Friday, February 27, 2009

Kaitlyn, The Seizing...

Hamster? Yes, Hamster. My hamster has seizures. I was not aware, until this morning, that hamsters can have seizures. I guess if I had ever stopped to think about it I would have figured out that it was possible. I mean people have seizures, cats and dogs have seizures, why not hamsters?

Working in a Special Education classroom I am mentally prepared to deal with students seizing. I get it- it is part of my job. But to have one of your class pets up and seize in your hand, that is just scary!

Thankfully, Kaitlyn is okay. After about 5 minutes of me hyperventilating and my students freaking out she snapped out of it and promptly pooped on a student's paper. The boy asked, "Did her seizure make her poop?"

Of course, my class being what it is one of my students asked another one of my students that suffers from epilepsy, "Do you poop when you have seizures?" I just shook my head but the sweet little boy responded, " I did once!" Thankfully the bell rang or I can only imagine what might have been asked or said.

Ah, the life of a teacher. You really never know what will happen.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A random sampling...

In a few pictures here is what we have been up to lately...

We went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. (Jordan and I are now annual pass holders!)

We bought a big ol' fish tank for the house...

Sierra Vista celebrated Spirit Week. (Yes, I was the most hard core teacher)

Jordan bought my class a hamster- Kaitlyn. (Jordan may love her more than he loves me...)

We finally put some pictures on the wall!

That basically catches you up until about last week. I promised Jordan that he could blog about this past weekend so, toodles for now!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Oh, Reese's Puffs reminded me of pizza (don't ask) which reminds me... the Champions won the can collecting competition! We blew the other teams out of the water. I love my students dearly but we are usually school spirit flunkies. We are the Special Ed team - by far the smallest team and often either get left in the dust or left out completely with regards to school team competitions. I guess the incentive of a pizza party supplied by the science teacher if we won actually worked. Of course I doubt Jordan is going to be as happy when I break the news that he will be buying pizza for 100 junior high kids... :)


Reese's Puffs should be their own food group. I would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if Jordan would let me. I don't know why he protests; they are a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D- says so right on the box! They are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolaty goodness. Go get yourself a box and spread the love.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Job Security

With all of the talk of budget cuts here in California a lot of teachers are worried about losing their jobs. I'm not. Want to know why? I have job security- I teach Special Ed. Don't believe me? Check these stories from other people and tell me if I am wrong.

'Millionaire' Contestant Makes Worst Use Of Lifelines Ever NEW YORK - Idaho resident, Kathy Evans, brought humiliation to her friends and family Tuesday when she set a new standard for stupidity with her appearance on the popular TV show, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.'It seems that Evans, a 32-year-old wife and mother of two, got stuck on the first question and proceeded to make wh at fans of the show are dubbing 'the absolute worst use of lifelines ever.'After being introduced to the show's host, Meredith Vieira, Evans assured her that she was ready to play, whereupon she was posed with an extremely easy $100 question. The question was: 'Which of the following is the largest?'A) A PeanutB) An ElephantC) The MoonD) Hey, who you calling large?Immediately, Mrs. Evans was struck with an all- consuming panic as she realized that this was a question to which she did not readily know the answer.'Hmm, oh boy, that's a toughie,' said Evans, as Vieira did her level best to hide her disbelief and disgust. 'I mean, I'm sure I've heard of some of these things before, but I have no idea how large they would be.'Evans made the decision to use the first of her three lifelines, the 50/50. Answers A and D were removed, leaving her to decide which was bigger, an elephant or the moon. However, faced with an incredibly easy question, Evans still remained unsure.'Oh! It removed the two I was leaning towards!' exclaimed Evans. 'Darn. I think I better phone a friend.'Using the second of her two lifelines on the first question, Mrs. Evans asked to be connected with her friend Betsy, who is an office assistant.'Hi Betsy! How are you? This is Kathy! I'm on TV!' said Evans, wasting the first seven seconds of her call. 'Ok, I got an important question. Which of the following is the largest? B, an elephant, or C, the moon. 15 seconds hun.'Betsy quickly replied that the answer was C, the moon. Evans proceeded to argue with her friend for the remaining ten seconds. 'Come on Betsy, are you sure?' said Evans. 'How sure are you? Duh, that can't be it.' To everyone's astonishment, the moronic Evans declined to take her friend's advice and pick 'The Moon.' 'I just don't know if I can trust Betsy. She's not all that bright. So I think I'd like to ask the audience,' said Evans. Asked to vote on the correct answer, the audience returned 98% in favor of answer C, 'The Moon.' Having used up all her lifelines, Evans then made the dumbest choice of her life.'Wow, seems like everybody is against what I'm thinking,' said the too-stupid-to-live Evans. 'But you know, sometimes you just got to go with your gut. So, let's see. For which is larger, an elephant or the moon, I'm going to have to go with B, an elephant. Final answer.' Evans sat before the dumbfounded audience, the only one waiting with bated breath, and was told that she was wrong, and that the answer was in fact, C, 'The Moon.' This one is actually better! (No comments needed!)

One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when someone shouted....'Look at that dead bird!' Someone looked up at the sky and said...'where?

While looking at a house, my brother asked the estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, 'Does the sun rise in the north?' When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for sometime, she shook her head and said, 'Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff.'

My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the beach. She drove down in a convertible, but 'didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving'.

I told the girl at the steakhouse register that I wanted the half-kilogram sirloin. She informed me they only had a 500 g. sirloin. Not wanting to make a scene, I told her I would take the 500 g. steak inste ad of the half-kilogram.***They walk among us!

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk ...

My friends and I were on a lager run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bough t 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.... (This one isn't funny- I am still trying to explain to my students that this is not how discounts work)

I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, 'Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?' I had to explain that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned...
I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. 'Now,' she asked me, 'Has your plane arrived yet?'

While working at a pizza parlor, I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.

Sadly, not only do people like this walk among us, they also reproduce!!!! And so, I will always be employed :)