Month: March 2018

March 17, 2018: An Atypical St. Patrick’s Outing

Today Andy and I spent some time in North Jersey. I needed to get my hair done, and the salon I visit is a few minutes from my family’s house. It’s almost an hour to travel, but the woman I go to really listens every time I visit, so it’s worth it. After the salon Andy and I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant for dinner. Not your typical St Patrick’s Day venture, but it was still a relaxing place to go.

We also saw the movie Black Panther. We finally went to catch the film, and the theater was surprisingly packed. It was a very good movie, all the characters were strong and well written. I’m very much looking forward to Infinity War, since Black Panther (and other notable super heroes) will be in the film.

March 16, 2018: Maintaining Connections

I had a very good conversation with a good friend last night. We were very close in college, and we manage to keep in touch over the years despite us living in different locations. We arranged to get together in a few weeks, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing her again.

I contacted my family in Paterson the other day, but it’s tougher to get in touch with them. One of my relatives noticed the photo Andy took of us at our pre-cana class last weekend and sent a message to me. I responded to her, but the discussion didn’t go any further. It’s not the first time this person has done this, yet I could never understand why it’s done constantly.

I’m very much looking forward to tonight, since I’m seeing an old co-worker for dinner. We used to work together a few years ago, but thankfully we’ve also maintained contact. Our work schedules make it difficult to connect (I have my crazy hours at the center, she’s a nurse and teacher), but we finally came up with a day to meet up and connect. Hopefully my job doesn’t take an insane turn toward the end of the day which makes it tougher to leave on time.

March 15, 2018: The Decline of Imaginative Play

It’s really sad that Toys R Us is closing all its stores here in the US, because the word out there is ‘children no longer play with toys’. I can’t believe how far children have come from not playing with toys on a regular basis. When I was younger, we always went outside with different toys, and we played with different dolls and toys at home. Now, thanks to our ‘digital world’, children seem to have an aversion to going outside, preferring to look at a phone or tablet screen. It’s really disheartening to see, since there’s a whole world of adventure to experience playing with dolls. The storytelling through the eyes of a child is valuable when they’re playing with dolls and stuffed animals. I see this each day with my toddlers when they’re interacting with dolls and stuffed animals in the Dramatic Play area. The scenarios they create are unique, and not something you would see when looking at a computer screen. As much as our phones and tablets are useful, we are becoming very dependent on them, and now passing this dependency on to younger generations.

March 14, 2018: Wednesday Thoughts

My thoughts as I reach the midway point into the work week:

  • I’m thankful that my left hand is still functioning. My orthopedist appointment is on Monday, so I’m doing everything I can to make sure it endures little stress. As much as I can avoid it at least, given that I work with small children.
  • I’m looking forward to my new subscription box to arrive. I signed up for Book of the Month over the weekend. Since I needed to pause my crochet crafting for the time being, I can’t wait to dive into another passion of mine, which is reading.
  • We live in a country where our so-called ‘leader’ has officially lost his mind. I mean, he’s already lost it, but the actions he’s done the past few days really cements it.

March 13, 2018: Long Week

As I get ready for a very long Tuesday, I try to be mindful of what I’ve accomplished so work life doesn’t get too stressful. At least more stressful than it already is, especially with a problematic left wrist:

  • I completed all my room displays for the month. I most likely need to switch out one of them, just to keep things consistent.
  • I printed out everything for my portion of the naeyc portfolio. All I need to do is place the pages into the book.
  • I have a routine in place for the ‘late group’ I have at the end of the day. Working until 6pm is a very long day.

I will be very, very relieved when the week is over!

March 12, 2018: Home Early

It’s a rare moment when I’m home from work at 6pm, yet here I am at home, at 6:05, watching the evening news. Usually my job has me busy from very early in the morning until after 6…and I’m working until 6pm the rest of the week, due to the center being short-staffed. So I’m savoring this ‘early day’.

Two positive things happened when I came home. I received a letter from Quest Diagnostics. I held my breath as I opened the letter, since I thought it was another bill (they’ve been asking for high bill payments lately). When I opened the letter, I discovered it was a check, for the amount I paid for the last bill. The stated reason was ‘duplicate payment’. It sounded confusing to me, but I was happy to receive the money back!

I also received an email confirming my shipment for the Book of the Month Club. I came across the Club online. It’s a monthly subscription service, where you choose one book out of 5 selections. I’m really looking forward to what the story is like (it’s a mystery novel…the genre is not usually my go-to, so interested in reading something new).