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[19 Sep 2007|08:51pm]
3 of my students identified Iran as a U.S. state on a recent geography assignment. A remarkable number of students also believe that Reykjavik is a country, and that the U.S. is a continent.
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[11 Jul 2007|03:48pm]
Switzerland is fucking GORGEOUS. You have no idea, and there is no explaining it. I^m going to the top of the highest mtn in Europe tomorrow, if the weather permits.
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Summer Itinerary [29 Apr 2007|04:17pm]
Here's a sneak peek at my summertime plans. I'll probably post a more detailed version as I get closer to the trip. I'll be gone 6/27-8/6.

--Dublin (Isaac's Hostel 5 nights) + day trip to Belfast
--Amsterdam (Lucky Lake Hostel, 6 nights, Flying Pig Downtown 1 night)
--Switzerland: Interlaken (Balmer's Herberge 3 nights *tallest bungee jump in the world*) + Geneva (City Hostel 2 nights)
--Budapest (Mandragora hostel 3 nights *Kim joins me here on 4/15, stays till 4/29*)
--Romania (Not planned yet. I'd like to visit Transylvania [Sighisoara, Sibiu, Brasov...], go caving in the Carpathian Mts, Maramures, maybe the mouth of the Danube, and/or other places in around 12 days [minus extra time we might spend in Hungary])
--Edinburgh (just 1 night for old times' sake) and
--Glasgow (Univ. of Art residence 5 nights, chips & curry and cheesy naan every day)
--Dublin (day trip to Derry/Giant's Causeway, Paddy's Palace 2 nights)

I've sent this to a couple people to entice them... If you find yourself with time and some expendable funds, let me know. I'm traveling alone for most of the trip, and wouldn't turn away good company.
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[28 Apr 2007|03:10pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

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[03 Apr 2007|05:18pm]
Here's something I never thought I'd say; I'm craving Transcendentalists.  I have the strangest need to read some Thoreau.   Very bizarre.  I haven't given much thought to Emerson or Thoreau since 11th grade when I spent a goodly amount of time thinking about Emerson and Thoreau..
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[01 Apr 2007|02:06pm]

I have Scarlet Fever!  Gilbert Blythe nearly died of Scarlet Fever in Anne of Avonlea.  That was before antibiotics though.

In other news, I have another observation tomorrow.  :(  I still don't like being watched while I teach.  I guess I'm getting used to it though; sharing  a room, BTSA [new teacher program], and administration walk-throughs whenever they feel like it)...  At least this time if I screw up I can blame it on the Scarlet Fever.

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happy news [09 Mar 2007|06:32pm]

I'm definitely going to Europe.  Today I bought a plane ticket (for less than a grand, go me)  leaving 6/27, and returning 8/6.  That's a mighty long time :O
This will be expensive, but I'm hoping to spend some time in slightly less draining Eastern Europe. 
So far:
I'm flying into Dublin and spending 5 days there (been before, so I can spend some of that time uncricking my legs and recuperating).  
Then I'm flying to Amsterdam (via Brussels) where I will be staying 6 nights at the Lucky Lake hostel....  Hammocks and caravans!  This reminds me somehow of summer camp, crossed with the UCSC trailer park, crossed with some superpotent strain of marijuana.  

Haven't planned any further, but I will definitely be hitting Glasgow on the way back.  Chips and Curry, oh god yes.

Nobody's coming with me yet.  I still have openings for part-time or full-time travel companions.  apply within.

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[06 Mar 2007|06:10pm]

I realize that I'm kind of  a manic poster.  It's time to leak a little misery into the world- overflow.  I'll keep this short.
1) Strep throat.
2) I have not even started correcting backed up pile of work (from last week!).
3) 7th period is Out Of Control/packed with assholes.
4) I teach LIFE SKILLS.
5)  I only have 4 sick days left this year and I only stay home when I really need to.  Fucking diseased children.
6)  feeling: exhausted/disillusioned/depressed/workoholic/worthless
Good enough for now.  Enjoy.

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[13 Jan 2007|11:53pm]

I miss being in college!! 
I really do.    
daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.  it was so much better than work.  

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[24 Aug 2006|08:10am]

My first period kids are starting to congregate outside my door. 

Very soon I will be teaching them stuff.

It seems weird that LJ isn't blocked by the school's massive bad-internet filter system.

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[26 Jul 2006|05:23pm]

It's in Gilroy, garlic capital of the WORLD.

I'm teaching 6th grade core (language arts, social studies, etc) and LIFE SKILLS.  I can't help but remember taking this class from Mr. Wright and hating it with all the fire of my soul.  Still, i'll make the best of it.  

MAN, this is incredible.  A little scary, but good-scary I think.

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[25 Jul 2006|01:09am]
[ mood | restless ]

stick a fork in me, for i am done!
Grad school is O-ver.

