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I find comfort in repetition. When my schedule is turned upside down by life, the roll of the dice, or a mishap…I am discombobulated for a day and then I begin a routine. So the next surgery in February will be easier as we will both know what to expect. I went to the gym on Saturday and then grocery shopping. I walked the dog and graded some of my online student’s work.

I made a few runs to the grocery store for sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, instant mashed potatoes, more eggs, yogurt, soups, yams, etc. For myself, I picked up an already roasted chicken on sale for $5.99 at Winn Dixie and then made mashed cauliflower hoping the husband would be able to eat soon. He couldn’t yet and asked me to pick him up some instant oatmeal and melatonin. I was able to purchase ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ at Winn Dixie and got some great buys. I believe I am a Winn Dixie gal and not a Publix gal. The melatonin at 10 mg is helping him sleep. It also helped me get a full 9 hours of sleep which I really needed.

I am not a fan of grocery shopping and have been a little spoiled that my husband did the shopping since I am still working. To have some fun with it, I tried two different stores in two different areas. One was in the country and the people are very polite and the other is on the cusp of the city area. It is also near a plasma donation office and the parking lot was packed with people nearby on the sidewalks and hanging around outside at 8:30 a.m. I was afraid that I was going to be approached in the parking lot but no one approached me. Amazon is building a big facility soon, and apartments buildings are being build, on the high end, so eventually things will improve. I will confide that I sense a desperation in the people lately. I am not sure whether this always happens after an inauguration but the feeling is one I can’t put in words. There are many people hurting financially, I sense, and the others seem to be waiting anxiously. I don’t really like it, so I keep my eyes wide open all the time.

People seem to be a little more hardened. I was very encouraged that some of my co-workers asked about my husband’s health as they haven’t known me for very long…so that was very nice. I am still at the middle school until February and then who knows. I have been trying to adapt the carefreeness of the man I took over for at work for awhile. He told me the other day he had not found the teacher’s book after two weeks. I laughed and said, “Did you check the drawers?” And then in a fit of nerves, I confided, “I checked every drawer, straightened the closet, cleaned up….” because that is my routine when I am nervous. I clean, I organize, and I give away a few things. I watch the details and this calms me. For me, it beats turning my back and ignoring what is going on around me.

Oh, and I bake. Before the operation, I made a keto free cake using for the first time Swerve which worked really well with the vanilla cake frosting. I made cauliflower mashed potatoes. I have lost my appetite and I am hoping that Michael will get his back soon. He is down 12 pounds. I might be down 2. Like I said, the feeling in my part of the world seems off this week….my intuition watches carefully…or it could be the anxiety of dealing with my husband’s operation and trying to figure out the best way to take care of him. Knowing that I will have to go through this again in February. We will both have to go through this again. And then my online students are waiting until the last minute to submit work which means when I come home, I will have 23 papers waiting online. Classes are getting bigger for me as an online adjunct as they are combining classes to save a few dollars.

Like I said, things are not good but I hope they will get better. We shall see.

We are always learning, growing even when we feel at our worst and exhausted beyond imagine, something or someone has the ability to make us move, usually we move, not always our choice but pushing us forward. A challenging week.

I am happy to learn and watch people around me using google translate but I am even more curious that when I am on the computer looking up information for a student, someone snaps a screen shot with their phone. One of my more studious students. I still feel that writing down words is the best way to learn: by repetition. Now there is google translate where you can insert the language you are trying to learn versus the language you speak and the app will translate for you. That is okay but I still think walking over to the bookcase, getting out the dictionary, your notebook and a pencil with an eraser (allowing you to make mistakes) is your better option. You can take a picture of the script or page and it will translate for you.

I am looking forward to Christmas as I told my husband I am interested in ear buds which translate in real time the language I am hearing to English. Too bad, it can’t be choosy and just chose to opt out of hearing certain things which I really don’t need to. Hmm, I might rethink this gift.

Sometimes all you need is an interest in a writer and a good book to keep you going over the holidays. A place to call home. A routine but when we change up the routine or take a different turn sometime we have a different experience. At work, I work with a teacher who is 80 years old. I frequently seek her out to say ‘hello.’ We know each other from the same workplace last year. She inspires me because I know it is never too late to stop learning, growing, challenging myself. I listen in awe as she tells me of leaving to visit for the weekend her granddaughter in Louisiana, taking the plane, the stopovers, and then watching her cheer for LSU. Like I said, we never know where we will find inspiration.

Enjoy the weekend!