Friday, March 02, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

Working out is beneficial. I just wish I didn't have to do it so much! Oh well. It took a LONG time to get to this point and it will take a LONG time to get away as well. Mostly it has been a good "lifestyle change" week.

It is the weekend and we are more than broke. That is kind of sad. No big plans. We are going to see Becky play in Guys and Dolls on Saturday I think. Should be fun.

I found it hard to wake up this morning. That is odd because I actually got about an hour more sleep than usual. Then again, it felt like it was Saturday and so there was lots of protestation.

I am meeting an old, dear friend for breakfast in the morning. I will probably only get coffee and bring my own granola bar because of calories and finances. I haven't seen her in like a year and a half or so. For those of you deeply entrenched in the "Jasper Story" the last time I saw her, I was still interviewing for Camp Coca Cola. Wow! God really let me dodge a bullet there by not giving me what I thought I wanted.

Yesterday was an odd school day. A tornado drill shortened first hour and then as my kids were coming back from lunch, the lights went out. They ended up sending us home about an hour and a half later. Just as the AP was coming down the hall to tell us to leave, the lights came back on. However, there was no turning back at that point. The kids were rushing out to the buses and teachers were fumbling for our car keys. Although in the end we only got about an hour more free time, it was nice. I made it to the gym and even after nearly an hour there, I got home at the time I normally would when I skip the gym.

For those of you not in MO, winter is back a bit. No snow (HAPPY DANCE GOING ON HERE) but WAY colder. Yesterday when I left for work it was sixty-one degrees. This morning it was thirty-seven. BRRRRR!!!

March is here. I really need to get back and start looking over Julius Caesar again. HOW BORING! We are covering ACT II today. Beware the ides of March --- you might fall asleep reading this thing!


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

So, I thought Jeff did a great job at Reality Check last night. Maybe one of the best times I have ever heard him speak! It has been a good work for the most part. We have been super busy so it has flown by which is good. ONLY ONE MORE DAY UNTIL FRIDAY! That is nice. Then we have a full week next week and three full days the next two half days for parent teachers conference (which hardly any parents ever come to) and then


That will be nice. I think I can make it until then! I just need to keep telling myself that!

Dieting just blows! I want to eat whatever and never exercise and have a slender body. Doesn't happen like that. Rice cakes on the side for lunch again today. Yum.


Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

Another day of school is upon me. Today we are hosting an awards ceremony during Academic Lab. I am supposed to come up with something inspiring to say and then give out the most improved student awards. Can I be inspiring? Probably. Too bad I can't throw out some Scripture. Or can I? Probably not the most job secure idea I guess.

Went to the gym yesterday and burned off 804 calories. I am so in need of getting back on track. I lost 1.8 pounds since yesterday morning. The diet and exercise thing pays off if you just do it!

I am starting to teach Julius Caesar today. I haven't even looked at it since I was a sophomore in high school. I really need to cram during my planning period. I have to at least FAKE like I know what I am doing. All I can remember is beware the Ides of March, Et Tu Brutae and Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears ... I mistakenly thought Caesar got snuffed in Act I. He doesn't. This could be a long unit for all involved.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

So, the end of another school day has come. I have been pretty busy working toward getting all caught up so when the quarter ends next friday I will be ready to go. I will have a lot of extra credit and projects to grade between now and then and that makes me sad.

Small Group was pretty great last night. It was Andy, Jon, Kevin, Jeff G. and me. We had a great discussion. It is neat to see God bringing us closer together. The van ride was way fun. Kosher marshmallow?

There are only twelve days until spring break. Not that I am counting. Really.

Third quarter has FLOWN by what with all the storms and such. That means that we are getting close to the end of the school year. That ROCKS! Of course because of all the stupid snow days now we have to postpone our vacation until after Memorial day. I have to come back to school on the Tuesday after Memorial Day for dumb teacher checkout day. I mean the day is dumb. I am not coming here that Tuesday because I am a dumb teacher. Well maybe I am but that isn't why I have to come that day.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Jasper Speaks:

So, I am just a little bummed today. Not looking forward to another week at work. Praising God for a job just not really into doing it at the moment. I am looking forward to small group tonight.

Okay, so here is my geek moment for the week. I LOVE the oscars. I know it is nothing to be proud of but I am a movie FREAK and so it is cool to see people get awards for making them. However, last night was the lamest Oscars possibly EVER. It was so long and boring and WORTHLESS stuff kept winning that I went to bed before it was over not even caring who else won. This is not like me. I usually stay up until the bitter end. Eddie Murphy was completely ROBBED! Then when Melissa Etheridge won over ALL THREE Dreamgirls songs, I just knew this was another example of Hollywood doing their best to make a statement. The song was boring and pointless. But it was written for a favored movie and a Hollywood darling had written it so even though it was BY FAR the weakest of the five songs nominated, it won. These shows are no longer about the best that is out there being rewarded but about Hollywood pushing their agendas. I am glad that Jennifer Hudson won and her speech was heartfelt and warm. I do like her.

Anyway, enough fussing about stuff that really doesn't matter at all. I am just a bit grumpy this morning I suppose!

God is doing things in my life and that is cool. Still, growing hurts. Being molded and shaped is not always a pleasant experience. The outcome is worth it but the work in the middle is not always fun. I just want to be putty in God's hands.