A Cat in Toronto

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tee hee

(Thought I'd pass this on)


To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was 'DON'T!'
'Don't what?' Adam replied.
'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.
'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!'
'No Way!'
'Yes way!'
'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God.
'Because I am your Father and I said so! ' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit? ' God asked.
'Uh huh,' Adam replied.
'Then why did you? ' said the Father.
'I don't know,' said Eve.
'She started it! ' Adam said.
'Did not! '
'Did too! '
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY! If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said
5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own
6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I miss Cuba!

So who's in for going back once I finish school next year? Should be early to mid May. Sigh.

So I'm back to the daily grind. I'm currently working very hard at not doing my readings. I guess I really should get around to them at some point. Sigh.

On the bright side, school isn't as awful as I thought it might be. I met some nice people last week and the courses are really quite interesting. And, since they seem relevant to my life, I think I'll have an easier time paying attention and applying myself. At least, I hope so.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Surprize! New post :)

Does anyone even read my blog anymore? Well, I know Leah still checks it from time to time. Maybe other people out in the vr still read this too. Even if I am just talking to myself, ah, I'm used to it. I work with kids, my parents are hard of hearing and it gets me a seat on the subway during rush hour.

So onto my recent updates. I (obviously) survived the summer (or else I wouldn't be writing this.) It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I guess I'm more competent than I thought. That or it was just dumb luck. Probably a little of both. Overall, I had a really good time with the kids. They're a total pain in the ass sometimes, but other times they're super cute so I guess it all balances out in the end. I do have to say, I was really looking forward to the end of the summer and the start of the school year. That was new for me. I'm relieved to be back to my normal routine with the kids. They're usually easier to handle in the morning. They're still subdued by sleepiness.

Next week I start classes. I'm not doing a masters, I'm doing 'post-undergraduate studies.' Which is another way of saying I'm doing a certificate program and being charged more for it. This time next year I'll be certified to teach ESL in Canada and abroad. At least, I will if I pass. :) I'm toying with the idea of teaching overseas for a year. Haven't made any final decisions though, I have a year to work that out.

I should probably be asleep right now. So what's new? That's my main problem with the morning shift... I'm a night owl. I don't think I've ever liked going to bed early. Thank heavens for naps.

Well, if anyone still does read this, hope this has brought a little relief from the monotony of desk jobs. (Leah.)

Oh, one last story. This morning, when I was waiting for the bus, I saw a fire truck and an ambulance go by. That's pretty normal for my area so I didn't think much of it. When my bus got to the next major intersection I saw that the ambulance was for a woman on the bus before mine. Apparently she was having a baby on the bus. What a way to enter the world.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

So far so good (knock on wood - hey that rhymes!)

So I've done one week with the oldest group of kids and it wasn't that bad. Then again, I didn't really spend the whole week in that room. I was more of a floater between the two rooms. At any rate, I had a decent week and if the other two weeks are similar I'll be quite happy with that. Overall I'd say the summer is going pretty well for me.

Monday, July 30, 2007

1 down, 16 to go

Really, I don't know if I can use that as the title. I was only with the older group for about an hour. Then one of my coworkers in the other room had to go home so I took over for her. That meant I was back in the room I've been in all summer. Well, on the bright side, for the time I was with the oldest group, I seemed to be okay.

One of the more interesting points of the day was that the kids had woodworking with a teacher who really didn't seem to like kids. Maybe it isn't fair to say he didn't like kids, but he definitely didn't have much patience with them. Maybe he was just cranky because of the heat. At any rate I found the scenario rather amusing.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Not bad.

Okay, so I only posted 3 tmes this month even though I said I'd update more frequently. Well, relatively speaking, that is more frequently. :)

Summer's been pretty good so far. I was only supposed to be working 2 days a week in July which I was really looking forward to. However, I was also listed as supply staff so I usually ended up working 3-4 days a week. I would have enjoyed the time off but I'm not going to scoff at making extra money either. I'm a little scared about the next three weeks though. I'll be working 5 days a week, full time, in the room with the oldest (8-12 years) and most "challenging" group of kids. I'm hoping that because they aren't used to having me around all the time, it will mean that they proceed with caution at first. I figure if I can establish myself as someone to respect before they get too comfortable with me, I'll be okay. Must remember: do not show fear. They can smell it. ;) So far it's been pretty good though. I'm with the group of 5-8 year olds for July. They can be a handful too but they're also a lot of fun.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Not too much interesting stuff to update my blog with. Hmmm. I had a pretty good Canada Day weekend minus the food poisoning. Other than that I've pretty much just been working at the day care. That's been okay. Yesterday was a bit rough though. (Friday the 13th - Woooo! <---scary noise) Out of 12 teachers 5 took the day off. That left us with 7 regulars +1 emergency supply on a day when we're supposed to take 2 out of 3 rooms to a swimming pool about 2 city blocks away. Last week we had 6 teachers for the outing and it went really well. This week we had 4 - it didn't go as well. :( On the bright side, once we got back to the day care, it wasn't so bad. I've been feeling a little nostalgic since I was in France this time last year. Days like that make me wish I was back there instead.