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Nichole
04 May 2017 @ 02:37 pm
I had an interview at a Catholic High School today. It was scheduled for 11:00, but she saw me at 10:45 and the interview lasted until 11:40. So, a really long interview. I had brought a portfolio and I had sent ahead a Classroom Management Plan and a few other documents. The principal was very impressed by how much I had sent and how organized all my stuff was. During the interview, her main concern was that I had a "soft heart" and may let things slide in the classroom. Though, I assured her that I was a rule follower and determined that my students would follow my (and more importantly) the school's rules and procedures. The principal even showed me the Dioceses benefit package and the pay scale. All fine and dandy. She even mentioned that her top three candidates are usually asked back to give a ten minute lesson in front of a mock class, made up of staff. I think it's going well and it is in the bag, than she hits me with the following:


  1. It may be three weeks before she's decided on her top three candidates.

  2. I'm great, but if anyone with experience comes along. . .of course, she'll have to go with the teachers who have experience.

  3. Every interview is great practice and she knows I'll get my dream job, if I just keep interviewing.

  4. Please call her if I get another job, because she'll take me out of the running.


Wait, what? I understand that schools want teachers with experience. (Never mind us poor new souls really, excited, and willing to get into the classroom.) Still, I can't help think that the last five minutes of the interview - when she said all of this - was her very polite way of letting me know that it is a no. Am I over thinking it?
 
 
Nichole
01 March 2017 @ 04:06 pm

Lots of pilots are being cast right now and I’m seeing something VERY interesting on Tumblr. I’m seeing a lot of: “Please don’t make (fill in name of actor or actress)’s character gay.” or even  “Please don’t make (fill in name of actor or actress)’s character the love of interest of (fill in name of actor or actress). I’d rather the character be gay.”

And, I’m just sitting here thinking - They are only filming a pilot. It might not even get picked up. Some of the actors or actresses in the pilot may change. Parts of the pilot may be reshot. Why are people so obsessed with whose going to be the love interest? Why are people worried that a character may or may not be gay? Half these pilots won’t even make it to television. At least start worrying once the show is green lit for a certain number of episodes.

Personally, I always sort of side-eye when television shows show us a pilot that says: “Character A WILL be the love interest of Character B. They are the main love story of the show. They’ll get the screen time. Deal with it.” Because, while I do sometimes ‘ship couples that the show wants use to ‘ship - I also love when two people just have chemistry. Like, I love going into a show and seeing chemistry between two unexpected characters.

 
 
I Feel: blahblah
 
 
Nichole
06 February 2017 @ 05:59 pm
I have several social media accounts. On some sites I share more than on others. By now, anyone that knows me knows that I lean more Liberal - especially on social issues.Last night, on another site, I reposted something that shares my Liberal leanings. Late last night/early this morning, I received a private message calling me a "fat ugly Libtard". Well, I sat there for a minute. I was stunned. Because, I don't even know the person who sent the private message. We aren't friends on that site or any other. So, he randomly found me (maybe via tags?) and just had to take a minute or two to message me.
I started to think - what an immature and idiotic thing to write. I pity this 30 year old man - a father and husband - who insults people like a bratty eleven year old child.
I have a mirror, Sir. I know I'm by no means beautiful, but I'm certainly not a troll living under a bridge. I'm also quite aware that I'm fat. I have self-esteem coming out of my butt, I'm fine with the way I look. Insults don't phase.
As for "Libtard" - I'm Liberal. Get over it, snowflake. People are allowed to disagree with you and to have their own beliefs. (Mine have been formed done to the life I've lived.)
Word to the people of the internet - if you are a grown ass person and calling people names on the internet, because they don't agree with you - grow the F up. The ugly inside you will slowly leak to the surface and it won't go away until you grow up and become a better person.
 
 
I Feel: goodgood
 
 
Nichole
I’m all caught up on the show, so here are some thoughts.

