Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy New Year

It's the start of a new school year. The weather is gorgeous - much nicer than we've had most of the summer; so it must be time to go back to school.

I finally got my mark for the theory exam I wrote August 8 - 81. I would have been happier with a higher mark, but it's quite acceptable. Unfortunately, I'm still having a lot of trouble with my arms, so I'm really unable to play piano. I've broken down and have been in to see the doctor; had a neck x-ray and am supposed to make an appointment to go back in a couple of weeks. I'd really like a referral to a physio, as it's very frustrating to not be able to do things.

Put Loopie and Baylee on the plane yesterday morning bright and early. Loopie had everything well organized; had preweighed her luggage, etc. Unfortunately the bathroom scales weren't the same as the airport scales. She was 8 lbs overweight on her largest suitcase and they weighed her carry-on (not allowed to be above 22 lbs). She was 6 lbs overweight on her carry-on as well. We were able to juggle things around and I took some things back with me, but it took about an hour to get that all done. That's why she had planned to be early at the airport. Good thing, eh?

This past weekend was busy, with welcoming and registering new students as well as a wedding. Rose was a bridesmaid for the wedding and is now sleeping in my guest room before she flies back to YK tomorrow bright and early. Lots of new students (and many parents) yesterday at service. I'm always excited at the start of a new year.

I now know what I'll be teaching, which is a good thing. I'll have English 9, Math 11, 21 (essentially remedial math) first semester and English 9 and Christian Ethics 9 second semester. In addition, I'll be coteaching a college course. Now to get my syllabi ready.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


People have been saying, "what's happened to summer?" because it has been very cool and rainy. However, I'm grateful because I know what a really hot prairie summer can be like, and I'm still acclimatized to the north. It has been pretty wet, but that means that I can't mow the lawn or even feel guilty about it, and I don't have to worry about watering the garden. Lots of things to be thankful for.

I've started to go into work get get ready for the fall term at school. I'm not even putting in half-days yet, but I've started the get things cleaned up and sorted out a bit. Hopefully they'll get the new computer up and ready for me so that I can finish the year end and inventory on it and switch over to a new year.

No, I don't know what I'll be teaching yet. Lots of possibilities, but nothing for sure until we know what the enrolment is and the grade distribution. For sure I'll be in the library (half-time?) plus.... some of the possibilities include: English 9, Christian Ethics 9, Remedial math (Math 11, 21 and 31 - as a combined class), Fine Arts/Guidance/Health 9 (as a job share - six weeks of each?), a college class on surviving post-secondary (as a job share). So, I'll find out next week. The English 9 is very likely for sure, so I can work on getting prepared for that.