Thursday, July 4, 2019

Road Trip 2018

I'm not really interested in blogging more about our roadtrip. It was a fun week. The middle of the week got so cold, no one did aquafit and the next day when we did it, the instructor (on the side of the pool) had two pairs of yoga pants, a jacket, and a toque on.

We took a long walk to the drug store. We went to Olive Garden. Great salad dressing and I've found it at Costco here. Went to a tacky souvenir shop.

 I did a glass fusion project in the activity centre. Since I didn't do it until the last day though, it had to be shipped. That took forever because they shipped it without a customs declaration on it.
We went to  Disney Springs. How much shopping does Disney need? The Christmas tree trail was pretty, but too Disney. And the wait time to see Santa was 150min. You check in, then come back later.

On the drive home we stopped at Corbin Kentucky at the first KFC.

 It was a light, wet snowfall. Then we got back on the highway and it became a blizzard and traffic stopped. We were glad we had altered our route home because the other route had had a major winter storm, in an area they don't storms. The drive through Kentucky was pretty wet. We decided to head straight up and cross at Windsor. No matter which side of Lake Eerie you're on, it's pretty dull, but we thought it'd be nice to get back into Canadian cell phone networks LOL.

We stopped for the night at Dayton, Ohio. Our second dinner at a Cracker Barrel since Nicki had enjoyed the first one a lot. In the hotel, I was looking through drawers to find another blanket. Instead, I found a bag of tiny women's clothes, with a note "I don't need these anymore, please donate or throw in the trash". Creepy! We called front desk for a blanket and gave them the clothes. I sure hope it's innocent, and not some human trafficking victim.

The hotel had a package with a made to order breakfast. It was very yummy, not truck stop food. Nicki was having some digestion issues and Cheryl went out in the night to get her some Imodium, so it was a late start to the morning.

Mom had bought a jar of Metamucil at Costco (Kirkland Brand though). Somehow it came open in the truck. Looks a little suspicious!!

The Duty Free store in Windsor has a "liquidation" section with some awesome deals and strange finds. Pretty cool to wonder through there.

Got home around 7pm and from the moment we walked in the door, well....the rest of 2018 was a downhill blur. Family health crisis, one after another.  But it was back to work for me in a day or too.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Road Trip 2018: Day 5

This was Monday. I've been looking at my pictures, trying to figure out what we did. Cheryl remembers being hung over, so we didn't do much LOL. I have these pictures:

 Enjoying a coffee in the screened in porch and noticed this little guy

 At some point we went out. Not sure where, but I just mentioned "We should go to a Krispy Kreme". Well, that was entered into the GPS and within minutes we were at a Krispy Kreme. They were SO good! I rarely eat doughnuts here, but I'd eat those again! And we did, later in the week LOL.
Cheryl bought these peel off masks for us all. I won't post the group shot LOL

 Ah, why not? It was fun.
 And I missed this photo from the Sunday when we were walking around.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Chip Truck Review: Woody's (Apsley)

I don't know how long Woody's has been at the corner of Highway 28 and County Rd 620 near Apsley, ON. Rob and I were heading up to Bancroft alone so we decided to stop in.

The parking is okay if you don't have a trailer. If there's no room on the edge of the road, keep going up the road to the municipal office. It's not far and you'll want the exercise.

There's lots to see outside, and dogs are allowed outside and they have water bowls. The food set up is a little different though. As you come around the building, you might notice the food shack off the deck. That's the Order Pick up window. You order at a window at the back of the main store building.
 The onion ring price is a smidge higher than other places last year. The burgers are customizable!
I didn't care for the fries. They were good, but I like them done more. Rob liked them. I really enjoyed the onion rings though! Rob didn't LOL. 

The burgers are handmade patties. Not sure how big it actually is, but it's a good size. It was tasty too. Not dry like homemade burgers sometimes are. 

I'd stop here again, if I need a burger. For a quick snack, maybe not. But I'm the odd one out in my family and they like fries like these. Lots to see outside but with young kids it could be a challenge to keep them off the sculptures. Great gift ideas here though and worth a little visit. Local artisans, etc. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Back to High School

It took over a week to get another job. I see in my records I had some days, and part days, blocked off; not sure why. The call came in for secondary music at Lucy's school. Lucy was taking music but this was for the other music teacher, who Lucy had had back in grade 9. Lucy thought she did special ed as well, and knew she had a dance class this semester. I emailed the teacher to let her know I'd be in, in case she wanted to change her lesson plans.

This teacher had been off since the start of the semester. She received her 3rd concussion the day before the start of the semester and was having a hard time recovering. I would be covering grade 9 music, drama, and 10/11 dance. Oh my.

I got to the school--my first time at this school, finally! The desk was a little chaotic, with lesson plans, handouts, attendance sheets, notes from other supplies. Music would be fine, the dance class was already working on things, but grade 9 drama? Oh boy. Luckily that period was the drama teacher's prep, so she came to help. This class looked like they had checked out already. Students must get one arts credit--music, drama, or art--and the options vary at each school (ie--some schools have gr 9 guitar).  A lot of students take drama because no prior skill or talent is required so they assume it's going to be easy. It's not seen as an actual subject, I think. I don't even know anything about the academic side of drama!

