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It's been a long, long time...

I looked at my journal for the first time since last fall. I haven't posted for over 8 months. Life has been interfering a-plenty, and then I just forgot. I never was one to keep a diary. I can barely remember how to use LJ, but here goes...

Thanks to all of you who did not chuck me off your friends list. Nice to know I still have friends! :)

So where was I?

My husband was diagnosed with cancer last fall, and had to have surgery on Christmas Eve. He underwent radiation in January, and is now cancer-free, thank God. I continued to work at my school, and many days just worked, ate/fed others and went to my room. I was constantly exhausted and depressed. Things got better toward the spring, and I successfully finished out my Fellowship year. The paperwork almost killed me, though. I had to work all weekend almost every weekend in May.


Favorite moment last spring...

One morning an announcement comes over the intercom "DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN OUTSIDE. A SKUNK IS ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS." later of course, we heard thes, "THE SKUNK HAS LEFT THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. IT IS SAFE TO GO OUTSIDE."

Later that same day, I saw County Correctional Facility vehicles parked on the (unpaved) road in front of the school. unsavory characters in orange jumpsuits were raking the gravel on the road.

Yep, a skunk alert and convict labor in one day--I am definitely in rural Texas!


But then came what every teacher lives for--summer! I have had a much better summer. I was able to clean out my front room and organize all my materials for school. I finally got my license!

I'll be heading back to the same place next fall. I always look around for other opportunities, but I think that this is a good place to be for now. I realized I have a lot to learn and this is a nice, low-key place to learn it.


I hope I keep writing in my journal. We'll see.

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celtling
Jul. 15th, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hallo! Welcome back ^_^

I really enjoyed reading about how your teaching was going. I'm glad you're posting again!

Wow... are skunks that bad? O_O They're not something we have here.

Celt
lonestarslp
Jul. 16th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome! I hope I can stick with it this time.

Skunks can cause real problems if the stink gets on you. It is not easy to get it off. I don't have any personal experience with it (thank goodness!), but my kids told me that you take a bath in tomato juice to get the stink off.
gregwest98
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:06 pm (UTC)
cancer? damn!
lonestarslp
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re:
yeah--it was rough, but he is healthy now, thank God!
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