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from melodymetuka :
So sorry -- I wish I knew what to say....
from teachin-usa :
Thanks Mel- it's nice to be missed!
from melodymetuka :
It's good to hear from you. I hope you will be writing, or doing comics again - I've missed you.
from melodymetuka :
I have much I'd like to say to you, but I don't think this is the place -- it's too much. Please don't get too upset, don't hurt yourself, you can get through this, we all do somehow. If you email me, or give me an email address I'll try to give you the benefit of my experience (lived through five teenagers so far). I think you may find something helpful - if not at least you may find some good things NOT to do. *grin*
from melodymetuka :
Good to hear from you again.
from mel-is-dvash :
Wow, whole lotta stuff going on. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Re: bunny - I know it's very sad for you, but if the rabbit was 'dumped' in a park-like area s/he is probably quite fine, and may live a very happy wild rabbit life. So I would try to let go of that rabbit - maybe get a new one sometime when you have more time and less stressed... ?? You can reassure Chim-chim that the rabbit is likely very happy in it's new situation at least. I've had several rabbit escapes in my time, and have had the good luck to see some of them (sometimes years later) quite well, wild and free.
from teachin-usa :
Thanks Mel, Thanks Anna, its a scary time a bit but very exciting too!!
from mel-is-dvash :
It sounds just wonderful. May your life keep getting better and better. :-)
from annanotbob :
Good to 'hear from' you and glad that you are starting your NEW LIFE! All the very best of good wishes xx
from musicman6724 :
I'm sorry to read about your troubles. I wish you the best and send you hugs. I'm sorry I haven't been around for a long time. I've neglected my own diary for a long time, but have returned. I'll get back to your comic, as well. Take care.
from annanotbob :
Sending you hugs and good wishes across the pond. This WILL pass, you will come out the other side into a lovely home for you and your boy. Hang on in there, dear friend xx
from mel-is-dvash :
Good luck to you. In everything. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
from annanotbob :
{{hugs}} xx
from annanotbob :
Outrageous! Makes me livid - good luck with this. xx
from eliza1970 :
Hi. I would love to read your diary again. I used to read you all of the time but lost sight of you when you changed passwords. I see you often in the reading lists and comments of other D-Landers and it makes me realise how much I miss you! I have a pathetically empty diary here - I've had it for a LONG LONG time and still haven't had the nerve to begin filling it ... but one day soon I hope to. My name is Kirstie, I live in London, I'm a writer - and I really miss reading about you and Chim Chim and your menagerie. If it's okay with you could you send me a username and password? My address is [email protected] Kx
from annanotbob :
Well good for you. It sounds like a good plan, esp ditching the psychologist. All the best xxx
from teachin-usa :
thanks you guys
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm so sorry - the death of a dream is the worst, I think. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
from annanotbob :
I think the pining is natural - it's like mourning the death of hope that the relationship can work. Be kind to yourself, you are a lovely woman and deserve to be treated well. Big hugs and wishes for a better future xx
from mel-is-dvash :
Congratulations and I'm sorry. It's so tangled. Keeping you in my prayers - may it be quick and (relatively) painless. {{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}
from annanotbob :
{{{hugs}}}
from musicman6724 :
Congrats on the NY Times author thingy. That's awesome!!
from annanotbob :
Hurrah - I'm excited too!!!
from annanotbob :
Oh yay!!! Hurrah for you - nothing like a nice lump sum xxx
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm back and caught up as much as I can be - is there a way to read more than the most recent five entries? Sounds like you've been way busy, I hope you can stay caught up on sleep.
from coexistapart :
Howdy. What's the new u/p, when you get a chance....
from mel-is-dvash :
Rabbits love to dig. It's good for them. It's healthy. I'm not sure how you have them under your house, but if you don't want them digging holes you will have to put something down - wire mesh or something like that if you want them to still be able to be in contact with the ground. Like the bottom of an old fashioned wire cage perhaps. If the holes aren't hurting anything, then maybe just let them dig? I'm trying to picture them under your house and failing miserably. Do you have them fenced in under there, or in some sort of large cage? Let me know more if you want the benefit of my experience. :-)
from annanotbob :
Hugs xxx
from teachin-usa :
I've changed my password- write to get it
from mel-is-dvash :
Congratulations on making it through the home stretch. I hope you get a good break.
from mel-is-dvash :
I get angry, too, when people don't mind their dogs. The whole dead dog thing sounds so awful - so sorry it had to happen to you.
from mel-is-dvash :
I am really enjoying your comic - again, as I was out of touch for a little while there. Good to hear from you, glad to know you are busy and having good fortune. Be well and Gd bless!
from boxx9000 :
Thank you for your recent note at my diary (to Mrs. B. from Mrs B) Wishing you a happy Easter filled with peace, love, HEALTH, and happiness. ~BoXx
from annanotbob :
Thinking of you xxx
from annanotbob :
Hugs, sweetie. The expression on your face in the comics is wonderful, wonderful drawing. Sigh. Fuck them all. xx
from teachin-usa :
I think it must be a cultural thing- like Americans and Canadians don't do that--also we have to keep in mind that this is someone who eats salted cocktail peanuts with a SPOON.
from musicman6724 :
Well. I guess I'm white trash, too, then, because I hardly ever put a plate under cookies, bread, or, say, ice cream sandwiches.
from musicman6724 :
Well, I was going to wish you a Merry Christmas, but then I read that you were lighting Hanukkah candles, so...Happy Hanukkah. And a Happy New Year!! That one works for everyone, right? I wish you and Chim-Chim the best for 2009!! <3
from mel-is-dvash :
Hanukah Sameach! And I will add my prayers to yours - next year in a place of your own.
from mel-is-dvash :
Glad you're back, i hope you are (glad, that is). It sounds like a very nice vacation, actually.
from annanotbob :
Welcome home - I've missed you! Which sounds crazy even to me, pero es la verdad!!
from wombaby :
Oh no! Why are you getting sued this time? Can you say or is it sub judice?
from grandbeach :
What are you being sued for? Is it vehicle related? In Manitoba, where I'm from, they have no-fault insurance so you can NEVER get sued. I hate BC's system as a result, I'm terrified of getting into an accident.
from annanotbob :
Wishing you well honey. Hugs xx
from mel-is-dvash :
I'm sorry to hear it's ending, but I guess I'm not surprized. You deserve to *not* be treated that way, and so does Chim-chim. Keeping you in my prayers while things work themselves out. Best wishes in everything... {{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Mel
from stepfordtart :
Sorry to hear how bad things are. Hope it all works out for you. ((hug)) s x
from mel-is-dvash :
My sister got sick before she was scheduled to be observed in class, and went in with absolutely nothing planned. She says it was one of the best classes she ever taught, and the observer was impressed. Amazing how things sometimes work out. I hope everything goes right for you this day.
from musicman6724 :
Have fun in Mexico!
from musicman6724 :
Sorry I missed your birthday! Argh. A late happy birthday to you! I'll try to stay caught up a little better.
from wombaby :
Happy birthday!
from mel-is-dvash :
Oh, belated Happy Birthday! I'm sorry I missed it. Heres to many happy returns of the day! :-) {{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}} Mel
from mel-is-dvash :
Just catching up again, your life sounds very busy and fun. I hope it is (fun I mean). I really like Kelphorn, and am looking forward to reading more of them. Graphic novel, hmm? Wow.
from grandbeach :
I swear I end up asking you like every 6 months butttttt can I get the username/password to your diary again? I thought I kept the email from last time, but nope!! Also, next time you're in Van, let me know!
from wombaby :
Why is your keyboard covered in Saran wrap?
from mel-is-dvash :
Hey there, congrats on comic #100! AND on going to the comic con. It sounds really great. :-)
from annanotbob :
Your comic is just awesome!!! I love everything about it xxxx
from mel-is-dvash :
Hi, I just caught up on the last five diary entries. Now to try and catch up on your comics. Good luck, I hope the job decision turns out as you want.
from annanotbob :
I'm sorry for your loss, Susan. It's terrible when young people die, terrible. Hugs xxx
from mel-is-dvash :
I just caught up on some of your comics. I think I got so far behind I've missed some and don't know it, but If so I am sorry. I really enjoyed seeing me show up - I don't know if it looks at all like me, but I sure look nice the way you draw me. Thanks!
from boxx9000 :
password please? [email protected]
from annanotbob :
Hugs xx
from annanotbob :
It still won't let me leave comments on the comic, grrr. That last one made me laugh, but also feel sad for you. Hugs xx
from mel-is-dvash :
Whew, so glad it's not shingles! Bacterial infection so much easier to clear up. I hope you are feeling better SOON.
from annanotbob :
xxx
from annanotbob :
Ha ha ha! Quel porn! Mais ou est la porn, Susan?
from annanotbob :
I can't leave a comment at the comic, but I love how they're developing, better and better all the time. I think we must have learned out parenting skills at the same place...
from annanotbob :
I am just loving those comics!!! I did try to do one, but it was crap - more compicated than I'd reralised, leaving enough space for the words and all. I'm sticking with it though. Do you draw them on paper then scan them in?
from mel-is-dvash :
Wow, I like your comics. More than that, I love the idea of writing comics about the things that eat at one. I know about most of the things that you've got in the comics because of reading your diary, but the comics give it a *feel* I didn't have before. I look forward to more.
from hrhbuttercup :
hello there! Please send me your password - I guess you have changed it b/c I can't get in. I need to talk to you. - AK
from teranika :
thanks - I plan to take every second of mat leave!
from annanotbob :
Welcome home - glad you had fun and that you have a good contract xx
from mel-is-dvash :
Good for you! :-)
from mel-is-dvash :
Have I mentioned that you are awesome? Has anyone? You are! M.
from mel-is-dvash :
Not meaning to be a pain, but I must quibble (it's a 'pilpul' in Jewish, *grin*). Gossip is not a 'sin' as a sin is defined as an act against Gd. Gossip is not even a crime, but it is a bad thing to do because the act of gossiping (sp?) causes us to think less well of others, and is un-elevating, if that is a word. Also, we are not expected to be perfect, only to try to be better than we are today. So, relax. We don't have a hell as such, anyway. ;-)
from indpndnt-ter :
Ahh, the bit a/b Canadian money takes me back. I spent the first 24 years of my life living 40 minutes away from Cornwall, Ontario, and I can remember going to a couple stores that had signs that read either "at", "above", or "below" par.
from annanotbob :
Hurrah!!! xxx
from grandbeach :
Hey! I know for sure you can use your license but you have to be able to prove citizenship as well so that's where the birth certificate comes in. Not sure what they do for minors though. Last time I crossed the border I got into the states with very little questionning/id looking at but when I came back, it was even easier. The guy just asked where we were from and then let us through. Didn't even ask for ID. Oh, he asked if we purchased anything that we needed to declare which we hadn't so no worries there. lol.
from mel-is-dvash :
Nah, not much you can do besides keep the bunny locked up/of the sofa, and/or watch him like a hawk the whole time he's out. And he still could manage to pee when you blink. Maybe you could train the dog to guard the sofa and drive the rabbit off? Things to think about... ;-)
from annanotbob :
Glad you're enjoying the daffs - I picked strawberries once and I HATED it xxx
from musicman6724 :
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Omelet...Yum!!! That sounds really good!!!
from mel-is-dvash :
I just got caught up on your diary. So what is marine vinyl? I know just what you mean about people owing you money being better - I hope someone pays up soon. Kudos to you for letting Chim-chim stay home! I just figured I'd be opposite the voices that would condemn you for same. Silly people.
from grandbeach :
Love it! I love love love your letter back to them.
from manchmal :
I am locked out. Sniff.
from annanotbob :
That is just SO rude!
from grandbeach :
Well that sucks. But now you can do a better menu:) and she is definitely flaky. gah. Good Luck!
from alure :
costco and supterstore sell some really good ready-made lasagna...
