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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in Alarany's LiveJournal:

Thursday, October 13th, 2005
8:26 pm
Just another day
Well, it was a day.

Not too much to say. I had my first observation by my principal today. I guess it went well. He didn't even look at my plan book and he didn't say anything to me about the lesson at all. I felt really good about the lesson. The kids seemed to understand what I was trying to get at, though teaching how to write equations from word problems is a difficult skill for any kid to master even if they aren't in the lowest section.

Dr. Hegde gave a lecture to my math counts students on how to do Pythagorean triples and how to solve for permutations and combinations. He's really competition oriented! Even more so than the kids I think. He seemed to enjoy himself and the kids seemed to have a good time with it.

On good happy notes... LAcy comes down tomorrow! Here's hoping the directions I gave her to get to my house were good enough. ^_^; So plans include getting out for some sushi, going to Ren Fest with Ben and Meagan (possibly also Doug, but not sure about that yet), perhaps a nice run up to Swallow Falls and/or Dan's Rock. Possibly some devious and cunning plans involving dancing. THough, Tues, Wed, and Thurs I will be at work from about seven to about 4:30.

Looking forward to it.

I guess that's about it then.

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
5:25 pm
JUst realized reading through my friends' updates that I haven't updated this thing since... Oh, god... -_-; JULY -_-; Sheesh. Never was good at keeping a journal.

SO, ok... Things that have happened.... Well, school started for one. I'm now teaching 7th grade math. I don't have my own room, but that's ok. At least I'm in the same building this year. The staff at Braddock is awesome. I have a very supportive administration who are doing a very nice job of keeping the parents of my MATH COUNTS kids (extra curricular math competition team) from driving me totally up a wall. It was starting to get so that I cringed whenever I heard "So and so just called. He/she wants to know if their child is going to be in MATH COUNTS this year." Luckily, Mr. Carter basically told them that either they lay off or we don't have a team this year.

My seventh graders have taken to referring to me as "the drill sergeant" behind my back. I guess they don't like my discipline policy. I ACTUALLY make them follow the rules. I mean, can you believe it? ;D WHat kind of teacher EXPECTS you to follow the rules? ;D

In other news, Lacy's coming down in October for a visit! *SQUEE!* I'm hoping that she and Ben and I will be able to make a trip to Ren Fest while she's down and hopefully catch up with Meagan down there.

Um.. can't think of much else now. Oh, yes! I ordered a new computer! This means that I will soon be able to play WoW. Here's hoping it doesn't eat too much of my soul. *Note to self: when high enough level, join Stars and Stones guild*

Hrm... I'll post again if anything else comes to mind... And I'll try to make myself write at least once a week.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
8:15 pm
Into the Bowels of the Earth
Ok, some quick catch up because I haven't written for quite some time. The last thing I wrote was that I had gone up to Lacy's. I had a great time. We hung out, went to Salem (which was pretty cool, especially the Witch Village tour which neither of us had been on before. The shops were pretty neat, though some of them definitely gave off a kind of creepy vibe. We got lost a few times and ended up walking the long way around to the visitor's center only to find that it was right across the street from where we parked. D'oh. Then we tried to leave and it just kind of seemed like Salem didn't want to let us go.) Lacy took me to my first ever drive in which ROCKED! War of the Worlds and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. As Lacy mentioned, War of the Worlds was creepy. I definitely agree that it pushed Tom Cruise right over the edge of sanity. Mr. and Mrs. Smith was great. Wonderful comedy, lots of people shooting at one another and blowing stuff up and not too plot intensive. Definitely a good follow up to War of the Worlds. We went shopping. For the record: The Silver Dragon is the BEST SHOP EVER. Loved it! I bought some Amy Brown prints and Domino by Nene Thomas. So Saturday rolled around and we said goodbye at the airport. My flight was delayed, then cancelled, and I lost my cell phone.

