Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I don't talk much about my work

Only to say how much I love it and how much fun I have there. Plus the girls I work with are awesome and the kids are fabulous and... where was I?

Yes. I don't talk about work. But something so cool happened today that I can't help but tell you. It was past my normal shift time and I was just wrapping up some last minute paperwork. Just forms and stuff and in my head I was halfway home. A four-year old girl who's not normally in my class came up to me and asked if she could "sing my special song". (I'm calling her Ivy because Scott wouldn't let me use that name for Audrey and I love it. Needless to say it's not hers...)

I mumbled "sure" but I kept on writing and barely looked up. Seriously, I thought she was going to break out the Dreidel Song that I'd heard easily fifty thousand times (no hyperbole here) since the beginning of Hanukkah, or something like it. I'm an idiot because she opened her mouth and this came out:

When I realized, I put my pen down and stared and by the end I was biting my lip to keep from crying. If you say you saw a tear run down my cheek I'll deny it but it may or may not be true. I couldn't believe it!

She had such a sweet voice and knew all the words perfectly. Suddenly I wasn't in such a hurry to leave. I gave her such a squeeze when she was done!

So I just want to say thank you to Ivy who made my afternoon a whole lot more Miserable. Get what I did there?


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hello Thursday

For today's post I thought I'd regale you with some YouTube clips that have me obsessing lately. Be forewarned that they're pretty geeky so turn away now if you aren't similarly inclined.

1. The first is Will Smith's new movie trailer which also stars his son Jaden. Will and I have a strange relationship. I love him like a brother and I'm bizarrely convinced that if he and I met we'd be instant friends. Our families would hang out together having BBQs and playing board games. In fact around my house we call him "Uncle Will". But that still doesn't silence the part of me who does so enjoy seeing him with his shirt off. Don't judge.

The trailer for Les Miserables. Never before had I even considered leaving my family on Christmas Day to see a movie. I can barely sit through this trailer without tearing up. I simply canNOT wait.

My love of all things Who is unprecedented and well known here so let's not dwell. But I will say that between Les Mis and The Doctor Who Christmas Special, Christmas Day is going to be very very special for Santa's brownest nerd.

4. Star Trek. The trailer for the new movie came out and Oh My Hell, it looks fantastic. I must have watched this 15 times and all it is is explosions and screaming.

5. Strange new movie about a zombie who comes back to life through the power of love. Yes, I know it sounds dumb and mostly for teens but if you think about most of the above clips, you'll see why it appeals to me. Plus why can they have vampire love stories and werewolf romances and nothing with zombies? I'm all for equality.

6. I just added this last one because as most of you know I work in a Jewish preschool and it's Hanukkah this week. This song has been stuck in my head on a loop and I thought maybe by posting it it would loosen its hold. Unfortunately I spent 10 minutes looking for the perfect version (one that was most like the one we sing in class) and it has only served to make it worse. I think at this point if you cracked open my skull, dreidels would spill out.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

At 2:01 pm Tuesday I was

What else? Knitting. What happened to me? I used to be so cool, now I spend my afternoons in my leopard print Snuggie, watching the Food Network and knitting like I live in a nursing home. Please come back, summer. It's the time of year I feel more like an athlete and less like an old age pensioner. Yikes!


PS: To illustrate my point about how long I can stay stationary, please enjoy the finished hat that was started on those needles only yesterday. I finished it about 15 minutes ago...

Monday, December 10, 2012

So the other day I saw one of those bumper stickers.

You know the ones. The braggy ones that say "Proud Parent of an Honour Student". To be honest I only think they're braggy because I'll never get to stick one on my car. Do they even make stickers for the less academically inclined? Where's my bumper sticker proclaiming "Parent of a Student"?

As the mother of 3 completely average kids, can I sour grape the "proud parents" for a minute? They have to take their clever kids to expensive tutoring sessions and extra lessons while I get to spend quality time with my little braniacs shopping at the Mall or watching The Walking Dead. These smartypants kids get to go to enriching music classes while my little darlings are at hockey practices getting their clocks cleaned by other similarly inclined children.

Plus, if your kids are super smart, they inevitably leave to go to some specialised University, learning more and more, far, far away from your loving arms. Whereas my wonderful spawn will be living in my house for a long long (long) time.

So brag if you will, bumper sticker parents. My kids will stay here with me forever and that is what I keep trying to convince myself is exactly what I want. So yeah.


Friday, December 7, 2012

At 2:01 Tuesday I

Was at the library looking for some French books about winter and winter clothes. Incredibly I'm the French teacher for my little preschool class. Don't tell anyone but the senior kindergarten kids in my class who go to French immersion school in the afternoons will be miles ahead of me (language-wise) once they graduate to grade 1. But we still have a ball. For instance, on Monday I dressed in my outdoor clothes then took them off while describing each of them in French  Oh my god, I just read that back and it sounds like the world's grossest and most inappropriate striptease.

Quel horreur!