I have a great friend and colleague who is wonderfully talented. She is a great teacher, friend, and a diligent writer. She is a lifelong learner and constantly is sharing books--( our newest find) Blended Learning , and ideas with me. I find her to be a great co-worker because we truly complement each other. When we work together, magical things happen. The ideas begin to pop and bubble up and we run around trying to catch them so we can paste them into our notebooks to use at a later time. Sometimes, we sit and laugh at how simply the ideas come when we aren't even trying.
So, you may wonder, why the title of my post? She has been peppering me with texts, phone calls, fb messages and even a few tweets with ideas to use this fall in our classroom, ideas for a blog we need to write, ideas for books we can write (and when I say 'we' I mean "she will write!"). I am trying, trying, trying to get there with her. I really want to be excited and ready to go again as we tackle the new year and its challenges. I simply am not there yet. And, I wonder what got her there so quickly? We have only been out of school for about three weeks. We worked long into the month of June. Then it was the 4th of July and there was much to do with that. I have truly been on vacation for real only about 2 weeks.
I just need a little more time. Maybe I am starting to feel my age. (what?!) I usually have read at least 5 books by now. Truth? only 1. The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand and that I read in an afternoon last Friday. I seriously need to get moving!
What is slowing me down? Could it be the college search I am earnestly trying to get my daughter involved in? She wants to go to college. I know that. She just isn't all that excited about getting involved in the selection process. We have visited a few colleges already:Westchester University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, all in PA. Last week we visited Lemoyne University, outside of Syracuse, N.Y. None of these really are where she wants to go. We have two more visits to schedule for this week: St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Albany. I am not thrilled about all the hours in the car. I used to love the car rides, now not so much.
These are the things taking up the creative space in my brain. I am trying to make room for thoughts about the upcoming school year but can't. Not yet. I just need to get my daughter situated and THEN I think I will be ready. Here's hoping it will happen before summer is over!!!