1. I didn't technically have to teach anything today, which was a great way to spend a Friday. My media specialist taught the writing lesson, and during reading time, our counselor and special education teacher provided students with a simulation of what life is like for students with autism. Both lessons were phenomenal.
2. Today was the first day of the week that I didn't take a nap. The first full week after Winter Break is always really hard on teachers.
3. The first week back from Winter Break is hard on students, too. Which is probably why I had to write five referrals today.
4. It started snowing for a while today, and it is expected to snow a bunch more this weekend. Because I hate grocery shopping when there is snow/ice on the ground, I had to go to Wal-Mart during rush hour, which I normally try to avoid at all costs.
5. My phone is not smart, but there have been lots of rumors lately that Verizon is picking up the iPhone very soon. I want one really badly. And I think I've made the mental commitment to go through with the purchase should one actually come out.
6. Tonight, Ashley and Jeremy invited me over for omlettes and hash browns. For dessert, Jeremy made brownies from scratch.
7. Despite the fact that Jeremy made homemade brownies, Ashley, Kelli, and I decided to go get dessert from Dairy Queen. Why? I don't know.
8. After eating our snacks, we decided to play some Mario Kart on the Wii. I do not own such a device, and I don't get many opportunities to practice.
For the first two tracks, I didn't make it past the starting line, as I somehow got myself turned around so that I was driving toward myself, necessitating that I move the Wiimote in the opposite direction of the way I actually wanted to go. My friends eventually helped me figure out my problem, but, needless to say, I spent most of the night in 12th place.
Lesson of the night: After you have selected your character and kart of choice, do not push the "A" button. Doing so really messes up your intentions to drive toward the finish line.
9. The above pictures of Jeremy and Ashley were taken with my new camera. Can you tell a difference? So far, I definitely think that 14.2 megapixels is better than 5. Time will tell.
10. It is way past my bedtime, but I have an all-day meeting tomorrow for which I am ill-prepared. Instead of figuring out what I need to do, I have chosen to write this meaningless list.