Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday #2 – Flats, Laundromats and Labor Day

Feet - Juniper LakeFeet 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!

Travelin' Tuesday

Travelin’ Tuesday #3 – Staying Home…

This Travelin’ Tuesday post is going to focus on the opposite of traveling.  It is going to focus on staying home.  This weekend is Labor Day in the U.S.  It is the holiday that signals the end of summer (even though with new school schedules, most students have been back in school for weeks at this point).  It is also a big travel holiday with people getting in their last “summer” trip of the year.  But, I’ve decided to stay home this holiday weekend.  I could go to the Bay Area and visit my parents and take my daughter to the amusement park in their hometown.  But, I went back to work this week and even though it is only Tuesday, I’m exhausted.  And I feel like trying to do a trip and big fun this weekend will only wear me out more.  So, I’m going to stay at home.

I think that I will take this weekend to do a bit of a Staycation though.  I know that staycations are a bit cliche at this point, but I do feel like there is plenty of fun to be had around our own little hometown this weekend and it doesn’t require a drive, an overnight stay in a bed other than our own and sacrificing any chance of getting some time to clean up and organize my house (the neverending quest of my life it seems).  The University that I work at is offering a bevy of entertaining events trying to keep students entertained without alcohol and huge parties (which turn in to riots when things get out of control – already happened earlier this week when the students were coming back into town), there is a Friday Night Concert, a Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market.  My daughter would love to go to Turtle Bay Discovery Park again (we have not gone all summer long).  We can go shopping downtown.  We can go to the river and play in the water, feed the ducks in the pond in the park, go for a short nature hike…I think what I’m going to do is check one of the Summer Bucket Lists on my Pinterest page and do as many of those things as we can around our area this weekend.  It should be fun,  little less exhausting than traveling somewhere while doing it, and can be scheduled around a little housecleaning and organizing!  The best of all worlds, I would say.