Let the School Year Begin

http://marvelousteachermusings.com/2013/07/28/if-teachers-planned-inservice-training/

The former teacher in me can not get over how accurate this lady’s post is relating to Teacher Inservice Days prior to the start of the school year. My friend – another former teacher – shared this with me because we’re still nerds who love education although we don’t always love the bureaucracy of it. 

If you’re an educator, you’ll understand this completely. 

If not, just know that the post is funny and relatable. 

Thanks for letting me share a piece of my love of education…she said sheepishly. 🙂

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Radical Move Ahead…maybe

I’ve been trying to finish this novel, I really have. But I’m not sure why I can’t. I’m either thinking about it too much, or I need to change it, or it’s so tonally different from other things I’ve written that I might be questioning myself. I don’t know. So, I’m left with a dilemma, and here is where the radical move comes in. Should I: 

(a) let the novel sit for a little while and move on to a different project? I do have other stories in various stages of completion. They’re projects I had planned on finishing anyway. 

(b) stick with it, regardless of how hard it is?

I have no idea. I should decide soon, though. It’s almost August (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?) and I wanted to have another story finished by the end of the year. Yikes, time goes by too too fast. 

Okay, I’ll stop whining now. 

I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

I've Been a Bad Blogger

Tulum, Mexico
MAY 2013

I’ve been a bad blogger. But I’ve also been very busy, so I hope that makes up for everything. One of those busy things was a trip to Cancun and the neighboring region. I’d never been to Cancun. It was beautiful, but word to the wise…IT IS HUMID! I’m from Arizona so I’m familiar with heat, but we like to say it’s a dry heat for a reason. I would start melting the moment I left the hotel. On a positive note, I got to walk around in Cancun, which reminded me a lot of Las Vegas…it has that kind of energy. I also went to Xcaret, which I can only describe as an amusement park, even though it doesn’t have rides and such. They have an INCREDIBLE show at the end of the night that highlights Mexican’s history and regions in a unique way. It’s part History on Broadway, part parade, part song and dance. And the costumes are nothing short of spectacular. For about $39 a person, you can dine in special seating during the 2 hour show. I recommend this highly. We got appetizers, two drinks, an entree, and a dessert with preferential seating.
I also went to Playa del Carmen’s famous 5ta Avenida, which is Spanish for 5th Avenue. A fitting name for a long street of restaurants, shops, and bars. On one of the hottest days, we went to Tulum, the site of ancient ruins that are preserved as is. Outside the ruins, there is a quaint but rustic village of shops and restaurants, but once inside, it is all as it was years and years ago. It was easy to picture an ancient civilization going about their daily rituals in this place. It’s nice that the ocean is right next to the site because walking through the ruins is akin to walking on the sun. In May, anyway. Don’t go in May.
Overall, I had a wonderful time, and thus concludes my How I Spent My Summer report, which is what I realize I’m doing, lol. I will try to be better at blogging, but hope my Mexican adventures made up for it.