Tuesday, June 26

The Change....

I'm very happy (and quite sad) to report that I will not be teaching in the classroom next school year. Yep. Holy buckets! I love being a teacher and I love working with kids but another opportunity came my way that speaks to a different set of passions.

Next school year I will be teching in many classrooms. That's right, teching. I am the new Technology Integrationist for one of the elementary schools and the middle school. I'll be surrounded by technology, teachers and, of course, students! My main responsibility will be to support classroom teachers in implementing and utilizing technology within their current, everyday curriculum. I will also be assisting in delivering professional development.

I'm very excited for this coming change but there is a part of my that is extremely sad. I have always enjoyed (even in the tough years) working with 2nd graders. There are a wonderful age to teach and they've provided me with many great memories. Also, I have had the privilege to work among with best team of teachers that one could ever ask for. They have supported my, celebrated with me, made me laugh and made me cry. I will truly and whole-heartedly miss working with these 3 individuals. However, like I keep telling them - this doesn't mean I will disappear. I'm still in the same district and I still know where they all live!! Thank you H, S and C for some of the BEST, absolutely wonderful times of my life.

Change is a good thing though. Change brings about new experiences and opens new doors. So, here's to change...

M.

Monday, June 25

Proud Family

What a wonderful, warm, welcoming weekend we had. I really didn't think we had much planned for the weekend, but once things got started, I found out I was a bit off. We tried to stuff too many things in our schedule but happy we made it to most of them.

Pride is an important yearly celebration for us. We don't exactly dive head-long into the festivities but we find it important to get out and celebrate with our fellow Minneapolis friends. Saturday night was our kickoff night. We met two near and dear friends at Stella's in Uptown. We were lucky enough to have hardly any wait at all to sit on the rooftop. Chip and I had never been and Chip found himself to be in heaven. He doesn't enjoy fish as often as he'd like being that I don't share in his enjoyment for such cuisine. (However, I do encourage him to buy seafood when we have grilling nights.) Anyway, there were probably too many options on the menu for him but he somehow narrowed it down to swordfish.

After enjoying (and I mean actually enjoying our oyster appetizers) our dinners were served. I was delighted they had a couple of non-seafood options (even though I really did enjoy the oyster app) because the blackened chicken fettuccine was delicious. All-in-all, the four of us spent about 3 hours chatting, laughing, harassing the wait-staff and having a few (yes, a few each) cocktails! It was a perfect evening.

Yesterday, we kicked off our pride-going festivities with bloddies and memosas at a friends house. What a great way to have breakfast. We then headed on down to watch the parade, which I thought didn't start until 12:00. Oops. The streets were PACKED when we got there and it was almost unenjoyable to try and watch the parade. We met up with Chip's folks, as they were volunteering (getting signatures to vote NO in November) and we spent the late morning and early afternoon with them at the parade and park. In the end, we found it was too hot to be walking around with our pooch at the park, so we headed home. There we just about passed out on the sofa from the heat and the go, go, go...

Today was a small projects, kinda work on my paper, garden, laundry (perfect weather for hang-drying) and social media day. Social media only because Chip and I received our photos from on Friday and I posted them this morning with GREAT response from friends and family. The photos are amazing and I can't wait to see the final product. A coffee table beard book! Happy to be home, enjoying the gorgeous weather and relaxing on the patio. Life is good, nope, GREAT! M.




Tuesday, June 19

Backyard

I needed to do some tree trimming. I couldn't believe how many dead branches were up on the inside of the tree. It wasn't that they were hanging off and making the tree look goofy, they were up on the inside of the tree, hiding. Well, knowing how well my momma maintains her trees, I asked if I could borrow her extended tree-trimming saw. Today, the crazy hot and muggy day, was the winning day to undertake the task of cutting out the dead branches. Hot today, but worth it.
Even though we've had some considerable rain and storms recently, I figured with the crazy heat the veggies could use a little extra water and love. So, after taking a few 'proud-gardener' pics of the growing yum-yums, I gave everything a short bath. Needless to say, I but I'll say it anyway, I'm a bit sweaty after those few, quick chores. Now, as I type out my update, I'm sitting (stupidly so) on the patio, with a beer, continuing to sweat.

Cheers,
M.



Backyard

I needed to do some tree trimming. I couldn't believe how many dead branches were up on the inside of the tree. It wasn't that they were hanging off and making the tree look goofy, they were up on the inside of the tree, hiding. Well, knowing how well my momma maintains her trees, I asked if I could borrow her extended tree-trimming saw. Today, the crazy hot and muggy day, was the winning day to undertake the task of cutting out the dead branches. Hot today, but worth it.

Even though we've had some considerable rain and storms recently, I figured with the crazy heat the veggies could use a little extra water and love. So, after taking a few 'proud-gardener' pics of the growing yum-yums, I gave everything a short bath. Needless to say, I but I'll say it anyway, I'm a bit sweaty after those few, quick chores. Now, as I type out my update, I'm sitting (stupidly so) on the patio, with a beer, continuing to sweat.

Cheers,
M.



Monday, June 18

Pathetic Pooch

We've been hearing many comments lately about how our puppy has been getting 'bigger.' Well, being with her every day, we didn't/don't see the change. However, for fear of having an unhealthy and out of shape dog, we cut back her food by a bit and are going to start including her in our workout plans more often. I think she'll still love us in the end, but, by the look on her face after her second 5k workout, it might take her awhile to get there.