from grandbeach :
Do they have a reimbursement program? My mom works for a university. They have a fund set up (I think it's actually set up by the unions though) where all interest accrued in a given year is then distributed among staff and staff's children who are attending university and have met certain criteria. it is also based on number of credit hours taken. So maybe they do have a scholarship or bursary type program set up:)
from eb0nie :
I received an A-!!!!!!!! You are the best. Thank you again :)
from annanotbob :
That's what I was going to say - that I LOVE My Year of Meat and I've never managed to persuade anyone else to read it, so I hope you enjoy it too. Good luck with the murals xx
from mel-is-dvash :
I LOVED 'My Year Of Meats.' I hope you like it too. I found it some years ago completely by accident (maybe the librarian recommended it?) Anyway, very exciting to see you reading something I recognize. :-)
from annanotbob :
Good for you! xx
from grandbeach :
coffee or whatever would be cools. Kits is a neat area, I wish I could actually afford it. If I didn't have a car I'd be a lot better off, lol. The cloudiness is definitely hard but I'm hoping I can adjust, I try to just remain as positive as possible and touch base with back home all the time. I think a lot of people who just finished school aren't ready to jump into something as massive as this and if they have to move away for it, it's even harder to make that jump. A lot of people have previous games experience too which means they'll be older. When I look around it seems like there are a lot of 30 somethings there, early 30 somethings and there are folks my age but not many, they are generally a few years older:( but that's okay. I'll bring out their youth:)
from wombaby :
Ah that poor kid. I'm sure there are reasons why she is that way; I hope they can be addressed soon. But how awful at nine years old to have alienated your parent that much. It's bad enough to feel like you'll never be trusted again, but for it to be true ... Terrible for the mother too.
from grandbeach :
Yup. I wrote an entry, which was really my reply back to you but it got so long I didn't want to monopolize your notes page. check it out.
from mel-is-dvash :
What a horrid day you had (yesterday?) I'm glad you found your bunny - silly wabbit! :-)
from stepfordtart :
Hello dear. Does MY computer hate me, too, or have you really changed your PW? s x
from grandbeach :
Thank you!!
from grandbeach :
Did you change your password or is my computer being ridiculous? It won't let me in:(
from mel-is-dvash :
Hope you have/had a wonderful birthday. Wish I could celebrate with you, 'cause I'm so glad you're here. :-) {{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}
from annanotbob :
Wishing you a happy birthday xxx
from wombaby :
Do you know what happens when glow-necklaces break open? All the liquid inside comes out. And goes in kids' eyes. And the cheap ones do break open! Seen it (and had to sort it out) before.
from stepfordtart :
Thanks for letting me know, really appreciate it. The one Im thinking about is on both our lists and she's been having it tough lately. Sorry for your friend, hope she gets what she needs. thanks again. s x
from mel-is-dvash :
You are *SO* clever! ;-) Love, Mel
from rue-amelie10 :
Hi Ms. T-USA, We have corresponded before. I write to you overwhelmed by the teaching liberty I have before me. I'm about to teach english to french engineering students. I remember you taught Japanese Exchange students of the same age and therefore I was wondering if you would mind my writing and asking a question from time to time. Cheers, old adress in paris10.
from wombaby :
The Time Traveller's Wife is really good! At least, I loved it. Bet you'll have finished it by tomorrow ... it's the sort of book you can stay up all night until you finish. I'm reading The Brooklyn Follies now by Paul Auster, which is having a similar effect on me. Happy reading!
from mel-is-dvash :
I'll keep you and Chim-Chim in my prayers. I'm sorry it has to be like this. {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}} Mel
from mel-is-dvash :
Sounds a treat. I hope the baby and mother seal get (are) re-united.
from wombaby :
No room for more books? You need to build an extension! I found a book fair on the street in Tours on Sunday and accidentally bought another four ... in my defence, they were little, and I only paid 5 euros for all four! My back is already moaning about the amount I have to carry home in a couple of weeks ...
from hrhbuttercup :
what is up? Why can't I get to your archive anymore? I need to catch up with you. I can't beleive how much Chim Chim has grown.
from stepfordtart :
Aaaargh! Maupassant! *shudders from hideous memories of French Lit classes* s x
from wombaby :
Oh dear. That is spectacularly insensitive. I hope he only had two mouthfuls left, not a whole bowl.
from revisions :
thanks :)
from stepfordtart :
thanks for the Wiki link - makes me feel less like a dumbass! s x
from mel-is-dvash :
Thank goodness (and the Volvo) you are okay. Scary.
from wombaby :
Hope you are not too bruised, and that there is nothing worse than bruising. I noticed while browsing through your photos (boredom!) that you have The Tin Drum - is it any good?
from mel-is-dvash :
Thanks for pointing out about the guestbook link. It is something I need to get to one of these days. I meant to write and say thanks any time since I read your note, but I'm just straggling right now. Hoping to start getting caught up any day now. Yeah, right. ;-7
from wombaby :
:) I think that's very sound advice, thank you! *laces up trainers and starts off at a slow jog*
from lonelywife :
please ignore my "woe is me" diary. i really hope that everything works out for you. and for what it's worth...i think you are very smart! :) take care of yourself and your son.
from vanoonoo :
make him take out life insurance!
from wombaby :
Can you post the link for that autism test please? I'm interested ...
from wombaby :
Is a Cowichan sweater what my Grannie would call an Indian jacket?
from princessreva :
hullo! If you do change the password, remember me, pleeaase!
from anainsight :
Hi, thanks for adding me. You must have added me before I locked? Would you like my password? I'll e-mail you for yours. peace!
from wombaby :
Aww good luck to Chim-Chim for his swim meet. He's only going to get better by practising. Let us know how he gets on!
from mel-is-dvash :
I haven't seen snow in so long! I'm sitting here freezing in my house, daydreaming about how nice it would be to be there with the snow - because inside the house, it's warm! *sigh* In not too much longer I should be in a new house with heat. I hope it's warm enough.
from kellbelle :
You are most welcome :) Random acts of kindness are my specialty. I'm glad to have given you a small joy.
from mel-is-dvash :
Just a quick 'hi.' I can't read back more than the most recent four or five entries in your diary - so I'm as caught up as can be. Hope your weather is good and life is treating you kindly. :-) Mel
from wombaby :
Mmm beans on toast, you have made me crave. But you can't get cheddar cheese here and I have no means of making toast, short of going and buying a toaster. Which seems extravagant given that I'm only here for another seven months.
from danddteacher :
send e-mail to [email protected] for the password
from wombaby :
La nuit, not le nuit :) (cos I'm a pedant)
from grandbeach :
I have to say that I think it's like that across the country, or at least on the prairies as well.
from annanotbob :
I meant to write 'Ms' B - it's very early- and now I can't change it
from annanotbob :
Well happy birthday to you, dear Dr B. Have a great day xx Life begins etc etc
from duermemucho :
Arrrgh! Password doesn't work anymore!! Please let me in on the new one...I think you have the email address; I'll leave you another note if not.
from stepfordtart :
Me too please! stepfordtartATdiarylandDOTcom if Im still allowed in! (please)s x
from so-then-what :
did you changed your password? The one I had isn't working anymore.
from grandbeach :
Hey Hey. My computer crashed and I no longer have your password. I tried emailing you to get it but didn't hear anything back. Please email me at [email protected]
from wombaby :
I'd love to say "yes, go ahead and become a Canadian!!" - but it would really irritate me if anyone tried to tell me to change my nationalities, and likewise my Dad has always flatly refused to change from Canadian to British, though technically he could. So instead I'll say be proud of and enjoy whatever nationality you are :) (oh, and I don't hate travelling Americans as a group, I keep my dislike to individuals!)
from so-then-what :
I was about to ask about the previous entries button too. How do I go back? I can't think of subterfuges right now. Are the comments gone too?
from wombaby :
Argh please put the back button and older entries back up! Otherwise I have to resort to subterfuge to get your older entries page up (which is the only reason I know you did it deliberately and it wasn't just a mistake). I'm a compulsive reader, can't just miss one!
from alure :
your blog isn't showing up for me :(
from paleta :
i love the doggie. and it's been so long since i've heard 'cunt' (lady elaine and good graphic) i don't think i can use that word in my blog...
from annanotbob :
The postman has just delivered the book on subliminal advertising you recommended. I'm looking forward to reading it - as if I'm not paranoid enough already. Saludos xx
from lonelywife :
every library needs to have patricia polacco! have you read 'thank you, mr. falker'? beautiful story. how about 'chicken sunday'? i'll get back to you about holiday books. take care.
from teachin-usa :
I was disappointed in the Leonard Cohen movie. T'wasn't neither a documentary nor a televised tribute concert. Something in between. And poorly crafted. But I think I may be one of the few who felt this way. Because at the end of the movie the audience actually clapped.
from wombaby :
Ooh I'd love to see the Leonard Cohen movie!!! Let us know how it is. I'm not sure if it's on here - and if it is it'll probably be dubbed in French!!!
from yelayna :
Hiya, thank you for your note :o) Am pretty much ok and loving the new car more every day... I'm pretty much ok other than a few aches and pains still, but nothing like before. I manage all the time without the painkillers now, so a massive improvement! Hope you're well, not had a chance to catch up recently so am going to try and put some time aside for that soon! *hugs*
from wombaby :
Good luck with testifying.
from wombaby :
Oh yes! The website is loads better now :-)
from grandbeach :
I totally just randomly picked up a digital camera last week. I love it but too bad I didn't think much longer about it like you. Then I'd have a bit more money right now.
from wombaby :
Still no prices, that I noticed ... I would say the colours were a bit much, although I guess that's a matter of opinion, but I think it would be better to have just one background that's the same for all the pages, or maybe one for the front page and one for all the other pages, to make it look more cohesive. But it's pretty clear and gets the information across so that's good :-)
from duermemucho :
Yes, there's always a disconcerting feeling that comes with realizing a high-profile wackjob is from your area. I'm sorry I've been so quiet, but the self-imposed net exile was necessary, and I'm only coming back slowly.
from revisions :
i think so, and i think everything will be okay. i will probably stay locked for a few months or so, just to make sure.
from revisions :
long story, but had to lock things up for a few weeks. email for password: herziening at gmail . com
from nibbleofcorn :
Your persistence is admirable, and will hopefully pay off; if you like, you can email me at [email protected] - E.
from mel-is-dvash :
Congrats on the new plates and insurance. It's funny how a small thing like that can really make a difference. ;-)
from teachersrock :
Hey! Yeah, I'm glad I'm happy, too. However, I still do have some emotional issues that I'm working on, but other than that...I'm happy! Things have been going great! I haven't been able to keep track of everyone's diary. I hope your doing well. And yeah, my friend was telling me I need to stop doing pot before I get addicted. My boyfriend does alot of that.
from nibbleofcorn :
I'm trying, I'm trying. He says he's sort of ambiguous about the whole journaling thing at this point...but that he'll probably wait until everyone forgets about him, then start again. I told him he could never sell newspapers. I'm sorry about my part in all this. I acted immaturely by G-baiting. I was stalked down and driven out of my LJ journal, too, so I have paid a price at least.
from revisions :
about six months ago my boss made me read a series of email between the two of us out loud. her point was the i am a rude communicator...i died laughing. the gist of the email was communcation about projects i had been working on. some people!
from revisions :
thanks!
from harri3tspy :
The face fountains are, indeed amazing. The whole park is amazing. I really love how people interact with it. There are so many different corners to explore, so many different experiences to be had. It's what a city park should be.
from hissandtell :
Hi again Ms Brazil - I'd love to read your writings again if you'd care to share the password. Love, R xxx
from myagi :
That's great! I love the puppet idea...even for high school I think I could work that in!
