Sunday, October 02, 2016

Right Now: September

 Right Now...

I'm my hubby sharing tidbits about RV stuff that he's reading online and from a library book (yeah, imagine that, going old school to do some research).   .   

I mean look at that picture Hubby took a few weeks ago?    It was taken   on the western side of Hwy 183, headed towards Idaho Springs.   For you non-locals, that's less than 90 minutes from our house here in the burbs.    

And yet, where was I?   At home....not wanting to ride all day...I find myself staying home more and more, and missing out on the fun.   

RVing would offer  me that opportunity to tag along a little more, it expands our range of exploration for longer trips (HELLO, he works wherever these is WiFi, and I work on a school schedule with many regularly scheduled breaks).

So yes...I'm listening to my gut and it seems to be saying this feels right....stay tuned for more news as we move forward with our plans...

I'm Loving the Fall traditions that happen this time of year...from impromptu happy hours with a favorite neighbor...

to dinner with the ladies....
 , to watching the parade pass us by...

Fall is filled with times to savor...
and we managed to fit in quite a few fun events this past month.

I'm Needing to...get back to reading some good books.   With new t.v shows starting and House now on Netflix, I've found myself frittering away the evenings watching t.v.   This month I promise myself I'll read at least 3 books.   I know I"ll feel better making better use of my down time...

I"m feeling....content.   The Things are growing up and taking on new adventures of their it taking on a new job...
to exploring the crazy world of dating...complete with finding a creative way to ask your date to HOCO (Homecoming for us non-hash tag savy old farts)
it's all coming together rather nicely for our family.  

Until Next time....

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Right Now: August


  • Listening to:   my guilty conscience.      It never fails:   during the summer I find my happy place but once we head back to work (be it registration, work week or actual student contact time), I kiss summer and all its' gifts good bye.   Labor Day is usually when I catch myself and say Hold On!  We've still got great weather to enjoy and I remind myself that I can find that balance between work and home life.   
  • Loving:  that Stewie is seeing a bit more action these days.   Granted, I"ll never ride the scooter as much as my hubby rides his motorcycles,  but with not needing to haul Things with me to school and with school starting a bit later than my previous assignment, I've found myself saying "I"ll take the scooter".   It does put a smile on your face when you've riding, and it's really helped me make some friends at work.   Seems scooters are indeed a conversation starter.
  • Needing to:   get back to processing through the hundreds of pictures I took this past summer.   Which means this blog update will be rather short.   I'd finished up Ireland storytelling and digital scrapbooking and then,  yep, I went back to work.   Now, I'm dusting off the shutterfly account and am back at it.  Thank heavens for hubby's daily blogs while we were on the road, they offer great detail and reminders of what we did-and when. 
  • Feeling:   a sense of gratitude.  Oh sure, August mostly symbolizes "back to school", but it's also when my neighborhood has its' annual big gathering "Party In The Park".   We've been attending since Thing 1 was a baby in my arms and we've watched it go from a pot-luck informal gathering to a big extravaganza and now back to a more informal gathering of neighbors and pot-luck style.    It's such a treat to see the neighborhood grow:   both in the mature landscaping but in the maturity of the children whom my own Things have grown up with.   What a gift we have in being able to call this place home for 19 years and counting!  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Musings from Middle School: First impressions

I'm now a little over a week into the new job, and I think this has become my new mantra.

Backing up a bit, after 6 years working with high school aged students, I've decided to try my hand at the middle school setting.   I had a long list of reasons where change would be good, and then an opportunity to try working in a different setting, and I decided to go for it.

So a few of my random first thoughts

  • Middle School involves more tears....when the first one started to cry, I though OH MY, was my tone that rude?   And then today, we had one crying in the bathroom for no reason other than "she had a cold and a headache".  Ah, now I get it, puberty is a hot emotional mess, tears flow easier and faster in this age group.
  • Missing Kids are searched for differently.   Day 1 I heard the radio call for Freddy.   Nope, hadn't seen Freddy.   Turns out, Freddy had gone to the bathroom, and wandered back to the wrong class...or something along those lines.    Freddy wasn't stoned-ditching class-passed out in the bathroom (3 top high school scenarios), he was just in the wrong class and too afraid to speak up.  
  •  Use the right words.  My vocabulary is apparently too rich for some of these kids.   I had explained to one young lady "given how you injured your hand, it's highly unlikely you broke it".  "WHAT?  I BROKE IT?" (cue the tears).   Ok, let's try this again, AND let's call Mama (because clearly if I didn't make sure Mama heard the message, it would get twisted around as soon as Snowflake called mama.
  • Innocence is not lost.  Poor little Joey was all upset (at least he wasn't crying).   When I asked why, he gave the over dramatic heavy sigh one word response "POO-BERTY".   Seems his voice had cracked and he had one lone pimple on his porcelain face.   Oh sweetie, it's gonna get so much worse before it gets better....but yeah, I held my tongue on that one and just let him be
  • If you didn't chart it, you still might have done it.   In nursing, we've always been told to document our every action, "If you don't chart it, you didn't do it".  Well, that isn't always true either.... I called Suzie's mom to find out the plan for daily medication.  Mama Bear chuckled and said "same plan as when you called yesterday".  Yeah, I hadn't charted it, therefore, didn't remember which parents I had called.   
All in all, I'm excited for the change this new job will bring....oh sure, I too have felt a bit overwhelmed at being the new kid.   But overall, there is a good feeling to this new assignment and I'm eager to see what adventures are to be had.