This week my work celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week (yes, a week later than everyone else). I couldn’t resist taking my camera (with my macro lens, of course) and snapping a few shots.. especially since flowers are my favorite thing to shoot.
I’ll be the first to say that it’s not about the presents. In fact, in the 2 schools I used to teach at before this one, Teacher Appreciation Week wasn’t something parents even knew about. Actually, even the schools wouldn’t really do much for the teachers.
And if you’re going into teaching for the presents, I’ll say.. you’re going in it for the wrong reasons. Teaching isn’t about that. In fact, teaching is about so much MORE. Watching the kids as they read their first full book, as their write their first sentence. Helping the kids when they struggle with something and sharing in their joy when they finally master it. Creating a strong foundation for them, so that not only do they LOVE going to school… they excel at it.
While I appreciated everything I received, I have to admit that what I loved best were the hugs. The big pile everyone in/knock the teacher over 15 students deep hugs. The “you’re the best teacher ever!” comments. All the little cards my students made me on their own, without being prompted. The parents asking if I plan on moving up to first grade so that they can keep me as their teacher. That’s why I do this job. That’s how I feel appreciated.
But pretty pink flowers are definitely always welcome. 🙂
Took these on Earth Day, finally getting a chance to post them. 🙂
The highlight of my weekend (which went by way too fast, what’s up with that anyway?) is that yesterday I managed to run a full 3.02 miles. Once again, the farthest I’ve ever run but also it makes me feel a little bit better about signing up for a 5K. I am pretty confident that within the next 13 days (ack!) I can add an extra .08 of a mile to my runs and therefore finish when the day comes. I hope. Let’s not talk about how LONG it took to run that far, but it doesn’t even really matter I guess. My first goal is distance. Time will come eventually, I think.
This weekend I also bought the magazine Runner’s World for the first time. I felt like such a poser. Wait, is it spelled poseur now?
One day I’m gonna look like Kara Goucher. Not really.
I also went into Academy to see if they had any cute workout clothes that I needed (thankfully for my wallet, they did not) and found an mp3-compatible top. Um, what? Yeah it was all normal until I turned it to the other side and found this:
A friend said it looked like something.. well not suitable for this blog. I’ll leave that to your imagination.
So you slip in your iPod nano and run with it? I feel like I’d end up with my nano beating up my back while I run. That would be less than fun. Besides, nanos are so… a few years ago. I ended up giving my hot pink one away to someone in need (although sometimes I kinda want it back because it was so cute). If I ever have money (and this would have to be AFTER buying my Garmin, siiiigh so basically I’ll never have money), I’m snagging one of these:
Hello awesomeness. Also know as the Sony W-Series Walkman MP3 Player. Drool.
And finally, there are pretty blooms everywhere. This isn’t really new, it’s been spring since February here in Texas, but I still love looking at flowers. Especially when it’s at a random location, like walking into Target.
At first I thought it was a magnolia tree but now I’m not so sure.
This flower looks a bit sad what with the brown edges. Aw.
And that was my weekend. So how was yours? 🙂
Okay first of all, I finally filled out the About section of my blog, you should check it out. 🙂
Continuing with the theme of looking back, it hit me that I missed taking pictures. I feel like ever since failing project 365 for the second time and downsizing to a purse too small to hold my dslr (though my shoulders thank me), my camera has been unloved. Then this year I thought maybe a project 52 would be possible… I lasted 6 weeks:
(Again, I miss my old blog, where I had a theme that allowed for much larger pictures. Sigh.)
See.. those shots remind me why I take pictures. I’m hoping that having a new place to upload pictures, now that flickr and I have fallen out of love, with help inspire me to take more pictures. Here’s hoping…