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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Forgive me while I ramble

This work shit seems to be getting the best of me right now. I know that in a few weeks all the Beginning of the School Year (BOSY) crap will die down, and I'll have some free time again, but in the meantime, I'm dealing with BOSY crap in three different schools. Three schools that couldn't be any different, which I already babbled about here.

And while we're on the topic, can I just say that I'm terribly afraid this job is going to make me racist? I am, guys. Without getting into any specifics, I must say that there are a couple days a week in which my job is so much easier and my psyche is so much happier then, well, three other days of the week. It all comes down to student behavior and their cooperation in my classroom. One school I work at has a significantly more cooperative and responsive student body than the other two. While trying to figure out why, I concluded that I'm dangerously close to drawing racist conclusions. I think it might be time to reevaluate my approach with the other two schools because I do not want to become the ignorant person/teacher who has favorites based on race. I do not, do not, DO NOT want to become that person.

Moving on...

I find myself heading to Target shortly to pick up a few items for my classroom; a timer, a magic wand and chimes. *Sigh* The life of an elementary art teacher, where you're expected to perform magic everyday. All part of the new strategy. I'm going to find something that'll work, dammit.

On a completely unrelated topic, still waiting on my driver's license to arrive and hating every happy hour I miss day I don't have it. In case you don't remember, or maybe I never mentioned it, I lost my license while in DC a couple of weekends ago. The worst part was that I wasn't even drunk, or in DC to get drunk. We were in DC for sushi and I'm pretty sure it fell out of my pocket while I was using the bathroom. Unfortunately, when I realized I had lost it (when we tried entering a different establishment after dinner for a "one for the road" beer), the sushi place was so packed, I couldn't even find the bathroom when I went back. Now I'm just waiting for a new one to arrive from New York.

Um... so I have so much to report on, whenever I can manage to find the time. There's a giveaway I won awhile a back and a contest I won as well that I never mentioned. Not that you necessarily care, but I like to spread the word, so-to-speak, on these sorts of things. Plus, I have a Saturday feature I started working on months ago that has yet to see the light. Maybe someday. My "Previously On" posts have been few and far between, and while I've managed to keep up on "Random Shit Tuesday" (more or less) they've certainly been lacking. I haven't had an "I ♥ Etsy" post in ages and it seems like I've completely forgotten that there are days after Tuesday in which I can post. And holy shit, when was the last time I shared my musical tastes with you all?


This just in... who decided we needed to redesign the dollar bill, and why would we even consider letting the British to do it? Apparently there was a contest for this or something, and now people can vote for a redesign? I don't know how I feel about this, but it's trending towards not good. I haven't heard much on the subject.

You can read more about it here (although it doesn't really provide all that much information), and if anyone has anymore information on this (like, is it for real?) please pass it on. Thanks.


Krista said...

It's my understanding, that the dollar bill isn't actually being redesigned. I think that the project and contest was possibly just out of interest to see what people would come up with.

At the end of the article that I read, it said,

"If these money makeovers weren't enough, The Dollar ReDe$ign Project has even circulated a petition to get the U.S. government to seriously consider their ideas."

But they didn't exactly make that obvious from the beginning, as they should have, which lead to a lot of disgruntled readers.

And for the record, I think it's a bad idea.

One Blonde Girl said...

@ Krista- Ah. Thanks for clearing that up.

Just Plain Tired said...

I can't imagine teaching at 3 different schools at once. Hopefully the travel time between them isn't excessive. And I know it's hard not to prejudge people racially. I try to watch myself to keep from doing that.

Didactic Pirate said...

For me, Beginning of the Year Shit does in fact die down... right before finals in December. (Deep sigh)

WhisperingWriter said...

I hope it's not going to be redesigned. I don't like that style at all.

One Blonde Girl said...

@ JPT- Thankfully I don't have to travel between them during the day, and two of them are just down the road from each other, but that third one? That third one will be the day I loathe.

@ DP- Good to know. *sigh*

@ WW- Me too. Me too.

Amber said...

I have so much respect for teachers. I have no idea how you people are able to cope. Even the kids I love begin to irk me after a few minutes.

And I'm actually not against the currency redesign thing. However, I think it would be weird to have a tee-pee or whatever on my money. The sort of racial/ethnic/cultural inclusivity that that design you've posted here is trying to depict, just seems disingenuous to me. Like, "oh, look how culturally aware we are here in America" or some crap. said...

So my boyfriend's a conspiracy theorist (I know, joy, it's his crazy side), but he thinks the designing of the new dollar is a VERY bad thing. Like, this is their cutesy way of introducing a North American currency which will crash the dollar, or some shit like that. I don't really get it, but he gets really fired up about it.

I want a magic wand. I'm headed to Target.

One Blonde Girl said...

@ Amber- Thank you, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. There's a reason we teachers like to have quiet classrooms. It's called hangovers. Oh, and unless I'm mistaken, that redesign was done by a couple of Brits. I could be wrong. I am American after all, therefore I must have ADD and am incapable of staying for too long. And I live in a tee-pee, not to be confused with "t.p." because living in toilet paper would just be weird. Can we say "ramble much, boys and girls?"

@ I assumed we were trying to be more like the Europeans. You know, but with out the unisex bathrooms.

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