ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
A list of happy things:

My mum and my sister visiting
My students, who are creative and loving and adorable
4.0 GPA
The book Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Being totally done with my M.Ed.
Latest episodes of Welcome to Night Vale
Being almost done with the grant
Seeding the bookclub suggestion list with queer sci-fi books
The therapists and aides who work with my students - they're all amazing
Writing fic again (and writing fic with my best friend)
Lovely comments from people on LJ/DW
Only 4 more days left of school!

What's something happy in your life now?

*waves*

Dec. 1st, 2013 12:44 am
ekaterinn: (the seasons of my discontent (selphish))
Um, hi. So I got into a bad car accident, and then I went back to school, and then I spent several months feeling like I was walking through molasses, and then I figured out that I was probably having a depressive episode. So I'm trying to get back in touch with people and communities, and I thought I'll try to post something here.

I've been listening to Welcome to Night Vale and doing some writing, though nothing publishable. I'm working on a grant for my classroom, and I took the GRE (my Verbal score was awesome, but my Quant score was abyssal). I'm thinking about dating again.

ETA: I just made a tumblr thing: http://ekaterinn.tumblr.com/ If you are reading this and you have a tumblr, I'll love to follow you!
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
Positives for today: I bought the habitat and some of the other things I will need for the class gecko! Tomorrow, I will get the actual lizard! Also, RE went very well, and I got to talk to a few people at church I have been missing, so that was tres yay!

Negatives: State politics, and how they seem determined to ruin the (very good, if high-poverty) school district I work for. Need I say more? Also, plus, it's end of the year, which is always hectic.

So since tomorrow I will go to battle with testing, kids who don't like their routines changed, and my own angry thoughts, have this poem:

What She Was Wearing
by Denver Butson

this is my suicide dress
she told him
I only wear it on days
when I'm afraid
I might kill myself
if I don't wear it

you've been wearing it
every day since we met
he said

and these are my arson gloves

so you don't set fire to something?
he asked

exactly

and this is my terrorism lipstick
my assault and battery eyeliner
my armed robbery boots

I'd like to undress you he said
but would that make me an accomplice?

and today she said I'm wearing
my infidelity underwear
so don't get any ideas

and she put on her nervous breakdown hat
and walked out the door
ekaterinn: (Default)
Today was the first day back after spring break. It was a pretty good day (besides the part where I learned that I will be proctoring for state testing for four days), but I'm pretty exhausted, so here's a lullaby for all of us:

The Sciences Sing a Lullaby
by Albert Goldbarth

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you're tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They'll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren't alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren't alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
and
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.
ekaterinn: (I write too much)
Happy Turkey Day to all Stateside on my flist! This has been a rather a tumultuous fall for me, and I have not been keeping up with either DW or LJ very well. In the last few months, I have: had a very rough start to the year, behavior and evaluation wise, broken up with my girlfriend of two years (a mutual decision, but still sad), been very sick with the Bavarian Death Flu, embarked on something new and exciting, but still a bit scary, with an old friend, submitted my first grant (a whole half-hour before the deadline!), taught (and wrote a curriculum for) RE, been taking two grad classes while working full time, and been missing my sister living with me.

Things have settled down some now, but I am gearing up for my winter holidays unit (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), preparing for my second observation, hopefully buying presents and sending out cards, and, oh yeah, writing another grant, a final, and two IEPs.

I am very grateful to all of my friends, both online and off, this year!
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
One week into a new school year, and I'm already sick! This has to be some kind of fucking record. Luckily, when I went to the clinic this afternoon, they gave me a steroid shot and antibiotics, so I'm already feeling better. Which is a good thing, because two of my three grad classes start tomorrow, and I'm doing Extended Day for at least two afternoons this week. I can't afford to be sick!

