Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Wonderland

My first concert went very well.  It was a very crazy day because I woke up with Pink Eye and I should not have gone to school that day but I had no choice, what would they have done without me?  I felt just fine but I looked like crap!  Luckily some of the wonderful ladies told me to rub lemon juice on my eyelids and she even had a lemon sitting in the fridge.  It took the itch away for a bit which was wonderful.  I got the stage looking as nice as I could for what I had.  Ahh the joys of working in the ghetto!  The family resource center which is run by parents decided to have a big all school potluck before the concert. It was a great success and I didn't have to worry about getting fast food in my ghetto neighborhood!  My eyes at this point were so red and puffy it looked like I had been crying all day.  Some of the teachers were asking me if I was ok, if my nerves were getting to me.  I told them I was fine and that I had pink eye.  They just laughed.  My assistant principal was like, you do know thats contagious right?  Haha yeah I know, but what was I supposed to do?  The concert went great.  There was a huge turnout.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and I think more showed up than they had planned.  One thing I need to work on is audience behavior.  They were horrible, it was so noisy the whole time.  I had everything mapped out but since more people showed up things didn't go as planned, but it still worked out just fine.  Everyone was pleased and the best part is that its over! 

Then as soon as we got home my dad and I went driving around to find an urgent care that was open so that I could get some drugs.  My eyes felt so much better after that.  They asked me if I knew if I had been in contact with anyone with pink eye.  I told them that I'm a teacher and that earlier that day one of the kids said "Ms. Jones, your eyes look just like mine did the other day when I had pink eye, that's why I wasn't here!"  It was splendid.  The joys of being a teacher.

During that next weekend I went on a day trip with my mom and dad to Snowflake to deliver flowers for a wedding.  It was a fun little trip, but so cold!  Snowflake is so windy it makes it even colder.  It was nice to see the snow and then go back to Mesa where we don't have the snow!

The last week of school before Christmas wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be.  The activity that I was doing with the older kids went better than I thought it would.  It made me so happy and it was something they could learn from!  I am now enjoying 2 weeks of bliss not having to drive to phoenix everyday!  I will post more of our lovely christmas adventures later.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December = craziness

December is here in full swing!  The craziness has already begun.  Tuesday Emilie and I made 2 delicious cakes to donate to the Mesa High Orchestra Dinner on Wednesday.  They turned out awesome and I hope they tasted as good as they look.  Wednesday was the delicious dinner and we enjoyed Outback, yum yum.  Thursday I went to institute and Friday I hung out with Linsday and caught up on drama in our lives!  Saturday my mom had gotten tickets to a free screening of Disney's new The Princess and the Frog.  It was so good!  Great story, great music great fun!  Can't wait till it comes out, will see it again.  My concert is on Thursday so I am in freak out mode.  I know it will all turn out fine.  The teachers have been very helpful and supportive, its been great, making my life easier.  They have let me know things that the other teacher had done in the past they they would do every year.  I don't want to break any traditions since they guy was there for 35 years!   There is a quick update, I will add more later, but its my bed time I have a super busy week!