Monday, May 22, 2006


I am always amazed when I encounter someone who acts unprofessional in a work atmosphere. You would think after holding several part time jobs and two full time teaching jobs I would be used to running across that kind of individual in these situations. It boggles my mind that, especially in a student/teacher relationship, an employee could be calous and insensitive. I work with a class of special ed boys teaching Business English. They are seniors mind you, so they often have their own idea of what work they want to be doing. At times, this can cause a power struggle between myself and the young men. I always difuse the situation by explaining the assignment and it poignancy to real life while maintaining the upper hand. The other day my special ed teacher was gone from school. Her replacement happened to be a paraprofessional in the building. Having never worked with this woman before, I expected her behavior to be that of all others- professional, courteous and sensitive. She surprised me by ordering the students to work. She walked around the room demanding that they continue their progress. I felt as if she thought she should be doing my job in running the classroom. The thing you must understand about my students, besides that they are seniors, is that they all are special cases. It requires a lot of patience and good humor to keep them on task. For the most part, they work rather dilligently. However, there are days where they are a little more trying and require you to do a little bit of finessing. This woman should know that being that her job requires her to work with these kinds of kids on a daily basis. When you encounter these students with the type of attitude she displayed the other day, they complete shut down. They refuse to do work and get frustrated with their situations and limitations. I guess as a teacher you acquire a certain level of patience with kids. You come to realize that if you want respect to be gained in a classroom situation, you must exhibit respect for the students yourself. I was taken aback at her lack of effort as she actually argued with my kids about whether or not to do the work. Maybe you have run into this kind of person in your work situations. Although it does happen, I am still always surprised at it.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Funny Dancing

Here is a video of a guy trying to dance while intoxicated. Watch him spill his beer all over the place. Here it is.

Friday, May 12, 2006


Check out this video of this guy jumping off a ledge into a bush. Pretty funny stuff. You can find it here.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Time to Myself

Wow! I never realized that running my own sports program would be so much work! This is crazy. Between making schedules, schmoozing parents, ordering camp stuff and writing checks, I have been booked to the max.

Not much else has been happening. Nick and I dethatched the lawn two weeks ago. The next time we need to do that, we will pay someone! We got a new computer, which I am really loving. I went home to see Timmy. What a doll!

Looking forward to a girls' weekend in KC soon for JT's wedding. I need some good drinking time with the old roomies. It should be fun!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Busy Bees

Between Nick's working, cheer tryouts and household chores, we have been keeping busy. Sorry for the lack of posts. I swear we will return soon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

He has arrived!

My godson, Timothy Edward Denison, was born at St. John's Mercy Medical Center on Monday, April 17th, 2006 at 7:13pm!

7 pounds, 2 ounces

19.75 inches

Thursday, April 06, 2006

H & R Suck

Well, after wondering why we owed such a huge amount. Nick took a look at the calculations himself. Turns out that it's not the IRS we hate, but H & R Block. Yes, they apparently decided to enter into our forms that we resided in MO for 100% of the year. That was obviously impossible considering we moved to MN in June. This small error in digits created a huge problem, starting with the fact that we didn't get our partial-year resident credit. After reworking the numbers, we discovered that the state of MO actually owed us $500! Now you know why I hesitated to call them accountants in the last post. Needless to say, we showed them the mistake; they rechecked the taxes and agreed with our tabulations. We are headed up there to sign the final documents and demand a refund of some sort. I just love paying $400 to screwups. Whoopee!

Spread the word:
"Whatever you do.....DO NOT GO TO H & R BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!"

Friday, March 31, 2006

Bloodsucking Bastards

Oh, I just love springtime. The sun is shining and birds are chirping. April must be my favorite month, until this year! Just as the rest of the US population, Nick and I had our taxes prepared for the approaching April 15th (17th this year though, I think) deadline. Unlike previous years when we have filed on our own, we decided to let the professionals try a hand at it. Our returns were complicated after living in two states, owning two houses, working from the home and having four jobs between the two of us. After taking our taxes to H&R Block and waiting much too long might I add, we were saddled with the news that we would owe nearly $3000 between both federal and state. Nick says this is a bunch of bullshit, as we have always gotten money back. Okay. We are both fine and upstanding citizens of this country. Unfortunately, there is no deduction for moral fiber. The woman who prepared our taxes, I won't call her an accountant, suggested we have a child in order to get a deduction for next year. I believe she was being facetious. I guess I will just have to find some other way to stick it to Uncle Sam. Maybe I will burn my draft card. Oh, wait...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Catch Up

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted in almost three weeks. Here is what has been happening:

Teaching is as busy as ever! I am trying to wrap up the third term.