New group of kids is interesting. I have more special ed kids this year, so the class as a whole is lower on average than last year. But I think they'll shake out to a good group, eventually. Quote of the week: One of the kids, on her return by the kindergarten teacher from sneaking off to the big kids' playground: "I want to go to the PARK!" *g*

I am going to try to post every week this fall; we'll see how it goes! For now, an old meme: Ask me a question, any question, and I'll answer it. ^_^
ekaterinn: (Default)
As some of you may know, I'm teaching a preschool class for children with developmental delay/autism in my district this summer. I'm hugely excited about this, particularly because I love this age group and I hope to be able to get my early childhood interventionist add-on to my 1-12 certificate in the next couple of years.

I'm finding myself keyed up about it, in a good way. Raiding friends' closets for materials, spending hours on lesson plans, picking people's brains in the teaching communities, and so forth. It's part of the core of what makes teaching so appealing to me: the ability to complete engage myself, mind body heart soul, into the art of it all, of planning and making materials, of actually working with kids and getting them engaged or at least nurtured, of talking to parents and fellow teachers to figure out what works best, of even doing the paperwork because some of it is important. It satisfies something deep inside me.

Of course, I should also be working on updating my resume for the transfer fair this week too. *sighs* Had my school this year been somewhat less dysfunctional, there might have been enough ESS students for the district to keep me there.

Cross your fingers for me that I find a good position at another school and that the first week of class (we start on Tuesday!) goes well!
ekaterinn: (hee! (by graphicalrum))
because of an ICE DAY! The sectary, the clerk and I high-fived each other, the reading coach hugged me, and my principal danced a jig. My Canadian self is kind of appalled about how little bad weather it takes to close the schools down here in the winter, but I'm too excited about sleeping in to care.

In Yuletide news, I received Breaking Down is Hard to Do by Fox, which was like she reached into my subconscious and pulled out the Sports Night story I never knew I always wanted. Plus, super-awesome kissing at the end. I swooned.

I wrote On a Fine Morning or The Accidental Swap, "being the private correspondence between two prominent families regarding a singular event of late March" for elanne. It was a challenge to write (did it all in one day, frantically emailing back and forth with [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat), but I think it turned out halfway decent, AND I might have broken my writing block with it!
ekaterinn: (lisa smile (by monanotlisa))
I had a really good birthday today! I went with a whole bunch of my 2nd grade students on a field trip to the swamp. They loved it and they were awesome - well-behaved, willing to touch the snakes and explore during the animal presentation. Also, a lot of them sang me "Happy Birthday", and I got a few cards, presents, and even a balloon from a parent.

After school, I got strawberry CAKE at Girls' Night. Lots of birthday wishes from lots of people, a lovely message from my sister (yes, do call back tomorrow!), and a funny card from my mom.

I'm exhausted, but full of YAY.
ekaterinn: (come play with me (by kaesaria))
I'm alive! Right now, I'm taking a wonderful break in New Orleans with [livejournal.com profile] marathoner452. We have had margaritas and traded books, one lovely church service and are now taking coffee and internet in her new neighborhood coffeehouse. We're going to go and walk in City Park next and enjoy the beauty of spring in the city.

I'm soon to be done with roommate madness, and by this time next week I'll be sleeping in my new apartment, all by myself, and with a BAY WINDOW. I've always wanted a BAY WINDOW. I'm getting rather ridiculously excited about it, if you can't tell. *g* I plan to do lots of baking to celebrate! ^_^

Next week is also spring break, which I'm looking forward with the reverence most people reserve for either great food or great sex. More than a much-needed break for work, it means that the school year is almost done, and that I survived. I'm really hoping I get to come back to my school next year; I love what I'm doing here, even if it's sometimes exhausting, and I love the idea of being able to hit the ground running - now that I know (a bit more) what I'm doing!

Finally, I had a really good writing group this Saturday, right before heading down to New Orleans. I find myself more inspired to write than I have in months as a result. While I do have a short story in the works, I really also want to write some poetry for spring. So, if you give me something - a character, a phrase, an emotion, an object, whatever - I'll write you a poem. (And if you want a fannish poem, give me a fandom!)
ekaterinn: (I sleep with my books)
Oi, I've been terribly busy and still have way too much to do, damnit. Good news is that Roomie and I are now communicating better, though I'm still going to move out in the summer. Bad news is that I might have to look for another job come then, because of shakeups in the district. Bah!

