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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 🙂 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? 🙂
March 15, 2022 at 5:11 pm
I like how you explain the different verbs you currently are. This profession is hard, no matter what age you are or who you are. Teaching is tough! Yea to you for teaching middle school!
The last one made me perk up – I can’t wait for camping season!
March 16, 2022 at 9:52 am
First, I love your blog! I hope you post more because that gives me hope! 🙂
I love teaching middle schoolers. They are like big pre-schoolers, but with interesting vocabulary and smells!
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
March 15, 2022 at 7:12 pm
I love these kinds of slices! Your comments about lunch resonated with me! I’ve had that happen a few times recently and I get so grouchy!
March 16, 2022 at 9:43 am
We had a meeting after school yesterday, and one of the teachers is both dieting AND trying to quit caffeine. NOT a good place to be at all! 🙂
March 15, 2022 at 7:19 pm
You threw a lot at us just then. Had to reread. You know where you’re at this moment in your career you’re someone who cares deeply about kids and heir learning. Keep going forward.
March 16, 2022 at 9:42 am
Somedays, forward is all we have, and if that’s true, it’s not a bad place to be. Perspective is a big deal! 🙂
Thanks for offering yours!
March 15, 2022 at 7:48 pm
That’s a lot going on for one day’s thoughts! I like the format, “Currently…” and may give it a try. The camper sounds exciting.
March 16, 2022 at 9:41 am
We are pumped to get into it and see what we can do! 🙂
March 15, 2022 at 8:15 pm
As others said, I like the format of this post. It’s such a mix of the small details of life along with some really big thoughts/questions with the hoping and thinking! And can I say how much I love the idea of being influenced by a book to move someplace new!