Things I did that I’m proud of today:

  • ran three miles at 4:45 AM with a good friend and neither one of us died or passed out;
  • graded an entire class set’s worth of quizzes (granted it’s my smallest class, but a win is a win);
  • helped out the sub in my reading partner’s classroom because the kids were taking advantage of her generosity and kindheartedness . . . and by helped I mean laid down the law;
  • decided to consolidate all the laundry baskets in my room and put the clothes away;
  • put together an IKEA rolling cart with Lucy’s help . . . realized very quickly that the Phillips head screwdriver on a Swiss Army Knife was no match for Swedish directions;
  • organized my winter running gear into three bins (coincidence that the IKEA rolling cart has three bins? I think not);
  • put a load of laundry in the washing machine;
  • and exercised my right to vote.
4:30 - I vote on two basic issues: public education and reproductive rights . . . because I am a teacher and a woman

4:30 – I vote on two basic issues: public education and reproductive rights . . . because I am a teacher and a woman

I’m pretty sure that there were other things I did today that would make my mother proud, but these are the highlights. Right now, it’s a toss-up between putting the IKEA cart together and voting. The directions for each of them are pretty simple and 99% of the time, they are given in the form of pictures. Usually, you feel good about them when you are done, too. Either you have a functional, simple, and economical piece of furniture when you are done, or you have a nifty little sticker that you can wear for the rest of the day. But only one of them gives you some kind of bragging rights, and it certainly ain’t the one that usually comes with an Allen wrench.

“Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2

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