Slow, Eventual Wreckage

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I do not know if my fingers even remember how to formulate proper postings any more!  It has been so incredibly long sing I have done one, long enough that I find it valid to use an exclamation point in my first sentence.  And that just does not happen very often.

To briefly recap my life: it has been pretty swell.  Today was my first headache free day since Sunday.  Most of the negative effects I was feeling have dissipated, which I do appreciate.   This weekend was filled with lots of lovely adventures, most of which occurred outside and with puppies.  To think, I thought I would be bored.  Tragically I also spent many dollars this weekend, but at least it was to support local artists.

Anyhow, I’m going to move onto the wreckage as there is much of it!  I apologize for any disorganization.

Because I’ve neglected my posting for so long, I have four of each this week.  Beginning with the postcards, I chose these four.

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The first one I completed was the experience map.  And it took surprisingly forever.  My first mistake was using my entire, actual hand, instead of just a tiny toddler hand, which I can only assume is what is on the front of this card.  Nevertheless, I was fairly pleased with the finished product.

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Secondly, I decided to experiment with the book’s black hole feature.  So handy, really.  I decided not to affix it to anything particular, and conversely decided to attempt to feed it all of the teacher things I did not want to do.  Obviously, I started with my desk.  This single item in my classroom easily contains 80% of the things I do not want to do.

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Tragically, the desk plan did not work out.  I then attempted to go a little smaller and feed it my folders full of papers to grade, but that didn’t work either.  I still graded all of the things.

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I had a good amount of fun with the break the rules postcard that was one of your firsts.  It did not turn out nearly as pretty as yours, but I did do all of these things.  I took the picture to prove that I walked on it, and ate while performing other tasks on the card.  Rebellious.  I also now have a paint thumbprint for one of my students.  In the event she decides to commit a felony, I will have the vital missing evidence to seal the deal on her prosecution.

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For my last postcard, I used this most excellently outdated dictionary to rise to the posed challenge.

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I don’t feel like the almighty postcard creators kept in mind how very many words are in the dictionary.  Because the pages are so close together, and this dictionary is rather large, almost all of my words were in the As.  Still, I made it work.  At this point my brain was semi-melting, so there were quite a few errors.  Sadness.

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For my wreckage, I scoffed at the advice.  There is absolutely no need to go to a post office for stamps when schools exist.  I went around the building and petitioned various teachers for use of their ink stamps.  It was actually pretty fun, and they were all enthusiastic about our project.

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I completed my next wreckage several days later, whilst I was trapped in Ms. Wood’s room for five hours effectively babysitting five seniors.  Everyone else was testing.  Fortunately, Ms. Wood has lots of those cheesy teacher posters, so I had muy materials for the following wreckage.

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Ms. Wood also helped me complete one of the wreckings I never thought would be possible: the barter of a pen for a half piece of paper.  Luckily, Ms. Wood is a generous soul.  We decided it’d be funny to write something cryptic on her half of the paper, which now hangs next to my Super Koala currency on her desktop.  Curiosity abounds.

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Also while senior-sitting, I decided to kick the book around on the floor a bunch.  The chilluns were very disturbed by this, but the book got wonderfully dirty.  And isn’t that just the point.

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So concludes my most lengthy of wreckings!  I am oh, so excited to be seeing you soon!

– Super Koala

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Comparatively Belated Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

As you know, based on our This is the Voice correspondents, I have been belated in my posting.  Yesterday was oddly stressful.  I had a lot to do teacher wise with being gone for so long.  And then I made it more stressful because today I decided I don’t like our play scripts and ordered scripts for an entire new play.  Given that our play is April 17th, this is not good.  But I’m hoping it will make for a better play overall.

I meant to have a really fantastic post today, too.  But all my ideas revolved around school, and then the play thing happened, and I no time at school.  So, my wreckage today is okay, and I’ll work on executing my ideas for next week’s post.

Post Cards:

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One of my cards is one we’ve never done before, but I believe you’ve done the other.  My “carving” one didn’t turn out quite as nice as I would have liked.  I automatically knew I wouldn’t be carving anything.  In case you don’t recall from my refusal to scratch the scratchers, I hate the texture of scratching paper.  Of all kids.  So, instead, I went for a literary reference to one of my favorite books of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird.

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My goal was to draw all the little items that get hidden in the tree.  Technically, I did this.  However, as the black ink dried, some of the items started to get a little muddled.  But, I’m still happy with the idea.