And in case I didn't say it enough ThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYou
Lacy for coming to pick me up and letting me stay the extra night with you and Thank You for taking me back to the airport on Sunday.
I got back in to Dulles at about midnight.

So, the Wednesday after my trip to MA, I went up to Pittsburgh to visit Ben and we went to Idlewild Park on Thursday. We had a ton of fun, though we forgot that there is only so much Storybook Forest you can take before the sing-songy recordings and the disturbing giant jack-in-the-box start to really wear on you. We spent most of our time at the water slides because the lines were uber-short and it was butt-nasty hot. We spent the car ride home thinking of puns we could make out of Boba and Jango Fett's names. There were too many to remember them all. But some of the gems were: Mango Fett, Durango Fett, Tuba Fett, Bingo Fett, and Enougha Fett. Oh, and the ever popular plushie: Hug-a-Fett. Friday we went and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was really good. Bizarre, yes, but what do you expect from the pairing of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton?

So, largely after that I set about cleaning my apartment (I have floors! Honest to goodness, my floors are no longer made out of cardboard boxes and newspaper!) and working on curriculum for school (I have a meeting with the parents of my Math Counts kids on the 4th of August)

That brings me to the title of this entry, at last. I went caving up at Laurel Caverns today with Ben and his Chem group. We had lunch out on the picnic tables, but had to move to the pavillion as the heavens decided to open up on us and scour the earth clean with a heavy rain. We got down into the cave which was really cool and I can think of at least one Arlos character who would have had a great time clambering around on the rocks and such. So while down there, I got thinking about Darshez Nagaeron (big surprise seeing as I was down in a cave, right?) Well, Laurel Caverns is about 70% sandstone and 30% limestone. This is why there aren't a lot of stalagmite/stalactite formations down there. Well, I came to the conclusion that Darshez Nagaeron proper is mostly limestone, while the surrounding tunnels and caves are most likely sandstone. That seemed to make sense to me. Anyway, I enjoyed the sliding and climbing and squeezing through openings. It was cool. All in all, I was hot, tired, sore, and sweaty. In short: Best damn cave tour I ever went on.

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, July 11th, 2005
7:24 pm
Going... going....
I've been quite a busy little bee today. Got my apartment in some semblance of order, made my car payment, cleaned the bathroom, did dishes, and packed.

So, it's been a good few days. I've been playing DDR, getting my groove on so to speak. I passed Paranoia. Thought I was going to die. I put it on Light mode. The song's difficulty is 5 feet in Light mode. Ben ignored that (or didn't see it) and tried it on standard. But we both passed it somehow. I had something like 114 Boos and still managed to somehow pull a C out of my ass, or rather my feet. Somewhere in the jumble of arrows, I must have actually hit the right buttons every now and again. It was insane. I'm going to do it again sometime.

And tomorrow is full of much happiness because I am going to go see Lacy! I'm flying out of Dulles at 1:00 pm and should arrive in Logan Airport in Boston at about 2:30. I'll be there until Saturday, which means that Lacy and I get to brave the crowds for Harry Potter together. WOOT! There are plans that include Salem, the Emerald Square Mall, and perhaps Jordan's Furniture Store. Yes, I said furniture store, but Lacy assures me that it has an IMAX. Can you imagine? It sounded awesome.

Oh, and I had an infestation of earwigs (pincher bugs) in my bathroom a while back. They're all gone now, along with the creepy centipede that came crawling up out of my overflow hole in my sink while I was brushing my teeth. I screamed. I'm surprised Mr. Lillard didn't come down to check on me for that one. Anyway, Dad sprayed some Bug-B-Gone around the outside of the building and there have been minimal problems since. I swear the bugs come into my shower just to die, though. Nothing I do to them, it's just that one minute they're crawling in my shower and the next time I see them, they aren't moving. Perhaps because I spray Tilex in there every morning... *shrug*

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
8:37 pm
Reasons I hate briefs...
Ha! Thought I was going to write about underpants didn't you? Fooled you then.

