see her dealing with it well.  I wasn't sure if I should bring it all up at the party, but when there was a spare second she leaned over and said how she really appreciated the card I sent.  To me, that was a sign th that was all she needed to talk about it for.  Glad she liked the card, I sat in the PACI parking lot minutes before the prayer service racking my brains what to say. Apparently it was good.

Secondly... made a few 'grown up' purchases lately.  That's how Mandy put it.  We bought a new bed... finally.  Finally get to sleep on something good.  Got it delivered today, and I put it together... it was fun.  Again, Armstrong didn't deliver a full order to this house.  When they didn't deliver the headboard/frame thing I was scared that it was Ikea all over again.  It got resovled thankfully.  And I also bought the HD+PVR digital box.  It's pretty cool.  REALLY expensive.  Mandy was pissed... I thought I had authorization from her to buy it, but only the HD version... not the +PVR option.  Oh, well.  But like Mandy said later that it was pretty neat to have some real grown up things.  The bed we have to climb into... it's a real grown up bed.

Thirdly... Cindy's dziadzu just passed.  So I imagine she's goin' through a rough patch right now.  Sending out to her family some regards.  I hope I can get a chance to make it to this funeral.

Lastly... I'm getting to go to a concert. A REAL concert.  Sure, Tea Party, Tragically Hip, etc... were AWESOME to go see.  But DAVE MATTHEWS BAND is playing in Minneapolis at a huge arena, so Jarron and I are going.  We were able to get the tickets from Eilidh who bought them, but she's now going to teh TO show.  So I'm giong to a concert!!!

After all this it's really gotten me to think that, indeed, I'm growing up.  Facing real issues here lately.  Making real decisions.  Career-wise things are sorta happening.  I've been watching Scrubs alot lately... and I'm kinda really identifying with JD.  The best part is the music on that show.  I've recently taken to liking Colin Hay.  The song - Waiting for my real life to begin - is just awesome.  It explains how I feel, and when they used it in the show they used it when somebody died.  So, I look through the stuff I'm 'blogging' about, and that song really sums it up.  I say look it up and listen.  It's great.



Monday, October 24, 2005

I Seriously Have Nothing To Teach Tomorrow

I am completely without ideas for tomorrow's lesson.

Not sure what I should do... I've been staring at this computer screen for a few hours and nothing is coming to me.  Crazy... I'm a professional.  Should I start in on the Criminal Law section or ... or... let 'em work on the pamphlets... It shouldn't be this hard... Should it?



Friday, October 21, 2005

Have I ever told you how much I missed the weekend

Even if it's not the actual weekend, but the concept of a few days off where you can stretch out and relax. That concept has been long been erased from my mind.

I'm gonna have a good weekend

...minus the early work on saturday i work on sunday

Like i said, the idea of weekend is long since been out of my memory.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

teaching is fun... being a teacher sucks

So, yeah... teaching is pretty fun... I like being in charge, giving lessons etc...

BEING a teacher sucks ass.  Having to track students, follow up, call home, continually continually demand attention... etc...

Is there an easier way?  Somebody tell me... I'm tired of it.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Bayfield recap

Another Bayfield trip, another fun time.  As always.


Didn't start out that way... it had been a LONG day.  Teaching full time now means that I have to leave directly after my day of teachign.  I'm not used to that, Im' used to just taking off whenever I wanted.  Oh, well.  Couple this with the fact that Mandy was no longer coming, and I felt somewhat guilty in that aspect, so it was hard to enjoy it with a sense of guilt brooding over me.  But I did get over it.


It starts off with us getting there pretty late.. DARK roads, lots of deer, drunk passengers... makes for a great trip!  But, once we get there, it's a fun time.  Jarron re-starts up the cup game thingie, which the drummers take to pretty easily, whereas some of us pipers don't do so well.  We have video.  Email me, and I'll send it to you.


As, usual, the morning performance sucks.  It's cold, our pipes are near awful due to the cold and teh SUPER flattened sound it makes.  But the crowd still loves it.  I renew my hatred of the full uniform.  I can't get my pipes into my armpit any more, so there's pressure on my forearm and wrist to hold it in place.


After our performance we have a bit of 'downtime.'  Some go down to the shops in the town, some go mopedding... I sleep.  Seeing as I think I've had about 20hrs of combined sleep all week I use this time wisely.  I tried doing some work, but it wasn't gonna happen.  Sleep won.  Slept right up 'till it was supper time [great timing!] which was awesome.  It's just spaghetti, but it's SOO good.


Then we gear up for our evening performance.  Which I never understand fully as it seems to change every year.  What doesn't change is that we gear up and play for the Rittenhouse.  Always cool, and Jerry always provides free beverages!  We play down in the city and the crowds love us more.  Then it's back to the school [stupid hill!] and relax before we go to 'bar storm.'


Heather things ahead this time... Last year some crazy lady went around with those candy necklaces and kept trying to get us to have some of it.  So, Heather figured if we already had some, then we would have an easy 'out' for this lady.  Except... that when you're in a hot sweaty bar, these necklaces get sticky ... not so fun.  But the bars were good... played tons.  But it's definitely a different scene as of late.  Usually the Rum Line is PACKED with people and it's a good time.  This year it was pretty low key.  The pavillion was pretty packed, and we went on stage with the band again.  But nothing stands out to say that the night ROCKED.  No complaints tho'.


The after-bar party with us was great too.  We went to bed pretty early ... in the morning.  The parade was awful... not that it wasn't fun, just I hate those uni's.  They were only about 30m late in starting.  The route was just PACKED with people tho', they had to extend it about a few blocks to accomodate.  Soon thereafter we had to pack up and jet out.  Got home about 11:30 or so... and it was a nice ride.  I let Rory drive... so it was a change that I get to sit back and relax during it.


Now, I just got to take today [monday] to recover and get some of the school work I was supposed to do on the weekend finished.



Monday, October 3, 2005

Yeah, i know... this hasn't been updated - sue me!

And I'm a law teacher now, so I could probably defend myself pretty well.  Nah, probably not.


I'm so burning out, how do regular teachers do it?  They probably don't work at Sears at the same time either.  And these damned reports were definitely keeping me behind.  At least I'm a little ahead now (as in, i sorta know what i'm doing tomorrow).

I need a good weekend or something.  Bayfield better ROCK.


When's Rory gonna get this AD&D stuff off the ground so we can play?  I think hacking and slashing and stuff would be good 'release' about now.