Confessions of a High School Teacher

These are the confessions of an unemployed high school teacher. Karma is definitely involved in this.
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Let me preface this by saying that I found pictures of this little delight here on Tumblr. They didn’t come with written instructions but, well, it wasn’t rocket science.

Why am I putting up a step-by-step recipe if it’s not rocket science, you ask? Sadly, a friend asked for instructions after she butchered it. No, really.

Also, the name is self-explanatory.

Ingredients:

A pack of Oreos

Reese Peanut Butter Cups

Fondue chocolate (or any chocolate, really)

Sprinkles

Wax parchment on a cookie sheet or cutting board

Directions:

The number of oreos and peanut butter cups completely depends on how many you think you can eat. You may revise this number after the first one. Also, grab a helper.

Melt your chocolate in a bowl. I suggest using a pot of simmering water (you place the bowl over the pot, make sure it’s not a tight seal or you’ll get hot water spitting at you). Stir it frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your bowl.

Open your Oreos and place a Reese Peanut Butter Cup between the two pieces.

Dip your Oreo/Reese sandwiches in the chocolate. It is inevitable that you will get messy at this stage, just accept it and avoid licking your fingers until you’re finished. Be careful that your sandwiches don’t fall apart.

Place your covered Oreo/Reese sandwiches on to the wax parchment and have your helper decorate them with sprinkles.

Put your cutting board/cookie sheet laden with deliciousness in a fridge or (if it’s winter and cold enough for it) outside. Be wary of the wildlife if you choose the latter. I speak from experience.

Enjoy your diabetes.

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Adapted from All Recipes.com

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

1 tbsp butter

½ white onion

3 celery stalks

3 medium sized carrots

8 cups chicken broth

2 cups vegetable broth

2 – 2 ½ cups egg noodles

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp basil

1 pinch garlic powder

Directions:

In a skillet, cook cubed chicken with a little oil and a pinch of oregano. Make sure it is fully cooked before setting aside.

Chop your carrots, celery, and onions into small pieces. You want to make sure that they are small enough to soften in the broth.

In large pot, melt butter and sauté onions and celery until slightly soft, roughly 5 minutes.

Add broth, carrots, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and chicken (I usually shred the chicken by hand as I put it in)

Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Once boil is reached turn down to low-medium and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Add noodles for the last 5 minutes of simmering (noodles cook quickly and become very mushy if left too long). Serve immediately.

Additional:

Broth (with everything except the noodles) can be frozen and used for later. Warm the mixture in a large pot and add noodles once liquefied.

The internet is a wonderful and terrifying place. I could wax poetic about how awesome the internet is (hello, meme central), and I could probably write a novel about the weird and freaky things you can find (read: 4chan) on the internet, but that’s not really the point of my thoughts tonight.

I came across a post on Tumblr the other day of a screen shot of some girl’s twitter account. To summarise it in my own words, she basically said that she’s not a homophobic person but that she doesn’t like bisexuals because she can’t understand how they can like both genders and they ought to just choose one or the other. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but that was the gist of it. Underneath this screen shot was a litany of angry people denouncing this girl for being an idiot, a bigot, and a hypocrite. Actually, one of them used an analogy about cake versus pie that was quite clever, and I really enjoyed it but, again, not the point.

The internet audience for teenagers now, versus teenagers ten years ago, is extremely different. The teenagers growing up today are in a generation where almost all of them have constant access to the internet. They have twitter accounts, facebook accounts, tumblr accounts, they have accounts that I don’t even know about because apparently at the ripe old age of 25 I’m a geezer (or so my students would have you believe). I grew up with computers but the Internet was still in its early days, it was a teenager itself, and half of the things that exist now didn’t then. I had ICQ, and then MSN. I used chat rooms, and made my own website with Angel Fire (and boy, did that baby suck). The only public profile that I had was on this creepy vampire-esque website that, at the time, I thought was super cool but now I can’t even remember the actual name of it.

I had an internet audience that consisted of my friends and the occasional stranger in those MSN chat rooms. Even in those chats, I was usually among people the same age as me (barring any creepers that we didn’t know about and I’m sure there were at least a few). Now, however, with social networking sites people are exposed to a far wider audience than I ever was as a kid. This means that, unfortunately, their idiocy is broadcast for the world to see.

Now, I don’t know if the girl whose account I saw was actually a teenager, or just an ignorant woman but based on the language used, I’m going to hazard a guess at teenager. It just oozed teen speak, of which I am frequently exposed to and skilled at deciphering. As I read it, I remembered a comment that I once made to a friend of mine when I was considerably younger. It went something like this:

"I don’t understand bisexuality. How can you like both? Isn’t it a bit greedy and selfish?"

Again, paraphrasing (because I don’t have a photographic memory or anything even remotely close). This was long before I was exposed to a variety of sexualities beyond heterosexual and homosexual (I grew up with openly gay and accepted relatives), and it was long before I had explored my own sexuality.

You know what’s funny? I’m totally attracted to both men and women, but that was something I hadn’t realised at the time.

At the time I was an ignorant teenager and all I had was the knowledge of my tiny corner of the world. I’d never met anyone who was openly bisexual, or at least not one who had told me about it, and I didn’t understand it. I said something stupid, and thoughtless, and hurtful to bisexual people. But I didn’t have the kind of platform that teens now have access to. I didn’t have a Twitter account where I could broadcast my thoughts to the world and experience the backlash when that world didn’t agree with me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that maybe when we come across these kinds of things, we ought to not jump down that person’s throat right away and rip them apart. Granted, the majority of the comments on the post that I’m talking about were calm, rational, and well spoken, but there’s always that one person who rages and swears and while I’ve definitely been that person before, I’d like to think that I’ve grown up a bit since then.

