Today was a busy day for many reasons. I accomplished a variety of chores and fun activities. I also dealt with some unexpected thoughts that arose.
One chore I set for myself today was to go back and write tags and categories on more of my blog posts. Maggie was kind enough to explain how to do this last month. I decided to go back to all my blogs and try to add the two labels for each blog. It has been very time consuming, much more than I thought it would be. I still have many more to do. The unexpected part of my day was when I was rereading my early blogs to identify how to label them. I was not affected by my name being removed from the teacher boxes or my empty classroom. But reading some of my early blogs that dealt with my happiness teaching gave me cause to reflect. I know I won’t have those days ahead. I know I will have other things to be grateful for in future days.
I worked in my garage for a few hours this morning. It is packed with the remnants from my teaching career. I passed on tons of supplies and labs and projects before leaving school. I donated books and materials to cousins and nieces. I gave items to my spouse for his class and to my daughter for her class. I donated books and supplies to a nearby nursery school. I took items to a thrift store. Yet still I have a garage full of “stuff.”
So today I continued to sort, donate, and toss items. I maybe removed a fourth of the mess. Every little bit helps and I am grateful for all that I continue to accomplish. We took a carload full of items to my spouse’s classroom at the end of my cleaning session this morning. We had a disappointing fast food lunch out and then home for a quick nap.
This evening we had a dinner date with my cousin. She graciously wanted to take me out for a birthday/retirement celebration. She chose something I have never done before. We went to a restaurant called The Melting Pot. Each table had an electric burner built in to the center of the table. Then each course, sans the salad, was heated at the table. We started with a wonderful melted cheese and a variety of breads and veggies to be dipped. It was very yummy in the tummy. Then we each had a terrific salad. I was already starting to get full. The main course was a variety of shrimp, chicken, and beef to be cooked in a mouth watering garlic broth. The mushrooms, potatoes, and broccoli were added first to cook before starting meats. It was perfect. We declined the pork at the table. My cousin ate the shrimp and the chicken. My spouse and I had some chicken and all the beef. We shared the veggies. There was enough shrimp left over for my cousin to have a meal tomorrow. We had eight sauces to dip the meats in as we chose. Then of course came the best part. We had dark chocolate melted with marshmallow and oreo cookie crumbs in the pot. Then for dipping we had a variety of fruits, rice crispie treats, pound cake bites, brownie bites, and other yummy snacks. It was so wonderful.
We went back to her place stuffed and happy. We had a great conversation and caught up on each other’s lives. I so admire her and all she stands for. She is one of the most important members of my tribe.
It has been a busy, successful, and happy day today. I am grateful for my wonderful Sunday.