• Don't Quit Your Day Job

    A Little Good PR Goes a LONG Way…

    Work on Monday was in many ways a flashback of this weekend. My students also keep chickens. We have two bantams, that I believe are Leghorns, a standard Leghorn (dubiously named Potpie), and a Barred Rock. Like the girls at home, they have proven themselves to be escape artists. Monday afternoon, I got two surprises. “Your chickens are in the street.” “What?” I replied…imagining the Saturday and Sunday, chasing the ladies around the yard. “Your chickens are in the street.” What ensued was me, trying desperately to catch the fleeing feathered fowl. It was a process of catch and pass off to the student chicken managers. It was surprisingly quick…

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job,  My Best Self,  Our Very Fine House

    Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

    This is the quintessential de-hibernation post.  I’ve had some major life changes since my last post and things are finally balancing in a way that allows me some free time.  May of 2017, I lost my job of almost eight years.  The powers-that-be decided that we should significantly downsize our office in Houston by 95%.  I was among those deemed unnecessary.  I was surprisingly nonplussed because I had a plan.  6 months before, I had decided that I would sign up for teaching certification.  2017-2018 marked my first year as a teacher.  After a year of traditional public school, I became a certified Montessori teacher for adolescents.  It was my…