Sunday, October 31, 2010

Remember Kids, Don't do anything weird with strangers!

Friday evening I went to Valley Scare at Valley Fair with the FFA kids.  It was real good, I'm not one for the roller coasters, but they had haunted houses that us older people went through, and they were good. The best part was prolly the grown man (a tad on the larger side and hairy) wearing a diaper in "The Assylum" it was hilarious.
Anyway, on to the purpose of the post... when we arrived, of course you have to go through the rules and talk about safety, ya know, stay in groups etc. Well my cooperating teacher is going over these things and he says "don't be walking up to strangers and do anything...weird" An important tidbit, I think we should all keep in mind!
Now onto figuring out what I will be doing in class for the final 3 days...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Camping in the Living Room

Happy Birthday Kat!!

Friday evening, Kat was laying on the floor in the living room and she says "I think I might just live on the living room floor this weekend." So I'm like ok, whatever. And then somehow the idea of making tents out of blankets came up and Kat got all excited about the idea and asked if I would do it with her for her birthday this weekend. Which of course I was excited about and said HECK YES! She had to ask like three times and make sure I wasn't being fake excited and mocking her. Of course I wasn't I really wanted to.  (Rachel (my former roomie) and I were supposed to do that together because we once started a list of "100 ways to make love without doing it" (no, we aren't like that, we just did it for for and cause we had already done a bunch of things when we first found the list) and one of things was to recreate childhood memories and that's the memory I wanted to recreate. But we never did get around to it. Yet.)
Kat checking out the inside of the new tent
Well, anyway Friday night after I got home from work Kat and I made a tent in the living room and slept on the floor.  But it was too hard and uncomfortable for me so I got up at about 5 am and went to my bed.
So Saturday night, we built the tent over the click clack (futon) and slept on that.
The stellar tent
 We also roasted mini marshmallows over a pumpkin pie candle. It was pretty awesome.

You can pretend to not be jealous but we know you are. Don't even pretend you didn't make tents/forts out of blankets as a child!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another Weekend

Last night I had plans to go with Joy to a haunted corn maze. I'm a terrible person and it's an hour away so I didn't go. (I'm sorry Joy!!!) Instead I went to Katie's and we had plans to watch the Wild game with another friend. Well, long story short two of her friends in River Falls wanted us to come over to their grill out so we did. We get there and we're going over the introductions, having a couple of drinks, watching the game and waiting for food. We were also forwarned about this couple that was going to be making an appearance at their house and she allegedly beat him up not too long ago. Kinda crazy. Katie was extremely excited to see this couple and maybe she had a little too much to drink or she has a hidden violent streak in her, but she was making bets on who would win if another fight were to occur. So, along with the girlfriend coming in was an older lady. It was sort of a weird combination. This woman was apparently only 50, but she looked like she was in her 60s. Her memory wasn't so great because she introduced herself to us all on multiple occassions and asked what my major was twice within about 5 minutes. She was petting one of the guy's chest (yup, it was creepy) and when this guy got out of his chair she sat down in it and was excited by how warm it was. She kept proclaiming she doesn't normally drink this much (yeah right) and hasn't drank in about 3 years (doubtful). She was hilarious without even meaning to be. In fact we had a nice heart to heart about her lazy daughter. It was fabulous.
The guys' house we were at were pretty funny too. Katie was trying to play match maker and asking them a million questions about what they look for in a girl. You learn alot about someone while they are drinking. I guess some guys aren't into cankles, girls with annoying laughs, or big purses. The rule of thumb is if a purse can fit a poodle then it's too big. I didn't know that. Also, I've come to the realization that I may be a bit blunt. I just say things. Like somehow the conversation of friends dating people each other have dated came up. I don't get how people do that and after awhile they are like a buffet. I guess my mouth has no filter.

<3 Katrin

P.S. My birthday is in one week.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Student Teaching Adventures

I have two student teaching stories from the past two days:

One: I am a bad person.
This is an awful story that maybe I shouldn't share so publicly but I'm gunna anyway. Ready for this? It's pretty bad...

