Top 6 Things On My Mind:
1. Today is Matt’s 27th birthday, and his gifts that I ordered online still haven’t come. Amazon, you have very rarely failed me in life, but this is one of those times. And this morning, when I was trying to start his birthday off with a bang, I decided to leave a bunch of chocolates I’d bought yesterday scattered all over the bed, with a card that thanked him for being the “Treasure” and “Bliss” in my life. The only problem? I realized after I’d made the card that I’d bought Hershey’s Nuggets, not Treasures, and Dove chocolates, not Bliss. On a happier note, I made Matt’s favorite last night (a chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake from scratch), and it looks as if that (at least) is definitely not going to disappoint.
2. Yesterday, I realized a Great Teaching Truth: ironically enough, Mondays seem to be my best teaching day of the whole week. Maybe it’s just because everyone is still so tired from the weekend, but it’s by far my most peaceful day. And the worst day for teaching? Friday. Go figure.
3. We have had massive construction going on all around our apartment fourplex for months now, and it’s reached epic proportions—being woken up at 7:30 a.m. on a SUNDAY to the sound of hammering, fearing to leave the house because someone is hammering right against your door frame and you worry you’ll get impaled…it’s frightening, I tell ya. There are two bits of good that come out of it though: firstly, our fourplex now looks like it doesn’t quite belong in the ghetto, and secondly, our new landlord gave us a $30 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse for putting up with the noise and inconvenience.
(The construction is the reason, in fact, that these selfies were taken on our shabby stairs instead of outside, where the view is easier on the retinas. I just couldn’t bring myself to parade about having Matt take picture of me while the construction workers looked on, ya know?)
4. Over the weekend, we submitted Matt’s graduation form to the university! Even though he’s still got another 3 years (at least) after getting his bachelor’s in the spring, I’m still so excited I can hardly believe it—this just means we’re one step closer to the not-being-perpetual-students stage. (Of course, I’m considering going back and getting my own master’s degree in a few years, so who knows? Maybe we’ll never leave the school scene. With me being a teacher, y’all know I won’t anyway…That’s kind’s of a gross thought.)
5. Here we are, a month into the new school year, and I still feel like I barely know anything about any of my students. I know for a fact that I didn’t feel like this last year, so I wonder what the deal is with me getting close with this year’s crop of kids. Maybe it’s the fact that, as a whole, they’re about ten times more obnoxious, whiney, and immature as last year’s kids? (Surprisingly though, I’m not freaking out about that fact nearly as much as I normally would be—running thrice weekly is doing wonders for my sanity, as is my new habit of meditating daily.)
6. I’ve been contemplating for awhile now doing a post on why we’ve decided to wait so long (by Utah Mormon standards) to not have kids, but I’ll be honest—I’m kind of scared to death to let it all out there. I already feel so judged most of the time as it is on the subject that I’m hesitant to open myself up about it in one more place that could bring me under even more fire. What do you think? Wouldya judge me? Would you even care to know?