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OK, I admit I was wrong
Sep 7th, 2008 by alexfaye

I have changed my mind: I would NOT trade a week in summer for another week in winter, so suck it up, Winter Alex! Summer Alex wants more time…but she’s not going to get it…we’ve begun. It’s Fall Alex: head down and full speed ahead ahead. I’ve graded 39 notebooks and have 24 to go; I’ve scored 32 timed writes and have 31 to go; I’m really working already, and can’t figure out where my summer went.

Yet I’m sitting here on a Sunday, trying to design a Brave New world webquest for the AP kids based on one I’ve seen by Dana Huff — and then I started looking at the Creative Commons licensing site, which is extremely interesting; then I downloaded Zotero, a utility for keeping track of sources while conducting online research — also very cool. And now I’m looking at my blogs…how pitiful that I haven’t written since December! I need this online time. But it’s already 2:00 p.m. and I haven’t read the paper; I need to go to the gym or ride my bike, and I’d like to get a massage today, if at all possible. A little grocery shopping would be helpful too. Got all the laundry done yesterday, mopped and vacuumed the whole house, cleaned the kitchen.

What happened to Jim Furyk? He was leading when I came in here to work, and now he’s out of the equation in the BMW Championship?? I must leave to check golf scores. Have a nice day, Dear Reader.

My little family
Jan 5th, 2008 by alexfaye

Here we are on Christmas — Carlos, Maddy and me — and geez, when I see myself in a photo, I’m always surprised at how chubby I look. Happy though. This is a happy moment. I had fun teasing Carlos about his Miami Vice outfit. He has a pony tail, soft leather loafers with no socks…and his ever-present fanny pack…

I still haven’t figured out how to take good care of my father (and cook him the old-school foods he likes, like biscuits and gravy), how to take good care of myself (eat well [no biscuits and gravy!], exercise vigorously and frequently, sleep enough), and be a good teacher, a good coach, a good friend…and maybe read a book once in a while. What a paradox — that an English teacher has so little time to read! I did read a book over the holiday, though [Fledgling, Octavia Butler], and I watched some movies — in the theater: No Country for Old Men; on DVD: The Illusionist; The Painted Veil (a Ed Norton binge). And I took some naps, visited the Aquarium, and practiced my golf game. Moreover, I was sick for three days, so I laid around in a hazy stupor, which was weird. I haven’t been sick like that for a few years, and I tend to forget how completely illness can take over. And I worked on school stuff for a few days — so all in all, it was a good holiday. I would trade a week in summer for one more week now, though. Oh, yes I would.

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