Nick has still been studying like crazy. He is determined!

Our boys Varsity Bball team at Andover is going to State on Wednesday. To say the least, my girls are very excited to cheer at the Target Center . It should be fun to coach on the floor! Wish us luck!

I missed St. Patrick's Day! Hope everyone felt Irish at heart. I certainly supported my heritage by wearing my green and drinking some beer.

We saw a good flick, Failure to Launch. Go see it if you have a chance.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Drama, Drama...

Yesterday, I visited the dentist. This nice man informed me that I would be the newest candidate for oral surgery. Yes, that is right, at twenty-five I am finally having my wisdom teeth removed. Ironically, this comes at a time when many of my students are doing the same.

So, I was pretty anxious about the surgery considering I have never been 'under the knife'. Nick, on the other hand, didn't seem to think it was any big deal. This coming from a man who has never had said surgery. Anyway, after much consternation over when to schedule the damn thing, my husband decided to relay to me the fact that he believes I am "dramatic". It can be said that I do descend from a line of rather dramatic women. My grandmother tends to overreact about her dry mosticolli. My aunt freaks about her children getting sick. My cousin Annie and I have been known to move a crowd with our emotional appeals. But, really now, to shoot a comment like that at me in my hour of need was just too much. I will admit I have a flare for the Hollywood at times; however, I feel that his evident jab at my reaction to this perilous situation cut like a knife (no pun intended).

Well, at least he has offered to drive me to my surgery on Friday. Maybe he will even get me a Slurpee if I ask nicely and don't act too "dramatic". Hahaha. Kudos to you, Nick.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What's new?

Well, I have been pretty neglectful of this blog lately. My time has been occupied with cheer banquet and tryouts. Things are a little crazy around here. Right now I am teaching The Crucible to my juniors. Sad to say, but I have never read it. The whole tie in to the McCarthy Hearings is pretty neat stuff. It should make for good conversation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

New Fave

Here is my new favorite joke:

Q: What did the fish say when he swam into the wall?


Hahaha! Well, at least my six and eight year old cousins thought it was hilarious.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Study, Study, Study!

So, you may not see me post on here too often. Work is getting pretty busy, and when I am not working, I am studying for the fundamentals of Engineering Test. Some may refer to this as the EIT exam, or Engineer in Training. This is the first of two eight hour tests I need to take and pass in order to receive my Professional Engineering license. This is very important. So, the first test covers the general fundamentals of engineering topics; these include Math (Calculus though Differential Equations and Linear Algebra), Statics, Dynamics, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electrical Circuits, Heat Transfer, Mechanics of Materials, Chemistry, Engineering Economics, Probability and Statistics and Ethics. I may have missed something, but that is the bulk of it. So, I bought this very large book that has over 1200 practice problems for me to work and learn from. It is pretty fun, let me tell you. So, that is how I have been spending my time. I just finished the chapter on Trusses; tomorrow I will learn about pulleys. After I pass this exam in April, I will have to wait about two months for my results. Then, I will begin studying for my PE test which is given in October. I can't wait until it's all over.


Even after a year of marriage and five years together, my husband still bought me flowers for Valentine's Day. What's more, he got them the day before, so I would get them in the morning. What a sweetheart! Sorry to embarrass you in front of the guys.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

True; I am a Blue!

BLUES are motivated by INTIMACY, seek opportunities to genuinely connect with others, and need to be appreciated. They do everything with quality and are devoted and loyal friends and employers/employees. Whatever or whomever they commit to are their sole (and soul) focus. They love to serve and will give freely of themselves in order to nurture others lives.

BLUES, however, do need to be understood. They have distinct preferences and occasionally the somewhat controlling (but always fair) personality of a confident leader. Their code of ethics is remarkably strong and they expect others to live honest, committed lives as well. They enjoy sharing meaningful moments in conversation as well as remembering special life events (i.e., birthdays and anniversaries). BLUES are dependable, thoughtful, nurturing, and can also be self-righteous, a bit worry-prone, and emotionally intense. They are like sainted pit-bulls who never let go of something once they are committed. When you deal with a BLUE, be sincere, make an effort to truly understand them, and truly appreciate them.

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