Throw me some quarters! Gonna play Martina McBride’s Independence Day and then Alice Cooper’s School’s Out followed by some Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall! All that’s left is for me is to throw on some black pants and black heels and try to figure out how to wear the gown and hood and all that ceremonial garb that goes with it. We have to be at school at 7:30 and hop on the bus to go to graduation. I really don’t like all the pomp and circumstance. I’d rather just sit there in a decent outfit and watch the kids march but we all have to wear our robes and be in the procession. We’ll be out of the building until noon, lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 , and then we have 1 1/2 hours to get all our stuff packed up and the rooms ready for summer.
Of course, it’s going to take a lot longer than 1 1/2 hours but I’ll be working a lot this summer so I’ll have plenty of time to finish. I only have a week off and then I go back and work Tuesday – Friday of the following week. I don’t mind. Some program about childhood development is paying me my hourly rate to take care of their technology needs. I have to make sure there are functioning laptops, projectors, overheads, TVs and DVD players up and running in about 15 rooms. Should be pretty easy. I have a full day to set up on Tuesday and then I just have to hang around to make sure everything keeps working before I lock everything up on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, we’ll leave for Florida for two weeks.
I talked to the principal yesterday and told her I’ve had about a thousand laptops turned in that need work. I told her I didn’t know how she wanted to handle it and she asked if I’d be willing to come in some this summer and work on them for extended service pay. Extended service pay is a stipend that’s paid to teachers for things like coming to school an hour early each day to do bus duty or lunchroom duty. It’s not much. I think it’s ten or fifteen bucks an hour but I’m going to take it and be happy. It’ll solve the problem of finding time to work on all the laptops and still give me a little extra money.
I can’t wait for the day to end. I feel like it truly is Independence Day. Freedom is just around the corner and I can have a couple of months to run my own life and get back on track with dieting and exercising. The last couple of weeks have been really hard. I feel overworked, stressed to the limit, and completely worn out. I don’t know if it’s the extra two weeks we had to put in or just a rough year but I’ll be soooooo glad when it’s over.
8:30 – Done! I’ve got a full week of freedom before I have to go back to work! That’s okay, though. It’s money in the bank. A week’s extra pay will get me carpet for the upstairs of the cabin in Florida and a couple new cabinets.
Today was long and hard but not excessively stressful. We marched in the graduation ceremony adorned in full regalia. 27 steps down to the stage and I did it in heels without falling on my a$$. I got out of the building at 4:00 and it feels like a hundred pounds has been lifted off my shoulders.
There were a couple of things that upset me today. Something was bothering my little friend, Phyllisann. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her at length but it was obvious that something was wrong. I hope to get a chance to talk with her this weekend. I think there were some problems at work that really hurt her.
The other thing that really bothered me was the bad AP sitting behind me on the bus we took to graduation and telling me that “T” was arrested and will spend the next 60 days in prison. Of course, he’s only 14 so he can’t really be in prison but I didn’t want to discuss it with the jerk who suspended him the last few days. He made sure to tell everyone that he couldn’t believe how “T” would behave and work for me. Made it a point to tell everyone he’d walk by the library and “T” would be sitting in there with his shirt tucked in, working on a computer, and saying “yes, ma’am” and “no ma’am” and doing anything he could to help out. I felt like screaming, “Then why didn’t you leave him with me, you jerk?” I didn’t want to discuss it with him but I found out later that he was on probation on a 60 day sentence for vandalizing property and got into a fight on Monday which violated his probation. I hope he comes back to school next year. I’ve already decided that I’m going to go out on a limb for him and advocate as much as I can to try to get him back on track. In all my years of teaching, I’ve always picked out a troubled kid each year and tried to give him what I can. There have been three or four that were really special and “T” is one of them. He deserves so much more than what he gets. I feel like I haven’t done enough for him but I’m ready to go further if he comes back next year.
Today is our 40th anniversary. DH got me a card, roses, and candy. More importantly, he recognized that I was exhausted and picked up carryout for dinner so we could come home and relax.