Lot happening the last little while:
1) Eaxms. My students finished them a few days ago, and I am still wading through finishing them (hope this is the day!) while doing the life-thing right before Christmas. While I was at work on Friday & the kids were done, I looked around my room. I was wearing a suit and reading glasses, sitting at my (somewhat) mess desk, and the thought occurred to me: When people ask me what I do, I can say:
“I’m a high school English teacher.”
That’s something I take pride in. If I was in a cubicle somewhere, I’d feel far less fulfilled. As a teacher, I feel like I touch the lives of students and families in a way I never would in other professions. And I love it. And I love teaching for one of the Top 50 Catholic Schools in the USA, and I love it even more that my kids get to go here, too.
2) Got a bunch of Christmas stuff done. Tree is up, lights are on the house, and a good chunk of presents bought and a few wrapped. I was able to download mine from Steam, an online game service. A truly nerdy game called “WARHAMMER 40K DEATHWING”, where you move armored super-soldiers of the future through deflect spaceships and blow up space bugs. Muwuhahahaha! (its a guy game).
3) Date night! Jeanna and I had a few coupons to burn, so we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. The place still gives great food, and for about 1/2 the price of other restaurants. After that, we got to see the new Star Wars Movie, Rogue One. We got the ‘last’ two seats in the theater- odd that they had rows & numbers in a movie theater- but though they were in the last row, they were comfy lazy-boy chairs, and they had open seating on either side- no need to climb over folks if I went to the bathroom! Whoo Hoo! Jeanna and I had a good time, and a great evening, trying out the picture feature on her phone (she’ll email those to me in a little while).
The kids continue to adjust. I got Susie a babysitting through the ICON network out here, and the people were nice enough to invite our family to brunch after Christmas is over. Yay! New friends, great people.
I was able to get a pair of tickets to a local hockey game, at just 1/4 the price of a regular game! Yay! It’s been I-don’t-know-how-long since I’ve seen a live, pro hockey game, but Tuesday I get to take Dano to the first game he’ll have ever seen! Yay!
4) Got a chance to broaden the kids’ horizons a bit, taking them to see some dear friends’ children ‘Christmated’ (given Confirmation and Communion on the same day) in the local Ukrainan-Rite Catholic Church, St. Sophia’s. A bit of a drive, but worth it. And the priest was very personable, and our guys had a good time. Even the teens didn’t complain once we got settled, and none of the kids were the first to ask ‘can we go now?”
God, thank you for the gifts you give us. Help us to love and appreciate what you do for us, and to love you , your Church, your Mother and the Saints above early things,