Random Ekaterinn fact: Apparently I am from China and speak Spanish. No, really. And that's from the mouths of 4th-graders. Goddess only knows what the 1st-graders think of me. (Though from the 2nd-grade class this morning: Your first name is Ms. and your last name is [Mylastname]!).
ekaterinn: (yuletide!)
Happy Christmas and Happy mid-Hanukkah and Happy Day-Before-Kwanzaa and Happy Four-Days-After-Solstice if you celebrate and a merry Thursday if you don't, and light and love to all! *hugs flist*

I'm having a truly lovely day with my sister and my mom, who had both travelled long distances to get here. &hearts We had had coffee with gingerbread syrups in it, at least three different kinds of baked treats (and more on the way) and opened presents! Yay for Canadian chocolate and gloves, Japanese manga and candy, and American YA lit. ^_^

I also got a very nice and shiny candle garden from one of my students (well, I suspect his mom picked it out, since he's only 7. *g*) It's kind of appropriate, since I dreamt about all my students last night (We were in a classroom/store and listening to holiday music. When I had to leave, I said "I'll see you not this Monday, but..." and they all chorused "next Monday!")

And then I read my Yuletide fic! It's called All Abroad, Mr. Monk and it's the best thing EVER. No, seriously, the way I would summarize this is that Monk goes on a cruise, and it's even worse than he expected. It's a small, delightful casefile - go and read it now!
ekaterinn: (shiny! (by lindr_jax))
So, I'm not zombiefied, despite the brains leaking out of my head from stuffing all the information from the first three weeks of Institute. *g* I've learned a hell of a lot, and have deeply enjoyed teaching summer school. The next week is testing, testing, testing, so if y'all will hold my students in your thoughts, I'll be really grateful. *crosses fingers and hopes for passing scores*

And, oh, yeah, I've also gotten a job. *she says nonchalantly* It's K-2 resource (but more like inclusion or coteaching). That basically means I'll be working in three classrooms with special needs students and anyone else who needs help, though I'm also hoping to have a space to pull kids out if necessary. And it's Lower Elementary, which is my favourite both because of the kids and because of the fact that I don't have to worry about LEAP tests with them. *grins* I'm really excited (and bit nervous)!
ekaterinn: (coffee is life)
My life is pretty decent right now. I've started subbing, and it's going pretty well. Actually, the worst day subbing high school (I haven't gotten to sub elementary yet because of my work schedule, but I'm going to try next week) is infinitely better than the best day teaching middle school. *g* I got called out in a teaching community on LJ because I didn't want to teach middle school, but, um, thank you very much, I know myself, and middle school is not my age level.

Other cool things: [livejournal.com profile] jinxed_wood made me this lovely icon (it's true!) and [livejournal.com profile] jcjoeyfreak gifted me with some paid LJ time! *beams at them both*

I'm also working on the drabbles I owe people - hopefully I'll have them posted by early next week. I'm enjoying my shows, particularly Torchwood, though I'm still horribly behind on SGA. However, I do have this fic idea...

Five Jobs That Rodney McKay Would Be Crap At )
ekaterinn: (not an addict (by carmendove))
Not dead, just teaching. *g* I survived my first week, and will be posting more on my teaching filter once I'm a bit more organized (comment here if you want to be added to it!). I've been wavering between exhausted and overly emotional for good two-thirds of the time and sleeping for the rest. I've also been gradually moving into [livejournal.com profile] narnia_girl's and my new apartment, which is really nice - two floors, lots of space and light.

I had a dream last night that I was walking in France with my mom and we were looking for a bistro called Rue du Bagel to have breakfast in! *g* Along the way, we passed Rue du Cannes, which was a bakery with a lot of fancy cakes in the window. No, I don't know why I persisted giving street names to eateries. In any case, I felt sufficiently European this morning to have a double shot of espresso, but they didn't give me a demitasse (essential for pretending you're in Italy and do not have grading to do, I find), so I added milk and sugar to get a makeshift latte. *g*

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