Author Archives: Mrs Odie

About Mrs Odie

Like you, only funnier.

Falsetto

I sing along to the kids’ Disney CDs when driving. I’ve been told I have a nice voice, and I enjoy singing. I don’t have anything like Idina Menzel’s range, but I can do a fair Kristen Bell, and Mandy … Continue reading

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The Six People You’ll Meet at an English Teacher Conference

One of them isn’t going to Heaven Continue reading

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Monday Summer Potpourri

Every mother knows that moment when “My tummy hurts” turns into mommy covered in barf. My youngest, now three-years-old, has “my tummy hurts” on her nightly litany of stalling techniques. 1. I’m not tired. 2. I want milk! (You have … Continue reading

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Unmitigated Disaster and other Hyperbole

I went to the park today with my husband and daughters. It was my idea, even. For the last eight months or so, I’ve been fogged in like a San Francisco airport. Sometimes, the whole weekend would go by and … Continue reading

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No. It was just the second thing.

I’m going to tell you a series of fictions, but the result will be truth. I’m grading the last thousand or so papers from my 2013-2014 students, and then I will be done with my worst school year in memory. … Continue reading

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Mrs. Odie’s Class Fee Schedule

I hate punishing the students, especially when they’re the ones I really enjoy. Recently, I caught some kids cheating, and I was sad for a week. I couldn’t let it slide. It was so obvious and badly done, I was … Continue reading

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The Shelter of Memory

I can’t sleep. Four years ago at this moment, I got out of bed because I couldn’t get comfortable. My back was in agony, but I was too gigantically pregnant to want to get out of bed for Tylenol. I … Continue reading

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Houseguests and Fish

All you have to say to another mother and wife is “I have the in-laws this weekend,” and all is understood. In conversation with a friend and colleague, I found out how lucky I am that my mother-in-law doesn’t live … Continue reading

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Game of the Walking Good Wife

Not every TV show has to be Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. I’m sure it’s exhilarating to watch it trend on Twitter and fill the blogosphere with reactions to the latest shocking death. “The Rains of Castamere” episode … Continue reading

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Check Engine

A yellow light illuminated on the control panel of my car. It read “Service Engine Soon.” Some car designer didn’t pay attention to his English teacher’s lesson on ambiguity. I tell my students to embrace ambiguity. They all want fast … Continue reading

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