Well, I'm back to the "real world" of work tomorrow. Thought I would unload some randomness to start the new year.
***There'll be no reflection or resolutions here; I guess I just like to live in the here and now, rather than the past or the future. (Who am I kidding? I'm just too lazy.)
***The Green Bay Packers pulled off a win tonight to squeak into the NFL playoffs. As any Packers fan will tell you, it's a real bummer to get up on Monday morning after a loss and go to work. As any teacher will also tell you, going back to school on the Monday after Christmas vacation is a major drag. As you can guess, it's going to be a lot easier for me to get up tomorrow. (Thanks, Pack!)
***Kendall and I went with friends to see the movie, The Tourist, this week. I liked it just fine, but I can't tell you anything about it, because I have this strange "condition" that causes me to forget movies after I see them, unless I've seen then more than a couple times. I do remember finding Angelina's beauty very distracting (for what that's worth). I've heard a lot of good reviews about True Grit, too, so that one is next on my list.
***I always read a book or two over Christmas and summer breaks. This time, I read ReThinking Homework: Best Practices that Support Diverse Needs. It's an eye-opening book that caused me to really think deeply about my homework philosophy. All teachers should read that book. To learn more about it, read this and this. I also read The Help, by Katheryn Stokett. I would rate it a 4 out of 5. The author did a beautiful job on this, her first book! To read some interesting reviews on The Help, read them here at Amazon or Karen Zemek's review here.
***Last Tuesday, a handful of Kyle's college friends stopped by unexpectedly (around 10pm). Always the perfect host/dad (of course) Mr.4444 insisted on preparing them a meal of grilled chicken breasts, mashed potatoes (boxed), and green beans. On their way home, one of the kids sent a text:
"Mr. 4444, how do you manage to keep so much of the juice in the chicken?"
The reply... "Years of experience with breasts."
Ba-dump-bump! He keeps me laughing, that man of mine...
Here's to a light-hearted week for each of you! :)