Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday V.1

I always had a hard time keeping a journal, but never a hard time keeping a planner or a sketchbook. The sketchbook is easy, I am always thinking of new things that I want to create, or seeing something that I want to draw or jot down. Sketchbooks have pretty much been engrained into my persona from High School on. The place where the sketchbook was permanently entered into my daily life though was at RISD. Especially during my trip to France where I filled multiple sketchbooks. During grad school at RISD again I was brought back to keeping a sketchbook not just for me, but I was held accountable for keeping it up...for someone else to check in on.


I was talking to my friend the other day about how hard it is to keep a blog when you first start. I mean, what I really want is a virtual scrapbook of sorts...and if someone comes on and grabs a recipe or likes one of my photos or something that I've written...then that is great too!

In order to keep myself in check, I decided that I need some weekly or bi-weekly features in order to keep myself on track and make sure I don't slack off!

This is my first post for Thankful Thursdays!

Thursday is a really difficult day often at school for me, the scholars are revved up and often it is a hard day behavior wise. It is the second to last day before the weekend comes, and It feels sometimes life if I can just get through this day, all will be well. I decided that instead of looking at Thursdays as something to get through, I should look for each thing I am thankful for in this day!

Today was a relatively easy day at school. We had a refresher course on behavior management during Professional Development day, and it rejuvenated me to re-set my expectations in my classroom and to never settle for less than 100%!

I am thankful for my refresher course, for being a lifelong learner and for never giving up on my students. I am thankful that I work in a school where I am constantly reminded that students come first, and that our scholars can do great things.

3rd grade self-portraits

Today I had to venture to the DMV to try to get my car registered in NY. This was my 3rd trip to the DMV this week and I was determined to leave there without crying and without swearing at someone that worked there (yes I know, terrible...but I really had to make a conscious effort to keep my cool at that place). I almost lost it when after waiting an hour and a half, I was told that my insurance documents did not have the right date on them. Yesterday my insurance documents said the wrong thing on them and so I had new ones, so you can imagine my disdain for the lady behind the counter. "Why didn't they tell me that yesterday!" My phone was dying and I was unable to make a call to Geico from the DMV, so I did what anyone with an amazing supportive family would do. I texted my sister. I gave her all of the information and honestly, as she was meeting a client she called Geico and had them fax the proper documents to the DMV for me.

I cannot get over how thankful I am to my sister for her unwavering support, and her ability to help me no matter what. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about my sister and how wonderful she is. I really hope everyone has someone in their life that is to them what my sister is to me!

And if my sister was unable to do it, my mom was right there with me. When my wallet went missing on my trip to Rhode Island, my mom was the first one trying to find a way in which she could help. She was there on the other line of text messages making sure that I stay calm and get those damn plates...and not go back to the DMV a fourth time!

I am thankful for my mother for always being there for me, even if we drive each other crazy sometimes, she loves me and it shows!

My sister, me and my Mom at the Czech festival this summer.

In an effort to keep my cool, I was trying to find a way to reward myself if I successfully finished what needed to be done at the DMV (register my car), and got out in one piece, dignity in tact. On the way home I thought of all different things: extra long bath tonight, go running with Malomar, build a fort, drink a shirley temple, oh wait I have beer...what if I make cookies....

Then I came in my door, saw my animals and smelled my fresh flowers and realized that my life is pretty sweet without any extra rewards anyway.

But if that satisfaction wasn't enough...there was a striped shirt waiting for me! I had been hyping how much I want a striped shirt after seeing the cute cover of Whole Living magazine and realizing that I do not have the basic black and white striped tee...and just LOOK at what was waiting at home for me!


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