Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Madness

Life is going fairly well right now, probably because I'm writing this on a Saturday, after I slept in and then took a three hour nap. Feeling rested does wonders for my attitude. This past week was a particularly disheartening one, as some of the adults in my building behaved quite badly and at first, I let it get under my skin. But thankfully, work is not all I have in my life, and I had some very restorative evenings to offset my less than wonderful days.

On Monday night, Steve and I went to an ODU basketball playoff game; my alma mater is in the NIT and the game was an exciting buzzer win for us.

My friend, Lori, and her boyfriend went with us; she's my coworker, knitting buddy, and the friend I hang out with most. We always have a great time, no matter what we get up to.


Wednesday night, Melissa and I met for dinner and then saw the documentary, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a retrospective look at the Women's Movement. Although I usually wish for the time when my daughters were young, this was one of those times I enjoyed so much more because she's 25, and we can share a common enthusiasm together. It was a great night, and if you have a chance to see the film, do it! Thursday night was knit night, and last night was a fondue birthday party for a friend and the chance to relax with a group of my friends with whom I worked for the first fifteen years of my career. Some of them are retired now and it was great to hang out together, discussing all the things women discuss when they have a chance to just focus on each other. Doing this much during the work week was probably the reason I needed a nap today!


Speaking of work, I had my Honors class do a banned book research project this month, and because I mentioned how much I like John Green's books, two girls brought in their copies of his books so I could borrow them, isn't that sweet? I plan to read them over spring break, hopefully while sitting on the beach.

I also got a gift from Stephanie, a lovely note and a pair of earrings in the shape of Togo, the African country where she is stationed. Miss that girl so much.

Steve and I were able to fit in a quick walk on the beach this afternoon, and while it was awfully brisk, it was also incredibly beautiful.

I just got back from a knitting pajama party that was held at the knit store where we have our weekly stitch and bitch group. Although the chairs aren't very comfortable, the people are nice and the owner does a great job with it. We all bring a dish to share and she provides drinks and a door prize for everyone.

Tomorrow I'll spend some time with family at my parents' house, and hopefully take another walk on the beach, before beginning the last week before spring break. Pretty sure I can make it, hope you can too!


  1. What a busy week! Glad you were able to focus more on the positive. It's always disheartening when colleagues diminish The Profession, but you simply do your best to uphold it even more.

    SO MUCH KNITTING! You are really dedicated. Good for you.

    1. Yes, it is disheartening, and even more so when it comes from administrators that you once held in high regard. Oh well, unfortunately, the morale just keeps sinking lower and lower in our profession. Life goes on.

  2. Oh my goodness, you have another week before break! That's a long stretch.
    You've been up to so many fun things on top of school, but that kind of activity is always followed by exhaustion! I wish I could have more of a life during the school year.

    1. You're exactly right, which is why my weekends are all about sleeping! I always wonder why I'm sleeping so much, but too often forget I'm not as young as I used to be! One more week!