May. 10th, 2009

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Life just seems to get busier and busier - and I seem to find less and less time to blog about it. 

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching.  And the natives are definitely restless.  More than usual - I think there has just been so much upheaval this year that everyone is on edge.  The economic situation has effected almost everyone.  We have had some unusual racial issues this year (that are finally starting to die down.)  And then the accident where the 4 kids died.  A lot of kids were close to one of the boys that died.  It has made for a difficult and emotional year for a lot of them.  And it has definitely increased the stress factor for us teachers as well.  Add to that we are facing possible pay cuts (again) and definite budget cuts (at least 15%) and we have to pack up EVERYTHING in our classrooms this year as they are painting the whole school.  Everything has to be boxed and labeled - and up until friday we were told we had to come up with our own boxes.  Now they are providing us with 8 - to pack an entire classroom (or in my case, two.)  *sigh*  I love my job, I really do.  But this has been a year with its own particular challenges.

On the home front, have been working on getting the finances all straightened out.  Still working...  Have also been doing some spring cleaning and rearranging.  Have changed things around so we use the living more now - and that left the family room pretty empty except the dog kennels.  Just got some furniture from a friend that helped me finish the rearranging plans.  And it then spread to the boys room and he now has a couch in his room.  :)  And now we have enough futons to sleep 7!

Having some complications getting registered for school in the fall.  I am on a medical hold - it seems that they have added some additional shot requirements since I graduated 10 years ago.  It took a while to get a hold of a real person to find out what was going on.  The good news is that I don't have to get them since I won't be living on campus - but I do have to send over a form stating I understand the dangers of not having them and am declining.  Faxed it over on Friday, so hopefully I will be able to register soon.

Having issues with the boy and school.  He did wonderfully the first half of the year.  Then someone at school told him D's were passing.  :(  It's not that his grades are horrible now, but they are not what they could be.  And we have had multiple incidences of homework that he has not done - or has hidden.  So now he is on daily pink slips as they call it.  And for a week he has been resisting that and has therefore been grounded.  I hate doing this, but he has to get his head back in the right place.  I am hoping for better next week!


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