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Thumbs Up Thursday #25

Just stopping by before heading to bed to give a few Thumbs Up this Thursday!

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First, PBS.  Oh, how I love thee, PBS.  You are the soft spot for me to land on when desperate for television, but unable to deal with the reality of TV.  Not just reality TV, although I do detest reality TV in almost every form, but also the reality of TV.  There is not a whole lot that I enjoy watching nowadays (geez, I sound 90).  But, with PBS, I can usually find something worthwhile.  While in Indiana, I watched WIPB every single night as I was dealing with the time change and exhaustion of a tournament.  I learned a lot those evenings.  Tonight I am watching Ken Burns’ National Parks and loving it.  I have been inspired to put visiting every National Park on my bucket list.  I already had thought about it when Bean was a toddler, because we visited Lassen National Park, which is near where we live and she got a passport book for the National Parks.  We have since lost that passport book (which she kind of destroyed – she was going through her “must scribble on every page of every book I own” phase at that point), but we can always get another.  And I would love to fill it all in WITH her.  But, back to PBS.  It is a relatively quiet space.  It offers all that I love – documentaries, British mysteries, British dramas, British comedies, safe children’s shows, local shows.  It is truly the best of the best.  So, thanks PBS!

Second, not being a first grade teacher.  I volunteer in my DD’s classroom on Thursdays.  I only stay for an hour or slightly more than an hour.  And each and every time I go (and when I go on field trips), I am reminded why God stopped me from going into elementary school teaching when I thought about it years ago.  WOW.  First grade teachers are truly amazing.  Seriously.  Can’t say this enough.

Good weeks.  I don’t have them very often. But this week has been a STELLAR week.  I found out that I got my step advancement at work!  And that was on top of the contract we agreed to after the threatened strike got us a better deal than we thought we would get.  In addition, the Great Debate went spectacularly last Friday.  AND we made the news for that and our press release on nationals went live.  AND we won a Civic Engagement award on our campus.  AND we aren’t in a hospital room (my DD’s surgery, for those following along and wondering what the heck happened, was delayed due to rhinovirus, or common cold).  All these are good things!

So, that’s it for this week.  I can only hope that next week is even close to as good.  How was your week?  Any Thumbs Up to give?  Please comment with them!  Good news is good stuff.

Thankfulness Challenge

365 Days of Thankfulness – Day 6

This will have to be a relatively quick post tonight.  I had the Great Debate tonight (which was pretty Great – if you’d like to see what I do, you can watch the Youtube video here – it starts about 10 minutes in and I am the emcee for the evening).  It went very well I think, but I was exhausted, should have eaten dinner before going and the room was really warm which accentuated my exhaustion and gave me a headache.  But, I felt great about the event, so overall I was pleased with the evening.  Unfortunately, I came home to a sick DD.  She got her flu shot today, so it may be that, I’m not sure.  Her heart rate was only 61 in the pediatrician office today (it has been very low, which is why she ended up in the hospital a while back).  Tonight is was 120 and she was running a fever.  I know that sometimes the flu vaccine can cause a little bit of a reaction, so I gove her some Tylenol, she ate some tummy crackers (Saltines) and went to bed.  I’m hoping it is a reaction and she’ll be good in the morning because we’re supposed to do Nut Sales at Lowe’s for Daisies (Girl Scouts) tomorrow and she has been looking forward to that forever!  We shall see…

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Tonight, my thanks is for something a bit strange, but related to the Great Debate tonight.  One of the women in the debate had lost her husband about eight years ago in a random violent crime incident (he was ambushed because he was a police officer by a young man who thought he was making a political statement and said during trial that he would do it again given the chance).  The woman was a great representative of the pro death penalty side of things, which I don’t agree with as a matter of policy.  But she personalized the issue without being overly emotional.  She pointed out the difficulty of knowing the person who commited the crime was guilty and admitting guilt, but still was forced into a system that required him to go on trial.  I definitely found it to be compelling.

So, tonight, my thanks is for all those police officers who go out and put their lives on the line each and every day.  Because even if there isn’t a random attack on them, there are those who would take an officer’s life without a second thought.  There are those who place officer’s in harms way because of their own personal conflicts.  I know that not every police officer is a “good guy”.  That is obvious from the recent news.  But, most ARE good people trying to do a good job and protect people.  And now they not only have to go out and face those committing crimes, but they also have to face increased scrutiny and distrust and resentment and frustration based on the behavior of others.  That has to make an already difficult job much more difficult.  Much more.

So, thanks to those who do their jobs despite the negativity.  Those who treat others with respect, even when they aren’t being treated in the same way.  Those who truly live up to the words “protect and serve”.  There are so many of them who aren’t making the headlines because they are just doing their job – day in and day out.  A job that requires them to be ready to put their lives on the line for strangers at any time.  I am thankful there are those willing to do that job.  May we find a way to show them the respect they deserve and may we find a way to get rid of those who shouldn’t be in that job to allow those who are meant to be there to do their jobs better.