Thursday, December 08, 2016
Make it Stop Blinking!
Forced into a one day exile from substituting, I found myself with a whole day to fill. In case you don’t know, I retired a year and a half ago. As part of a special retirement deal that purges “The Big Salary People” from the school system payroll, I promised to work one fifth of a school year for five years as a substitute teacher with one year of pay thus apportioned. One caveat is that no retiree substitute shall work more than four days in any one week or the county feels that I shall be regarded as a full time employee and, thus, eligible for benefits like insurance and a full time job.
So I awoke today on my mandatory day of exile with only the barest sketch of a plan on how to fill my time. First up. Read the newspaper. Check. Have a pepperoni and cheese bagel, Check. Read my email. Check. Respond to email. Check. Find some silly You Tube videos to send to friends (Trolololo Song). Check.
At this point, I realized that it was time to get busy. I knew that I wanted to pick lettuce from my raised beds before the Siberian Express descended on our fair city tonight. I also knew that I wanted to begin decorating the house for Christmas and that meant that I needed batteries for my fake window candles. In fact, I was even contemplating buying some more candles to put in more than just the front facing windows.
These jewels are just like flowers.