Mondays are rough! On Friday nights, I usually crash because I'm so tired. Saturdays are spent catching up on everything that didn't get done throughout the week (laundry, cleaning, calling my mom). Sundays are spent at church and with family, but there is very little time to really rest and regroup for the week ahead.
Monday is my least favorite day of the week. I try to get to school SUPER early on Mondays just to make sure that I have everything prepared for the week. So, when my tire was flat this morning, it was just another Monday morning ball of joy. It's not the first or even the second time this has happened lately. My tires are pretty much shot and I need new ones badly. (But I'm cheap and tires are super expensive y'all!)
A lot of people would let that ruin their day. Did I get mad? A little bit. I don't like being inconvenienced any more than anyone else does. But on the way to work, I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for.
1. I am thankful for a caring husband who checks my car every morning. He turns my car around so that I don't have to back out of the driveway and happened to notice a flat tire. I could have driven off with it flat and ended up on the side of the road.
2. I am thankful that we have an extra vehicle to drive. It's almost as old as me, but it cranked right up and got me where I needed to go. If we didn't have the extra truck, I would have been late to work.
3. I am thankful to have a job to drive to. Not only do I have a job, I have a job that I LOVE, working with people who are like family, and teaching kids that I absolutely adore. Teaching is my passion and I am thankful that I get to do it every day and make enough to somehow keep a roof over my head and food on our table.
Oh, and that flat tire...my husband fixed it and delivered my car to me by the end of the school day. And, I'm getting NEW tires on Wednesday! I still don't like Mondays, but this has been a good one.
I like to think of myself as a relatively smart person. I am very capable of many things technology, but I am starting to really feel my age. This week, Apple announced the new iPhone X and the internet went crazy. Water and dust resistant, FaceId, 5.8 inch display, TrueDepth camera, A!! Bionic, and wireless charging are just a few of the features of this new phone.
Call me old fashioned, but I don't get it. It seems like a lot of great features, but I just need a simple phone that will make and recieve calls, take decent pictures, and let me send a simple text. My phone is not the newest, latest model, but even it has more features than I will ever use. It seems like every few months, a new phone comes out with amazing features everyone wants so they rush out and get one. I won't be in any of those lines for the new iPhone.
Believe it or not, I LOVE technology. I love the way it has completely changed education in the 18 years that I have been teaching. I can't imagine teaching without my laptop, Promethean Board, visual presenter, iPads, and yes....even my iPhone. I was a teenager when the internet was born and in college when I learned how to email for the first time. It was a big deal at that time to even know how to operate a basic computer. By the way, I learned keyboarding on a typewriter. (Am I showing my age now?)
Many of the things I use every day to teach with were not even invented at the beginning of my teaching career. Many of children I currently teach will have jobs in the future that don't even exist yet. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for my children, what new technology will come along, and what careers will be formed as a result. Technology is important. It changes the way the world operates, locally, nationally, and globally. It's exciting to see. Just don't expect me to wait in a long line for that new phone! You all can have that fun without me. :)