Friday, October 16, 2009

When a joke backfires

Yesterday was our last day of school before getting out for two days of Fall Break and a furlough day.  We were giddy with excitement which may or may not have accounted for some of our poor judgment

Coincidentally, my assistant principal and academic coach were gone to a training.  Somehow, the idea to do something to their offices was hatched.  My secretaries and I made a pact to blame the ghost that inhabits our school.

This school year, we have a western theme going on and as a joke earlier in the year, I hung up two buffalo right outside my academic coach’s office.  She has commented on them several times.  We decided to wad up brown paper to make buffalo patties on the floor.  In an effort to make it look more realistic, we sprinkled in some grass.  Then we made a sign “While you are gone, you never know where the buffalo will roam.” 

For my assistant principal, we went to one of my new favorite websites (www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com) to print up some pictures to replace in her 18 picture frames cluttering scattered all over her office.

bridaled

Seriously, this is a much better picture than the one she had of her daughter getting married.

Click on the picture to visit Awkward Family Photos. You won’t be sorry.

We were pleased with our efforts especially since it had been a very busy day.  

Last night, as I was slothing on the sofa, my cell phone rang.  It was one of my secretaries.  She was almost crying because she had just checked her email and our academic coach had sent a message about how disappointed she was and that she didn’t appreciate our BULL and we should GROW UP.  Being the concerned responsible principal I am, I called her.  And when I heard her laughing, I knew the BEST joke had been played on us!

Still, because obviously I’m immature I can’t wait to see my assistant principal’s face next Wednesday morning when she sees her office.

23 comments:

Midwest Mommy said...

OMG I love it! Seriously I am giggling right now thinking about the look on her face when she sees those frames!

Hit 40 said...

I like the picture frame idea. Very nice!! Good thing you called to see that the person was really not mad. I don't get this kind of joke...

pretending to be mad, upset, offended. Just not amusing to me.

only a movie said...

This reminds me of a prank we pulled on my brother years ago. It was good fun.
Glad you are smiling at work. :-)

Brian Miller said...

hahaha. that is awesome..i love a good prank1 thanks for the chuckles. lovely pic! lol.

TechnoBabe said...

This is more like it! Sounds like you are all jokesters there in that school, and that is fun fun fun.

Missy said...

Love it! Love the picture idea! We have several of the photo addicted as well! Definitely going to try this one!

lakeviewer said...

A staff that laughs together...

Kristina P. said...

Love it!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You have too much fun. I came from SMB's and her postis about fun today as well.

Thanks for sending me off to work with a smile on my face ; -)

Jan said...

When I worked in Corporate America, I had a good friend named Alan and we were the King and Queen of practical jokes when coworkers were away for a few days. We did things like taking a screen shot of one guy's computer and making it his background; we then removed all the icons from his desktop - you should have seen the look on the IT guy's face when he was called in because none of poor Jack's applications were launching.

I would LOVE to work with you.

Beth said...

Midwest Mommy - I can hardly wait for us to go back to school on Wednesday now!

Hit 40 - The pictures are all hilarious!

Movie - We laughed all day yesterday. It felt good.

Brian - I've wasted many hours of my life on that website. Total fun!

TechnoBabe - We laughed all day yesterday!

Missy - I should ask others for practical joke ideas. Glad you can use this one.

lakeviewer - I agree! (I think.)

Kristina - Now, if you worked with us, I'm sure we'd come up with even more jokes!

Pseudo - I'm gonna go find SMB. She is always a load of fun!

Jan - Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing! I wish you worked with me, too.

Crazy Charm said...

I got really nervous for a second there. I thought you were going to say you were fired or something!

You must have such a fun, positive atmosphere to in which to work!

Mrs. K said...

the picture frame ideas is PRICELESS. love it.

otin said...

I was about to go on a rant about how some people cannot take a joke! Thank goodness the joke was on me! LOL!

Gaston Studio said...

Love the academic coach's sense of humor! Can't wait to hear what the teacher's comments will be about the new photo frames!

followthatdog said...

You crack me up. I love the photos being swapped out. Please tell me you used the one with the boys in the bacon suits. Please!

Ann's Rants said...

Tee Hee.

You're a stitch, Beth.

Glad to hear you have some fun once in a while--when you're not tossing all the metaphorical patties doled out at you.

Michel said...

haha! Well played!!!! It's important to remember that Buffalo Patties are ALWAYS funny. No matter what.

Knucklehead said...

There's nothing like a good practical joke. I'm famous for the fake fire drill.

Knucklehead said...

There's nothing like a good practical joke. I'm famous for the fake fire drill.

carma said...

You guys have too much fun - srsly!! If the rest of the job wasn't so sucky I'd apply :D

K13 said...

Those are hilarious pranks!! I hope I end up in a school with some fun people like you and your staff seem to be!!

Optimistic Pessimist said...

fantastic! nothing like a good old prank and then getting one pulled right back on you!