Twenty-fifth (and last!) Day of Silence

Dearest Super Koala,

This will be the last Days of Silence post! And how fitting that it is happening on my first day of school. I always hate the last day of school. It is really just a big waste of time, but more on that later.

Yesterday was my last day of freedom, and I spent it watching Food Inc, writing a paper, and being lazy. The documentary was good, and after watching the first ten minutes, I had realized that I’ve watched it before. I don’t know if I will make any immediate changes in my food because I don’t really decide what gets bought, but I might when I buy my own food. I know that you got the book from the library, but I don’t know if you ever read it, otherwise you would know what I’m talking about. It makes some really great points as to why to switch to organic and locally grown food. Especially the movie; it is very convincing after you watch how poorly people and animals are treated in the industrial food business. I too am surprised that I read for a straight 6 hours, but I really liked it and didn’t want to stop. It has that letter/diary format that I really enjoy reading. I will all books were like that. Well, maybe not, but they do seem to be some of my favorites. I guess it is just a lot easier to read a book when you aren’t being forced to read it.

Today, like I said, was my first day of school. The reason I think they are so pointless is because we have an unnecessarily long assembly and an extra long ANP which leaves only fifteen minutes for each class because we have to go to all of them. It those fifteen minutes, there is the usual roll call and then a dumb “character building” game that every class does for the remaining time. Anyway, I guess it has to be done. All of my teachers seem really great except for my math teacher. He seems okay now, but I have only heard terrible things about him from everyone who has ever had him. Some teachers you hear good and bad thing about, but I have only hear awful things about this one. And it isn’t even like it is from people that aren’t very smart, it is from EVERYONE. I am really nervous, so I’ll have to see how it goes.

Whelp, I guess that is it for the final Day of Silence. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

– Captain Spazzmataz

P.S. Dad said that I can come down the 25th, but he or Mom has to come too.


Twenty-fourth Day of Silence

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I do believe I am the sleepiest little panda that ever did feel sleepy.  Today I got up a 5, per the usual, walked some extraordinarily energetic puppies, stood and paced around the school/my classroom for seven+ hours, got my butt kicked by Whitney, and the walked the pups some more.  My legs and feet are so very tired; the rest of me is quickly following suit.  However, this is my last day of silence post!  I will be seeing you very soon!

I’m so happy that you finished the book and the many assignments to go with it!  Was the documentary any good?  Did it make you terrified to eat?  Do you feel like you’ll make any different eating choices because of your literary experience?  Do tell.  I can’t believe you read Perks for a full six hours.  That’s so unlike your typical reading habits.  I’ll have to find some books similar to that one for you because you must have enjoyed it.  And a certain someone is behind on her reading goals.  I, ahem, am currently five books ahead.  I only have 25 for the whole rest of the year.

Your babysitting sounds so great.  I was also thinking about trying to see Guardians of the Galaxy or Days of Future Past if that’s still playing anywhere.  But Dad has to come, of course.  I am so traumatized by your dead squirrel sectional experience.  It sounds… icky.  Though funny, in some dark, twisted, macabre way, I suppose.  How did the person ever get it off their car?

Today was the first day of school with kiddos.  I felt like it was going to be a good one because this morning, as I was walking, I saw a shooting star.  I’m pretty sure it’s only the second one I’ve seen in my entire life.  First days of school are always pretty easy.  We just looked at the syllabus, and I had them fill out a survey to tell me about themselves.  Thanks to our morning assembly, I didn’t even see one of my classes.  Two classes really didn’t talk at all.  One of them was speech, tragically.  One talked way too much.  It’s kind of weird, I really miss my bunch from last year.  I still think of this year’s seniors as my juniors, and I don’t quite know what to do with all these mystical new children.

