There's a squirrel hanging out in our raised bed right now. We call him "Jimmy." But then again, we call 3 out of 4 squirrels "Jimmy." We also have "Stumpy." (Bet you can't figure why I named him that.)
Yesterday, we got back from picking up the Elder at school, and there was a pair of mallard ducks hanging out on top of our house. Right up there on the peackity-peak-peak. Mr. Mallard was so comfortable with our house that he was downright asleep. Mrs. Mallard was doing her part and keeping watch for both of them.
We live in a neighborhood not known for roosting ducks. There's probably some neighborhoods out there that are, but ours is not one of them. I dig it when animals get all comfy cozy with us.
I'm basically distracted. Squirrely, if you will.
I'm really trying to figure out the best CPR/First Aid/AED training option that I can take so that I can renew my teaching license, which would enable me to look for job that I will likely never look for again. Naturally, this makes sense. Let's think about how this looks right now.
*I already got the degree out of the way. Hot dog. That didn't cost anything. (I jest.)
*I had to ask an ex-principal to pleasetaketimeoutofyourbusyscheduletowriteasappylittlelettersayingthatIusedtoworkforyou. Well, the boy did it for me. (I'm not jesting.)
*I've made three calls to the Department of Education. 'Cause they're nice on the phone but junk when emailing.
*I have to become certified in CPR/First Aid/AED. Here's a quick clue about my thoughts on this requirement: I have to pay for it, and I don't know what "AED" specifically stands for. It takes hours of my I'm-not-doing-anything-else time. And, I have to pay for it.
And this is all for having a 10-year back-up. All of this isn't to say that I would never teach again, but it's not at the top of my next-step-in-life list. Upside: I'm finally working through my next-steps-in-life. Downside: This uncertainty bites.
Realistically, I get it. I make the boy and my parents nervous when I want to let the license expire. Selfishly, I want to let it expire to do something reckless and in-the-moment rather than forward thinking and prepared.
Some day...I will be FOOLISH and RECKLESS and JAY WALK WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE BETTERMENT OF SOCIETY. Until then, someone just pass me a CPR dummy and let this dummy get her certification on.