Oh What a Night….or Two

Can you hear the song in your head?   Oh what night! Late December back in ’63…  I love that song.

I think I did pretty well this weekend on my quest for work-life balance if I do say so myself. This weekend was Homecoming in my school district so we had our big district parade and tailgate.  It actually is pretty fun. I like to see lots of my students and families from prior years. I walked the parade with two of last year’s kiddos.


Selfies while walking the parade route are hard. Sorry S- that your head is halfway cut off!  There were lots of families to catch up with and kids that are now in middle school that are only cool enough to wave hi to me as their former teacher. What happened to our hugs….sigh!

Normally, I make sure I get home at a decent time so I can hop online to teach my online college course, but I made sure I got all of my work and obligations done for that so I could stay out for the night.  Ferndale also happened to be having the DIY Street Fair this weekend too.  A dad of one former students happened to be playing with his band Extra Arms so I walked over to hear him play.   Michael and band rocked it out!


I ran into several of my of former students and their families on my way into DIY and rocked to the show then hung out for a while catching up and having fun.  It was a blast!

Saturday brought along my nephew’s soccer game.  Soccer runs in the family. My sisters and I all played travel soccer growing up. My brother-in-law did also and he was pretty amazing and played at the Olympic development level. He could have gone much farther had he not had a tendency to to basically break his nose all the time and kill his hips and knees.  Anyway, I digress. I say all that to tell you it’s in the family bloodlines, at least a fondness for soccer if not the skills.

I played goalie as a kid and I was pretty good at it, until one day I decided I didn’t like it anymore.  I stayed out of goal for a long time then one day I got sent back to goal and I was scared, so I wasn’t that good anymore.  I love that Noah chooses play goal, but man is it stressful, especially when he picks the grass instead of watches the ball!

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I look like this most of the time


I came home to do college work. It is hard to get myself to work on Saturday, but deadlines are deadlines. I did it and got myself ready to go out. My friend Dani was having a birthday karaoke party where I was not going to know anyone. So was I going to go? Um……typically no. I am filled with social anxiety and an introvert who does not sing karaoke without being sick or having enough alcohol in my system (which if you know me RARELY happens- I can count on one hand).

However, I since I am trying to find this new happiness for myself I went and I am I glad I did.  Dani’s friends are hilarious and some other things not safe for blogging-lol,  but oh so much fun!  So a big Happy Birthday Dani!!

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Then I came home and almost killed myself by forget that my condo complex had removed a part of my walkway about a week and a half ago.  Walking in the dark at 2:30 am it wasn’t at the top of my mind and I almost landed in the bushes as I wasn’t prepared for the drop in the concrete. I am sure you can picture it now from my Instagram story!



Today I spent the day grading 17 college papers and staying in pajamas. Not super fun, but well worth the weekend I had.

So how was your weekend?  What do you do that was fun and recharged you for the week? Drop me a comment and let me know how I can help you with work life balance or classroom tips.