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The next card features the daunting task of creating my own planet.  I decided to keep it, obviously, very scientific by using a strict legend to document life on my planet.  I named it Diana, as I feel the goddess Artemis is largely underrepresented in our present Roman mythology based solar system.  For every heart, there is a happy flock of puppies frolicking about and being loved and well cared for.  Every star is a library, of course.  A circle is a breakfast cafe, which is my favorite meal.  A square is a movie theater.  There aren’t as many squares because I think the movies would be more fun if they were a relatively special experience.  Ergo, travel.  Finally, every triangle is a dog park.  Because puppies need room for all that adorable frolicking.

For my wreckage, I tried to copy a Springfield transit route.  This was going okay, until Annabelle decided she wasn’t being petted enough and ferociously buried under my arm, bumping my clearly beautiful rendering.  The Springfield bus does not come to my house, so I went for the route that would get me as close to home as possible.  It’s still not very close.

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My last wreckage is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is sadly still not finished.  I’ll take care of that this week.  It’s supposed to be a sharing of very tiny thoughts, but all the tiny writing hurts my hand a whole bunch.  And takes forever to fill a page.  So, for now, this one is a work in progress.

 

 

 

 

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That’s all for the evening!  I’m terribly sleepy, so I am off to retire.  I’m getting excited for your Spring Break visit!

Love,

Super Koala

Valentine’s Weekend Fun

This weekend the Super Koala and I were once again united. Friday we both had the day off, so I made my first drive to Springfield. After three hours, we were finally together. We spent the day eating tasty food and hanging out with Pleasant Hopeians. For lunch we went to Bread Co. and I had my first ever bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. It was delicious, and I can see many more in my future. Then we went to Elle’s for tasty desserts.

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Later that evening we went to the great town of Pleasant Hope to watch a basketball game. It was very intense and stressful, and sadly they lost. Afterwards there was a sort of hang out at the high school that Super Koala had to chaperone. They had movies, video games, board games, basketball, and ping-pong. We played trivial pursuit and, of course, Super Koala was the winner.

Yesterday was a beautiful morning, so we took the puppy girls to Rutledge-Wilson Farm for a nice long walk. They have a cute little pond where Nyx was able to be an adventure dog.

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When we got home, it was too nice outside to continue to stay indoors, so we took the girls out to the dog park. It was the second best dog park day ever. Nyxie was was so nice to the other dogs, and she played, and she didn’t growl at anyone, and it was the best. There were even a couple of dogs bigger than her, and she didn’t get upset once. It was so cute because she didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home. Then we sat at home for a little until we traveled to Lebanon for dinner with Mamabird and our Nonna. We had Chinese food at Bamboo Gardens. It was pretty good, and I tried crab Rangoon for the first time.

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When we got home, we decided to watch one of the movies off of our list, but sadly we fell asleep so we will re-watch the parts we missed tonight.

I am supposed to stay with the Koalas until Monday because we both have the day off again, but it is supposed to snow really hard, so I have to leave today. So, we made the most of our last day and got lots of things accomplished. We planned on going out for breakfast one day, so of course we had to go to Waffle House. Then we went to the mall, and I got a new pair of sweatpants, and we each got a sister related piece of jewelry.

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Before we went to the mall, we had to make a pit stop at Barnes and Noble until the mall opened. We saw adorable kitten puzzles and lots of books that we stared at longingly.

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They also had a pile of vinyls and one was of the new Maroon 5 album. Super Koala and I are very curious as to weather it is supposed to be the letter V or the roman numeral 5.

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(Or maybe a less than sign)

Then we went to Hurts Donuts for a tasty snack. I also got a half-dozen to take home with me.

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They were super busy, but luckily there were lots of donuts, so there were plenty for us to chose form. We had a great weekend even though it was cut short, and we will see each other soon enough. Also, tomorrow we will have a Skype reading date, so there will be another A Million Little Pieces post.

Grammy Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

This post comes to you as Sparhawk and I sit on the couch, with the girls, watching the Grammies.  Fortunately, I was very prepared for my post.  Early today, Sparhawk and I went to the Aviary for delicious, delicious creperie noms.  Whilst there, I completed all of my necessary wreckage to assemble this post.

First, le post cards!

As we waited for our food, we noticed a pouch attached to the wall by us.  Other patrons had filled the pouch with interesting, random notes.  I decided we needed to contribute a post card to the pouch.  So, we spent various points in the dinner working on this random thoughts card.  Sparhawk was the major contributor, including a poem he wrote on the back.  Before we left, we tucked it into the pouch for someone else to enjoy.

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My other post card was very simple.  It’s the one where you see how many times you can send the card back and forth between a friend.  I chose Philip, since we’re already supposed to be correspondents.

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For my wreckage, I found the most perfect prompt inside the book.

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Being titled the Aviary, the restaurant is filled with birds.  Though, they are redecorating, so there’s not as many birds as there used to be.  However, I still found a decent amount.

