Date Night, and Merry Christmas!

by John McNichol on December 19, 2016

December 19/2016

Hey, all!

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,

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