Friday, September 28, 2007

Development Day

Today was a Professional Development day. These are scattered haphazardly throughout the school year in order for teachers to get time to do tasks necessary to their professional growth, such as: downing a dozen tequila shots the night before; jetting off for a quick three-day weekend in the Bahamas; squeezing in an extra session with one's analyst; interviewing with private sector firms; scheduling dental appointments, etc.

My mentor Lukie flew to Iowa in order to see her boyfriend for the first time in six weeks. Most of the members of our 8th grade team called out "sick" or took a personal or vacation day. I went to the school, signed in, and returned home to work on a variety of homework assignments. I finished two take-home tests, more than 100 pages of reading for English Methods, and a bottle of red wine. Still to go this weekend: a learning styles interview; a three-page personal learning style assessment; research for a 20-minute presentation on gender bias in public education; research for a 10-minute group presentation on learning styles; an idea for a month-long unit plan; a suicide note.

I'm still sick. The sinus infection from two weeks ago has lodged in my chest. There's no time for a doctor's visit, so I'm medicating myself with ginger, cayenne pepper, honey, bee pollen, garlic, and an excellent $15 rioja. Within two weeks I'm sure I'll have walking pneumonia, but I went to the doctor when I first felt ill and they sent me home with no meds and an assurance I was fine. God bless America's health care system.


Nick said...

Get better man--you just started running again and now this: sucks. Funny, you looked in good shape when you dropped by. Saw Poor Richard & Hold Steady yesterday morning at the school dropoff--twas good to see two buds in the same week.

Also, of course, you featured prominently in my dreams the next night--helping me navigate Amish mysteries, and traverse soaking wet wooden floors in ruptured mills and Cracker Barrel restaurants!

Nyarlathotep said...

The Amish mysteries! Beneath the corn silo, down into the old mill basement. Iron ring stone pull-up door, moss-covered slippery stone stairs carved by forgotten eldrich race. Died out long before the Minoans were destroyed for rediscovering their blasphemous mad doctrines and meth lab techniques. IA! IA! Chicken fried steak and eggs of a thousand young!

Swanksalot said...

Other than red wine (what was it, if you remember?), always my first choice when getting sick, or getting better, or neither, other immune builders we always rely upon are:

Olive Leaf extract, and believe it or not, larch bark. I'm not sure where you would get the larch extract, I think we get ours over the internet from some Texas botanical company (too lazy to go downstairs and look).

I've always found it to be the most effective (powder, mixes well in water) whenever sickness approaches.

And now, The Larch. The Larch./Monty Python.

Nyarlathotep said...

#47: The larch.

Not taken by vaporizer?

I think I still have the rioja bottle in my recycling bucket. It's three floors away from my sickbed, however.

Swanksalot said...

surprisingly, we only use one herb in our vape. Don't get out of your sick-bed to check out the bottle, just was curious.

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(Immune Modulating Powder)

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