The other most exciting moment that has happened to me in a long time was seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavor as it flew to its new home here in LA. I lucked out as it flew over the school where I work at 12:30 or so - during lunch. Perfect time to see it! I could not believe how amazing it was to see the shuttle. I expected to be underwhelmed, but this was one of those moments when the actual event COMPLETELY exceeded my expectations. This is not my photo, but I'm sharing:
Source - LA Times
It did make teaching more challenging for the rest of the day because I just didn't care. Somehow, conjugating verbs paled in comparison to the awesomeness that is/was the Endeavor!
Speaking of teaching and other aspects of my life, I'm giving myself a B (yes, I grade myself). I'm still looking professional, although it's been damn hot with the heat. I can't wait for cooler temperatures to arrive because I seriously lack professional clothes that are suitable for the heat! In other parts of my work life, I'm feeling pretty good about the pace of the year and how 'settled' I feel and that I'm more or less staying on top of grading. That could, of course, change within a day or two, but I'd like to maintain a positive outlook.
The 'other aspects' are up and down. I blame the heat on my lack of motivation in terms of the 'active lifestyle' front. I did manage a run, a spin class and even an early morning swim (yesterday!) this week, but it is 4:00 pm on a Friday afternoon, and I don't think that I'm going to make it out for a run before I meet friends for margaritas. I do think that once I sign up for this race, it will inspire me to pound the trails, but I have yet to sign up, obviously.
Fortunately, the conversation over margaritas tonight should inspire me to commit to what might be my only fall race! Whether I sign up for the 30k or 19k might depend on how much I've had to drink.
Other possible topics over margaritas: how cute a certain baby is; the heat; the Space Shuttle; the election; and Alberto Contador's return to cycling.