Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 09 2010

THE PALACE

Some details about my life, currently.

Orientation 2 was Thursday and Friday of last week. We spent the two days sitting in KIPP (look it up) classrooms, learning how to plan better. It was nice to be back in the company of Teach For America teachers– asking excellent questions, giving advice, sharing what they know. I had been falling out of the mentality (falling far from it, really). It was great to be there, but also solidified the fact that Institute is a once in a lifetime thing. Never again will I be surrounded by such support, such chaos, so many incredible people, so much energy and determination and ambition and drive– never for five straight weeks, at least.

Everyone who has been to THE PALACE is jealous of it. Mostly because Brittany just happened to have luxurious and beautiful furniture hanging out in storage waiting for us, but still. The contrast between her bed and mine is nothing short of hysterical (pictures soon to prove it). The size is perfect for us, and this is the first time I’m actually framing my posters and art before hanging it. Brittany has taught me to love real nails and screws; I’ve abandoned 3M hooks & sticky tack (for the most part).

We’ve had many trips to Wal-Mart, much much eating out (can’t even count the number of times I’ve been to the McDonald’s drive-through, iced coffee or McFlurry every time). Today I almost cried when I found non-block mozzarella cheese and hummus at the Wal-Mart in Monticello (40 minutes away). Brittany & I have tons to share about eating habits and lifestyles. Today she changed her facebook picture to the recycling symbol because NO ONE recycles here and I told her we’re going to (nearest center is Memphis I think, two hours away). She was shocked when I told her I refuse to let Styrofoam cups into my house (I bought her red plastic cups instead, only slightly less unhappy, because we can at least wash them & use them again).

So many more details, but I’ve got professional development in the morning and a until plan due in 26 hours.

3 Responses

  1. I just had to drop in and say that this sounds like some serious recycling commitment. In Taiwan, we are required by the government to recycle…

    …when I was in Texas, it was the opposite – and I can’t say I would’ve driven 10 minutes let alone 2 hours… so good work, :)

  2. …I wouldn’t have driven 10 minutes to recycle, that is. Even though everywhere I went seemed like an hour-long commute…

  3. Genevieve

    Yay sister!
    Good job.

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