So I posted my Day 19 on Facebook as a new cover page, and of course it took people about 15 seconds to get dirty-minded with it:
I’m sure I don’t need to go into detail about where their minds went. But just like the saying goes, when one “went there,” others followed…then they didn’t like it when I pointed out that only the males were getting naughty. Truth is truth, sorry dudes! OK, I could give them the benefit of the doubt and say it’s possible they didn’t know what it means to “touch yourself up,” but I was only being half-serious when I pointed it out anyway. I mostly did it to annoy them, since they were annoying me. Ha!
That sparkly little saying has been stuck in a mirror for about ten years, I’d bet. It came in a tube of limited edition lipstick from MAC and has been in the mirror ever since. I haven’t really looked at it in years, but in attempting a 365 today I took a quick snap of it, and surprisingly liked it best of all that I shot (which wasn’t much; I have a feeling every single square inch of my house is gonna be photographed by the time this 365 is over). I’m trying to think about how the saying relates to my life lately, but I’m coming up a little short – except that every time I touch myself up (keep the dirty thoughts to yourselves, dudes) I write a blog post about it.
I suppose I could stretch the saying to fit my new classroom position too. It’s still in a state of disarray – we have the basics, but barely enough to call ourselves a classroom at this point. And I’m still feeling very un-anchored to anything; the kids are just coming in and treating it like a study hall right now, which is unnerving to me as I’m used to lecturing, teaching, and controlling every single minute students are under my control. But this is not an English class, it’s an assisted study hall, and the coordinator swears this is normal for the beginning of the year, and that as kids get used to me and the class and their other classes they will start to access our resources (hope we have some by then) and request more assistance. Still, I feel like I should be DOING THINGS for them, and there’s not that much to DO for the students yet. We still have no computers, no bulletin or white boards on the walls (so I have nowhere to put up notes and reminders for the kids), no conference table, no printer, no student files, and little to no organization because we just barely had time to get the furniture put together before the kids arrived. So…make the best with what I can, and the rest of our resources will follow, I guess?
For sure, if it weren’t for the 365 project I’d have no photos to share at all, so I guess the saying could apply to my photography as well. Shoot what I can, and more will follow, or something. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do a proper shoot again. Feels like forever since I did one, but there’s still not enough time, and if there ever is a little bit of time I’m too tired to bother. August is pretty much shot; I’ll just have to hope for more in September.