The beginning of the school year has left me feeling a slight bit uninspired lately. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s all of the structure, maybe it’s back to having a dress code to adhere to, or the really long hours/days again. But I’m longing for something a little less structured and a bit more…fun and casual, maybe? I guess?
‘You’ve probably also noticed that blogging has become a bit more sporadic again. It’s not that I have nothing to say; far from it. I think its just getting back into the routine of school/work and being even busier this year than I was last school year has left me a bit devoid of energy at the end of the day/weekend to do a lot of what I need to do.
One of the things I’m kind of annoyed with this year, admittedly irrationally, is the lack of Casual Friday’s here. We kinda sorta did it last year in a low-key sort of way. So, no one ever showed up with messy jeans and a slept in tee or anything, but most Friday’s we all wore like our “fancy” jeans and a blouse or a more casual dress or something.
This year it’s “no jeans ever unless it’s a school-directed dress down day”. :sigh:
It doesn’t sound like a big thing and I fully admit that it isn’t, but at the same time, it was always something I looked forward to.
Last Friday I was looking in my closet and thinking, “man, there’s so much I could wear with jeans today” and I got sad because I couldn’t do that.
*I started taking iron this morning (as I indicated a few days ago here), and it’s making my stomach feel a little weird. Though I have been told that goes away, you just have to give it a few days. :sigh: I still can’t get my actual blood test results on the Quest portal, though, because they still don’t know who I am. Don’t get me wrong, I kind of excited to have a common-ish name now, but this whole “confusing me with someone else” thing is getting annoying. And I know my doctor will send a copy to me, but that requires me having time to call the office, which doesn’t often happen during the day. #educatorproblems
*In other minorly annoying news in relation to my name; I’ve been waiting for almost three months for my new bank card, and I still haven’t gotten it yet. This is despite two attempts and even escalating it to a manager. I still don’t have it. WTF, M&T….w…t…f….?
*Annoyances aside. We’re going to Frostburg! I’m so excited. We’re going the first weekend of November, which is ironically the same weekend that we went about four years ago. Devon and I are going with a friend of ours to visit a couple of former students who are freshman up there now. The girls even live in my old dorm, down the hall from my old room AND in a room that a couple of my friends used to live in. It’ll be so crazy to walk into that room and not hear country music like I used to back in the day. I’m so excited they’re there, though and can’t wait to head up the mountain!
*I gotta be honest; no spends are hard when you see like extra 50% off clearance sales. You really want to go and do some things. But you don’t, because….#goals and whatnot. But man, the temptation is so real. I’m planning some frugal/money saving content for the next couple of months, also, if anyone is interested or if there is anything specific you want to hear about, shoot me a message. I feel like fall is a good time for that because people either go overboard on gifts for the holidays, so it’s a good time to get things in check before they get out of hand.
*Devon is so funny as he’s trying to get used to high school. I’ve had the age for at least five years now, but he’s forgetting how much more “creative” older teens get when it comes to their shenanigans in class. He’s like, “part of me is so damn annoyed by it, but there’s also this part that is so amused and proud of how clever they are; it’s weird”. Welcome to high school, bro. I, on the other hand, literally spent my ENTIRE day yesterday trying to help the sophomore class at my school brace for the impending implosion of friend groups because one girl just HAS to like the same boy as another girl! And yes, again, I am an all-girls school. THAT DOESN’T STOP BOY DRAMA, THOUGH! It lessens it but doesn’t stop it. It will never stop.
*But it’s okay because Devon has become quite skilled at making smoothies…of an adult variety. It’s great because you get all of these nutrients from the fruit and juice…with a nice kick of coconut rum; it’s a beautiful thing. We were going to make some last night, but…neither of us could stay awake past 8:00 and were already nodding off by 6:00 so they will happen tonight, instead.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! And if you are in Florence’s wrath, I hope you are staying safe.
We all remember when Robert Downey Jr. AKA Tony Stark uttered that he was Iron Man at the end of the first movie:
I really wish I could say the same….and yes, I know that sounds weird.
*I woke up feeling somewhat rejuvenated this morning. That hasn’t happened in awhile (meaning a few weeks….kinda since school started), so maybe it means I’m finally getting into the swing of the school year. That would be nice. It could also have to do with the fact that it isn’t 1000 degrees outside. It’s actually 59 degrees right now and I am so EXCITED! I’m not one of those people who is invigorated by warm weather. Heat typically just makes me cranky and irritable. This weather might be just what I needed.
*As a result of my mood, it’s barely noon and I’ve already done about an hour of work (like counselor work) that I needed to get done today and already cleaned the majority of my house. I mostly, now, just need to empty the litter box and finish vacuuming. Also, who hates cleaning the litter box as much as I do? Granted, I don’t have to take my pet outside several times a day, so I kind of get over it, but it’s still stinky.
*I’m trying out some random thoughts in my head to make my own version of Chipolte’s burrito bowls for lunch this week. Burrito bowls have kind of become a love of mine since the whole celiac thing happened because they’re good and hearty and I really don’t have to worry about gluten in them. Plus, they aren’t loaded in fat like a lot of fast food can be. As much as part of me would love to go and just buy Chipolte every day this week (but…ya know…No Spend September), I figured I’d try my hand at some of it and do it all myself. The caveat is, I hate cilantro because I’m one of those people who thinks it tastes like soap, so I’m not putting it in any of my stuff. I know Chipolte’s rice has cilantro in it, but you can also get white rice without cilantro; you have to request it, but they almost always have a bowl of plain white rice in the back. So, we’ll see how this turns out.
*It’s currently raining pretty hard and I’m enjoying it. I enjoy the sound and I enjoy the fact that it’s making the outside so much cooler. It makes me happy. Plus it’s cleaning my car. #freecarwash.
*This week is so ridiculously busy. I mean, I guess it isn’t any worse than most other work weeks, but I just did my work calendar and man, I barely have a moment at work to breathe. Here’s hoping I don’t have a ton of emergencies pop up.
*Devon’s currently hopped up on caffeine. It’s so funny. He’s not a huge caffeine drinker (that’s me) so when he overdoes it a bit, it’s about the funniest thing ever. He’s currently talking more than he has in probably a year. Just saying the most random things, I enjoy it greatly.
I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!