Yesterday was strange in many ways. I've joked, but only half jokingly, that my current church will turn me into a Quaker. There's something about our occasionally overamplified sanctuary that makes the idea of sitting together in silence incredibly appealing. Yesterday was one of those overamplified days.
We stopped by the pool supply company on our way home, and then after a dose of aspiring, we ate leftovers and worked on the filter canister. The part didn't come with the o-ring, so off we went to the Home Depot.
They didn't have it, but the Home Depot guy suggested we go to McDonald Hardware across from Lester's Diner in Ft. Lauderdale. Since we were already halfway there, off we went.
Thank goodness for old-fashioned hardware stores! They had the o-ring we needed and for much cheaper than the Home Depot would have had it.
Have we fixed the pool? It's too early to tell yet. We have a leak at the top of the filter canister. We've tried numerous things in an attempt to fix it.
We relaxed in the pool a bit, and then it was back in the house to work on my spouse's blended class, which he got at the very last minute. It's the first time he's taught for this dean, and he inherited a course shell that he can only change minimally--primarily, the dates. So, we had to figure out the non-onground parts of the class and figure out the best schedule. Then came the drudgery of changing dates in various parts of the course shell.
And then we put it all in my spouse's paper calendar, along with due dates from other classes. There's probably an essay here about how we interact with technology. It's probably been said before.
Today is my last day of handing out granola bars and fruit to arriving students and getting summer quarter off to a good start. And then, tomorrow, a day of vacation! And then back to work--how strange it will be.
Today we're wearing red, white, and blue at school. I made a handout of the Declaration of Independence, and a sign that says, "Don't just wear red, white, and blue! Read the Declaration of Independence! Free copies! Take one or two!" I'll offer those, too, along with the granola bars, fruit, and cookies for the evening classes.
What I Did On My Summer Vacation
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