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09:00 pm: Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?
...No one, apparently...though the growling squirrel did provoke a few giggles.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I stepped out my front door Monday morning to find it snowing. I was briefly worried, since I wear low slip-on shoes to work (all that shoe-changing whenever I enter a classroom, you know). However, only about an inch had accumulated, so it didn't cause me any problems.

I arrived at school to have this conversation with my team teacher for first hour:

Teacher: We should start the lesson with review, because some students will be arriving late due to the heavy snow, and we don't want them to miss anything new.

Me: ...Heavy snow?

Yes, that's how little it snows here. The cute thing is, if students are ever late due to a train delay, the train company gives them passes so they won't be marked tardy. The bad thing is, all my students first hour were total zombies. It took half the period to pry some of them away from the stoves, and even then, they all acted brain-dead.

And speaking of brain-dead--or at least brain-absent--it was the seniors' last full day of classes. They were SO not interested in lessons. They vastly preferred working on cutting and pasting pictures into personal memory scrapbooks that were probably an assignment in another class.

I got home and immediately set about making the last of the baked goods for prizes. I eventually finished, though I left my kitchen looking like a war zone.

Since I was going to be the Wolf in the skit my speech class would perform, I thought I should wear something by way of a costume. I looked around for wolf ears or something, but I only found bunny ears. Instead, I bought ponytail holders with pompoms attached and did my hair up "doggy ear" style, in the hope that it might count as wolf ears.

...Uh huh.

Well, I certainly got quite a reaction. Practically everyone I met in the hall either giggled or shouted "Cute!" In fact, I even got an entire sentence--"You are a cutie!"--from a student who wasn't even in one of my classes. Other teachers commented that I looked like a squirrel. ^_^;

I had this conversation with a student:

Student: Cute! You look like a rabbit.

Me: ...I'm supposed to be a wolf. Don't you think I look scary? RAWR!

Student: <blink, blink> ...Can I touch your hair?

Me: ~_~

Regardless, the skit was a big success. The baked goods were also a success. In fact, aside from the set of flavored coffee packets I brought from Michigan, the students only selected the baked goods and none of the other merchandise as their prizes.

Now that the seniors have finished, my schedule is much lighter. Whereas I used to have at least three classes per day, until the end of the school year I'll have at most three classes per day. I'm hoping to use the extra time productively.

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From:megory
Date:January 24th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)

LOL

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What a great mental picture! I'll bet the skit was a hoot. Congratulations on the lighter load.

All that baking work and the clean up, were obviously worth it from the girls' perspective. How nice to be appreciated!


Enjoy the reduced load. I like the productivity commitment.

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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 24th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm hoping to use the extra time productively.

On the manga JLPT!

I'll shut up now.

Your wolf ears story reminds me of when I tried to do a low-budget version of C3P0 for a Halloween costume at the age of 10. (Yes, that was the year the original Star Wars came out.) I didn't have metallic stuff, so I went with all gold-colored clothing. All I got all night long was "Oh, what a cute elf!"
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From:mangaroo
Date:January 24th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)

*pout*

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No picture of bunny wolf ears?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 24th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: *pout*

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No picture of bunny wolf ears?

Well, if you insist...
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From:mangaroo
Date:January 25th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)

Re: *pout*

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りす! *cough* I mean 狼. Scary 狼.
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From:firesign10
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)

Re: *pout*

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Hehehe I'm glad I scrolled back in the flist, I didn't know you added the pic! I'm sorry but I have to say it WAS cute!!!!
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From:megory
Date:January 27th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)

Me, too.

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I'm also glad to revisit.

They're ALL right. You were very cute. But I can still see the wolf...if I squint just right. (Maybe big eyes, nose, and teeth would have helped?) But it is precious the way it is.

The kids must really appreciate your getting into the spirit of their work.
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From:devimustang0929
Date:February 6th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
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I can only imagine a bunch of kids calling an adult "cute." Weirdness.
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