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(#36) i'm a bachelor 'til the rapture...

in a previous post, i mentioned this hilarious guy named jonathan acuff. i read his blog every day. today i was reading it during third hour (shhh...don't tell anyone) and he referenced an older post about surviving church as a single person. i was literally covering my mouth to hold in the laughter. the ones that made me laugh the hardest are the ones that are really true...and there's a lot of them.
The Surviving Church as a Single Scorecard1. Your church doesn’t have a singles ministry. = + 1 point2. Your church has a singles ministry but it’s combined with the college ministry which creates opportunities for conversations like this:Student: “My roommate bought a microwave for our dorm room. I love being a Freshman!”Single: “My 401K is underperforming.” = +2 points 3. Your church has a singles ministry but it’s a triad that combines college, single adults and divorce recovery. = + 3 points4. Your church has a singles ministry but it’s the dreaded quad, combining college…

a hotel slumber party...

despite the fact that last week consisted of three snow days and one work day, (meaning i only saw my students for one day) it was kind of a rough week school-wise. the majority of my stress was directly related to lesson plan writing, which i have discovered is definitely the hardest part for me. (i'm hoping it stays that way...i don't want to find something harder in a week or two!) so after spending all day friday working on plans, that i kept having to change, i was spent. i was going into my three day weekend feeling very overwhelmed and i had no fun plans to look forward to.
enter my wonderful mother.
we were talking on saturday and decided that we could take an impromptu trip and meet in columbia! so sunday after church i headed east, she headed west, and a hotel slumber party ensued. we ate at shakespeare's pizza, played games, ate cake, (it was also my half birthday, which i love to celebrate) swam and explored the town. also, as evidenced in the photo below, i a…

meet paul...

my main squeeze. his full name is paul mccartney. get it? paul mcCARTney. incredibly clever, i know. and he's dreamy to look at. all that organization.

i am proud to say i have completed my first week as a teacher completely tear free. i didn't cry once! that seems promising. i'm a little hesitant to say this, lest the sky fall down on me, but i feel like i'm in the groove. i have an organizational plan of attack. i know where my classes are. i can name 95% of my students, as long as they don't change seats. i can probably name 50% if they do. i even know where to go if there's a fire or tornado. i struggled a little with running out of lesson plans before the end of class, but i improvised and so far it's all worked out.
pretty soon i'm going to get tired of the whole 'every day' part of the job, but if other grownups can do it, i probably can too.

the first day of school...

so far i'm surviving. i've made it through one day with my little darlings. it's obviously only been one day since i'm still calling them darlings. we'll see how long that lasts.
the biggest challenge at the moment is muscling my massive cart in and out of classrooms and through hallways filled with crazed middle schoolers every hour. i'm thinking of inventing some sort of extreme sport based on my experiences in the hallways of plms. it could be big.
but even for the pain it is, my cart is also one of my favorite parts of the job thus far. i'm sure it will come as no surprise that i took great pleasure organizing it and making every detail just right. in fact...i think i should give it a name. any suggestions?