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Saturday, September 8th, 2007
8:01 pm - Fire Drills and the 1st week of school.....
Fire drills suck, and that is all I have to say.

This week at school was pretty ok, although Friday I cried in front of a whole bunch of my students because of the way they acted and a teacher dude. There was a fire drill and it was kinda crazy.

The rest of the week was going greatly, although I have to be on the look out for those students who want to take advantage of me because I'm a first year. I've made some good teacher friends and the school is awesome. I teach four classes of Spanish and everything is great so far-except for the fire drill.

My car was broke-the transmission stopped on labor day. I just got it fixed yesterday and still owe monies. Transmissions are expensive man. So all this week I've been driving Alfredo's truck thing-it's scary.

I called all my parents today to introduce me and everyone was mostly nice, although after 80 phone calls/messages I don't want to talk ever again.

A while ago-when Aoi came to visit-I bought some family tree software that said I had a year free of ancestry.com and now they won't give it to me so my Aunt Becky is calling them Monday because I'll forget.

I have to finish my seating charts, plans for next week, and who knows what else before Monday. My brain hurts.

I have also been trying to look for an apartment. Hopefully I'll have some luck next week.

~Chicken

current mood: accomplished & tired

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Friday, August 24th, 2007
11:24 pm - I got a job!
Teaching in Middle School---> Spanish AND ESL (maybe). I get to teach Spanish 1a 1b and 2! Hooray!

It is great. This week was new teacher orientation.

We did lots of things one of which included a bus tour of the city so we could see where the students come from. I thought this was really unique...not many school divisions do that.

Yesterday we did OSHA training to learn about blood born pathogens *dun dun dun* and stuff, some of which I already knew from FIRST AID and CPR training that I took for girl scouts.

Also, I signed up for VEA today and won a $25 gift card to Kroger. I'm gonna save it for a rainy day.

My 'supervisor' person is great, very helpful. My principal too. I am getting a mentor person who I'm sure will be just as helpful.

I have so many things to plan that I don't even know where to start and it's kinda overwhelming. Like I have to make a syllabus-or so I've been told. And a grading policy and a homework policy and class rules and consequences and seating arrangements and makeup work policy and....I don't remember what else but I know there is more. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have decided that I am charging students a dime for a pencil and a nickel for a sheet of paper. Also that I am going to use one of their shoes for colateral if they need a book---if I'm allowed that is.

I'm going to tell the people at Captain D's that I can only work Saturdays from now on, with maybe a few hours Sunday. I don't have time to think. IT HURTS MY BRAIN.

Well I'm going to bed now and going to try to get up early tomorrow and start my planning before my girl scout meeting. I hope I don't need to plan something for that too. If I do-I'm SOL.

~Chicken

current mood: anxious

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Monday, August 13th, 2007
10:14 am - AOi!!!!!!!!!!!
Aoi's here! We've been trying to organize her stuff to get it back to Mexico. And we've been watching Season 3 of CSI. I can't find my other DVD's but I think Alfredo knows where they are.

She's been here since Thursday. So far we've been to Sensei's one time and to Wal-Mart like 3 times.

Today we're going to see Rush Hour 3 and I have to go to Office Max to buy family tree maker software.

So yesterday I fell totally on my butt in the kitchen because somebody waxed the floor or something and didn't tell me. I am going to have a huge bruise and my elbow is skinned and two of my fingers. I fell so loud that Aoi heard me all the way from upstairs and came running, but Alfredo's cousins didn't even lift a finger to see if I was ok---------HOW LAME!

Today I think we need to go to the bank and the post office, but Aoi has to wake up first & I've gotta take a shower.

Well that's all for now!

~Chicken

current mood: hot

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Monday, July 23rd, 2007
10:09 am - jobs....
Ok, this is becoming very disheartening.

Why is it that I have to search and search and search for a job and even after all that I still come up with nothing? First my search for Captian D's and now this......I have interviewed three times for teaching jobs and have come up with nothing-well four times if you count the JET program. You would figure with my credentials I would be a shoe-in.

What am I doing wrong?

I am probably going to have to move, but I don't know where to go!

This sucks!

current mood: aggravated

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
12:27 pm
Nothing really new to report...

Still at Capitan D's. And it's driving me nuts.
Still trying to apply for REAL jobs
Mom's still going to Iraq

I have graduated though and have a masters in education. I'm doing more volunteer work with girl scouts.

I'm trying to plan a trip to Italy or maybe Japan with my mom when she gets a vacation from Iraq for 2 weeks. I hope I can save up enough money and get the same time off. I guess that might be hard if I have to work in schools, but I guess we'll see.

Well I must go.

~Chicken

current mood: hungry

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
7:39 pm - AOI!!!!!
OMG! I talked to Aoi today! Can you all believe it?

She is going to Japan and has quit her job at Nikko. I told her I am going to visit her there. I told her she needs to email me with updates and hopefully she will.

She is also coming to Lynchburg to collect her stuff (I think) hopefully in the summer. I will hopefully be able to keep you all updated.

I told her stuff about me including Sensei told me that she will be retiring this year! I can't believe it. They are looking for her replacement and will only be at R-MWC until convocation. I can't believe it!!!!!

Well I must go work on my electronic portfolio http://studentweb.rmwc.edu/armarshall if you want to see.

BYE

~Chicken

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
9:30 pm - Beauty and the Beast....
As you may or may not know, tomorrow is my b-day. Ana and I went out to Target to look for old 80's series and we found ALF and Beauty and the Beast. Alf was an awesome show about A.lien L.ife F.orm, and Beauty and the Beast was about Kathy (Linda Hamilton) and Vincent (Ron Perlman). Ana bought me ALF for my b-day and I bought B & B.

