I'm Learning American Sign Language
01.12.2006 -1 °C
Had an interesting few days at work (Wednesday and Thursday). Okay, starting with wednesday, I turned up to work with paper work that I needed my boss to sign the paper work so I can get paid. So Wednesday the room was closed so we were thinking of what we could do with the kids. So we headed off into town to Pizza Pizza for snack and had you guessed it...Pizza! After getting that I had three kids shouting at me to sit with them and they wouldn't stop until I actually sat with them. So yeah, after pizza we headed off to the Eaton Centre to see the Christmas tree there and look in Indigo book store for some things. I had to be on toilet duty as all the kids were boys so I was the unlucky one. Oh well, I guess with this job you do what you have to do! Got to another book store and bought a science book for the kids to do during activity time. They turned to annoying little buggers when Pam and I had to walk three of them home and had to wait with them for one of the parents to pick them up. They were running around, screaming and play fighting etc and Pam and I were getting all worked up about it so I ended up playing "Silence In The Courtyard" and surprisingly it worked...for about a minute before Tyrel opened his mouth and sussed out why we were playing the game...smart arse!
Thursday, I wasn't meant to be in work but because I had a leavers thing with the exchange students I changed my shift as Monica was short on staff that day too. So worked out nicely I reckon! After homework we had a lady come in and she taught us some yoga thing to get rid of negative energy and stuff and then moved onto how we are all different whilst still having commonalities between each other and then moved onto teaching some American Sign Language (ASL) and there is such a huge different between the British Sign Language (BSL) that I am used to and ASL but at least I now know how to say "My name is..." and "My name is .... and I want some milk and cookies please". Then to finish off we all had pieces of paper stuck to our backs and we had to go round and write a word or sentence about that person. I'm happy to announce that the kids like me a lot. I had comments like "cool", "very smart", "good drawer" and "funny".
So Friday comes along and we had a leavers get together with all the exchange students at Hernando's for free food (snacks) and a good laugh with other exchange students about highlights of the whole experience. Was really nice as its the only event I have seen more than 20 of the 76 exchange students in one place at one time since the welcome BBQ. So after a few speeches from Matty and Dave Begg, Chris, Louise, Kat and I hit the Eaton Centre and went around town with our cameras taking pictures of things around and about as Chris and Louise are going home and not coming back after Christmas.
Grabbed some alcohol from LCBO as we were hitting the town that night and got some pre-drinks and after watching "Bring It On" with Chris, Louise, Shanice and Kat we were all pretty pumped up to go out into the clubs....well Chris and Louise were anyway. So a night out downtown in the entertainment district and most places were dead as apparently "It's cold so people don't come out!"...This is Canada! It was probs 0c or maybe -1c as we had some light snow and I mean lightly most of us missed it! Can't believe what it would be like at -30c but anyway first place we went to "Tonic" was a good night out last week so Kat and I took the gang there...just my luck for it to be empty so we went to Republik and had a good night out there and Republik is just like 5th Ave back home so I'm very happy now! Maybe a regular there from now on.
Anyway apart from that, not done much today (Saturday) just update my website, chat to some people back home and now hopefully going to watch some fireworks on the roof of Wycik as downtown is having some fireworks going on every weekend until December 31st so hopefully if the chill factor don't bother us that much it should be a good night!
So off for now