Opportunity Knocked

As regular readers, or most recently, non-readers, know there has been lots of silence from me over the last couple of months. I’m back and happy to share that life is shiny and bright, and things are on the upswing. As you may know, I have had long-term problems with my hands and wrists since…

Not a Mammal Monday: Pigeon Circus

Sometimes, a person who considers herself an animal lover ends up in awkward situations, at even the most unlikely times. While I normally avail myself to mammals in need of help, this past Friday I ended up offering assistance to a different species entirely. In retrospect, I should have written about this incident the day…

The Jitterbug

Here we are, back on (snow-covered) home turf, missing Hawaii and preparing to return to work tomorrow. Be assured I have some beautiful photos of the tropics and stories about our honeymoon to share, but for now I need to tell you about what happened to me yesterday afternoon. I invested most of my Saturday…

The Hoarse in Second Place

Several worst case scenarios exist for classroom teachers. My personal greatest fear is somehow soiling myself in front of a group of teenagers. Clearly, having a fecal explosion in front of a class would require me to move to another school immediately, possibly to another city far, far, away.┬áLuckily, it’s the sort of thing that…

Mammal Mondays: Marking and the Mutt

I am buried under vast heap of marking right now. It’s a normal condition of my job, but no one around here is too pleased about it. My poor husband has to come visit me in the kitchen where I’m toiling away, and Sherman finds good spots near me to sit, pace, or lie down…

The Immunity Challenge

I am sick unto death. As much as I realize my statement is melodramatic, I really do feel like I’m on the verge of the great hereafter. Actually, it’s possible I’m already dead and I’m writing this as zombie Kay. The craving for brains hasn’t set in yet, but I admit I’m short tempered enough…

Adjusting

A colleague and valued friend died without warning a week ago. I was stunned by the news and I am still working my way through dealing with her death. As much as I know we all need to leave the earth at some point, Agnes passed away so suddenly that it doesn’t seem possible for…

Crisis Management

Although I knew it was inevitable, I have maintained a foolish hope that perhaps this time would be different. There is a crucial hinge between optimism and foolishness, and it seems I swing toward the idiot’s side more often than I care to admit. Because I’ve chosen blissful ignorance over reality, I was startled when…

I’ll Be Packing Kleenex

I’ll need to take an evening bag to the graduation ceremony for my school this year. I’m one of the staff advisors on the grad committee, so I have a hand in many of the details involved in the commencement and the following dinner and dance. Given my participation, grad doesn’t sneak up on me…

Mammal Mondays: Rolling Stoned

We all know Leroy is getting through life on looks. If intellect is a race, Leroy is not the guy who crosses the finish line last, sunburned and wondering why everyone else has gone home. Truly, in such a race, Leroy would be the guy who shows up a day late, wearing a fur coat…

Mammal Mondays: Mr. High and Mighty

Things at school are bananas right now, since the year is winding to a close and district and provincial assessments are raining down on my kids. It follows, then, that I don’t have much time for anything but work right now. The dishes in my sink are absolute proof of my current schedule. Leroy, however,…

Hoofin’ It

I had two days of assessment marking in City Centre this week. While I normally hop the bus when I have stuff to do downtown (I refuse to drive in traffic that dense) earlier this week the weather was so beautiful that I decided to walk. Google Maps informed me the walk was just shy…