Friday, 25 November 2016

It's getting real.

I'm typing this post from my new laptop.  A laptop that we can't afford, but a laptop that I will need for school in January.

For the past 13 or so years, I've had a laptop provided by my employer, so a personal laptop wasn't necessary.  I had my Ipad for fun stuff and my laptop for times when I needed to type something and print it.  Now that I'm no longer employed full time and my new job doesn't require me to have a laptop, I needed to buy one for school.

And today is Black Friday.  And Boy Oneder works for Best Buy. So the price was very good.  So, I bought this laptop.  It is my early Christmas present as well, so the guilt of spending money we don't have is a little less intense.  And now, I'm ready for school.

I'm both excited and nervous about it.  Learning today is much different than learning in the early 1990's, the last time I went to school.  Everything is online and, apparently, people don't use highlighters in their textbooks anymore...I learned this as I was highlighting in my first course textbook (I'm a keener and have started reading ahead), when a fellow teaching assistant enlightened me.  LOL!  So, not only do I need to learn the course material, I need to learn how to learn in 2017!

Hubster is still looking for work...not for a lack of trying, that's for sure...but it's tough out there.I'm hoping his dry spell will end soon and that he will be back to work very soon.

We had a couple of fantastic parent/teacher interviews for Middleman and Threepeat.  Both are doing very well and their teachers love them.  I'm so proud of them.  Boy Oneder is doing very well at university too and is working two jobs.  Oh to be 20 again and have the energy to do what he does!

Dudley is great too...he's stretched out on my lap as I type.  Sweet boy.

Off to make chicken parmesan for dinner.  Ciao for now!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Exhaustedly happy

I've been working full time at the Montessori School for the last week and a half. And I love it.

I am really bonding with the kids in the CASA A class and I really enjoy working with the two teachers. Sadly, I am only covering for the assistant teacher until the end of this week, but this last week and a half has given me the opportunity to connect with the kids one on one...I've learned about their personalities...what makes them tick.

I've had a couple of really rewarding moments...especially with a child who I think is undiagnosed autistic. She trusts me and listens to me. She has proven that I am where I am meant to be. My heart is swollen with love and passion for these kids.

But....holy shit, I am tired. There are a few challenging kids in the class and this week, they have reeeeealllly challenged. Redirect, redirect, redirect. Wipe tears and redirect again. But I'm learning. Every single day.

And I love it.

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