Went to some friends for our annual "Friend's Thanksgiving" meal. Our contribution were these basil rolls (and a pumpkin roll and rice dressing). There was so much food and it was all great. We topped off the night with homemade wine ice cream.
I should have run longer this morning to burn more calories. Maybe I should just go ahead and set a goal to gain a few pounds. I'm on my way to being successful....
One of my favorite, quirky students got on the stage to sing at the Thanksgiving Dance today. For a minute, I was worried that the other students would make fun of him. Instead, those students gathered around and cheered him on.
It made my day!
It was a great way to end a busy, busy week and begin a week long vacation.
Some of you may know this already but I am hearing impaired and I wear hearing aids. About two months ago, Thelma (my right hearing aid) died after nine years of loyal servitude. It was too difficult to wear Louise (my left hearing aid) without Thelma. Within a few days, Louise, too, was put to rest.
Thus began the quest for a new pair of hearing aids.
The first place I went kept fitting me with aids that emphasized high pitched sounds. Everything sounded tinny and sharp. Within minutes of wearing them, I would be in tears whilst wishing the dog would choke on her own piercing bark.
I went back to the audiologist. Again. And again.
She kept telling me that I'd have to get used to the new technology. She had me convinced that it was me. It was all me and I was being difficult. In the meantime, simple things such as cranking the car would have me feeling as if there was an earthquake of sounds going off in my head. It was unbearable.
Finally, I took the hearing aids back and set out to live without much sound.
A few weeks went by and I made an appointment with another audiologist. After another round of proving that I indeed could not hear, I was fitted with a sample pair of hearing aids. I could hear!
Tears sprang to my eyes. I know it totally confused the poor audiologist but I had convinced myself that I would never hear again. And I had missed hearing over the last two months.
As of yesterday, I officially received my new pair of hearing aids.
Spent the day at a training and I learned some things about myself. According to the survey the trainer had us complete, I'm an "ideas" person and there are few "ideas" people in school administration. Most of the people fell into the decision making and data analysis group.
This makes perfect sense because decision making and data analysis usually involve math. And math is hard!
But let me tell you about some of the ideas I have rolling through my head..... I could talk all day!
Nothing beats when you get to see a child "get" a concept. Today, after a lively demonstration and explanation a student raised his hand to share his understanding of the importance of the skeletal system.
Student: "It's kind of like why I wear a cup when I play soccer. The skeletal system keeps the organs safe."
Yeah. You've got to love how they build connections.