I'm fairly certain the last month has happened in both slow motion and on high speed dubbing all at once. Don't ask me how. It just did. Grandma did indeed move in, and we've gotten most everything settled/unpacked/put in storage, depending on what needed to be done. She's letting me use this lovely huge shelving unit in my classroom...yay! On her health front, that's a mixed bag. The PET scan showed -no- tumors in her stomach/liver/pancreas. Yay! There is a large-ish one in her groin area, but it's essentially dormant and has been there for ages. The doc isn't worried. He's sending her for an endoscopy for stomach pain though, and a brain MRI for a small lesion the PET scan revealed on her brain. Dunno what that is yet, so we're a bit worried. She regained a good five pounds since her last appointment, though, so I'm -very- happy about that. All in all, the prognosis is lots, lots better than we originally thought.

School has started! My god, I'm already exhausted. Because we got a 2nd art teacher, we have smaller class sizes, mostly between 20 and 25. Yay! The price to pay for this, though, is that rather than have 12 weeks total with each group, I have only 9 weeks total. YAGH! I have to smoosh 12 weeks of curriculum into 9 weeks? Egads! Okay, not the end of the world. The most difficult part is 4th grade, with whom I used that last 3 weeks to teach recorders. Now I've got to figure a way to get that into this 9 weeks, order the recorders for them, and let them have a vocal concert on top of it. Uh-huh. So I'm going to just combine their recorder/vocal stuff, stretch it out to the last five weeks, and condense the material. It's not ideal, but ah-well. What is?

Whining about my new responsiblities. Woe is me! ;) )

Thoughts about a recent death of someone I only marginally knew. )



January 2011

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