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.
I am grateful for so many things today. I did not sleep much last night but once I awoke I was ready to go for the day. I was “on” all day at work and the lesson on weather and humidity went well. Everyone was on task and finished with a little time to spare which is unusual in my room. I knew the kids had a test in another class so I gave them time to study if they had finished. To quote a friend, “at the end of the day…” everyone was grateful and no one left with any homework unfinished for my class. A win win day.
I was grateful to lunch with a friend today. Usually she is busy but this week we have eaten together for three days in a row. I am actually joyous for her company. We are good for each other and I appreciate her more than she knows. I try and tell her but I am not sure she believes me. I told her the story of my necklace and it felt good to share my joy. Good friends are special and I am grateful for them always. I had a chat with another teacher after school and hopefully I was of some comfort as that was my intention. Everybody needs to know that they are heard. Today at work I was keenly aware of my necklace and the gratitude I felt for wearing a symbol of my and my mother’s heritage and love.
After school I made it to my appointment with time to spare. I sat in my car and read the last of a book about a topic I was referred to on Friday. The book is by no means light reading and yet I was grateful for a deeper understanding of where my life is right now. The appointment went well and I shared my gratitude and joy for the opportunity of growth.
After work on my way home I listened to a SARK call. That is, whenever it did not cut out due to connection problems. Her calls bring me joy because they are so welcoming and insightful to all involved. I am grateful for my membership in SWW. Upon arriving home I finished listening to the call while dinner was on the BBQ. I am grateful for all the good things in my life.
After the SARK call I had a long conversation with a dear friend. I am grateful for knowing her and for the joy she brings. Sadly at one point I had to end the call as a grandchild needed some emotional support. I am not sad the call ended just that the grandchild was so upset. I am grateful for being a sounding board but so very sad that such distress is going on in the young life. How quickly my emotions had to change. How I wish I could solve the problems and help the hurt. Alas I can only do what I can do to be there.
The focus I have set for myself this year is to find joy. I have been made aware that there is joy in so many things not just in my own feelings of joy. So I know today there was joy in my students having completed all their work. There was pure joy in the dog with the time I spent playing catch with her outside. There was joy in my getting to connect with friends. There was joy when I made it home after the grueling rush hour traffic that I despise. I am grateful for the joy that I can see in myself and others. There is sadness for specific reasons, and I hold that in my heart to pray on.
Today I struggled to find joy. I am happy to have gratitude though. The cold weather is kicking me physically and I am just worn out. Today I listened to what my body needed. I am grateful that I took three naps to help refresh my tired achy body. After my usual early morning wake up I took care of a few household chores and laid back down for nap number one.
After I awoke my spouse and I did a couple of outside errands. The first Costco we went to was a nightmare. We made it to the front of the parking lot and left again. We have learned too crowded in the parking lot means too crowded in the store and too much aggravation. We went to a thrift store and found a few books that looked interesting. There were no bowling balls on the half price sale today so I passed. We had terrific Mexican food for lunch and then had success at a different Costco. We were in and out in less than half an hour. We finished our outside chores at a Sprouts. We love finally having one in our town. Fresh fruits and veges at a good price makes me happy.
Back home once chores were done, my body screamed for a second nap. I am grateful that I was able to sleep when I needed to. When I awoke I did some more reading which is my indulgence of choice this holiday. I finished a couple of loads of laundry and made the bed. Such a lovely boring stress free day today was. I planned on doing some more reading and instead fell asleep for a third quick nap.
My phone ringing made me fully awake. It was my cousin in Michigan. We had a very long catch up call. We shared the ups and downs of the last couple of weeks. We supported each other and laughed together. It is wonderful having her as my sister from another mother. I am grateful we can talk to each other about almost anything.
I dearly love both my sweet cousins. I am grateful they are in my life.
While talking with my cousin my front door RING went off. I assumed it was someone driving past. When I checked my phone it indicated there had been someone at my front door. Much to my surprise 3 of the four books I ordered last night after my call with Kim had arrived. Much to my surprise it was pouring rain outside. It made a lot of sense that I was so sleepy today. I feel like I am fighting a cold. I know I am sleepier than normal. I know I have the luxury for one more day to allow myself to just take it easy.
So tonight I shall clean out some of my emails, I shall check Facebook, and I shall read awhile before getting some sleep. I am grateful for a lazy day that I could just rest.