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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 10:06 pm
i hope you all had a great holiday and that it was everything you hoped it would be.

mine went all right. except for the three straight days i spent in bed with the never-ending migraine. i was totally unproductive and now i have to say even more that i really, really do not want to go back to school on monday.

i really need more vacation time.
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Saturday, November 28th, 2009 09:22 pm
oh, yeah, it went to nanowrimo. and yeah, i got there this year. 57,328 :)

and it went to finishing up a brutal trimester. i get 100 new kids and a new student teacher on monday.

and it went, at least the last few days, to a 25 pound turkey and all the trimmings for my loved ones, shopping today, and making 3 pans of lasagne tomorrow.

and laundry. can't forget laundry.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 06:30 pm
three days in i'm up to 8800 words of word vomit in this year's quest to really abuse myself during the merry month of november.

it's funny. i'm not really feeling much pressure to perform here, yet i do have words down. most years i've felt more pressure, and only once did i come close to getting the 50k.

this time, we shall see.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 06:15 pm
ah, gotta love the state. they just cut another $300 per pupil from district funding for this year with undoubtedly more to come next year. this state is a sink/hell hole. so i'm sure we're in for another round of teacher layoffs since we can't possibly cut admin or their salaries and it's not like teachers do anything in the educative process except fuck it up unlike all those management types the business model of public education cannot do without.

but, for better or worse, the trimester is over in less than 20 class periods. of course we still don't have a viable final exam as the bitch who was supposed to revise it for the last two years still hasn't gotten around to it and doesn't want to give us a test she in 'good conscience' can't continue to give as it doesn't 'do justice to either the course or students.' stupid bitch has had two years teaching this course and has one prep all year as opposed to our having multiple preps and still hasn't gotten this done or right. i'm tired of having to cover/pick up the slack for the dead weight in my department.

yeah, i'm bitter as hell. but that's probably because i'm sick and cold and the weather sucks here.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 10:08 pm
oy. trying to decide if i want to stress myself this year with another round of nano. i'd have to decide pretty quickly what i wanted to work on as i've managed to ignore the possibility up until now.

there are a couple of things i could see making into my project for the month, but...oy.
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Sunday, October 18th, 2009 06:30 pm
i have a headache. i had a headache yesterday when i gave up my saturday morning to proctor the psat. i had that headache all day. i have had a headache for so long now, i can't remember when i didn't. my throat hurts off and on, and so does my tummy. this all sucks. i am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

and as i have accomplished nothing this weekend save for proctoring said test, making pizza for dinner last night, and a minor trip to kohl's to buy a pair of jeans and a jacket, i may just call it a day and go to bed.

which is where i want to be most of the time i'm at work anyway.
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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 09:14 pm
so, sogopro, aka southern gothic productions, is running a creative writing contest for four weeks starting last tuesday 9/8 with one winner a week.

guess who was week one's winner? and yes, i am still doing the happy, happy dance of joy over my two hundred words located here:
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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 09:17 am
so i'm sitting here reading the proposed changes to our contract; no raise, that gets reopened next year when they'll tell us again there's no money, which is true, but no cut in health care, which gets reopened at the end of year two.

and i'm again reminded of just how grateful i am to have kept my job through the great recession and the continuing jobless recovery. which no one seems to be paying much attention to in and amongst all the noise of the great health care debate.

it's all so damn depressing and draining, the hate from the fringe; whether it's that stupid ugly bitch yelling 'heil hitler' to the israeli talking about their national healthcare program, or the idiots screaming hate and fear at town hall meetings, or the continuing epic fail of people at all levels; men and women buying into the defense of patriarchal, patronizing, misogynistic arguments over everything from mark and jenny sanford to stargate universe.

you'd think we've come so far and yet the slightest stress makes some of us forget that certain things are not ok on a very basic human level. it's all so self-defeating.
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 11:25 pm
omg, it's the middle of august, a month i have a monumental love/hate relationship with. it's my birthday month, but it's also the time when push comes to shove and i have to gear up for the new year.

not that i haven't been working my ass off writing lesson plans, gathering resources, writing an online course, sending copies off to the print shop, getting my room in order, and other various and sundry rl type things. but now it's here. and the in-services are about to rear their ugly heads.

