Taylor received some great gifts from some of his students before his holiday break began. We are supplied with enough chocolates for awhile.
While here in Connecticut for the holidays, we went to Light Fantasia. Basically a company sets up all sorts of light displays along a road in a park. You tune in to a radio station they have set up that plays Christmas music and drive slowly through. My parents use to take us to one in Raleigh when I was younger called the Festival of Lights and I always enjoyed it. In addition to Christmas-ish themed light displays they will have random other light displays that were clearly developed during the high point of an item’s popularity, including Harry Potter and Furby.
Also, Pokemon. We had to look up what that one on the right was. It’s Vulpix. I enjoyed the nostalgia of not just these specific light displays but going to a light “festival” during Christmas.
Taylor and I were trying to determine what kind of cat Luna was the other day and figured out that she is a “torbie”. This is a cross between a tortoiseshell cat and a tabby cat.
Once we figured out what she was I did a google image search for torbie. Here’s the thing about google image. When you click on a picture it will be in the middle of the screen with the website it came from in the background. And the website we saw in the background for a picture was quite interesting.
WARRIOR CATS RPG
RPG stands for role playing game. We had stumbled upon a role playing game for cats! Basically you pick a cat, give it a name, and put it in a clan. Then someone starts a “setting” for your cat to interact in. People just insert in lines of action for their cat and they interact with eachother. We scrolled through one and it was actually kind of boring. But this led us to find out that the game is based on a series of books called Warrior Cats. There are currently 4 series with 6 books each. And guess which library has the first book of the first series. In the children’s section. I will be picking it up when I get home.
In continuing our Saturday series on teachers let me tell you a quick story. After three hours of waiting around at the dealership we were finally ushered into a financing office As the dot matrix printer printed out our forms the guy asked what our jobs were. When Taylor said that he was a high school math teacher the guy responded with:
I WISH I HAD YOUR HOURS
The hours of a teacher are a common myth to anyone that doesn’t actually know a teacher. For nine months of the year they get to be at a school – typically students are there for 8 hours – and then for the remaining three months they have it off. Summer vacation!
First let’s tackle that 3 month summer vacation. At the beginning of the school year, teachers typically have to be there 1-2 weeks before school starts. Organizing lesson plans, attending training, and meeting with your department. It’s kind of like training at the beginning of a job but you have to do it every single year. Then at the end of the year the students leave for the summer. That typically isn’t the end for the teachers. There are 1-2 weeks of dealing with final grades, unhappy parents, cleaning up your classroom, and tying up any loose ends. So that leaves them with two months.
Most teachers don’t get to fully enjoy these two months. Taylor’s “time off” has included AP training, a month long course to drive a school bus, and starting on lesson plans for subjects he hasn’t taught in the past. I know that for some of his coworkers it has included taking a second job (since teachers in many states get paid crap), teaching summer school, or watching their own children that are also home from school. Not quite the two month relaxation that people perceive.
As for the nine months at school, it’s not like those 8 hours are sitting in a cubicle. They are standing for most of the day and talking a lot. And their day is far from over when the kids leave. Grading papers, answering student questions, and working on lesson plans have to be done outside of the school day. Most teachers get to work early, stay late, and continuing working once they get home. There have been many nights I have gone to bed and Taylor is still up doing work. As much as it tires him, he loves it and rarely complains.
So to those people out there who want teacher hours: shut it. You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.
Tucked away on the corner of Capitol and N. Fitzhugh is a secret that my coworker told us about.
The best tortilleria. For $1, you get a pack of 20 freshly made corn tortillas. Taylor and I each eat at least 1 on the 2 minute drive home. For the rest of the day your hands will smell like corn tortillas and it’s great.
Craig James, a college football analyst for ESPN has announced that he is going to run for US Senate for the state of Texas.
His experience in all things football related has apparently rendered him able to be a senator.
“Government background, government experience, in my world today is not a good thing”
Obviously this is what he has to say otherwise we would have to talk about what his qualifications for running are. I also guess we should turn an eye to the fact that he was a part of the SMU football team in the years prior to the death penalty.