Today, Scuttlebug tragically left us.  Sparhawk tried to clean his cage, and the little one just didn’t wake up.  I’m sad that he’s gone, but I hope he had a really excellent last few days of his life running on his wheel, bat mousing his terrarium, and nomming on fresh garden vegetables.  I feel like it must have been better than living in terror in the corner of my class.  After Sparhawk made this discovery, he cleaned out the cage and went to Petsmart for a new mousie.  This one is Mr. Bobinsky.  I’m sad I didn’t get to help pick him out, but he is a pretty awesome little mouse.  Growing up in Petsmart, he’s not even kind of afraid of people, so I actually get to see him hanging out fairly often.  He’ll also let Sparhawk handle him, so we might get him a ball to run around in.  I’m still nervous the girls will think of it as a toy, but we may try.  Either way, it was a sad and happy mouse day.  Scuttle was so cute and tiny; I’m going to miss his weirdness.

Well, I am probably going to go right to bed.  I hope you have an excellent first day of school tomorrow!  I’ll see you Friday!

– Super Koala

Twenty-third Day of Silence

Dearest Super Koala,

Don’t fret. I did not forget about my post tonight. I was at band from 6-10. Yes, it was only supposed to run until 8:30, but we will get to that later.

It is a tragedy that you have to wake up that early, but I will soon be in the same boat as you. However, for tomorrow morning, I will be in the land of 8 o’clockers. I did notice how dark it was and that is why I was so confused. It was also sort of blurry, so it looked as though you were in a very scary place, which I guess from your perspective 5 AM is a very scary place.

Yesterday I finally finished my AP Language book! The last seven chapters were incredibly long and took about an hour and a half each to read. I finished the final sentence while waiting for Aaron to arrive at his house with the children. As I told you, I babysat for them last night. I was supposed to be at their house around 5:30, but because it was a Monday, Dad told me to leave around 4:15 to leave room for traffic. Unfortunately, there was barley any traffic and I wound up in front of their house at 5. This left a half an hour to finish up the dreaded book. Then I spent a lovely evening with the kiddos in which Addy ate all of her dinner, Tanner adorably played in his ball pit, and both children were easily put to bed. It was a pretty phenomenal babysitting experience. However, Tanner has become quite the needy baby. As soon as you put him down, he starts whining to be picked back up. My trick was to pick him up, but then sit down and eventually he didn’t want to be in my lap anymore, so he crawled away. I thought it was an ingenious plan, and it worked perfectly. I was babysitting because they went to go see Guardians of the Galaxy. They said that it was really good and that we should probably go see it this weekend.

This morning I woke up, ate breakfast, then finished everything that I needed to do to get the book portion of my summer work done. All I have left to do is watch the documentary and write a review. Then I practiced and from 10 AM to 4PM all I did was read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was really good, and I finished it in one day. True it was only a little over 200 pages, but I would call that dedication. After that we had our last Tuesday night dinner at Frailey’s and then it was off to band. Tonight was just sectionals and uniform fitting. It always takes a million years to get everyones uniform so we had a two hour sectional. Our section was probably the most fun. After doing all of the stuff we needed to get done, we played games. These games included down by the bank, ninja, and see how many people can fit in Shannon’s trunk. The answer: 4. We also had a great adventure with a dead squirrel. The clarinet section was momentarily next to our section, but they quickly left because of a dead, sun-baked squirrel in their spot. This led to a lot of kicking and screaming, and somehow the squirrel wound up in the middle of our section. Two of our freshmen then proceeded to place the squirrel on top of said kicker’s windshield, which then slid down to being stuck underneath his wipers. It was hilarious until it started to smell, so we moved down a few parking spaces to distance ourselves from the rotting creature. Then, it was our sections turn to go get fitted. My uniform was much to large as was the case of many others. They didn’t count on having to resize most of the band, and that is why we were there until 10. Of course I rode with Dad, so even though I was done by 8:30, I had to stay until everyone was finished.

After all of the excitement, I am now relaxed and settled in for bed. I can’t wait to read your last post tomorrow!