from princessreva :
Cool website - sounds interesting and you look super hott:)
from wombaby :
Nice website. I know it's unfinished, so you're probably planning to put this in there anyway, but things I noticed missing are - where are you based? What age range are you aiming at? Prices? Mm, think that's it for now. Good luck with it.
from janitor-x :
Next time you're south of the border, hit me up. I was actually just in WW today, looking for cars. Nice town! The tri-cities are a little too Californian for my tastes, but you can't have it all.
from wombaby :
I know what you mean, I never tell stories that show me up in a bad light either. Good luck working things out, especially if you're pregnant.
from lonelywife :
just read your entry. i don't have much to say other than i am thinking about you.
from ladybugge :
It's just a random thought, but I was just thinking about how very different your life is now from when I first started reading your diary and you were teaching in the big city. Isn't life amazing? Hope all continues going well (sounds like it's well) Lb
from yamaa :
Are you sure codiene & Tess are a good combination?
from annanotbob :
Hope it goes well with the in-laws xx
from annanotbob :
Hope you feel better soon. I'm really enjoying reading about your gardening, BTW, and have been inspired to almost contemplate taking action myself...
from wombaby :
I know, that was my reaction. I mean, I'm very caffeine tolerant - pro plus doesn't have an effect - and *I* treat red bull with respect! I can't believe anyone would give it to an infant-school age child!
from janitor-x :
thanks for your notes. I don't plan on giving in to her request. I'll be courteous about it, but I'm not giving this up. I often complain (both here and in RL) about having nothing in the future to really look forward to...and then I get something, and she wants me to sacrifice it? Not happening.
from lonelywife :
i really wish we could 'really' talk sometime. :) i have 'free' cell phone minutes over the weekend and after 9 on weeknights. sometimes i just think i need a friend. :)
from lonelywife :
definitely not easy. but really, what i've done....cut out soda (pop), eaten turkey-type sandwiches, and pretzels for snacks. twice i've done this! i'm really hoping i can do it again. thanks so much for your note! :)
from lonelywife :
hello. just thinking of you. you just updated while i was reading your older entries. is this a coincidence? maybe! love the picture of chim-chim feeding the rabbits. things in my life have been very, very stressful and time consuming. i'm still trucking on through. hope you are well. lonely
from wombaby :
Well if it's your evil sister, it doesn't count. Criticism only counts if it's from people who like you the rest of the time. :-)
from wombaby :
Hmm, I don't see you as unethical. You wear fur, right (I may have totally imagined that)? I guess that could be seen as unethical. And you have been divorced. I personally don't see that as unethical, but perhaps the person who put the word in does. People judge others for a lot of things. I haven't contributed to your Johari / Nohari windows because I'm not really sure what to say - to be honest I would have trouble doing something like that for someone I know IRL. Good luck with ring hunting and things.
from ladybugge :
I read that list at least three times (the Nohari window) and the best I could do is that maybe you are a little rash. I didn't do it, though, because I wanted to tell you 'in person' that, first of all, whatever faults you may have, none of them are (from knowing you through diaryland) things I would use to describe you; and, second, that Dr. Russia is full of it! Sorry, but when I read how he described you ... well! So, a little rash and perhaps if I met you in person I might find you have idiosyncracies that annoy me - so what, doesn't everyone? :-) I'll go put that in your window if you want. Lb
from janitor-x :
Ready to laugh? It's a certain type of hanging planter that she's been looking for. Not a plant, even...a container for a plant. Sadly this is fairly representative of any gifts I give. Are there classes that help people be better gift shoppers? As for the diary, if it stays, it's going to become rantier and probably more political. I suppose I could do away with all the Gold features and be a minimalist. I don't know.
from harri3tspy :
Hi, Ms. Brazil. I'm updating the academia diaryring and I've decided to remove all locked diaries, since it blocks the ring for most people. This means you, unfortunately. If you decide to unlock at some point, though, we'd love to have you back!
from grandbeach :
yah, I had never really thought of that either until I read the article and it brought it up. At that point I was completely enraged. Grr.
from ladybugge :
We're both Casablanca. I think that's cool. ;-)
from teachersrock :
Yeah, that's true. I'm just worried that when I get back, she'll be having fun with him and leaving me out.
from manchmal :
go disney! I'm locking too, for now. I hope you'll still come visit. userid: dog; passwd: fur
from princessreva :
aaahhhh - that's really interesting - if I think about it really hard, the word "ditto" is same so yeah, that's pretty much right on! I wish we'd called them dittos:( And I remember at least until 3rd grade getting purple-y photocopies to do in class. My teacher was super lazy, we did them every day - pictures of Disney characters on them to color with a few random math problems at the bottom:)
from princessreva :
thanks for clearing that up! Is it a Canadian term - I was wondering about it all day!
from annanotbob :
Yeah! Go, you!!
from wombaby :
If you don't close all your browser windows after you enter the password, it will remember it and will let you in. That's a really incoherent explanation, but it happens to me too.
from teachersrock :
Yeah, I'm gonna stop talking to him, because I hate racism. I don't wanna have a part of it. I honestly don't see any point in it, because we're all people and we're created equally. And I really don't like when he was trying to tell me I would be better off with a guy like him. Isn't that like being conceited? Well, thanks for the note. ttyl
from teachersrock :
Hey, thanks! :)
from kellbelle :
CPS is Child Protective Services which deals with much more than just removing kids from abusive homes. They get a bad rap sometimes but really only 20% of cases are considered "valid" for removing a child. It's a complicated agency, but one I think is worth working for. I'm hoping I like it.
from annanotbob :
Wishing you peace - yesterday seems to have been an aggravating day for loads of us.
from caffeinegeek :
I think your therapist has a point. Dr. Russia is acting this way because he knows that he can get away with it. The man needs a wake up call. What sucks is that you shouldn't have to be the one to deliver it. I feel for hon. Hang in there.
from wombaby :
a good start :-)
from manchmal :
do you think that music on my portfolio is annoying? Should it go?
from stepfordtart :
Oooh, Ive read that one - AND Dead Babies, in fact Dead babies was the first one of his I read and I did it as part of my English Lit dissertation when i was doing A Levels. Have you read Money? thats fab. (Greviously hungover this morning, silly silly stepfie!) s x
from danddteacher :
Sounds like you 2 need to sit down and have a talk. And not one of those "one of us has to win" talks, but a "we both have to give a little" talks. I know that's not what you want to hear, because you don't want to give, but it sounds like that's what needs to happen.
from july28 :
Helloooo!!! Am missing you and Chim-Chim....please may I have the password? My email is [email protected] Hope all's well. xxxx
from ladybugge :
Besides, coffee grounds help clean out the drains - they really do. Good luck with your husband. Oy.
from eliza1970 :
Thank you so much. I don't have any entries yet because I haven't managed to find the courage to make that first entry yet. Soon, I'm sure! Kxxx
from alure :
user: lets pass: rock
from lonelywife :
what is it with men? they really are so damn frustrating. and i'm feeling like i don't care if i talk to my husband at all. just thinking of you and hoping things work out. love, lonely
from eliza1970 :
I would love to keep reading your diary. I miss you! Would it be okay to have the password? Kxxx
from ladybugge :
All caught up again. Hi there! Good luck w/Dr. Russia - hope you do manage to get him talking to someone. It looks to me as if your Israel clock time is off. Either that or mine is. It looks to be an hour ahead of the time here, is that possible? Anyway, hope you are having a really good weekend (even if not skiing), and that the next week is a bright improvement. :-)
from so-then-what :
Locked inside? I knew it! so, should I send a search party? or just a regular party?
from myagi :
Knock, knock? I'm going through withdrawals!!!
from coexistapart :
Awww, locked? Could I come in maybe?
from eb0nie :
hmmph! May I? Pretty please? Have the PW? [email protected]
from so-then-what :
locked? my only question is: did you locked from the inside or from the outside? he, he, I kill myself sometimes. I'd like the password if you are giving it. Thanks and good luck
from princessreva :
Hi! I read you everyday and I hope you are doing okay. I'd like the password, if possible- [email protected]
from stepfordtart :
thanks for the password. Ive eaten it to protect the innocent! s x
from wombaby :
:-) Happy to be reading. I deleted that note, in case you're as paranoid as I am.
from wombaby :
Btw I fixed the mail link on my page so it points to an email address that works now - so if you tried to send it to [email protected] please would you try again. Hope everything's ok.
from lonelywife :
Hi there! Are you giving out your password? If not, I understand. I'll miss reading you, and I hope you are okay. love, lonely
from stepfordtart :
Hi - any chance I could get a password? Dont mind if you say no, private is private after all. s x
from ladybugge :
Sorry 'bout that. Obviously I am behind on my email as well. *wry grin* Thanks for the password, I'll be catching up for a while! Hugs, Lb
from danddteacher :
any chance of getting a password?
from wombaby :
Are you giving out passwords, and if so, please may I have one?
from new-and-used :
hey, just wondering if i was welcome to get access to your diary... i read it from time to time... if not, that's cool.. i know some things should be private
from ladybugge :
Hi, just came by again (yes, it's been a while) to find you locked. Can I have the id and password please? I hope everything is okay? Lb
from darthfader :
thankyou. though the first week was definitely the worst, it's been a good four months by now. sometimes one just needs to move on.
from grandbeach :
HA. I got your email so I'll just keep that. Then there is no fear of forgetting. Oh, and I can do that so I seriously shouldn't have a problem. Thanks!!:)
from janitor-x :
Thanks for the note about locking up. Hope everything is ok...no mean-spirited attacks or unsavory, uninvited guests that motivated you to do this.
from culotte :
No, pugs don't smell any worse than ohter small, short haired dogs. You do have to clean their nose wrinkles every other day or so. I bathe Napoléon once a week so he always smells like an apricot.
from musicman6724 :
Wow. That just hurts. I can feel it all the way from Texas. I would never say anything like that to my wife. Never.
from danddteacher :
Hey.... you're not an idiot. *L* Just thought you needed someone to tell you that.
from lonelywife :
just sending some love and positive thoughts your way. xo lonely
from coexistapart :
I've been reading you for a while now but want to go way, waaaaay back into your archives to get a bigger picture....how come you have no "older" link? I feel like I'm going to have to click "previous" forever!
from bassclargrrl :
just for you: belowest. Andre used it when trying to describe where to find a link. I had to giggle. (also, user: go / pass: away)
from lonelywife :
i enjoyed your last update! and the poo comment - love it! xo lonely
from ladybugge :
Hi again. I'm okay, mostly. I just am totally overwhelmed by my sister's visit. She has a way of filling up every available space. Hope you are doing well, I look forward to catching up ... again. *sigh* Lb
from serenaville :
My. Thank you, very much, for adding Serenaville to your faves/buddy list! Always such a pleasant surprise, when people think enough of my natterings to want to read regularly. Most appreciated, indeed. I intend to do some archive-diving in your space, so please don't be alarmed if your stats spike suddenly. Thanks again! -Serena :)
from eb0nie :
Hey You! Yes I still read your diary every day even when I dont say anything for months. I figured out why my diary looks funny to some people. It has to do with your desk top settings and screen resolution. Im smart but not smart enough to make my page auto ajust to any screen setting. I dont know how to do that yet. If you still want to go through all this trouble just to read my ramblings then here is how to fix it. right click anywhere on your desktop>settings>screen resolution>move the button to 1024 by 768>apply
from final137 :
I'll book mark your page if I ever need to know what time it is in Israel. I can't imagine such a scenario but it's neat to know I have that option.
from grandbeach :
Awesome. You're the only person who commented so it's totally staying yellow for a long while. I love yellow (and blue, must not forget blue). I used to be in the same boat as you so I can totally understand the monitor situation.
from becahh :
Happy Chanukkah! Thank you for the laughs and thank you for the tips on buying art supplies. Peace......
from bassclargrrl :
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"> <- put that between your <head></head> on both your entries page and your older page, and search engine robots will (eventually) stop indexing you. you'll be invisible to Google!
