Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"The Lake-Huh"

Ok, so I was looking forward to this movie, much like the anticipation I had before going to see The Notebook. Unfortunately, I had to pay a little more than I wanted to for a matinee. Yet, it was Friday, and I needed a good cure for my boredom over the summer.
The previews looked really good. I saw Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves on some of the talk shows before the movie came out. I was getting excited. I thought it would be more like The Love Letter, which I loved watching on the Hallmark Channel. I think that was a much better movie. Turns out, I was in for a let down.
The movie made me feel really lonely, as with the characters in the story seem really lonely. The time thing is a real issue here. It is definitely a movie where you have to keep track of the dates, (I'm lucky if I remember today's date). In the end, I'm still not sure what year it is and how things ended the way they did. I'm still rethinking this puzzle in my mind. Guess this means another rewatch!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

"Teacher's Favorite Things": My first song parody!

Toward the end of the school year I began writing a parody of "My Favorite Things", called "Teacher's Favorite Things". If you're a teacher, I'm sure you can identify with the song, especially if you teach the young ones. This is the first time I've ever attempted a song parody, and Chris thinks that it came out really good! So here it is:

Teacher's Favorite Things
(new words by Lisa Knight)

Pencils and papers and drink spills awaiting
Cleaning my desktop and markers for grading
Testing and homework and taking up things
These are a few of my favorite things

Office referrals with bullies and schemers
Actors and class clowns and cheerleading screamers
Thinking and wondering what each day will bring
These are a few of my favorite things

Tough boys and jockeys and girls with their glamour
Fibbers, and tattlers, and correcting grammar
Simply awaiting the school bell to ring
These are a few of my favorite things

When the kids leave
When the day ends
When I’m feeling stressed
I simply remember my favorite things
Hoping I did my best


Spelling and writing and English and grammar
Science, mathematics and teaching them manners
Recess and playfights and pushing their swings
These are a few of my favorite things

Numbers and letters and history’s datings
Lectures and workshops and artists creating
Reading and gym class, and students that sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Breakfast and bathrooms all need supervision
Icebags and band-aids will treat the incisions
Planning and coping and tying shoestrings
These are a few of my favorite things

When I fall back
When I break down
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember impressions I made
And then I don’t feel so bad!