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Bonus Day 9.12

I'm teaching tonight and had planned on myriad projects throughout the day.  Nothing critical, but things that had been piling up.

But I got a call to sub, so I headed in to teach.  Halfway to the school I received a call that they didn't need me after all.

Despite a plan already in place, that call canceling work made today feel like a Bonus Day.

You know what a Bonus Day is, right?  It's that day that suddenly is wide open.  No appointments or pressing projects or work.  A completely open day - or in my case a 3/4 day since I have a late afternoon class.

What to do on the Bonus Day?  Go to the gym?  Take a walk?  Go hiking? Lie in the hammock? Write?  The possibilities are endless!

So my Bonus Day was not that exciting.  I did some housework (necessary), I did some paperwork (not necessary, but was piling up), I journaled (necessary), I'm blogging right now (necessary), and I'm going to post some classes (necessary).  I made myself a nice salad for lunch and John…

Squirrel project day

A while back I wrote about one of my squirrel project days.  It's one of those days that you start one thing, and then do finish that thing you need to do another thing first, and then you see that other thing over there that needs to get done and hours later you realize you never finished the first thing.

That was pretty much how my pantry got completely cleaned out and organized today when I really just opened the door to see if I had flour.

I wanted to bake cookies.  The kids are going back to school this week, our oldest is going to back to college next weekend.  I wanted to bake cookies.  So I took the butter out to soften, looked up the recipe, and went to see how much flour I had in the pantry.

Keep in mind that I have a small pantry cabinet.  Not like a walk-in it's-called-a-pantry-but-is-really-a-storage-room-pantry, it's a small cabinet.

And it is really neat and organized right now.  It won't last long, members of my household like to rearrange it and everyt…

Email

This is a post about email.  I have several email accounts, it helps me to keep home and business separate.  Somehow I ended up with more than one home account.  I think I know how that happened, but that's not the point of this post.

This post is about all the email newsletters I seem to be receiving.

I am thinking I did sign up for these newsletters at one point.  Some might be from rewards accounts at different stores, some are recipes, some are salesy promotional things I have no idea how I got on their list.

The thing is, I'm slowly using one email address less, and using the other more.  Which means I don't check it as much and things pile up in there.

Yesterday I realized it's mostly junk and newsletters.  A lot of junk and newsletters.

So today begins day 1 of unsubscribing to all this email.  Several sites have said it takes up to 10 days for the email to stop. {sigh}

Each day I will unsubscribe to at least 2 things.  We'll see how long it takes to clean o…

The opposite of positivity

I am going to quote the opening lines of an AHA video I like.  "It started off as a perfectly normal day ... ".

And then it went to crap.

Errands done in just over 2 hours (go team!) back home and unloading groceries when I get a pretty nasty phone call.  That kinda immature ranting crap is something I should be able to deflect, but I can't.  I just tears my good mood and heart to shreds.  And it's hard to recover from because the first instinct is to lash out at others around me... my kids.  And it's not their fault my good mood is gone and I'm feeling sad and irritated.

So lesson reminders for today:

People who say they are going to change or work to become better people usually don't.  It's a panacea said in the moment.  That need to assert themselves or rain on the happy sunny days of others is something they just can't restrain.  They've always been this way and no conversation otherwise is really going to change that.Some folks are just …

The last mile is not the worst mile

The past 2 races I started to think about which mile is the worst of the race.  Is the first mile? The last mile? One in the middle?

I've settled on a mile in the middle.

A few weeks ago I did the Runner's Alley Redhook 5K.  I think the 2nd mile was the worst, at least it felt that way.  I am so thankful for the additional unofficial water stop after the first mile.

Last year I took the entire season off.  My mom had become ill and it was terminal cancer.  I posted a bit about it last year.  We spent several months driving out of state to visit as much as we could before she passed away.  And then I spent a few months catching up on all the paperwork that didn't happen last summer.  It was an overwhelming time, and I was not racewalking, walking or training all season.

I had a late training start for this year.  I'm determined to finish the Seacoast Road Race Series again, and might do an extra race or two.  My part-time business work schedule has exploded into more th…

Hitting a wall

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Teaching CPR and First Aid is not a steady business.  I'm either super busy or listening to crickets.  Some months are fairly even with course registrations and scheduled on-site classes.  I've had some  pretty quiet months with almost no one calling, but usually my schedule isn't too crazy-busy.

Until now.  Last month my phone and inbox literally started overflowing.

In May I taught 26 classes, 13 of those were scheduled on-site courses.  As of June 17th I will have taught 21 classes, traveling on-site to 6 of them.  I still have 2 hospital courses towards the end of June.  8 of those June classes were just this past week.  And yesterday I had 2 emails asking to schedule courses before June 26th.

Last night in class suddenly my brain felt like I had hit a wall.  I've hit teaching exhaustion.  I felt like I hit a brick wall.


I'm not great at saying to no to scheduling classes, if I can fit it on my calendar I'll usually schedule it.  My last scheduled class in…

The unofficial and appreciated water stop

Last week I racewalked in the Runner's Alley Redhook 5K.  This race supports the Krempels Center and people recovering from a brain injury.  It's always a great race.

It's a 5K with 2 water stops.  Last weekend there were 3 water stops.

Between the 2 official water stops was a third one organized by the unionized employees of Westinghouse who are currently locked out of work by their employer.

I only know what was posted on WMUR's website.  On the bystander side it looks the union wanted to renew their existing contract and the employer wanted to lower their health benefits.  I'm sure there is more to it than that, but there are not a lot of articles explaining their stalemate.

Westinghouse has a facility at the Pease Tradeport where the race was held.  The union set up tables and handed water out to all the runners and walkers.  These are folks who aren't working right now and aren't getting paid.  But they brought water and cups to help out the race.  I k…