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Thursday, July 20, 2017


I got a new phone.

That is a little bitty thing.

But I always love it.

Almost as much as I hate it.

I love it because its, you know, new.

Its shiny and big and novel.

I hate it because I don't know how to use it yet.

All the settings I need hide in obscure locations.

Nothing is exactly like I'm used.

So it is frustrating.

But also kind of fun.

There is so much to discover and get used to and learn.

I probably spent over an hour finding a case to order on Amazon.

Which is patently ridiculous.

It should have taken me like 10 minutes max.

Then again, I do love to shop.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A sorting activity

I attended our first team retreat on Thursday.

It was great.

Informative, illuminating, honest, productive, and thoughtful.

I could tell some people were not that into it.

For them, it may have felt like a re-hash of the obvious.

There were times that devolved into complaining-about-barriers-beyond-our-control session.

My favorite part was a sorting activity.

Not because of the activity, but because of how it played out.

We split into two teams.

I was paired with one person.

The other three formed the second team.

We were given a page of words.

The assignment was to sort the words into any categories we wanted.

It's a cool activity.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The first day

First day nerves.

That was last Wednesday and I still haven't fully recovered.

I realized the night before that I don't really know how to be a regular grown-up.

This is my first non-classroom job.

It was pretty awesome to walk in and realize that I have a desk.

A phone, a filing cabinet, and a team.

There are five of us who share a large office space.

We have a secretary.

A secretary?

The first day, I felt a little lost.

Everyone was super nice.

I met way too many people to remember.

Though the building is not terribly large, I still feel like I might get lost.

There wasn't much work I knew how to do yet.

But I tried not to waste my time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What just happened to me?

Big news ya'll, big news.

The biggest.

Ok, not the biggest, I'm not pregnant, dying, or getting married.

Neither is anyone I know.

But, for me, this is big.

If you follow my blog, you know I am interested in instructional coaching.

You know I have applied for a gazillion jobs.

You probably remember my interview overload.

Maybe you could empathize with my internal struggle to take a teaching job.

Well, I did take that job.

And a week later, I got an interview for one of the jobs.

Actually, I got, you might recall, several interview offers that day and week.

Out of respect, I turned them all down.

Then I got a call from the same district.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


My new classroom.

A totally blank canvas.

A complete do-over.

How exciting is that?

The bad news: it is empty.

When I say empty, I mean empty.

There is a desk with one drawer that doesn't seem to lock.

Some standard student desks and chairs.

And that is it.

There is no closet, no bookshelves, no filing cabinet.

No storage of any kind.

In my last space, I had a ton of storage:

a small closet, a big (lockable) desk, a big metal storage cabinet, two lateral filing cabinets, two built in floor to ceiling shelves, a rolling filing drawer, a library cart, and five book cases.

I retained my rolling file drawer, library cart, and three shelves.

This is kind of a bummer.

Except for one thing:

Sunday, July 9, 2017


My grandma turned 98 on Saturday.
We road tripped to Chicago to celebrate with her.

It was awesome.

My sister flew in from California.

My dad and his girlfriend drove in from rural Missouri.

Last night, we went out for a special dinner.

This morning, we took her out for a fancy brunch.

Then we went back to her house and played Scrabble.

I won.

But only by two points.

If you count the three points grandma had left on her tiles when the game ended.

She is a Scrabble phenom.

Seriously, she knows basically every two and three letter word in the Scrabble dictionary.

She can find a place for all of them, too.

I was pretty proud of myself.

She was a gracious loser.

Actually, I think she likes it.

The best way to prove you respect her intelligence is to fully pit yourself against it.

I always do.

That lady is sharp.

Not like tack sharp, like armor piercing swords sharp.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kayak school

Actual picture of me kayaking on the Yampa 
It sounds like fun.

It looks like fun.

And it is, kind of.

Actually, it was a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, I am terrible at it.

Ok, that's not really true either.

The guide said I did very well.

I made it through all the hard bits on the river.

The not so hard bits dumped me upside down.


The first time was understandable.

It was a big drop of almost two feet.

That one hurt.

My ankle is still sore.

The second one wasn't my fault.

My boyfriend crowded me over some rocks.

It is really impossible to paddle effectively in four inches of water.

At least he knew it was his fault.

I literally said "Its not fair for you to crowd me into the rocks."

10 seconds later I was upside down again.