wonderful Monday over with! it's my longest day with teaching all day and going to the community college to teach a night class. classes were better than usual today, and this is only because it was still-asleep-Monday. BUt also the main thing I was really greeting each kid as they came in and started class going right when the bell rang. makes a big difference! I'm trying to keep a real tight control on any sidetalking. you HAVE to this time of year because their minds will turn off this close to a vacation break.
College class is almost done! they all turned in their last paper tonight worth 200 points and also some did a mini presentation about their topic, how they supported it with research, etc...We also watched a few parts of the "Helvetica" documentary. always a good way to end the semester. just one class left.
I've been in the process of refinancing my house and it's taken a while... I found out last week that because I had a govt program for teachers that paid my downpayment when I bought the house, there was a little second mortgage on the home that no one could find the amount to clear it with my mortgage, the bank asked me to call around to get info, and it turned out it was on the pay off statement all along! I called back my bank and told them that line 2737 showed the amount and both amounts would be cleared by the bank once they got the payoff. blah blah, what a hassle. but good news I'm going from a 30 year with 7.76 to a 15 year at 3.65 and I'll be paying $100 less a month! woot woot.
what really sucks is I wanted to get all this over with before my Dec mortgage was due, but too late. dang it! but all is good, should be able to close some day after school this week. Lord willing...
I'm trying to get 2 married couples over this week for dinner but it's a crazy time of the year and not sure when everyone is free. but I'm looking forward to showing off my house a little bit and just seeing them again, from my old school that I taught at before going overseas. got a big party weekend coming up this weekend 2 parties on Saturday, one a gay couple that my bud S. and I helped move in this last spring, and then after that we'll be heading to this guys huge house north of OKC where 3 gay couples all throw a party together...always fun to get out and see who's in OKC, haven't really been looking to meet anyone lately in OKC in a long time, but really these parties are just to get out into OKC and see people I already know and haven't seen for a while, I don't go out to gay bars in OKC much anymore, can't even remember the last time actually, come on it's OKC!!! after all. now Dallas , that's a different story, and I might be headed that way for New Years to see my bud down there, still undecided.
OK SHAMELESS PLUG time, only because it's Christmas and I had a few emails about wanting to send me something, this or that. I have a wishlist on Amazon.com that you can find under the name "daninokc" ..... but to be honest, I don't expect anything from readers, it's enough just to get my thoughts onto the blog here and get some common responses and ideas back in comments and emails. You can always just check out the list to see what sort of things I'm interested in reading/listening to/ or watching... if curious.
speaking of curious. I'm coming up on the new year and this is always a time for reflection and taking account of things. Is my life moving forward and it what way, and what are my goals etc...? this year I'm still single and not having children. Anyway those are thoughts in my mind. God has given me a job, so I have to consider how am I best serving him with that job, or could there be something more planned for me? But I also have to decide what else can I do for me to move forward into a relationship, companionship! I'm still waiting to see who I'm going to grow up and be. ha with this beard, I feel pretty grown up believe me. It may be coming off for the party this weekend, I got to get all clean cut! :)
BIG NIGHT tomorrow night! you guys ready for the GLEE Christmas special ??? should be interesting, I've been listening to some of the online clips from the album. Maybe I'll get the tree stuff out and put it up while it gets me in the mood. speaking of getting in the mood, how about that Darren Chriss boy on the show... oh my! mmmmmm hmmmm!