maeve66: (fairylights dhamaka)
And things are calm, and kids are in a good mood, despite the fact that I am three class parties down, and three class parties to go. The cleaning-as-we-go thing is working well so far, hallefuckinglujah.

My tree is decorated! It is a giant explosion of Xmas lights -- two big bulb LED strings, and one small LED string. No blinking; I hate that. It's very, very pretty. I will add a photo to this post when I get home, which will be hella, hella, hella early.

There are cut out snowflakes on my classroom windows... yeah, I know I frequently sound like an elementary school teacher.

It's my prep period right now, on our short day. In the classes, all I am having to do is be vigilant that the songs I am allowing them to play on my sound system are clean, and grade their History group projects, a West African Trading Empire board game. Some very, very good ones -- best I've seen in doing this three times -- and some adequate ones -- and some crap, man-you-didn't-exactly-work-hard-on-this-did-you ones. There are three more half-hour classes/parties, and then teachers, too, can leave early, hurrah! We don't have to stay until 3:15, because these are hours we worked at an earlier evening... Report Card Night, most likely.

Day 326:

Oct. 16th, 2012 07:58 pm
1. Exercise bulimia
2. Abandoned places, not often visited
3. cheating on tests -- hey! This thing is starting to repeat itself!
4. Your favorite Star Wars movies

Eh, none of these thrill me, but I was talking to my older niece about Star Wars on Saturday... why? Hm. We were driving around after the Farmer's Market, taking my mom on various errands, and for some reason, Star Wars came up. Something about the Darths? Oh! We had been listening and watching YouTube videos of Weird Al Yankovic (always an excellent thing to do in any case) because her English teacher played "Living in an Amish Paradise" to illustrate the word "parody" (I might have to steal that mini-lesson). And we watched the parody of "American Pie" that synopsizes the entire plot of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace".* And she had lots of questions, like why did Anakin Skywalker turn to the Dark side of the Force? And what are midichlorians?

Obviously the answer to #4 above is "Our favorite Star Wars movies are numbers 4, 5, and 6 A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi, or as I like to think of it, An Allegory of Central American Revolutions with Short, Hairy Revolutionaries. R. has only seen the original 4, 5, and 6. She doesn't think much of 1, 2, and 3, after my synopses. But she does say that my synopses of enormous long books are fantastic, in themselves. I synopsize well, me and Bobby Sands, who used to do that in the H-Blocks. He synopsized Leon Uris' Trinity, which I have also synopsized. I bet he didn't touch any Judith Krantz books, though.

*Why doesn't Weird Al Yankovic ALWAYS groom himself to look like Ewen whatsit: that video was the best Yankovic has ever looked since beginning his career.

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