A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

This past week was quite long, overwhelming, yet also inspiring and motivating. There were workshops and speakers and working breakfasts and more to get us ready and in the right mindset for our upcoming school year. I haven’t had time to actually get ready (plans, IEPs, etc). But I am sure that everything will get done … Or at least mostly done… Or somewhat done…Or I might go a little crazy for a week! 🙂
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Kayaking Etiquette

I found kayaking a couple years ago and it quickly became a true love. I am not a very religious person; I do not go to church regularly if at all, but kayaking gives me that feeling that church is supposed to. Peace. Connection to the god or gods above. A feeling that there is so much more than just me or you. Just pure happiness enjoying nature.

I firmly believe in reincarnation: where some people we become in love with or attached to must have been in our past lives because the connection is so strong; activities or places that we are extremely drawn to meant something to us in a past life as well. Kayaking is that for me. You might think it sounds crazy but that is what I believe.

Speaking of crazy, during kayaking yesterday a few things happened that forced me to think about certain manners people should use when kayaking:

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The Gypsy Life

When I tell people how I used to live, the majority of them respond about me being  a gypsy. I do not get offended; however, the term gypsy can mean so many different things.

I used to stay at jobs for approximately one year. I would also move residences ever year or so as well. I just got bored. I could be a “traveler” for the rest of my life; however, I chose (yes I had to consciously make that decision) to settle down. It is hard. Hard as hell. Always. It never gets easy. I just do not like being stagnant for long, I don’t like set plans for long, I don’t like going to the same job and doing the same thing for long. I don’t know what it is about me, but that is me.
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An 80s Adulthood Rant


I am almost 40. Of course, if you ask my sisters they would group me in the 40s age group already even though I have a couple years to go. The point of the age is that I grew up in the 70s and 80s. I had the big hair, the dark eyeliner, and my wardrobe consisted of tight jeans and tshirts.  If you haven’t guessed it, then I will fill you in: I was definitely a heavy metal gal.

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When is it time to be afraid?

I don’t know about you but I have anxiety ALL the time. I do. I don’t always talk about it and if I do, then it is usually with someone that already  knows about my quirks. You know how it is. I am sure there are things that you do or think that not everyone will understand. I admitted to someone just recently that I am obsessed..OBSESSED!…about checking my teeth. She laughed and said “Thank you!”  We laughed because I looked at her quite oddly and she explained that she just loved to hear when other people have quirks too. It is true. We think we are the strange ones but in reality, everyone is strange in their own way. And just like a conversation I had over a year ago with a good friend: we all have our demons. Continue reading

Testing the Teacher

I always joke that I am a special education teacher because I need an IEP myself.  And I am a firm believer that most  jokes have a hint of truth in them.  A lot of my students struggle with testing. They may know the answers, but cannot show it on a test. Their test anxiety gets in the way.  I totally get it. I am the same way.

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