Having major insomnia issues this last week, even though i've had lots of vicodin  and that should make me sleep, right?
I broke my arm while celebrating the end of the MAT program. I fell off an indo board (strange practice balance thingie for people who do board sports [i do not]). The pain was dulled by vodka at the time, so I didn't go to the doctor until 2 days later. It's a small fracture and the dr didn't bother to cast it.  Just a sling and buttload of painkillers.  Still, typing is excruciating.  Lots of pain.  
Still unemployed and uncertain about the future.  All I know is that I'm not moving out until the end of August.  Hopefully I'll have a job by then and can move directly to wherever it is.   
K, the pain is getting to me, so bye.

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[12 Mar 2006|08:51pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

My professor and advisor is IN LOVE with Comic Sans. It fucking pisses me off. EVERYTHING I get from her (and I've gotten several trees worth of paper from her this year) is printed in Comic Sans, and I really want to say something to her. It's just not professional.
I'm complaining now because I'm trying to type up a lesson plan. The form has a zillion text boxes so you can't 'select all' and change the font all at once. I thought I changed all of the little boxes, but I keep hitting little pockets of Comic Sans as I type, and every one is like a slap in the face.

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[26 Feb 2006|06:38pm]
[ mood | a little afraid ]

http://kevan.org/johari?name=Liz-e   Nice

http://kevan.org/nohari?name=liz-e  Not nice

Do both ^

I have my 'mini-solo' starting tomorrow and i'm feeling a little afraid.  I have to take over the classroom completely for three days.  Yep.    : []

Last weekend my hard drive crashed and I lost all kinds of files.  I still have my brit lit and year abroad pic's but I lost quite a bit from the last two years, including all my essays from college and this program, which should make writing final papers difficult.  Grr.  I should back up more often.  RIP Dorn the Computer.
I got a really shiny new laptop though.  it's a HP, widescreen, and has a much larger HD than my old gateway.  It's named Dante, and it's very nice.

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[07 Sep 2005|08:26pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

My grandmother died today...I didn't like her, but i'm still feeling sad for the relatives that i DO like that are feeling sad about her death. And so... I present to you a POMECollapse ),because my grandmother likes pomes and wrote many of them herself. This one I wrote when i was taking creative writing a few years ago, and it's about her. Not very flattering, but at least it's honest...

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[06 Sep 2005|07:37pm]
sooooo yea. I went to Bumbershoot this weekend! I saw my friend Kat, which was wonderful, but Dan couldn't come, which is really sad. :(
It was super fun though.. I FINALLY saw DeVotchKa, and now i really want to go see them again and again and again. I was pretty near the stage, and standing there so slackjawed and moony that the band probably thought i was on E or something. but no. i'm just in love with the band. i want to marry DeVotchKa. Anyway, the drummer shawn smiled at me during the show and i almost peed my pants from happiness. After the show i got Nick (singer/whistler/geetarist) and Tom (violinist extrordinaire/banana shaker) to sign my bumbershoot program. I was too squeaky and nervous when i met them, so i didn't really talk to 'em...all i said to nick was "it's ergonomic...so no carpel tunnel...yea...) when i handed him my weird looking ergonomic pen to sign with and he commented on how it was an unusual pen. That was embarassing- kinda like when baby meets johnny castle in dirty dancing and she's all like "i carried a watermelon." But they ended up getting together, so maybe i'll still stand a chance. yea right...but then again, unrequited love is my area of expertise.
Sunday was not so good though. It rained a lot, and i forgot my sweatshirt so i was cold. I ended up buying one at a ridiculously marked up price, and not even the one i wanted cause it'd sold out by then. I was gonna see Bo Diddly which would've been fun except that the show was full by the time we got there. I did see Caitlin, which was nice (better than Bo Diddly even?). Kat and I ended up going to see a bunch o' hip-hop, which is not my cup o' tea, but it was okay. We also saw Pretty Girls Make Graves, which i enjoyed, but was too cold and headachey to appreciate properly i think. Elvis Costello was also a good show- he's soooo Cool. Beyond that, however, everything on Sunday was a DISASTER.
Let me explain.Collapse )
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[30 Aug 2005|03:26pm]
[ mood | working ]

it's taken me this long to realize that every song on the Magnetic Fields album "i" begins with an....."i".

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[20 Aug 2005|11:45am]
Congratulations! You scored 50, out of a possible 50!
Most impressive, sir. Let me get you a pair of quadruple whiskies and another pair of pints, and pass you this almighty carrot.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 94% on Double Whiskies
Link: The Withnail and You Test written by redSpikes on Ok Cupid
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ok.. [05 Jun 2005|11:05pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

0.0. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
0.1. Run a google image search on that word.
0.2. Reply to this entry & post one of the pictures from your search, but don't tell me what the word was.
0.3. Put this in your journal, so I can do the same. (Optional.)

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[04 Jun 2005|05:15pm]
"The skin is the heaviest organ in the human body."
eeeeeeeeeew. i read this and instantly imagined a bloody human skin piled on a scale. gross
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