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I'm 23 now!

I've always believed that 23 was the perfect age because you can do anything except rent a car or be president and you're old enough to be taken seriously, but young enough not to have to be serious. I didn't expect to sum it up that well, but it came out wonderfully.

I drove up last night from Macon, right after work. The plan was to get ice cream with the Hutleys in the morning/noon-ish, since Sam and Jen are going back to California today and it just may well be the last time I ever see them again. I don't want it to be the last time I see Sam, since I love her very much, but that may be the way it goes. Elijah was supposed to come to my parents' house at 2:00-ish and we were going to have a BBQ on my dad's new grill. I wanted to keep it small and family-oriented. None of that really happened, and my birthday risked being, yet again, another bad birthday.

It wasn't bad; it was quite good. I didn't get ice cream, but we had an ice cream cake. After that I kidnapped Sam and we went to visit Campbell so I could get some teaching advice from my old favourites. I think Dr. Terricin is trying to court me or something. He says that he thinks about me a lot and that I should come around more often. Scary. I hung out with Mr. Bayne the most and the Moose the least, which is probably the way it should be. After that it was around 3:00 and Mom was at the store getting the cookout supplied and Elijah had not called or showed up yet. I dropped Sam off and went home and took a nap. I had a crazy dream about going to see/being in The Dark Knight, even though I haven't seen it yet (that is getting fixed tomorrow with Seth) and Brandi woke me up to tell me that Elijah was in the front yard messing around the trees. He was picking a bunch of ornamental apples and gave me some to eat.

Everyone got back at around the same time, so we started from there. Grandmom came, as well as Brandi and Branson, but Brian had to work, which sucked because I ended up not seeing him at all. I wanted to go see my Uncle Bub, but Grandmom reminded me that tomorrow is his dialysis day, so that is out of the question. Dinner was great. We had Bubba burgers with the onions in them, fruit bowls, and really awesome cake from ... some bakery in the Smyrna Square. McKenzie's or something like that. We talked about inoculations and immunizations and stuff like that, I got to show Elijah off as well as embarrass him terribly. I think he made a good impression. He was amazing with Branson which made me equally nervous and giddy.

All in all, it was great. Seth called me after everything had wound down and we arranged to go to the movies. I wished Brian could come, but his schedule is all messed up because of his work hours. Poo.

As for other aspects of my life, I just got registered for my last class before teaching. Work is still a great but boring job where I feel ineffectual. Elijah is amazing in too many ways. I'm working on lesson plans because I'm so bored at work, even though I don't start teaching until January and the ninth grade curriculum may not even be the same.

OH! I should tell you about one of my unit plans. As most of you know, in ninth grade, we are supposed to have read "Lord of the Flies." Whether you did or not is your problem. :P But I assumed it was the same way, so I made plans for it. I didn't remember reading it in lit, but apparently I did, at least most of it. I just read it again, if that is the case (I'm reading or re-reading most curriculum books).
My hook, the opening lesson, is going to be to describe what you would write if you were to write a piece entitled "Lord of the Flies," since it is such an interesting and ambiguous title. I don't want them to write the piece, but only write what comes to mind, to describe it briefly.
My closing lesson, the one right before the unit test, is going to be a trial. Yes, a TRIAL. I am going to put Ralph, Jack, and Roger on trial. Each will have two lawyers, a psychiatrist (maybe), and then I will have a full jury. The lawyers will present their cases using the psychiatrists as witnesses and then the jury will have a Socratic seminar in order to determine who is guilty of what and how they should be punished. I thought it sounded awesome and the students should have fun with it. I might even have some students play the press and hype it up with scandalous articles and such.

A lot of people have shown interest in it so I thought you would be also. Feedback is great ^_^

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes via whatever means you did. It was great after all!


i couldn't stand the idea of children until i had a child. i still don't like other people's children.
That's a relief. People keep telling me that. I always find it hard to believe...
Lorelei Sylvia Sharpe

November 2008

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