XXXI: Old Friend

Hello old friend.

Life slows down for no one; this is the concept that I’ve learned to embrace over the past week, month, and year. Interestingly enough, this time a year ago I was asked by an administrator if I’d stay, as a sub, for a teacher-in-service day at the school that I had been a substitute teacher in for a few weeks. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: All Night

Turns out even sleeping pills can’t keep one asleep.

Up and moving by 5:00 AM. Out the door by 5:30 AM. Life is just like that. I get excited and nervous about school, so I wind up waking up early.

Add that with the knowledge of moving next month into a crazy blessing of a house that I couldn’t even dream up, and it just asks for a restless night.

Dearest reader, starting at the end of October, for the first time ever, I’m going to have my own washer and dryer!

Here’s to short nights, insane blessings, and exciting Monday’s!



Originally it was an apartment that approved us for moving.
Then we checked on a duplex north of the city on a lake.
…and the apartment offer was blown out of the water (pun intended).
-Washer & Dryer
-Full Basement
-Back Yard
-Front Yard
-Two Car Garage
-In The Country
-Near 15 miles worth of trails
-Two minutes to the lake
-2.5 baths
-2 bedrooms
-High ceilings

Cost: Less than the apartment with potential opportunity to own.




Against just about every odds within the realm of humanity Darco and I were approved for an apartment last night.
1 mile from her store (also equates to 1 mile away from Starbucks for me).
3 miles from my school.
10 minutes from our grocery store.

Move in date is October 28th.
Let the good times roll.


Mobile Minutes: Blurs

Awesome road trip.
Crazy two day teaching workshop.
Seasonal cold.

My week summed up so far. It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, and energetic.

In the midst of all of that, I lost my car keys this morning, resulting in Jim lending me a car to work and back. Also, our apartment complex has decided to do random “yearly inspections” this week.

There’s more NyQuil and coffee in my veins than there is blood…

And I’m loving it all.
Loving this life.


Mobile Minutes: #PittBound Part III

What. A. Day.

Arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 7:30 AM EST. I fell asleep for five hours afterwards.

At 1:00 PM we went down to downtown Pittsburgh, which is absolutely GORGEOUS!


Exhibit A

Also, this was after enjoying a delicious burger from Burgatory. Burgatory is basically Chipotle…with burgers…and better!


After glory; it was time to enjoy Pittsburgh. Including random rain storms, fountains, and old friends.


This place is truly paradise.


Mobile Minutes: Anxiety, Attacks!

Afternoon naps can wait.
What was to be a quick recharge became a REM nightmare. I woke up out of a nap…a nap…in an anxiety attack.

It was terrifying. Sweating, pulse racing, fighting nausea, and trying to figure out where I was. After a few frightening seconds I came to my senses and reflected back on the nightmare I got locked into.

I was back home. Living on scraps behind the local Subway. I had lost everything, even a motivation to live. All I cared about was life once upon a time, my undying joy of fried foods, and the reality in the middle of winter that I had nowhere to live.

That’s the dumbest, most trivial thing that I could be scared of. However, heading into the school year…I’m having fun. I’m challenged, I’m laughing, and my wife is happy because of it.

That’s a life I’m terrified to lose.

I will not go back into that darkness.
I will not.