Archives for October 2008
So the piano is here, and it’s been tuned.
And yes, I have spent the majority of the day playing it. Why do you ask?
The rest of the day I’ve been in bed with a horrible headache (and EYEache) and I think I’m finally coming into my “inheritance”, so to speak, since recently I’ve had several very, very bad headaches. Fortunately I haven’t had one while at school. Yet.
In other news, we have a working fridge in the kitchen, now! Hurrah!
Last Thursday I was about 35 minutes into my 2nd grade class when the door opened and the Principal walked in. (This isn’t anything out of the ordinary. She routinely visits everyone’s classrooms at least two or three times a week.) But then someone came in after her. And another person. And another. And the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator (this is where I started to get nervous.) So I just stood there and kept talking, hoping my hands weren’t shaking too noticeably, while person after person filed into my room, looked around, talked to a couple of kids, and went out again. I don’t know how many there were…from where I was standing, it looked like “lots”. Or, perhaps more likely, “too many.”
I found out later that it was all the Elementary School Assistant Principals for the county. They were holding a meeting at the school, and had decided to take a look around. Apparently I wasn’t the only person completely freaked out about it, either. The thing was, since the Curriculum Coordinator was there, it looked like a Focus Walk…which is a BIG DEAL, and not something that they ever spring on you without significant and ample warning.
This place certainly knows how to keep one on one’s toes.
So I’ve spent the evening clearing a spot in the living room for the piano to live in. In the process I found a couple of cooks I’ve been looking for…though not those books, Grandma…and one paper from the LIN 495 class I took my last semester in college. It was a little surreal to read–probably like having a real piano again will be. Although, I have been completely converted from my previous “ACK NO ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS” mentality, to say the least. I have quite enjoying my little electric piano, and will most assuredly play it from time to time, particularly when I feel the need to play a pipe organ or vibraphone, or the entire string section of an orchestra.
Birds seen/heard to date:
Long-Eared Owl (I think)
…and a Red Tailed Hawk, perched on the truck, of all places.
For weeks I’ve been plighted with this strange, unidentified, obnoxious chirp, chirp, chirp sound that would repeat itself incessantly. I first heard it from the upstairs bathroom (the one that has no windows…the sound came straight through the walls. THAT obnoxious.) I thought it might be squirrels in the attic or maybe a pipe dripping…with really loud, obnoxious water.
Today, while at home (fall break!) and wasting time with a cup of coffee, I heard the sound once more and rushed to the window, hoping desperately to catch a glimpse of whatever beast or fowl was making that accursed sound. And glimpse it I did, for it was nothing but a little goldfinch, sitting in a tree by the porch, in plain view.
He was so pretty that I felt sort of bad for being so irritated with him.
I guess this means I need a goldfinch feeder.
Anyways, I changed my site colors in his honor.