Sunday, March 14, 2010
Darn it! I started getting sick on Friday - a touch of laryngitis, and low energy. I thought I was going to get off easy, as I have had children out of class for several days with a fever. Not so lucky. Yesterday, my throat began to get really sore, and today I have been fighting a fever and feeling miserable. Ever the optimist, I thought I'd be feeling better right away, but I am finding that aspirin isn't keeping my fever at bay. I should have called for a sub tomorrow.
On the bright side, I waited until the end of my visit with my family to get sick instead of feeling this miserable at the beginning or middle of their stay.
The end of their visit was a saga in and of itself. My son was supposed to leave on Friday, but his company called him to let him know he was needed for a consultation in Maryland. Rather that fly back to California as scheduled, he was able to change his travel plans to stay here until Sunday, fly to Maryland, and then back to CA. So I got a few more days with him.
My sister, BIL, and niece drove the 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport on Saturday, only to find that their Chicago connection was canceled due to high winds, and their connection to Alaska would be missed. They were originally told that they couldn't make the AK connection until Wednesday, so they turned around and came back here. My poor niece thought that it was her fault because she was wishing she could stay longer. Sweet girl! In the end, they were able to get a flight out early the next day. Fortunately, I was checking my email and noticed that the time had changed, or they would have missed their flight.
As for this flu bug, I am drinking lots of fluids, using my neti pot, gargling a mixture of lemon juice and honey, taking aspirin, and TRYing to rest. Unfortunately, my sore throat keeps me up so I am not resting long or well. I will have to see if I can get a sub tomorrow. I hate to because we have our artist-in-residence there this week, but it may be the most prudent thing to do.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
My black australorp and barred rock eggs are incubating in the kindergarten. This past week, I took my students down to the kindergarten room to view the candling of the eggs by the kindergarten teacher. She used my overhead projector as the light source. The babies showed up very nicely, and the children were excited to see a little eye.
Well I knew the risks of having my chicken eggs incubating in the kindergarten. My teacher-self preempts my farmer self, so I take the risks
My niece, Hannah, and I have been turning the eggs when I come in to work in the morning, and before we leave in the afternoon, and the kindergarten children have been turning the eggs during the day, under the supervision of the kindergarten teacher.
One little girl is very enchanted with the eggs and likes to love them a little before turning them over. One time she was a little too enthusiastic, and put one back too close to another egg. The second egg did not sustain damage, but one suffered the outcome.
My sister is an ornithologist, whose life work is researching endangered shore birds. When I told her about the crack, she told me that out in the field, if an egg is cracked they glue it to keep in the moisture, often with a positive outcome. Hannah and I coated the crack with glue, so this is an experiment to see if this baby can survive the damage. When I brought the photo home to my sister, she thought that possibly the damage is too extensive for the glue fix. We'll candle the egg on Monday to see if it is still viable.
The chicks are due to hatch around March 22. We are excited to meet them!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It is easy to find the things that we are critical of and react negatively to them. We often focus on the negatives, and use those to propel us toward change. But focus on the things we don't like about the situations, people, or things in our lives can create a mental 'stiffness' that impedes creative solutions to our perceived obstacles.
To break loose from getting stuck in negative reactions, it is helpful to practice unconditional acceptance. Things are what they are, people are who they are, and the only person any of us can change is ourselves. We can enjoy the pure beauty of the process of being alive, of the pace of nature, and the changes that will happen regardless of what we believe we can control. Quiet reflection on love and acceptance can have a much greater impact on creative problem solving or personal change than trying to force change through frustration or rejection.
This includes love and acceptance of who we are, and where we are in our development; not just the love and acceptance of others. It is easy to be critical when we don't see the progress that we predetermined should occur at a certain date, or within a certain time frame. But that very critical thought can sabotage our efforts through reinforcing negative thinking.
As I was helping children learn to ride the 5' unicycle today, I was reflecting on what we can learn from children, who are still 'natural' learners. Challenges are faced with joy, not grim determination. A challenge may be scary, unstable, lofty, even risky, yet, at the same time approached with the joy of attaining each step toward reaching it. This is the part we lose track of - the joy of each step as it unfolds in its own time and in its own way, and without our forcing it.
I love this photo for the pure joy of reaching toward a goal. The child has let go of her stability, her fears, and any preconceived ideas of failure. The next step in her larger goal is to reach that post - she is not thinking beyond the present goal, just perfectly living in the present moment of the pleasure of her accomplishment so far. She is in that delicious moment of having not quite met her goal.
Our accomplishments can be met with just such loving acceptance and pleasure, if we don't place our emphasis on how much, how soon, or how good, rather than finding that perfect center where we are not forcing change, but happily living it as it unfolds.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I don't have time to blog tonight, as I am still enjoying happy hours with my sister, niece, and my two sons. So, I thought I'd at least post a cute photo of Stella with some of her babies. I should have taken a photo of her overflowing toy bin as well. Darn! A missed opportunity.
I hope everyone is enjoying the gradual departure of snow and the increase of sunlight. Spring is just around the corner!
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