Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share! It has been a busy week with return to school teacher planning, fear of COVID, and attempts to catch up on sleep. I’m enjoying full-caff today, and listening to Kraughbin in the background. It is quite pleasant. Stop and have a cup of joe!
Teacher planning has been interesting, as we have received training for a lot of new policies in our three days of teacher planning. I have a bad habit of touching or rubbing my eyes a lot, so I’ll either be wearing safety glasses or a face shield from now on. Students will be coming to school next Thursday, but we have about 50% of our student body taking online distance learning instead, so classes will be smaller. The plan was for this to go on until 9/14. I just pray those in power will extend distance learning options if COVID numbers have not dropped by then. For reference, my state, Florida, has at least 557,000 cases of COVID-19 now. I have been glad to be in the midst of my co-workers again. Teachers are a special, understanding bunch of people, and we can be pretty fun at times, too! I truly pray I don’t see any of my co-workers become sick this Fall.
I have really slowed down on writing, but I am trying to still blog 1-2 times weekly. This past week, I shared a short tale for Tuesday called The Post Office, about one woman’s struggle with married life. You may view it here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/the-post-office-box-shorttales-flashfiction/ I’d like for you to read it and share your thoughts!
I am sure I’ve said this before, but I’ve really slowed down with writing this Spring and Summer due to the shoulder injury, but I am thinking it is a long-term thing; I may need publish my next book for two years or so. I am looking to be more physically active. Of course, we’ve all had our share of butt-in-chair and being entertained by technology. But I think this is what I need from now on. I used to say “My body can’t keep up with my brain.” I would sit in my chair for hours, writing and entertaining myself. Then, I’d suffer from lower back pain or repetitive stress type pain in my hand and arm. I was sort of proud of my brain being so far ahead, but I do not want my body to fall apart! If my body responds in pain due to repetitive stress or too much sitting, the pain will affect my mental ability. Therefore, I need to keep my body in good shape.
Being back at work last week, I did not crave movement as much, but the weekends need to be pretty active, and more than my 30 minute mile, no matter how sweaty it can be. So, I am looking at doing this in the upcoming fall, and I could even start practicing now: Thrill the World It is a challenge to learn the Thriller dance and perform in zombie attire (by video) by Oct. 24th. Well, I’m at Step 1, but I think it will be pretty fun! I have to decide what my Zombie attire will be. 🙂
I’m not so good at make-up, but I’m sure I can rip up some jeans successfully!
One must have some flights of whimsy now and then, must one? Especially in the midst of a pandemic, COVID anxiety and virus prevention OCD. I know, you’d probably choose something different for your flight of whimsy. That’s what makes life interesting!
Have a great weekend and an even better week, as much as possible!
*The opinions I’ve expressed here about ‘those in power’ are solely my own and not those of my employer.