Weekend Fulfilled

 

Hey y’all!  How is your weekend kicking off?  Did you remember to reset your clocks before you went to bed Saturday night, for daylight savings time?

 

I had my fingers crossed to book classes for Friday night into Saturday morning, but then our internet was in and out, so I used the time instead to work on other things.  I can’t rely on the internet connection for teaching purposes, but a choppy internet connection gives me enough access to play with clip-art images, to print out classroom props.

 

I don’t go out anymore.  Not like I used to.  Once a week is my average unless there’s other business to do—like a doctor appointment.  Well, I went out with the family for dinner, at my dad’s request because he wanted to get out of the house.  My husband had prescriptions to pick up, so we took care of it all at once, stopping in at the Walmart after for his meds in addition to razor blades, drinking straws, and some after dinner donuts.  Normally I avoid the Walmart but went this time because it’s literally ‘right there’.

I hate shopping in-store, but this in-store experience wasn’t horrible.  My husband even chose to use the self-checkout line to cash our order out.  I personally hate self-checkouts, but I didn’t say anything… I just stood back and watched.

 

I made my way from Friday night into Saturday morning without much issue.  I didn’t book any short notice classes, but I did use the time to prepare for when I would, waiting until the wee hours of the early morning before crawling into bed.  About the time I would have finished submitting the after-class feedback.

Saturday night into Sunday morning is a different story.  Not only did Daylight Savings Time start at 2am, I booked to teach a class at 3am.  China doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time like the United States, so it didn’t make a difference on their end.  On my end, I’m pulling an all-nighter.

Teaching my first class…OMG!  I was nervous, anxious, shocked, and I got a little teary-eyed too.  I didn’t physically cry, but the opportunity to visit China, and observe the Chinese culture through the life of a child I’m teaching how to speak English, was nearly breathtaking.  I was nervous because I’ve never physically taught a class, or someone who wasn’t my child, but I’m so happy I did.  My first class didn’t go as smooth as I imagined it would, and many say it never does as my student was experiencing ‘screen freezing’, but we made it through the lesson, and she pronounced everything perfectly.  I gave her 5 stars!

Now it’s time to close this out.

Y’all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks for reading!

What a Monday

Hey y’all.  How was your weekend?

My weekend flew by while I was dealing with an ache in my body only women endure from puberty to menopause, and then I was dealing with my truck.  I’ve had ‘the beast’ for three years, but it’s time that I get rid of her due to cost of maintenance.  She’s an old girl, a 1996, but she’s worth her weight.  She’s perfect for farming.

Monday.

This week my daughter faces taking her final exams to mark the end of the first semester.  I’ve had her studying, reading and rereading, over and over, the study guide answer sheet her teachers supplied each student with to prepare for the tests.  Today she took her math test.  I can’t say that she did excellent, but she did take her time and tried to work out each problem.  Tomorrow, we test for English/Language Arts, Wednesday we test in Science, and Thursday we test in Social Studies.  Wednesday, after school, I have an online teleconference, to go over gathered informational research from throughout the first semester to decide the plan for next semester with a couple of higher-up members of the academic staff.  I don’t know how it’ll go as they’ve not gone well before, but things have changed.

I’m not rooting for recognition or fame, but I do want to share that it’s been a daily struggle to get my daughter this far.  I’ve mentioned before that my daughter was ‘next-to-failing’ in brick and mortar schooling; because I’ve been able to personally work with her, one-on-one, giving her my full-blown attention, she has gained so much more understanding and confidence in herself and her ability to grasp class instruction, but it’s not been easy.  Most mother/daughter relationships go one of two ways.  I’ve had to be what most parents have considered to be really strict, or too strict, but she’s a better person for it.  She’s a better person than some of the kids I’ve known.  I hate to say that, but I’ve known some kids… a story for another time.

So, I’m finishing up first semester with my daughter this week in addition to selling my truck.  I’m also baking cupcakes for my daughter’s gymnastics class, for her birthday since classes are out the week of Christmas, so we’re sharing this week.  After that, I’m cleaning for Christmas, wrapping a few gifts, baking an apple pie, and enjoying a nice long vacation from middle school academics and extracurricular activities.

I’m going to put more focus instead on writing, and submitting more work to here and there.  This place and that.  Chicken Soup for the Soul is my first and foremost target.  I’ve been studying, and by studying I mean I’ve been reading from my personal Chicken Soup for the Soul collection like I’m taking a class in college–Chicken Soup for the Soul 501–it’s a Master’s class.  Just kidding, but I am serious about how much I’m reading.  I started with Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, then I read Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom and I just finished reading that yesterday afternoon.  Yesterday evening I started Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  Just wait until the new year!

In closing, thank y’all so much for reading and following my blog.  I love knowing I’m talking to someone.  Wink, wink!

To everyone reading, have a very Merry Christmas, a very Happy Hanukkah, or if you don’t celebrate either of those, comment yours so I can wish you one in return.

Happy Holidays!! 🙂

“Weekend Reflection and the Superbowl”

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I enjoyed my weekend.

Friday night, hubby and I found ourselves jamming to music, singing our hearts out, and I admit I was dancing around in our bedroom/office.  I’d had a trying week, and it was time for me to let loose.  We drank a 12-pack between the two of us because that’s what we do, but not all the time.  Normally we drink in moderation.

On Saturday night, hubby and I decided instead to listen to some old compilations he recorded several years back.  We listened to them, drank some Budweiser, sang, and then came up with the idea to watch “High School Musical”.  It was a great idea, we were laughing and enjoying the movie, and then I was done.  Ready for bed.  Flip the switch, goodnight.

Come Sunday, hubby and I watched the Superbowl.  We were rooting for the New England Patriots, but we watched more for the Superbowl commercials.  Pink performed the National Anthem doing an absolutely kickin’ job, and Justin Timberlake looked like he was having a party performing his half-time show.  I loved his tribute to Prince, and the eminent glow of purple in and surrounding the stadium.  Then wrapping it up with everyone’s favorite “Trolls” song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”.  Awesome choreography and colorful implementation.  Very colorful.  Very ‘trollish’!  How cute that the kid Justin wanted to jam with didn’t even know who he was.  Who cares though, a selfie photo with Justin Timberlake, he’ll be popular among the girls in school.

My husband and I rooted for the Patriots, and the Patriots had a shot, then Tom Brady goes and throws the game with the first and only sac.  Oh well.  They can’t win them all, right?  The Eagles earned their win this year.  They played a good game.