Today, Dori and I, and another coworker, had a professional development meeting at the Adler Planetarium. Sounds like it would be great, right? WRONG!! Today SUCKED ASS!!!
As you can see from the picture, the Planetarium is located right on the lake. Do you know what it feels like to be out in the winter, with freezing winds blowing in off the lake at you? Now, try imagining that while you're freezing in that blowing wind, you have to climb up and down three loonngg flights of stairs, covered in ice and snow by the way, before you can find an open door through which you can enter and escape the frigid temperatures. Ugh!! It smacked of a CPS event! I won't bore you with all the minutia, but let me just share that we spent the first 2 1/2 hours of the day simply introducing ourselves!!
After lunch (which actually was very nice since it was an hour of sitting and chatting while looking out across beautiful Lake Michigan at our gorgeous city. I didn't, however, enjoy the $12 price tag of my lunch!) we spent 30-45 minutes evaluating a bin of books, and deciding if they would be a helpful addition to the science program. So, basically, we were doing the work of the science people from CPS!! Isn't it their job to decide what books to use!? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate it anytime we are given the opportunity to give input on curriculum. However, that's not what this was. The presenters had never even laid eyes on these books! They wanted us to basically decide if they should even consider these books. OK, stop, enough complaining, at least I wasn't at the Hell-Hole today, right?
For 60 seconds you are angry at someone you lose 60 seconds of happiness with them. ---unknown