Skip to main content

Year Two, Day 46: Z-xit

I am in my library office. I just finished teaching a lovely family - two boys and a girl.  These are the "lazy days of summer" for me.  Just a few students a day.  I like the time to breathe. And the looser schedule allows me to spend a little time with my students.  I like breathing room.

I was able to convince myself to go to the gym before I headed out. I've been pretty consistent about GOING to the gym daily. I don't always get as long of a workout as I should. But I go!

Today, I did a mile on the treadmill while watching the news of "Brexit".  This kind of took me by surprise, and much of the world it seems! I try to stay current with the news, but lately the political campaign has been such a circus, that I don't give it much thought. I sometimes hesitate to search for breaking news when I wake up. I am committed to being aware of, praying for and mourning the latest victims in the newest shooting. But it does drain one's soul.

So, the exit of Britain from the EU was kind of shocking. Now I am intent on doing some research about the EU. It seems from first read, that people were concerned about terrorism and immigration. But it also seems, our English neighbors were critical of the economy, jobs and high prices of housing.  Hmmm...Sound familiar?

I am wondering where Ireland and Scotland now stand. Apparently they voted to stay.

For once the news is not centered on the United States. Apparently, this also has global implications.  My heart goes out to all affected.  And now I am more interested in the news. This beats the Clinton/Trump wars for sure!

I went to BBC.com to see what the British had to say about all of this and found this article showing the front pages of the world's response to Brexit.  It is a historic day, for sure!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36619254

Speaking of economy, our household is needing to tighten our belts.  I was looking at my budget, which is tight during the summer (many students on vacation), when a bolt of lightning hit me.

I spend nearly over $100 a month on the bus here in Portland.  I sometimes miss the bus and have to wait. I often walk, which I enjoy, but I could save $100 + a month by riding my bike to students homes!  The weather is milder. A little rain never bothered me. I have a bike I used in Salem, with a cute little basket to put my books and a lunch.

I am going to spend some time this evening in the garage with my bike and some WD-40.  I also need to check the tire pressure and find my lock.

Then I am going to take it for a trial run tomorrow! My daughter is worried for my safety. So sweet when the adult children start worrying about their parents!

But I am thrilled to find a solution!

If my daughter and her husband ever decide to move and have a real life without me renting, I had considered buying a camper van. Rent is outrageous in Portland.  Maybe we should Portxit!  lol

But now, I need to Z-xit and go celebrate my Mother's birthday.

Happy Friday!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Year Three, Day 134: The Charmed Life of a Commuting Grandma

I just discovered that the Starbucks at Cascades Station stays open until 10:00 p.m. every night.

Just when I was wanting to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Being a commuting grandma really is not that difficult. Actually, my life pretty much rocks right now!

Today has been a very good day. And I had maybe 3 hours of solid sleep last night. The Burrito has decided she likes to sleep cuddled in the arms of her Great Grandma Blanche or Grandma Zita during the day. Or snuggled safe in her infant seat while her mom, grandma and great grandma go out to lunch, do laundry and go shopping.

I warned my daughter that the
Baby Burrito needed some awake time yesterday. Or else we would pay for it in the evening. But getting so much done with a snoozing baby in tow was so freeing. Especially since Baby Burrito's dad is elk hunting all weekend.

We finally roused her for a bath, diaper change and piano lesson early afternoon.

Baby Burrito had a fantastic first piano lesson. At…

Year Two, Day 288: I Found a Place!

This is truly amazing.

God is so good.

All the time!

I posted on Facebook my housing plight yesterday afternoon. And so many of my wonderful friends had helpful suggestions. Several offers for roommates came in.  But most of them so far from my work.

Then, I was heading home after teaching and just felt the need to sit and think.  Of course sitting and thinking go so much better with a cheeseburger on a rice cake, and what do you know...there I was getting off the bus in from of a McDonald's!

So I ordered a quarter pounder with cheese, ditched the bun and plopped it down between two rice cakes (I always carry emergency rice cakes in my bags these days).

I opened up Facebook and found a message from the pastor at my church job. She and her family have a room in their basement that they have been wanting to rent. But they were hesitant to put up an ad. They preferred knowing the person.

And here I am!  This is a blessing in so many ways! I will help them by paying rent and being a p…

Year Three, Day 156: Thank God for COPD and 120 Days of Daily Hooping

10:00 a.m.

Today has been a very good day so far.

I am here at my daughter and son-in-law's church.


I have Baby Gracie duty. It is a pleasure! I had not seen her in four days. Such a difference those days made! I arrived at their trailer before church. I went straight to her crib and said,"Hi Gracie, your grandma is here!"

I scooped her up and noticed her looking intently up at my face. Like she was studying me. I continued talking to her and her face lit up with recognition!

My heart leapt for joy!

I danced with her around the living room, softly singing our theme song ("The Bunny Hop"). When I got to the "hop, hop, hop" part she would grin.




Earlier, I took the Max to Cascades Station. Had a cup of Earl Grey tea and a gluten free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was such a beautiful morning. Clear, crisp and chilly. Sun shining brightly.

I love this time of year!  I did cough quite a bit last night. The Prednisone has taken the edge off, but does …