“You’re loving life right now.”

I was shocked by how wonderful my class was today – the students all participated, wrote notes, discussed, and we had a few laughs too!

I’ve really stepped up this year. It feels so good to be in a place where I can offer a solid education, be on top of case managing, & be in love – a student actually said “Man, you’re loving life right now.” – because it’s obvious how happy I am.

It’s attracting good karma, but my heart is already breaking when I think that hey, this isn’t permanent and that I have opportunities outside of this place I’ve called home for 3 years.

I never thought that coming back and treating this as my own would make it harder to leave.

Absent work, paper, and hopefully a stapler and pencil sharpener soon.

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Turn-in area being utilized, notebooks, and I need to mark the recycle bins.

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Classroom expectations thanks to Alison for making them!

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Showcasing tomorrow’s vocabulary and winners of the Marshmallow Challenge.

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I haven’t been to yoga in 3 days though. I got dressed for it and couldn’t make it home quick enough… then I didn’t want to wait an hour and a half for the next class.

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So I took myself to dinner instead. This plus some edamame and another two of these.

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MIMM: Peter’s Going Away & 24 Hours in Big Bear

 

This weekend was pretty much all about my MARVELOUS friend of 20 years, Peter.

Peter is leaving to live and work in Vietnam indefinitely. He will start with 3 months to see how he likes it.

On FRIDAY, I went to the classroom.

I swept the floors and worked on student schedules and other things having to do with special ed.

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That evening, I met up with everyone at BJ’s for dinner.

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They’re known for their pizza, but I got pork chop off their EnLIGHTened menu.

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SATURDAY

I headed to yoga at the farmer’s park. It’s free and set up by my yoga studio for the community.

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Since I didn’t have pizza the night before, I got a slice at Mother’s. I don’t like mozzarella?

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I stopped by The Camp, where I bought a pretzel from Blackmarket Bakery.

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This was the cover of a notebook at Seed People’s Market, which by the way, is an awesome store.

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Then I got a ride to meet up with everyone in Big Bear! I haven’t been there since 5th grade.

We started our trip with drinks at Murray’s Saloon, a nice dive bar with karaoke and a mostly male crowd.

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The photos you find in your phone in the morning. Look! There’s Peter.

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SUNDAY

I fell asleep in a chair and it was comfortable. I was even the first person awake and took a short walk.

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Once everyone got ready, we found food at The Village.

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I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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We ventured out to Big Bear Lake on a pontoon.

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The crew

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Oh wait, there’s me. In shorts!

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I made myself a steak, nice and rare, for dinner.

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