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My other wrecking did not turn out so well.  On our drive home, I still had one last wrecking to complete, so I chose the one where you draw while in motion.  It was a rather tragic experience, especially when I recall how well yours turned out.

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Sparhawk did not assist with this at all.  He kept forcefully lurching the car to make my poor drawing even worse.

I’m so excited to see you this weekend!  This week was fairly pleasant, though nothing particularly notable happened.  The weather has been so pretty this weekend, which severely cut down on my overall productivity yesterday.  I got back in the game today and did a fair amount of cleaning.  Now I only have to survive one four day week, and then I get a Spazz filled four day weekend!  I will continue to work on our list as well as keeping my teacher life in check, so I don’t have to do a bunch of grading while you’re in town.  Since parent teacher conferences are on Thursday, that shouldn’t be hard.  Grades need to be nicely caught up for that.

Well, I’m going to go read personal narratives and continue watching the awards.  Cuddling with the puppies through the process as been particularly delightful given their bath.

Love you,

Super Koala

Neighborly Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

Aren’t you proud of me?  My post is very on time this week.  However, as you mentioned in your previous post, I also only have one wrecking and post card.  This weekend has been incredibly stressful, and I just didn’t have the time to create two of each.  Next week for sure.

What made this weekend so stressful also made this weekend good.  On Saturday I was out of the house for eleven hours for speech purposes.  The team, as you know, ended up doing really well.  We took home medals in all of our events except for one and took third overall; not too shabby for a team of three.  I was very proud of them so I took them for sub-par Chinese food afterward.  Upon their request.

After speech, I had a few hours before Sparhawk got home.  I used that time to start frantically grading my personal narratives, which I still have like 30 of.  Stress.  Once he arrived, we quickly left to go to Corbin and Lauren’s.  Along with the puppy girls, of course.  The four of us along with BBKF had a sleepover of sorts.  We decided we wanted to watch movies until real late, and Corbin wanted to make us breakfast in the morning.  It was super delightful, and I got to sleep cuddled with the puppies in their guest room.  During this event we discovered Sparhawk has never seen any of the Brat Pack movies.  Legitimately none.  This horrific realization came at a rather unfortunate time, given they just took the Breakfast Club off Netflix.  We semi remedied this by having him watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  I was lame and fell asleep before the end, but I made it to the parade scene, so I was happy.

After scrumptious breakfast involving steak and eggs, we made it back home.  I’ve spent all day doing horrible things like grading papers, and I’m still not done.  So much to do!  Belle and Nyxen have been extra lazy today, though.  They’ve been nice stress buddies.

My wrecking adventures this week made me very uncomfortable, but I managed to complete them.

The post card was one I’ve dreaded since I first flipped through the book.

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Today, I decided I’d conquer this beast.  And I had a brilliant idea.  I originally thought this one would be super weird because I’d have to put it in my immediate neighbors yards.  But that’s not true at all!  My neighborhood is huge, so I decorated it up a bit and decided to hide it in a yard on a different street.

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I tried to write a cute message on the back, but I was rather distracted, so it came out a little iffy.  I waited for the cover of darkness to make my move.  Whilst walking the pups, I tucked it in between the fence slats of one of the backyards we regularly pass.  I happen to know nothing about them other than they have children.  It’s my hope that one of the little girls will find it, and maybe enjoy it.  I think an adult will probably just still find it creepy.

This evening’s walk also helped me complete my wrecking task!

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Tragically, this did not go as well as I planned.  All of the natural surfaces had no effect on the paper, and there was no proof of scraping.  In desperation, I turned to unnatural surfaces.

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This finally produced a result.  After scraping it on bushes, shrubs, trees, and grass, it took a brick wall, a fence, and the sidewalk to actually make marks on the paper.  This activity also made me rather uncomfortable as it’s the Super Bowl, which means Super Bowl parties, which means people congregating outside, which means witnesses to my odd scraping as I towed two puppies through a very windy neighborhood.  It was rough.

Anyway!  I’m going to continue my paper grading.  Wish me luck.  I love you, and I hope you had a nice weekend with not too much hating everyone!

Super Koala

Finally, Finally Wrecking!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

At last!  I will finally be posting.  I have all my technology ducks in a row.  Be prepared for postage!

As you, and our readers may have, noticed, I failed to post last week.  Like has happened before, I got sidetracked with all of the excitement of having Spazz and MamaBird visiting.  And then I was engrossed in my busy and tumultuous work week.  But I am finally ready with two wreckages and two post cards.

