Whenever you are in training for a big event, such as the 2-day walk that Ed and I did, you are bound to have to put some miles in in the rain. As long as it’s not too cold and I’m not getting too wet, I don’t mind walking in the rain. One summer, I was a teacher at an overnight camp in Northern Wisconsin. I took a bunch of kids out for a walk in the woods, in the rain. I think we might have been doing a scavenger hunt. They complained the whole time! But it was a summer rain; not cold at all, and I rather enjoyed it.
Last night, I still needed to walk 1,000 more steps to reach my daily goal of 10,000. I knew a quick walk down the block and back would give me the steps that I needed. But it was raining! I decided to put my new Columbia raincoat to the test, and went outside for a quick walk. The coat kept me nice and dry; and I easily made my goal.
Part of Ed’s job is I.T., and of course, I have experience with blogging and social media. So we got a kick out of the show “The IT Crowd” when we watched it on Netflix. It’s a British show about the IT department at a big corporation. One of our favorite lines is “Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?” because rebooting a computer fixes a lot of issues.
I also make some graphics for a couple of digital signs at our church, so at the last minute on Sunday morning, I was trying to update them. And of course, the editing program wouldn’t load for me. I was trying again and again to get this program to start up for me and nothing worked.
After complaining to Ed, he asked me, “Did you try rebooting?”
Ha. Of course that should have been the first thing I tried, but I hadn’t yet. So I turned the computer off and on again.
I had my graphics updated and ready to go in five minutes, after wasting double that amount of time complaining about the stupid software!
Last Sunday, Ed and I volunteered for the Sunday Night Supper, which is at a local church for people in need. This church is in a prosperous suburb of Chicago; and yet, there is definitely a need to provide food for people who are just scraping by and perhaps are even homeless.
Our group of volunteers provided the food and servers that night. I was assigned to a drink cart with two other woman; an assignment I thought would be an easy gig. We had six tables with 8 people at each table in our section, and we offered them apple juice, coffee, water and milk. Some of them wanted just apple juice, some wanted apple juice and milk, and some wanted everything. So we were kept very busy pouring drinks! Not only that, but most of them wanted refills throughout their meal of bratwurst, German potato salad and a hot apple compote. (Someone later told me that they loved the food we served, since many of the groups bring pasta since it is easy to make, and they get tired of it!)
It seemed that the same people come most Sundays; they are friends, and save room at the table for latecomers. The meal is over by 7:00, though, so you can’t be too late!
Back at the drink cart, if we ran out of apple juice, the person whose glass I was refilling would look concerned. No need to be, however. There was plenty of apple juice back in the kitchen. It seemed to me that our guests were stocking up on calories; the food and drinks we were providing may have been the most substantial and nutritious meal they would get that week. Altogether, about 96 people came to the Sunday Supper.
On the way out, however, they all received “goody bags” of fresh vegetable and some cookies, donated by a local grocery store.
Would I volunteer to pour drinks again on another Sunday?
Today was Day 3 of my challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day. So far, I’ve been able to get those steps in every day! I took advantage of the beautiful fall day we had here and walked to the gym this morning to get some stepping done on the treadmill. It’s a bit chilly outside, but the fall colors are beautiful this year. Ed and I also took an extra long walk last night to get some of my steps in. Ten thousand steps take a surprisingly long time to walk! However, I have to admit that when I fold laundry, my Fitbit thinks I’m taking steps. Don’t take that away from me–it totally counts!
Teaching on the day after Halloween is difficult for any teacher, much less a sub! Yesterday I spent the afternoon in a fourth grade classroom. I had just taught this class when I was subbing for their art teacher on Tuesday, and they were such a great class; so well behaved and engaged in the art lesson I was teaching. They were not engaged in the reading lesson I was teaching them yesterday. It was difficult to get them to settle down when they came in from lunch (where many of them probably ate candy from trick-or-treating). But eventually, even with all the talking and distractions, we did get our reading work finished.
As I was telling Ed about my day, I said, “Learning how to read a non-fiction text just isn’t as engaging as learning how to draw a vampire.”
Yup. That definitely could explain why teaching yesterday afternoon was such a challenge!