Until We Meet Again

I have been fortunate enough to read some blogs during this challenge that just blew me away. I believe they are aspiring writers. I always still think in the back of my mind that I am going to write a book or continue with a blog but when it comes down to it, I am not sure.

There is always next year, right? We have all made it through a year during the pandemic. Maybe we all need another year to gather our thoughts and let the creative juices flow again.

Until we meet again folks. It has been real. If I ever get a few minutes of extra time, I will visit some of my favorites. Otherwise, Peace Out until 2022!

Life is Good

Through all the ups and downs in life, I have to say that life is good. I am sitting on my balcony listening to the noises of children squealing in the pool down below. I have on shorts, have barefeet, and there is a slight breeze.

Life is good.

I facetimed my dad earlier and showed him the sunset on the ocean. He was so happy and enjoyed nature’s show from afar. We enjoyed each other’s company for a bit.

Life is good.

It has been a year since Covid began. My family has stayed safe and most of us are vaccinated now.

Life is good.

I have to remember sitting on this balcony with a gentle breeze and barefeet. I will need this memory to push through the last weeks of school. I will get through it.

Life is good.

Waiting for Sunshine

As I am typing this, I am waiting in Chicago O’Hare Airport to leave for sunny Marco Island. We were supposed to be doing this last year at this time but of course Covie hit the country.

As I look around today at the airport, I see a sea of people with masks. I am wondering if I am passing by any famous people. I would never know. A mask is such a good get-up for them. I see old people, middle aged people, and little people all wearing masks. But, I also see quite a variance in how people are wearing them. Some take them off completely when they sit down in the waiting area, others wear them over their mouth and nose, and some wear them below their noses. One of my favorite type of people to watch are the little guys. The world was so afraid that two year olds would not wear their masks. They would take them off and discard them but everyone has found that they are in fact the champions in the whole mask wearing category. Little people do not know any different. I guess that is why it is easier for them.

I continue to wait for my flight. People watching always continues to be a favorite past time while waiting. I can’t wait for warmer weather for a few days. I am definitely someone that needs and loves sunshine and warm temperatures. The ocean will be good for my soul. I will sit and watch and wait for my time in the sunshine.

Peace out everyone!

Stand Up Comedy

I am currently, in the last two days, into standup comedy. I have watched Kevin Hart and Joe Rogan so far and we are just about to watch a female named Iliza Shlesinger. It is a great start to my spring break. I laughed so hard last night that my stomach muscles hurt today. I guess that is not saying a whole lot because I guess you can tell that I do not excerise my core very often.

I forgot that I like stand up comedy. When my husband and I were in college, he worked at The Second City. We would go there often and watch up and coming comedians. The servers overserved us. We were minors. It was a lot of fun. We saw Steven Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Ian Gomez, and Nia Vardalos. They were the regular crew at that time. I have to say that my ultimate favorite is a toss up. Of course, I love Steven Carell because of the The Office but I also love Nia Vardalos because of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Those were the days but it has been fun watching Netflix comedy the last couple of nights. Some good belly laughs and nostaligia. It does a body good!

Happy Springbreak everyone!

My Dream Job

If I could leave teaching and do anything, I think I would build a house flipping and/or redesign houses. I love watching everything HGTV and even though my husband does not like to admit it….. he does, too. My husband is a pretty handy guy. He has learned a lot of things from his father and if he doesn’t know how to do it he can figure it out. We have had conversations about what we would do if we had a flipping business and how we would handle the work. I do not mind getting my hands dirty with my husband but if we are in a time crunch then I think we would need to hire a contracting team.

I really like the design aspect of the projects. I love looking at a blank slate and designing the set up of a room and then putting the designing touches on things. I am not naive enough to think that doing this is stress free and I realize how time and money are on the line in these types of projects. These things are a big reason why I have never taken the leap and tried to live this type of life. Another reason is because I feel like my life is written. I am an educator and my husband and my brother own their own business. My retirement from education will be in eight years. Maybe after that, my husband and I will consider a new venture. Until then, it is fun to dream and live vicariously through the shows on all of the home improvement channels.