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I Feel: awakeawake
 
 
Nichole
21 January 2017 @ 09:05 pm
I’m rather disappointed with a lot of people (especially women)  that I know. They have spent the last few days on social media discussing how “People are overacting.” or “All rights for all humans are the same as rights for Native Americans, Disabled Americans, LGBTQA+ Americans, Americans of Color, etc.” or “Yeah, Trump said gross stuff - but not to a woman’s face.” or “Women are just as horrible as Trump. They talk about one another all the time.” or “I wouldn’t be caught dead at a march. Those women can’t think for themselves.”
And I just kept thinking: “What am I seeing that they aren’t?” What are people seeing that I’m not seeing? And then, it hit me:
The people I personally know, who are saying the things above, all have certain things in common. These people (especially the women) are - and they would never admit it - are VERY privileged. They are all white (or half-white), their husbands are white, their husbands have great paying jobs, those that do not have spouses are college dropouts who have bounced around, none of these people have mental or physical disabilities or illnesses, they are all straight, and - for the past eight years (aside from maybe having to pay a fine for not having health care) - they have had fairly nice lives. They have worked (or their husbands have been steadily employed), they have bought homes, they have had children, and they have traveled.
The people I personally know who are worried and who have been taking actions - spreading articles, marching, donating to Planned Parenthood, etc. These people all have things in common, too. Many are POC,some are disabled or mentally ill, some have disabled or mentally ill family members, some have spouses in the military, many have family members with terminal illnesses, all are hardworking people, who have had a good eight years. They have worked, they have bought homes, they have had children, and they have traveled.
I am a white woman. I am physically disabled (Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy). I have all kinds of abuse in my past. I have a close family member with a terminal illness. HOWEVER, I understand that, though I have difficulties, I have had a decent life. I have had privileges that others have not.
That is why I am angry and disappointed in so many women I know. I want to fight to keep the rights we have gotten over the last few years/decades. I don’t want them to go away. And, I want those that aren’t as privileged as me to get the rights I’ve always had - and to keep the rights they have fought for.
What’s that old saying? “When they came for the others, I stayed quiet. When they came for me, there was no one to speak for me.” Something like that.
Will the people (especially the women) I know, who are all saying people are overreacting, feel the same way when they no longer have healthcare? When their children get crap public education?  When they and their families are drinking dirty water and breathing in smog? Is that when these people will finally react? Because, by then it may be too late.
 
 
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Nichole
01 January 2017 @ 08:52 pm



2016 was a crazy year. Let us all hope that 2017 is better.
 
 
I Feel: anxiousanxious
 
 
Nichole
19 October 2016 @ 08:25 pm
Richelle Mead (best know in the young adult book world for her Vampire Academy series and its sister-series Bloodlines) is back with a new young adult series. It's called The Glittering Court. It's an alternate universe series (I'm assuming) about a young noble woman, who takes the place of her servant to flee an arranged marriage with her less than ideal cousin. Only, she ends up in The Glittering Court - a business/school that teaches low-born girls how to be ladies. Why? To bring them to the New World, where they will be sold to the "new royals" - men who have made their fourtunes mining or farming. Of course, it's not all bad - if the girls get more than one offer, they get to pick which man they like best. And, if they get no offers after their contract ends (three months after arriving in the New World), they get to go back home and work off their price in a factory. It's not as bad as it sounds. Or maybe it is, depending on who you are looking at.

Goodreads describes the novel as:Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.


But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands.

My review behind the cut.


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The series will have two more novels: one from Mira's POV and one from Tamsin's POV. Both will take place during the same time as The Glittering Court
 
 
I Feel: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
Nichole
01 August 2016 @ 08:52 pm

This last May, I completed my alternative certification  in Secondary ELA Education. Yay! On June 28th, I was hired at a junior high to teach 8th grade ELA. YES! There is just a problem and I could use some advice.

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I Feel: aggravatedaggravated
 
 
Nichole
20 January 2016 @ 06:04 pm

After two days of teacher her English II classes, my mentor teacher gave me some “unofficial” feedback. She mentioned two things: I talk too softly and I need an attention grabber, for when students enter and for when they get off task. I know about the low voice and I am trying to get better at it. But, I’m wondering about the attention grabber. My mentor teacher isn’t a fan of Bell ringers, because the school has cut classes to 50 minutes each - and sometimes they ring the bell 5 or 7 minutes earlier. I offered her some suggestions: “Class, Class.” or snapping. But, my mentor teacher believes that “too young” for high schoolers. I’ve been looking, but nothing is catching my eye. I thought about playing music as they enter or playing sounds when they get noisy. I could use some ideas and thoughts.

