Daybook for Dec. 8

For today…

Outside my window… a dark, cool evening.
I am thinking… Christmas break is coming just when I need it most.
From the classroom… a stack of papers I’m ignoring.
I am thankful for… Ron’s help this evening. Brushing a fidgety cat is much easier when you have someone to help keep him still.
From the kitchen… nothing. We went out to dinner this evening, and I’m absolutely stuffed.
I am wearing… khakis, Birkenstocks, and my favorite baja jacket.
I am reading… Shel Silverstein poetry. Out loud. Into a microphone. I think Jamie and Hazel and Ollie will enjoy listening to Aunt Emily read to them from 500 miles away.
I am hoping… inspiration strikes soon. I’m having trouble getting seventh hour to understand inequalities when they have to multiply and divide with negative numbers.
I am creating… a set of recordings for the rugrats.
I am praying… to know that divine Mind provides right ideas at the right moments.
Around the house… a very unhappy cat.
One of my favorite things… cappuccino.
A few plans for the rest of the week… grading, lesson planning, and making some cards to sell for a fundraiser.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

We passed this cute little church while we were driving from downtown Tulsa to Catoosa this weekend. Ron turned around so I could take a picture of the neon cross. A lot of the tubing is broken, but I still wanted to add it to my ecclesiastical neon photos. I’ve spent the past 10 years or so photographing every neon church sign I could find. If I ever have time to sort, catalog, print, and frame all the photos, I’d like to do a traveling photo exhibit that churches could display as a sort of community outreach project. I think that would be a really fun project.


Indoor gardening

During my extended creative outburst this past weekend, I built a shelf to hold a planter on the kitchen windowsill. It’s not fancy, but it gave me an excuse to use power tools and play in the dirt, which is all it really needed to do.

I planted rosemary and basil in there, and I’ve got some flat-leaf parsley, sage, and cilantro seeds to plant when I get a hand free. As soon as the basil gets a little bigger, I’m going to make a batch of homemade pesto.

On a completely unrelated note, I had an awesome kempo lesson this evening. I’ve finally gotten the hang of rotating my hips into my snap punch, which has really increased my power, and my backfist sounded as solid as some of the upper belts’ when it hit the pad tonight. The last two or three lessons have been really good. It’s taken the better end of a year, but I think I’ve finally broken some of my old habits and started to get the hang of kempo strikes, which are very different from anything I’ve learned in the past.

Hope your day was good. Tomorrow and Thursday should be long but good, as I’m doing two consecutive homework nights to help some of my kids shore up their grades.