I hit a student.

Told ya it was bad!

Let me set the stage:
It is homecoming week at school. So the kids are all riled up. Especially right after lunch.
Thursday I was having my final student teacher observation (when my professor comes to watch me teach).  I didn't have my professor that I usually do, I had the one who makes me even more nervous.
I haven't really taught much in the landscaping class (which was the one being observed) other than when my cooperating teacher was out last week. So I'm real nervous.

My professor said he was coming between 12-12:10 for the class that started at 12:25 so I waited inside while the rest of the school was outside for the powder puff football game during the lunch hour.
As students come in each day we have them mark their name off on the Promethean board (what is a Promethean board?) for attendance.

The story:
I got the attendance set up and ready. At around 12:15 I heard students coming down the hall and some commotion out there.  Then a student walks in tracking water and I'm like what is going on? Evidently the pool that was set up in the shop broke and flooded into the hall.
(Oh Great!)
Then a student is standing at the Promethean board  marking off all the names. My cooperating teacher happen to be standing right there and yelled at him then reset the names. Students continued checking their names.
One student had the pen and was trying to mark off his name but another kid was playing with the mouse making the screen scroll up and down. So to me it looked like the kid with the pen was just hitting off any names (which he unintentionally kinda was).  I exclaimed "cut it out!" as I without thinking, for whatever stupid reason hit him on the back of his shoulder.
(Oh shit! What did I just do!?)
The kid was "like what the? you just hit me?"
I started apologizing like no other and getting concerned about my professor walking in at any moment. The kid went and sat down and was talking about suing me (only joking I think/hope) but I told him I would buy him a candy bar and with high schoolers bribery is everything, so he said okay and quieted down about it.
Then my professor finally showed up.
So I got on with starting class.  I was pretty worked up about the whole attendance taking thing so I had to start off with scolding the class. I went over the expectations for the day and we headed out to the work site where the students are working on a landscaping job.
When we were out at the site the kid came over to me when my professor wasn't around and I was apologizing again and he was like oh "I feel bad cause we were talking about it when your teacher was in there I don't wanna get you in trouble." And I was like "no don't worry about it, it's my problem I shouldn't have done that."
I'm SO lucky that he was just joking around about it and didn't want to get me in trouble. There are so many people that would throw a fit, exaggerate how hard they were hit, and really would try to sue.
I guess it was just nervous energy. Sasha says it was like motherly instinct, when the kids doing something wrong ya swat them outta there. Maybe I just have a real bad temper that I should control before trying to be a teacher.
Also luckily my professor didn't know about it.
To sum up Hitting students is a bad, embarrassing, and stupid thing to do.
Good thing I only have 13 school days left.

Two: The innocence of a 7 year old
Today I was helping the FFA kids set up for the football concessions.
My cooperating teacher had run to the store to pick up supplies. Instead of getting sour cream for the taco in a bag he accidentally got cool whip.
When the kids asked him about it he laughed and tossed it into the back seat of his car. A little while later he and his wife said they were leaving to go eat. The kids of course being high schoolers start laughing about them going to eat their whip cream in the car.
After a while when my cooperating teacher came back his 7 year old daughter was in the concession stand with the FFA kids and someone asked about where he was and someone said something about "oh, they went to eat, their cool whip ya know" and the 7 year old daughter says "no, they just came"
Naturally laughter erupted from the kids. I just sat their thinking oh my goodness, this poor 7 year old has no idea what is so funny and she is the one who threw out the punch line!

So an hour and a half later I am fed and have my stories shared with the world. Hope you enjoyed the stories.
Possibly probably the worst student teacher in history,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We Are All Children of God

Last Sunday Joy and I went to church like the good little girls we are. Well, we try. The message was about how we size up people based on their looks or clothing or anything. The pastor reminded us that we shouldn't judge because we are all children of God. Good message. So, on the way back to our place we were waiting at the light on Main St. Joy was talking about something and me and my ADD were off in our own world. I look to my right to see a guy walking his two little dogs down the side walk. That alone is fine however, it was only around 70 degrees and the guy had no shirt on. Again, possibly fine if it wasn't for the fact he was overweight with his belly hanging over. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse it did. Oh baby he bent over to pick up the dog terds. Joy and I naturally burst into laughter until we realized a couple of things: 1) We apparently learned nothing at church and 2) We are all children of God!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Good friends febreeze each other!

