Hello blogging family!


Hey now! No name-calling, yet! 🙂 It’s been a hot minute since I’ve put my random thought on a computer screen. Why is that, you might ask.

Summer break.

Both my wife and I have finished up and are tired. Bone tired. Behaviors, lack of support, and just all that goes with being a teacher wore us down. I admitted to my principal as I checked out that my tank has never been this empty before. I had a year while I was in Missouri with a student who was oppositional defiant, but never one like this year.

We both had a “hangover” on our first day of break. Our bodies just didn’t know what to do with the emotions. I wandered around. My wife, she took two naps. We’ve started working our way out of it but those emotions have to go somewhere.

However, not all is lost. I’ve read two books and am working on the third right now. We took our camper to a local park and ran into some teachers from my district who were having a great time. We went over to their camper at about 8:30 pm and didn’t come back until midnight. We’ve been running, biking, mowing the lawn, and today, we spent three hours working on a tree that was taken down, cutting branches up to either burn or put in the shed to dry, THEN burn!


We’ve seen my wife’s aunt and uncle in Iowa City, along with my brother and his family in North LIberty (just a bit north of Iowa City). His daughter graduated and we went to her party on Memorial Day, which was a lot of fun. I got to talk to him a bit, but talked with my parents, daughter, and her boyfriend as well. It was a beautiful day for the party. The worst part, she’s going to Iowa State. Where did my brother and I go wrong?


I’m tired and sore, but it is a good thing. I’m feeling better. We are taking our camper a little farther, going to a campground down by Des Moines, between our daughters so we can hang out together. We’ll take our bikes, do some shopping, and eat s’mores.

And we have to do school too.


Of course, school is always there. I got an email about meeting to talk about exploratories on June 1. June freaking 1st. I have computer science classes to take. I did my first one today and have four days over the next two weeks. I may pick up another class as well in July, dealing with more computer science. I’m not sure why I’m all in on this right now. Part of it is that I get paid to take these classes, which is pretty sweet, but also, if I can learn enough, who knows, it could lead to other opportunities for me outside of school. Either that or just other opportunities for after-school clubs.

Ok, if you’ve read this far, thank you. I sent messages to some of my school friends, just telling them how much I appreciate them. I appreciate your reading of this drivel. I appreciate your comments. But most of all, I just appreciate you being here.

Have a great day and if you are an educator, happy summer break. You’ve earned it! 🙂