Thursday, March 08, 2018

another week...

I've been getting to bed by 9pm all week in prep for losing an hour this weekend.  I have been to crossfit all four days so far this week and plan to go tomorrow Friday.  so far so good. I'm doing better on my power cleans and tonight we practiced with overhead squats and I am going deep on my squat and basically learning to keep my arms locked and active holding the bar up.
my classes went well this week. the students are great in my English 2 classes. the English 1 classes are okay, I'm losing a few here and there that quit coming but i dunno.
the President of the school sent out their new goals today, one of them was to become a Hispanic Certified Institution which will allow the school to apply for title V grant money. schools are all so poor now in OK apparently they'll try anything.  not that it's not a good cause, we do have a large community on that side of the city.  another goal was closing the acheivement gap. the thing is I have at least 5 or more latino students in all my classes doing quite well, and I have one or two AFrican American students in each class, where is their institution and title V grant money?  I dunno anything about it, but we try to close that gap!
I'm so excited Spring will be coming and this time of year the nights are lighter later, especially after this weekend which means I can play in the yard again after work. the reason I love it so much this time of year and is taking advantage of all the outside work I can get done before mosquitos return. ha
I wasn't going to teach a summer class but I went ahead and asked for one. the thing is I have a birthday coming the end of July this year and am hoping/considering a trip to England. there is a Tottingham Park Flower show the weekend of my birthday that I thought would be a perfect way to celebrate it. ;)  there is also an exhibit of Tolkien letters and drawings at Oxford college.  Other than that I hope to go find other gardens to tour and maybe try a jaunt to Paris or Iceland? we'll see....
The thing is i noticed something happening to the ceiling in the hallway/stairwell to the basement/crawl space under the house and I think it means a roof repair may be in order. home ownership! it's all going to work out.
the reason I considered teaching is the weekend I want to travel is before the last week of class.  Well, students always turn in the last paper that week and then come back the last week of classes for a final in class written essay.  SO!!! I plan to just miss that last week and I will either have them come and get a sub to sit with them while they do it and turn in. OR I will have them all turn it in online and just ask the days off.  I have a new boss this year so it's all new to him and I sort of asked him and seemed pretty relaxed about it, so I'll wait and see what happens.  either way I'm planning it to happen!
After next week is my spring break so I am getting some ideas lined up, probably a drive through Dallas and on to Austin to see my buds down there H and M.  the live in a little condo right off Lamar north of the alamo theatre and considering selling the place for a home. I told them i couldnt' BEAR to not be so CLOSE to everything when visiting though!!! ha ha.  he bought like 15 ?? or so years ago and will get a GREAT return on it to put into a house. but still... also they want to get out of it because it's a one room studio apartment basically.  The place was apartnents that turned into condos and where the "poolhouse clubhouse" room was or whatever, they turned that into a studio and he's lived there ever since. the location!!!!! though. sigh.
well I've been watching lots of David Rubin report videos on youtube lately, also Eric weinstien, and this week Yaron Brooks. he's a capitalist from the Ayn Rand institute. I'm learning all sort of ideas from these things.
btw as an educator, I don't want to be armed with a gun. I keep politics off of this blog more or less, but I'll put it out there that I'm against the assumption that the only way to protect students from shooters in to arm teachers. it's so ridiculous I can't even imagine, we don've even get paid enough in OK to begin with! ha I'm not complaining . I love what I do and make enough for one man to live fine absolutely. the whole teacher pay thing is more of an equality issue I guess since OK is lowest among states. well enough of that.  (I don't plan to walk out on teacher walk out day either btw, I'd rather be teaching)
anything else going on in the life of Dan? I hope to start morning swims after Spring break.  I'm spending less on plants this year since last year was the big regional garden tour coming by but this year nope. I will buy some plants while in TX srping break of course. I'm desperately trying to get caught up on grading papers and things at school so that I eventually have some free office hours to just clean up and organize my office. it's been a mess for over a year since I rearranged my desk and piled stuff here and there. UGH!!! I'm going to get a handle on that SOON! I already have an idea of some shower curtains I saw at dollar store that I will use as a sort of wall paper behind my wall of shelves behind my desk ( they are the kind with bracket into the wall, so  cheap shower curtain I can cut holes where the brackets are and press against the wall etc etc..)
I wasn't able to see S and B last week so it's been 3 weekends without them!!!! I mean these are my buds I see at least once for dinner every weekend. whoah! I plan to go over there for some pizza tomorrow so we can catch up. they have a million things going on also of course. busy time of year getting ready for spring and summer. yay! hapy march everyone.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

weekend ready...

