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Such an Exciting Life

My life pretty much runs in the following fashion now that both kids are away at college:

Wake up at 0’dark 30

Try to inspire sixty+ students to stretch themselves academically and socially

After ten hours of work, depart for home and spend another four hours working on lesson plans that will inspire aforementioned students

Once per week, run to Walmart to buy goodies for the football players I adopted as a way to inspire them to stretch themselves academically and socially

Spend fifteen minutes smelling hand soap because I have no children to run home to

Eat dinner…out somewhere because I’m vegan, the Mr. is a carnivore, and I don’t cook

Try to motivate myself, with whatever’s left in me, to complete assignments for a stupid online class that I don’t think I should have to take because I ALREADY MASTERED THE CONCEPT OF HOW TO WRITE A LESSON PLAN while I was writing lesson plans to motivate sixty+ students to stretch themselves academically and socially

Clean up dog poop twice because an older dog can’t hold her poop as long anymore and we’re in the throes of getting our yard fixed and can’t let the dogs out in the back to poop on their own

Read a few chapters of a book that is AMAZING (book review to follow soon), trying to hurry because I actually motivated a couple of students to stretch themselves academically and socially during a book talk I gave about said book which they now want to read

Play on the iPad that I bought but don’t get to use very often because I’m too busy doing all of the above tasks and have no time except at 12:30am when I should be resting up because I need to get up early so that I can inspire sixty+ students to stretch themselves academically and socially

Turn out the light around 1:30am and pray I will not sleep through the alarm so I don’t miss another opportunity to…

Well, you get my drift.

Try not to be a hater of my tremendously exciting life.

Dear World

Dear World,

You know, life was going along just fine until you chose to rev up your engines and start spinning a little faster.

What, pray tell, is up with that?

It’s as if someone stuck a key in the ignition and started up a hot rod engine.

Now, I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for a long time, but I don’t really like living my life like I’m running the Daytona 500.

Oh, and don’t go saying that it’s high time I started playing with the Big Boys cause you see, I’ve always gotten plenty done, in my own time, thank you very much.  And, to tell the truth, I really enjoyed living life in the slow lane…watching people wave as they passed me by.

So World, would you do me a huge favor and slow down just a bit?

Some of us 40-something-year-olds get tuckered out a little quicker than we used to.

Thanks a bunch.

Yours Truly,


Back to Real Life

So, I’m finally caught up on blogging and regular “stuff.”

Since returning from the cruise, my life has been NUTS!

It took over a week to catch up on laundry, and this was in between subbing at school and attending Chicky’s high school soccer games.

I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I’ve had a long-term subbing job for one teacher.  The assignment began the first week of November and goes through Friday of next week.

I’ve been teaching Marketing Essentials and Blueprints for Professional Success.  These are, traditionally, “easy” classes…electives taken by seniors, juniors, and sophomores.

I’m so happy that I’ve had this assignment because it has given me the opportunity to gain experience executing lesson plans on a long-term basis, grading papers, and developing more meaningful relationships with students and staff.

Some of the things I’ve seen and heard in my classes have been a bit of a shock.

Probably one of the most difficult things has been the discovery that several of my students are expecting babies.

Oy, but my heart has been saddened.  However, I have also been pleased because the girls have chosen to carry their babies to term.

I love how God orchestrates situations…matching people up.

As soon as I found out about my expectant students, I reached out to my Oddball Charity Knitting friends.  Shandeh sent me two blankets, which I quickly gifted (one of my students is due next week, so I didn’t want to wait)…

One of the girls looked absolutely amazed that others would knit a blanket for someone they didn’t know.  She gave me a hug after, warming my heart.

As I said, soccer has also kept me busy.  Chicky spent one game running balls for the JV team (standing on the sideline retrieving out-of-bounds balls), and I worked in the concession stand.

Parents are asked to donate a crock pot of chili when it’s their turn to work in the concession stand, so I had carefully made my way to the fields.

Well, apparently I wasn’t careful enough because this is what I had to deal with after the game…

Um, yeah…it looks like something the dog regurgitated, eh?

I actually haven’t dealt with it yet.  I did pull the mat out of my car and left it in my driveway.  See, it was raining when I got home from the game, so I was hoping that the rain would wash it off.

It didn’t.

That was two days ago.

Um, yeah.

So much for being caught up.

Think I’ll take a hose to it…tomorrow.

So, real life isn’t quite as delectable as that of the jet-set.  But, it’s my life, and I can’t complain…too much, that is.

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