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Monday, June 18, 2012

Can you feel the blah tonight?

We have three days left of school and I feel so blah it's not even funny. The end of the school year is exhausting. It's also a procrastinator's wet dream since there's so much to be done and so little time to put things off. I would compare it to being adrift in the ocean. You've been paddling for a very long time and your whole body is aching with the need to stop swimming.  Every once and a while your head dips below the surface and you come up sputtering and there's a brief spurt of renewed energy. But for the most part, you're slowly sinking into the water each day.

I always find it funny when people who don't work in education talk about our summers off and how lucky we are. It's true, we are lucky, but anyone who does this job knows that summers aren't the reward they're the necessary treatment from the stress of the year. Our own personal brand of PTSD therapy. We give so much of ourselves, use our energy reserves to the last drop; if we didn't have the summers to recharge no one would get a good education.

So to all my fellow educators, whether you're already finished with school or struggling towards the finish like I am, good job!  Congrats! The year is over and you survived another one. You survived whiny kids, abusive parents, ridiculous expectations, long work days, endless grading and even a staff meeting or two.  Teaching is a wonderful career full of some very unique rewards, but as we all know, it kinda sucks sometimes too.  So thanks for all you do, all the little things that go unnoticed and unappreciated. I hope you enjoy your summer to the fullest and get those batteries recharged so you can keep doing all the amazing things you do each year!

Let the summer begin!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cletamus Maximus

Have I mentioned how awesome my dog is? I know people who swoon over their pets can be mildly nauseating, but seriously, Cleo is so much fun.

Ryan calls her Cletus most of the time (don't ask me) and she has so many quirky weird habits.  I thought I'd share a few. There's a lot of videos, but none of them are more than about 20 seconds.

She likes to dive under furniture that is entirely too small for her size and "army crawl" to the other side, or like in this case, just collapse and wag her tail.

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You remember her shower fetish right? Any time the shower starts she dashes in and perches on the side of the tub. I think it's more for the water spraying in her face than the voyeuristic aspect, but who knows. Lately she's started bringing a toy with her, and holds it in her mouth while watching me shower. Would you like some popcorn with the show?




One toy is simply not enough... She grabs another and plays floor hockey, hitting her tennis ball across the room to chase.

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She loves to sleep on her back, with her face buried in something, or where she's about to fall off of something high.






She likes to dance.


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Every now and then she goes bat shit crazy and runs around the house like a lunatic

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When we go for a walk, she has to be carrying something in her mouth. If we don't supply that something, she finds some trash in the street to carry with her.




She and Tessa have this weird relationship. Cleo is absolutely fascinated by her and loves to attack her!



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She likes to be smacked around, especially with a fly swatter.  This video made me so nostalgic, she's so much smaller, still a little puppy!

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This is our dog Cleo.... she's weird and funny and always keeps us entertained.


Anyone else have a pet this crazy?