Saturday, October 27, 2007

Hairstyles of Room 20, update

Okay, you didn't think I'd want to post about the World Series at this point, did you???

I thought an update of hairstyles was in order, however. First, we have student #1 from a previous blog, with his mohawk dyed purple. Thursday was Rockies Spirit Day at school. The kids participated, even after getting whomped 13-1 the night before.

Now, we have a new style from another student. If only the parents spent as much time reading with their kids as they do on hair....but that's another issue.

And that's not all. My good friend Chris is a huge Red Sox fan (although he'll cheer for the Rockies any other time, as shown in previous posts). In the spirit of friendly competition, there have been all sorts of hi-jinx going on this week. First, there is the bet between Jim and Chris....if the Rockies win the series, Chris has to dye his hair purple, and if the Sox win, Jim will be a redhead for a day. Next (and most brilliantly, in my opinion) we (it was my idea) decided to "decorate" Chris's room after school on Wednesday. This is us, surveying our fine work. In retaliation, Chris changed the backgrounds of all the computer screens in the computer lab to the Red Sox logo. Finally, Jim (he's our dean and tech guy) went into Chris's room and messed with his computer. Every time Chris got an email for the rest of the day, his computer cheered, "Go Rockies!" Of course Jim emailed us and told us to email Chris early and often! Also, Jim took the word "and" out of Chris's dictionary, and replaced it with "Go Rockies" so every time he typed the word "and," it was automatically replaced!

I suppose some teaching might have occurred this week too. But what fun is THAT to post about?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Week in Review (updated with pix & video)

You know life has been hectic if the Rockies made it into the World Series almost a week ago, I was at the game, and no posting has occurred yet!

Okay. Monday. Got into a minor fender-bender on the way downtown which really delayed things. Then my battery died, from having the hazards on. At that point, I figured my day had to get better, because it really couldn't get worse. It did (get better, that is). :) The Rockies beat the Diamondbacks, 6-4, and SWEPT the series (again; more broom pictures to be posted later) to win the National League Pennant and a pass to the World Series, for the first time ever!!!! It was very exciting, needless to say. After the game, they presented the NL pennant and had a little ceremony. The game was really long, it started at 8:18pm and at 10:00 it was only the 4th inning. The only reason this was important was because...I had to pick Toni up at the airport AFTER the game! So that happened at about 1am, then I drove him up to his house in Lafayette. Nothing like starting the week on 2 1/2 hours of sleep!

Tuesday. Hard day at work. Did I mention my class is really hard this year? Then after dragging my tired self home, I still had some conferences to prepare for. Oh yes. Conferences. (This is after at least 7-8 hours of preparation put into conferences over the weekend)

Wednesday and Thursday...I taught all day Wednesday and had conferences from 3:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday was conferences from 8am-8pm. Phew. I was more nervous about conferences than normal this year because I had a lot of bad news for a lot of parents.

Friday was much tougher, in a totally different way. My uncle Dennis died last week. His funeral was Friday. Mostly family members read this blog, and understand the emotions that were involved. If not, basically, I did not have a close relationship with him growing up, and have only seen him once since I was about 11, because he and my dad didn't get along (to put it simply). However, his oldest son, my cousin, is only 7 months younger than me, and we were really close growing up, and have recently started seeing each other again, after many years. He and his younger sister are way too young to lose a parent. There were also lots of other complicated family dynamics, but either way, it was a heartbreaking morning.

However, that evening was a really special time for the family. We all got together at my cousins house, where his wife prepared a traditional Hungarian meal for about 10 family members. It was an important time to talk to family members normally spread across the country, and it was a wonderful time to reconnect, laugh, and cry, although the circumstances that brought us together were so tragic. I hope my cousins saw what support they have within the family.

Pictures: top, cousin Andrew, his wife Timea, and cousin Jennifer. Middle: Aunt Diann, cousin Ryan, my dad, a former longtime girlfriend of Dennis's, whose name I can't for the life of me remember, my brother Peter, and me. Bottom: Andrew and Timi busted out some aged (1982!) sweet wine they brought home from Budapest (or somewhere) for a toast.

The rest of the weekend was more normal. I got to actually see my boyfriend for longer than the ride to the airport, and I played some poker. I tried to catch up on my sleep. We got our first snow. Now, tomorrow is Monday again. So...in conclusion...the Rockies are in the World Series, which is pretty fantastic, but there have been a lot more important things going on these days.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Diversion

What is it about sports? Why do we pay athletes millions of dollars to play a game? Why do we act as though it's the end of the world if "our" team loses? And we party in the streets when they win, even with all of the other problems in the world and in our lives? Even living in a big sports town, I never really got it (especially football!).

It's a diversion. Probably anyone else could have told me that, had I asked. But what better way to forget about your lousy day at work or really tough week, than to watch a baseball game as if your life depends on the outcome?

Maybe there's a reason my last 6 posts have been about baseball! (Well, that's how I've spent my time, going to baseball games and going to work. You really don't want me to blog about work.)

Oh, I still think professional athletes are grossly overpaid. I still don't get football. But we could all use a little diversion from time to time.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fairy Tale Continues. SWEEP!

Note on the video: this was not the game ending and the win. I think the pitcher threw a strike or something. That is just how loud and excited the crowd was!
The Rockies came home from winning 2 games in Philly to sweep them at home! They are going to be playing the D-Backs next in the NLCS. Wow! Julia and I had a great time sitting in the Rock Pile and watching our guys win. And I tell you what, they really go all out for these playoff games! They did the huge flag on the field for the National Anthem, and released hundreds of balloons afterwards. There were fireworks before and after the game! The best part of all, though, was all the fans and energy at the game (except for the 14 minute power outage). The Rockies have never made it this far in the playoffs!

Before the game, we were entertained by people all over Denver casually carrying brooms around with them, on the light rail, and through the streets. There were also vendors with hundreds of brooms for sale! Thank goodness we won, otherwise I imagine all those people would feel a little silly.

The Rockies are the team no one expected to see in the playoffs. After winning 17 out of the last 18 games, they're also the team no one wants to play. SWEET SWEEP!

Now, the waiting begins...game 1 of the next series doesn't start until Thursday!! After just 1 game at home, they are going to AZ for the first 2 games of the series. The good news is, my mom, Mark, Toni (or someone) and I are going to game 4, the 2nd home game, next Monday. I might go broke buying Rockies tickets, but boy, am I having fun! Who knew October could be like this? (We all call it Rock-tober here now). WOOHOO!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Pictures from the Rockies game

My video from the 13 inning playoff - playoff game is too big. Until I figure out how to edit it, here are some pics from the big game.

Tomorrow: Game 3 vs. Phillies. We are up 2-0, coming home, and I. Have. Tickets. :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

PLAYOFFS!

Pictures, video, and details to follow but....

WE DID IT! 162 games weren't enough so we had 163. 9 innings weren't enough either so it went 13 innings. We came back from being behind 8-6 in the 13th inning to WIN! I have never seen anything like that game!