Monday, July 25, 2022
Well, this is technically my last free Monday. A week from today I have an all day in-person PD (professional development) and two weeks from day, teachers officially report to duty.
And, I hate to start this post off on a bad note…but, my district just re-instated a mask mandate for all busses and buildings (for anyone doing summer programs or already working) as of today because our county is in “the red”. But, the hospitalizations are so low and I feel that the guidelines are just outdated at this point. When I first heard this on Friday, my immediate thought was: “I can’t do this again and our students can’t do this again”. I don’t even want to hear your opinion if you didn’t teach pre-pandemic, during the pandemic, and post-mask mandate. The masks hurt our kids and I said what I said and I will not be swayed. I cannot tell you the change I saw when we were able to lose the masks in mid-March of last year. And, the same people who say we need to wear masks also say that the masks don’t work. I.am.so.exhausted.by.all.of.this.
I was starting to get excited about going back and all of my new ideas. Please, please, please let this be gone by August 10. But then, what if teachers just didn’t wear masks. What if we just say NOPE. Apparently every district in this country is facing major teacher shortages. What is happening? I am so worried for the education of the kids in our country.
I will say that my college kids have no problem with masking so they don’t really agree with me. But, they are only in college classes for a few hours a day with breaks in between. And, their college has not put any statement out yet. They aren’t in school for 8 hours a day anymore.
So…let’s change the topic. My breakfast Friday involved a sweet potato! Ha! That was a real 180 degree, wasn’t it? I simply microwaved my potato, chopped it up and cooked it a little more in a skillet with onions, then added scrambled eggs. Yum!
My one size smaller favorite sandals of the summer came in. Much better! These are now on sale for $7!
Friday after breakfast I went to run a few errands and was pleasantly surprised that an Aerie is coming to my favorite and easiest to get to mall which is outdoors.
This mall also got a Crumbl and I have a student who works there who said to get the app for a free cookie. I had been curious to try it, too.
And, I got this…the frosting was great but the cookie underneath was nothing to write home about.
So, I will now delete the app. Penny and Pearl’s is still my fave. Sorry, it’s locally owned!
I got 5 Guys for Mason and I because Jack was at work. I tried the burger bowl for the first time. I just ordered a junior hamburger with whatever toppings I wanted.
It was muy sad.
I doctored it up at home. I added more pickles, my own cheese, a little ketchup and mayo, and I should have added more lettuce. It was good, but you can make a better burger bowl on your own.
Because of my Crumbl indulgences, I had a salad for dinner with 30 grams of chicken!
Friday night we just stayed in. Tom had a frozen pizza and we just watched tv. Mason was working and Jack played an online game with friends.
Saturday I headed to my hometown and stopped at the cute little boutique right across the bridge.
Across the bridge is Indiana, where my hometown is.
I treated my mom to lunch and I got a buffalo chicken salad. All the salads, no?
Then, it was time for the first part of my 32nd high schol reunion! We missed our 30th due to the pandemic and then everyone voted last summer to put it off another year. Our organizer, Beth, did a fabulous job. She arranged for our classmate who teaches at our school to do a tour of what the school looks like now.
It was a nice group of about 15 people.
Me, in the gym, under the bleachers…just kidding.
No one does high school gyms like schools in Indiana. Basketball is BIG. I didn’t take a bigger photo for you unfortunately.
Our old library is now called a “Learning Commons” and there are very few books…
After the tour, I went to my mom’s to change and then we met up in the hotel lobby where many were staying. I had made a signature cocktail that was red like our school colors.
Enjoying our signature cocktail, a “Cubmopolitan”. It was one shot of Tito’s, a bit of Crystal Light cherry pomegranate powder, ice, and topped off with Diet Sprite. I will be making it again. It was good! Oh, and I had red gummy bears. We were the Cubs, by the way!
Some people chose beer!
The venue, the decor, and the food were all perfection!
This was such a sweet touch – a remembrance table for the classmates who have passed away…
I hadn’t seen this guy in probably 20 years. We were actually not that close in high school but became big buddies after college.
My high school bestie:
It was a fun day!
Sunday, I baked this with Mason:
Then, my friend asked me spur of the moment to meet for brunch and I said YES!
Mimosa and coffee – yum!
I am really into this right now:
But, it was so hot that I wasn’t into reading outside I decided. So, inside it was!
What was the highlight of your weekend?