what a busy summer. I'm coming up for breath for a second, some room to breathe and take some time to blog a little bit. My summer classes are about over, just next week left. THere is one last paper due in my English 1 class and 2 unit assessment essays in my online humanities course.. blah blah. but nothing for the next 3 days! woot!! I've been teaching Mon and Wed morning classes this June and July. three weeks ago I was in AR and in Eureka Springs for a wedding, two weeks ago I went to Independence MO for a garden club regional meeting and garden tours. and then last Wednesday I flew to Madison WI for a garden club National meeting. I flew in Wednesday night late, arriving at 11:45 and then to the hotel after midnight. I had to be at the convention hotel to make a 9 am bus. I used Uber for the first time, ha! I got a ride to a cheaper hotel just south of Middleton, since I was only doing a quick overnight stay. and then I ubered to the convention hotel Thursday morning and stayed there the rest of the weekend. The funny thing is I got the same driver both times. A man named Mitchell who work on the ground crew and then picked up anyone wanting a ride on his way home from work. And then since he lived in Middleton, I guess he was up and found me the next morning wanting a quick ride. ANyway, I went a day early so that I could take part in the excursion tour to Taliesin near Madison. What a great experience to see the home, work space, and school of Frank Lloyd Wright. quite something! Thursday night everyone gathered for a plant auction. then we were all up for breakfast Friday by 6 or 630 and then on the busses by 7am for 4 garden tours. after arriving back to the hotel Friday afternoon, I got a free hotel shuttle back to the airport and rented a car for the rest of the weekend. It remained parked all day Saturday since we were on bus tours again, resting back in the hotel afterwards, and then a banquet and meeting Saturday. However, Sunday morning everyone was loading up to go back home and my flight didn't leave until 5pm, so I had planned to drive around visiting all the "open garden" tours in the area. that means gardens by people in the area but who weren't on the official convention tour. Anyway, I saw some very nice ones and took lots of pictures. Many of the ones I visited were on the NE side Windsor and De Forest. and I ate lunch at a wonderful Norse restaurant in DeForest. downtown for one more garden and then by 230 I was headed back to the airport to return my GMC Canyon pickup.
I sat in the airport grading papers and left by 5 to Detroit, bought a quick sandwich for dinner at the airport and then next plane, then arrived in OKC at 9:45pm. ZZZZZzzz I was beat. the great thing is I got all my essays graded on the plane on the way home, success! While in MO a few weeks ago, one thing I saw in a garden was this greenhouse/garden shed made out of old wooden framed windows from old houses. It inspired me to try and do the same and I put my idea out on facebook. Sure enough, last weekend I received a link from one friend, and then from another friend.. people selling old windows. ha! one was from an old house in OKC for $25 each so I got 4 of those. then another one near Chickasha had some for $5 each.... I tried to message and arrange all that while in WI last weekend. So, Monday after class.. I made it to a house in OKC nice area by 12 and bought 4 15 paned windows. a start! went home for lunch and then start driving down south to Chickasha, but what turned out to be Verden OK west of Ch. there I got four 12-paned windows and four 8 paned windows... collecting my materials. Tuesday I was off work and graded online most of the day to catch up from time missed while out of town. This morning I was in class wrapping up instruction for the last paper coming in next week. this afternoon I work online a bit and then began cleaning up my room. While staying at the hotel last week, I wondered how I could get the clean empty hotel feel to my bedroom. ha! this means put things away and get rid of things and de-clutter etc etc etc.. I'm going to give it a go this week, for real. oh, and this afternoon I got a message from a long time high school friend who said she has a bunch of old windows in our home town on her property $10 each. So I may go by there tomorrow and see what I can find that will work. As a start, I'm getting windows that are in sets and same size, to help the puzzle pieces come together when I start on the actual project...
I'm still going to crossfit... I quit the one I've been going to for almost 2 year on June 15th and I paid June 18th for a month at the new one. I really like the new one and see gains each week I've been. they have everything planned and programmed and it's a lot closer. The best way I can put it is "they treat you like an adult"... ;) . it's also only less than a mile away from my house. score! although I was paying $115 a month at the last place and the new one is $165 a month. but since I go 5 times a week, that's like $8 a day for a guided trained work out. I love it other than the hot weather and no AC in the gym which is like a crossfit thing. I have to say something about one of the guys that works out there and who I haven't met yet, if ever. he has that classic roman nose face? is it called that? have you ever seen the erotic cartoons of Julius? the artist pretty much draws every guy's the exact same face, very masculine heavy browed long nose oval faced type of guy? you'd have to see it, but anyway, this one guy at the new gym looks exactly like one of those guys. And I wasn't even looking or noticing but he has a short haired nice abs body with nice big round soft nipples ( all the guys take the shirts off at the gym apparently) swoon..... ha ha.
I have not yet communicated in writing yet with my parents about being open honest and more authentic with them about my life and such. It was a goal after my last birthday, and I had this nicely planned idea of writing a letter and putting it in the mail Wednesday before I left on my trip so that I'd be out of town when they received it etc etc.. however, I never got it written. I tried to write it down some, but it's harder than I thought to so carefully put everything in words. BUt I'll get it done this summer definitely. It's getting ridiculous and I need to get it all out there before my folks get too old to benefit and be patient and understand it all... I'm guessing... ha. It's not like it's going to make any changes in my life or how I'm living but I think it will give them a better understanding of me, I don't want it to be some un asked mystery of how I live or what I'm doing etc..
BTW, I had planned to quite the new crossfit and take a few weeks off during the heat of summer. UGH UGH UGH.. but I'm enjoying it so much and the progress, I'm kind of thinking of just sticking around and continuing it... I had planned to take time off and then decide which gym I wanted to go back to. But I've already decided I like the new ones steps above the other one!!! so I'll decide to morrow since that's when the next month is due. OH!! hope everyone is having a great summer.