Yesterday started off with a bit of a bang. At around two in the morning, a large thunderstorm formed over the Cities, and a huge thunderclap hit right over our house, waking all of us on the top floor. I got up to hold Austin and he fell asleep in my arms a moment later so I put him right back to bed.
I got up with Michelle just after five. She rushed out the door, as usual, but I went through a leisurely morning routine. Getting up that early means I have some extra time to get completely ready before Austin wakes up. It isn’t that necessary anymore, since he knows the morning routine and runs mostly on autopilot until I drop him off at school. Still, it’s nice to read a bit of news and listen to a podcast or two while brushing my teeth without a kid under me asking questions non-stop.Work started up again this week, and it’s nice to be back. Not working during the summer makes me feel like such a bum, but now I’m back to contributing to the family. Everyone at work was pleased to see my return. My position usually has a lot of turnaround, so the staff is pretty happy to have me on board for a while.
Not much changed over the summer on my end of things, so work is rather light going into the school year. Only one lab needs to have new images put on the computers. The teachers have been back since the middle of last week, so they’re working at a more relaxed pace too.
There’s another reason that things are a little slow and quiet around the school. We’re up this year to have to renew a levy to compensate for the increased lack of funding from the state, and on top of that, there’s a potential teachers strike on the horizon. Those two facts aren’t going to play well together with those who are up to vote on increases in their taxes to pay for the schools. It’s a pretty dismal picture if our district doesn’t get it passed. Oh yeah, all two hundred school districts out here are having to do the same thing. Go figure.
That’s about it. It was a good first day back, and I’m about to head out the door for another day. Oh, a little before dinnertime, I got an email saying I made it into Hamline University and its Master of Arts in Teaching program. So my pipe dream of becoming a teacher is actually going to happen. Children of Minnesota, beware…