Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Feeling More than Frazzled

The above picture sums my day up perfectly!  How about you?  I called Mr. Incredible nearly in tears to tell him that if I let one tear roll down my cheeks I might just not be able to stop the flood gates.  Can anyone relate??? 

I am busy at school, at home, and in my photography business.  They are all wonderful blessings in my life and I am thankful for every one, but right now all of it together is a lot and I'm having one of those days so my sense of perspective is a bit off. Do you know what I mean?

Let me explain, in the middle of my multi-media class, a tacky screen appeared on EVERY computer in the entire high school system stating that we were out of memory....in non-geek terms that means brace yourself Bessie your system is about to come crashing down all around you...ready or not!  My students couldn't save their work or even log out of the system.

So, for the next hour I exhibited great grace under pressure.....not!  I probably looked like a crazed woman or better yet a chicken with her head cut off running from classroom to classroom begging teachers to please remove their personal pictures off of the network because we needed to free up major memory.  When there are over 200 students and less than 50 teachers and staff and the teacher memory is 2 times the student memory there is a problem.  And we need to fix it pronto rapido....pretty darn fast please or you are going to make my face stick like this!!!!  And it is NOT pretty right now! 

Thankfully, I had a few moments to compose myself before my next class because Mrs. Cruella Deville is not who I want to present to my student....and finding their teacher curled up in the corner crying in the  fetal position would not be a good thing either. Lunch hour came at the perfect time!

Seriously, I really think I could really come unravelled just about now.  I'm thankful that I don't have to do it all in my own strength.  God is too good to leave me all alone in this mess or to let me feel sorry for myself.  How do people do life without Him?  It would be impossible!!

On a lighter note, Rachel came to my classroom and gave me a ginormous hug at just the right time.  I love her so much!  She kept me company for a while during 7th period class....my class of 18 freshman who I'm convinced often live on one combined brain.  I warned them at the beginning of class that it had been a rough day and that they needed to be on their best behavior (I realize that is asking a lot from them) or they could expect an additional assignment on Friday. 

I think I had "DO NOT MESS WITH ME TODAY!" written on my forehead because, for the first time since the beginning of school, they all stopped what they were doing at the same exact time and they all looked at me.  I saw 36 eyeballs staring right at me and could have heard a pin drop.  I knew they could do it! Ha!

 I've never been so blunt with my students ever....and despite saying patience is the "P" word, I really do try to have patience with my students and I try to view teaching as a ministry but today I was on the brink... of I'm not sure what, and if I was going down, they were going down with me.  They worked quietly for several minutes and then the questions began:

A Student:  "Do we print this in portrait or landscape?"
Me:  "What does it say on the board?"
Another student:  "Do we print this in portrait or landscape?"
Me:  "What does it say on the board??"
This continued for a while...I'm not exaggerating one bit.

A few seconds later, after I passed out the much anticipated Journal Test I had this question. 

A Student:  "I can't answer question # 5 on the journal test because I was absent that day.  Can I borrow your journal?"
Me:  "I'm sorry that you were absent that day, but your absence was a few weeks ago and it is YOUR responsibility to get your journal caught up when you return!"
A Student:  After rolling her eyes and huffing says, "I can't borrow your journal?"
Me:  "No!  This is a journal TEST.  You have to use your own journal.  I'm sorry that you don't have an answer to that question but I cannot make you get your journal caught up when you are absent."
A Student:  More huffing and puffing and rolling of the eyes...and then she asked her neighbor for the answer and then they both received zeroes!  Oiy!

After a few minutes:
Another Student:  "Hey Mrs.__.  Do we print in landscape or portrait?"

Oiy!  I looked at my dear daughter and asked her if she was sure that she wanted to be a teacher some day.

She looked at me and laughed out loud and said, "I think I will look forward to Kindergartners who color outside the lines and pee in their pants!"  And then we both laughed until our sides hurt.  I'm thankful for laughter...especially on a day like today when I look like Cruella Deville or the crazy woman running around like a chicken with her head cut off. Calgon here I come!


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you had a bad day...there are just some days when you can't tolerate stupid questions because people don't want to read directions, the many supervisory positions I held often led me to have days like this...and I'm now a regular smart a$$ and it can be a downfall, but when your patients is tested you gotta try to be nice somehow, right?!?!

Todays almost over, tomorrows a new day...

Erica said...

Oh, girl...I remember so many of those type days when I was teaching. You are such a blessing to your students. I know they see Jesus shining through you, even when they are rolling their eyes!

♥ilovemy5kids♥ said...

I'm sorry...but I'm laughing out loud! I know a true friend.

My son just had an accident in his pants, again - as I was reading your post. Seriously!

Just look at your fleur-di-lis' and think...the Trinity.
(or the fun you had making them during the summer and that summer vacay.) Thanksgiving is in a week! :)

BARBIE said...

So sorry about your day. But I have to agree this post did make me laugh a lot in the end! Hope you have a better day tomorrow!

Patti said...

I find it refreshing actually to hear that your students aren't the only ones operating on one brain as a group! I deal with this every.single.day. too. We're how far into the school year & they still don't seem to get it!
Enjoy your weekend - you deserve it!!

12-arrows said...

they have to ask, you know, just in case you might crack, like a mom, and give in! I think I'd rather teach kids your age than those who color outside the lines and pee in their pants! That was too funny! No matter what, your still showing who HE is through you, even in the frustrations and irritations!

Kristin said...

I can not even begin to picture you as Cruella Deville!
In response to the Freshman sharing a brain I think you are being generous that only 18 are sharing 1. I have a feeling the entire class of almost 60 do... I do have a freshman, ya know!