Latest posts from St. Louis

Sep 23 2012

In which I wonder as I wander

  Dear Terminal 2, Thou art a muse. But really, why have more people not written odes to your inspirational qualities?  The entrancing qualities of the flickering fluorescents, the gentle odor of old Starbucks grounds, the peaceful murmur of waiting Midwesterners… With such conditions, and with my propensity for travel in the past five-going-on-six years,…

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I don’t quite know what to do with myself. It’s 7:06 PM on Sunday night. (Hell night.  Sing it, teacher friends.) It is way too early to attempt sleep, even with a friendly sleep aid.  I have done all of the work that I can reasonably do (I’m more or less planned through the end…

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Sep 01 2012

In which there are curious facts

One. Almost five weeks ago, right before the children returned from their frolicsome summers, I managed to fall down, hurt myself, and end up at urgent care with a cute little foot boot (“post-operative shoe”).  I ended up back at urgent care this week (with renewed foot pain) to learn that I really had a…

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Aug 26 2012

In which she blows your minds

Oh, hello friends. 1 year ago today, I was sitting on the curb outside of my gym, misting as I talked to my parents on the phone.  It was my first TFtear, my first TFmeltdown. A precious, precious memory. Two weeks into the 2011-2012 school year, I was already at my wits end, a charming…

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Aug 14 2012

In which I dig deep

[disclaimer part 1: I wrote this on Saturday.  Today is Tuesday.  There have been children for 2 days.  More on that when there is more on that.]   Things I lost track of this week: -Number of times people expressed shock and amazement about my glorious and voluntary return to room 374 -Approximately 2,000,000 different…

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Aug 02 2012

In which there is a recipe for productivity

Today, I spent a number of hours propped up at my dining room table, staring at my laptop. This is not much different from how I spent the majority of the summer, but this time I was staring at MS Word and not at Netflix. I say propped up, because delicate and graceful flower that…

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Jul 28 2012

In which there is a musical interlude

Mere days before Kickoff commences (the beginning of the TFA year, of course), I find myself faced with a conundrum. A musical conundrum. My cohort has been asked to send our MTLDs a meaningful song; this is kind of cool and different, a laudable departure from our usual pattern of PD. However, I find it…

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Mind blown by that simile? Today is July 12th.  On August 13th (one month + one day from today, in case that wasn’t clear), a brand new troop of precious angels will be beating down my classroom door. So basically, I’m nesting.  Here’s how: Making 12,000 new posters. Crocheting an afghan (it’s soothing…) Checking out…

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Jun 12 2012

In which I am verbose

I have this new resolution.  I’m only writing things when I actually have something to say.  This includes text messages (I don’t really need to reply if you sent me, “k”), emails (if there isn’t a TFA “action item,” I don’t need to take action), and blog posts. The school year is now well and truly…

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Jun 03 2012

In which it lingers

This is a new level of restlessness to which I am unaccustomed. Nothing is more appealing to a teacher than the thought of summer vacation.  It seems blissfully limitless, peaceful, restorative, and a slew of other adjectives that cannot be applied to the school year.  For 10 months, summer was the somewhat seductive light at…

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