Friday, January 10, 2014

Bloggers Block

The new year is supposed to equal new beginnings and here I am totally behind in my blogging and reading up on the blogs I follow!  So much for a great fresh start.  Oh well, at least I didn't make resolutions this year.  Otherwise, I would be wallowing in the epic failure of not keeping them.  To top things off, I have suffered from a severe case of writers block.  You would think with 10 snow days, sub zero temps, more snow and ice, my new job at the school and the decision to move forward with my own photography business that I would have something to write about.  But no, all I can think about is the copious amounts of coffee I have drank and the obscene number of peanut butter cookies I have eaten due to boredom!  So, I present to you...drumroll please...total and complete randomness until my muse comes back!


First, the school hired me as a Title I reading tutor which is exciting because I will finally have some symbolism of a real schedule.  I will still substitute teach when needed, but at least I will get to know some of these kids and hopefully get to really make a difference in their education. This actually reminds me of a couple adventures in subbing that I have yet to share:


1. I got flipped off and called the "b" word behind my back.
2. I had a first grader get upset because another little girl picked on her for her love of Minnie Mouse so she fled the classroom crying.  It was a moment of sheer panic because I didn't know where she went.  I should have known she would find solace in the girls bathroom.
3. I had yet another first grader melt down and refuse to go to lunch.  I had to peel her off the floor and practically carry her to the cafeteria.
4  I failed at being the harsh, rigid disciplinarian required to sub in the ISS room and they haven't asked me to do it again.
5. I had a little boy in the 4th grade pass gas only to tell me to smell the air because his, well you know, smells like an elephant's butt.
6. I have had several dirty looks from teenagers when asking them to put their cell phones away.
7. I almost started a riot in the 5th grade when I collected a bouncy ball, a Kindle and a wristwatch.  Apparently, I was being totally unfair!


Despite the above list, I have really enjoyed subbing.  The hugs I get from the kids when they see me in the hallway makes it well worth it.


2.  I have taken the plunge and started my own photography business. It's always been a hobby of mine.  I have a baby brother nine years my junior and I used to dress him up and take photos of him with my Minnie Mouse 35mm camera.  I would use my beanbag with a blanket thrown over it as a posing station.  He was a pretty good sport.  Anyway, rather than torture you any longer, I will leave you with some of my latest work.  Enjoy..


Cake smash session


My best friend's gorgeous family.


My little farm girl.


My half moons. 


Four Moons.

13 comments:

  1. Well for having writer's block you sure found a post(I'm starting on posts for May now, just saying lol), I had to snicker at the fart kid hahaha great shots indeed at your feed.

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    1. I snickered too when he told me to smell the air!! May already huh? Such an overachiever!

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    2. That's so true. When suffering from writer's block, write about suffering from writer's block. Boom! Done.

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  2. Nice pictures of better (warmer ) times. I know that subs always got treated bad, mainly because kids thought they should be allowed "play time" when the regular was gone. It left many with attitudes, and they were the ones that got the "b" word. It's a damn shame we were so stupid back then. Many of the worst offenders I knew are still stupid. Hence I avoid class reunions.

    I would definitely volunteer to take that one class to a zoo field trip, see if the keeper can arrange a butt-sniffing class for your little friend.

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    1. Yes we were pretty horrible to our subs back in the day too. I guess you have to see what you can get away with! Yes a field trip to the zoo isn't a bad idea.

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  3. Being a substitute teacher. Not unlike being a lion tamer.
    I know what you mean about the Minnie Mouse girl who cried. Those Daisy Duck groupies can be brutal.

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    1. Haha oh that made me snicker out loud!!

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  4. I know how hard teaching must be. I got nervous just doing a volunteer art project with my son's fourth grade class. My friend was kind enough to notice that I had broken into a rash. Congrats on your photography business! Love your beautiful family photos!

    Julie

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    1. Thank you! Yes, teaching definitely has it's challenges. But if I can help one child to read fluently, I will be happy!

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  5. I think all bloggers can sympathize with your writer's block. But you're hanging in there and, hopefully, you'll get into the rhythm of regular posting. In the meantime I greatly enjoyed your pictures. Take care.

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    1. Thank you! Regular posting is definitely the goal.

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  6. How does he know what an Elephant's butt smells like?

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    1. I wondered the very same thing but I was trying so hard not to bust up laughing it was best I didn't ask!

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