My initial wrecking was done at the speech tournament on Saturday.  I documented time passing in their cafeteria.  But their cafeteria has this interesting quirk to where it is also a FEMA shelter.  And all of the signs in the school are for the FEMA shelter, not the Cafeteria.  It was a tumultuous experience in which I remembered why I often hate high shcoolers, but it ended up alright.

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For my second post, I took some inspiration from your wrecking.  But instead of filling in song lyrics, I looked up the opening paragraphs of my favorite books.  I don’t think it looks as nice as yours, but my pens were not as pretty.  All things considered, I’m pretty pleased with it.

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My post cards are pretty great.  For the first one I also took inspiration from you.  I’ve avoided this card for forever as well, but I decided it was time to finally conquer it.

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My machine works by inserting pieces of trash or recycling.  When you have inserted a piece, you then get 10 free minutes of Netflix on a really gigantic screen.  Enter another piece of trash, get another 10 minutes.  Below ground, there are some compactable machines that take care of the trash.  Think of little Wall-Es fixing the issue.

I also finally created my own currency, something else I’ve been avoiding.  It turned out pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.  I provided a before picture since neither of us have done this before.

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Pretty creepy wonderful, eh?

The tricky part of this was trading it for something.  I had to make my currency legal tender.  And I did.  I traded my one Super Koala dollar for one excellent DumDum sucker.  Proof!

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She said she’s keeping my currency forever.  She taped it to her computer.

I don’t know that anything else particularly exciting has gone on this week.  As you mentioned, we’ve talked on the phone a lot, so you know most of the excitement.  On Saturday, the kiddos broke to semi-finals, which is the farthest they’ve ever gotten in a tournament.  It was pretty good.  Sunday, BBKF and I tried to use our MoviePasses, but we did it wrong.  Luckily, delicious Bread Co sufficed.

Anyway, I’m going to go grade some rough drafts.  Sorry for the terrible delay!

Love you!  Look forward to your new, exciting double posts!

– Super Koala

Sickly Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I hope the remainder of your first week back went well.  Mine was only okay.  I have one class that forgot how to be functioning people, and they’re right in the middle of the day.  Because of this, they kind of put a damper on my general feelings about the school day as a whole.  It’s lame, but I’m hoping it’ll improve.  And if not, I’ll just have to keep in mind the fact that my other classes have been going really well.  Drama started up again, and it’s been a lot of fun.  Right now we’re just doing a lot of team building activities, but they show a lot of promise.  And the class is full, which means I can actually be selective about my actors this year.  Hooray!

Thanks to my illness, my weekend has been rather uneventful.  It started out good.  On Friday, I got tasty sushi with my little and then went around doing a kind act.  After sushi, Little and I went to Hurts, where on impulse I bought a half dozen glazed donuts just to deliver to other people.  Five of them went to Imo’s, where Sparhawk and company were working, and one went to BBKF, who was having a bad day.  I hung out with her at the family video until her shift ended, and then she came over to my house.  We were supposed to watch a movie, but the illness struck.  I ended up falling asleep, which is what I did for most of my weekend.  Yesterday, I slept at least fifteen hours.  And I still went to sleep in a timely fashion once Sparhawk got back from work.

When I was awake, good things happened.  I got a haircut, which I love.  The back is all nice and layered and not mulletish at all now.  Afterwards I went to Imo’s to nom on some delicious lunch items, and then hurried back to take the girlies to the dog park.  As you recall, they did pretty well.  Nyx still hates dogs that are notably larger than her.  Which is most dogs.  But oh well.  After that, I swung by the library to pick up some books and my new/old items.  I’ve currently read four books in 2015!  And then I abruptly went to sleep.  I know I haven’t been feeling well because I’ve eaten very little all weekend.  You know that’s not normally my life.

Despite illness, I still have my wrecking completed!  It was by goal to get them done in a timely fashion.  Tonight I’m going with BBKF to see the Hobbit and have dinner, whether I feel up to it or not.  I’ve already canceled once, so I promised myself the only way I wouldn’t be going was if I had a fever or was throwing up.  Fortunately neither have happened.

Anyhow, my tasks this week were pretty simple.

For my post card I had to collect fruit stickers.  I actually worked on this one all week, pealing a sticker off my daily fruit whenever possible.  Unfortunately, we only have apples and bananas right now, as not much else is in season and delicious.  But I still managed to cover the card fairly well.

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For my wreckage, I completed one you have done before and made this nice little message for Sparhawk.

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It will be really easy to put it in his pockets.  I’ve decided I’m going to put it in a pair of his fancy pants, and then he’ll end up seeing it when he’s substitute teaching.  I think it’ll make a good surprise.

That’s all from me today!  I hope your concert went really well and that it was a fun time!  I look forward to your post!

Love,

Super Koala