Or, Semana Santa as we call it down here!
My dad is coming to visit at the end of May and you know what that means- deliveries from the USA! Okay, it also means I get to see my dad and his wife which is super exciting (especially since his wife has never been to CR!). But it also means I can special order only-available-in-USA products and have them brought down. Don't judge me, Sriracha, fish sauce, and lotion tissues are really important!
So I was also looking at getting Perlita a doggy backpack. My sister mentioned while she was here that I should get her one and fill it up with rocks or something so she gets tired faster on our walks. It's important now because I think she's picking up fleas from the park, so I want to tire her out without having to let her into the park. So doggy backpack it was.
I found a few online for about $30 and I thought that was a great deal. Until yesterday when Oscar said "why don't you make Perlita her backpack?"
Ummm... great idea! Oscar is working this week, so I'm at home, miserable in the heat without much to do.
I found this great pattern online, well not so much pattern as simple instructions. I went to a pasamaneria and got fabric and notions. They didn't have any nice backpack material so I got a less durable material in a prettier pattern. I mean my dog is fancier than khaki. Have you seen her fancy collar??
Monday, March 25, 2013
Or, Semana Santa as we call it down here!
Monday, March 4, 2013
Let me be honest, there's not a lot of things in which I excel. I'm not a great athlete, not a great artist (okay a BAD artist), not a genius. I'm just sort of mediocre. Which I'm cool with, I live a very happy life being mediocre. Mediocrity is totally underrated.
But there's at least one thing I'm really good at- being a teacher.
I'm only in my 3rd year of teaching so of course I have tons and TONS to learn, but I feel like for a third year teacher, I'm doing a pretty banging job. I'm great with classroom management (aka- keeping those brats quiet and orderly), I'm great with building relationships with the kids (in my own sarcastic way), I'm totally cool with asking questions when I don't know what to do, and I know and love my content area- biology.
And I'm proud to be a good teacher. I went into education not because of some inspiring teacher I had who made me want to be better. No. I went into education because I remember sitting in classes thinking "I could do better than this" And so I did. I wanted to be a teacher so maybe the kids would have one less sucky ass teacher to deal with every day at school.
But now I've become the sucky ass teacher. In English.
I told my director I didn't want to do it, I didn't feel comfortable, and I had no experience. It didn't matter. I've been teaching English for about a month now and I'm just freaking terrible at it. Part of it is because I have no idea what I'm doing and part of it is because I find it so freaking boring I can barely stand it. I feel like a failure and I hate that I'm letting myself and the kids down.
In my biology and even dopey little kid science classes I have so much more enthusiasm, so much more energy, so many awesome projects and experiments. English is like "let's read this boring-ass two page story and try to make it into a full 80 minute class somehow..."
So I've made an executive decision to read a book as a class. I'm going to pick stories I want to read and we're going to analyze them. I think this will help because the stories in the textbook are so short and so boring and so awful... I can easily go over parts of figurative speech, grammar, etc while reading an awesome story. Instead of a POS about some blind guy in a tower. I'm going to start with some Kurt Vonnegut for the hell of it, and then go into Edgar Allan Poe because he's a nut job and that's always fun. The kids seem to think they're up for Shakespeare but I sort of doubt it. I might give them a list of books and they can pick one next Monday. Then I'll have about 3 weeks to re-read (or read!) it before we actually start discussing it in the classroom.
I hope I get better. I hate being the boring class.
Props to Project Gutenberg for providing me with so many free online books and stories to choose from!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
I've been wanting to write a blog like this for a while now, but I really started to think about it the other night after watching "Argo". I was told the movie was all "hoo-rah! We're America and we save the day!", which I actually didn't see. I thought it focused a lot on how the USA got itself into the position by being obtuse and how it was actually Canada who saves the day.
I find the "rest of the world" seems to think it's okay to constantly critique the USA, its people and its politics. And again, a lot of the times they have a point that I can certainly agree with. But no one comes from a perfect country free of corruption and greed. You'd never see me constantly picking apart someone else's homeland, it's not my place. I have my opinions about Costa Rica, sure. But I don't spend my days researching ways its government has failed and offended me and the rest of the world. I try to make the best of any situation, or find ways to improve what I don't like or find unfair.