Monday, December 05, 2005

I start tomorrow!

Got a call today - everything is in order and I start tomorrow at 8 a.m.

I think most of tomorrow will probably be more paperwork, reading school materials/curriculum stuff, and observing the classroom. Kaia will be in her first real classroom setting and I'm a little nervous about how she'll do. She's got some issues (she's very afraid of public toilets, for example), so we'll see how it goes tomorrow. I'm packing some extra clothes in case she has an accident...usually it doesn't get to that point, but there's a good possibility that she'll at least be disruptive when she has to go.

I don't have any idea how the food siatuation works, either. I know the teachers eat with the children, but I am a VERY picky eater and am bringing something tomorrow (bringing something for Kaia, too) since there's a good chance that whatever they have, I won't like. And I wonder if I get an actual lunch-like break at all since we eat with the kids...so many questions! I guess I'll find out all of this tomorrow.

One other thing. There is a dress code. A weird one, if you ask me. You can wear either black or tan/beige pants (fine - that seems normal enough) and either red, white, or navy blue shirts. WTF? Sorry, but that just seemed odd to me. If they want to be that restrictive, they should just make us wear some sort of company shirt or something. And I would've liked to know the dress code sooner than 24 hours before I am supposed to work since I don't own any red, navy blue, or white shirts (I, of course, own white shirts...they're all either t-shirts with stuff on them or button-up blouses that would probably get ruined working with four-year olds all day long). So I had to go buy some new shirts today. UGH.

Wish me luck tomorrow!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Do unto others

Okay peeps, I'm giving you an assignment.

I want you to do something nice for someone else today (or tomorrow or Monday...) - a sort of random act of kindness.

I was just sitting here thinking about how fortunate I am for the life that I have - a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, a wonderful family, etc. I know we all take what we have for granted from time to time (or all the time).

I'm sure you all realize that I'm a sort of 'bleeding heart' liberal. But, a lot of it is talk without action. That is, I don't often act like a bleeding heart. I don't do enough charitable things - as nice a person as I am, simply being nice and believing that ALL people should be treated with compassion doesn't exactly feed a hungry child, does it?

Last week I bought a Christmas gift for one of the angel tree kids and it made me feel good. I know all too well what it's like to go without and now that I'm in a position (at least MORE of a position) to help, I figure that I should put my money where my mouth is. When I was a teenager, my family had it really rough. My grandma started to get sick (she had been our sole source of financial support since my mom was often too sick to hold down a job) and the money was scarce...beyond scarce. When I was 15, my mom got remarried and we were now a family of six. That year, my mother and step-father's combined income was around $16K. Yeah...$16K for a family of 6 doesn't go very far. We were on food stamps. It was embarrasing, but it was through no fault of my parents' - my mom was too sick and my step-dad was between jobs. My freshman year in college it was even worse...they made just over $12K that year. Mom had taken a job as a realtor and she ended up only making about $1K for the entire year after all of her costs were factored in. Step-dad was working as a contractor (all sorts of stuff) and it wasn't a good year. It was rough to say the least. I hope my small contribution will at least help make someone's Christmas a little brighter.

So, in the spirit of the holidays (not that we shouldn't do it all year long, of course) I'm asking all of you to do something nice for someone else.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lost Jackpot!

WARNING!!!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE OF LOST, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO CONTINUE (and if you haven't seen it, wtf is wrong with you?)

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Last night, as I do every Wednesday night at 8 o'clock, I sat down to watch Lost.

The episode was supposed to reveal the truth behind Kate's past (her crime). Kate has been my least favorite Lostie since the beginning - I've enjoyed her episodes and backstories the least of all (I've enjoyed pretty much every Lost episode, but hers tend to be my least favorite). So, I was hoping that maybe this new Kate-centric episode would finally be one that I would really enjoy.

Ask and ye shall receive!

Last night's episode was chock full of great stuff - we finally understand a little bit more about Kate and why she is the way she is. She's still nowhere near the top of my list of favorite characters, but at least we know enough about her and her past to appreciate her a little bit more.

The episode begins with a scene of Kate in some drunken man's home...he's basically harassing her and she's extremely uncomfortable. He's in bed, she leaves...and the house blows up.

WTF! Way to start off the song with a bang (literally). As the show moves on, we learn lots of great things about Kate and her backstory, as well as some things about other Losties, too. Kate goes to her mom to tell her that she killed the man (who we are to assume is mom's abusive boyfriend) and her mom asks "what have you done?". Kate says she has to leave. Her flashbacks show that the marshal had caught her once before Sydney, but he swerved off the road into a tree at the sight of a some sort of large animal in the road. Kate gets out of the car and sees a large black horse standing in the road. Previously in the episode, Kate sees a black horse on the island. Creepy! She sees the horse after she runs away from Sawyer (who had just grabbed Kate around the neck and screamed "why did you kill me?") - creepy! And as if that wasn't enough, we find out that the man Kate knew as her father (the military pilot dude) is NOT her biological father - her biological father is mom's abusive boyfriend. Whoa. Dad was in Vietnam when Kate was conceived (that's how she found out the truth). So Kate killed the abusive boyfriend because she hated that he was a part of her.

Also, we learned that the Orientation film from Dharma Initiative was, at one time, separated by someone. In perhaps one of the coolest scenes yet, we see the two camps' "men of mystery" (Locke and Eko) sitting in the hatch. Eko proceeds to tell Locke a story. He relates the story of how Josiah rebuilt his kingdom not with gold, but with a book...a special book (The Old Testament). Eko then tells Locke that they, too, found a hatch on their part of the island...and inside, they discovered a book. Eko tells Locke that he thinks they will find the book very helpful. Locke opens the book and as he leafs through the pages, sees that there is a large hole cut out of the middle of the book - and inside the hole...the missing film! They put the filmstrips together and now the man in the film orders them to, under no circumstances, use the computer for anything other than entering the alarm code. It should NOT be used in an attempt to make communication, yada yada yada. Cut to Michael (who has been tinkering with the computer)...the countdown stops...a message appears on the screen...

"Hello?"
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Michael types, "Hello?"
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"Who is this?"
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Michael types, "Michael" (he types slowly, no doubt for effect)
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"Dad?"

Holy Fucking Shit! Cut to Michael's face to see him in stunned silence and that's all folks...the end of the episode.

Way to make us go insane while we wait 4 weeks for the next new episode!

In a related story...last night's powerball numbers came on during the Lost broadcast in my time zone. The first number: 42. STFU! Joking, I said "23". The second number: 23. Whoa. Too weird! Now if the third number had been 16 (it was 19...I swore it WAS 16 for a second) I would have passed out!