My Real Life

August 23, 2012

Random Thoughts on a Thursday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

1.  I cried for a good 45 minutes the other day because I realized that Monkey Girl would be going to college (or off to do whatever she decides to do if college isn’t for her) in 7 years.

I sat at the table and sobbed and said things to Real Man like, “She won’t be here when we wake up in the morning or when we go to bed at night!  She’ll be somewhere else where I am not!”

She hugged me and kissed me and told me it would be alright (because, apparently, she is 40 and I am 11) but I just couldn’t stop imagining a world without Monkey Girl by my side every minute of the day (except for school, but you know what I mean.)

Getting a little teary typing this right now.

2. When I posted that whole “I love fall” post the other day, I forgot about my fall allergies.

They suck.

3.  I need to find a globe for a lamp we have in the living room.

Tiny and I were hanging out in the living room, a few weeks ago, and he kept going behind the couch and calling me and then I’d pop up and say “Here I am” and we’d laugh and it was fun.

Until I was waiting for him to call me and I wasn’t hearing him and suddenly, I saw the tall lamp start wobbling back and forth, and I knew it was little boy hands that were causing the motion.

“No! No!'” I yelled, while doing my best Lolo Jones impression as I attempted to hurdle the couch, and you can imagine how well that went, so as I clambered over the couch, crash went the lamp, glass everywhere.

He was so startled, luckily, he didn’t move, and I scooped him up and deposited him in the basement with his siblings while I swept, re-swept and re-swept the living room, making sure I got every last particle of glass.

And now we need a new globe.

4.  I’ve been working on my class website and I’m pretty excited about it.

I’ve got a little “This Day in History” section, all the directions for long-term assignments, and can upload all direction sheets for assessments and assignments right to the site.

There is the potential for a lot of other cool stuff and I’m hoping to play more with it during Tiny’s nap today.

Love doing new things with my classes.

You’d think after 18 years in education, it would get stale, but the good news is…it’s a career that is always new and fresh because you are always dealing with new students, and in middle school, even the same kid is a different kid every day.

It’s never, never boring!

5.  Speaking of school, I’m starting to get a little tic, thinking about all of the papers I’m going to have to fill out on the first night of school.  3 kids, 3 packets.  Good times.


  1. Amy, I also hate filling out the start of school paperwork. Last year our district went to Power School and all I had to do this year was print out the form, make corrections, and sign it. It was wonderful! Oh and don’t get me started on college. Kate is starting her Junior year of HS. We are planning college visits this year!

    Comment by Marianne — August 23, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

    • Love Power School!

      Comment by abozza — August 23, 2012 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  2. Question – do all the students have computers or access to computers?

    Love your emotions about Monkey Girl’s soon to be departure to college! I can see you sobbing and MG comforting you!

    Comment by Mary Anne — August 23, 2012 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    • Mary Anne, I’d say about 90% have computers or access to them. They can all stay after school for computer usage or hit the public library. However, I offer all of my work on paper, as well, so that no one is penalized or left out.

      Comment by abozza — August 23, 2012 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

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