I am going to have my first day teaching tomorrow. I hope everything goes well. I can't concentrate now. I need to study the subjunctive! I hate it.

Well I must go!

~Chicken

current mood: sleepy

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
9:48 pm - research
Research is kicking my ass....I don't know what to do. Can anyone help me? Let me know if you're confused because I sure as hell am.

My topic is "ESL students’ perceptions of life in the U.S. and life in their home countries". I love all the kids but sometimes they are just not willing to work with me no matter how hard I try. Also I can't remember very much about what people say to me about my research after they say it. Maybe I should tape record the advice from class or something.

I feel I am at a disadvantage with this because all the other students have had much more experience in teaching and research than me and I don't know what to do.

Spanish was so much easier....it is my best friend!

Mom also says this whole trying to do 3 things at once is going to lead to a burn out or something. Let me tell you I think she's right.

current mood: distressed like whoa

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Thursday, February 1st, 2007
10:01 pm - Jumps for Joy....
It will be great....Grissom is coming back!! This will make my life happy.

I am sooooooooo stressed right now. I have lessons and things and no time for anything. I thought I would have extra loan money that would help but it seems that that would be happening.

I'm tired and ready to sleep. I will probably fall asleep soon and not get anything done...watch.

~Chicken

current mood: busy, but sleepy

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
10:03 pm - I'm sitting here..
I have homework to do but I can't think of what to do...teacher planning and what not. This is a problem. That is all.

current mood: bored

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4:39 pm - 7's famous!
Hey Everybody,

7's famous! Her wolf paintings are on the cover of Hail Muse! I will try to get a couple of copies.

Congrats 7!

~Chicken

current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, January 18th, 2007
4:04 pm - last call...
for girl scout cookies. If you want to order some please let me know before tomorrow at 3:30pm. What kinds and how many? Thanks!

~Chicken

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
7:04 am - I'm so sleepy....
And the official teachery things did not get done. maybe sometime in the day i can finish something. like during teacher planning time or something.

I WANNA GO TO SLEEP!!! WAKING UP AT 6AM OR EARLIER SUCKS MUCH!!!!

~CHICKEN

current mood: sore

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
5:20 pm - Girl Scout Cookies...And ESL
So yea just as a P.S. to my first thingy:

Girl Scout cookie payments aren't due til the cookies come in. For those of you who live far away I would appreciate if you could mail me the payment in advance a little because you are far away. Contact me for details man.

So there was no breakfast this morning like they said there was gonna be and I haven't really eaten all day....maybe I should make something.

The ESL groups were good and some of the kids are so cute I just want to hug them. Let's see what happens when I start teaching---how will I get them to pay attention to me? HAHA

Must be off...official teachery things must get done.

~Chicken

current mood: thirsty

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7:25 am - Girl Scout Cookies...
Hello people,

I am selling girl scout cookies for those of you who want to buy them from me. They are $3.50 a box. There are 8 different kinds, my favorites being caramel delites and thin mints. Please note some of the names of the cookies have changed. Ex. Samoas are caramel delites and tag-a-longs are peanut butter patties. I love girl scout cookies but the old names were so much cooler. Let me know before Thursday if you can and I will give you more info. It will be great and I will send them to you in a package. Packages are awesome!

Today is my first official teacher day. I woke up at 5am to get over here and check things to be ready. I was at Alfredo's--they changed his days off. I have a meeting with the head of the ESL dept for LCS-we have to do everything the ESL teachers do. Ms. P says they're going to feed us. This is good because I have no food. HAHA.

I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought lots of teacher clothes that I have to modify-some of them are too open.

Well I must go now.

~Chicken

P.S. Who the hell is the new guy on CSI? He is not allowed to go there. And Grissom can't go on sabbatical. I just saw a commerical for the next new ep.

current mood: sleepy

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Monday, January 1st, 2007
2:45 pm - Happy New Year!
Hello Everyone/ Hola a todos,

Just writing to wish everyone a very happy new year. I hope you all are having a good time!

Nada mas escribo para desear a todos un feliz año nuevo y un prospero año tambien!

I have been very busy with school and everything so I apologize for not keeping in touch as well as I should.

He estado muy ocupada con la escuela y todo de la vida. Lo siento por no ponerme en contacto con todos como debo.

I miss you all and hope to see you soon!

Les extraño a todos y espero verlos pronto!

~Amanda/Chicken


Happy New Year- Feliz Año Nuevo

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
10:46 am - Season's Greetings and what not.
So I am finished with exams and papers-just have to go turn them in. Haven't had them edited or anything but frankly I don't care. I am waiting to proof read someone's Spanish paper and then I'm off to Alfredo's house to sleep before I have to go to work.

I am waiting for Christmas presents to come in the mail and if they don't get here by Wednesday I can't give Christmas presents until January. The same goes for my Praxis scores.

Well that's all for now! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~Chicken

P.S. Dining Hall food has not changed much but the design interior has. The coffee bar seems cool enough-but it wasn't open!

current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
12:06 am - EXAMS!
They are driving me crazy and I don't know what to do. I will hopefully, but doubtfully, be finished by tomorrow. I need something to keep me awake dude! I know if I lay down I'll be out like a light.

current mood: awake

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Friday, December 8th, 2006
12:19 am - Exams....
Exams and the last week of classes suck. I was so tired I fell asleep and missed half of the new CSI! I am still working on an essay I have to turn in tomorrow but I don't know how much longer I will last. AND I have to work tomorrow from 10 to 8. DUDENESS.

~Chicken

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006
10:42 pm - JET program...
I have officially finished my JET program application. That is all.

current mood: relieved

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