Today was my first official day back at work. I have a new title: Academic Intervention Specialist. A rather long, somewhat hoity toity title, but in reality I'll be at the mercy of my leaders. Hopefully I won't say, "Yes! Mastah!" too much this year. Nevertheless, I was blessed this year in that I was able to land a half time position which will allow me to do all the fun SAHM stuff with my kids. So my work schedule will be as follows:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and alternating Fridays
And my vacation times will be: November 24 - January 4; all of April, and July 25 - September 1 (or so). Hank will have the same vacation times (for the first time in three years!) so we're hoping to go on a real, bonafide vacation in a few months. Yay!
On a not-so-happy note, I was extremely irritated to find that the teacher (who is now in my old classroom) had taken liberty to pack up all of my personal belongings. It was awfully nice of her to do that, yes, but I felt like she had taken over my room before I even had a chance to clear myself out of there. And what bothered me the most is that she chose to KEEP some of my items!
I saw her today and she mentioned in passing, "Oh I know you're not teaching this year.....so I have some of your supplies in my room that I've kept."
During lunch I went to my old classroom (with her permission) to see what she had horded as her stash. And here's what she took ownership of:
1. My ENTIRE personal video collection (10 or so videos, even one home video of my kids)
2. Hundreds of dollars of my prizes, candies, pencils and other assorted knick knacks that I award as prizes to students. (She had opened up all of the packages, and put them in a basket to give to her students!)
3. My extra computer ink cartridges (both color and black and white).
4. My entire collection of raffle tickets.
5. A kitchen timer, calculator, picture frames
6. Pencils engraved WITH MY NAME on them!
7. My LCD projector (HELLO! Can't have a lawnchair extravaganza without that!)
I can go on and on....you get the gist. Luckily I was able to retrieve all of the items, but I just feel kinda funny now towards her. I did the nice girl thing, and went out and bought her a small gift for packing up all of my stuff. I'll present it to her tomorrow with a thank you card, but in reality I feel rather icky and resentful (?) towards her. Am I right to feel like this?
And now on a happier note, I wanted to THANK everyone for such positive e-mails regarding the photo album password protection. I feel fortunate that you understand how I feel about posting photos on the internet, and it was never my intention to alienate anyone from this site. I hope no one feels that way.
I did, in fact, add more pictures to the album! Take another peek, if you wish. And before I close, here's a snapshot of the flirty apron I'm knitting for dear MIL. I'm quite excited with the progress. Pretending that I know how to knit is paying off, it seems. Click! for larger view.