Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I commit to finish this summer....

I have loved Michelle's BTL blogging challenge to blog every day in the month of July. I am fairly certain that I've blogged SOMETHING every day so far. Today we are encouraged to make a VLOG post. That might be too far out of my comfort zone, but I am thinking about getting Periscope. ;) I can only tackle one new thing at a time. Anywho.... I am glad the challenge is almost over, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it at the same time. Note to self for next summer.... don't try to "develop" too many things! I am not finished with either of the books I committed to! Ack! And I am halfway through a "for pleasure" book and if you know me, that is just NOT how I read. This book is a Janet Evonavich book, and it has a little steam and a little murder in it. So if you are into those things, great, if not, well, I just don't know what to say..... I am NOT into the love stories and I am getting to be more and more of a prude the older I get. When I was young, I took that teaching/admonishing/advice with a grain of salt about a biblical approach to marriage, sex and dating. I was young, hip and trendy and that was just too old-fashioned. Today I know a few things I didn't know 20+ years ago. I could go on a biblical rant here, but I'll spare you. Let me just say that life experience has taught me that those old fashioned ideas in the bible make a lot of sense and that there's less pain and fewer consequences when I treat my body with the respect that it deserves and don't just put it all out there. Today I don't think about... "no, no, no.... that's a sin...." I just think about how it hurts me and how I degrade myself when I don't protect my spirit and my body. And it happens to align with my beliefs. But that egg didn't come first, let me tell you. I was always that person that felt like rules didn't apply to me so the consequences wouldn't apply either, right? I was wrong.

Hmmmm..... weren't we talking about books? Ooops. If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that bunny trails are the norm. And that pretty nothing is off limits. But since I hopped sort of far off the trail today, I didn't post in my education blog.

Books. I am determined to finish my development commitments. Commitment uno: Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction. Commitment dos: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, by the way, someone show me how to put the breve above the e in Brene and in breve. Please? Okay there is that and I say development, but I don't say "professional" because although Daring Greatly will most likely make me a better teacher, it is more about character development and I would call it spiritual development or emotional development before I'd call it professional development. Commitment tres. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich. It's fun, funny, engaging, and little bit sexy (and there's generally a sexual reference or two that I am uncomfortable with, there are some things I don't believe we are meant to "get used to" or to become comfortable with), and well, they are mysteriously thrilling. Not blood and gore, but interesting enough to hold my attention.

There I said it. *sigh* But tonight I felt like I let my peeps down when I posted book study questions for a chapter I have not read. Alas, tomorrow is a new day.