April 15, 2020

Whoops, I was into a book that I was reading and totally forgot to write the past two days.  So sad, hopefully, you can forgive me.

Monday both girls were off and they decided to clean their room.  Oh my, for the first time ever they managed to work in the room and make progress without fighting.  I was so impressed and hopeful.  They even decided on a couple of ways to organize the stuff, some things that they could get rid of or store because it was out of season.  I am so excited because there are actually spots where you can see the floor.

Both girls work for the same company.  One is in management and one just works when she is home.  Normally, I am thrilled with the company that they work for as they treat their employees very well.  Yesterday and today I am irritated with the branch that DD2 works for. She was scheduled to work on Tuesday evening, however, that morning she received a text from her professor who was moving the time of the class to late afternoon due to some internet problems.  Kristen called the store and told them about the problem, the Assistant manager didn’t believe her and said that she was just trying to get out of work.  Finally, they came up with an arrangement that would allow her to leave work, come home, take the class and then go back to work.  Then just before she was to leave, she received another message moving the class to later that night once again because of internet problems.  The assistant manager once again refused to work with her and said that she doesn’t want to work.  DD1 let the district manager know, who then called and talked to DD2 and then the store manager.  Hopefully, the schedule will be ok, but now there are several of the other employees that are made at Kristen and saying she doesn’t want to work.

Today, I was allowed back into my classroom.  I had to notify the head of maintenance, who met me at the school and let me in.  It was so strange to be in the building by myself.  Even when I have been there working on the weekends, someone else has been there.  It almost made me want to cry.  Then as I neared my classroom, I noticed that the mural that has been outside of my classroom since before I started teaching there has been painted over. This mural had originally been done by art students many years ago.  Today, it was gone.  Instead the school’s mascot is painted on the wall. I wonder how the students that originally painted the old mural will feel when they learn that it is gone.

We started online learning this week.   It is not mandatory but it is voluntary and encouraged.  We are to give detailed feedback, but no grades.  The work can’t hurt or help a student’s grades. I am impressed that after 2 days almost 1/2 of my students have logged on and completed the assignment.

Tomorrow, I am planning on attempting to shop at Walmart instead of ordering online.  I am getting tired of the strange substitutions that they tend to make.



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