Just about the holiday weekend! I will be working a bit on the 4th. Not quite sure how much, but I should have the rest of the weekend off, which will feel pretty darn good.
Got in some biking this morning:
We did a quick 9 miles. Now I only have 378 to go
I also did a lifting workout today, which is the reason I only did 9 miles on the bike.
So, you all know I have been feeling pretty stressed for quite a while now with the endless house closing, work, etc. I also have been feeling a lot of stress with my literacy learner. I have been working with the same learner for a year and a half now and we have made only a small amount of progress – even though he works very, very hard. We have met every Monday for the last 1.5 years with only a few holidays in there. Without getting into a huge amount of detail, my learner has a learning disability and some emotional problems as well and it has just gotten hard to do the tutoring for me. I was beginning to dread each weekly meeting and that isn’t fair to me or the learner. So today I had a long talk with the coordinator and she is going to find another tutor to work with him and I will be taking a break. Maybe permanently, I don’t know. I will be working with him for a few more weeks to transition, but I have to say that I feel a *huge* sense of relief about this now. On the other hand, I also feel like a bit of a failure. None of my learners went on to get their GEDs, although this current one could possibly do that with a couple more years of hard work. Literacy tutoring was not what I thought it would be, but it is okay to admit that it doesn’t fit for me. I certainly gave it enough time to figure that out.
That really is going to relieve a good chunk of stress for me.
I also fixed the espresso machine…again! This thing drives me nuts. First was the electrical cord and we got that straightend out. Then the water sensor stopped working. There is a little magnet inside that detects water levels and it kept saying the tank was empty when it was full, which meant no espresso. I was about ready to throw in the towel, but then found a replacement magnet online for $15 and we figured it was worth a shot. I guess magnets can lose their magnetivity (??) over time. We got that part in and now the machine works again. For now LOL. Iced latte on a hot and humid day:
Poor Pixie with her long hair doesn’t like this heat. She curls up and sleeps all day (more than usual), usually in a corner somewhere:
Poor girl. I have brushed an extra cat’s worth of hair out of her the last couple days.
However, there is a front coming through with storms tonight and what looks to be a great 3 days of weather!
Street lights are on as it was getting really dark.
Good thing nice biking weather is rolling in. I have a lot of miles to do
Happy 4th everyone! I will still be doing a blooming post tomorrow because I love them, but you all have a super weekend!