Goals

I had one official goal this summer (finish ALOS) and one unofficial goal (publish DEAD). Obviously, I’m good on the second one, but crazy as it sounds, since I was about 75% of the way done back in June, it looks like I will NOT be able to finish ALOS “this summer.”

Apart from the intrusion of grad school into my life, aided and abetted by a super fun but time-sucking Spanish class, and the two equally fun but time-consuming trips we took, I did a ton of revising on that first 75% before adding any new words. I’d say I’m around 85% done now, but school officially starts tomorrow, and within that context, I’m essentially starting a new position in a new hall, on a new team.

All GOOD things, but (as happens every year at this time….) I’m feeling very unprepared for the reality of students in my room in roughly 46 hours. About 100 new names, personalities, learning styles, needs, etc., to learn and manage. New curriculum, new room, new furniture/configuration, 100+ degree weather, second year in a row with central AC in our building that isn’t actually working, yada-yada, blah-blah-blah.

So what am I doing? Blogging about the crazy-busy-ness of my life, instead of doing something…not “more productive”…that’s the wrong term, since actually, writing about all this helps me feel calmer about it. And feeling calmer means I can do something, instead of being paralyzed with overwhelmed-ness.

That and the fact that the DD, while also being Very Busy, has learned how to make almond milk fruit smoothies. They are AMAZING, and very restorative. This is a terrible pic, because I’m feeling too lazy to get up and find a better background, but here it is nonetheless:

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Okay, now that I’m feeling better, I really will go do something. Probably not finish ALOS, but maybe I’ll get at least a little more done on it after I finish a few more pressing items on my list. Like this smoothie….  😉

How about you? Is September a time for new beginnings and new-old goals? Or is it just another day in the life?

Eclipse Madness, part 2

So the eclipse itself was AMAZING. Mi madre and I got in the car at 7:15 and drove as far into Totality as we could reasonably get, which turned out to be Dallas (Oregon, not the Big D  ;)). We only hit one bit of bad traffic on the way down:

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But after that, it was smooth sailing. We found a friendly Starbucks, for a bathroom + caffeine refill break, and then we scored an AWESOME viewing location, purely by chance — a dead-end street at the top of a hill, with nearly 360 degree views:

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We got there after the partial had already begun:

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And then it started getting darker, until, bam! We were in Totality:

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It was so incredible — peaceful, no crowds, just us and three other cars, plus one or two people who lived in the neighborhood. I sat on the hood of the car and drank my iced tea (see “Starbucks” above  ;)) and literally soaked it all in. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

As was the drive home. This is the line on Wheaton Ferry Road, which we inched-along in for over an hour:

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[Side note: Did you know that SOMETIMES a “(insert name) Ferry Road” actually DOES end in a ferry? I didn’t! We have so many “Ferry Roads” around here that now lead to bridges, or long-dried/filled-in creeks, that it was a surprise to find this one leading to a real-live active ferry boat.]

Unfortunately, Wheaton Ferry is a “9-car ferry”, not a “post-eclipse madness 10,000-car ferry”, hence the wait. But it was so cool to ride across, even if it was a super short trip:

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Still, after the 2.25 hour drive down, it took us double that — over 4.5 hours — to get home. It was a LOT of riding in the car for one day! I managed to take the dogs for a walk after I got back, and that was about it.

But it was an amazing day, one I’ll never forget. What about you? Did you make it to Totality, Partiality, or…?

Eclipse Madness

If you live anywhere in the Path of Totality, or within a thousand mile radius of it, you know what I’m talking about. I’m in Oregon, and it’s big here. Huge. Like, Apocalypse NOW. Or, Apocalypse in about 48 hours, anyway.

The traffic was worst, so far, on Thursday. Yesterday, it was actually pretty good. I’m not planning on going far, but it would be nice to be in the path, so mi madre and I are heading out early Monday. I’m thinking by then, there will be NO ONE on the roads, because everyone panicked and left on Thursday.

Getting home may be another matter. DD is going to be in Madras, OR with a friend. (If you don’t live in Oregon, this is The Place To Be, eclipse-wise.) “They” are predicting traffic leaving after the eclipse will be, essentially, a parking lot for about twelve hours or more. She has soccer practice on Tuesday, so hopefully she’ll be home in time for that, at least.

DH is missing it entirely, because he made plans to visit family in CA *this weekend,* not remembering the Eclipse Madness won’t extend that far south. And DS is going to “hang with friends,” and then go to work at 1:00. If they don’t get stuck in Post-Eclipse Madness Parking Lot (hereafter known as “PEMPL”).

So anyway, all this means…. not much. I just didn’t have anything else to blog about.  😉