The dance class was to meet on the stage. I got attendance done, and was to show a video. How? There's no projector or screen on the stage. You have to access the sound booth above the cafeteria. Luckily the students have Chromebooks and Google Classroom and the links were in there. Most of the girls went to other locations to work on their assignments. I felt bad not knowing exactly where everyone was but know from my own kids that this freedom in high school is totally normal.

The grade 9 music class was good. They had some experience already. I got to help one girl with flute fingerings for a note she just couldn't get. She said she didn't get much instruction at her elementary school. She told me which one and I was surprised. I had been there and it looked like they had a good music program!

High school days are weird. The prep always feels so long, classes can either feel long or just the right length and lunch is way too short. When I was in high school, our lunch was used as another slot for classes--so there were five equal periods through the day. Now, lunch is half that length. It's not enough, especially since this school is not located near any businesses and it takes a solid 10 minutes just to walk to the closest houses!

No one knew how long this teacher would be off for, the rumour was at least to March Break. I let the booking secretary know I was available! Though I didn't really want a full time position right now, I could handle a couple weeks....

Thursday, March 21, 2019

It's a Job

I didn't work much early Feb so I was happy to get an afternoon instrumental. Yes, it was aaaallll the way across the next city. But I knew a teacher at the school who had told me it was an awesome school. I messaged her to say I'd be coming. She had JUST started her maternity leave!!

I get signed in and told the room number. It's clearly a music room. However, on and around the desk is mainly French things (it's a FI school). No day plans for me. There's another area that was like a student desk turned into a teacher desk. Nothing there either. A lunch supervisor (or staff doing lunch supervision) came in the room (which was a bit rowdy) and I asked her if she had seen the teacher. She directed me to the VP (I think) who was across the hall. The VP didn't know where she was, but knew that her desk was in a little workroom/office area. We go in there....the ukulele club is having a practice. Little kids. Charming.

There's nothing on the desk. The VP is phoning around, I find a "sub tub" as they call them in the States. But no instructions. I can see her daily schedule, which does indicate the first period after lunch is a prep. So that's good.

Finally, the teacher comes flying in 5 minutes before the end of lunch. With her son. She needs to leave for a funeral. Her plans are on her computer. It was a hot mess of trying to get the laptop to work, and the USB stick and rapid fire "you can do this or this and this or this". Basically, for some of the classes, there was a 90 minute video, a bingo game and a worksheet. For a 30 minute class.

The first class up was a 7/8 class that needed to work on their theory booklets. Some insisted they were done and were rough housing, generally being pests. Then I was out in the portables.

I think it was grades 5-6. The kids were rowdy, wild, etc etc etc. One of those days that makes me feel like a glorified babysitter.

As the last few kids were getting ready to go home, I heard someone say "cancer" and "this is how you die" (or something) and there was laughter. I kind of lost it on them. My father was dying of cancer. It's not humourous. They finished getting ready silently and said good bye.

I went back upstairs to the office where my stuff was.

My key didn't work the lock. Luckily someone was walking by who noticed my plight and the custodian was close by, so I got let in.

It wasn't worth the drive and $90. But it's a job to add to my total days.

Friday, March 15, 2019


I got a call for a grade 8 morning job at a school just 5 minutes up the street. I was so excited. Except that it has a 8:05 start time LOL (which means being there at 7:35). The secretary was awesome (I told her how much I wanted to come to the school since it was so close), every teacher I met was great. I got to the room and find out it's science.

Argh! No! Not science! The plans indicated that everything was in Google Classroom and I wouldn't actually be teaching anything. Which can make for a very boring morning.

The kids were pretty typical. Some working, some not working, some goofing off, etc. I'm pretty much just the adult in the room to maintain the required ratio.

One class was working on a solutions and mixtures assignment. They had to pretend to be in a store and look at certain items and determine if they were pure, a solution, or a mixture. I had a few kids ask about "drink crystals". I explained to two boys, it was a powder you add to water, like Kool Aid or Crystal Lite.

"Or crystal meth?"

Umm. No. "Do not mix crystal meth into water, kids".


Does it matter why?! LOL.

Triple Prep Again!

I got another call for the school to the north, where I had three preps. I checked the calendar, and indeed, it was the same day on the 5 day cycle! It was a bad weather day, so I left early. And got there super early. And then had an hour prep. I'm surprised I wasn't asked to cover for another teacher. The teacher in the room when I had my prep got there just as the bell rang.

The day went better because this time they were actually working on the assignments they were supposed to last time but hadn't been put in their Google Classroom yet. My morning recess duty was so cold.

Sometimes I feel a little guilty being able to leave right after the day ends. But with a last period prep, everything is done by the time the bell rings.

The interesting thing...I was recently in a high school for instrumental music and had a grade 9 class. One girl mentioned that she hadn't learned much the year before. I asked her the school, and it was this one. I was surprised, because they seemed to have a full instrumental program and band. Looks can be deceiving, I guess.