Continuous Journey Requires Specific Goals

“The point is that you are back, wobbly or not!” When I wrote about getting back on the bicycle after time away from doing things that had been a natural part of my life, a friend of mine made that comment. I loved this, because it was so accurate. That’s exactly how I felt! ButContinue reading “Continuous Journey Requires Specific Goals”

Teaching Middle School During a Pandemic Has Its Benefits

While many of my teacher friends share tales of woe and While many of my teacher friends share tales of woe and higher stress levels, I would like to offer an alternate view of teaching during the pandemic. Yes, a majority of us have been thrown into something we’ve never experienced. As a 26-year veteran,Continue reading “Teaching Middle School During a Pandemic Has Its Benefits”

Unexpected time off, unexpected thoughts

To borrow an overused word, it’s been a ‘surreal’ start to my spring break as a classroom teacher. This is the first time I’ve had a spring break in my educational career, and while I thought I would be giving myself a long to-do list to accomplish this week, I find myself in thoughtful contemplationContinue reading “Unexpected time off, unexpected thoughts”

Taking a break is okay

Sometimes I just need a break. I need to stop what I’m doing and alleviate the undue stress I’m putting on myself. Recently, the undue stress has been writing. Every time I sit down to start a new blog post, I look at the blinking cursor with a ton of thoughts running through my mindContinue reading “Taking a break is okay”

Friday nights are for meal planning

Figuring out new recipes is what everyone does on a Friday night, right? No? Okay, maybe it’s just me then, but this is exactly what I’m doing tonight because I finally got fed up with our eating pattern. Or lack thereof. My husband and I have been doing this delicate balance of trying to adhereContinue reading “Friday nights are for meal planning”

Books and coffee – an afternoon delight

I loved my afternoon. Instead of coming home after work and jumping right into working out, cleaning, or starting dinner, I stopped by Startbucks for an afternoon treat. I dropped off my bag when I got to our apartment, put a couple of things away, grabbed a book and headed out to the deck withContinue reading “Books and coffee – an afternoon delight”

Starting new adventures: both exciting and scary

Starting something new is always an adventure. An adventure that is mixed with both excitement and being scared. Excitement of the unknown. Scared of the unknown. But mostly excitement. I finally made some decisions about the direction of my writing. After four years of using Weebly and then another year of sampling WordPress, I decidedContinue reading “Starting new adventures: both exciting and scary”

And the adventure begins

“You best start believin’ in ghost stories, Miss Turner, you’re in one.” –Captain Barbossa Adventures are generally positive experiences, yet often contain their share of chaos and unpredictability. It’s at that point of craziness when I think of the line in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Captain Barbossa says,Continue reading “And the adventure begins”