Thirteen years ago the skyline looked different. These two beams in the distance have represented a change in recent American history for the past several years.
This was the first day of school in over a decade that I was not greeting a new set of students.
How did it feel you ask? Kind of glorious to be honest, but mostly bittersweet.
When you spend year after year setting up a classroom then teaching, nurturing, evaluating, etc – and then you decide it’s time for another chapter in your life to begin, you really reflect on the countless hours of work and preparation you put in.
Was it worth it? Sure. Did I love it? At the time, yes. Do I regret leaving? No.
It was definitely time for me to make a change. Don’t get me wrong – leaving an amazing staff was tough, but I knew I needed to move on. If I had gone back into the classroom this year I anticipate I would have burned myself out long before March – the usual time of year when burnout for me occurs.
This September marks a change in my life, a welcome one. Maybe in a few years I’ll return to the classroom, refreshed from making that necessary change. We’ll see.
And by crop it, I’m not talking about the picture.
A field trip to Liberty Science Center today sent me back in time. To the ’80’s. Why? Because of the Rubiks Cube exhibit!
So of course I went in search of some of my favorite toys of the ’80’s!
Etch-a-Sketch was a nice linear drawing tool. I think the shaking was the most fun.
Rubiks Cube was a good challenge, could get one side the same color but that’s about it.
Definitely loved my view finder. My favorite was Disney’s Fantasia.
Simon Says I was pretty good at. Maybe that’s why my number memory is so strong…
I kind of miss my Snoopy Snow Cone machine.
I had one CareBear. And that’s all I wanted was the one. The yellow one.
Ah! This calculator! I used to use this and my moving adding machine when I played office.
Loved, loved, loved my Strawberry Shortcakes. Still love the smell. Yes, the ones at my mom and dad’s still smell.
I was obsessed with Cabbage Patch Kids. In fact, my first one looked like the boy on the bottom left except with light hair. His name was Oscar Florian. And I had one had that looked like the girl on the top left. Her name was Delta (something…). I guess I shouldn’t even say were or was… since I still have them. They are at my mom’s too.
And finally, my favorite Barbie. Peaches & Cream. Joc and I would set up all the Barbie furniture and then be done with it. The setting up was the funnest part (yes, I say funnest).
What were your faves?
Egad. Brett and I are going to Bray’s high school graduation this weekend in Edmonton as I mentioned in a post a few days ago… the first I’ve attended since my own in 1993… I’m interested to see the trend in dresses. Will I see some dresses from the ’93 ahahaha?! I’ll let you know…
So you’d think I’d be tbt-ing about my 1993 grad from WCHS, but I’m actually throwing it back to my Edmonton days in general.
So Brett and I rented a house in Old Strathcona/Mill Creek – which I always equated with some shabbiness. Yes, there’s still some dumpy buildings, but there is a lot of rebuilding and it turns out it’s a great little place. Good location for running in Mill Creek Ravine and walking over to Whyte avenue for lunch, drinks, or just walking.
We ran a nice four mile distance this morning down the ravine and into Rossdale. We actually ran part of our old route when we used to live in the river valley.
We finished running and decided to just keep walking to get coffee. We noticed some different places on Whyte Ave; ones I thought weren’t great like The Tilted Kilt, but there were a few decent changes since I’ve lived here like a couple of new bierhouses. I had fond memories when I saw some of the places I used to frequent in my university days – places like Funky Pickle Pizza, Queen Donair, Elephant & Castle, Fat Franks. There are now the trendy froyo and cupcakes places which I’ve seen my last couple of visits that add some new flavor to Whyte Ave, which I like. We met mom for a nice lunch a Packrat Louie, a restaurant we should have visited more often when we lived here.
Something I’m looking forward to is going to the Strathcona Farmer’s Market on Saturday to pick up our steaks and veggies for the BBQ on Sunday – after my Community Action 5k Dash of course! I’m trying to get better at taking pictures when I’m here, so stay tuned for more Edmonton.
This is really weird.
For #tbt I thought I’d look back in my photos to one year ago today. There was a photo of an old student on a field trip with a look of bliss because he had never been to the beach, and there were several other photos of schedules.
Summer schedules. Schedules for the outdoor summer flicks.
The weird thing is that I was doing the same thing today! Except instead of taking pictures of the schedules, Tina and I were emailing them to each other… Weird… Obviously I’m ready for summer!
You already know that I was reading Someone Knows My Name for about three years.
My bookmark was proof it’s been at least that long.
This boarding pass was from my first trip to Orlando in June 2010 with my buddy Alaa.
Eeeeek! 2010? Then it was longer than three years…
I can’t tell you if I started reading the book then, but it’s an indication of the all the journeys this book has been on with me.
Time does go faster as you get older.
Must be all the fun!
I’m watching the Simpsons the way we used to watch it at the end of the ’80’s and all the way through the ’90’s and the ’00’s before it was HD – and yes – I said the ’80’s! Omg, the Simpsons have been part of our households for 25 years.
When I first started watching HD, yes I thought there was better clarity to the picture, but I didn’t think it was that different. Well, it is! When all you watch is HD for some time, and then you go back to regular old TV, it is quite different. It makes me think I need to wear my glasses to watch it!
I’d say that was a worthwhile advancement in TV technology. Thanks, smart people.
July 1st – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, …. 1975.
Summer, freedom, sunshine, happiness, smiles, beaches, boats, friends, parties, Canada Day events, fireworks, water falls, bar-be-ques, picnics, love.
No alarm, no thinking, no deadlines, no disingenuous drivel, no mounds of paper, no BS.
Welcome spring 2014, and I look forward to your summer too. 🙂