The weekend prior to Veteran's Day had me traveling to Arizona to spend sometime with my parents and brothers for a mini-reunion. I picked up my brother Greg from the airport in Vegas on the evening of the 6th and he, Scott and I drove to Phoenix to pick up Doug and Garret the next day. We got away later than I had anticipated, missed our exit and ended up being more than 3 hours late picking up Doug and Garret from the airport. I was horrified and felt guilty the entire time. Waiting in airports is like Chinese Water Torture...I can't think of anything I hate more. We finally made it to Steven's house in Tucson after spending 11 hours driving. I think I will fly next time I need to make this trip. It would be much quicker.
The weekend was a blast...but it always is with my family. Lots of talking and laughing. Monday all of us went to see the San Francisco 49er's play the Arizona Cardinals for Monday night football. (Greg was the only one absent, having flown home Sunday night). Until the last 2 minutes of the game the 49ers had been leading. Unfortunately a few bad plays and they were unable to win. Even though they lost, we still had a great time. Here is a picture of us at the game. Good looking bunch!
The rest of November should have gone smoothly, but it was a month full of holidays which makes students go a little ape nuts. It has been a battle trying to keep them interested and motivated when they knew it was a short week. My students grades have never been lower. Hopefully in December they will get their acts together. Due to work, I was sort of in a funk the rest of the month. Once again asking myself that age old question "Why am I a teacher?" To top things off on the 18th, one of my students stole my ipod. The only thing I used this ipod for was to create podcasts and so this really made me mad. The school ended up buying me a new one, but it didn't change the circumstances. I have no idea who took it, so there really isn't anyone to blame but myself. With all of this going on I have wondered if I should remain a high school teacher, or venture off into some other field. I do enjoy teaching, but my current population makes me hate it. I am still looking for other teaching positions for next year as I continue to ponder my dilemma.
I stayed in town for Thanksgiving. Scott and I went out to breakfast and then saw "Twilight." He had to work that afternoon and I went home to finish some of my Christmas projects. The weekend was nice and I wish I could have a few more days to catch up with school work, but time of course flies quickly.
I made a momentous decision on Friday. Recently, I have been reading a blog called "The Happiness Project." On the blog the writer talked about a book about how to write a novel in 30 days. I purchased the book and it arrived on Friday. After reading the book my roommate and I decided that in December we would write our first novel. We have 31 days to write 75,000 words. I already got a head start and I have the first 1000 words written. During the month I will post weekly updates on how the process is going. I have no illusions that this will be a publishable novel, I just want to get something out to see if I can do it.
My book is presently titled "Ataturk's Dream" and is about a young teacher who takes a trip to Turkey and her world is thrown into turmoil while she is there. I don't have an outline, or a major plot--all I have is a couple of main characters and a desire. We shall see how it goes.
Since November is a month to pay a little more attention to our blessings I will end my blog with my gratitude list. It is in no particular order.
- working computer
- my good students that are trying to learn and ask amazing questions
- my school for the new ipod
- my family, I couldn't ask for a better buch of brother and the most amazing parents on the planet
- primary music - I was recently called to be the primary chorister and it has turned out to be better than I imagined
- friends - even though we are far apart, I think about you constantly and look forward to seeing you
- my Heavenly Father, even though the world is in turmoil I feel at peace
- my nephew Scott, he is serving his mission in North Carolina and I am so moved by his testimony and faith
- a healthy body that allows me to keep up with my crazy schedule