Friday, March 28, 2008

I've been the maternity sub for the 7th grade language arts (or writing, if you don't want to be stupid about it, but that's a different gripe) teacher for the past week, and it's been exhausting. Not because I don't love teaching writing, because I do, but because I spend three-quarters of my time babysitting the dozen or so (male) students who will not just shut up and sit still for the love of God. My faith in the future of humanity is slowly eroding.

I forgot to write about my jury duty experience! It sucked, oh my God. I didn't get paneled the first day, or even have to go in the second. Then I was put on a jury for a case about aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Which was as wonderful as you can imagine. I thought it was a pretty straight forward case - when a man says, I never touched the seven-year-old granddaughter of my wife, but if I did, I may have just thought it was my wife, then you know he did it. But not only did the jury end up being hung, and they had to declare a mistrial, but I didn't even get to deliberate. I was the alternate. I had to sit in the jury lounge for two days, which was longer than the length of the actual trial, and just...imagine what stupid, boneheaded things people were saying in his defense. Argh.

That was my first experience with jury duty; I've always been away at college before. What have you guys experienced?

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's the most wonderful time of the year! We watched basketball pretty much all day yesterday, will do the same today, and then we get second round action this weekend, and it's just so fantastic. I love the tournament. I'm trying not to jinx us, but I feel pretty confident we can make it to the Final Four this year.

I'm also trying to rewatch all of Battlestar before S4 begins April 4. I'm not too confident in my ability to do so, especially now that I'm going to be a long-term sub for a teacher who has gone on maternity leave (yay money!). I may have to skip to just the highlights, which is still a fair number of episodes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yesterday I had to scrape ice off my windshield. Today I went outside in short sleeves without a jacket. Oh, March, you crazy bitch.

I'm quite proud of myself for finishing act one of my Lizzie Borden screenplay, without deadlines or external pressure. I wrote this morning, and it's still just trucking along. I have felt very productive recently, which is a nice change of pace. After coming home in May, I've had extended periods of blah, and it's good to have some purpose. Part of it the last week, I know, has been because I just joined the Y, and am exercising again, which always makes one feel better.

When my mom and I went to see The Other Boleyn Girl, we did so with free passes to an advance screening she got from a friend. There, we met an older retired couple who have the inside track to all the free KC screenings, and have hooked us up. Tomorrow, I will hopefully (if I didn't RSVP too late) get to see Run, Fat Boy, Run. Laura can't come, since she has two midterms that afternoon :(, but I'm still excited anyway.

Monday, March 3, 2008

I'm posting this more as a record for myself, not because I think any of you care. Heh.

8. Streams of Silver, R.A. Salvatore. 2-3
9. The Halfling’s Gem, R.A. Salvatore. 2-8.
10. The Legacy, R.A. Salvatore. 2-14.
11. Starless Night, R.A. Salvatore. 2-17.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007). 2-6
7. Be Kind, Rewind (2008). 2-24
8. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). 2-28

I'm so behind on movies. I didn't go to the library for weeks because it was snowy and cold and then I was sick, and when I did go to the library I never got around to watching the movies I checked out because I'm lazy. I'm finally taking a break from that fantasy series I'm reading to check out the new Stephen King, which is a nice break; I'm kind of tired of reading about elves.