No, I just finished briefing 8 US Court Cases involving special ed law. Talk about tedious. Not hard, mind you, but time consuming. They give you this 24 page court case and say, "Here. Compact all this into a one-page document." At least I had a form to follow. Honestly, it could have been much much worse. I've only been at this for the past... um... well, almost seven hours now.

But it's not so bad. I only have one more week of class left and then I get summer vacation! YAY! Maybe I'll actually finish unpacking my boxes.

Other good news: I get to go see Lacy in a few weeks! Happy! There are insidious plans in the works for when I get up there. Not sure whether I'm flying or driving yet. Probably driving. Airfare is mucho $$.

Hum... Gonna call Ben. Talk about nothing. Listen to him play WoW. Cry because the game will Gib my computer something fierce so I can't play. But he's leveling up my character, so maybe next time I'm up I'll get to see all the niftiness he's done to her. Maybe Meagan and Lacy will be on and we can all play.

Rambling now.
Bye-bye

Current Mood: groggy
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
8:36 pm
Net at last!!!!
Thank the Maker! I have the internet! I think I was going through withdrawl there. So, for those of you who haven't heard the saga of Adelphia here it is:

So, I went to set up my cable internet. No big deal, right? You hook up a few cables, run the installer badda-bing badda-boom! Internet! Well, it should have been, anyway. I got to the install page and it wanted my account number. No problem, I'll just call Adelphia and get it. Yeah, you'd think that wouldn't you? So, I call them up and turns out taht, despite the fact that I paid them $50.30 to give me TV and HSI, I don't have an account. It took an hour and the poor guy still couldn't find me. He gave me a $20 credit (Note put on my dad's account that says to give me said credit when they find me) and told me to go to my local office and work it out with them. No big deal. I head over to the office, they give me my account number, and everything seems peachy-swell.

Only....
I can't access the install page anymore.

Next day...
I call Adelphia tech support again. And you'll never guess what happened. Seems that despite the fact that I paid them $50.30 for TV and HSI AND I have an account number, my account doesn't exsist. Shit. Well, the tech guy sees that I have a $20 credit to my account because I was on the phone for an hour last time and they couldn't find me, so he decided that he'd just set up an account for me. *Very happy squee noises from my end of the phone* So he sets it up and BOOM! INTERNET! YAY!

Only...
I went to dinner with my mom. I came back home. I sat down at my computer to access Live Journal. Guess what? I couldn't connect to the internet. Back on the phone with Adelphia. The tech guy told me to unplug the modem and plug it back in.

So, now I have net. ^_^ I don't know how long it will last, but I have it. YAY!

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
5:31 pm
Good Weekend
Well, this past weekend was pretty good. I went up to Pittsburgh and visited Mr. Benji. He made me dinner Friday night: Beef in red wine sauce... yummers... And Saturday we went out shopping for some barstools for my new place. We checked IKEA but the ones I wanted were out of stock, so we drove around Robinson looking at some other furniture stores. The one place we went to was really hoity-toity. We walked in and the saleslady greeted us and told us that the barstools were up by clearance (forgetting to mention WHERE clearance was) but that they were probably a little to fancy-shmancy for us. Whatever. A single chair, on sale, was $129. >.< Too much money. So we went down the road a bit to OakWorks. The ladies there were really nice and helped us find some awesome solid maple swivle stools for $89 per chair. COnsidering the going price on the pine, non-swivels at IKEA was $69 per chair, I thought this was pretty reasonable. So, we picked them up. As my car is chock full of boxes, Ben offered to bring them down when I move in on the 12th. We had dinner at the Olive Garden *loves the Olive Garden* and went to the Mall. Which brings me to what Ben did. He bought World of Warcraft and he let me play it. It was AWESOME! And I hate him, the bastard ;) because I want it now. Not that it will do me any good at all to get it because my computer won't run it. I'd need to buy a new computer as well. But I need a washer and dryer first. :(

So, Sunday we cleaned Ben's apartment. What started out as "COuld you help me clean? I only have to pick up some clutter and vacuum?" became a very thorough cleaning of everything but Ben's bedroom. No dusting, but we scrubbed the kitchen and the bathroom. Though, I had to stop scrubbing the tub when the fumes finally built up in the bathroom. That place has no ventillation, even with the door open and the fan on.

