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Something Like Snow Days, Maybe

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Something Like Snow Days, Maybe

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Thursday, I will have been teaching for two years, because I started student teaching on the 31st two years ago. Growing up, a year did not pass without a single snow day. The first day with students for my internship was closed for ice; an auspicious beginning? mrrrrp! Not! More like a jinx! Since then, we haven't had a single snow day. I feel I should apologize to fellow Maryland teacherkind for jinxing one of the best perks of the job. We live in a magical place that generally gets snow every year but not enough to invest in what it takes to send kids to school during our couple-few annual snowfalls. Last year, we didn't even get a single snow delay or early dismissal. Boo!

Things are looking up a little on that front. Last Thursday, we had a two-hour delay. Friday, we had a two-hour early dismissal, both due to inclement weather. This morning, another two-hour delay. Baltimore County, the district our schedule usually follows, was closed for students today, as were most local school districts, so there was a rather puzzling "two-hour delay for nonpublic bus service" this morning, which translated to nonpublics (like us) going in two hours late. Had schools been open for students, we probably would have been closed, as it didn't get above freezing here until late morning. The jinx strikes again!

The delay couldn't have come at a better time. I woke up at about 1 AM last night and didn't fall back to sleep till about 4:30 AM, so the few extra hours were very welcome.

It's third quarter, starting today, believe it or not, so the year is halfway over. In my two years of teaching, this is the best I've done in getting my grades done on time. Yay me. I have a few loose ends to tie up and that's it; they're ready to go in. No crunching them on the day they're due at 4 PM with Bobby tapping his toe in the doorway to the teacher resource room! Grades always seem to come due at the same time as multiple other obligations.

Speaking of Bobby, he took and passed his first assessment for National Ski Patrol this weekend. He went on a "ski along" (he's a snowboarder, but the National Ski Patrol tends not to be very PC in their inclusion of boarders, I guess!) on Saturday and took some skills tests and got invited to the next stage. It will be a pretty intense year if he makes the final cut--they're accepting 12 new candidates this year, and he thinks he has a good shot--but it sounds like a hella cool part-time job once all the training's done.

What else? Life for me is 1) teaching, 2) grad school, 3) fannish projects. The usual line-up. I did actually go out the weekend before last in the evening to see my dance teacher's band perform. I had two Guinnesses, hung out with friends not my husband (although he was there too), and almost felt like a normal young person.

Speaking of grad school, if anyone knows (or is!) a practicing Hindu or Confucian who'd be willing to do an email interview with yours truly, please let me know. I have to interview both for my history of religion class, for my final comparative project. Comment here, PM me, or email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com if you can help me out; it would be very, very, very much appreciated.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • What is the National Ski Patrol?? And also, has Bobby been watching the x-games in Aspen? I thought of him when I saw those crazy people doing amazing tricks on the pipes. :D

    Dance teacher?!? I think I missed this memo. What sort of dance?

    (answer all my questions!) ;)
    • Okay, questions answered! ;^D

      Ski patrol monitors mountains used for skiing/snowboarding to keep them safe and to perform rescues when people [inevitably] get themselves into trouble doing things they should not be doing. They are first responders in the case of an emergency; as part of his training, he will be certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT), similar to the people who arrive on accident scenes in ambulances. They also undergo special training in topics like avalanche rescue (not so much an issue here on the East Coast, but his certification will let him work on any mountain where National Ski Patrol works.) So he'll be even handier to have around than he already is. ;)

      While he was there on Saturday, he went along on a rescue, a woman who lost control and crashed into a barrier and was unconscious for a while. She had to be taken down the mountain on a sled, at which point an ambulance is called and takes over.

      He has been watching the X-Games! :D He told me this morning that Shaun White, apparently, did something very wild on the super pipe and that I had to watch it later (so, see, I end up watching a good bit of X-Games as well. ;)

      I am taking a class in bellydance. I started in September. There might be a performance in June, the inevitable videos of which will not end up here. ;) My teacher is also a singer and was standing in for a local band whose usual singer lost his voice.
      • Thank you, lol! :D

        Oh that sounds super exciting about the ski patrol! My second cousin has taken his university degree in Norway in what they call Free Air - so basically survival skill and sports. I know they also did a whole section on avalanches (and on how to dig yourself a snow-hole so you could survive out in the cold for longer!). The EMT training will be great too.

        Yes Shaun White vindicated himself from the superslope. :D I also enjoyed the male skiers on the Big Air (especially the Swedish guy! When it comes to wintersports I have to become Scandinavian instead of Danish, in order to have people to cheer on ;))

        Now I want a video!!! I hope you are enjoying the dancing - it sounds fun, especially since it also brings occasions for drinking guiness and hanging out! :D
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