Friday, March 30, 2012

I love Missouri

Either I really do love my home state, or I'm just experiencing spring euphoria. Lately I have been driving with the windows down, and in awe of the beautiful green grass, golden sun, fresh smells, blooms, pretty lakes and ponds, I even admire the barns and animals. Our house and yard is alive with flowers, trees blooming, ducks, geese, horses, deer; it's shockingly beautiful every day.

As I rode my bike yesterday on the Katy Trail I couldn't stop admiring the sights. I have seen them all for years, and it still seemed new. The smells also bring back attached memories, and each time something looks beautiful even though I have seen it many times, just adds to the glory. I definitely love Missouri. Some parts of woods are so dense and viney it seems like a jungle. The wild deer that I see every few days always amaze me.

Last weekend, two wild geese played with my pet ducks for a whole afternoon. After hours of swimming and napping, they finally honked and flew away. It was exciting company, especially for ugly duck, he loved them.

I guess when I travel to neat places, it is making me appreciate my home state even more. Every time I step outside of Kansas city airport, I'm so glad to be home. I hope I have the means to travel for the rest of my life, but I will always live in Missouri.

Monday, March 12, 2012

In a better place

Woa, is it possible that my calendar is already filled up to August 4th???? What happened to my lazy summer? Oh, yeah, Europe!

I'm relieved to report that trip planning is more than halfway finished. Kelly p and I have worked super hard to get flights lined up and paid for. It's a huge time commitment to plan a trip like this, believe me! Saving up money is only half the work, trip planning can overwhelm.

So, after my exhaustion and breakdown from overworking myself lately, which I clearly saw coming! I decided it's important that I put all things aside and make time to indulge myself. Really. I need to jog. I need to sleep. I need to read a book. I need to clean my house. I need to spend some time just sitting, resting, or being outdoors. No matter how many things are on the to do list, there are moments when you gotta turn off the phone and disappear. Friday was one of those moments. I was stressed, people weren't doing what I hoped, I had been completely go go go for days, and after the distressed phone call to mom, what would I do without her??? I completely disregarded her advice, lol, and went to the park. I jogged for thirty minutes, then did some sprints, and then had some of my little students follow me like Forrest gump . . It was hilarious. They all yell, look! It's miss Ragland!! Hey, look! Then of course, they are running in a herd with you. Luckily I had already finished the bulk of my workout. They thought it was odd that I was sweating, and pointed out exact beads of sweat, lol. I raced them, bid them farewell, and returned to work the rest of the evening.

It was enough to get me through the next day. Sunday, I had to request some time off, and I'm so glad I did. I cleaned, cooked, read, and recuperated. Now, time to get caught up at school, grading, and pack for the weekend. Preparing for a vacation is a lot of work, whether a big trip like Europe which takes months, or a weekend mini vacation like Phoenix, which takes a few hours, they are all worth it. This Friday I will be standing at the top of an Arizona mountain with Kelly and Darrin. Saturday we will be looking at the rainbow of colors across the grand canyon. It's sooooo worth all the trouble.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Daily writing is supposed to be helpful . . . .

Whew. . . . . . .I am tired. My time management skills are getting me through each day, just barely. I work each weekday, then go to the second job, or have appointments, or scheduled workout sessions. Every minute of each day is planned weeks in advance. I have school functions on some of the few nights that would have been time to rest. Would I have it any other way? I am starting to think so, because I am soooo tired. This can only be done for a little while, before it catches up to me.

So, I should focus on the good things that are planned this month. Thursday I get a much needed day at the spa. I had to take a personal day from work, but at this point it is necessary. There is also the trip to Arizona over St. Patricks Day, of which I hope to sleep in, go for a morning jog, hike kelly's favorite mountain, and take in a deep breath at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Kelly and I will also get fitted for our Europe backpacks and share a brew in honor of St. Patrick.

The rest of the month of March, should be . . . .let me say it again . . . Exhausting. I sense that the end is near, and a certain part of it is due to some work related stress. I am going to have to work less in April if I wish to maintain status quo, and if I plan to recover a little bit. Ohhh I can't wait for some rest and relaxation, and most of all, some mental clarity. I am mentally bogged down with some fear, some drama, some trivialties, and keeping up. I read a pleasant blog today about the rejuvenating benefits of exercise, travel, and daily writing, so today, I did what I can, and that is writing this. I love exercise, and I love travel, because I know how good it feels.

So this post is a true ramble in every sense of the word, isn't it? Haha. Rambling tiredly about the daily grind that i chose for myself . . . . .hopefully my next post is full of energy and creativity.