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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.

New Years

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little red riding hood
New Years was low-key this year, i.e., no humorous familial intoxication. We went to my parents' house, per tradition; it was just us, plus sil Erin and Erin's friend Ashley. My mil stopped by for a while with Amiah, but Amiah gets really crazy if she stays up too late, so her bedtime was well before midnight.

Amiah brought over this Justin Bieber tour bus that she got for Christmas; I have to say that they didn't make toys like that when I was a kid! The amount of detail was pretty extraordinary, and you can plug an iPod into it to play (presumably Justin Bieber) music. And, okay, y'all can make fun of me ... but I watched the whole Justin Bieber movie with her too. >.< Hey, it gives my mil some much-needed grown-up time. That's my excuse.

I was never a fangirl of any boy singers or boy bands when I was younger. New Kids on the Block failed to romance me--although I remember dancing wildly with my sister to a tape our mom bought for us at the Price Club (she was probably trying to help us become cool, but that waren't happening!)--and by the time Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, et al came around, I was getting a little long in the tooth, although I did go with my very fangirly little sis-in-law Erin to see the Backstreet Boys in concert once. I remember telling a customer at The Piece that I was going, and she said, "Oh, how sweet of you to take your little sister--good luck putting up with the music!" and feeling embarrassed to tell her that Erin bought the tickets for me for my birthday! Ha! We definitely went more for Erin than for me, but we had fun and still talk about that concert.

After midnight, we watched Bridesmaids, since my mom makes anyone who drinks spend the night ... so yeah, we all had to spend the night.

Today is the last day of winter break. :( Tomorrow is back to the darlings. I have no idea what to expect from that; they were wild after Thanksgiving break, and this one was almost three times as long. I was thinking back to two years ago, when I took some time off around the holidays when I was still at the WAU, and I still remember the despair I felt at having to go back. It's nice to not have to despair about going back to work. I'm mostly not looking forward to having to get up early, and I was hoping to get a lot more planning done over winter break than I have.

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

  • Well, you had a pretty busy break, so it's not *that* surprising you didn't get a ton of planning done. Sounds like you had a great time, though!

    I'm glad you don't dread going back. That's a good barometer for first year teachers....how do you handle returning to work after Christmas break? If you really want to lock yourself in your house and not leave your bed and are basically NOOOOOOooooo! about the whole thing....it means you need more help at work. Or a different job, if the stress levels that caused that aren't addressed.

    Some level of trepidation is inevitable, of course, especially with off-the-chain students to deal with. If you're lucky, they'll be really tired the first day because they aren't used to waking up for school, either. And...depending upon their home situations...some of them may be eager to get back to the routine of school. [Not that they will tell you as much, but there's a certain amount of relief after long breaks are over.]

    But I'd be lying through my teeth if I told you it will be 'easy' this week, so instead I will just wish you the best! January tends to be so broken up with Martin Luther King day and exams and snow delays...sometimes it takes until Feb. to really be back into the swing of things. Be gentle on yourself and on them...and remember, you can do it!!
  • I love that your mom makes everyone who drinks spend the night. Nice thing about Manhattan/Brooklyn is everyone takes a taxi/car service. It is such a relief for that not to be an issue. I remember without any nostalgia designated-drivers and fights over car keys in California. (My favorite was someone who physically pried the car keys out of the hand of a guest and tossed them out a three-story window. It got through to the drunken sod finally that his friends were not going to let him drive home!)
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