Feet are a wonderful thing. They allow us to get around from place to place without the aid of technology. They allow us to feel the wonders of a cool lake in the summer (picture above) or the cold ocean rolling in on waves after walking across the hot sand that slides easily between the toes and massages the pads of your feet as you traverse. But, as a society we have deemed it necessary to cover them up in shoes on a daily basis. I’m sure there are good reasons for it – hygiene, safety (there are a lot of sharp things out there just waiting to get at us), etc. And I am okay wearing shoes. I even like shoes to a certain extent. But, this first week of classes, I decided to once again wear heels to add to my “professionalism” for that first week. And, boy do I regret it. My feet were KILLING me after the day. So, I have vowed to wear only flat shoes and to treat my feet well with comfortable shoes. I am just on my feet too long the days I teach to wear uncomfortable shoes! I don’t know how people wear those spiky heels day after day…have you seen this about what heels do to your feet? Seems like a justification to wear only flats to me! So, a big thumbs up for flat, comfortable shoes.
Our dryer went out a few weeks ago. We’ve been doing a load here and there – drying them in the garage by hanging them up or laying them out or running to the laundromat to dry them. But, yesterday we took the piles that were left and went to the laundromat to get it all washed and dried for once and all. It feels good to have all my clothes clean (I have plenty of clothes that I could have worn even without doing laundry, but it still feels good to have every option open). The amount of wash we had was a little crazy. A lot of it was bedding and towels that I didn’t wash during the interim at all. It would have taken forever to do those loads at home, but at the laundromat, with the big industrial washing machines and dryers, it took less than two hours to have everything washed, dried and folded. We still have to put stuff away today, but thumbs up for the convenience of laundromats!
Lastly, this has been a really loooooong week for me. I started a new teaching gig in addition to my old teaching gig (which is full time plus really) to help pay for our new (to us) car and catch up on bills and hopefully get ahead this year. The week was made much longer by those two additional classes AND the fact that the first weeks of school are always an administrative nightmare for me because my full time job includes a lot of travel planning and paperwork at the beginning. Thankfully, we have Monday off for Labor Day and I can get a little rest and a chance to catch up. Monday is by far my longest day of the week, so it is the perfect day to have off and will make a huge difference in my life next week. So, huge thumbs up for Labor Day this year…more than most years.
So, there it is – My Thumbs up Thursday for this week. Hope you had a lot to give thumbs up too this week!