There were no finals, no kids, and not even a lot of meetings. After a leisure time of coffee, news, and walk with Balt, I got into work to go over grades and finish up comments. I had until 9:30 to finish posting. I had a bunch of artwork to send to print for a graphic design project and a few emails to attend to. I did some cleaning and took care of a work order. I picked up lunch for the art department and the five of us gathered together for one last time of sharing before heading out to our staff meeting at 1pm. It was an hour of non stop clapping, celebrating all the milestones. Geof got his 20 year certificate and gift card for teaching at Memorial but he says he only remembers 19! I had to do some math to figure out that I had finished my 18th year teaching today, only 13 at Memorial.
After school I ran out to the pool only to find it packed and no where to park. It was 90 degrees and muggy, so of course everyone wanted to be there. I decided to go to Costco instead. I came home and got working on laundry and some clean up before heading out to my first grad party of the season. Four very special girls-- swimmers that Jessi was good friends with-- had a grand party with tons of families, teachers, and kids from both this years and many years past. It was great to connect!
I came home and sat outside to write to Monika. She emailed me earlier this morning to let me know she'd made it to Abu Dhabi and was spending much of the day there (night for her). Because it is Ramadan, it was very quiet. She wasn't able to get in a city tour either. Luckily there was internet and she could watch a movie or two, and email. I got a text while I was at the party that she had got into India and when I got home this evening there was an email waiting. She is all settled into her room ready to start a new adventure in life!! I am so excited for her and can't wait to see pictures!