We are halfway done with the Challenge. How is this possible? I’m getting old, so time goes a little faster. Yet, some days just drraaaggggg along. I don’t know. 50 is a tough place to be. Not quite old (in my own head) but certainly not young. Not at all.


Hush. We started today with a data team meeting, so I’m a bit off my bubble and random all over the place, which is why I’m writing now instead of waiting. Also today, in middle school, I was told I looked like a zookeeper, which carries all the irony you want to throw at that statement.

So in honor of all that is random and goofy, I present my “Currently” post for the challenge.

Currently, I am:

Reading – (rereading) House of Tradd Street by Karen White. That series is the reason we ended up in Charlestown three years ago. A great storyline, interesting characters, a supernatural vibe to it, just an all-around great book. Next books in my queue include Dan Harris’s 10% Happier, and Hero on a Mission by Donald Miller. My brother gave me the Dan Harris book, I lost it, and refound it, so it’s all good. The Donald Miller book a friend got me because she said the writer reminded her of me. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, so we’ll see! ๐Ÿ™‚

Drinking – Water, switching to tea because my room is cold. We are in that area where the heater isn’t working as hard because it’s warmer outside, but it’s still not warm, if that makes sense?

Hoping – for the best. There’s a lot on our plates right now and I just want things to work out, both professionally and personally.

Eating – a Nature Valley protein bar because I forgot my lunch at home. I have a small salad from yesterday, but I’m hoping I don’t get snarky as the day goes on. I like my lunchtime quiet, but also I like food! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thinking – about my place in the profession. I just don’t know where I fit right now as a fat, middle-aged white guy. So many changes are taking place and after a while, you get numb to them all. Add in all the foolish legislation coming down on education and it really makes one wonder, even with all the huge positives about teaching middle schoolers, can this be sustainable?

Listening to – Minecraft Relaxing Music Box on Youtube. It’s 10 hours of AD-FREE calming Minecraft music. My daughter told me she uses it to go to sleep and yes, I can see the advantages of it as a sleep aid! ๐Ÿ™‚ 60 Second Civics, to get myself ready for class. This is a very brief civics lesson that is offered five days a week by the Center for Civics education. We listen and discuss, then move on! A great bell-ringer.

Wanting to – Get the camper to our place, get into to and personalize it the way we want, and drive off. Seriously. It’s not a big camper, but I think it will be big enough for extended trips.

Anyway, how are you, currently? ๐Ÿ™‚