Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!
- [5 Jul] #SundayPost: So hot
- [7 Jul] Desolation Road by Christine Feehan ★★★½
- [8 Jul] Current Events and Reading: How are you doing?
- [9 Jul] The Room Where it Happened by John Bolton ★★★★
- [10 Jul] #FreebieFriday: July 10th
- [11 Jul] After All by Kristen Proby ★★★★
- Beautiful Criminal by MN Forgy
- Join the Club by Lani Lynn Vale
Hamilton! I saw the show when it came to Cincinnati in late 2018-early 2019. It was awesome to watch it on Disney +!
Well, the big news of the week is I bought a new car! Now, originally, I was looking at base model Jettas-manual transmission, no frills, base. So, we had gone to a few dealerships, test driven 2 Jettas and we just weren’t wowed. At one of the dealerships, they had just gotten a 2019 Mustang turbo premium (originally sold for 41K) with 5k miles on it. Dave (husband) wanted to just test drive it. Of course, it was completely awesome! 6 speed transmission, turbo charged, leather interior, and simply gorgeous. I told him there was just no way we can spend that kind of money on a car. I have ALWAYS had the base model cars. ALWAYS. I didn’t get power windows or power locks until 2014. But every car we drove after the mustang (including an Audi Q3) paled in comparison. So, we took the plunge. Is it more than I wanted to pay for a monthly car payment? Yep. But, I’m 40 years old, I have no kids, and I have a decent paying job (as does Dave). He spends his money on getting a motorcycle, I now spend mine on my new Mustang.
There has been much stress about the upcoming school year. I understand (better than the average person) the need for children to have social situations, the need for schools to provide meals, and the need for teachers to be on the look out for abuse. But, as a nation, we have collectively agreed that large groups of people indoors is a bad idea. And to say that most kids won’t die if they get it is just so callous. I taught in a school where a student died (not of illness) and I NEVER want to do that again. Teachers are adults and many are in the age bracket that is more likely to have complications (including death). Classrooms are CROWDED. They are NOT cleaned every night (if a school tells you it will, they are lying. They don’t have the staff to handle sanitizing the room each day). Students simply won’t have the space to socially distance and teachers will be exposed to hundreds of kids a day. Even if the kids stay in the same rooms and the teachers move, we are still spreading possible exposures. What happens if a student (or teacher) gets COVID-19 and must quarantine? Are we going to have every teacher who came into contact with that person quarantine (like we are suppose to do)? There are not enough subs. Teachers will be working while exposed and even possibly sick because they have no option. Students will come to school sick because parents can’t take the time off to stay home. This disease will spread so fast it will make the current rise in numbers look like child’s play. Honestly, I don’t even want to be a teacher any more. It was an impossible job before. You get treated like crap by everyone-administrations, parents, students-, you get paid a barely livable wage, you are expected to meet high standards that are only measured by a test students take once, you are expected to provide supplies for your room (pencils, paper, tissues, Clorox wipes, snacks (because, again, one thing schools are responsible for are feeding kids). Now, I’m suppose to do all that, in mask for 8 hours and trying to be on the lookout for symptoms a child might be ill (because we are nurses too).
In other news, I don’t even know what other jobs are available for people with a Master’s in education. I don’t even know how to search for a job that isn’t in education. So, I’m stuck. I need a job. I need insurance. This is the most frustrating feeling in the world. All these people (parents, politicians, education administration) have weighed in, but no one is answering the valid questions a teacher has: What if I get sick and don’t have enough sick days? What if there are no subs? Am I expected to teach from home if I’m sick and not just quarantined? Are we going to quarantine when there is a person in the building who tests positive? Who is responsible for daily sanitation of rooms? Who is purchasing the materials to sanitize? Are we provided masks or do we have to get our own?
So, yeah, its a good thing I got a new car because the rest of the week has been pretty stressful. Although, if I get sick and don’t have enough sick days (which I won’t because I switched to a new school this year), I won’t be able to pay for my new car. I just want someone in power to answer teachers’ questions with something better than “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” because that is not a plan.
In other news, I have an appointment with my audiologist on Wednesday. I think I’m going back to the first pair I tried. The new ones just don’t sound as good. And really, my only issue with the first pair (the super high tech ones that did all kinds of cool things) is that they were more visible. But I’m 40 years old and I just don’t care (or at least I know I shouldn’t care and that making a decision based on this is BAD). Then, later in the week a former coworker is throwing a small (so we can socially distance) going away party for me. I’m excited to see my friends again.
So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!