Showing posts from November, 2013

Last Year: Sense of Identity

Since I haven't blogged about the last year much lately....some of you may be thinking that I have  forgotten it was my last year of work.....NOT SO.

I wandered into the staff work room one day this last week and found this stuck in my mailbox. Staff ID. What an ordinary and yet profound thing. I actually didn't give it a second thought. Then twirling it in my fingers while talking to someone I realized that this is the LAST staff ID I will be getting. No biggie, right?  It's just a plastic card with a never ending array of bad school pictures! Yet it's not the ID itself but what it represents that gives one pause.

For thirty years when someone asked "What do you do?"  I had a pat answer... "I'm a teacher." or "I'm a middle school counselor."  A sense of work identity defines our lives or at least allows us to name our role. It gives us a goal, a purpose, a sense of meaning in an often meaningless world.

It's just one sense …

Five Things Friday: Things I Want

Five Things I'd totally love to have.........

Rachel Ray cooking set. It comes in several colors but I love the red the best. (I think)

Lap Top computer....It would be fun to be able to play on the computer AND watch TV at the same time.

New kitchen cabinets and counter tops. My kitchen's not too big so obviously not this exact style. And let's add a dishwasher while we are at it!

And while we are dreaming....let's talk about a bathroom redo....with a clean new shower stall!

A three wheel bike for fun and exercise.!!

Thursday Therapy: Stop Rewinding

Stop rewinding....the bad memories. The things you wish you had said, the things you wish you hadn't said, the things you could have done. The past is the past and replaying things doesn't really change anything. It only serves to depress you and give you a sense of melancholy. Too often we stay focused on things that are no longer relevant. No longer "in play" so to speak. This attitude prevents us from living NOW. This creates a loop that you become stuck in. By not living week, next month, next year you will be thinking "why didn't I.. ___________"

Stop the madness. As much as we would like there isn't a rewind button in life. Enjoy the happy memories (but don't live in them) and let the bad ones float away. When you catch yourself dwelling on something...give yourself a mental kick in the butt and find something fun and more productive to do!

Wordless Wednesday


What I'm Reading Tuesday: City of Glass

I actually just finished this third book in the Mortal Instruments series. It was and easy read and I could tell where the story line was headed. There are actually two or three more books in this particular series but I am not sure where it will head after this book because the storyline has sort of played itself out. I believe the next one in the series is called City of Fallen Angels...time to check it out? or take a break from the series?

Moonlight Monday: Lemp Mansion

I thought Moonlight Monday would be the perfect time to write about the Haunted Lemp experience. We went there for my birthday on October 15th. We started out with a tour hosted by the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society. I loved that they had night vision video equipment as we were able to tape our tour in the complete darkness of the mansion.

The mansion certainly isn't huge by today's standards but it is very spacious. There is a basement level, main level, 2nd story and then the attic. We started on the main floor and climbed to the darkness. I found the stairs a little hard to maneuver in the darkness but we made it. In the attic now there are three sleeping rooms. The Frederick Lemp room, the Lewis Lemp room and the Elsa room. The attic was actually the servants quarters. This level is said the be haunted by Zeke, a down's syndrome child who was locked away in the attic which was quite common in the 1800s and early 1900s. This picture shows the railing…