i hate staring down the barrel of a loaded start of a new school year.
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 02:08 pm
...comes the current push to Leave Every Child Behind. cuz biology, you know, is not enough.

as one of the two largest states buying textbooks, and i'm not sure california has enough money to buy them this year, as texas goes, so goes the rest of the nation. cuz publishers really only do a couple of minor revisions to the book they can get texas to sign off on.
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Monday, July 13th, 2009 02:48 pm
i finished and got my remix posted before the deadline. :)

and i'm currently almost finished writing lesson plans and gathering resources for the first trimester of the us history class i am starting to teach in a little over six weeks.

after that i only have the second trimester to create slideshows for, write lesson plans for, and gather resources for.

while i continue to write the online version of said course.

so of course what have i been playing with? an aeryn/gibbs fic that has pooped...uhm plopped into my brain.

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Monday, June 29th, 2009 10:32 am
this just gets more vomit inducing.

Cubby Speaks
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Saturday, June 27th, 2009 11:39 am
ok. i have been mia for a while; rl is just a crazy bitch. and i won't even try to catch up with goings on here, not because i'm not interested, but because i'm still on the clock trying to write an online course and other rl shit. but i will try to cover a few things here.

yay!me! at least my remix is finished.

on warnings: no, i will not specifically warn you upfront in big, bold letters about what i consider to be major plot points in my fic. i will specifically give you warnings about things that might trip your triggers in my a/n. if you know me you know what i mean. if you don't know me and you don't read my warnings in my a/n, well, that's not my fault.

rip neda, michael and farrah.

and last but not least, this rant )
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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 11:42 pm
thank god. i came home from class tonight and there it was...burn notice, right where it belonged on my tv. michael and fiona and sam and madelyn. so pretty and witty and come back from hiatus to save me from the suckfest this time of the year has become.

one day of school left this week. graduation tomorrow night. a weekend spent writing essay answers for the test i take on monday night. then four days of school next week, packing up my room and finals, and then i am finished. well, until the sixteenth when i go back to writing curriculum. and i have my class until the eighteenth.

see what i mean about the suckfest?
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 09:33 pm
how many times should you have to tell a student/s to sit down during a sixty minute class period? ten? twenty? thirty? more? tell them to stop talking long enough to listen to directions. tell them to get out a book, or a pencil/pen or a piece of paper and not have it take them over half the class to do that cuz they are busy doing other things like walking aimlessly around or asking to go to the bathroom so that they can answer a text message. that is if they don't sit down and try to text on the dl cuz they are so slick a teacher would never notice them doing that.

how many times do you tell a student/s to do something productive that does not involve practicing his boxing moves or copying someone else's work or throwing something at someone or stealing something from a bookbag. how many times/ways do you beg a student/s to behave like a student in a classroom appropriate way. and i don't mean sitting there silently staring and listening to the teacher spout crap. i mean work as they talk/multitask.

i mean before it becomes ridiculous and disrupting and you should have the right to ask them to leave so that the few kids in class that want to do more then socialize/be stupid in school can?
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 09:43 pm
incoherent rambling )
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 01:48 am
...but i have been really disappointed with the season finales i've watched. bones just made me go 'what?' while ncis made me go 'oh, please.' and on top of that, the scc has been canceled.

bad time to be a fan of strong women characters as they're retconned and disappeared along with any sense of organic storytelling. but at least some semblance of misogyny is alive and well.
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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 06:30 pm
Title: Ships in the Night
Author: sarahjane/[personal profile] thehallway
Rating: PG-13
Setting TF
Spoilers: I couldn’t find a single one.
Author’s Notes: This is for Susan and Susan’s mom and Catherine Bruce, all of whom could use a little relief from the tidal wave of RL, and for Eva and her mom, just because. Also, a huge shout out to Eva for the beta and for our shared love of the subject matter. And much love to my reviewers, kaz and CB and Susan for their encouragement and enthusiasm.

As always, all mistakes remain mine.

Disclaimer: Definitely not mine. They belong to Henson, Carter, Fox, Anderson, and Black. No copyright infringement intended. There is definitely no money being made. There is definitely no money being made.

Ships in the Night )
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 07:57 pm
so this is what i apparently do for fun on a saturday )
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 07:40 pm
caution: rant ahead )