Category Archives: hiking

Struggle — Hiking


Lately all I’ve wanted to do was quit. I am trying and wow am i making mistakes, but I’m learning from them. I’ve had more suspensions then i want to remember. Though two I wasn’t even in the vicinity. We moved some kids and things seem to be working better this week. Though we have I identified that issue. When moving students we found that when one student moved, their former class was much more productive and could actually work. It has been good because this was the class that nothing was getting done.
Now I want to work on a way to prepare the kids for the arrival of the suspended students and a way to keep them under control.
I feel like all I get is what I’m doing wrong, but this may be more of myself than anyone else’s view. My wonderful little demons are helping decide their next project. I think I will have them make the rubric for the project. It looks like their standards have something in there for them evaluating works… This might be a good way to fit it in.

We got to go hiking this past weekend. It was nice and warm and we napped on the top of the mountain. Found a perfect spot… also the perfect spot for me to sunburn my pastey legs. I had PLANNED on wearing jeans, but my jeans were dirty or had holes in them so at the last minute i wore shorts… which crispied my legs for a couple days. We looked at their camping sites and made plans for our first trial run.

THEN my jaw started to swell and ow… swollen lymph node had make the left side of my face look like a chip munk. It has been painful to eat for the last few days and i’ve had lots of motrin to help keep me from not being able to talk. The week is almost over and i really need a weekend.

New Years 2009


We surprised my parents this year with a visit. We drove up on the 30th, got a hotel, had dinner with V, and then I sent my dad a text message the morning of the 31st – I thought he didn’t have to work so I asked him to meet me at the Ikea. I’d never been and it was close to our hotel. He thought I’d meant the message for someone else and sent it to him by mistake…”I would, but its a little far of a drive.” When I told him which Ikea I meant, he called. He was at work and could not meet us. The other J and I went anyway because mom was also at work and it killed a little time.
After Ikea we went to my parent’s house, stashed the car at Grandma’s house – who normally is always home but was not when we left the car. Hungout with dad and the baby for a while, went and visited grandma and grandpa, waited for mom to get home. When Mom got home we hid and Dad covered her eyes and walked her over to us. and POOF! there we were.

We went to their friend’s New Years Eve party, played “are you smarter than a 5th grader?” Saw some cousins and family friends, watched the ball drop had champagne and otherwise had a wonderful New Years. I’m very glad I was able to see the babies and my expectant cousin.

New Years day was dinner (in the southern sense) at Grandma’s with additional family and then a hike in the state land behind the subdivision. There was sledding, snow angels, and the posting of deer cameras before Chinese and movies.

We had a great time visiting.

Family Update


My student teaching ended 11/7/08, but they asked me to stay on as a sub, so thats what i’ve been doing since then. I’ve had a couple of uneventful days that i could do homework, but other than those i’ve been working. I’ve been in second grade, third grade, 6th grade, 7th and 8th and 9th and 10th and one day i was the PE teacher and added 4th and 5th grade to the classes i’ve had to deal with. Things are good, most of the kids are good.

I think we’re done hiking for the year, its gotten too cold. The good thing is that the last time we went hiking – though I was difficult – it was a nice day and we ended up having fun.
We’re doing thanksgiving on our own this year. Heather called today and I’m going to tell her we have plans. I don’t really want to drive out there and I’d rather do our little odd Thanksgiving we have planed. The menu: Subs, mashed potatoes, cornbread, veggies, and pumpkin pie.

We’re set to meet mom and dad and Littlest J in December. We’ve been working out regularly, I think i might have convinced the other J to do yoga at home with me. His mom’s birthday is tomorrow and I helped with the present. I’m not done with my school work because I’ve been working, but I’m close and should be done at the end of this week. There are only two school days this week which gives me Wednesday all to myself to do school work… or procrastinate…

we cleaned the house today. I looked through all my evaluations and woops… someone forgot to fill in all the boxes on one of my observations. They made comments but did not check the damn box… this makes graduating longer.



(10:55:05 AM) the other J: if this is true, I have the utmost respect for the poster:
(10:55:10 AM) the other J: “I’ve actually had a black bear charge me in Washington State. I already knew about standing still and was sure to avert my eyes. The bear actually stopped the charge a few feet away from me and sniffed me. I didn’t wave my arms as the article suggested, nor did I speak in a monotone. I remained motionless and quiet. The bear grunted a few times, bounced it’s front legs up and down a few times, but eventually left without ever touching me.”
(10:55:46 AM) the other J: I would have been a bulbering, urine soaked messed
(10:55:47 AM) the other J: mess*
(10:56:15 AM) J: ew
(10:57:02 AM) the other J: I’m sorry hon, a bear charges me, I can’t guarantee bladder or emotion control
(10:57:10 AM) J: lol
(10:57:27 AM) the other J: Though, I will do my best to remain stoic, odds are I’m grabbing you, throwing you at the bear and running
(10:57:46 AM) J: which is when i kick you in your bad knee
(10:58:00 AM) the other J: So… it’s a race to see who can disable who first?
(10:58:38 AM) J: exactly

This will end up with us both in pain on the ground being mauled by a bear