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April 2008

Life Still Weird

The announcement I was worried about was good -- we finally have a Dean (well, the official title is Associate Principal of Instruction.


It also looks like my evaluator may be forgetting me again this year -- different evaluator, still forgetting about me though . This time I didn't get a form in my box.  Last year, I didn't get my evaluation until after finals.  They are always good, but still it is worrisome.


So now the biggest stress -- we had a storm Wednesday night.  Power went out, then we heard the tornado sirens.  Both husband and I hit the first floor as quick as possible.  I went back to bed for a few hours, on the emergency battery, but my first mistake was not taking the backup battery to school and recharging it. Power did not come back on until Friday morning, so I ended up staying at a hotel Thursday night.


The good news, I've been able to get a lot of good sleep on Saturday and Friday night.  Especially Saturday when I got a new mask from the DME.   My old one just wasn't sealing good. This one fits well and gives a good seal.


I've accomplished a huge major goal though this year, and maybe things can start settling down.

Life is very stressful

It's weird, but life keeps getting more and more stressful.


We'd gotten a note in our boxes last week telling us about a Faculty get together, can't remember the exact wording, but these are never good.  They are not a meeting, but are usually an announcement. The last one, we lost our dean.  This one, we got a new one.


She seems good.  Still stressful though.  I'm not good at any change.


Also had an AP meeting last week, and we had an classroom management issue at our last tutorial, and I took the whole situation way too personally.  I tried to deal with the situation and was unsuccessful, so was the presenter AND apparently the kids teacher.  I don't know why I put it on me.


The worst was Wednesday. I have been working on a curriculum project and I got a bunch of new equipment.  The bad part of it was that I was given the computer I'm posting on.  A $1995 tablet computer.  I am not sure I like it, and I not sure it is worth the $1995 price tag.  It did not come with a CD/Rom for example.  And the keyboard sucks.  I already have a tablet computer I like and like the way it is set up most of the time.


I am not prepared to replace it if something happens to it, so I needed to get it insured.  However, I couldn't reach the insurance company that the district recommended until Friday evening as they are in the middle of a redesign.


It is now insured so that helps.


There were some weird changes in procedure with the other equipment, that also stressed me out.  In fact, all of the pieces of equipment I've gotten have either stressed me out because I am either not sure I want it and not sure what to do with it.

Plus one of the items -- the external CD/DVD reader is damaged slightly.   They did offer to exchange it, but that will be a bit of a pain too.


All fun.