Sunday, November 15, 2020

It's All About Covid These Days

 Let's get the complaining out of the way first. This has to be the worst time in history to be a special ed teacher. Betsy DeVos waived requirements for regular ed, but not special ed. As a result, the federal and state bureaucrats have developed mountains of extra paperwork. It's truly overwhelming and accounts for my blogging lapse. At least I have company in the "office."

A sane person would cut back the time she spends with students, but I just can't do that. Half my caseload is freshmen this year, and they need support! I even worked this morning -- and I never work on the weekends.

Wisconsin is Ground Zero for Covid, so we are sheltering place, even though the state legislature and courts won't let the governor issue an order. That means lots of knitting time. The next time you see this, it will be a sweater:

I seamed the sides -- my first seaming project -- during a Zoom bat mitzvah yesterday. They are not perfect. I don't care. The sweater fits me and is cozy. It just needs an icord edging now.

We do go the grocery store. I've been going to a Mexican grocery that is owned by parents of one of my students. It's the only way we can communicate, given my Spanish and their English. Along the way, I've developed a passion for Mexican junk food:

Bubu Lubu may be a silly name, but they are addictive! And the Emperador cookies are pretty darn good, too!

I expect November to be my most challenging month for work because I have 5 IEP meetings (with all the paperwork that goes with them!), so I won't be checking in with all of you as much as I'd like. Oh, and then there's the A-bomb of paperwork which was dumped on us Wednesday. But this too will pass!

10 comments:

  1. Oh, boy! I was concerned when you went silent again. So sorry it is rough right now; the sweater looks great so you are turning that misery into beauty!

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  2. Wow, you are facing your challenges head on and making headway. I see Washington state just started another "lockdown" in all indoor activities. The virus is really nasty and does not care who it attacks. You are an ngel to be as dedicated as you are to your students. Bless you for that. Your sweater looks good and the color is my favorite color. Mexican junk food is a staple here in Arizona. I have never seen the Bubu Lubu. I will look for them next time I go to the Mexican supermarket.

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  3. I just like saying Bubu Lubu. Hang in there.

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  4. I think I would really like those Emperador cookies, but the Bubu Lubu sound pretty good too.

    I can't imagine the stress you are facing with all that is going on. I'll be sending good thoughts.

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  5. When we went to Mexico, my husband had a blast trying all the Mexican candy they stocked our minibar with!

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  6. I am hoping that each day you are closer to retirement and that day comes quickly. Covid is a big pain in the butt.

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  7. Hopefully once Betsy it out, things can settle down a bit for you. I know it will take a while, but at least it may actually happen. Take care!

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  8. The grocery stores in my previous community sold similar cookies. I loved all the ones I tried, but from the photo on the box, the Bubu Lubu do look tempting. Stay safe and keep helping all the students you possibly can.

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  9. Teachers have it so bad right now!! I am so sorry. You (and your fellow teachers) all deserve medals and huge raises and help with all the paperwork. My best friend's daughter is a teacher in NC and so far they are totally virtual...they are hoping to stay that way. If not, there will be no family holidays this year.

    Boy that Mexican stuff looks SO GOOD. And...we have a few Mexican stores around here...I'll be back later.....

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  10. Oh, my. What a mess. Covid on top of Betsy DeVos is just . . . too much. Hang in there - and stay safe. (Your students are very lucky to have you in their corner.) XO

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