Last night I was at the Amery FFA aglympics and hayride event.  The odor of skunk was thick in the air last night, so thick in fact that I brought some of it home with me.  Well it was Melissa's birthday, so I decided I would go out for a couple drinks with her. Well when I got home I realized I smelt a little skunky myself. But of course, since we all know "good friends febreeze each other" (this quote dates back approximately 3 years ago by Rachel Rahmlow) Kat febreezed me down, I changed my shirt and used some girly smelly spray stuff and headed out. 

While out last night I tried going home after the first bar since I really didn't want to stay out too late.  But Tiffany was having none of that. 
Tiffany: why are you leaving? what better do you have to do?
Joy: I was hoping to get up for church tomorrow.
Tiffany: Why do you need to go to church?
Joy: To praise Jesus.
(Tiffany rolls eyes)
Joy: Don't you roll your eyes at Jesus!
Who rolls their eyes at Jesus? Thats just not nice! Well I stayed out for a little while but after about 2 1/2 drinks I was getting to tired to stand anymore and finally got Tiffany's approval to go home.
Tonight we are going to Buca di Beppos in St. Paul for Melissa's birthday. If you don't know Buca's is a chain of Itailian restaurants that serves family style meals. And its so yummy! There is also a special surprise there involved but I can't mention it yet. Its going to be so wonderfully fun and delicious! I can't wait to get my food coma on!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Kat may get angry at me for posting an HP countdown on our blog but, I'm not real concerned. She has this problem of not believing in magic. Silly muggle. I feel a little bad that I now have two countdowns, she should really get something to look forward to in life huh? Well her birthday is coming up, perhaps we should start a countdown for that.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


So, I'm a belcher, a darn good belcher really. Kat and I are sitting in our office, and I just had a gaseous moment it was the low rumbling deep in the chest sorta belch (quite long too actually) not my normal loud obnoxious belch (like I just had as I type). Kat is having company over tomorrow so my release of gas made her a tad fearful of me being in the presence of her company.

Kat: Are you going to control yourself tomorrow?
Joy: oh... is that going to be an issue?
Kat: well maybe just don't have the really loud ones or anything.
Joy: so what I just did is fine
Kat: well yeah if your in your room or something so if he's "like what is that?" I can just say "oh I think the neighbors have a pit-bull or something"

And since we're on the subject of gas I would like to put out a warning to everyone: Do not eat a large bowl of ice cream too close to bed time such as I did last night.  I had such a rotten stomachache when I woke up this morning I could barely move. But finally I pushed a few good burps out and started to feel well enough to be off to another day of high school.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Funny Quotes

We've already shared a few of our funny quotes so I decided to make an entry and add onto it.

October 4, 2010
(First, it's important for anyone who doesn't know that Joy is 1/2 through her last 1/4 of student teaching.)
Me: "Out of all of this matrial he's only going to pick two questions and we have to write about one." (I was looking at a class study guide)
Joy: "He just wants to make sure you know the material You see Kat, I'm an educator..."
Me: "Actually, you're 3/4 of an educator."

October 10, 2010 (weird!)
Me: "You wouldn't want me even if you were a lesbian?"
Joy: "No, you're too bony."

October 12, 2010
Joy: "I have a beautiful voice. Angels cry when they hear it. Oh wait, that could mean it's bad too."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Joy is a meanie?

I love Joy. Don't get me wrong. However, she has a mouth like no other. Sticks and stones may break my butt! Just about a minute or so ago we were talking about stupid decisions we've made in life. Joy actually said, "Well, my biggest mistake was moving in with you!" She seriously did say that but I know deep down she was joking because there are moments when I know she has a heart. For example, she called me her special friend. I love joy.