Ignorance and bigotry is not going to be combated by telling the person in question that they make you ‘soooo fucking MAD’. Hell, even a calm and rational debate is probably not going to get through to most of them, but losing your cool is definitely not going to solve anything. You’re only giving them the opportunity to show your rage to others and say ‘Look at these people, look at how out of control they are!’.

And let’s be honest, not all of the ignorance you find on the internet is malicious, or bigotry (though there certainly is a lot of that). Sometimes it’s just plain ol’ ignorance. People speak before they think all the time, but the internet lends them the safety of anonymity and so that gum flapping habit of theirs becomes all the worse.

Next time you come across some mild ignorance like this, just talk to them instead of yelling at them. SHOUTY CAPS ARE NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY, OKAY? IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T MAKE PEOPLE INCLINED TO LISTEN TO YOU. DO YOU LISTEN TO THE WORDS BEING SPOKEN WHEN YOU’RE FEELING ATTACKED? I SURE AS HELL DON’T!

Of course, this is pretty optimistic (which I usually am not, let me tell you!), and some people would even call it naive, but I remember what it’s like to be a kid (read: stupid) and I can easily imagine what it’s like to be one now. At the very worst, you’ll realise that the person you’re conversing with is not just ignorant, but wilfully so, and you’ll pity them before you move on. At the best, you’ll plant a seed of thought in someone’s head, and maybe it will stay with them, maybe they’ll think about it harder, and maybe they’ll learn from the experience.

That’s a lot of maybe’s, but stranger things have happened.

lexiconophilia:

all 46 excuses on my friends wall, 

1. i was just really, really early for tomorrow

2. we can’t all be usain bolt

3. in this day and age, we shouldn’t need labels like “late”

4. i had pe first period do you blame me

5. i really, really didn’t want to sing

6. my brother thought it would be hilarious to drop me outside the prison gates

7. you can’t tell me how to live my life

8. #YOLO

9. my legs fell off and i had to roll all the way to the emergency clinic

10. there was a freak yachting accident

11. i am a fucking retard

12. this is just for my wall

13. do you even read these

14. “it does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop

15. i spent my entire night writing tom daley fanfiction

16. my father left my mother for an air hostess seven years ago do you expect me to get over that emotional trauma overnight

17. sarah palin and i got into a twitter war and i couldn’t leave and let her win

18. traffic jammy jammy jam

19. how can i go to school when alex turner

20. my sim was having an emotional meltdown and i needed to be there for her

21. i was sticking it to the man

22. i spent my entire night worrying if i would ever lose my virginity 

23. fifty shades of late; i was walking and then i caught the eye of an attractive member of the opposite sex and we began exchanging significant looks and i knew we would one day make sweet love so i just walked alongside him and tried to catch his eye and to be continued

24. part two he was playing hard to get so we walked and walked and he had the perfect hair colour it was sort of beige brown anyway it turned out he was walking to a bus stop so obviously i had to catch the bus because true love and silently we rode out to papakura and into the sunset

25. my meth lab caught fire

26. my bed is more comfortable than your school will ever be

27. i was sad

28. it was a nice day, so i walked leisurely

29. i had beat my younger brother for saying “swag”

30. i had to travel back to the 1950’s to ensure my birth

31. 2 kool 4 scool

32. i had to stop, collaborate and listen

33. i tried

34. i’m sorry i’m late

      it’s not my fault

      my auntie was killed

      and i joined a cult

35. a haiku about lateness:

late late late late late

late late late late late late late

 late late late late late

36. my best friend was telling me how to give a satisfactory blow job i wish i was joking

37. i was fashionably late

38. i was caught in a flash mob true story omfg

39. i did not choose the late life, the late life chose me

40. do

41. you

42. even

43. read

44. these

45. i was fighting al qaeda

46. traffic

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passions-misgivings-wants:

I am fully convinced that Fifty Shades of Grey was written by the guidance counselor from 10 Things I Hate About You.

IT ALL MAKES SENSE!

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alexisdanaan:

extraordimarygirl:

I am so very appalled (and baffled, if I’m being honest) at this “craft project” of Lauren Conrad’s. It’s just a terrible video and it basically HURTS to watch.

THE WORST CRAFT IDEA EVER

She is cutting PERFECTLY NEW BOOKS with an Exacto knife and gluing them onto a box. A BOX.

There are no…

So…I just watched a step by step instructional video on how to trick people into thinking that you’re more literate than you are…?

Doesn’t stop me from singing along, though.

Or knowing all the dance moves to ‘Stop’.

…or digging out my old CDs and ripping them on to my iPod.

What?

Haters gonna hate.

theesussing:

This post explains all the things. 

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is this what you do for life? Hate on things people like?
missthisandthat missthisandthat Said:

Yep. I also kick puppies.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I agree that sending messages and harassing the actors are way out of line. And writing smut about them is just wrong. But I don't think there's anything wrong with fics that aren't R-MA rated and just shipping them on tumblr. Most of us are harmless.. although I've come across rabid Feltson fans on twitter.
missthisandthat missthisandthat Said:

I guess we disagree on the fic thing. I don’t think anyone should be doing it at all, really. It’s offensive, in my opinion. However, I’m definitely willing to concede that it’s certainly less offensive if there isn’t an NC-17 rating.

I’m all for fangirling. I do it on a regular basis. I guess I just think that some people in our little online community take it waaaay too far.