Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Jason Segel, my love

I love Jason Segel, you know, as an actor. Okay, okay. I totally have a crush on him... as an actor! I have recently discovered that this crush actually goes way back. I had just forgotten. See, Knocked Up is one of my favorite movies. Jason is in that. His character is sleazy and weird, but he's great at it. Then there is How I Met Your Mother. I loved that show from the get go, even though it's really not extraordinary. I now realize it's because of Marshall, Jason Segel's character. I guess I knew it then, but I still hadn't remembered the origin of my crush: Freaks and Geeks. I hadn't thought about that show for ever. Jason Segel's character, Nick, was much like his Marshall character: sweet, goofy, sensitive, a little neurotic. That is where my crush began. There is also Undeclared. Jason plays a crazy boyfriend, but still a sweetheart. Both series also feature Seth Rogan (Knocked Up lead) and both were created by Judd Apatow who also did Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin. Seth Rogan went on to do Superbad. The commentary on all three movies (which my husband listens to) discuss how they pulled actors from Freaks and Geeks or Undeclared. So, W got both series on Netflix and I am loving them... again! Also, I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jason Segel wrote the script and I am very impressed with his creative talent. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but a certain musical aspect was actually fully created by Jason before he began writing the script. I love funny, creative guys. Seth Rogan has a new movie coming out soon. He's number two on my crush list, so I'm looking forward to that. The list pretty much ends there right now.

I would have linked every show and movie, but my computer is dieing. It's been dying for a year now, but it's gotten to the point where I cannot open more than one window at a time. So, look up the shows for yourself and get them on Netflix. When Forgetting comes out we're definitely buying it. It'll be fun to see what W thinks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Wonders of Toothpaste and Child Neglect

The spring semester basically sucked. Will and I were sick for most of it and we all had influenza. So, with being sick, going to school, doing school work and trying to keep up with laundry, dishes, and feed everyone, the children's emotional needs were neglected. I'm not sure we did one fun thing with them that entire semester! Well, that's not true. G was not as neglected as S. G, being only 2.5 was home with either her dad or me and so we could take her places with us and I did start a play group at our church. However, she still got the cold shoulder most of the day while W or I did school work. S, who is at school 6 hours a day, did not get much emotional attention from us. As a result, she acted out for attention. She drew on her bedroom wall, she drew on the living room wall and on the carpet, she tore up the decorative boarder on her wall, and she started biting her arm again recently. She bites her forearm when she gets extremely frustrated with her dad and/or me. She started biting Sept. of 2006. It was a stressful time for me and W because W's great-uncle, who lived with us, was diagnosed with Parkinsons and went into the hospital. We weren't sure he'd ever get out. He did and so we worked on helping S not be so destructive. We took a parenting class at her preschool from the book How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk. It was very helpful. We also tried counseling, but mostly the change in mine and W's attitudes and language and approach made the difference and she stopped biting by the end of that school year. All last summer and this school year it was a rarity for her to bite. The other thing S did to deal with stress was to stress out about her clothes being uncomfortable. She started that at the same time as the biting. We solved that with giving her overalls and boys boxer-briefs to wear. They were loose and comfortable. She is still happy with wearing overalls or dresses and I'm happy to announce she is wearing girl underwear again!!!

S's attention-grabbing antics made for messy walls, so I looked up how to remove pencil marks and toothpaste was the answer. It worked really well. The smell started to make me sick after a while though.

While typing this, G came over and reminded me that she also has a new stress-relieving habbit: she picks her bottom lip. She makes it bleed. It's really gross.

I can understand how both girls feel. I had a lip-picking episode around 6-8 years old, I'm not really sure. I also fussed about clothing not feeling right. So, was my childhood stressful and I'm repeating that with my children or are we just predispositioned to stress out more than we should? Probably a bit of both. Now that the semester is over I feel much less stressed and summer is my favorite time of year. The girls should have a more involved parent. I just have to do better when the school year starts up again.

Monday, May 5, 2008

When do I pee?

I substituted for a third grade class today. It was pretty terrible. I feel so bad for classroom teachers in this school system. There was one assistant for all three third grade classrooms. Teachers only get "breaks" when the kids go to Connect Classes (art, music, gym, spanish). I got to the school during their spanish class this morning, so I had about 20 minutes to read the lesson plans and prepare. Fortunately, we switched students for Reading. I seemed to have a pretty capable group and it went well. I had some kids get out of hand with going to the bathroom, so I knocked on another teacher's door and the problem kid spent the rest of the morning with that teacher. The other problem kid who just would NOT stop talking stayed with the assistant most of the day. It was crazy keeping track of the kids. I just couldn't. A few of them switched classes for reading and then later in the day for math. At recess they tried to pull the wool over my eyes about being allowed to play fight. A kid ended up getting written up for really going at it hard. Fortunately, the assistent took care of that. She got the story from one of the kids and the other kid is already labeled as a sneaky, bad boy, so that was that. That sneaky, bad boy was very smart and pretty polite. Too bad they get labeled, but that is what happens and they sure do live up to those labels.

The really awful thing about this school system is the teachers do not get a lunch break. They are responsible for taking the class to lunch AND recess. To me, that is BULL SHIT! I know a lot of schools do that. I subbed for one in MD that did that too. In my elementary school growing up we had cafeteria monitors who watched us at lunch AND at recess. The teachers actually got to use their teacher's lounge during that time. That should be a right. At this school the teachers had to clean off the tables after the class ate. Not a big problem, but it's NOT DAYCARE. It's teaching and I think there should be a line there of what a teacher does and does not do. There should be other positions for lunch and recess duty. I could not be a classroom teacher here. Fortunately I'm looking to be an art teacher, so I definitely get a lunch break. I got home today and realized I had not been to the bathroom all day.

I applied to be a camp counselor this summer. I'm seriously wondering if I will hate it. Hopefully there will be a lot more help. The good thing is kids will be there to do "fun" activities and not to work.

Friday, May 2, 2008


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