They say days here are like weeks, and weeks like months. When you spend 7 hours a day with a class of gifted students teaching just one subject, it does tend to feel that way. But even socially, everything is accelerated, which is not confined to the students alone. The staff tends to get pretty chummy. I met Kate my first year at this particular site and we've been rooming together since. When we talked about my reasons for coming back to TA for one more session I said it was for some cash and to hang out with Kate, and then realized, I wouldn't have come at all if Kate was not going to be here. We keep each other from doing things like eating salads and going to the gym and instead indulge in ice cream and chick flicks. It's my mini vacation that is actually my summer job. This year will be my last. And so to make up for that, crazy shenanigans have and will continue to ensue.
Our first very Kate and D moment was spending an afternoon shopping for luau supplies for Fridays dance. We like to go all out. The students think it's funny and we enjoy the excuse to play dress up:
This picture is in the "smoking" gazebo which is mainly reserved for after work social hours. Without this thing, social life at among staffers wanes.
The next morning we woke up with intentions of going to the beach. Weather report was 95 degrees with a UV- index of 8. We lied to ourselves and said the dull sky would not be found at the beach. Kate, KFo, and I all hopped in the car through rain and lightning. A passing storm, we insister, but when we arrived, the sky looked pissed.
The police had closed the beach due to the lightning. So we did what only comes naturally after "a day at the beach" and ate ice cream:
Sunday consisted of shopping. I put together a complete outfit (pictures at some other point), and found a fabulous pair of earrings for Cuartita, the fabulous Cupcake Queen I lived with for four years of undergrad and whose adventures in sugar you can read about here. She was the English major (and it shows).
|And yes, those are cupcake earrings on a piece of chocolate.|