Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 31, 2005

LICENSE TEST TOMORROW: 8 AM

i'm gonna wet my myself 

Dear Kari,

Don't worry kid, you pass. Your friend who takes the test with you won't, but if you remind her to use her signal and look behind her before she pulls it of the drivers parking lot, you may change her fate, and thus perhaps the course of the world as we know it.

Sleep easy,
Kari

Monday, March 25, 2013

April 1, 2004

yayyy april fools day yayyyy!! hahahah well today was rather eventful. i am the april fools masterrrr lol. i convinced tammy that i was going out with someone from church.. it was great she had NO IDEA i was kidding.

FyreGemini: I can't even formulate a thought to say right now
FyreGemini: just -- "!"

>=].... yeahhhh then i told hannah that i got her bday present and then a second later i was like APRIL FOOLS!!!!! oh man it was the best joke i've ever played on ANYONE... i got her sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good... yeah i rule peace out.


Dear Kari,

You really need to cool it on the caffeine... Or whatever it is you're taking. You sound so strange. I know you're trying to be funny, but still.... Hannah is awesome, but like I need to tell you that.. 9 years later and she's still a very important person in your life, so that's pretty cool. Make sure to always tell her how awesome you think she is. Also, spoiler alert: the best joke you ever play on someone (at least at age 24) is turning the Burgh janitors closet into a full fledged museum of your friends stuff when she was away for Easter break.

Keep it classy,
Kari

Sunday, March 17, 2013

An Update

Whoa.

That about sums up my life lately. Whoa. This first year of teaching stuff is no joke! School has been verrryyy stressful lately for a variety of reasons: a new student entering my room in February who completely changed the dynamic of my classroom, a very strange, complicated, and emotional situation for many of my coworkers regarding my principal's contract being renewed, several deaths of family members of our faculty, and most recently TESTING.

Standardized testing stinks for all teachers... No doubt about it. I have to think though in special ed, it may be a little worse. It is just heart breaking to watch my kids try and navigate these tests. For math and science I can read them each question, but for reading I can't. My friends who are working at best at a late first to second grade level have to read passages that are pages long. One of my fifth graders raised his hand during the test and said "Miss Sager..... I just can't read this". It was gut wrenching for me. When I give them tests/assessments I make sure they can properly access the information and it is so hard to be at the mercy of the rules of the state. Four of my students qualify to take the Illinois alternative assessment, which is verrryyy tedious to administer, but at least they can do it. I just have one section of that to test and then room 306 is officially done with testing! (Until the next required test in the spring... Ughhh)

I've been thinking about making a blog separate from this one about my teaching. I've found myself very stressed lately and am trying to come up with productive, healthy ways to deal with it. I think blogging can be more or less like journaling. Hopefully more on this later....

I've also been trying to use some of my Pinterest pins lately and Skinnytaste recipes. So far I've been a little more successful on the Skinnytaste end of things. Gina does such a good job making recipes for things you want to eat! So far some of my favorites are her chicken roll ups (I've done buffalo chicken and jalapeƱo popper chicken), her southwestern quinoa salad (so good I'm making it tonight for lunches this week!), pistachio cinnamon chicken salad (sounds weird but so good!), and her chocolate chip zucchini bread. If you're looking for good recipes that you don't have to feel guilty about, seriously give her a go. Anyway, enough of that advertisement! :)

During these trials and new phases of life though God continues to show me how blessed and lucky I am. I live in a city I love with so much at my disposal, I have an amazing family that supports and encourages, and friends near and far who love me so much and navigate me through all this craziness, and I am doing what I am meant to do. What more could I ask for right now?


Monday, November 26, 2012

Ecclesiastes

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

..... 11  He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11

Probably the most poignant passage of scripture in my life thus far. I love how each verse is simply stated, yet can apply to so many things in each our lives

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Little Things

-a rose from one of my students.

-an encouraging conversation with a coworker/supervisor

-a glass of red wine (or 2...)

-watching your normally kitchen savvy roommate explode (literally) chicken in the microwave

-a string of entertaining burgh babes texts

in the crazy hustle/bustle that's been my life lately it is nice to take a moment each day to think about those little things that make each day better. :)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Yet Another Wedding....!!!

While I was at a charity event Friday night (for a great organization.. Water 1st.. check it out some time!) my phone started buzzing and I saw that is was Grace. It was about ten o'clock my time and I was in the middle of a conversation with people so I texted her "what's up?" hoping nothing was wrong. I received a "YOU NEED TO CALL ME ASAP" and Erik said "Kar, call her! Maybe she's engaged or something!".. (so typical I'd be thinking the worst while Er assumes something positive) Grace picks up and lo and behold... MY SISTER'S ENGAGED!!!!!!!! After I got the call I literally went back to Erik and was jumping up and down screaming "My best friend's engaged! My best friend's engaged!" I am SO excited and happy for Grace and Blair! It just seems so surreal to me.. It's something Grace and I have talked about since we were so young, and now it's actually happening to one of us! The timing couldn't have been better (thanks Blair!) since next weekend I will get to see her in CT!!

Phoebes, I am so excited for you and love you so freakin much! I can't wait to help you with whatever I can and watch the rest of your plans unfold!!

The original crew :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

December 9, 2004

i am so exhausted. really. i'm just tired. and i've been so tired lately and i don't know why. maybe it's this time of year. everything is moving at such a fast pace and maybe this year i can't keep up. maybe it's cause i'm not stressed out really at all. for the most part everything is good. maybe my caffeine addiction has gone to my head. or maybe it's the fact i'm thinking so much about why i'm so tired that's making me tired......

Dear Kari,

If you're so freaking tired just take a nap and stop complaining. You sound like an idiot.

Kari

P.S. I know that was a bit harsh, but you need that every once in awhile. Keep your head up!