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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in ibd_shebear's LiveJournal:

Saturday, March 25th, 2006
8:22 pm
wow! what a life!
Hello!

We are in the final week of packing and getting ready to move. (This, we have sworn to each other, is our last move!) What a chore! We both are book rats and pack rats, (not to mention the huge piano) so moving is a chore.

On the bright side, we are moving to (literally) the side of a mountain with only three homes on it--and it's right in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest. It doesn't get much better than this. Our house is built right over a bold creek, with a small waterfall right up from the deck, and the creek, truly, runs right under the house. I am looking forward to the hypnotic sounds as I drift off to sleep. (However, there are elk, which are quiet, and bobcats, which are not, and possibly black bears, who are probably still sleeping!--these will add to the sounds of the water, I am certain.)

We are hoping our kids (all four of them!) can visit at some point in the summer. Nathan, Wes, Heather and Erin, you are all welcome at any time you can swing a visit. Bring your camera and a jacket as we are in medium elevation and it's about 15 degrees cooler on the mountain than in the nearby town.

Until later, sleep well.

Dianna (IBD_SheBear)

Current Mood: busy
Monday, August 1st, 2005
11:25 pm
we've moved!
Hello!

We took a huge step and I accepted a teaching position in North Carolina. We put our home in Iowa up for sale, and had an auction to help pare down before the move. After several days on the road with a huge truck that cost over $100. to fill up at each stop, we arrived in Sylva, NC.

The mountains are truly beautiful, calming, majestic and accessible. We live just south of the Great Smoky Mountains and can see one mountain from our front porch and we have a rapid creek right in our back yard. It would sound a little sweeter if our Iowa house was sold! :)

I realized today that it's already August and I have not finished sorting through all of the things my classroom has in it from the previous teacher! So far I've found several piles of Weekly Readers from the mid '80s (stacks with 20 in each stack!) and enough holiday devorations to start my own store. I believe that kids should have a hand at creating bulletin boards that are meaningful --in their own style and using creative ideas, not just slapping up something purchased at a teacher resource store. I put piles of things in the hall for other teachers to use if they want--and no one saw the pitch pile....

My husband, ibd_bear is in the process of going through a government-to-school gift of used computers for classrooms. Unfortunately, everything came in on a truck, nothing was matched or coded in any way. Each day he tries to set up writing areas for students, and each day becomes a new adventure. The kids will love having a mini writing labs in the classrooms. I will teach at a very poor school that has 70 of its students from a nearby reservation. I guess we have students without telephones, let alone computers. In two and a half weeks we have our first day of class! Yikes!

The summer has evaporated, we still are unpacking here at home and working at school. I think I am still waiting for a vacation! Ha.

I'd love to hear from anyone who takes the time to read these entries. It's just good to know real people are out there.

ibd_shebear



We are finding

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
9:26 pm
woosh!
Woosh!
That's the feeling around here these days. We are moving to North Carolina, trading the Iowa flatlands for the mountains. So much to do and where to start?

We are organizing a couple of auctions, trying to sell our home and also looking to purchase a new one all at the same time! Oh, and don't forget the finishing out of this school year! (I am a teacher.)

However, tomorrow is the last day of school and then I can concentrate on the tasks at hand. Thank goodness IBD_bear is a good organizer. I'd be lost without him as my anchor.

Now on to more important items. I have several family members I want to meet! IBD has two sons nearly the age of my two daughters, and IBD has met my kids and their spouses, and I have not yet had the chance to meet his sons and their spouses! We need to remedy this situation as soon as possible!

More later.

ibd_shebear
Sunday, May 1st, 2005
10:41 pm
There's a first time for everything, I guess.
Well, here I am on a mission to write my first entry. It does, indeed, seem strange to be writing to "no one" and "everyone" at the same time. (What a world we live in where we ask strangers into our personal space! We can open our lives to people all over the world and at the same time we do not know our next-door neighbors!)

I think the idea of keeping a journal is a good one, and I tell kids at school that it's easy. However, I may find this a bit harder that I preach.

Today I am in a rather odd mood. I think many teachers go through the "oh-my-it's-time-to-sign-my-contract-and-do-I-really-want-to-stay-here" syndrome. Well, I've got a bad case of it! To be truthful, ibd_graybear and I are thinking of joing the Peace Corps. That sounds like a great idea and it's something I've wanted to do for many years. It will be interesting to see how things go with the recruiter later in the month.

I am keeping this short (like me! I'm only 5'2") and I hope to have more to say later in the week.

I did see a great bumper sticker a month or so ago. "It will be a great day for education when schools get the money they need and the army has to have a bake sale to buy a bomber." I suppose this may generate some thoughts... :)

Current Mood: sleepy
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