from for-you-only :
I made a new banner, an updated one like the banner you liked. Very rarely does someone actually take the time to comment on a banner, so I figured it was worth a re-make. To see the new banner, you can go here: http://for-you-only.diaryland.com/images/aboutmebanner2.gif Cheers! ~Pink
from for-you-only :
Yeah, I really like that one.... I think I'm going to make another one like that, only more updated. Like that one says "Job?" and now I have one, so there shouldn't be a question mark and stuff...
from nibbleofcorn :
Hey, thanks! I went to livejournal- I'm quantumdynamo there, which I like better, though. I had one of those web tracker things here on D-land and I kept getting these weird hits from all over the world- I think people thought nibbleofcorn was all about rim jobs or something. Nasty.
from nibbleofcorn :
Thank you for what you said on Janitor-X's comments, if you weren't being sarcastic. It's the only nice thing anyone has said to me today (weep and cry).
from janitor-x :
Here's wishing you luck at the holiday party. I hope the Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing isn't as uptight in Canada as it is here this year, and that they'll at least let you through the door, not being Christian and all that. From your diary it seems Victoria isn't as cosmopolitan as I had imagined.
from for-you-only :
Which banner was that? I've made so many - lol.
from darthfader :
hey. how's it going?
from bassclargrrl :
Oh! Almost forgot. I pay the program, and the program takes care of rent. I think they give me a monthly stipend as well. Plus, I'll have at least $600/month of my own for living expenses.
from bassclargrrl :
The thing with Parisian host families is that it's just like renting a room with them. They're only in it for the money. (The program warns the students about this.) There wouldn't be much interaction, and not very good for language learning. Meanwhile, dorm life would at least put me with French students. If I do a 360 and decide on Strasbourg (which depends on housing in Paris and the willingness of either program to work with me concerning fincial aid), I'd go with a host family. // I talk to a few French boys, but only in English. They're both trying to improve their English to pass tests. I'm trying to find more people to talk to in French...but no luck so far. :( // I constantly tell Andre that he should have been French... and then he just rambles off something in Portuguese too fast for me to understand.
from wombaby :
The trick is to use a payphone (for the call's not showing up on your bill).
from headeast :
I don't know if you'll remember this or not. Long ago, when we were in second grade, Mrs Fletcher kept asking us to stop socializing and messing around, and of course we wouldn't. Eventually we wore her out, and she made us stand on opposite sides of the room with our noses pressed up against the corner for the entire second half of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Mrs Fletcher was a bitch.
from headeast :
I don't know if you'll remember this or not. Long ago, when we were in second grade, Mrs Fletcher kept asking us to stop socializing and messing around, and of course we wouldn't. Eventually we wore her out, and she made us stand on opposite sides of the room with our noses pressed up against the corner for the entire second half of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Mrs Fletcher was a bitch.
from anothercrazi :
hehe cool fake memory.. remember the time we went ice skaing and you couldnt stand up for more than 3 seconds, and eventually a whole group of us ended up in a heap in the middle of the rink laughing hysterically??
from wombaby :
Yeah, would have been "ok" if I'd never told my parents ... on the other hand, I hate keeping bits of my life seperate from other bits, and I wanted all the really important people in my life to know each other. Nice pretty fairy-tale world to live in, huh.
from alure :
hey remember that time we picked up a waiter and then went skinny dipping at the lake?? remember that? heh! i was just thinking about that waiters face when we asked if he wanted to join us at the lake!
from annanotbob :
Yeah!! xxx
from grrl-blog :
AmeriCorps is different than a normal, real job. The term of my "employment" is just 12 months and we get exactly 10 sick days and 10 personal days. What I'm hoping is that my site supervisor didn't even count that day (the day after the funeral) and won't report it to my real bosses at the regional AmeriCorps office. So then I would have all my personal days left and 5 sick days left.
from clarity25 :
Thanks for adding me to your fav list! I like your journal:). P.S. I want Photoshop too, Once I return to the states I'll no longer have legal access to that program. (I only have it on my work computer at the office). Photoshop is amazing. I heard you can get the student version for under 200$
from harri3tspy :
Oh, curse those Le Petit Escolier cookies! Your entry reminded me of the time we went to pick some up and discovered they had both milk chocolate and dark chocolate varieties. "Which ones do we like?" I asked my husband. "I'm not sure." So, of course, we got both and ate them all. For the record, we liked both of them. And also, they make kick-ass s'mores.
from bassclargrrl :
Thanks. :D
from janitor-x :
OOooo, Victoria pub crawl! I bet Canadian microbrews are better (read: stronger) than the American variety. Thanks for the well-wishes.
from rue-amelie10 :
Hey Ms. Brasil! Thats almost the exact same reasonning I used to get my bf to get a cat. "If we have a cat, it will put off my constant desire for children!" Good luck! Vanessa
from cdives :
The anecdote about the hairy balls is priceless! I got a great laugh out of it. Thanks for all the nice comments and advice you send to me.
from heelandlass :
Hi! I think you do get a LAN line actually, although I have no idea what it is. We call our home phone the 'land line' though for some reason. As opposed to our mobile phones. I don't really know what's up with that!!
from janitor-x :
Heh. You have a good point ("...Wonderful Life"), although I shouldn't be dissing on a classic. Or on other people in general. Yes, i suppose I do have other interests, but usually I have so little motivation that my interests are unimportant. Maybe I can use your psychological services once you put all the others out of business?
from culotte :
heh. Your quote about my diary made me laugh.
from vanoonoo :
things sound a bit sour for ya right now - hope they sweeten up soon xxx
from yelayna :
I've been thinking about your hamster problem - I was wondering whether filling the suspected cavity area with that expanding foam insulation stuff might help? you could make a small hole and then fill the thing up, trapping the smell... do you know what I mean?
from plumwin :
No, no, no. I've used it for years and no one has ever thought that. It is a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' joke. Are you familiar?
from plumwin :
It is a joke. And yes.
from wombaby :
Urgh, I don't get the point of TV's either. I didn't have one last year, and I didn't miss it. My housemates have a couple now, and they keep watching them, but there's never anything good on! Ok, it's nice to have a slightly bigger screen than a laptop to watch a DVD on occasionally, but that's only about once every two months!
from harri3tspy :
I'm so sorry I missed your Sox banner. I would have clicked on it. Repeatedly, probably -- just to show my support!
from teachersrock :
Hey thanks for giving me good advice. I do have several people in mind, though I'm not sure if they'd wanna deal with a teenager being in their house, even though I am almost an adult. But, I'll make sure I write in my diary the things that my counselor says to me. Thanks again! ~*Stephanie*~
from heelandlass :
Oh, it would be lovely if you ordered some of those books for your son. Especially Burglar Bill and Cops and Robbers, although I must stress, they are VERY British. A fantastic read though. Cops & Robbers is like a song, they save the day at Christmas! Hurrah. If you do order them, please let me know what he thought. How exciting!!
from yelayna :
Good luck with the new job... xxx
from lonelywife :
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a wonderful day. xo
from yelayna :
Happy birthday! I am writing this under a banner I suspect is yours - a felecicious event indeed! Hope you have a great time with the sushi tomorrow, love, yelayna xxx
from wombaby :
Happy Birthday!
from annanotbob :
compleanos feliz xx
from yamaa :
Happy Birthday, Ms. B!
from grandbeach :
I'm trying so hard, but like, we don't even have a text book for this class which is good because that means no readings but bad because it means that if I'm confused by something, I don't have a book to turn too. I thought it would be easy because I know what he's talking about, but it's the theory and more specifically the diagrams that are bogging me down. Thank you though. I really should focus more on what I remember him talking in great detail about.
from janitor-x :
Hey, like I said, I gripe only because it's my job. I've been to Seattle several times and I like it! Although I get the feeling it was quite a bit nicer before the Gates empire metastasized.
from yelayna :
Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear that :o( Maybe everything happens for a reason and you are being saved from a freak dry ice accident...
from f-i-n :
i wish we had leaves to rake here...
from wombaby :
Chim-Chim's reading book is from *1978*? I'm shocked, appalled, and horrified (and a little drunk). Well done for protesting. Support to all teachers everywhere!
from janitor-x :
I agree with you, but the fact is we're more compatible than I've really said...she doesn't really want kids (or so she says) and is as ambivalent as I am about getting married. So whether I'd be doing her a favor is uncertain. THAT'S what makes this difficult.
from grandbeach :
HAHA, you're probably right. Some just go about it WAY differently, lol.
from ladybugge :
People in life-saving professions - doctors, fireman, police and soldiers, ambulance drivers - are supposed to work. Saving/preserving life takes precedence.
from ladybugge :
Ah, someone else learning the joys of shopping outside of the U.S.! What we do over here (meaning this side of the Atlantic) is have whatever we want that can't be shipped overseas (it can be, just the companies won't), delivered to some kind soul in the states, who then mails it to us. It costs, but not terribly, and that way we can still have some of the nifty things we are used to - important, especially for the kids. If you don't have someone you know willing to take on the responsibility, I could ask my sister (slow, but she does get it done).
from wombaby :
NO! No black kitchen. Black walls will make the room look horribly dark and depressing.
from teachin-usa :
Hello Everyone. I am in the middle of royally fucking up my template and then trying to fix it. WTF??!! Sorry!
from sweet-indigo :
Eek, it seems no matter which entry I select I get the entry beginning "School strike continues, Chim-Chim still awake- it's like summer all over again." some kind of html problem? Love the new design though.
from wombaby :
It's one of those words you should avoid writing at all costs, I think. It's caught me out for years; I always have to think "not flour"!
from wombaby :
I think "Dr Lichen" is best. And "fluorescence" not "flourescence"! Ouch! :-)
from alure :
you're coming to my territory- chez le 'mo! hope you like it. i dont know if jysk will be what you are hoping. ikea is much more impressive!
from wombaby :
Omg, that's a Le Creuset casserole, isn't it! I have one of those that my parents didn't have room for anymore; they are the coolest saucepan/casserole makers! Because even when you scrub them with steel wool they still don't scratch and remain like new. *big grin*
from kellbelle :
Thanks for the note. I was actually going to go back to school to complete a sociology degree, but I have recently changed my mind to social work. I love helping people and it opens up the field a little more for me to pursue my masters in counseling.
from kellbelle :
I love your diary. I'm currently not working and going bananas. I can't find a job, but I'm starting school in the spring. Your diary keeps me sane and makes me feel like I actually have some "adult" time when I read it. No nonsense is what I like best.
from heelandlass :
Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, it really is tragic. I am doing much better - it's not really my tragedy, I'm just sticking around to help pick up the pieces, but it is agony even trying to put myself in the shoes of the people very close to the boy. Heartbreaking in fact. Thanks again.
from alure :
thank you for your kind words :)
from annanotbob :
Hi - I've been reading you for a while. Hope it goes well. I'm so loving all the little up-dates. It's like living an epistolary novel. Mrs Scotchity sounds vile. All the best x
from wombaby :
Good luck!
from beckers-j :
Aha! I've got it now. That Dr. Russia! Thanks for the explanation. ;)
from amb1valent-k :
Strayed into your diary via heelandlass... and found you have the same design as me..and that you've also lost the book pictures like I have. Love the clocks!
from wombaby :
Mrs Scotchity sounds like a bit of a witch. Maybe Chim Chim will have someone nicer next year! There's lots of nice primary school teachers out there, because I had several of them (and at least one evil one!)
from wombaby :
Or maybe the pink-headscarfed girl will come to the parents' evening instead of the mother. Tsk. Surely that's neglect? Hope the kiddy is ok!
from clarimonde :
What's the phrase? No good deed goes unpunished? I've also had a bum class of students. But they will be gone soon and the next bunch will be better..I hope.
