Tuesday Topics: Thankful for many things

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Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes and comments.  Life may not have turned out how I had planned or expected, but I am still lucky to be able to celebrate another birthday.

Before I talk about the many things I am thankful for, I will talk about my birthday giveaway.  In this case it will be a belated birthday giveaway.  I cannot believe I completely forgot about it.  🤦🏽‍♀️ 🤦🏽‍♀️  There will be one prize for a $50 gift card to one of the following stores: Zappos, Dunkin’ Donuts, Running Warehouse, Amazon, or Starbucks.

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Now let me tell you what I am thankful for.  There are definitely many things but for this post I will pick 5.

💖 I am thankful for my health.  I am young and healthy.  I can walk, run, and dance.  Ha, I was dancing my heart out on Sunday at my cousin’s birthday party.

💖 I am thankful for my family and friends.  They make me laugh and smile.  I always have a good time with them.

💖 I am thankful for the opportunity to be active.  I may not be running as much as before but I’ve been walking more and taking more Peloton cycling classes.  

💖 I am thankful for my cats.  My fur babies!  They’re both adorable and I love them so much.  Now if only they would love each other like I love them.

💖 I am thankful for my job.  I have my good and bad days at work.  Everyone does.  At the end of the day, teaching is still very rewarding.  My students also make me laugh and smile. 

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Tuesday Topics: This is 50!

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I am deviating from this week’s topic to write about this past Sunday when I turned 50.  I wasn’t planning to do anything for my birthday but at the last minute decided to have a small gathering/dinner with family at Home Run Inn Pizza.  We had a good time.  We ate, talked, and laughed.  

The weekend was full of emotions and thoughts.  Let me share them with you.

🎂 Really, 50 is just a number.  I do not feel “older”.  Society has us believing that 50 is old.

🎂 My mother remembers when she turned 50.  I have a vague memory of that day.  She mentioned that she didn’t think she would live long enough to see us turn 50.  I told her that she has one more child to turn 50.

🎂 Being 50 brings me closer to retirement.  I am giving myself 10-11 more years to work.  I cannot see myself being in my 60s and still being a classroom teacher.  Teaching is hard now and with the way things are going, it will get even more difficult.  Plus, I will not have the patience to deal with kids.

🎂 I hope I can travel more.  I did a lot of traveling in my 30s and in my 40s.  My last trip was a race in Atlanta in 2020.

🎂 Sometimes I compare myself to others that are the same age as I am.  I know I shouldn’t do this but I cannot help it.  Many people I know are married and/or with kids.  Sometimes I feel left out or that I am missing out.  Sometimes I feel as if I am not succeeding in life.  I know it is absolutely ridiculous!  I shouldn’t feel this way because not every woman is supposed to get married and/or have kids.

🎂 I am grateful that I am healthy and I hope I stay that way for a long time.  I look at my mother and all of her complications due to diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.  Well, it is mostly diabetes that has caused the most complications for her.  Deep down I hope I do not require as much assistance as my mother.  

🎂 During my run on Sunday I thought back to how I celebrated when I turned 10, 20, 30, and 40.  Well, I have no recollection when I turned 10.  For 20, I was in college.  It was then that I learned the term “Golden Birthday”.  For 30, I went to dinner with friends and I think to a club.  That was what we used to do back in the day.  For 40, I went to dinner with friends (again) and then played Bocce.  It was my first and last time.  

🎂 I am excited to see what this new decade will bring.

🎂 I never pictured that I will be living with my sister and taking care of my mother.  Sometimes it is difficult.  Sometimes it is fun.  Sometimes I am resentful that I am in that situation.  Does that make me a bad person?  I remember years ago thinking that one day I would love to live in a condo close to the lakefront.  Maybe when I retire I will.

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12. Friday and weird dreams

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Who doesn’t love Friday?  To me it is one of my favorite days of the workweek.  I also love Mondays.  Well, I love it when I don’t have to go to work.

The day went back quickly.  In the morning the students painted with watercolors and listened to music by Selena.  I love that many of them know who she is and have heard her music.  I danced for a little bit with one of my students.  In the afternoon I subbed for another teacher.  It was my first time in that classroom and I got to see many of my students from last year.  I see them occasionally in the school but it was my first time in their classroom.  After school I stayed late for a bit to do my lesson plans for Monday.  I will be off that day because I am taking my mother to the doctor.

This morning I woke up after having a very weird dream.  This is what I remember:

  • It was my birthday and we were in a cafeteria.
  • There were friends of mine from college.
  • We were at work.  That is even more weird because I do not work with any of my college friends.
  • A friend was making lemonade using Gatorade.
  • Somehow I had two chickens on a plate.
  • I then had to cross a pool/river (some kind of body of water) to pick up my students while holding the tray.
  • Somehow one of the chickens fell inside the body of water.
  • I realized I didn’t have to be in the water but instead walk on the cement/sidewalk to get across.
  • I was very late picking up my students and hoped that another teacher picked them up for me.

That dream makes no sense at all.  Well, the one thing that makes sense is my birthday since it is coming up.

11. Sunrises in the morning and making a decision

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One of the best things about waking up in the morning is seeing the sunrise.  I enjoy it.  I love the beautiful colors.  It gives me a warm feeling and somehow makes me feel like everything will be all right.

I saw these yesterday.

Work was OK.  One kid misbehaved in the afternoon and that left me in a bad mood.  He is a cute and funny kid.  He makes me smile and laugh.  He also likes to hug me.  But sometimes his behavior is horrible.  I’ve talked to him and to his mom several times.  But I am a firm believer that kids act out for a reason.  I am determined to figure out his reason.

I decided not to move forward with purchasing the house.  I felt very overwhelmed with all of the repairs.  I thought about it a lot.  I reviewed carefully the inspection report.  I was reminded that the house was on the lower end and that many houses will need repairs.  Yes, very true.  But deep down inside it just didn’t feel right anymore.

As much as I want to buy a house, I have a fear of being a home owner.  Years ago I bought a condo and don’t remember being this scared/nervous.  I feel like owning a home comes with more responsibilities.  I will still keep looking because I know the “perfect” house is out there for me.  But I am hoping it is one that won’t need too many repairs.

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10. Loving this warm weather and a new student

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I can’t get over how warm it’s been in Chicago.  I am not complaining.  I LOVE it!  I also like that it is light at 6:30am but do not like that it is dark at 5pm.

I love running in shorts and did that yesterday. 

I wish I could say that I’ve been running during this warm weather, but I have not.  I know.  I need to do better about making time in the morning for me to get out and run.  

It will drop to 30 degrees next week and am not liking that at all.  I guess it was bound to happen since it is November.

Yesterday I had a new student in my room.  He is a sweet kid.  I cannot find the right word to describe it but a new student is challenging.  I have to go over the rules, expectation, etc for him.  I have to explain everything again for him.  I already have a routine with my students and now feel like I am taking two steps back.  But, that is the job.  I want him to feel welcomed in my class.  I want him to feel safe.  I want him to succeed.  And that is what I am going to do.