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17 September 2014 @ 12:15 am
Today I rocked teaching. Wait, no, I taught about rocks. But same difference, right?

I had all four kids today--one wasn't here last week--and we had a grand old time of bonding over zombies (during 'class meeting') and streams/frogs, imagining our forested hill as an ancient ocean, learning how rocks morph from type to type and move from place to place, and listening to the stones tell us how they'd like to be balanced in excellent rock sculptures (hint: 'wibble wabble fall' is rock for 'I don't want to be there!' or 'Haha balance gravity beat you'). Some of them worked together to make a faerie house and added a chimney for Old Saint Nick, which is thoughtful given it's September.

This is only about two hours every week on Tuesday mornings, but it's at the Earth Center I went to Earth Camp at as a child--with the same wonderfully brilliant Dominican Nun. (If that gives you a certain image, let me rectify it: today she wore flared jeans, a black t-shirt under a flannel shirt, and talked about how much she wanted one of the teenager's very colourful socks with animals on them.) She's a joy to be around and is just as infectious now as she was when I was a little Luna Lovegood child.

The committee meeting was less enthralling. The Board of Trustees has decided that any ministry-related groups are now to be referred to as "teams" rather than "committees". 'If we ask someone to join a committee, that doesn't make them want to do it now, does it?' asked my minister (paraphrased). 'But who doesn't want to join a team?' (Yeah, that should do it, thought I.) So I am now on the Worship Team (or "Worship Assistance Team"--dubbed "WAT" by yours truly, for I am the worst sort of person to have on a committee.)

When I was walking out the door and explained that the upcoming lay-led service I have to coordinate with the team who went to General Assembly includes one well-spoken person and then Enthusiastic Environmentalist Who Beats Her Dead Horse of a Subject alongside Academic Knowledgeable Therapist Who Can Make Most Topics Boring And Long, my minister looked at me and said, 'I'll pray for you. I really will' with her devilish little grin. (Yeah, that should do it, thought I again.) She knows my trials and tribulations--but at least she gets paid for it, much as she might not be thrilled with the amount!

Trying to keep things light at the moment. Spent most of the day with the lights low, stuck up in bed with a book and feeling unable to do much of anything. Tomorrow I have a meeting with a re-employment programme advisor I was assigned through the state (or "selected to participate in a re-employment program...") and I'm nervous. I've printed out my worksearch, resume and an example of my cover letter; my outfit is all set up.

In that way I'm the closest to normal I've been in a while. I was able to do a nightly tidy-up (I've missed those but haven't had it in me), organise, take my vitamins, I'm making a post... I'm about to head off to meditate, jot a few things down in my journal and write up a quick list of things for which I am grateful, which will go in my gratitude jar. I'm on track to have 7 hours of sleep; I'll be lucky to get that on a nervous night but I usually start from a lower base than that.

I'm glad this post came out more positive than the one that was forming in my head as I was driving home. It means pushing myself to follow my evening routine helped my mental state. I'll have to try my hardest to keep at it.

Sweet dream, loves. I hope to be properly back soon.

P.S. The kids had to take a picture of or draw a rock wall near their houses. One kid, with the nature name "Groot" (the things I let them get away with...), drew a pretty nice stone wall. With marshmallows on top. And a zombie eating them. Because last week we got to eat all-natural marshmallows at the end of the day and apparently there was talk of zombies. Anyway, I was handed that picture with the explanation of "It's a zombie eating marshmallows off a stone wall" and just about died laughing. That picture is now precious to me.

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
albalark: Heart framed sunalbalark on September 17th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
There aren't many things which could beat a child's picture of a zombie eating marshmallows off of a stone wall! *g* Seriously - I'm glad to hear that you are teaching again, and a subject so close to your interests, too. That's wonderful, my dear, and I hope that the re-employment advisor finds you something which will allow you to continue doing it. Your Dominican nun sounds like someone I'd love to know. :-)

Love you - and wishing we lived nearer so that I could pop 'round when you were feeling up to visitors.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Irma.cranky__crocus on September 20th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
*Grins.* I agree, on the zombie picture front! I'm glad I didn't have to tell them I value creativity for them to figure it out. (; What I love about this liberal homeschooling set-up is that the learning isn't based on grades but on interests and curiosity. Sometimes I think kids are able to retain more when they aren't forced to but instead get to ask for and experience that information in a more natural way.

My Domincan nun is absolutely wonderful. :D And I hope I can find another good position working with kids in out-of-school-hours times.

Love you too! Miss you. I'd probably be more likely to pop round to yours, I think, if I felt up to visitors/visitations. :P
therealsnape: zz tulips and windmilltherealsnape on September 17th, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
added a chimney for Old Saint Nick, which is thoughtful given it's September. Tell the dear child your Dutch friends approve. So does Saint Nicolas.

worst sort of person to have on a committee
team, dear Kiwi, team. You're on a team. I well remember the time I was on what we boring traditionalists called a committee, and I love this story. Motivational talk is great, as long as there's an ocean in the middle.

Groot" That means 'big' in Dutch. Perfectly normal name.

Don't forget Hoggywarty. Pomona and Kingsley both look forward to your signup, although Kingsley may have misinterpreted the word 'ministry' in your post.
Kiwi Crocus: Agnes Moorehead || Writing.cranky__crocus on September 20th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
*Grins.* Will do. And I've actually got a story to post about your little Dutch shoes and the naming of my car.

Right! How could I be so silly? Team, of course.

Motivational talk is great, as long as there's an ocean in the middle.
*Snerks.* Yes indeed. Well, if the Board thinks they have come up with some magical new way for people to want to volunteer, they are welcome to try it. I wear too many hats now as it is--I'm half person and half hats stacking up to the ceiling.

Now that Guardians of the Galaxy has come out (a comic/film over here) "Groot" is a brilliant animated tree from the film. He is certainly quite big--and also big-hearted. I'm pleased in my student's choice of favourite characters. Particularly since they asked "Have you read Harry Potter?" My boy, does a duck float?

(Poor Kingsley. But I'm sure Pomona remembers precisely what I'm all about.)