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LaraLee
I've been mostly absent from the LiveJournal scene (does anyone read this anymore?), apart from reading posts from the f-list when I have a free moment to spare. I've managed to spend loads of time with family and friends this summer, take a road trip to D.C., eat lots of good food, read an obscene amount of books, make 34K worth of progress on a new writing project, and had some much needed rest after a rather stressful end to the year.

The last few weeks have been spent at work, though we don't officially start the new school year until Monday (We were originally supposed to start on the sixth of this month, but construction at another school delayed opening day--Amen to the extra time because I. Needed. It).  I didn't get the phone call concerning my grade placement until the last week of July (while on vacation, in the middle of a Capitol tour, mind you), but was happy to learn it would be Kindergarten. Luckily, I was able to rush home that Saturday and start working on the classroom before Open House that next Monday, the twenty-eighth. I managed to get it presentable for that night, but it was still far from what I was truly happy with. I just finished it up tonight, and I am pleased. It's inviting, and will hopefully help the new babies coming in with the transition.


Before the six twelve-hour work days.
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You can't really see it in the above pictures, but I have an Author's Chair now *does happy dance*. Even in Kindergarten I feel it's important to develop a strong foundation and concept of students' authorship. We may only manage to write a single complete paragraph by the end of the year, but I want them to feel proud of what they manage to write while we work toward that goal. I am excited to see how their writing will evolve from drawings to words, and I think this will give them the motivation they need. Anyway, before I start flailing around with excitement,  it's under the cut!
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*flops* I'm glad it's finished, because I can focus on my Internship this year which will help usher in the new teacher observation/evaluation system Kentucky is  trying to implement. It will take place the first 140 days of instruction and will involve nine observations from staff, administration, and some people from the pilot committee to basically see if it's going to work off paper. We get that rolling the second week of September, at which point I will most likely be swallowed up by work until the last cycle ends some time in March-ish. I am hopeful, but also petrified, as I've never been a guinea pig before.

That's all I've got right now. I think I shall go find a glass of wine and a soft spot to plant my derriere.

I hope you all are doing well. Hugs to all!
 
 
LaraLee
24 June 2014 @ 07:47 pm
This has the potential, they just need the funds to make it so.



Here is the link to donate if you are so inclined. 
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LaraLee
22 April 2014 @ 08:32 pm
This week is off to a fantastic start.

67 kids and 12 faculty and staff out today with pink eye. I kid you not, nearly a fourth of the school and almost half of the staff.  It's an epidemic.

Guess who's eyeballs now feel like tiny balls of fire?

Screw you Monday and Tuesday. Nobody likes you anyway.
 
 
LaraLee
Fuck you.

If I could find you and beat you within an inch of your worthless, thieving life I would happily do so. Not only did you cause my primary checking account to become overdrawn with your nearly 1400 dollar online spending spree, but you have cost me around 200 additional dollars for my replacement debit cards, checks, and overdraft charges.

Whoever this person is, they somehow managed to gain access to my personal bank account routing number and they made a grand total of 16 fraudulent charges over the span of an hour an fourteen minutes:

  • $290.05 at Kohl’s (9 charges total)

  • $615.78 at Best Buy (1 single charge)

  • $117.83 at Pixlemags.com (1 single charge) Really? REALLY?

  • $243.61 at Gap (3 charges)

  • $32.64 at Amazon (2 charges)

This situation was not discovered by the bank, but rather the hubby who checks the bank accounts daily. They had no idea. I checked my phone around noon to find 12 missed calls from him and two from the bank. I called the bank and had a rather terse conversation with the bookkeeper, who kept asking me if I was sure I didn’t make the charges. The charges were made in California, Ohio, Montana, and Maine, but still she felt to the need to ask me more than once if I was sure.

My head nearly popped off when she told me, that if I provided false information on the reimbursement form, my account would be subject to termination and I would be responsible for paying the overdrafts and a substantial fine to the bank. (By substantial I mean double the overdraft charge.)

After that delightful conversation I asked her about getting new debit cards and checks to be completely safe, and she said where an investigation is currently taking place it could be anywhere from one business week to a solid month before we receive our replacements.

Screw that.

We have bills to pay, gas to buy to get back and forth to work, and groceries that must be bought. We can’t afford to have our account frozen until the bank decides the investigation is over.

Needless to say, we are in the process of looking for a new bank, preferably one with better customer service (I left work early to sign the forms because the main branch closes at 1:15 every day. When I got there, the forms, which were supposed to be faxed to a closer branch near my work, were not there as they said they would be, and what should have taken 30 minutes ended up being 3 hours).

I could have done without today.
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LaraLee
30 January 2014 @ 03:31 pm
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LaraLee
31 December 2013 @ 09:37 pm
Please don’t let the door hit you on the way out…on second thought, please do. Hard.

Wishing the f-list a splendid new year and many happy blessings!
 
 
LaraLee
16 December 2013 @ 08:34 pm

Oh my goodness! teddyradiator, you are simply fantastic! I couldn't be happier with the gifts from our mutual “friend.” It is something I’ll cherish for a very long time indeed! They are so stinking cute, and they're already on the tree!

Teddygift
Teddygifts

 
 
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LaraLee
14 December 2013 @ 11:14 am
It’s the annoying blathering sound of those who have decided my personal and private decisions are fair game for public discussion.

On the plus side, when people drag my name through the mud I tend to forget about it by looking at Snape. You fine people of my f-list can share in the spoils: Here, here, here, here, here, and here!
 
 
LaraLee
09 December 2013 @ 03:03 pm

I only just found this today. For a fan-made video it is surprisingly good, and adds some perspective on the Dumbledore/Grindelwald feud. I just thought I'd share for those interested.

 
 
LaraLee
I have pretty much been absent from the LiveJournal scene for the last month. I cannot believe it is already December!  It has been busy between Thanksgiving and preparing for Christmas, but I've finally managed to pull the tree from storage. We decided to forgo the traditional ornaments we always use and do something a little bit differently.

I thought you lot would appreciate this especially....

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