Monday came, we went to Chevron, had lunch, and I went back to Frostburg. I decided to just leave early TUesday morning and completely avoid trying to head back to Hagerstown on Memorial Day Evening.

And so tonight I continue the packing barrage, laundry, etc... And I have some phone calls to make tonight too.

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
8:53 am
More stuff
I decided to continue this. That little voice in the back of my head won't let me rest until I do. You know, there's no worse feeling in the world than the knowledge that you've hurt the people you care about. I feel like I do it all the time. I let people down. I shut them out.

Katsu was probably the best time in the world. I felt like a barrier had been dropped. I felt free. Happy. It was the first time since I started student teaching that I didn't feel like an outsider among my friends. Yet, when it was over, what did I do? I shut everyone out again. It must be like having the door slammed in your face. Like you've been invited in to someone's house but as soon as your foot hits the threshold, BANG! Door in the face. I don't know why I do that. I haven't felt like talking to anyone aside from Ben for a long while. I don't know why. I just don't want to talk. About anything.

It's not that I don't want to fix things, somehow make things right. I just don't know how. Sorry doesn't cut it, because no matter how bad I feel about it, the fact is that I have DONE anything to change it. Ben mentioned that some of the problem is that none of us wants to be the one to initiate things. Certainly true for me. I don't think I'll ever be able to make amends with everyone.

I just wanted to get that out.
Sorry, all.

Current Mood: uncomfortable
6:59 am
Stuff
You know, I've been thinking about this past year and my friends. I'm not on AIM as much as I was during college. And, though I promised to try to keep in touch, I just haven't. I've been letting other things fill up my time: work, writing IEP's, cleaning, karate, etc. I shouldn't have been filling up my life with all this. I should have been filling it up with my friends. And, because I've been doing that, I lost a really good friend. Sometimes it seems like the only friend I have left from college is Ben and that's because he's my boyfriend. I call him every night. I make the time for him, but not for my other friends. It's not really fair to them.

It's been a losing battle for me to keep in contact with people ever since I started student teaching. I wonder sometimes if it wouldn't have been better to have gone for soemthing else. I just sort of stopped talking one day. I wish I had done this sooner. This livejournal. At least it would ahve been something.

Yet, there's still this small part of me that says, "Hey, if they were concerned about keeping in touch, they could have just as easily IMed you or called you." Feh. I tell it to shut up. From my end of things, I just feel really awkward just calling to talk about nothing or IMing about nothing. I feel like I'm bothering the person somehow. It's stupid to think that. They're by friends, right?

Maybe they feel the same way. Like they're bothering me. I don't know.

I promised I'd keep in contact. I broke that promise, lost a friend.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
10:38 pm
New Journal
Well, here is my New Live Journal journal. W00t! I'm tired and should og to bed. Wanted to put up that I am in the middle of packing to move back to the 'Burg. I have a new job for next year and I'm finishing up teaching for this year. Then I have to move, take classes at WVU, visit Lacy in MA and go to Kennywood with Ben sometime. Oh, and last Friday was my birthday. Ben took me out to Tokyo Steakhouse and we got some hibachi salmon that was extra super good. I saw Episode III. Emotional Sledgehammer. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to cry or stab something. I was all angry and sad and a little voice in my head kept yelling "Firey burning stabbity death!" throughout the movie. Mostly at Emperor Palpatine, sometimes at Annikan. But twas still good. And Mace Windu didn't die "like a sucka". Wah. Sleepy time. Brain. Poof!

Nighty night

Current Mood: sleepy
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