– Captain Spazzmataz

Twenty-second Day of Silence

Dear Captain Spazzmataz,

I tragically sent you that Snapchat at 5 AM because that is my new wake up time.  Today was my first day back at work, and I have to wake up that early so I have plenty of time to walk the pup-ups before I leave.  I sent it to you just outside of the house underneath a street lamp.  Did you notice how horrendously dark it was?

I’m sorry that you’ve suddenly forgotten all your postings.  Tsk, tsk.  This is my second to last one!  I suppose I won’t have to post on Friday, since I’ll actually get to see you.  Hooray!  If you need gift ideas, I’m in need of some adorable, large mugs that I can eat cereal/drink tea out of.  I also, as you know, love lip products, nail polish colors, notebooks, lists, and everything from Barnes and Noble.  I feel like the individual presents shouldn’t be expensive.  Definitely under ten dollars.

My weekend was also pretty lackluster, but it made me really happy.  It was nice being both lazy at home and productive.  I finished one of your books, and I’m hoping to finish another before I see you.  There’s also a library book that I need to finish, however, so that may get in the way.

Today was the first day of work!  I’m lucky to work at the high school because our excellent principal provides us with food whenever we have our meeting days, so we got delicious lunch in between two lengthy meetings.  For a chunk of time we were free to work in our rooms, but my printer wasn’t working, so I didn’t get much done.  Tomorrow I’ll have to kick it into high gear to be ready for Wednesday.  Over the weekend, would you be willing to help me write names on late passes?  I need to have those ready for Monday.  My master plan was to do them as a watch many a Netflix, but that might not work if I’m in St. Louis.

Either way I’m super excited to see you!  Hopefully I’ll be able to read your post tomorrow!

– Super Koala

Twenty-first Day of Silence

Dearest Super Koala,

I am terribly sorry for forgetting to post last night. I don’t even have a good reason; I just forgot. I was doing so good, and now that it is almost over I can’t remember to post. At least this means two presents for you however, now I have to think of two presents.

My weekend was pretty lackluster. Saturday was a lazy day in which I read the remaining eight chapters of my book. It was pretty brutal, but now I am finished. Then I started to go to watch the documentary yesterday, but wound up watching The Avengers instead. Whoops. Yesterday I was dragged to another birthday party on Mom’s side. It was pretty boring as usual, but it did make me think of you because they had soft pretzels with cheese.

Although I think I would enjoy Foods I and Creative Writing (p.s. nothing can help my spelling unless I memorize the dictionary), I am going up to school today to see if they can possibly get jazz band in my schedule. I am thinking it is probably possible because the councilors always just work in whatever is easiest for them. Also, tonight I will be babysitting for Aaron and Evelyn, so you will hear about that on Tuesday.

We do have night practices. However they switched them to Tuesday nights instead of Mondays because of a field scheduling conflict. So I had to change my guitar lessons because they were on Tuesdays, but the only other day he works is Wednesday and that is when my saxophone lessons are, so I also had to change that. It has been a giant chain reaction of messing up my schedule. Now I have to remember a whole new set of times.

Anyway, that is about it. Like I said, very lackluster. I look forward to your post tomorrow.

– Captain Spazzmataz

P.S. Where were you in your snap you sent me this morning, and more importantly why were you up at 5???


Twentieth Day of Silence

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

Annabelle just did the absolute cutest thing.  I discovered early today that Nyx doesn’t like Minties.  Though she does like Greenies.  This discovery came to fruition when I placed a Minty in Nyx’s bed and it remained uneaten for the rest of the day.  Just as I settled into type my post, Belles came into the room to my side with the little Minty bone poking out of her mouth and the cutest, “Mom, can I have this?” look on her face.  I tried to take a picture, but it’s too dark.  Needless to say, I let her have it.  It was so polite of her to ask.