from bassclargrrl :
Booooooo to your current students. Here's hoping that the next batch will be better. And seriously, corn on the cob for breakfast and 8:30 bedtime? WTF?
from clarimonde :
Ouch. If I hit a deer, I might also take a too-long nap on the sofa in the evening. That had to be stressful. Oh, I've never had corn on the cob for breakfast...Those whacky Canadians!
from ladybugge :
'FB' is/was my foster brother. Not 'officially' no state agencies involved, but we did end up both having my uncle as a 'parent.' No actual blood-relation, but it feels like family to us. He came out here six weeks ago, intending to live with us. And so far, if he doesn't get his act together, he will be deported before he can start the process of becoming a resident. *sigh* In Hashem's time.
from ladybugge :
Oh, I love that waterfall. I'm jealous. ;-) Lb
from rue-amelie10 :
Dear Teachin-usa, I really enjoy reading your diary. I found it through a banner ad I believe. Your perspective is so interesting to read, and I find your honesty fabulous. Thank you for writing, Vanessa
from yelayna :
I completley forgot to say in my diary that I did cause a bit of a fuss, which is how I got the rubbish explanation that makes no sense. I don't know if I mant to cause more hassle - it's pretty clear I won't get what they originally said, and it's a small enough company that I can screw myself in other ways by being too vocal. It's just a horrible situation. :o( I was sad to hear about your girlie mountie by the way! I was looking forward to some exciting descriptions! xxx
from teranika :
the note right below is from my alter-ego...Just wanted to add that Bob Denver shaped my childhood, too. I always wanted the professor and Maryann to get together...But I remember Bob Denver even more fondly as the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs from "The many loves of Dobie Gillis." - check it out if you get the chance...
from clarimonde :
Simon Fraser - in Vancouver (Burnaby to be exact). I'm an earth scientist (global warming and climate change). You teach languages? Japanese? (sorry if I'm hopelessly clueless). I make my own capuccinos (without the hearts, alas)...still waiting for Mr. German's visa to come through so that marital bliss can occur..
from yamaa :
I had such a crush on the Professor *sigh* The island is going to be too quiet now.
from clarimonde :
Actually, I'm more worried about that mountie..;-) ...I'm a professor with a soon-to-be professor's husband - and a (not quite official) position at SFU that would begin next Spring/Summer. But it sounds like I'll be looking for similar things - a community, a good cup of capuccino, things to do, and marital bliss..
from clarimonde :
Hi - I don't even remember how I came across your diary anymore - but I am also an American who will be moving from NYC to Vancouver very soon (to teach, no less). I've enjoyed reading your experiences (although I feel a tad bit voyeuristic..). Thanks for sharing. Will I have to be fingerprinted by a braided female mountie, too????
from wombaby :
I don't know which if any of these have online stores, but try Debenhams, BHS (maybe under British Home Stores), Marks and Spencer. They're all the main, traditional department stores, as far as I know. (Lived here two years now and still getting to grips with the culture!) My cousin had a gift list set up with Debenhams when she got married, and people just bought something from the list. John Lewis also does nice household-y stuff. (Really really nice - I drool every time I go through their kitchen department!)
from lonelywife :
just wanted to let you know that i understand the loneliness...i really understand. hang in there. hugs
from wombaby :
What if it's not a good-looking Mountie? There must be some ugly ones. Random fact of the day, my great-great-grandfather (I think that's how far back, maybe another great in there) was the first Mountie to be killed in action. His name's James Barron, and he was killed in Hamilton, Ontario. If I remember right he was shot while attending a robbery.
from beckers-j :
Thanks for adding me! I'll definately check your diary out as well. :)
from wombaby :
LOL at those condoms! They're cool!
from annanotbob :
Hello - just found you via ladybugge - she tagged me too. You're a good read, all the best.
from wombaby :
Ok, you got me, what *does* ekphrasis mean?
from princessreva :
wow! how'd you manage naturally hairless legs? Oh - and my best friend had no butt for years but she actually worked out enough to get a fantabulous one. Didn't think it possible, but the proof is in the goosin'!
from yelayna :
My god! That is so beautiful!
from yamaa :
There are few things finer than fart humor firts thing in the morning.
from nagvioli :
i'll be looking for the story. thanks for continuing to look out for us.
from wombaby :
Mm, Japanese food. Something I miss a lot about Asia!
from teachersrock :
Well, I can't speak it too well. I do know several stuff in spanish. I'm taking the class. I do wanna learn how to speak it really well though, so I can talk to people. :)
from namastesakhi :
staying clear of men and fathers. yes, yes, i have agreed whole heartedly.
from wombaby :
I've just posted a picture so you can see some of the hideousness for yourself. It's very, very ugly. Not improved, either, by the non-purple patches where bits of the walls have been plastered, and where the old radiator was removed. I just noticed you have Leonard Cohen listed as a favourite - great taste :-D
from new-and-used :
Hey, just thought i'd say thanks for reading since you listed me... i read some of yours and will continue to read... i like the layout of your page... and yes... Zee is Zed in Canada... dont ask me why, but it sounds better, eh?... sorry, bad joke... i notice you like homestarrunner.com too, that's cool.. i love teen girl squad!... Anyway, nice to meet you!
from vanoonoo :
hello :)
from nagvioli :
gracias por las felicitaciones para mi padre! y gracias pro seguis leyendo mi diario. se que no es nada facil cuando a veces es muy deprimido. gracias por todo!
from becahh :
I decided to check out freecycle. Very cool. I signed up and will be posting some stuff soon. Thank you.
from july28 :
Gosh, your son has expensive tastes already! Life seems sweet over there, eh? My husband always talks about when he was a wee boy growing up in 50's Glasgow, his friends would all be saying 'We're going to *Canada* this afternoon', like it was just someplace down the road. Lots of emigration at that time. Take care!
from becahh :
I can smell your bbq! J (my daughter) and I will have to try grilling garlic. We like to grill. About the timer....I used to do that. My son would wear my running watch. The timer was set for the amount of time he was to be next door. When it went off, he scrambled home. The boy would be over at the neighbors house until we got him to tuck him into be if we didn't limit him. Additionally, the neighbors sosmetimes did not answer the door or phone. Maybe it is a white people thing. I am semi white. Lime green walls. Mmmmm. Sounds fun. .....Bec.
from candoor :
I enjoyed reading you... and applaud your giving your kid a diary (I'd have left a note there but I am not sure if any of my diaries are kid friendly all the time :)
from yelayna :
Ooh, sorry about that doubling up on quizzes thingy! I remembered lots of my buddies had done it but was struggling offline to remember which ones! Hope your sleep cycle settles out soon! xxx
from worldempress :
No no. Serious Canadians hate that "ssshedjooyul" thing. We're all like, "what the heck kid? Did you actually go to school? or did you go to Sssshhoool??"
from wombaby :
I'm scared of the dark too. I've just about managed to stop sleeping with a night-light in the last month or so, but I swear if the bogeyman comes after me one more time I'm plugging it back in! I still sleep with a teddy when there's no boy available, too.
from teachin-usa :
oh- ok- it's..it's the dendrochronology lady. my witness to the trophy of the grape stomping festival and my mentor in the stein throwing competition. put some entries in yo' diary girl!
from teachin-usa :
sunspell, i need some more hints..who be you? i am having trouble accessing your diary. ms. B
from sunspell16 :
Hey lady - glad to hear you are settling in okay out there - do you have a real e-mail address set up yet? Did you get the Volvo back? I just spent about an hour reading your blog getting caught up from the last time I spoke to you - Send me an e-mail its my first and last name @yahoo.com -Can't wait to come for a visit - IndygAL
from july28 :
I was on the shore of the Loch with my ex- neighbour who has a farm nearby, we were trekking her ponies and we had the 'stereotype' sighting of the giant log passing through the water except it had a head and tiny legs! We started screaming our heads off and I spooked my pony, and he took off for home , leaving me to walk the three miles back - our husbands didn't believe us and nobody else does either, but it's true...I honestly thought it to be just a tourist con till that night! BTW, loving your new life....I'm amazed at how much you're getting done! xxxxx
from wombaby :
Thanks :-) I've read all yours, btw. And am still reading!
from wombaby :
Yup, an overdose would be poisoning. First rule of thumb - if you're not sure, call an ambulance!
from grrl-blog :
I could hardly be pissed at advice/commentary that I agree with... my little exploration with bad drugs has been interesting and all, but I think I'd much rather deal with being a lush than being a junkie. I decided as well that I'm just going to tell the people I want to avoid why I'm doing it & maybe they won't take it personally. If they do, oh well, it will make it that much easier to not be around the shit.
from f-i-n :
When I hear the word, "wagon," I think of cowboys and indians!
from manchmal :
Alas. I am sorry about the wagon. Wagons and zucchini. Why?
from yelayna :
I have to confess, mine are only a couple of quid and with no buckles! :o)
from yelayna :
Uh... they're an english thing.. they look like this: http://www.gothamist.com/weather/images/wellie.jpg only usually green or black, though recently and bizzarely they've started appearing in pink and other girly patterns and turning fashionable! When I was small, I used to have some green ones with frog eyes on the toes... :o)
from yelayna :
Are your boots wellies?!
from grrl-blog :
Well, the new job is only about a month away, and I have my first board meeting with the anti-gun violence group next Tuesday. I think I'll just wait it out...finding a dumb job would take about 2 weeks and then I'd quit anyway. And of course you're right about the baby thing, I think it's just hormones or something anyway. If I actually got pregnant right now I'd probably have a panic attack.
from kellbelle :
Canadian Tire rocks!!! I love that store! Good luck in the great white north, eh?
from janitor-x :
I laughed myself hoarse with your "emergency" story, which beats mine ten times over. Hope your cat forgave you for it.
from super-suzan :
Yes, my full name is Susanne. The diaryland thing wouldn’t take that many letters so I just shortened it. People tend to assume my name is spelt with a Z (which you should now be pronouncing Zed, *haha*) so it works in the end. You mentioned it being strange that the sun didn’t set until 10:30. When does it set this time of year in Chicago? I think you’ll find it interesting that when the winter months come around it will be pitch black by 5 0’clock. Quite the difference eh?
from lonelywife :
i love, love, love your diary! hope you don't mind that i add you to my buddy list. take care.
from ladybugge :
I've had a shock a few times as the date 4.7 rolls by on something, and then I suddenly remember, that's July 4th! Here's it's TH's date with the dentist, not nearly so much fun as back in the U.S. We buy milk in bags here, too, much more convenient (I think) than the cardboard cartons.
from super-suzan :
I really love reading your diary. I found it through your “Oh Canada!” banner and it’s fun to see Canada through the eyes of someone who has never seen Canadian Tire before. Tell me you’ve discovered Tim Horton’s! If the milk cartons are a problem, switch to bags. I was shocked to see they don’t sell milk in a bag when I visited New York, but I think you’ll get a better deal. Glad to see you like TGS and Strong Bad too. My life rotates around those cartoons.
from scar-r-ed :
Paper milk cartons are actually not recyclable. I thought they were til recently, then I talked to someone whose summer job is to monitor what people put in their recycling bins. I don't know for sure about Canada, but you can't recycle them in the UK.
from grrl-blog :
That sounds so nice right about now. I need to go camping, clear my head. After having finally gotten a glimpse of NYC for myself I have to say my next move might be some place more nature-oriented than concrete-oriented.
from suzza :
LOL. It's really not that bad. You'll get used to it. I love the island... haven't been there for ages. My cousins live in Quadra but I bet you're closer to the BIG city if your husband is a proffesor.
from ladybugge :
Congrats on having arrived. The whole moving thing is truly unbelievable - I look back and can't even comprehend it even with 20/20 hindsight. I hope settling in is as easy as leaving was hard.
