Mobile Minutes: Cruising Along


I made it one day…

After Tuesday had fully passed, a day of doing quite literally nothing, the reality began to set in.

I have to find something to do.

The 'dark one' is ensuring that I get work done.

The ‘dark one’ is ensuring that I get work done.

It turns out that summer vacation is no longer like the summer of my yesteryears. I wake up around 7:00 AM without even trying to force myself awake. I brew coffee, I access my email, and I start my day. I gladly grab books to read, conversations to finish, posts to edit, and by noon I’m thinking about what my salad is going to look like.

Sweet mother, I truly am acting like an adult.

The reality that I’m learning is that while the summer does mean that teachers don’t report to class, they are still hard at work. Whether that’s increasing their education, decreasing their weight (hehe), or even preparing lessons and reading for the next school year, there’s something that is always needing to be done. I’ve just learned that I thought I could manage one week ‘away’ from all of it, but the fun truth is, it’s too enjoyable to step completely away from. So, for today it’s myself, the dark one, a cup of coffee, reading books, and streamline thoughts.

That’s not too bad of a life.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Hot Topic


In the world of constant discrimination lawsuits, glass ceilings, and riots, I too have a point of frustration.

I would love to do a case study on tickets issued to males compared to females when pulled over by the police on the highway.

I’ll use Darco as the example.
Several months ago she was pulled over for failing to stop. No ticket.
Today she was pulled over for our license plate not being visible (after having the Mazda3 for nearly two years), and for driving too long in the left lane. To no surprise, even by way of a state trooper, no tickets were issued. Even after disclosing the amount of the citation, no ticket.

I can think back to the times I’ve been stopped in my life, to date only one pulled me over due to a serious light issue and didn’t give me a ticket.

Also, just an FYI to police out there, this is not a good way to get me to enjoy your company, especially when speaking to my wife:

Don’t park next to a guardrail. I don’t want to get hit. Sure, I don’t care if you get hit, I’ll even back up for you. I just don’t want to get hit.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: 40K in 4 Years?


Taking a look around the site [something I actually don’t do too often], and I noticed that FilingThePapers has surpassed the 35,000 views mark. If I did my math correctly [debateable], then there is a chance that this site could hit the 40,000 mark prior to its four-year anniversary.

Fascinating.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Come & Go


I’m under the assumption that this is part of growing up…

You can’t give 100% commitment to everything.

In a strange, weird, fun turn of events I’ve been requested of my social media knowledge, at school. It turns out our administration has a desire to be an interactive school for parents and students. That’s seen through social media, such as a YouTube channel for the building. There’s much more detail to that, but it has equaled time teaching about my trade. Very cool, humbling, and a very weird way God has shown me how He’ll use previous jobs in my current life.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to be in the “summer academy” for instructors this summer. It’s practically summer school for teachers, plus pay and graduate hours.

Furthermore, tomorrow I’m meeting with our school’s cross country coach on potentially coming on board for next season. This includes running the 100 mile club over the summer with students. Another humbling moment of seeing God prepare the direction for my life.

With that said though, there’s another side to this coin. Those events have knocked me out from going to El Salvador this summer. I’m sad I won’t be able to go, but I love knowing many more opportunities will exist down the road. Also, as a large mistake tonight showed me, I’m not able to balance commitment like I should to other organizations. Sadly, in the near future I’ll say goodbye to another organization that’s meant the world to me, but that’s because they deserve someone that’ll be 100% invested into their program.

I’m a teacher now, I can’t be.

It’s a hard lesson to learn, but I’m sure I can fill it under “growing up”.

-D-

XXXI: Fresh Start 2.0


What if we got our Christmas present early this year? We can grab it on Black Friday probably…

Thankfully, I’m still in awe at how good God is to us, especially considering that none of us deserve any of His grace. It’s been an adventurous, heart warming past couple weeks for Darco and myself. As noted in the earlier post, I was offered a teaching position at the school of my dreams for next year. I gladly accepted. Darco’s review for promotion was yesterday, and again I’m humbled to report that she also was promoted to store manager of her Starbucks location in the city. These are both major changes for both of our careers, each of which we hold delicately and passionately. Continue reading