Beyond the Castle

Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After is by Jody Jean Dryer, a thirty-year Disney veteran that had twenty-two jobs in the time she worked at Disney World. In the book, she shares her experiences and memories of working at the happiest place on Earth in addition to giving many life lessons. Jody Jean Dryer, who served as Disney World ambassador for a year (a highly prestigious position) is able to talk about name tags, being stuck in the elevator, and dancing in the Disney World parade while incorporating life lessons to live by every day. Her stories of behind the scenes at Disney World are truly interesting.

I highly recommend this book to all Disney lovers. Not only do we get inside information about Disney as readers, we also get lessons that we can take away from these experiences such as working as a team, being a princess, and approaching life with speedbumps and roadblocks.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

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Church Recovery Group

The other night, I went to a church recovery group. I have been feeling depressed and dealing with my OCD compulsions as well as engaging in cutting and I just had had enough. My new counselor in this town had mentioned the group so I decided to give it a try.

I have never been to an AA meeting but I have a feeling that this meeting was based on the AA format. We began by listening to the testimony of one of the members and then we broke off into male and female groups where we all shared our struggles and then we talked.

Some of the people were addicts and some people were struggling with sin. I found it interesting that people struggling with what I consider minor sin would come. But in God’s eyes, all sin is equal.

Even though I did not talk, I left a changed person. We were given a chip to celebrate our recovery. And I am going to try very hard not to cut again so that I can get the next chip.

Called to the Principal’s Office

I got called into the principal’s office today because she received a long-winded email from a concerned parent. The parent has contacted me a couple of times concerned about her son’s grades. There is nothing to be concerned about though and she should know it. Midterms went home last week and the student had A’s and B’s. He has gotten a few low scores but nothing to be concerned over because everyone has those days. He has also improved in his behavior since the last email I sent home.

The principal is on my side because she knows that this parent is a teacher and is concerned over nothing. However, she called me in so that we could write an email to the parent together.

I really need to cry after all this though. I also need to cut. I just need a way to feel like I am in charge of my classroom and not some parent.

New International Version Kids’ Visual Study Bible

New International Version Kids’ Visual Study Bible

The New International Version Kids’ Visual Study Bible is just what it sounds like: A study Bible. At the beginning of each book in this Bible are important questions and answers such as who wrote the book, what happens in the book, why the book was written, what do we learn about God in this book, where did this book take place, stories that can be found in that book of the Bible, and who are the key people in the book. In the side margins of the Bible are timelines, little pictures, charts, maps, and explanations of certain verses located on that page.

I really like this Bible because of the verse explanations off to the side. Therefore, I highly recommend this Bible for all young Bible scholars. The one thing that I am a little disappointed in is the pictures. The pictures are small and offer little explanation to that book of the Bible. Otherwise, it is highly informative and deserves to be read every day.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

Telling Me What to Do

I have a student’s parent that keeps telling me what to do in regards to her son. I know she is a caring mother but it comes at the expense of me.

I teach third and fourth grade. This student is a third grader who apparently did the third-grade reading last year with his second-grade teacher. She wanted her son to do the fourth-grade reading. That is fine but then next year I am supposed to teach three reading classes so that I can challenge this one student?

Today, I got an email and now she wants her student to do fourth-grade spelling because he did third-grade spelling last year. I don’t know how he could have done that because our school doesn’t have a spelling curriculum. We are on our own for spelling. That means creating the lists and assignments. And if he does fourth-grade spelling this year, does that mean next year I am supposed to find the time to do three spelling tests?

Then, she wants her child to be able to have a morning snack. I get that he is hungry by lunch time. But I never got a snack in elementary school. I think it is just a waste of time that I don’t have with teaching two grades. He will have to learn to eat a bigger breakfast.

I am tired of being told what to do. I am not a new teacher. In fact, I taught third and fourth grade at my last school.

Finding Gobi

Finding Gobi, by Dion Leonard, tells the true story of a dog found running in a race with a human in the Gobi Desert in China. The runners all took a liking to the dog but the dog attached herself to Dion. Dion lets the dog run with him in the race for several days but on the more difficult racing days, he leaves her with someone else with the intention of meeting them at the finish line. At the end of the race, he decides to adopt the dog he named Gobi. There is just one problem, however: He is in China but lives in Scotland. It will take a lot of money plus putting Gobi in a four-month quarantine. To make matters worse, after Dion leaves China to return to Scotland for a little while, Gobi disappears from the home where she was staying in China. Now, Dion must return to China to find his beloved Gobi and bring her home to Scotland forever.

I highly recommend this book for all young adult readers. This book captivates the reader with the story of Gobi running the race in the desert and then getting lost in China. The reader can sympathize with Dion when Gobi is unable to come home and then later gets lost. This book also has a strong message about determination and never giving up hope that the lost can be found.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

Family or Commitments?

On Saturday, my brother got married. Two of my cousins didn’t bother to show up for the wedding. One of my cousins has a photography business and had booked a wedding before this wedding was announced. She did show up to the reception, however. The thing that bothers me is that family doesn’t come first to her. Sure, she honors her commitments but she doesn’t honor her family. She never shows up to family events. My question though is whether it was rude for her to not show up to the wedding or whether she should have honored her previous commitments?

My Brother’s Wedding

My younger brother got married yesterday and it brought out a lot of feelings of jealousy that I don’t understand. I shouldn’t care that my younger brother got married. He is happy and I am not but that is not the point. I am lonely but I want friends, not a husband. I am not looking to ever get married.

One thing that made me jealous is that I was not part of the wedding. All of my brothers got to be groomsmen. Even the bride’s brother got to be a groomsman. But all the bridesmaids were the bride’s friends. And even though I have social anxiety and don’t like spending time with other people necessarily, however, I still was envious of all the fun and connections that I could not be a part of.

Next, I was jealous of all the attention that my brother was getting. There were pictures and congratulations and all his friends were there. I don’t know why I was jealous about getting attention because I hate getting attention most of the time. I like being ignored.

Also, I was jealous of the presents my brother was getting. And the thing is, things for the kitchen and the rest of the house are not gifts to be jealous about. I have most of what I need for my kitchen because of my grandma and her death.

I don’t understand these feelings and I definitely do not like them. However, I do not understand where they are coming from.

Social Anxiety

I suffer from social anxiety disorder and it stops me from getting out in the world and making friends. As lonely as I am, it is so hard to interact with people.

Now that I have moved to a new community, I have no friends. I look at every person I meet as a potential friend. And the invitation came the other night. I was invited to hang out with two other new teachers. The plan was to eat pizza and watch a movie.

Despite the nature of the activities, I did not want to go. My stupid anxiety was getting in the way. I kept trying to think of some excuse to get me out of the gathering but I did not want to appear rude. Plus, I wanted friends.

Last night, I went to the gathering and had a great time. I was there for almost six hours. I am glad I faced my anxiety and hung out with friends.