Over the past few months my life has taken some turns that I never planned on; never really thought about. Life goes that way sometimes, no matter how much you plan, set goals, anticipate what will come, other things just sometimes happen that cause you to shift your plans, change your goals, or rethink about what will come next.
For the past seven months I have not eaten meat. Anyone that has known me for many years, knows that I was a serious meat eater. I loved meat. Never did I think I would not eat meat for a stretch of seven months. About 15 years ago I was on the Atkins diet and lost about 30 pounds eating mainly meat and vegetables. I thought I was in heaven at the time. Despite what some people believed, after six months on the diet my cholesterol was lower than it had ever been. This year, after not eating meat for several months, my cholesterol was that low again. Who would have thought?
July 1, 2016 I became an education administrator. About 20 years ago, when I was teaching middle school, my principal gave me a pamphlet about a program to become an administrator. When I questioned her about it she said she thought I would make a great administrator. My response then was something along the lines of “NEVER. I love being a teacher.” Yet here I am living in the world of education administrators. Who would have thought?
Since April of 2012 I have been a blogger. I chose to blog because I like to write and blogging seemed like a way that I could write regularly. I love blogging. It gives me a sense of having a voice in the world, and I like that sense, even if it may be a bit misplaced. Lately my work has kept me so incredibly busy that I have not had much time to do many things I enjoy; like blogging. Who would have thought?
As you faithful readers of Sweetwater Lane know, I sell calendars each fall. This year I have struggled to sell them. It seems that people are not buying them as they have in the past. A fried came by recently to get the two she did order and mentioned that last year she had purchased four of them. She went on to say that while her daughter loved hers, she never hung it in her house. She observed that millenials are not hanging calendars in their homes, most likely because they rely on their phones. Who would have thought it? Personally, I can’t imagine not having a calendar hanging on the wall of my home. Actually two – one in the kitchen and one in the office. Sure, I use my phone to put meetings and appointments on the calendar, and love that it will remind me in advance, but I still want that calendar hanging in my home or office so I can occasionally check the date – write reminders on it – plan ahead. Or just enjoy the pictures on the calendar!
This got me thinking about other ways we use our phones in place of other things. My husband is an EMT and he said the younger generation takes out their phones to check heart rates of patients because none of them wear watches anymore. That made no sense to me because with a watch you can still use both hands while you time whatever it is you’re timing, but with a phone one hand is occupied so you are left with only one hand to do whatever needs to be done. Technology does not always make us smarter or more efficient. Who would have thought?