Well, some of you know I am up at Snow Bird right now at a technology training. Today, one of the things we learned was Stop Motion. This is where you take a picture, move the object just a bit, then take another picture, move the object again, and so on. It is the technique that is used for Claymation. Chantelle, Penny, and I made this one in about 45 minutes, start to finish. Stop Motion is by far my most favorite thing I have learned this week. And now I am falling asleep at my computer, so I will go to bed.
This may seem like a strange topic for an entry, but let me tell you about my week and you may understand.
So... I have taught my 4th graders for two and a half weeks now. After the first full week I came down with a cold. Not just a little sniffle, this was the full thing: fever, sinus cold, cough, sore throat, exhaustion, etc. The last time I was sick was over a year and a half ago. I honestly don't get sick very much.
We were doing the beginning of the year reading test and my principal had arranged for substitutes to come in and cover our classes for two half-days so that we could get these horrendous tests done. I couldn't just get a substitute. I HAD to go in. Monday and Tuesday were the worst but Wednesday was a close runner up.
This whole last week has been a haze. I would drag myself out of bed at (or soon after) 5:30 so that I could be at the school by 7:00 where I would try to somehow get ready for the day. After a day of the students telling me, "Miss Porter you look like you don't feel good!" and wearing a black jacket at recess when it was about 100 degrees outside and still getting the chills, I would force myself to give up trying to get things in order for the next day at about 7:00 in the evening. I would walk into my house, drop my stuff on the floor inside my door, take a dose of NyQuil and climb into my incredibly comfortable bed (hence the picture). Then I would start all over the next morning.
My mom and sister saved my life this week. They did so much for me including prep, correcting papers, and getting medicine and food for me. This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. I am still exhausted, but it seems that I am finally on the mend.
After an incredibly long ten hours working in my classroom today, I finally decided I needed more nourishment than Raspberry-filled Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and decided to call it a day and go home. There were roses! SERIOUSLY... 3 wonderful-smelling roses were there on my car! So if by some miracle the thoughtful giver of the flowers reads this... Thank you. You gave me a reason to smile today. I have only received roses from my big brother on my 16th birthday and from my father on occasion. It was a totally unexpected and wonderful surprise. Thank you for brightening my very stressful day.
Last Monday a friend of mine taught me how to make these incredible linking cubes. It is called Unit Origami and I love it! I spent more time than i would like to admit making this chain of linking cubes, but I enjoyed every moment... even when I got strange looks from friends and family who happened upon me while I was building it. I don't know if it is something that I will pursue, but it was great learning something new. Each cube takes 12 smaller pieces to make it.