May 15th, 2011

etc // forgotten fairytale


For years I've had this recurring dream about going somewhere warm and tropical and islandy (sometimes it's explicitly Hawaii, but not always), lying on the beach and soaking up the rays, although usually something either prevents me from getting there or for staying for more than a day or two. Last night I had the dream again, only somehow I had gotten there without making hotel reservations...

And then I wake up, and it's Sunday and it's raining and I have no idea what's going to happen with my job next year.

I want to go back to my island :(
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Just wanted to introduce you...

... to one of my new favorite books!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

I was introduced to this book through a Hunger Games comm, and obviously there are parallels: a YA book/trilogy that involves teenagers fighting and dying... a complicated and angsty 'ship... a post-apocalyptic world set in a future USA... But it really stands by itself, and, especially as a debut, it's pretty brilliant. I also really liked the extremely-subtle message that religion is okay, that it's something that is actually good and actually strengthens a person. It's not a message I see in fiction a whole lot. Don't know what more I can say! Read it!
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Not that I'm counting.

18 school days left.

17 student days left.

11 days left of me actually teaching students.

4 days left of having all my classes.

That probably looks pretty confusing, but the 11 days is the important part.
etc // the man // i'm on a horse

Do I need a note from my doctor?

So for those who don't know, I got pink-slipped again. Not a big shock, it's happened every year, but I did get rescinded last year and there was some hope that it might happen again. But things are just too iffy, the state hasn't decided on a budget, and the district is skittish about promising to pay out money they aren't positive will be there. There's still some hope that things for next year might be resolved quickly, but... I'm just trying to go with the flow.

The one 'good' thing is that if I get laid off, I don't get to keep my sick days, which means I kind of get to play with them a little. I'm thinking about taking a day off this week. Can't be tomorrow because it's a short day and I have a meeting - can't be Wednesday because I have after-school class - can't be Friday because there's just too much going on with the kids. So... to play hooky Tuesday or Thursday?

Tuesday or Thursday?


Gratuitous clicky-box!

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