Category: Real Life

It’s Monday & I’ll be here all week

And by “here,” I mean in Tampa, scoring AP exams.

Hello! This has been a wild weekend. First of all, I fully participated in a yard sale with friends on Saturday. I did make some money, which turned out to be a very good thing because it rained Saturday (we are in our monsoon season) and that reminded me to check the weather for the AP week. And guess what? It’s supposed to rain, rain, rain all this week, too.

And since I don’t have my car here, I realized that I should probably get some rain boots since I will have to walk everywhere.

Especially since our weather has been pretty much like this for the past week or so:

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It’s Monday & I have some great reading ahead of me

On Saturday, I went to the beach with a friend. On our way there, my friend revealed that she had gotten an annual pass to the state parks because her plan is to explore different parts of the state. And I realized that her plan is brilliant–brilliant! Because, essentially, she is going to be a tourist in our state. “Why didn’t I think of that?” I said. So now that is my new goal. State tourism!

Anyway, more happened at the beach, including a blinding migraine caused by sinusitis–opposite of fun and a prime opportunity to practice gratitude for sure. But the beach is the beach and it was marvelous. Because BEACH.

Yesterday and today were fun family times. My mom brought over hamburgers to grill yesterday and then I invited her to bring over kielbasa to grill today. These were both A+ choices.

And tomorrow it’s back to my regularly scheduled vacation. Which is just a fancy way of saying doing more unpacking, cleaning, and purging. While not going to work. Because of vacation. (VACATION.)

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My domain name has expired but my blog lives on

I just realized I am guilty of a thing that I hate that other people do: not putting Goodreads links (or Amazon or wherever) for books I’m currently reading. I will no longer make that mistake.

Hello! This has been a whirlwind week. First, I have to say I am officially OFFICIALLY on vacation now. I know I said I was on vacation last week (and I was), but I had to wrap up some search committee work, which meant I had to go to work twice. TWICE. That does not count as vacation, especially since I had to (a) set my alarm and (b) go to work and do work. Interviews! Work.

Anyway, it’s over now, and I have three months with no teaching or search committees ahead of me.

A funny thing keeps happening to me. I cannot for the life of me remember what I am planning to do in my classes in the fall. I always remember three of the four assignments I have planned. And it’s only ever three. Usually it’s the same three, but this time it’s a different three. My plan is to put the missing assignment in my phone as soon as I remember.

But I digress.

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Z is for Zippy #AtoZChallenge

Went to a meeting today that ended before time, which included everyone checking their schedules and setting the next meeting. A+ work, team!

And with that, my participation in the 2017 A to Z Challenge has come to an end. Thank you to everyone who read and/or commented on my posts as I explored my theme of gratitude.

I also did two (two!) month-long blogging challenges back to back and I am exhausted. I’m going back to my once per week posting schedule for now. Of course, Armchair Book Expo is right around the corner… (and for once I won’t be teaching during it!).

Y is for Yakety Yak #AtoZChallenge

I spent all day today talking to super cool people which is totally my jam. Not only that but I got a chance to celebrate a milestone in someone’s life while also catching up with a friend. Win win win all around, I’d say.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

 

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for Y.

X is for x #AtoZChallenge

aka xxxxx

aka crossing things off the to-do list

aka I am officially done grading because I entered ALL the grades for ALL my classes

aka no more grading until fall

It’s handled.

aka I just turned off/deleted all the various alarms on my phone (get up for work, go to class, end class, stop working, go to bed)

HUZZAH!

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for Y.

W is for When Past Me Makes Good Choices #AtoZChallenge

When I was looking to buy a new car a few years ago, one of the the salesmen at the Toyota dealership was telling me how great keyless entry is and how you only need the key fob and blah blah blah. I told him that I wanted a car with an actual key to open the door. “But you won’t need it,” he insisted. “That’s what the key fob is for.”

Guess whose key fob has been sometime-y about unlocking and locking when I push the button?

Guess who has had to use the actual key to open the door several times in the past week or so?

Guess who would have been really pissed if she were locked out of her car because the key fob didn’t work and there were no other way to get in?

So yes. Good job, past me.

 

 

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for X.

V is for Vacation #AtoZChallenge

 

It’s so close, guys. I can almost taste/touch it. One more week to go.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for W.

U is for Undergoing the Natural Hair Journey #AtoZChallenge

Today’s topic was given to me by my friend, TNT, who shared that she’s been natural almost 20 years, which reminded me that it’s been almost 20 years for me, too. When I told her that, she asked, “What’s your hair story?”

I got my first relaxer when I was 9 or 10, and I remember the stylist marveling that it was “bone straight.” And so it went until after I went to college and especially after I had my daughter. Then, I started waiting longer and longer between touch ups. I waffled quite a while between making the big chop and transitioning while wearing extensions.

Me being me and because this was before the natural hair care explosion on the internet, I used Let’s Talk Hair by Pamela Farrell and Good Hair by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner as my guides. (I found them by, of course, going to the library.)

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R is for Retreat #AtoZChallenge

This weekend is my church’s annual all-church retreat, and I have been looking forward to it since missing last year’s.

It’s super chill and a  great way to catch up with people I don’t normally get to see because of our busy, busy lives. My plan is to do nothing even though I have been specifically invited to one workshop.

I mean, I did sign up to host a workshop, but I tried to make it as low-key as possible. (I’m hosting a game hour. Bring your games, sit at tables, play. Simple.)

Here’s to hoping I get all my grading done before I go since work is strictly verboten. I have declared it so.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for S.