Week one – done!
And what a sweaty, sticky week it was.
My school, aside from the main office and a few computer lab, is sans air conditioning. With no air circulation either, the kids were glazed over, glassy-eyed and my hair was damp with sweat by 9:00am. The heat was so bad, I couldn’t get done what I wanted to after school – I would just aim a fan at me to get done what I needed to, then escape in my air conditioned car to my air conditioned home ASAP.
The good news is, I think I’ve got good kids this year. They seem engaged, enthusiastic, and I’m finding teaching is getting smoother each year. The kids are as anxious as ever to find out what the musical is (we announce on Thursday), and I’m getting used to having my favorite class every day, instead of every other day. Advanced Drama is filled with kids who are just ecstatic to be there. In fact, we’re diving right into things – tomorrow they start auditioning for “Robin Hood” (our fall play). Unbeknownst to them, I actually started auditioning them last week with some drama “games”, but tomorrow they’re doing monologues. From what I’ve seen, it will be hard to pick out leads. There’s a lot of talent in the group.
Speaking of weather, my lights are flickering as I type this. A storm’s a-brewing, and I have my fingers crossed that it’ll thrust the temperatures lower for tomorrow.
This weekend I spent in sunny California, visiting family in San Diego. With a dehydrated day at Sea World (BELIEVE! Shamu orders you, with no further directions, to BELIEVE! Otherwise the world will end and it’ll be your fault because you didn’t BELIEVE! So BELIEVE! – now add hyped-up music and videos of cute, white children and the ocean and you’ve can’t help but BELIEVE!), a glorious day playing in the ocean (6 foot waves trying to toss us out, dolphins jumping nearby), and much admiration of “the grandchild” (i.e. Sadie, who is unabashedly cute) and you’ve got a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend. And a sunburn. But it was worth it.
For reasons I can’t figure out, the school board made this a four-day weekend. I got up early today and met Janelle for a temple session. We picked up some lunch after that and wound up hanging out most of the day at her house. I didn’t get much (well, anything) accomplished, but it was pleasant. And I only have to get through three days this week before another weekend!
By the way, here’s a picture of the bouquet of fresh flowers I got for my desk for the first day of school. 24 hours in my room, and they were hanging their heads, giving up in the heat. Poor plants. I don’t think they even had a chance to suffer the wrath of my toxic green thumbs.