Friday, December 19, 2014

WLD #14

This is a still from the Teacher Act at the Middle School Talent Show, scheduled for this afternoon.  This year, my amazing colleagues made a music video.  One of them re-wrote the lyrics to  hit single, one of them choreographed dance moves to the incessant chorus, and one of them planned, shot, and edited the video.  I think I might be able to post the video after school today.  I hope and dream that's the case.  I'm in it, as you can see here.

I also wish you could all come and experience how awesome my school is.  I never realized there could be a school like this where all the teachers are fun, silly, AND excellent at their work.  Right now, as an example, my teaching team is working with the science peeps.  Here's how it happened.  They said, "We want to teach about viruses.  Do you want to work with us on that?"  And guess what we said?  We said yes! And then we sat down to talk ideas!  Dream come true.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WLD #13

I'm here to talk about a dream come true.  Back when I got full body psoriasis in March of this year as a result of a legendary facial infection, I never really expected it would go away.  It covered a large percentage of my body, itched, and was hideously ugly.

I've worked with a nice dermatologist who said he couldn't guarantee that it would ever go away, but he was sure that the treatment he prescribed had potential.  Sure enough, I got less monstrous over time and started once again to appear in public.

Four months ago, Dr. F. determined that my body was 11% covered by psoriasis.  Two months ago, he said 8%.  Yesterday, while I paraded around in front of him in my underwear (a step I do not enjoy), he said I'm 1% covered with psoriasis and ready for maintenance treatment of once per week in the light booth.

Things are undeniably better than they were.  AND, here's the good part, I've followed through on my end of the bargain, which is to avoid total immunofailure by taking better care of myself and seeking balance.  I actually did that.  I exercise and relax and see some friends sometimes and hang out with my family, in addition to working. Dream, meet reality.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


To be honest, #TwinTuesday has become a highlight of my week.  It's met every expectation I have, and that's really something because I expected it to change my life.  I've become more creative.  I'm having more ideas.  After years of thinking about it, I started writing a book.  I have three pages, which is more than zero.

It's impossible to understate the power of #TwinTuesday.  I feel like weeping for joy because of it.  And I'm not even lying.

Monday, December 15, 2014

WLD #12

I faced some Sunday blues yesterday.  I'm feeling a little under the weather.  My face is a little blotchy from psoriasis.  The weather here is weird and gray.  I found myself wishing that winter break had already started.

Lucky for me, I know it'll be all the sweeter when it arrives on Friday.  Until then, I have some items to look forward to: I have another week to surprise my Secret Snowflake with neat little treats, I have a predetermined teaching schedule with lots of end-of-quarter activities, and there will be a talent show on Friday.

I went to bed early last night, and I woke up with renewed energy this morning.  I might make it through the day after all.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WLD #11

In my younger days, I loved riding motorcycles.  Once, I bought a box of motorcycle parts and tried to assemble them in my garage.  I failed at this, but the process was worthwhile.  I learned patience, problem-solving, and my small motor skills really spiked.

Later, Dan convinced me that motorcycle riding was not conducive to parenting.  "Have you ever seen a baby on the back of a motorcycle?" he asked. 

I saw his point, but I did get in one last Rally of Real Steel.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WLD #10

My favorite part of working at Starbucks was the crisp, green apron. I used to remove it promptly from the dryer, so that it had a fresh-pressed appearance. I also liked my clinky, plastic name tag, which I affixed in a professional manner.  A third favorite was processing gift cards.  Like, swiping them. People were always so happy to redeem gift cards.  Gleeful, sometimes.

Most of all, I enjoyed that Starbucks was clearly a daily highlight for some of my customers.  It was an honor and a privilege to be part of that.

Friday, December 12, 2014

WLD #9

I wish kids would stop leaving other kids out at recess.  We've talked to them about this behavior many times.  Look, we keep saying, recess is about INclusion, not EXclusion.  They nod their heads, but then they go to the gym at recess and won't let other kids on their teams.

Finally, we got tired of hearing about kids feeling sad about this particular soccer-based recess game called World Cup.  We decided to BAN this recess game and reinstate it as a club in the spring.

One of my little homies was upset about this choice.  "MS. W., he said, passing me in the hall, "They CANCELED World Cup for NO REASON."

"There was a reason," I said.

Deep sighing and head shaking ensued, but I stand by my decision.  We're on hiatus from this particular game, and that's final.