Oh, if it helps: the English II children are in both 10th and 11th grade. Many have failed English II before. The mentor teacher describes them as the most entitled, nasty, mean, immature children she has ever taught. And, considering where she has taught (an alternative school for teens awaiting prison) and who she has taught (gangs), that is saying something.


I tried asking for attention. I said things like: “Class, I need your faces forward.” “Class, we’re starting. This is important. If you don’t hear directions, that is on you. Please pay attention.” I get some looks or their attention for three minutes, and than it is back to talking.

I think the issue with my quiet voice is that her classroom is old - from the 1940s, solid brick, and it is crowded. It’s an old computer lab that is very bad with noise.

 
 
Nichole
15 December 2015 @ 10:40 am

Love Me, If You Dare aka Close Your Eyes, and Close To Me / He Is Here, Please Close Your Eyes (Ta Lai Le, Qing Bi Yan) is a Chinese drama, which is based on the novel by Ding Mo. It is a crime drama with romance and comedy thrown in. It stars Wallace Huo as genius criminal investigator, Bo Jin Yan (Simon). Sandra Ma plays his assistant and love interest, an English translator, named Jian Yao (Jenny). Rounding out the cast are: Wang Kai as police office (and Jian Yao’s childhood friend) Zhang Xun Ran, Yin Zhen as doctor (and Jin Yan’s only friend) Fu Zi Yu, and Edward Zhang as a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

The drama is very well written, beautifully filmed, and just a really fun and addictive watch. It has 24 episodes, and 18 have aired so far.

The Good:


  • As I stated above, the writing for the drama is really amazing. The crimes are interesting and just dark enough, without getting too disturbing. (Apparently, the novel is much more disturbing) The scripts mix romance, comedy, and crime cases wonderfully. There is just enough of everything to keep the show interesting and exciting. I cannot wait for more episodes.


  • The cast all have great chemistry. Wallace Huo and Sandra Ma have believable romantic chemistry. I ship the romance hardcore. Then, you have the friendships between Jin Yan, Jian Yao, Xun Ran, and Zi Yu is really fun. Zi Yu is the humor in the show – I adore the way he rolls his eyes whenever Jin Yan asks if he can do something with technology. And, while Xun Ran has feelings for Jian Yao, he’s more than willing to try and get Jian Yan to notice his feelings.


  • Meanwhile, Jian Yao and Jin Yan are the most adorable and adorkable things in the world. Jin Yao has a very low emotional IQ, so he doesn’t understand romance. But, he tries and it is adorable and sweet. Neither Jin Yao or Jin Yan are terribly experienced, but they fit perfectly.


  • The mysterious stories of the serial killers are so creepy and really exciting.


  • I am just in love with this show. Please tell me more people are watching it? I need to talk about it with someone.


    The Bad:



  • A lot of the story involves an American serial killer, Tommy. The FBI also pops up, as Jian Yan helped them solve Tommy’s case. So, there are several English-speaking cast members that pop in and out of the series. And... their English skills are not always the greatest. Tommy does this weird Southern accent at times, and it can be distracting. Susan, Jian Yan’s FBI friend, sometimes sounds like she’s just reading a prepared paper. I wonder if the actor and actress are Americans living in China or if they are simply Caucasians, and the production thought: “White = English speaking.” The show shot for a few weeks in the United States and I know there are Americans and Canadian actors and actresses who have done stage plays in China and Hong Kong. Could no one find a solid actor or actress? Seriously, that is a huge issue with me and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dramas and films – 95% of the time, they have “Americans” or English-speakers being played by people who clearly aren’t American and/or probably have English as their third or fourth language.


  • I just find it so weird that Jian Yan speaks Mandarin to Susan and Tommy and they reply in English. He studied in the States, he worked as a professor in a university, he worked for the FBI – why does Jian Yan never speak English? Do Susan and Tommy both know Mandarin? Jian Yao studied English and is an English translator. We are told several times that her English is very good – why does she never speak English to Susan and the other Americans she interacts with? And how do they all know Mandarin?!


  • And the language issues just bother me. As does the somewhat shaky acting by the actors and actresses playing American characters.


The Random:


  • I looked up the actress that plays Susan, Emily O’hana. She is from Cuba and most of her credits have French or Spanish names. Mm.