Monday, August 29, 2011

Comforting Things & A Hunk

This weekend was a bit of a bruiser.  It started on Friday when we got this bad news about a former student.  Heartbreaking.  This triggered a little existential work crisis within me: what good am I doing if my students get shot, incarcerated, have babies as teens, etc?  It can be overwhelming since we mostly hear about the tragedies and not the success stories.  Ugh.  I'll shake it off, but I'm still pretty sad about it.

Dealing with that + helping out a good friend who is going through a really rough time = need for comfort!  What do you do when you need comfort?  Here are some things that I find comforting:

Grey's Anatomy reruns
my old blue & purple blanket
flowers from the farmers market
bubble baths
Nightswimming by REM

And speaking of Grey's Anatomy reruns, here's a little Man Candy for your Monday a la Leeann's fun series :)

Jesse Williams aka Jackson Avery

I dare you to tell me you don't think he's gorgeous.

Hope everyone's Monday is moving along speedily and without great injury or stress! ;)


The Girlie Blog said...

Love his baby blues!

Lindsey said...

Oh he's gorgeous and I'd let him wife me up

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

You ARE a great teacher/mentor but unfortunately some things are out of our control :( I know that there are countless young adults (and adults) who are better people thanks to you!

Um, this dude's eyes are amazing! Great choice. I'll agree with you on this pick ;)

Dee Stephens said...

Sorry about your student. I agree with Leeann, some things are out of your control.
Hang in there.

bananas. said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your former student :(

hang in there sweetie!!!

that's some good man candy you've got up there. very tasty!

Claudia said...

well you dared me, so i'm going to say it: I'm not digging him. Can't quite put my finger on it but he's just not attractive to me.
My taste is different than most though so I'm the oddball here

Meghan said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news about your former student. I can completely understand what you are going through, and I know how easy it is to dwell on situations like this. Just remember that you HAVE made a difference! It's just unfortunate that sometimes we never hear about what an impact we've made! :)

nicoleciomek said...

i am so sorry to hear about your student... that is very sad news :( definitely enjoy some ice cream, wine and hunky men... some comfort always helps ease the sadness.

Allison said...

Awwe, sweetie I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to be dealing with this. As a fellow teacher (though I'm elementary), I know the amount of pressure that we put on ourselves to try to reach our students - and it's so hard when you start doubting that. I have no doubts that you are an amazing teacher - you're a caring and lovely person, and without teachers like you, there would be so many more tragedies and heartbreaking stories.
I always go for fro yo, The OC or Golden Girls marathons, and pancakes to cheer me up - and looking at hot guys is never something I say no to! ;)
Don't ever doubt yourself though - you're a beautiful person, inside and out, and you ARE making a difference. xox

inHERshoes said...

he is one hot piece of you know what! LOL

Marz said...

Heartbreaking :( I know the lives you touch outweigh the tragedies that happen. It makes me scared to think how much more lives could go wasted if not for your influence. Sending you a hug sweet Claire! xo

Dr. Avery - mmmmm!!! He is SO beautiful!!! I fell in love with him in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 :) He's gorgeous! Good pick :) I haven't had a chance to do my Man Candy Monday, perhaps I'll do it on a Tuesday :)

Sabrina said...

Ah...that's rough news. Hope all is better for you & your colleagues. I approve of your comfort list. I totally approve of Dr.Avery.

(Grey's babble- skip over this if you're not fully up to date yet!)
I'm so glad they revealed that he's not just a wimpy doctor but he doesn't do surgeries because he didn't want his name attached to the work. Considerate, beautiful doctors = LOVE.


Meri said...

I must have stopped watching Grey's before he was on- he's definitely worth tuning in for :)
Sorry to hear about your student, that's disheartening to say the very least... hang in there.

The PvdH Journal said...

I'm sorry to hear that your week didnt kick start to perfection... but I agree on the Greys Anatomy- a definite cheer up ( I also like Glee for cheering up... even though I'm 25 haha)

Love from London,


kimbirdy said...

oh i'm so sorry to read about that. the population you work with can be so exhausting and discouraging at times. but believe me, i saw a different side of those kids when i did therapy at civic center secondary and i know without a doubt that teachers like you have a huge impact in the most positive way. they'll never ever let you know it, but it means the world to them that you show up for them day after day, that you give them a voice, you really see them and hear them, and you believe in them. these are all things they rarely get from adults in their lives, especially from other teachers. so when you are in doubt, just let me know. :)

also, one of my favorite things i do with my clients is build comfort kits. we collect all the things that are soothing and build a box to put them in. whenever they feel anxious or upset, they have quiet time with their comfort kits. i really need to make one of my own. i love yours - good food, tv shows, music dreamy boys {if only you could put a real live dreamy boy in your kit, eh?}. :)

Micaela said...

i was so sad to hear about both things :( nothing says comfort like spaghetti and SEXY DR. AVERY helps!!! oh man, he was such a sexy thing to look forward to. yum!!! great choice, indeed.

on my list of comfort:

*a phone call to you even if it's quick and when my life is upside down-- especially then.

*a movie i can watch over and over-- movies are the great escape to life for me

*bubble bath with wine and a book


*grilled cheese and tomato soup (or anything greasy)

*a pedicure


J. said...

Sorry to hear about your student, hon. :( I hate that you really only hear the negative, because I KNOW you are doing SO MUCH GOOD out there. Love you!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I read the article. It was so sad, and so short and matter-of-fact. What a tragedy. I'm so sorry for how you must be feeling right now. Last year an 18-year old girl was brutally murdered in my town, and when I found out who it was and realized I'd taught her in grade 2 and 3, I wept. The connections we make as teachers stay with us, don't they?

For comfort, I go to a pot of tea, and a plate of homemade cookies {chocolate chip}. I watch LOST. I climb into bed with lots of pillows and magazines and a good book.

Thinking of you, Claire. I know how much good you do. Try to focus on that if you can.

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Faiza said...

sorry to hear about your student sweeet girl. sending you hugs as i know your heart will hurt over that for awhile.

jesse williams is right up there with adam levine in my book of lovely men!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh hon, I'm sorry!

Miss Chelsea said...


Leesh said...

God I love this guy's eyes...I can't wait for Grey's to start. Actually I am excited for all my shows to start soon.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

He is soooo good looking!