“…a little bit of this, a little bit of that”

the ramblings and musings of an elementary music teacher and aunt extraordinaire

The last few days of the year….. December 30, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — marlise @ 10:17 pm

I have a hard time with the New Year. It’s hard to explain just why it bothers me, but it does. Every year at this time, I reflect on the passing year. This year, that reflection is a little tough. The year has been a very challenging one. If you aren’t sure what I mean by that, see this post or this one. It’s not the challenges of the year that make this time difficult, though.

And the difficulty has nothing to do with resolutions. As a rule, I don’t make resolutions. My personal philosophy on resolutions is that if it’s worth resolving to do something, I should begin doing it right away.

No, this holiday is just one that gets me stepping back to look at the big picture of my life. I think it’s that simple process that bothers me. Another year has passed, and my vision of where I thought I’d be by this age and the reality of where I actually am still don’t line up any better than they did last year. When I don’t focus on that, I’m pretty content with my life. I have a great job, a wonderful family, and good friends. I serve a loving God who knows my future, and He has better plans for my future than I can even imagine. My life is not my own, and remembering that keeps me content. So, if it’s alright with you all, (actually, even if it’s not) I’m going to go through the next couple of days as if no transition is happening. When I focus on the transition, my selfish mind goes to a really bad place. I prefer to take this walk of life one step at a time. For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a “Happy New Year.” As for me, I’m going to think of it as another ordinary day, and I’m going to try really hard to remember to write the correct year on my checks.

–That just reminded me…..I don’t write checks very often, and I always have to think twice before writing the date. The other day, I was writing a check, and I realized I had written ’98 as the year on the date line. I don’t know where my head was on that one. Oh well….it did give everyone a good chuckle at my expense.


On the verge of wishing for a green Christmas December 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — marlise @ 7:07 pm

Over the weekend, we were hit with a whopping 17 inches of snow. Like most people, I enjoy a good snow day now and then. After spending nearly seven hours shoveling my car and sidewalk yesterday, though, I’m becoming less of a fan. Then, the authorities deemed the roads unsafe today, too, so school is canceled. Again, these days are welcomed when they hit occasionally, but this is the third school cancellation in the last couple of weeks, and I’m supposed to be directing the Christmas concert tomorrow night. The weathermen are predicting that the roads might be clear enough by tomorrow night, but the whole prospect of directing small children (as young as 3) in a program for which they’ve missed about a third of their practices for the month is a very scary prospect. Also, snow has begun to lose its appeal for me. I used to love playing in it when I was younger, but after lifting roughly three tons of it yesterday, I’m becoming a much less enthusiastic fan.