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Part 2 A ~Real~ Day in My Life ..

This is the second half of a real day in my life, January 5th, 2007, which actually started on the previous blog entry. This is part 2.
(See also:Part 1 and Part 1.5.

11:40 a.m. Bring students in from playground, try to take electronic attendance — the network is still down. Grr…

Argh! And that scraps my computer lab lesson plans. Okay. No habitat research online. Fine. We’ll just move on to Social Studies and extend the period, then we’ll transition to writing a little early and extend that period as well.

11:52 p.m. ran finger over laptop mouse and was surprised when the screen didn’t light up. 🙁 This comp is never off when I am at work. My lesson plans are in there!

1:07 p.m.
I decide to do some grading while my students work on their writing. My grade book is electronic. Pft.

1:10 p.m. living dangerously — I am about to open my novel and read while my students write. I hope they don’t know that if I get really into the book, they could all get up and leave without me noticing.

1:24 p.m. Cindy comes to me and says, “I can’t spell inbaressed. It isn’t in the dictionary.”

I said, “It starts with e-m.”

She said, “Why? That’s silly.”

“Embarrassed,” I said slowly. “E-m. Trust me.”

“Okay,” she said, “I’ll look, but I’m sure you’re wrong.” She went back to her seat. I watched her flip the dictionary pages. She stopped, ran her finger down the page, stopped again, then looked up at me in surprise.

Fancy that. Teacher is right.

1:48 p.m. Still no Internet.

I forgot to go to the bathroom at lunch time and there are still 51 minutes to break. Argh!

2:15 p.m. the NCLB tutor students leave for their special class.

2:17 p.m. the NCLB special tutor students return to get their tutoring notebooks and pencils.

2:32 p.m. We’ve been listening to Mr. Texas-Drawl through the wall for over 45 minutes. He hasn’t stopped talking. I wonder when his kids have any time to get their work done. Mr. Texas-Drawl comes through the door talking. He gives my class the Vince Lombardo-Jim Valvano speech he just gave his own. We all stare at him in shock. He ltells a joke, laughs at it all by himelf, then leaves the room as abruptly as he arrived.

2:40 p.m. I tell my students to “Clean it up and get ready to go.” Chaos ensures for 60 seconds while bags are packed, chairs are stacked and the homework assignment is repeated 16 times. My kids march off to P.E. I march off for my daily professional development class.

3:30 p.m. bell rings, kids leave, silence falls

3:35 p.m. I look at my laptop and realize I could have used the computer any time I liked. All I had to do before I turned it back on was unplug from the school network and Internet. I was told to turn it off. I turned it off. How can I expect to teach the kids to think when I just blindly follow orders?

4:00 p.m. home, check the net, change my clothes, head for the gym.

4:35 p.m. weigh-in. My weight stayed exactly the same. I think that is pretty good considering the holidays. I didn’t lose, but I didn’t gain, either. I lost a few more inches, and my body fat dropped three-tenths of a percent. Not great strides, but any loss is better than a gain.

4:50 p.m. exercise routine (45 minutes), and then home for the evening. A little dinner, a little Internet, a little novel reading, and bed.

I hope you enjoyed this day in my life.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. This was a great idea! Especially since you have such an INTERESTING life! It really took me back to my days in the elementary classroom! No… I don’t wanna go back. But I enjoy remembering them. But then I got thinking…. my days in the High School classroom are really not much different! Same kids – just a few years older! Still fun! Still wanna thwap ’em! Sometimes do.

    I haven’t been around in awhile, so it was fun catching up with ya! HURRAH for not GAINING over the holidays! I gained FIVE POUNDS! Ugh! They’re coming off now though! I’m working at Curves now! 2-3 days a week. Still subbing the other days! I’m likin’ this!


  2. Hey Quill

    Thanks for sharing your “Day In The Life”. But this is only Monday to Friday.

    What about your Saturday and of course we know Church on Sunday.

    Blessings for a wonderful Sunday.

    PS, I think I’ll have Chicken for Supper.

  3. Melli — great to see you! I’ll have to stop by your blog soon! That 5 pounds will come right back off, and they’ll take some friends with them.

    Cindra & Nessa — thank you!

    Bill — Saturday, Sidewalk in the a.m., chores and rest in afternoon. Sunday, church in the a.m., chores and rest in afternoon.

  4. i thought i’d stop by your place to say hi. 🙂
    i’ve enjoyed reading about a day in your life. i think you got yourself a regular reader 🙂

  5. CLEARLY, those two students from the previous post need to be held back, as well as the imbarased one who thought YOU were wrong. Is she NUTS??!!

    Good for you on the weight loss, or inches lost. I wish you much success as you continue to reach your weight loss goals.

    My kitchen does get messy, but I don’t let it stay messy for long. I just slaved over a hot skillet and made several grilled cheese sandwiches. That skillet will not stay on the stove. No way! Into the dishwasher it will go, so my new kitchen will look tidy and shiny once again. But you can come and mess it up if you want to as long as you cook something good and fattening! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your weight loss/stabilizing.

    Your day sound full of challenges and laughter shared. What a great way to spend them!

  7. Jamie — Cindy isn’t nuts, she’s a second language learner. They often hear and pronounce new words incorrectly. And she never believes anything anybody says. She’s a “show me” girl.

    As for the cooking — Chicken Alfredo from scratch? Pies, cookies and cakes on my specialties — oh, and puddings from scratch. And I have a special shrimp salad recipe that gets me rave reviews.

    Katie — that’s what keeps me young!

  8. Would that be THE shrimp salad that I love? Yum! Mom’s tried to show me how to make it and I just can’t get the dressing to come out right.

  9. Nope, Brooke — the shrimp salad i make is not my momma’s recipe. For one thing, I don’t have any of my mother’s recipes, and for another, this one is gasp better!

  10. Hi Quill

    I was just going to stop by and let you know my Dad’s Hobo Stew recipe is up on my blog and you already found it. Glad it brough back some happy memories.

    Melli stopped by my blog this morning, I’ve returned the visit and commented and liked her blog so much made a link for it.

    I was just having a bit of fun with you about Saturday and Sunday, I know you are busy with your sidewalk church for the kids on Saturday and your own church on Sunday.


  11. I meant to leave a comment here when I visited last night, but, by the time I got through your post I passed out, exhausted.

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