Hi ho…oy.

It’s an official end to summer on that first day I return to my classroom to get real work done.

During the break, I hired a student who’s good at woodworking to fix my desk (a nice mission style, very similar to this, given to me by the Music Parents Org. 15 years ago). Over time, some hardware worked its way loose, causing the drawers to be all janky and off-track.  Now that it’s fixed, it’s time to go in and put everything back together — including all my sound equipment and laptop station, which were disconnected in order for the carpet cleaning guy to do his thing.

In other words, I’m out of excuses to avoid the school house. Have I mentioned that with each passing year, retirement looks better and better? Not because I don’t love my job, mind. I do. Anyway, what would I do if I retired? We don’t have a big enough nest egg to build a home on a lake, or just travel and relax all the time. Mortgage and student loans won’t wait. Even if I didn’t have to work, I probably should. I’d drive everyone around me batty if I didn’t.

Still, I get kind of, well, grumpy about it sometimes. But I shouldn’t complain (I can see all my private sector readers rolling their eyes), so I’ll zip it. Why so serious, after all? Life is wonderful and everything is great. The gym guy at my high school jokingly calls me The Angry Midget. Whatever could give him such an idea? I’m such a delicate flower.

Are you Happy today, and not Grumpy? I hope so, because Brother does look a bit nettled. I’ll make the transition to smiling myself, once I get showered and gussied. But maybe one more coffee first…

6 thoughts on “Hi ho…oy.

  1. David

    Today is the first day of classes here in the High Country, Grandkids were all smiley. anxious for that very first bell of the year. Their Mom, a 13 yr teaching veteran…not so much; hoping against hope one more day of freedom.
    I think I’ll have one more cup of joe and think about what I should do today….hmmmm.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Why, I oughta… :P

      School is in already out there? Whoa…that’s too early for this broad. And I can totally identify with your grandkids’ mom, unfortunately. Getting out (not because of kids and community, but because of stupid “reform” laws and ridiculous, inappropriate expectations for students and teachers) is sounding better and better… :-(

  2. Mavis

    I bet your desk looks fabulous! Another year….another dollar. I can’t believe summer is over already! I’m looking forward to the musical. You and your students always seem to top the year before, so I’m excited for this one.

    I wish you were retired already. We could make over your kitchen! ;-) Love you, Bird.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      I need my new kitchen!! Yesterday, some salespeople came to the door and asked me what I’d improve on my house if I had the choice. I said, “The kitchen, but I don’t have a choice.” HA


  3. Suzanne

    “Delicate flower” sNOrT

    Darlin’ when retirement rolls around I am pretty sure you will be able to fill your days with lots of great things. Things you WANT to do and you will say to yourself “I shoulda done this sooner”. ?

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      I surely hope that is the case, Suz. At least that’s what I’m planning on, if I can ever arrange it so we can live on my pension! Looking forward to much more relaxation — or at least learning how to deal with it. haha


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