Well, this has been another interesting week. The Oklahoma Teacher Walkout officially ended on Thursday evening. Our district started back to school on Thursday, but many of the teachers were still out.
Emily and Noah were excited to go back to school. I think Emily was more excited than Noah. Emily was ready to see her friends and she realized that she wouldn’t have much school work to do with many of her teachers still out of the classroom. But by Friday, most of the teachers were back at school. Only two of her teachers were still out.
Making Up For It
Our school district announced today that they’ll be making up the 8 days of school missed for the teacher walking by adding a few days to the end of the school year and adding about 40 minutes to each school day. Schools will start about 30 minutes early and will let out about 10 minutes late.
The buses will also run 30 minutes early in the mornings. That means that Emily’s bus will come at 6:15 am every morning and her classes will start at 7:10 am. WOW.
It will take some time to adjust to this new schedule. With the new schedule, Noah’s bus comes by at a little after 8:00 am and that overlaps with some of my work calls. We better start adjusting because the new schedule starts on Monday!
One of the things that helped me get through the stress of the last two weeks was being able to go out and get some exercise in the evenings. I’ve been going to a local park to walk around the track.
One night, there was a mother goose with her babies out by the pond. They were just hanging out and following their mother around. So cute!
Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains
The wind has really kicked up around here the last couple of days. That did not make for an easy walk at the park last night. It was worth it to get out and move though. And I have a big blister on my foot to prove just how “worth it” it really was.
That wind has brought along with it historic fire danger in our state. Out in western Oklahoma, there was a wildfire that burned over 200,000 acres this week. By this evening, the smoke and ash had blown into central Oklahoma. The 911 center started getting an influx of calls for people reporting seeing smoke. They finally had to put out a bulletin that said not to call 911 unless you see flames with your own eyes.
I was on a work call this afternoon when I heard a loud commotion outside. I put my call on hold and went to look around to see what happened and I found a heavy, metal patio chair that had blown over in the backyard. I still can’t wrap my head around how that happened, but I’m glad it was not worse than that.
We recorded our first video for the blog this week. The first video we recorded was for Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, but we didn’t have a tripod and we didn’t exactly know what we were doing. It did not turn out well. I got a tripod so we’ll probably try to record the video again this weekend.
I’m still learning how to set up the lighting for the videos and how to edit the videos. I have a lot of respect for people that do that type of work professionally because it is not easy!
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Looking Forward …
One of my main goals for this weekend is to finish my taxes! I don’t know why I waited so long but the deadline is upon us. It’s just one of those yearly tasks that I do not enjoy and I like to put off until the last minute.
I’m also planning to finish editing the banana pudding tutorial that we recorded earlier this week.
What else should we make this week?