Happy New Year!
A.D. 2014 has been a great year.
First of all, my mother celebrated her 69th birthday on December 6th. In 2005, when she was 59, she went missing for a week during Hurricane Katrina. When the storm hit, she was alone at my sister’s house in Meraux, which filled with water in five minutes as the levee broke directly behind my sister’s subdivision.
We thought my mother had died. She did not.
In October, my mother attended her 50th high school reunion.
I was her date. It was my first 50th reunion. 😉
With my mother, October 12, 2014
Very good news, indeed.
Other Schneider news from 2014:
I published one book and wrote a second, due for publication late spring 2015.
In 2014 alone, I wrote 272 blog posts, including this one.
I spoke publicly on education issues ten times and in five states: Louisiana, Texas, New York, Indiana, and Maine.
I was on local television four times and interviewed on film for two documentaries, all on behalf of public education.
I was on the radio, both locally and nationally. several times, speaking on behalf of public education.
My blog had almost half a million hits from 167 countries.
The least amount of sleep I had on a school night was 3 hours, 45 minutes. This happened twice, and both times, I successfully taught a full day.
I used only two sick days.
I kept up with my grading.
In July, learned how to successfully replace the ignition lock mechanism in my 2003 Honda Pilot. (My incentive for this venture was purely financial– the anticipated cost to have Honda complete the repair was between $400 and $1000. By learning to do so myself, the cost was only $140.)
I maintained a decent manicure.
In 2013, I had a surgery, a side effect of which is occasional, painful muscle spasms in my abdomen. In 2014, I better trained myself regarding how to “hold” my ab muscles in order to avoid the spasms.
I learned that I like drinking lattes.
I read four books for fun– Pride and Prejudice, RIta Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Great Divorce, and Heaven Is for Real— and started a fifth– A Christmas Carol.
I painted my bathroom.
I dodged needing reading glasses for another year.
And here is my topper:
Over Christmas break, I actually lost a few pounds. My strategy? Certainly not skipping holiday treats. I enjoy food too much for that. Instead, I added sprints to my exercise routine. Insurance. 😉
Happy New Year, all. Here’s to 2015!