Wednesday, November 04, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 12:02 It's my dad's birthday today! <3 =) #
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Sunday, November 01, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 02:47 Happy Dia de los Muertos! And yay for an extra hour of sleep! #
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 15:53 It's my mom's birthday today! <3 =) #
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Friday, October 16, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 23:06 OMG it's too darn cold! #
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 10:15 YES! OCTOBER FIRST! Only 30 more daaays~ #
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Friday, September 25, 2009

In the last 24 hours...

  • 00:00 The weather is so cray cray. It's hot when it's supposed to be a bit cooler. #
  • 16:53 I LOVE Top Cat; it's WAY better than most cartoons these days. #
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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  • 10:53 Requiescat en Pace, Mr. Swayze. <3 #
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Recent remarks from students. Particularly of the AP variety.

ON a multiple choice test: "Mrs. Whole Nother Day? Can you help me? I know the right answer, I just don't which of these it is."

About scheduling presentations randomly (so that everyone has to be there every day): "But Friday is Seniors' last day, what if we don't want to present that day, and we want to go the day before?" "Well, the rest of us have to be here two weeks past that date, so we'll try real hard to feel sad that you have to give a presentation on your last day. That's two weeks before our last day."

About getting zero credit on an free-response answer: "But I knew what I meant, I just kept writing words so you'd see that."

From a junior, regarding the days after seniors are done: "So do we have to come to class?" "I will mark you absent if you're not here." "But what if our mom excuses us?" "That's between you and your mom." "But will it be unexcused?" Pause. "Huh."

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Originally uploaded by karijean
There's always a question of how many notes do you give a babysitter? Exactly how anal-retentive and nervous do you want to seem? The question gets doubled when you have a friend--who hasn't really babysat in probably two decades--babysitting.

I do think, however, next time we might do better than a post-it note.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Remember what I predicted?

about walking first versus talking first?

First Steps from Kari on Vimeo.

So, today we were packing to go to visit Howie's other grandparents, the ones on the farm. I'm anticipating a big week for him, meeting new family he's never met. I'm also anticipating a week with no internet.

But in other news, it's spring break! And it certainly didn't come a week too soon! Time is counting down on my AP students' time, and on mine. Four weeks, essentially, and I'm free--free--free!!!! I mean, yeah, I still need to show up to work and all, but the stress is off. I don't need to show up at 6:30 anymore, I can show up at 7:00. You wouldn't think that's a huge difference, but trust me. It makes a huuuuge difference in terms of resentment. Not that I don't love my job, because... okay, well, I at least still LIKE it most days.

Now please excuse me, because I'm going to go watch that video again. Those last ten seconds, where Howie sees me, really sees me, and finds me worth the extra effort of walking to? Make me all gushy inside. Today, a friend's two-year-old, who's met me, like, twice, pointed at me and said, "She's someone's mama." That's right, kiddo, I am. I'm other things too--teacher, wife, Joan-Jett-karaokeing-fool--but I'm Howie's mama, and that's better than I'd ever imaginined.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New skills

Things are busy here. Gone are the days where you can just plop the little man in a bouncy chair and gurgle at him.

They say that babies either walk or talk first... and I know where Howie's placed his money.

Stairs from Kari Hay on Vimeo.

It involves a lot of following him around like his personal valet.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Coming back

This past week. I tell you. How did your week go? That bad?

Here's how to tell if your week was as bad as my week.

Wednesday, I was standing in front of my class of 32 sophomores when I felt something on my foot. I looked down.

It was my skirt. Around my ankles. NOT, as it were, around my waist, where--I'm told--skirts normally reside, in the everyday working of things.

Did you find out that your lower half of your clothing was NOT covering your privates? While standing in front of a room of teenagers?


Then YOUR week was not as bad as it could have been.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

Just popping in to say, Howie's got a valentine to share with y'all.

Start here.

My you have a companion for whatever sort of trouble you want to get into.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Car time 2
Originally uploaded by karijean
A pause has been taken (obviously) in the blogging while I recharge. In the meantime, vroom! vroom vroom vroom! is a really fun game.