I am going to answer questions today. Just because. I also may ask a few questions of my own.
For example, did you know The Bachelorette starts tomorrow night? That’s going to make for a good Monday. Don’t you think? (Look, that was two questions.)
1. Am I going to do Talk About It Tuesdays?
Sure. Why not? Although I do feel a little pressure about it and it makes me nervous. Will I be able to live up to The Bachelor? I don’t know.
2. Have I considered Lasik?
However, I have TERRIBLE eyesight. TERRIBLE. All you people who already got Lasik that say you had terrible eyesight are just kidding yourselves. I can’t see. I don’t know if you speak this language, but the vision in my right eye is a NEGATIVE FOURTEEN and the vision in my left eye is a NEGATIVE TWELVE. As in, I can’t function without glasses or contacts. But you’re never going to see me in my glasses unless you are my husband or someone in my immediate family. And never outside on a sunny day because the lenses are so thick, I could start a fire without even trying.
I went to a consultation about Lasik. At some institute in fancy Newport Beach where they claim to have “done” Tiger Woods’ eyes. Ooh La La.
It’s possible. It was a very nice place.
Anywho . . . I am not a candidate. My eyesight is so bad they would only be able to correct my vision to a certain point which means I would still have to wear glasses or contacts.
They shook their heads a lot during the examination.
Pursed their lips.
Cried for me a little.
My eye doctor (that I drive almost 45 minutes to go see because he knows my situation and I’d rather not have another eye doctor tell me that I am his most near sighted patient EVER IN HIS PRACTICE) said I could get IMPLANTABLE CONTACTS. Is that gross or what? Basically, they would implant contacts into my eyes.
People, if I am getting implants (and I’m not), that’s not the type I’d be going for. Obviously.
But implanting contacts is actually rather dangerous so he didn’t recommend it. He just had me take out my contacts to begin my eye exam and then when he had to step out, he said he would offer me a magazine, but what was the point? We’re good friends. We can joke like that. It doesn’t hurt a bit.
He does suggest that I get Lasik so that my vision will be improved enough that I could function without glasses or contacts. I would still need them, but I would be able to function without them. It’s like he thinks I’m bumping into walls in the middle of the night or something. That only happened once.
So no Lasik. Not now anyway.
I’m just thankful contacts and glasses can correct my vision. Almost to 20/20.
Hadar, are you afraid that I drove you around in my car?
3. How in the world do I not have Specials?
Isn’t it clear that I am just lucky? Ha.
We don’t have Specials. I’m not sure California, in general, has Specials. But we do have the beach.
4. How do I get my planning done if I don’t have Specials?
Well . . . let’s see here.
In the olden days, our contract was from 8:00-3:30. School did not start until 9:00 (I am at a late start school. We used to have three start times and it was all due to busing. Bussing. Bus-ing.) and we had to be there at 8:00 for our planning time. That was our one hour of planning time. Dismissal was at 3:25 and we could leave at 3:30.
Two years ago, we took 9 Furlough Days which resulted in a 5% paycut. We voted for it so that we could save our teachers. It won by a landslide. Aren’t we sweet?
Well . . . in that contract negotiation situtation, it was decided that teachers would not have to report to school until 10 minutes before start time. And they could leave 10 minutes after dismissal.
(Starting last year, our start time was moved from 9:00am to 8:45am. That is SO EARLY. I would love to get my 15 minutes back.)
So my new contract looks like this.
8:35 – 8:45 Prep Time
8:45 – 2:57 School
2:57 – 3:07 Prep Time
I get so much done in those 20 minutes. You wouldn’t believe it. It is never interrupted by parents coming to see me in the morning, or recess duty, or parents forgetting to pick up their kids. Nope. It’s quite valuable.
Call me crazy, but I tend to need a little bit more time. So I am usually at school by 8:00 and I tend to leave around . . . 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, when my husband calls me and reminds me that I am married, or when Prime Time Television comes on.
5. If I don’t have Specials, who teaches Art, Music, P.E., Computers, and Library?
Art – um, we’re not really allowed to do it.
Just kidding. Sort of.
And we do that have wonderful Art Lesson Thing from PTA that I spoke about yesterday.
Music – me. All day. I am singing all day. On key, off key, loudly, softly, whatever. I make up songs, play songs on the iPod, sing songs I already know, whatever. I use songs for transitions, classroom management, a good mood, a pick me up, to bother my kids, to bother other people, whatever.
P.E. – not sure what that stands for. Persistent Excellence? Partly Educational? Party Earnestly?
Computers – me. Although I generally let my kids play online games while I
check my email look at blogs pull kids for catching up on work and stuff.
Library – well, the Librarian is in charge. But we are not allowed to drop our kids off. We have to stay. And since I am really afraid of our librarian, I send my kids over a table group at a time to exchange their books. Is it bad to say that I was happy Friday was the last day for the Library?
That should do it for the questions.
I have lots of laundry and work to catch up on today. And blogs to read. So that’s what I’ll be doing.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! 🙂