well after being away from home the last two weekend, I'm really looking forward to being in town this weekend!  had a very busy Monday, stock club meeting at 4pm after work (yes I'm still meeting once a month for the stock club meeting just to sit there and here what great options there are for me to not have anything to invest in). then to crossfit at 530. then home to cook up chicken tenders for dinner the rest of the week.  road show was pretty good this Monday night I will say that, particularly the part about the pardon from Lincoln.
Tuesday and Wednesday flew by, today I made it through my 3 classes and enjoyed them all. T/Th are my English II classes and the one I enjoy teaching the most.  I had a lot of office visits this week. One a guy my age taking my English I class who is retired military and recovering alcoholic and he wanted to talk to me about not having his essay ready to turn in Wednesday and how he had an anxiety attack last weekend trying to think how to write it. I told him relax and take an extra week if he needed to and to email me when he got a writer's block and I'd try to help.  He also told me he was diagnosed with PTSD symptoms last week and he felt like he was falling back on that as a crutch for his anxiety attack and almost thought about dropping the class but how he wanted to finish it to show his daughter in highschool and example etc etc..  I asked if he had a current sponsor or group he went to weekly and he said no that he'd been going to a church that has a recover group but that he hadn't joined one of the community group meetings yet . anyway, he left felling better about it and hopefully encouraged.
Another student came by to talk about her son who had been hit on the hand by a teacher's aide and also pulled by the arm to get in line, and she had complained about to the principal last semester but never heard any follow through, and then had her first teacher/parent meeting a few weeks ago and was surprised to find out it was the first the classroom teacher had ever heard about it.  turned out the principal had been replaced over break. so she spoke again to the new principal , who asked she put it in writing and give to him, she wants a paper trail at least or some sort of record of complaint! anyway, she sent me the letter to read and I assured her it was to the point and sounded reasonable and not like just some mom being over worried or crazy.   a co worker who i don't bother speaking to too much came by and sat down and talked about how he had been asked by the librarian to do a "Book talk" about the book he wrote last year, yet the VP of academics declined the approval.  I agreed with him completely that sort of thing gives merit to our division and how dare they not be willing to promote a published author's work etc etc..  anyway that was my week.
Crossfit all 4 days this week! yes!!  monday was a lot of air squats! Tuesday was front squats, yesterday was overhead squats and pullups, and today was hanging power cleans and shoulder to overhead. ugh!!!  I'm goig again tomorrow but to the later 630 strength training class.  my goal si to start morning swims again soon and see if i can really keep up with doing both each day. ha we'll see about that.
I am SO HAPPY to be home this weekend, just wanted to say that again. I'm going to get laundry caught up, cleaned AND put away.  also i want to work outside in  my yard. clean up everything and spread out Azomite, milorganite, compost, alfalfa pellets, and mulch in well.  don't worry it's all organic completely. Spring is going to be around the corner and I want to get ready. and back outside if it's warm enough. 
I was going to go to a puppet show theater thing at work tonight but decided nah! tomorrow night I'm planning to see some academy award nominated short films at the museum downtown. and then Saturday my best buddy A who I never see anymore since we quit moving furniture, well it's a surprise bday party that her wife is throwing. that should be fun.  no plans with my buddy Scott and B and haven't seen them the last 2 weekends booo!!! but ilan to dorp by and see them at some point.
For anyone watching the Olympics, it's okay if you like Adam Rippon, but I'm sick and tired of his fake celebrity all of sudden. please don't hold it against me, such not a fan.  I am a fan and started following on instagram Johnny Weir though!  he is fabulous all around!!! :) I enjoyed watching the Olympics this year. I still love Katie Couric and I had fun following her instagram stories too.
guys, my butt and legs are changing, I wore a pair of jeans in Wichita Falls last weekend that I hadn't had on in a while, and when I stood back up I had to pull them down off my thighs. ha!!! they are like skinny stretchy type jeans, but anyway, that hadn't happened before. yes, I want to keep growing. I'm already cutting back on sugar anything in prep for summer cuz I want to keep up with getting in shape. summer right around the corner, let's get to it!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

but cheer up...........

hello from lonely lone star state............

hey guys, I appreciate the comments on the CS Lewis post. I've had lingering thoughts on that one. My first response was damn how'd he become such a prophet about my life! All I could think was , yup all I do is spend time planting and tending to plants and flowers in my yard all Spring and Summer, and I love blowing some cash on my favorite Norse Projects clothing brand in Denmark, among other little things I find and purchase. oh, and yeah now I know why I had to get rid of that cat I was fostering last summer and fall (it went to a good home with a student from last fall semester).  I wasn't going to love that either! ha.... alas!
what hurts the most is the part that says the heart becomes stone cold hard unchangeable and irredeemable , man that's a wake up call.
 anyway! hello from Wichita Falls, TX. I've been here all weekend for a men's bible conference at a church campground. I came by myself.  long story but I've been enjoying doing all the sessions and small groups and meetings. It's been interesting for sure. I was in Kansas City last weekend.  been a busy semester but I have some more things to say that I've had thoughts on lately regarding my masculinity and sexuality and my relationship with my parents, and my job, and all that usual stuff. ha. back soon. happy weekend, summer's coming! :)