I took Aunt Batsy to the mall. I will shop exclusively online from this moment forward.

Taking Aunt Batsy and three kids to the mall is like entering a burning building. Without a hose. Without oxygen. Yet somehow I survive to tell about it. Just like anyone entering a burning building, I knew my chances were slim. But I still went through with it. Because Aunt Batsy has a freaking coupon. We are only going to Macy's. So I trick myself into thinking it might just be okay. But it wasn't. I'm a really bad tricker. And not only does she have a coupon, but she…

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As a Teacher, The Last Thing I Need in My Classroom is a Freaking Gun.

You want to give me a gun? Have you met me? Have you met any teacher, ever? Spend one day in a CPS school and see if you still feel the same way. Think of all of the teachers you've had in your life. Would you have wanted all of them to be armed with a deadly weapon?ย I'll be the first to admit that I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but none of this makes sense to me. This is not what I signed up for.…

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We Had No WiFi at Work and It Was the Worst Day of My Life.

This is not an easy topic to write about. It's taken me a while to actually put into words this horrific experience. But if it can help at least one person out there, it will be worth it. A few weeks ago I got to work and I could tell something was amiss. Right away. Because people were conversing with one another. No one was hulled away in their classrooms staring at their laptops. People were in the halls. Communicating. I knew it was going to be bad. But really…

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If You’re a CPS Teacher In September, You’re Hangry and Broke. But Not Alone.

Up until a few years ago CPS teachers got their pay spread out through the entire year. Then it was taken away. So in order to have money over the summer we had to learn how to save throughout the year. And then make it last throughout the summer. Sounds easy. But it's not. At least for me it isn't. And for most of my friends it isn't either. So this is what it's like to be a CPS teacher in the month of September. Breakfast: Toast. With Butter. Lunch:…

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For The Love of God I Need This School Year to End

The best part about being a teacher is getting your summers off. Hands down. And if any teacher tells you any different s/he is a big fat liar. I teach because I love seeing children learn. No. I teach because I feel I'm really making a difference in these kids lives. Nay. I teach because it's so rewarding. Never. I teach because of the amount of respect I get in and out of the classroom. No nay never no more. We all teach to get our freaking summers off. Period.…

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Tomorrow is My First Furlough Day. And I’m Going to Enjoy Every Freaking Second of it.

Tomorrow is a furlough day for me. It's a day that I cannot come to work and will not get paid. Although I enjoy getting paid, I'm not entirely upset about the no work part. My kids are all in school full time. They will all be in school tomorrow. And I will be home. Alone. Furloughing. All. By. Myself. A few weeks ago my kindergartener and first grader came home with permission slips for a field trip. To see Disney on Ice. I was a bit too overly excited…

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It’s Summer. Out With the Bras. In With the Booze.

I really didn't think this day would ever come. But it is finally here. The first day of summer! And it's raining. Which makes it even more perfect. I'm still in my jammies. Still drinking coffee. Still don't have a bra on. Because I don't have to. Because I'm a freaking teacher. I've had to put a bra on every day for the last ten months. I mean every day besides every weekend, every holiday, every furlough day, Christmas break and Spring break. But still. That's a lot of bra…

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