Tuesday, March 24, 2009


This afternoon my principal showed me my student enrollment numbers for next year, and lo and behold, after working there for two years, I've built a program big enough to employ one and three quarters of me. (This year there was 1.16 of me.) The good thing about this is that if the man who has been on sick leave the past two years (and who still technically owns this job) is able to return to work in September, there will still be a job for me. He will, at most, be able to work 50% which still leaves me with a full time position and a bit more. I have a feeling that the union may be done protecting him anyway, but if not, it's nice to know that chances are good I'll still be fully employed.

The bad side of this is that as my program grows, others have to shrink. Right now my program is taking a large bite out of the art program, and that makes me feel bad for those teachers who are losing those blocks of teaching time and will be forced to teach something else. I also wonder who will be teaching the other blocks of Drama that I am unable to cover, and whether that person will be happy to be there. I hope so.


Monday, March 23, 2009

no song unsung no wine untasted

Arizona was beautiful. Little J took 157 photographs with her digital camera, many of which I plan to steal and post here as evidence of our travels. I wanted more time, and in particular, more free time to go a'visitin', but it gives me a reason to go back. I broke into the red wine an hour after we got home and although I'd loved loved loved the week of sunshine, I don't think I could have been any happier to be sleeping in my own bed.

My course is going well and I've gotten an "A" on the last two assignments. (I still have a B+ to compensate for on the first paper.) I have one more paper to write before the class ends and two weeks in which to write it. I should have written it during spring break, of course (which is what I'd like to believe I would have done had I not gone away for the holidays) but I've figured out that if I can just manage to write two pages a day between now and the due date, I should even have some extra days at the end to work on my APA formatting. It's almost half past eight now and I've only written one of my two pages... so this plan isn't exactly off to a running start, but I think I can make it work.


Sunday, March 08, 2009


And the weekend is over already. Although I love the affirmation that spring is really here, I resent the loss of that hour of sleep, particularly the loss of an hour of weekend. I would like to convince the powers that be that it would be best to take that hour out of a Monday afternoon, sending me home from work an hour earlier. Who wouldn't like a shorter work day once a year?

I got my paper turned in on time (not marked yet) and the accompanying powerpoint presentation is due Tuesday. I worked on it awhile this afternoon while Shawn took Little J out for a haircut, and I don't think it should be a problem to have it done in time. It's not worth a lot of marks so I'm not sweating it too much. Besides, powerpoint is for suckers.

Today was my birthday. Shawn brought me breakfast - sweet thang - and then I had to supervise a visit with C, who actually managed to behave reasonably for the third week in a row. I'm not sure what to expect from her and it makes me nervous. Visits in public places are better, yes.

Homework in the afternoon, and then Shawn brought back some dinner... so it was a day of junk food and other thrilling things. Aging is great.