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Is the photo better than the vacation? – CNN.com

On Sat, Aug 4 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
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Is the photo better than the vacation? – CNN.com.

I think this is hilarious. Hardly worthy of a news story. But since we have had kids – I’ve said that the most interesting part of a vacation is when you realize that you can’t wait to get back to work so you can take a break!

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Sunrise – Sunset

On Tue, Jul 3 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
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I love the Fiddler On The Roof Soundtrack with Zero Mostel. But that is really not what this blog entry is about.

This blog entry is about sunrise and sunset. WELL – not just the sun – but how it intertwines with something interesting to me. Okay, here’s the thing. I lived in Florida for 6 years and loved it. It was hot and the hurricanes were not fun – but I really enjoyed the mild winters and the beach.

On my way to work each day, I would drive south. When you drive south to work, the sun rising in the east comes into your drivers side window. If it is raining – it really doesn’t bother you but when it is a sunny day – you get BLASTED. I know it sounds petty – one of those “suck it up” kinds of things. But when you drive to work day after day and every day without relent the sun is bearing down on you – you notice. I have driven on a few roads in Washington DC where you literally cannot see the stop lights because the sun is beaming at exactly the right angle blinding you – and frankly – every morning on the news you will hear about how it is causing an accident or some sort of traffic congestion.

Anyway, I spent 6 years driving to work every day and getting the sun shining in my eyes from the side keeping me hot and kind of annoying me on the way to work – don’t get me wrong – I’m thankful for every day that I have air in my lungs and can see the sun rise – but sometimes it just set the mood for me for the day – and I chose to let that mood not be the best it could it be.

Then I would head home.

Yup. Same thing. Unrelenting. The sun sets in the west and as I would drive home, north bound, it would blast me again. This time a little hotter from the full day of sunshine. It was something that I let get to me. In fact, I remember thinking to myself, I need to find a job that is north or west of where I live so that I can make sure the sun isn’t interfering with my commute.

As I drove in to work today (and I have been driving here for 19 months) it hit me. I have a LOVELY and GORGEOUS drive to work, every single day. I drive west in the morning and east in the evening. The sun is BEHIND me. I love it. I really do. Some mornings, the sun is coming up and hits the mountains as I drive toward them – really beautiful. And the fog over the lake is bright and beautiful when I drive by them on a dewy cool morning in the fall.

The only thing that would be better would be to not have a commute at all, and instead work from home and watch the sunrise from my porch with a cup of coffee. In lieu of that dream being a reality right now – I am GRATEFUL for the lovely drive that I have now. Feeling blessed. :)

PS. Thanks Dad for letting me have these beautiful images for this blog entry ;)

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Mike Rowe Senate Testimony : Dirty Jobs

On Fri, May 13 2011, in Jessica, by Leroy Leese
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Mike Rowe Senate Testimony : Dirty Jobs : Discovery Channel.

I found this to be really interesting.  My father, uncle, great uncle and grandfather’s are (or were) very talented engineers but also very skilled at almost all labor categories.  These are most definitely becoming lost arts, including the skills to maintain a car.  I’m torn between wanting my children to take interest in things like skilled labor categories and our military and what seems to be the opposite route – white collar work.  Time will tell – perhaps their personalities will make it easy to steer them in a direction.

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First Days

On Mon, Jan 22 2007, in Jessica, by Jessica
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I have started my internship at St. James School in Montgomery and will be here (I think) until May 3rd. I have to teach for 20 full days, 10 of which are consecutive. I thought I’d take my time and put those toward the end, however, my cooperating teacher has the flu and is home sick, so I have been asked to run rehearsals for 4 choirs in addition to other music classes. I am kind of excited to be thrown in this way, because I don’t have to worry about messing up in front of an expert. Today’s high school rehearsal went suprisingly well seeing as how I knew about 5 minutes before class that I would be teaching it. I am looking forward to learning more, but am nervous about completing all the required red tape in order to graduate and obtain my teaching certificate. As I side note: I have never seen a group of people more obsessed with Starbucks than this school. The teachers, the students, the parents…wow. My teacher must drink 4 cups a day! (Thankfully, I am not drinking coffee right now to help with my Acid Reflux. Otherwise, I would go broke !)

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