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I know, not Monday anymore, but this Monday will live in my memory awhile. It was awful!

I couldn't (still can't) find my leather coat. I know I had it Saturday night, so it's somewhere.

I stepped on Napoleon, hard, both feet. He was on the mat by the step and it was dark and I didn't see him. Couldn't find him for hours. Was certain I'd killed him.

Got to school after stopping for Starbucks (because I had traffic duty and couldn't find my coat.) Spilled Starbucks. Argh. Got to my hallway, and a sub told me some of the rooms had been broken into. Looked through the window of my door and saw my blinds were messed up....and the laptop from my desk was gone. Swore loudly, regardless of young ears in the vicinity. Walked in, saw the thieves had poured an entire bottle of green paint all over my desk, splashing some on the wall and floor, splattering photographs and the brand new school shirts for my class, which had been sitting on my desk. And I mentioned the laptop, right? GRRRRRRR. Cursed and stomped and cleaned the mess, foregoing traffic duty. Went to sign in to see a lovely drawing of a....well, one of the teachers asked who drew a tree on the computer monitor. Wasn't a tree.

About 8 classes had been broken into and damaged, a DVD player, 2 laptops and other stuff taken. They'd even stopped to EAT in 2 teachers' classes. Um, do we NOT have an alarm? I thought we did.

Apparently the thieves had caught, and were kids who used to go to our school, but the principal hadn't known about the missing laptop. HOWEVER, the laptops have tracking devices, and they were able to locate mine and another teacher's at the students' homes. Ha-take that, you little jerks. We're filing charges, and my laptop is home, locked carefully away this time. Little jerks.

I was asked to speak at SARA's Build a Book program in April on synopses. Not sure if I'll say yes or not. What do you think?

I'm blogging around again. I'm at The Samhelliontalking about music and looking for ideas, at Rose Marie Wolfand at Supernatural Sisters.



Marianne Arkins said...

Awww... (((((HUGS)))))....

Stupid kids. Poor Kitty. Poor Mary.

Today will be better.

Jennifer Shirk said...

YES. Do the synopsis workshop. :)

Anonymous said...

Yuck! I'm so sorry. I'm glad they found your laptop, though. Glad the cat is okay, too.

I would love to hear you speak. I just wish it wasn't happening on my birthday.

Have a 100% better day.

Anonymous said...

Say yes IF it won't make you feel overbooked and stressed.


michellewillingham said...

Glad they caught the kids! How awful for you!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oh, Mary, how horrible! I'm so glad they were caught and you got your laptop back, and Napoleon is okay.

Re: synopsis--I don't know, are you any good at them? :)

Mary Curry said...

Oh (((((hugs))))) Mary.

What a rotten way to start the day.

Things have to get better from here!

MJFredrick said...

I told SARA I'd do the talk if no one else would.

Turns out the alarm was off in the main building (not where my class is) because of construction, and the construction crew left the back door to the boys' restroom open, so the kids just came in and had a party. Apparently they came twice, ate snacks, graffitied, then came back and broke into my wing. Apparently when they went into the hall, they triggered the alarm, which doesn't explain how they graffitied another teacher's room and chiseled their way into a third teacher's room.

I heard more kids than the two were involved, and I also heard the district isn't pressing charges, since the goods were recovered. Um, what? And I still can't get into my laptop because they messed with my settings. No telling what I'll find when I get in.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

What a mess, Mary! I can't believe they're not pressing charges for the vandalism at least. Good luck getting the laptop straightened out. :(

MJFredrick said...

Still waiting for my laptop to be rebooted...typical of my district.


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