My List of Gratitude

  1. I am thankful for my family. My husband, my kids, my dad, and my extended family.
  2. I am thankful for my health.
  3. I am thankful for my good friends for there are few that I really call “good” friends.
  4. I am thankful for my job because it affords me the opportunity to travel.
  5. I am thankful for the vaccine. I hear that it is not 100 percent full proof but hopefully will prevent me from getting really sick.

Sometimes it is just enough to write about what you are thankful for today.

What Would You Do?

What would you do if you knew that the world was going to end in eight months? I am watching this show on Netlix called, “No Tommorow” and I started thinking about my own life. What would I do if I knew there would only be eight months left on Earth?

If there were only eight months left, I know I would want to spend as much time as possible with my family and there would be no better place to do that but Hawaii. Specifically, Maui. It is my favorite place on the planet. I would take my kids, husband, dad, and other family if they wanted to go. If I went to live in Maui, I would need to quit my job which would be alright. I have found that after almost 27 years of teaching, I love the kids but HATE the politics.

In Maui, I would rent a house on the ocean where all of us could live. It would also have a pool. We could spend our days galavanting around the island and spending lots of time together. That is what I would do if there were only eight months left on Earth.

What would you do if you knew there were only eight months left?

Yet Another Change….

After spring break, our students are coming back to school full time. We started the year remotely and tried in October to go hybrid but only lasted one week because the positivity rates were too high. In January, students came back hybrid. I think everyone has been doing well so it makes sense that we start to go back to “normal”.

When we switched to hybrid almost everyone in our school had to quickly change rooms. This was to make the rooms more accessible to the teachers who would be travelling on carts to the students. I had to move clear across the school. In a period of two days, I moved as little as I could to the “new” room. I have all of my other stuff in my “old” room. I found out today that I will be moving yet again. They need my room for a larger group of students. Ugh…….more moving. In the next two days, I will be moving my stuff again to the new space. I am hoping that next school year we are allowed to go back to our original rooms. If not, I guess I will continue to roll with it because I guess that is all we can do right now.

Sometimes I wish people that were not in schools could actually see how hard we have worked this year to provide the best and safest education for students. I think that gets lost at times.

April Showers, wait… no March

What is the saying? April showers bring May flowers, right? I think we should include March with this saying. It finally started raining today at about four o’clock and the weather app kept saying noon. Now, it will not stop raining and it looks like it is going to rain for the next FOREVER. We trade snow for rain. I guess there are two good things that I can glean from the dreary rain.

  1. The rain will green things up.
  2. Rain is a signal that spring is here and summer is around the corner.

I like the prettiness of fall but my sinuses do not. My sinuses also do not like spring. That leaves winter and eh…. not so much. Summer on the other hand, now we are talking!

I will take the rain if it means we are one step closer to summer!

Automatic Pilot

How many of you drive home on any given day from work and realize that you do not remember doing it? That is me most days. I have been working at the same school for twenty-five years so it is like muscle memory for me. I get into the car at the end of the day, think about how my day went and maybe replay some of the events in my head, and the next thing I know, I am home.

Is this healthy or safe? I am not entirely sure but I think I will have to do some research. I love learning new things but in this case I am kind of afraid of what I might find out. I know when I am driving, I am safe in terms of watching my speed and being a defensive driver, at least I think so.

It has to be safer than when you are driving and your eyes are rolling back in your head. Unfortunately, I have fallen victim to this as well. I am fully capable of keeping my eyes open but it seems like I have to work extra hard some days to keep them open. The kicker of the whole thing though is that when I get home those days, I can not fall asleep even if I want to. So frustrating!

Do any of you have any of these issues at the end of your working day or is it just me and my crazy self?

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