First of all:
Happy Earth Day!! Not only do I love everything that Earth Day stands for, I love what the kids get out of it. They all get excited about cleaning up and doing their part. It lights a fire in them, that sometimes never flickers out. On Wednesday, with the 5th grade, we are participating in Litter Blitz- a neighborhood clean-up day. We’ll walk around the block picking up trash and beautifying our block. They seem excited about it, and I’m excited they’ll get to do something nice for their school and its surroundings.
Tomorrow I’m doing the 3rd annual Book Swap in the library at school. Kids bring gently used books from home and trade with other kids to get new books. Bring a book- take a book. It’s always a big hit, and the kids get new things to read. Recycling and kids reading: does it get any better than that?? (the answer is no).
Love your mother, kids!
As for the challenge, the first week was GREAT!! I biked 5 out of 5 days! That’s the first time I’ve done that in months. I feel so accomplished. Only 4 more weeks of school, so I plan to ride every day that I’m able.
I rode to work Friday, and rode home. Then I had to be back up at school for a function with the kids from 5:45-9:15 pm. I rode there, and had planned on riding home after dark, but one of my co-workers refused to let me ride home. She was very sweet about her intentions of driving me (worried it was after dark and that it was Friday and people had probably been at Happy Hour), but she wouldn’t let me ride home. So I got a ride from her. I did 1.5 commutes on Friday. Ha!
The silver lining of riding home with her is that I found out that she’s a liberal democrat just like I am (it’s not something you mention in our VERY red, VERY conservative, VERY judgemental state we live in). I’ve found that if I mention my political affiliation, people see me differently. Not so much my friends- they love me no matter what (how could they NOT, right? ), but strangers will immediately place a label on you. It’s okay if you’re in the majority (Republican), but you don’t really say anthing if you’re not. It’s just the way it is, sadly. Of course, now that I know she’s “one of us” it makes me like her even more than I did before. So I guess if I had to get a ride home, it was nice finding an even deeper connection with her. Dems/libs unite!
This week looks promising for commuting. I will have to drive Wednesday because I have another chiro appointment, but that’s OK. I have a half-marathon to run on Sunday, so I’ll be glad to give my legs a little teeny rest.
Have a great week on the road everyone!