It’s been another crazy night here at Club Koala, and by crazy I mean that it’s 9:45, and I’m already completely ready for bed.  I’ve brewed myself some sleepy time tea and set up some teaching materials/books by the bed, so that I can encourage a responsible bed time.  Starting tomorrow, I should really be in bed around 9 something so that I can wake up by 4 something.  Sparhawk is out of town tonight; he went to DCI finals in Indianapolis.  This just leaves me, the critters, and cozy evening.  It’s a pretty ideal Saturday night to me.

Last night was also pretty momentous.  Sparhawk had a Friday night off for the first time in a very long time.  Maybe over a year.  We thought about going out, but decided that it would be really fun to spend a night hanging out just the two of us, and actually doing things together instead of just doing separate things in a close space.  It was a lot of fun and a nice way to help end my summer.

I’m happy you had a fun time with all your water shenanigans, band camp included.  Do you not have night practices this coming week?  If you don’t, I’m super jealous.  Band camp has gotten way cooler it seems.  That’s awesome that you’ve got the show completely set, even with all the shortened outside rehearsals.  I’m exciting to see it!  I guess I’ll officially have to pick a competition this weekend.  I also think you’ll really like Creative Writing and Foods.  You already like to cook and sort of like to write, yeah?  Maybe it’ll even help your spelling.  (Tehe.)  You can absorb all the delicious recipes of foods and then make them for me when I see you.  Speaking of, I feel like there was something delicious you were supposed to make for my next visit, but I can’t remember what it was.

Doing a timed run makes me nervous.  What if we don’t finish on time.  It’s only a 5k, so I feel like the time might be relatively competitive.  But it’d be really cool to get a finisher’s medal.  Gah.  The pressure.  We’ll have to discuss.  Also, my FitBit charger finally, finally shipped today, so I’ll be among the steppers again soon.

Excited to see you in less than a week!

– Super Koala


Nineteenth day of Silence

Dear Super Koala,

I will let your lateness slide this once because my post is coming in late as well. Tonight I went to the drum major party and then over to a friends house for a bonfire. I had surprisingly a lot of fun. I wasn’t expecting the party to be all that great, but there were definitely some memorable moments. One of my friends got thrown in the pool twice with all of her clothes on, and I got a half a glass of cold water poured down my back. If there was anyone that left dry, there was only a small few.

Yesterday I got my school pictures taken and my schedule. I didn’t wind up in jazz band because it didn’t fit with my other classes, so instead I am taking creative writing and foods one. For creative writing I got the same teacher that I had last year, so I am super excited. She was possibly my favorite (non-band) teacher. Then there was band camp from 12:30 to 2:30. I got there and a pretty steady rainfall had begun. I didn’t know what we were going to do because we took all of the chairs out of the cafeteria, and the band room is way to small to fit everyone. Brakefield pulled up just after I did so I asked him and he said, “I’ve got ponchos and drill!” In short, we marched outside without our instruments for two hours in the pouring rain wearing ponchos. It sounds unpleasant, but it was actually really fun, and we got the rest of our drill set.

This morning was the last day of band camp, and it was over at 11:30. We were able to run the entire show at the end, but it came at a high price. The field was basically a marsh. There was standing water, and within the first fifteen minutes of fundamentals, my shoes were filled with water. By the end of the day I had mud all down my legs, and you could barley tell that there was color other than pink on my shoes. When I took of my shoes, I could make a perfect footprint on the ground still in my socks. I did use my coupon with Shannon. I actually used it today. We went and got snow cones before the drum major party. I almost forgot about it until you said something, so thank you for reminding me.

As for the runs, the mustache one says it was in July, so I am thinking we won’t be able to make that one even though it sounded super fun. Out of the Mercy one and the Jack’s Wizard Waddle, I think I like Jack’s better. They are both the same price, and they are both timed with awards and everything, so we really have to bring our A game. But out of the two, I think Jack’s seems more fun.

That’s all for now. I look forward to your post tomorrow.

– C.S.