July 17 – Cleaning, registering, and DIY

I seem to be stuck on a delayed posting schedule, but here are some of the things I accomplished yesterday:

  1. I did some more deep cleaning of our kitchen – scrubbing cabinet fronts, sweeping the floors, getting rid of counter clutter.
  2. I registered for a grad school class on reading interventions through the University of Phoenix.
  3. I made my own dust spray and tried it out by dusting our guest room. It seemed to make my dusting at least a little more effective. Daisy didn’t like it much – in the afternoon when she poked her head in there, she started barking at the combination of the minty smell from the dust spray and our big green exercise ball, which has always scared her a little.

July 16 – Cleaning, organizing, and TV

Sorry that these updates seem to be creeping later and later, but here are some of the things I did yesterday:

    1. I cleaned out our fridge. And not just throwing out old things that were past their prime (though there was definitely some of that) – I also scrubbed down the shelves, took the drawers out and washed them, etc. It has been three years since we moved into this place. It was definitely time.
    2. I cleared off the top of the fridge, which had become a giant mess of things we don’t use very often, and reorganized it and some of our other kitchen storage space.
    3. I started watching Lost Girl on Netflix streaming, which I’m really enjoying. I may or may not have watched six episodes yesterday. I may or may not plan on watching as much again today. (But only as a reward after I get some cleaning done – my parents are coming to visit!)

July 15 – Dog walking, reading, and phone calls

You may have noticed that today’s title is the same as yesterday’s. I wasn’t feeling very well today, so I didn’t get up to very much – just the basics:

  1. I took Daisy for a reasonably long walk this morning.
  2. I did some marathon reading, and finished up three YA books today: Z by Michael Thomas Ford (a very average zombie novel that my students will love), The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal (a fantastic fantasy novel full of political intrigue that I loved, but that will probably only appeal to my fantasy readers), and How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (a surprisingly insightful realistic fiction about two teenage girls: one whose father recently died and whose mother has decided to cope with her grief by adopting a baby, and the other the girl who is giving her baby up for adoption. My eighth grade girls will eat this one up, although its length may be a little intimidating for them).
  3. I called my HR department to find out how tuition reimbursement works in my school district, and I think I’m all set to sign up for a grad school class.

July 14 – Dog walking, reading, and phone calls

Today (or yesterday, really, because I’m posting this a little late) was not a very productive day for me – I’m not really even sure where the day went. But here are the few things that I did get done:

  1. I took the dog for a nice long walk.
  2. I read Shine by Lauren Myracle, which is a nominee for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. I wasn’t very impressed by it – it was a little too much of a Problem Novel, with the characters feeling a little flat outside of their Issues, and occasionally a little far-fetched that they could have such dramatically different personalities hidden under the surface, and not really reveal them before the book’s climax.
  3. I called my brother, who’s about to buy his first house – I think he closes on it tomorrow. Very exciting!

July 13 – Open house, cooking, and course selection

Today was another super productive day for me – here are a few of the things I got done:

  1. J and I went to an open house in a neighborhood that we don’t know all that well, but that would be more convenient for both of our commutes. The house was amazing – very big for the price, recently remodeled, with lots of light and open space. But unfortunately, the neighborhood isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now.
  2. I made dinner by modifying this recipe for Grilled Sweet Potato Salad. I added chickpeas to make it a little heartier, substituted dried thyme for fresh, and added a little extra feta and vinaigrette to balance out the chickpeas. And since we don’t have a grill, I cubed the sweet potatoes, tossed them with vinaigrette, and roasted them at 400° for about 25 minutes, stirring them halfway through. We haven’t eaten it quite yet, but the couple of sweet potato cubes I sampled were delicious.
  3. I looked through the University of Phoenix’s summer course catalog for teachers. I’m thinking about taking Reading Diagnosis and Remediation, which I think would be really helpful for my efforts to reach some of the struggling readers at my school. We’ll see – I’m still mulling it over, and I may not take anything at all, but I’m reaching the part of my summer where I feel like I should probably be doing more with my time than just sitting on my couch with my computer.

July 12 – Vet visit, Craigslist, and resume

Today actually turned out to be a pretty busy day, despite the fact that I spent most of it in my pajamas:

  1. Daisy’s ears started bothering her a lot last night, so I took her to the vet to discover that she has an ear infection in both ears! But we’ve got her on medication now, so hopefully she’ll get to feeling better soon.
  2. I’ve decided I could use a little more structure to the rest of my summer, so I started looking for part-time tutoring work on Craigslist. I’m already in touch with a woman who’s looking for GRE tutoring, and I think I’m going to apply to work for a company that provides a curriculum for homeschooled students.
  3. I revamped my resume to be more appropriate for tutoring-style jobs.

July 11 – Lunch date, appointment, and visit planning

Today turned out to be pretty busy (by my lazy summer standards, anyway):

  1. I met a college friend (who’s also a teacher) for lunch, frozen yogurt, and sharing about what’s going on in our lives.
  2. I made an appointment to get a haircut – which is a major accomplishment for me. I’m terrible about actually scheduling appointments for some reason, so any time I finally get around to picking up the phone and calling, I feel like it’s a triumph.
  3. My in-laws are coming to visit in a few weeks, so I scoured the Internet for things to do with them while they’re here. It’s always a little tricky when they visit, because they used to live in Maryland, so they’ve already done most of the typical tourist things that we often do with out of town visitors. But hopefully we’ll figure out some fun things to do so that we don’t spend too much time just sitting around our house.