from july28 :
Hey, I can't take in that you are actually over the move and starting to settle in already. Good luck there! xxxx
from yelayna :
Good luck with the move! xxx
from princessreva :
New reader:) Thanks for the heads up on freecycle! I am the kind of gal that needs to take stuff off people's hands lately. Nice banner, by the way!
from lfashionista :
are you a writer? you have a very unique, funny style- i really like your diary!
from poetcafe :
so awesome! is kittyland a place for little kids?
from likemygun :
awww, best of luck.
from nagvioli :
i can't believe you're really moving to Canada! what exactly will you be teaching over there? how exciting!! if you don't mind, i'll be living vicariously through you with your adventures in another countyr! ~Z
from poetcafe :
cool - wow, fourth graders! do u like teaching them?
from kellbelle :
I saw a really interesting thing on bullies yesterday. She's obviously getting bullied somewhere and picking on other kids weaker than her. This teacher yesterday made "bully" cards and gave them to all the other kids in the classroom. When someone saw the kid bullying someone else, or themselves, they gave a card to the bully and told the teacher. Punishment was based on the number of cards that day. The only thing they didn't address was who got the snot kicked out of them after school for tattling on the bully! LOL
from poetcafe :
are the people u talk about your students?
from myagi :
Okay, what a nerd am I: I was totally pissed when Trinidad/Tobago was eliminated and further angered when Puerto Rico did not win. Grr.
from sabrrrina :
Flea markets rocks the casbah!
from myagi :
It is so frustrating having to sit by and watch shitty things happen to the children you love, isn't it? Grr.
from bluuth :
sorry, i hadn't realized my diary was locked. it's all open now, thanks for your kind note and your interest.
from so-then-what :
yes, that's the place. pretty easy to guess, I guess :)
from so-then-what :
you can read about the tonto thing in my diary. I did not want to highjack your notes. :)
from delirium21 :
so wait... who is dr. russia again? sorry. :)
from bassclargrrl :
Not a Spanish speaker, but I'm learning Brazilian Portuguese. bobo in Braz Port is offensive, but if you make it dimunutive (bobinho/bobinha) it's not offensive. Weird, but kind of interesting.
from vividdreamer :
Yee-OUCH! Take care of yourself. Have a great four day weekend!
from teachin-usa :
exactly what i was thinking. i am so excited about this discovery- because this perception thing hasn't manifested itself in their written work, so i'm going to look into it. neither likes to read much.
from grandbeach :
I'm sure you know this but since lots of teachers out there don't I'm gonna point it out anyways. sorry. This perception difficulty could in fact be a sign of dislexia (or some other learning disability for that matter). I'll leave it at that since I assume you know what that is (please don't be thinking it means they can hold a book up to a mirror and read it... that is so very wrong). Anywoo, I'm done now.
from teachersrock :
Hey, thank you for sending me a note. I'm trying my hardest to be brave about all of this, but everynight all I can do is cry. I was hoping for a miracle, but miracle's never happen for me. Thanks again, though!
from geeked-out :
I love Best Boy. Did you see that really cute one with the brown hair, the mutton chops and the tattoo of the jolly roger on his arm? He's my favorite. =)
from delirium21 :
really makes the future look bleak, doesn't it? that family, i mean. also, i LOVE augusten burroughs. i've ordered DRY from the library in hopes that it'll be in by friday so i can take it to tennessee w/ me on vacation. where in the US do you live, anyway? i'm in NC
from so-then-what :
15 de marzo: ¡Feliz día del maestro! y la maestra por supuesto :)
from delirium21 :
hell, i'm 19 and i still can't do armpit farts! i've never been able to, and it was a source of ridicule and embarrassment as a child. LOL :p
from kellbelle :
I love Mexican culture, and not all Republicans think everyone else should change. What makes American culture so great, to me, is the fact that nothing about it is distinctly "American". It's the mix of things that makes a good sauce if you ask me.
from delirium21 :
my best friend is majoring in elem. education. she wants to teach kindergarten. i'll have to let her know about the armpit fart game, i think that'd be a hit with kinders. :p i'm putting you on my buddy list.
from july28 :
Sounds like a nice day at school all round. Hope your baby Sis is settling in over here.xxx
from bellachat :
your entries are lovely and really human. it's a pleasure to read them. thanks!
from likemygun :
thank you, i have no life which equals spending too much time on the internet. anyway, i really enjoy your entries. (L)
from lfashionista :
Hey! I noticed you added me as a favorite diary, and I just wanted to say thanks.
from july28 :
Yeah, I'm Ok about the gargoyle till I go outside and see it's gone then I get mad again! Hope your little cuddly sounding boy is nice to you all day xxx
from delirium21 :
oh man, i feel like an idiot! a girl on my buddy list has the same layout as you do, and she's got several adopted children. i clicked your banner and read that entry and was like, "whoa, when did this happen?", LOL. i didn't even think to look at the username. i'm really sorry. :o/ but either way, you lived in the andes - how COOL!!! sorry i was so inattentive. LOL
from delirium21 :
damn, i am soooo out of the loop. i haven't read anyone's diary in days. you lived in the andes? you've got a peruvian son? his name is chim-chim? whoa!
from kellbelle :
My fiance and I have been wanting to see Motorcycle Diaries as well as Maria Full of Grace(?). Let me know what you thought of the MD.
from fridayfilms :
Thanks, I like it too. I can't take credit for it though - my friend Schmutzie designed it for me. And Schmutzie knows best, where templates are concerned.
from purex :
I left DiaryLand for LiveJournal, but I still come back to read my favorites, and wanted to let you know that I love your diary! My mom is an elementary school teacher and my dad is a college prof; I'm really enjoying your entries. :)
from darkbeans :
good luck with the party. and i agree. tequila is the best cure. or at least that's what my uncles said growing up.
from invisibledon :
Excellent banner and a not so shabby song -
from darkbeans :
we use last names at our school. but of course some of the kids just call fucker or asshole. : ) i always tought speedos or boxers wer beside the point it was all about what's inside... but i've got limited experience with that, so i leave it to the experts. have a good last 7 weeks!!
from teachin-usa :
I often wonder why the teachers don't fight it. I think a lot of us have been worn down and bullied to such a degree that we become brainwashed. A kind of mild Stockholm Syndrome. At your school do teachers go by first names or last names?
from darkbeans :
yes, it sucks how we end up having to spend money on the essentials of teaching because of districts won't help us help the students. isn't that the business of a SD?! i too have spent ungodly amounts. my non-teacher friends cannot believe we end up doing this for our job. but what can we do? as a lifer, as you put it, i feel a bit isolated from the working culture in the USA. and i would normal cheer such detachment from cutthroat capitalism if it were not for NCLB policies. i feel i have been dumped in with the sharks. sorry, my 25 cents...
from frustronaut :
Y Tu Mama Tambien - not yet. Amores Perros either. I'm quite a fresh convert to the cult of Gael :) I've seen Bad Education, the Diaries and Sin Noticias De Dios where he played only a small part, but to me it was a revelation. PS: I really like your diary, especially your school stories. Kids are hilarious.
from july28 :
It must have been SO hard not to touch a brand new baby! xxxxx
from so-then-what :
hey! if a lame-o internet quiz says that I'm the most amazing person, who am I to question it?
from so-then-what :
I followed your banner and decided to stay. You're on my buddy list now.
from so-then-what :
I followed your banner and decided to stay. You're on my buddy list now.
from july28 :
Thanks SO much for adding me to your buddy list! Your diary looks awesome....so much for me to enjoy catching up on. Thanks again xxxxx
from kellbelle :
Math was always really hard for me, and it seems to be hard for my 4th grader, too. It's even harder teaching something hard to someone who thinks it's hard! LOL
from kellbelle :
I'm aware of the traditions of Passover, just didn't quite know how to say Happy Passover! LOL My daughter (she's 9) attended a Seder last night and she was singing along even though she didn't know any of the words (or so I was told) hehe She does that with songs on the radio, too. She even found the afikomen (is that how you spell it?)
from kellbelle :
I've been lurking for a while and just wanted to say how much I enjoy your writing. My daughter is the age of your students and I get a kick out of reading what happens in your classroom. Your words about the virgin touched me. I'm a recovering Catholic hehe I'm about to be married in the Episcopal church. I find it to be a lot closer to what I can identify with and I already know all the prayers and songs! The one benefit about being a Catholic ;) I don't know if it's appropriate, but Happy Passover :)
from sunnflower :
Love your writing and hope you will upgrade your diaryland account so that your readers could leave comments on individual entries! Or maybe get Haloscan notes.
from frustronaut :
oh yes, gael garcia bernal is super sweet. have you seen the Motorocycle Diaries? you should :]
from darkbeans :
yes this IS teaching in the USA. argh!!!
from sunnflower :
Hi from Suburban Island. I came in through your banner and just wanted to say I enjoyed reading about your teaching adventures.
from myagi :
Oh totally...I show the episode of "The Raven" to my Freshmen, and the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" episode to my Sophomores. Sometimes Homer just says it best.
from suzza :
Dude, the simpsons got me through highschool . . . ;)
from geeked-out :
He didn't want to help you because you were white? Where do you live?
from fridayfilms :
Hey, thanks so much for adding me. I'm going to check you out on my day off.
from grandbeach :
I think when a student stops by to visit that it is a huge compliment. It means you did something right and impacted their lives somehow that they feel the needs, years later, to come see you. And to be an elementary teacher and have that sort of impact must be an amazing feeling. I think that would be one of the most rewarding parts of being a teacher (other than you know, actually teaching, getting a kid to read and whatnot). Not that I'm a school teacher or anything, but I know that I only visited teachers I felt made an impact on my life somehow. So kudos to you.
from hissandtell :
I just clicked on your yellow 3-D banner, darling - loved it (and suspected it was yours). This entry had me chuckling - I don't think I'll ever be able to feel quite the same way about Huevos Rancheros for breakfast ever again! Love, R xxx
from jordicat :
so is it eggs or juevos that mean balls in spanish?
from darkbeans :
i feel the same way...my PD is weds. and it always sucks the life out of me. i feel we're all being made to act and teach the same with no individualism left. if i didn't ignore them as best i could, i run scream from the room. sigh. at lest i onl have three more to go...summer time here i come...
from myagi :
Could I steal your template? Oh pretty please?
from geeked-out :
That’s disgusting and hilarious. How could she not smell it though? I know when I'm stinky. Of course if I ever pooped in my pants I'm sure I wouldn't have the guts to bring them to a public Laundromat. I'd throw them away. Not that I've pooped my pants recently, I don't care what you've heard. All lies I tell you.
from geeked-out :
Hi! Thanks for adding me. and correcting me on the word. I changed it on the banner. =)
from ladybugge :
Just catching up on your entries. Glad to hear the field trip went well. Even homeschooling there is some pressure to conform 'to the tests.' Fortunately so far my kids have had to no trouble with them. I really sympathize with how hard a job teaching is. I could never do it. You sound to me like a terrific teacher, although since I've never seen you teach I don't know if that has much weight for you. Still, I mean it. A hearty Good Job! You certainly deserve it.
from mom-on-roof :
I'm just beginning to feel the new added pressures the schools are placing on the children with all the testing. I think it took a little longer to hit Pennsylvania, for whatever structural reason, but it's here. I didn't think of the whole "contract" aspect too, until you mentioned it, I thought all the pressure came from state funding. It all adds up to detriment to the learning process, works against our children, not FOR them. I join you in your battle cry!
from vagabondess :
haha, are you in l.a.? sounds like it. you're not doing teach for america by chance are you?
from darkbeans :
i hear you on the spelling errors.
from darkbeans :
i've been reading some of your entries. alternating between a smile and grimace and nodding head. if you're an english teacher, and can use the help, i have another site: www.lessmad.com
from hissandtell :
I'm catching up on your recent entries, darling, and sitting here choking with laughter about how some of the boys thought the baby came out of the butt. When my husband was a bratty know-all kid at boarding school, he had all his friends in awe because HE alone knew that "women have three holes". Fortunately, he's learned a lttle since then... Love, R xxx
from darkbeans :
you and i are in the same crappy boat. sigh. it doesn't make our jobs any easier, does it?
