Thoughts, links & ideas from the 2008 National Teacher of the Year

Each time I've taken off in a plane since May (which is a lot), I've been writing in my journal, then adding these journal entries on this blog.

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(Note: the blue posted dates are actually the dates I wrote the journal entries, not when I posted them online.)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Workin' Stiff

Redmond, OR


Well, back to the ol’ grind.  Today, just a quick little overnighter to Connecticut, then another to Texas later in the week.  No international intrigue, no language difficulties, no free little socks that don’t actually fit very well on trans-oceanic flights.  Just regular ol’ domestic travel, domestic accommodations, and domestic bliss (I got to see my family for three whole days in a row!)


But if I can survive a few more short trips, I’ll be on a beach in Mexico with my family.  Granted, there probably won’t be Margaritas, and definitely not a heated pool.  There won’t be running water or even a town within 50 miles.  Or a solid roof to sleep under, for that matter.


I’ll be hundreds of miles from my nearest suit, my computer, my phone, or an airplane, with nothing to do but hang out with my family, surf, play music around the fire, and cook good food.  That vision is getting me through right now.  I’m ready for a break.


  1. Whad'ya mean there won't be margaritas?

  2. will you post to the ntoy blog???
    What will we working shmoes do for entertainment?

  3. I love reading your blog. I definitely enjoyed reading about your time in Japan, what a wonderful opportunity. I was also very glad to see that it appeared that you had gotten home in time for Thanksgiving with your family. I look forward to reading your blog about your next Teacher of the Year experiences!! :) Michael, enjoy this break, you deserve it!

  4. Geisen style on the beach in mexico is hard to beat - you guys so deserve this!

    Great job Jen and Mike in figuring this crazy schedule out and juggling family. You are amazing!

    When it's all settled out, we'll still be here.

  5. Thanks, y'all, for your kind words. And don't worry, Paul Bunyan, I've got a plan for you and the other working shmoes who will miss my postage... stay tuned!


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