Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Confusing the Moon

I had to give a presentation (on Bloom's Taxonomy) in front of the entire staff at my school this morning, so of course I wake up with an awful cold and full-blown pink eye. My eye was stinging so much this morning that I pretty much thought I was screwed. I started to get ready anyway, and as time passed, my eye got somewhat less runny, although it was still really sensitive to light. I had to put my makeup on in half-darkness just to make it work. At one point I decided I was going to have to call in sick, so I thought I would just show up to work to give my presentation and then go home when I was finished. You should see the clothes I wore today--usually I dress really professionally, but today I wore denim capri pants, a green fundraiser t-shirt, and my hair was in a sloppy pony tail (not to mention my eye was a lovely shade of pink). Finally, at the last minute, I decided that I was just going to stay at work. Sometimes the effort to create sub plans is simply not worth it, and I was already up and dressed. It wound up being a pretty good day though--I felt like my students learned a lot today, and I was able to teach in the dark (by using PP), which felt good on my eye.

Yesterday I met my friend Sarah for dinner, and we had some good conversations while the kids played. When I left, it was about 6:40 in the evening. On the horizon there was a red ball, and I couldn't figure out whether it was the sun or the moon. It was still very slightly daylight, so I thought it might be the sun...it looked too large to be the moon. At the same time, all the recent fires have put so much ash in the air, that it looked like it might be a large "blood moon." Either way, it looked strange. When I got home I felt almost cheated because I never figured out which it was. I mean, when in life does a person ever confuse the sun with the moon? Trinity and Elijah couldn't tell either. We finally got our answer later that night, when the dark red ball was still in the sky, but it was now higher and it was completely dark. It turned out to be the moon. It's interesting what effects all this smoke creates in the sky.

Next Friday I will be going to "ASB Camp" in Big Bear with about thirty eighth graders. I am really excited, but also nervous because I have to drive one of the vans. I am somewhat of an edgy driver when it comes to driving in unfamiliar areas, so hopefully I can squelch those feelings down when it's time to leave.