Saturday, August 16, 2008

I want a frozen pizza.

I've been craving the warm cheese, zesty tomato sauce, and crisp crust for days, but my favorite kind, the kind we got almost every Friday night when I was a kid, the kind that brings back all sorts of warm, fuzzy memories of home and safety and love, costs $4.25, and I just can't justify spending that kind of money right now. It's time to quit trying to comfort myself with food anyway; this hasn't been a great summer for healthy eating habits and exercise, and that's now reflected in extra pounds and lethargy.

Classes start Monday, and I'm not ready. I'm not ready for a first period class in which none of my students are proficient in either reading or math, for ninth graders who already have two children, for the prospect that violent unrest in certain sections of town will spill over to school and make a dangerous situation worse, for administrators who've assured us it's ok that the schedule is screwed up since we shouldn't expect to teach anything meaningful until after Labor Day anyway. Monday morning I'll get up and try to do everything I can to help my students learn, but today I am scared and want a damn pizza.

5 comments:

Its No Joke, I'm So Broke said...

As a teacher, all I can say is that those small comforts like a frozen pizza for $4.25 will be a small debt to pay for sanity. I understand not wanting to comfort yourself with food but I tell you I eat ice cream, and it brings comfort when grading papers, paying bills, doing the extra for your students, completing the surprise documents from your principal,blogging, and taking time for your self.

I wish you so much luck.

teawithbuzz said...

Hmm, it reminds me of when I taught in the city and I was told to teach the metric system all of September. The classes wouldn't be "leveled" until the end of the month, and while we had 40+ kids, some of whom would be transferred to other classes, all the science teachers should be teaching the same thing.
I never really went along with that...there is only so much "metric system" I can stand. My suggestion: use the Active Physics Sports stuff to begin. Talk about that guy that ran 100 m in 9.69 seconds. Have the kids run. Can any of them run at 10.3 m/s ?

Sallie's Niece said...

You could always get the store brand pizzas for like a dollar. My vice is the frozen mac and cheeses.

Zombie Money said...

Nice...I love pizza also :)

Jim ~ mydebtblog.com said...

Tostino's party pizzas are a buck.