Sunday, September 12, 2010


The first week of school is under my belt, and it was a very successful start for my students. My favorite students are those that are taking one of my courses for the first time because they aren't quite sure how to take me, and they are genuinely excited about what the course offers. We already have jumped into Photoshop and their energy is fun for me to watch. Yes, that initial attitude eventually wears away to some degree, but by then they are well-trained clay in my hands : )

One little catch to the week: staff drama. Some people are simply horrible divisive trouble-makers, and they make it difficult to do your job. They are toxic and negative, and they pollute the hallways and faculty room.  I try to avoid confrontation, but when these toads begin dragging me into their messes and making me look sloppy because of their mistakes -- well, that is where I draw the line. Sooo, after much spent energy and a couple of meetings, all is in order. For now. This particular character will certainly strike again, but I am ready for her. I am not intimidated just because she started teaching during the Ice Age and just because she thinks she is in charge. Whatever.

I have taken a deep breath, and let it go. Ahhhh...

Sadly, my cousin has also stirred up trouble so there was some family drama on the home front. He is a person who doesn't debate well (he gets angry and then vile like a toddler) so sadly there was no resolution with him and there probably will never be. My only concern is my mother's relationship with her sister as my cousin is hell-bent on driving a wedge between them.

Another deep breath...

All this makes me count my many many blessings:

... Son
.. Husband
... Mom
..... Brother
.. Friends
.... Pets
... Church Family
.. Faith
. Good Health
... Nice Home
.. Job
. Marketable Skills
......... Peace

Another blessing: Knowing that getting dragged into drama gives the other person POWER, and I refuse to let that happen. I am a stubborn German. Don't mess with me because I can easily dismiss you and move happily along.

So, today, I am at peace despite some of the drama spiraling around me. Life is short.

sunset on Lake Ontario a few weeks ago

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