Blake, you've left for so long, and even though I hold you in my heart, I want you to come home! Will you? Imagine how much fun we would have.
I’m imagining how much fun we will have when we are 85 year-old widows. I’m never coming home, probably ever. Except maybe, if my parents needed me, but probably not. I would, however, go from the A to the Bay, that place where people get hyphy and go dumb, the soil where other rappers be getting their lingo from. You’re second on the list.
Gelatin is a protein produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the boiled bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, pigs, and horses.
Did you cook that dinner? It looks absolutely delicious. The salad I just made myself is looking at it with dinner envy.
That is, indeed, an original creation from my kitchen. It was going to be a jerk salmon sandwich with caramelized onions and veggies, but I decided to add the egg and it basically became a sandwich with a omelet on top. It was, in fact, pretty tasty; tasty enough to distract Scott and I from our standardized-test studying obligations for the evening. I bet your salad is delicious too, but it is disconcerting that it has eyes and feelings.
Here is a situational question for you. (You will be judged based on the lever of humor/intellect you inject into your answer... just kidding! :) ) I have come to expect a lot from my favorite tea drinking blogger.
You veer off your nautical path and, for some unexplained reason, are stranded on a desert island (cliché I know) with an OCD that attracts you to the number 3. You have brought with you 3 books, 3 movies (you are sadly unable to watch), and 3 single songs. What are they? You also have a sports ball with you ala Castaway, what type did you end up bringing? (golf, football, baseball....) I hope you get rescued, and more importantly have a lovely week!
1. Marcel Proust, A Remembrance of Things Past
No time like the present, right?
2. Farmer’s Almanac
Proust will keep me busy for a looong time, so I’m deferring to practical concerns
3. Clair Llewellyn, How to survive on a desert island
See explanation #2
Movies (this seems like a bizarre choice to drag along if I can’t watch them)
1. Fight Club
Maybe I’ll find my own Tyler Durden…at least I would have a friend to hang out with.
I can’t watch it, but I can look at Penelope Cruz on the cover and imagine her singing in the movie.
3. The Wizard of Oz
There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.
Single Songs (I will play along, for the sake of adhering the rules of my hypothetical situation, but what strange media will only allow me to bring along a single song from each album?)
Went RV shopping with Yony today....this might actually happen, but I'm pretty sure we are going to end up buying something that smells like a mixture of grandparents, maple syrup, and urine. Hopefully the upholstery is vinyl instead of fabric.
I absolutely loved the response you gave about your job, I think teaching is one of the most rewarding professions ever, and if every teacher would feel such devotion to what they do, the world would be a much better place.
Oh, and I have a question, how old are you?
Thank you, Luisa; you are very kind. Teaching can be a thankless profession, and I don’t think people can really appreciate the challenges inherent in it until they have to manage their own classroom. My friends and I have had many discussions about how everyone should be forced to work in food service and teaching for at least a month so that they will tip their waiters well and respect teachers.
In the tradition of a true mathematics teacher, I will answer your question in riddle:
I am seven years younger than one more than five times Justin Bieber’s age 10 years ago.
For those of you playing at home: Justin Bieber is 16 and I am 24.
I'm assuming (hopefully correctly) that you are a teacher. If that's true, what do you find most rewarding about your job? If that's not true... um, what IS your job?
Anonymous, you always pose the most provocative questions!
Good assumption, though. You are mostly right; I work at a school, I was a teacher (7th and 8th grade math and science, Pre-Calculus), and I even teach one class now (nutrition and wellness), but my official job title is Mathematics Instructional Coach. I basically help the teachers improve their pedagogy, develop resources/curriculum, and work on whatever projects my principal puts in front of me (I got to design the prom invitation and graduation program recently…woot for photoshop!). It’s a much less stressful job than teaching, because I am not directly responsible for a group of children, so I barely ever have to yell at kids, and I can go to the bathroom at my leisure (this is a perk you take for granted until a classroom of 35 adolescents robs you of it).
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing my students moral and intellectual development. Although I work with students from kindergarten to 12th grade, the group I am most emotionally invested in are the students that began with me as 7th graders and are now high school freshmen, as well as a few 2nd and 3rd graders that I’ve been reading with since they were in kindergarten and 1st grade. Anyhow, my freshmen are taking Algebra I and Biology now, so I get to see them applying their knowledge of the concepts we worked on in middle school, and see how much they’ve grown. The younger kids literally couldn’t read two years ago and are now fluently reading young literature and short chapter books. It is pretty amazing to see a child’s mind develop in this way. Also, the wealth of high fives and hugs I get from adorable kindergartners on a daily basis can get me through pretty much any situation.