Monday, November 16, 2009

Crampy but Good

The pond is actually coming along! We picked up four "flax" plants on clearance over the weekend to plant around the pond. Of course, everything green is on clearance right now because, seriously, what kind of fool starts landscaping in November? (rhetorical question, please don't respond). I was so proud of our flax plants until we got them home and set them around our kidney-bean-shaped hole...that's when I realized that we were going to need many more plants. Those four little suckers just aren't quite creating that lush greenscape that we're going for. We also have our seating area now, which Clint is currently putting together. It's a shiny pecan-stained wooden park bench--we found it at Rite-Aid for $40, and we had a $20 off coupon. I still can't believe we got this charming little bench at a drug store for 20 bucks! It's amazing the kind of deals you find when you're out getting ice-cream.

Work was good, except for I had really uncomfortable cramps all day. Given that in my last entry I reported I was feeling cranky, I'm sure you can deduce the reason why.

I had a great conversation with my principal today. She wants me to try out this new program in which students' progress is charted and boldly displayed on the classroom walls. I just finished reading all of the information she provided me regarding the program, and it's going to be a ton of work (especially in the beginning), but I am really excited about it and already eager to get started. She said that I could let all of the information digest in my brain for awhile and start after Christmas break, but I don't know if I want to wait that long. But, thinking about it now, it might take me that long to get everything set up in my classroom to make this work, so maybe I will begin after Christmas break. If the program goes well for me, I may end up sharing the idea with the rest of the staff. We'll see how it goes. :)