from darkbeans :
why is your SD so corrupt?
from grandbeach :
Ahh. I can't believe I haven't done this yet.... I would like to wish you the best on your marriage. I hope you all are very happy together (and that the move up here isn't too bad, lol).
from grandbeach :
Just curious, but do they not have a sort of sex education/family life curriculum? Sorta seems like they don't really. In grade 3,5,7,9, and 10 we go over all that sort of thing, although talk about periods, and eggs, and sperm doesn't happen until grade 5. And when we'd enter those units in class, our parents would have to sign notes saying it was okay (which all the parents did anyways). I've sort of always heard they don't do much of that in the states so kudos to you for taking the initiative with kids who really do need to know.
from musicman6724 :
What do you mean there's no Santa????
from ladybugge :
Mazel Tov! ... and for the job, Mazel Tov! as well.
from yamaa :
Congratulations! "May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."
from caffeinegeek :
Congratulations!
from vividdreamer :
Congratulations!
from teacherlady2 :
You know, I don't want to come off as a know it all or anything, but you might consider wearing more than "just a cute shirt." Obviously going bottomless would get you attention, but I'm not sure it's the kind you want at an interview *grin* Seriously, I hope you get a job offer soon and congrats on the wedding.
from suzza :
Yeah, the fraser valley :) Not bad enough to be from surrey but not rich enough for maple ridge ;). Somewhere in there... Um, no I'm not having a tonn of trouble with school. I'm one of those lucky girls who finds it very easy to coast.. it's just I don't do as well as I could, but I'm not about to fail out or anything. Congrats on the wedding etc.
from suzza :
Ohhh, victoria, awesome! Not too far from where I'm from. You're not Canadian, are you? (If you are then I am very behind with things ^_^).
from grrl-blog :
sounds beautiful. sometimes i feel like i am never going to own a nice house with greenery and garden and barbeque potential. a lot of people never do. i'm trying to think of some upbeat potential of the future way of ending this note, but i'm too tired to be clever. ;)
from tfpanthers13 :
Hi! I just wanted to say that I just stumbled upon this journal and think it's hysterical! I'm definatly going to begin reading this from the start! kerri http://home.comcast.net/kerris4321
from hissandtell :
Hi - please forgive my rudeness for not leaving you a note earlier. I was seriously thrilled to see you were reading my diary and had added me to your buddies' list. I've actually read your diary a number of times in the past (I've seen your name at teacherlady's page) and really enjoyed it. This week I'm going to start back at your first entries and read through - so far, I must say, your Academic New Year's Resolutions are both highly admirable and wildly amusing! Thanks again. Love, R xxx
from musicman6724 :
I love your banner!!! My daughter and I have been saying this for a long time. At least a variation of it. Oh. I'm talking about the "No Child Left Behind" banner. My daughter, who will be 16 this month, said "No child left behind, means no child moves forward." Same sentiment as your banner. But the fact that you are a teacher validates the belief even more. I stumbled across your diary from a different banner. I believe it was the one based on "The Wall." I made you a favorite immediately. Teachers rock. Especially ones who truly love and care about teaching. If you're interested at all, my daughter's diary handle is ghostiness. In my opinion, she's brilliant. I know you hear that a lot, but I really believe that. How many 15 year-old kids do you know that love Dickens and Oscar Wild? Anyway...I'll shut up now.
from cdives :
Are you seriously moving to Canada? Victoria is beutiful. I lived on Vancouver Island for a year and a half. There was 3 days of snow. Flowers are blooming in Victoria today (March 12). Check out www.educationcanada.com you can post your resume for school boards to see, as well as create a personalized job mailer that will send you information when a job comes up that meets your criteria.
from cdives :
Sometimes I wonder how stuck in the sand my head is. It never occured to me that a gang would have a website. It makes sense though. And you're right, a lot can be learned from that website. I am intrigued though at how all the faces and identifying tatoos seem to have been blocked out, with a few exceptions. I wonder why those certain faces were not blocked out.
from breezip :
Wow - really nice journal you have. I'm reading from the beginning...thanks for being out there. --Bree
from nagvioli :
my goodness...sometimes i just can't believe the world we make for our children to live in. that poor little girl. my heart goes out to her.
from ladybugge :
My experience from getting two cats to Israel (with my sister's help). You can have the cat with you in the cabin, in a soft carrier. Don't. Cat will be happier in the baggage compartment and will (probably) eventually go to sleep in the carrier for the duration of the trip.//Put tucks pads in the bottom of the carrier instead of trying to come up with unspillable kitty litter. They worked fine for the more than fourteen hour trip they had coming here//Upset/scared/pissed cats Shed. A lot. Don't worry, it's not a sign of anything really wrong.//Spending all the time you can getting cat accustomed to carrier and/or car will not change the fact that cat will *know* something us up the day you are leaving. And cat will stress, will fight, will hide if possible, will make you late for the plane if you don't allow lots and Lots of time for cat prep.//They don't need food for a short trip, and all they do is make a mess.//The cat will be recovered and the trauma of the trip forgotten while humans are still bandaging cat-inflicted wounds and having nightmares.//Lock cat in a small space (an empty closet, say) to make locating cat much easier when the time comes to stuff him/her into the carrier for the real trip.//Wear serious work gloves for handling cat.//Doesn't matter what size carrier you get, it will be too small to stuff the cat into easily, and too large to carry comfortably. Good luck, hope the flight is easy and relatively painless. :-) I don't know what airline you are using, or what their policy is. El Al charged better than $250/cat to travel, whether in the cabin or in the hold. And then had a little trouble locating the cat (one of them) at the other end. You wouldn't think it would be so hard. But the cats seem truly happy with the result (being with us), if not with the process. All my best wishes in everything. Lb
from teacherlady2 :
Most vets advise against tranqulizing cats on flights and airlines really don't want them tranqed either. So the best thing you can do is get your kitty used to it's carrier. Start making it fun to be in there and do not shut the door until kitty is willingly going in the carrier (or it's time for the flight, whichever comes first). If you do things like feed kitty in the carrier, especially a tasty food he doesn't get often. Throw toys in the carrier and play with him in the carrier. Either when kitty gets used to the carrier or about 2-3 weeks before the flight, start taking kitty out for car rides. The first time should be really short, gradually extend the length of time. Oh yeah, before you get a carrier, check with the airline for their requirements. They may require you to have certain things with the cat that would mean you would need a bigger carrier.
from teacherlady2 :
Time magazine had an article recently titled "Parents Behaving Badly." It's about how parents interact with teachers and how much teachers dislike interacting with parents. It was interesting. If you'd like to email me your mailing address, I'll send you a copy of the article. My email is [email protected]
from grlscout :
The Sweathogs - that is too funny. I'm glad to know another fan of the divine Mr. Bobarino. Maybe it was the comb in his back pocket?
from suzza :
In the end, do you like what you do? Is it... worth... it? - university hopefull #5862
from grrl-blog :
If it makes you feel better, my sofa is an 8 year old futon mattress whose frame was thrown away long ago. (because it used to be my bed; it was metal and squeeked very loudly)
from janitor-x :
"The goal of a good scientist is (D) to describe and explain nature because a scientist needs to know the facts about whatever he is going to explain to others. If the scientist doesn't know what he is explaining, he would not be a good scientist. I think my next question should be "What makes a good President"." Oh HELL YEAH!!! You have some brilliant kids in your class, BTW. I feel honored to have an entry dedicated to me. ^_^
from caffeinegeek :
My other half and I have a house rule about blogs, message boards and usenet. We don't read what the other person writes. That doesn't mean we keep anything secret, but we make a point of not reading each other's musings. It helps. Anyway, just thought I'd share. Not sure if it even applies to your situation.
from grrl-blog :
LOL, wow. Dukes of Hazard in the classroom?? Anyway, fuck what D says about what you are "supposed to" write in your diary. Write whatever the hell you want. So what if it wanders into personal territory? Diaries are allowed to change and grow with/like the people that write them. What does he care what a bunch of strangers think about things anyway? My diary is cathartic. I started my new (current) diary when I realized that way too many people I actually know were reading it for me to just unload without apologies. I feel ya on the depression whatnot. But just keep in mind that feeling shitty does always pass, it's just hard to see how when you're in the middle of it. Keep strong, and honest with yourself.
from wifemotherme :
Ok I clicked on your banner - Hey Teacher we don't need no dark sarcasm in the class room. Pink Floyd the wall right? Holy hell I always thought that line was "we don't need no dukes of Hazard in the classroom" - who said Diaryland cant be educational! See your off to a great start as a teacher - taught me something!
from grandbeach :
As long as you can get certified in BC you shouldn't have too much of a problem getting a teaching job. The job futures website indicates that only 2% (across canada) of elementary school teachers are unemployed compared to the national average for all occupations of 5%. And the fact that you already have experience means you're a better candidate than those who just graduated:) You may not find anything your first year here, but you can always do substitute teaching that year. I'm sure you'll find something though. Also, it seems there's a trend going on in public schools with regards to offering additional languages (ie: other than french and english) could be something to look into perhaps. Good Luck. PS. I completely understand the "dining room table" thing. But at least you figured it all out and are aware of what's going on. Now hopefully everything can be "fixed".
from ladybugge :
A tickle fight sounds fun. Can we bring the kids? :-)
from grrl-blog :
nice new look. you may know this, but muscle weighs more than fat. so it's entirely possible that you are taking off fat & gaining muscle. weight alone isn't really a good indication of health within certain parameters. try getting your body fat index taken, measuring your heart rate after cardio exercise, etc.
from janitor-x :
hey Ms. Brazil...I think you're a little too nice to the evangelicals trying to persuade you and yours into singing religious songs and talking about religion in a public school. If there's one thing I hate, it's well-meaning but small-minded people trying to tell me that theirs is the only way. I would have called them on it. Then again, my interpersonal skills are pretty much nonexistent. Anyway, it's good to see that you seem to be having a better week after a difficult few days there. Keep on going. The school year is more than half over, right?
from cdives :
Thanks for the notes in my guestbook. Its good to hear from you. Cindy
from vividdreamer :
My GOD. That tops any story I've got, even though I did have a particularly tough day.
from apathyascend :
I'm glad there's teachers like you that can see that the system is retarded and speak out against it. Maybe if I had a teacher like you when I was in school, I wouldn't have dropped out. So many just have their heads so far lodged up their ass that it's sickening, and it's no wonder they just spew forth regurgitated information that they, themselves, have no idea if it's correct of incorrect. I give you many props and apologize for seeming like a jerk.
from teacherlady2 :
I certainly hope that your school is good about pressing criminal charges in cases like this. I also hope the lunchlady isn't in any trouble. I'll go back to my original statment, "some people just shouldn't procreate."
from apathyascend :
Just read your note. Well, I'm glad you're not like a lot of teachers and don't care who's getting left behind and whatnot. For a while, I wanted to become a teacher, part of me still does, but I'd be fired immediately for having my own agenda, besides the students learning the truth of a lot of matters. What's terrible is that I was reading a study that showed over 1,000 or so high school and middle school text books contained erroneous information. They teach us about Columbus, but they leave out the part about him raping and slaughtering the natives. They teach us about Roosevelt and the Panama canal, but they leave the fact out that we stole the area and put a canal there for our own benefit. I just wish schools would teach the real goings-on in our tainted history, instead of spinning it in an "America is the best!" kind of way. It irritates me to no end. But, I'm glad you're doing your part to change that. You know you're doing something right when you get a lot of grief over your teaching style.
from apathyascend :
I absolutely hated school. Technically, they thought I shouldn't have since I was in AP classes, and I guess that's some sign of interest. School either makes you or breaks you. They don't prepare you for real life whatsoever. All school does is assimilate you into the system, and cultivate you for years, forcefully showing you what they feel is acceptable and what is not, until the day finally approaches where they hand you that diploma -- their approval stamping that says you're blind enough to go out and join the herd, and hopefully you won't ask too many questions. If I ever have children (God help all of us), they're going to be home-schooled. And so they're not complete hermits, I'd encourage them to join any social activities they'd like. I wish all schools K-12, would be reduced to flaming crators and ash piles.
from clashluver :
Hi, I'm mikaylah and I'm 15 years old. Public school has been both a frustrating and incredibly rewarding and fullfilling experience for me. I've been active within my system to try and make direct changes, to uncover what is necessary and keep what is brilliant, the idea of public education has excited me since I was 5. I really admire what you're doing, it's a profession I'm considering. And I'm adding you.
from msmmack :
No, don't hold back... tell us how you feel about the banner! *eyeroll* Very cool diary.
from apathyascend :
That's a completely terrible banner, and of course, by terrible I mean shitty -- the content makes me want to be impaled, cornea-first into rusty 4-foot spikes.
from shobie :
I found you on the recently updated list, and I think that your diary is just the coolest thing. I never really expected a teacher to have an online diary, and I find yours incredibly interesting.
from vividdreamer :
Damn, what a hell of a blow to you--not to mention Carlos. I'm sorry...something along the same lines happened to me last year, and I ended up feeling like a 380 lb. wrestler had gut-punched me repeatedly with brass knuckles. It sucks on so many levels, and knowing that you're helpless to change the situation certainly doesn't make it any better. I really hope Carlos is okay, and also that you can find a way to adequately vent your frustration without strangling someone. Maybe he'll come back, maybe he won't, but just keep reminding yourself of the progress you made with him and that you did everything within your power to change the situation. (Trust me, I know that tired old cliche' isn't not any consolation, but it's all you can do at this point.) People who say, "My god, you're a TEACHER--all that time off, all those benefits, those easy hours...you've got it MADE"--can kiss my ass. Throw them into a classroom setting with kids like yours and mine and I'd bet (LOTS of) money that they wouldn't last three days. Hell, most of them wouldn't even last three hours. Those who haven't walked in a teacher's shoes have no idea what they're talking about, and hearing them make my job sound so easy makes me want to knock them on their asses. *Empathetic vibes and virtual hugs from Louisiana*
from myagi :
I have been reading your diary for a couple of months now, finding the odd similarities between you and I (I teach at an Alternative High School that caters to addicts, behavior issues, and pregnant teens). I have been so heart-wrenched as I read about the trials of Carlos 2, and identified him with the childhood many of my "babies" have lived. His removal from your classroom is felt keenly in my own heart. If he is, indeed dead by 20, know that you were probably a safe and special memory for at least part of that time. Best wishes.
from ladybugge :
I get the not littering, and the recycling, but did they pass a law against arguing in public in Canada? I better stay away. ;-)
from ladybugge :
I checkout the game. The kids like it but it has a frustrating 'feature' which is that sometimes when you hit the right answer it says "no, here's the right answer" and highlights what you just clicked on. But the kids like it, so I'm not arguing.
from teacherlady2 :
One of the best things that happened to me during the hurricanes was me bringing my phone out of the bedroom. I had to because it was the only phone that didn't require electricity. Somehow, I never got around to putting it back in my bedroom, so I'm not disturbed by phone calls anymore. Although there are a few times when I've heard noises and wished I had a phone by my bed--just in case.
from ladybugge :
Okay, that didn't work. :-) Sorry. Go ahead and delete these notes if you want, I won't miss 'em. Lb
from ladybugge :
?????? -- Karmiel (or Carmiel, it's spelled both ways) is just about due east of Acco, and west and south of Tzfat (also spelled Sfat, Zefat, and uncountable other variations). It's in a valley where the upper and lower Galil meet, the northern part of Israel. It was founded in 1964 so an older map might well not show it, but you can find it on the web (I just did a search to check that). I want to know if the Hebrew shows up, so apologies if there is garbage at the beginning of the note.
from caffeinegeek :
That's so cool that you like Diane Arbus. Last year I saw a wonderful exhibit of her family portraits at Mt. Holyoke College's art museum. Neat stuff.
from vividdreamer :
A two inch gash? With safety scissors? Good grief. Sad thing is, I totally believe it, because I've seen similar things happen before. How the hell do kids manage to pull that shit off? I have parent-teacher conferences tomorrow, so I'm trying to "steel" (pun intended ;-)) myself for the agony of dealing with the mindless twits who procreated and produced their equally senseless and disrespectful offspring. Just. Kidding. (Sorta.) Keep the elementary mini-dramas coming!
from grandbeach :
Although it's not fair to the preschoolers, it is equally unfair to the students in your class. I know people spew about integration and all that, but seriously, when it's going to interupt everyone else's education, it's crap. Hopefully there's a way to get that misbehaving Carlos the Second out of your class since it seems the kids work better without his disruptions. :)
from ilikechucks :
Where I'm from, they locked the schools library's up. "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —bush Well certainly not if you can't even provide books. I loved your banner.
from teacherlady2 :
How about Brazil-Literature? Although it's probably not nearly as clever with the actual last names inserted :o)
from mom-on-roof :
Just popping in to say hello and that I enjoy your diary, especially the little things you include about the differences in culture. I don't exactly get much opportunity to learn much of that here in SteelTown, USA.
from herdarlinsin :
I think youre funny. At least the best part fo the party came towards the end eh?
from grrl-blog :
Can't say as I feel terrible for someone getting punished for calling someone a "fag." Getting fired over it may be somewhat extreme, maybe he should have been forced to watch Ma Vie En Rose (My Life In Pink) instead & write an essay about it. Heh. Cellular calls do show up on caller IDs & star 69s. Probably without much effort someone could have traced the phone call to you. And just a btw, thanks for all your advice & support over the past couple months!
from candoor :
hope you feel better :)
from hamiltonian :
I like that supersize entry.. i will check that film out
from teachin-usa :
testing
from rachelliz :
I found you through a banner ad and have been enjoying reading! Funny kid conversations you've been having. You sound like a great teacher.
from twisted-mind :
Well, when I said mostly African American (stats I think were 30% black, 55% white and 15% "other") I meant more than here. I'm in Idaho now, which is mostly white but the area we are in is farm land and has lots of Mexican farm workers. My son is in the Head Start program and I am pretty sure most of them speak Spanish at home. The Head start program does a very good job of helping the kids and parents learn both languages. Man, I am trying not to sound like a prejudice white lady but its hard to speak freely without using all the proper terms we have now days. Sorry if I'm coming across as an ass.
from twisted-mind :
To be honest I don't really know how many copies they are allowed. They have two machines, one is only for 5 copies or less and they have to put their code in. The other is for 20 copies or more. I'd say on average I make 500 - 700 copies a week, mostly math since they have no math books to give the kids. I think I've become the 5th grade copy mom, because I make 90 copies of almost everything (which would be 3, 5th grade classes worth). And I agree if I was the bilingual child's parents I would complain too because they aren't getting a chance to learn everything when they are translating it. The weird thing is when we lived in Washington State (which is mostly African American) they taught Spanish beginning in kindergarten, but here they don't teach it at all. Go figure.
from twisted-mind :
Reading todays entry makes me realize how lucky I am that my 10 year old child doesn't even know what weed smells like. My daughter's school is 40% Mexican and they have students who don't speak English but instead of having teachers who speak Spanish they have the other students translate. Isn't that stupid?
from candoor :
happy new year :)
from grandbeach :
Merry Christmas! Hope you're having fun while in Canada.
from grandbeach :
You definetly need to move to Canada. We don't get surprised about 2 languages (however speak more and you might get the ole "wow, that's awesome, good for you").
from caffeinegeek :
I totally see your point on that. Please keep us updated on how the complaint goes.
from vividdreamer :
Yes, yes, and YES! If all the higher-ups would just butt the hell out of our business (inspecting BOOKS? wtf?) and better attend to the discipline problems (the kids at my school are Hellions, and seldomly get punished for major infractions), we'd have a lot more time to do what we're there for. You know, like *teaching*. Gah. Keep the rants coming...I love reading your perspective on things, because I often share exactly the same sentiments.
from grandbeach :
It's not so much that it's white there, there's a lot of asian people. But they aren't going to want to learn spanish. They want english, maybe french since that's our other language. Maybe you could teach high school spanish. Lots of schools are offering spanish (starting in high school though since before that they have to learn french) as an option course. But your spanish skills will be FAR superior, FAR FAR superior, lol. Good luck with getting the required permits and whatnot, I've heard it's really hard for people that aren't from the states, so remember that when you're dealing with all the bs, you've got it better than others, lol. ya so I wrote a lot, so I'm gonna go now...
from lollygrass :
Thanks! Oh wait, can I say that to a compliment on my diary? :) That is hilarious about the person saying thanks about his dog's cuteness. Whatever! ha ha ha
from teachersrock :
Hey, thanks for adding me! I really appreciate it. I hope you and your family are doing well. Note me or e-mail me anytime! ~*Stephanie*~
from twisted-mind :
Being the parent of a 5th grader I love reading your diary because it gives me insight as to what my daughter's teacher must think. I'm the "copy mom" at school and really enjoy seeing the teachers as people, with first names not "bosses" with just last names.
from ladybugge :
In Hebrew they are Sufganiyot. We had some tonight, yumm! :-) Lb
from jordicat :
thanks for the note. I think I will be ok in spanish. I enjoy reading your diary, but it makes me wonder what I am getting into sometimes. I am going to school now to be a highschool teahcer. back to studying for me.
from teacherlady2 :
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I do believe I am going to start reading your diary. It looks right up my alley :o)
from nagvioli :
I CAN'T STAND THOSE BILINGUAL FODLERS!! one thing i will NEVER miss from the classroom. except in my district they're called "at risk" folders. ALL of my students got an "at risk" folder simply because they were bilingual students. WHAT AN INSULT TO MY STUDENTS. i never called them that and instead changed it to "bilingual folders" and told the officials they were labeling my kids "at risk" of dropping out simply becuase they spoke another language and that was unacceptable for me. needless to say, they're still called "at risk" folders by everyone else. what bull crap!
from yoko-chan :
yes..ur banner did catch my attention. it is kool. well im a high school STUDENT in japan. im in senior year. well i was reading your diary and i love it. well i have a diary too..well its more like MY selfish emotions and stuff like that so maybe you can check it out sometime. hehe. u will be in my fave.
from sophiafc :
Hi, your banner caught my eye, about the no child left behind. I agree with you, I'm actually a future teacher myself (I'm currently a junior in college) and I'm currently taking a second language acquisition class and we just learned about this. Just thought I'd drop a note :). Oh btw, I plan on teaching in an inner-city school upon graduating college and I hope to focus on literacy and reading with my English minor :)!
from vividdreamer :
Just kept nodding my head the whole time about how right you are. NCLB is a royal pain in my ass too, and even though I'm in a relatively rural area, I have many of the same complaints. Keep preaching it, sister! ;-)
from ladybugge :
Hello, just read a bunch in your diary. I'm glad to have read your teaching tales. Looking forward to reading more. Be well and Gd bless, Lb
from nagvioli :
HA!! invented grades HA!!! boy, do i know those days!
from indigo-love :
hee hee. great banner. what a bummer about the election, eh? :(
from vividdreamer :
Just found your diary via a banner, and I'm loving what I've read so far. You're going on my favorites list--I'm excited about reading more from a fellow teacher!
from enigma104 :
Hey, I came across one of your banners(No Child Left Behind), and I really like your journal, so I added it to my list. I hope you don't mind? Cheers :)
from blueangel333 :
Are you teaching Science only, or are you focusing on Science because it's your specialty?

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