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Hi Ho, Hi Ho & Other Parades

It’s off to work I go. Bleh ….

You know, when they pay you to stay home (vacation), it is awfully hard to muster the energy to return to work. Lately I’ve been up every morning an hour and a half before the alarm. This morning I almost slept clear through. Why is that?

WORK! That’s why. The good news is, I love my students and all will fall into place when I see their smiling faces. Right?

Yesterday I was featured on, The Bestest Blog of All-Time, as a “rerun” Monday. My repeat 24 hours of fame brought me twice as many hits as my first run! On Sunday evening 132 people skipped by my blog. On Monday, 529 people passed through. Out of all those people, only my regular peeps and three new people posted. It was rather like having a New Year’s Day parade pass thorugh the living room — except they weren’t waving! (Just as well! Can you imagine answering all those comments!)

Oh yeah, WORK! Better run …

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You were featured on ” The Bestest Blog of All-Time”. That makes you a blog celebrity. It is an honor to be a regulat commenting visitor to such an imporatnt blog. Enjoy the day.

  2. Hope your day went well i’m back tomorrow and dreading it!
    One of the best things about christmas was quality family time! Now its back to the grind time!
    Just dropping by to wish you a “Happy New Year”

  3. Is that Bazza-Tina, or Tina-Tina? I suspect, Bazza, confused about his identity again. Poor man.

    Rob — so far, so good. We are welcoming the kids back to the grind with a 4 page math test. All I hear are pencils scratching and heavy sighs.

    Jill — actually, in the desert rain is welcomed and celebrated. And I wasn’t grumbling for real — honest.

  4. LOL to OC!

    Quilly, a bucnh of peopel that pass through and never return, you better make do with our daily jibberish instead πŸ™‚

    Of to work I go tomorrow. I took today off! I just called and said, i wonæt be coming, I will be horseback riding and tehy said: OK!

    I´ll try that again some day. I learn quick!

  5. Parades are always entertaining and I am happy you enjoyed yours. Congratulations.
    Enjoyed the back to work sleep pattern. My life is either a feast or a famine status. At the moment I am helping someone short staffed, so I sit on the see saw of income ups and downs…lol

  6. Welcome back to the Old Grind. Today was also my first day back and in my new job and department. Like you Quilly I seem to have these visitors but the only ones who actually stop and say “Hi Old Fart” are my regular visitors like you.

    Blessed day wished for you, hope your first day back wasn’t too hectic.

  7. Wish you could stay home and have fun. Kids here start back tomorrow, yippie i can hardly wait!!! Oh, atleast this parade doesn’t leave a bunch of trash to clean up.

  8. OC — That’s why I go to work. I could probably get a better paying job and owe less, but wouldn’t have the kind of free time I have now.

    Minka — your daily jibberish is sweet music to my ears.

    Pauline — I would like some income ups ….

    Silver — I don’t mind. Can you imagine if they all commented? I’d still be reading!

    Jan — yeah — I saw pics of the NYC streets. I don’t have the kind of vacuum cleaner a mess like that would require!

  9. The Eternal Conundrum: We want more comments, but we dread commenting in return. Maybe we can use the money we earn with our blogs to hire people to return our comments for us…?

    What, Quilly? You aren’t paid to blog? Well, why on earth would you do it then? (Hmmm, an even better Eternal Conundrum…)

  10. You’d have to give up blogging before you could answer 500 comments! Lots of people reading though, that’s excellent! My teacher daughter was fighting the same problem today. She said it would take only the morning bell to “jolly her back into teacher mode”. You teachers are nutty people!

  11. Congrats on being featured….I did not know about it till now….

    I work all day and night at home and I do not get paid or get a vacation….but I do love the smiles on my families faces when they come home from school or work!

  12. I returned to work yesterday after 10 days off, and found it very difficult. However the good news is I’m off again today (child care duties), but back again tomorrow, boo.

  13. Back to work you go, huh. Ah… kids are wishing vacation would last a little longer. They are never ready to return to school. Me, I can hardly wait, haha.

    If that many people came through my blog, I would be overwhelmed, probably just as well they didn’t all leave comments, you would have to take a whole off just to repond. πŸ™‚

  14. Congratualtions on your moment of fame! And I know what you mean about having to return to work after having paid time off…you have smiling students, I have smiling passengers- though one less now. Mrs. Miller has been banned from riding the bus- she jumped out in front of one too many…

  15. Al — I am paid to blog. I recievewit and humor in abumdance.

    Kat — I don’t think I would have tried. Hard to type when prone on the floor in a dead faint.

    Lori — it is an important job and your family loved you for it.

    Bazza — nice to see you as yourself. πŸ™‚ How did you do on your day back? Must be a hard life.

    Nea — most of my students came back half asleep. Many of them had forgotten there was such a thing as 7:30 a.m.

    DaBich — if they would just let me teach, I would be much more content.

    Cindy — I am glad Mrs. Miller didn’t start the year as a grill ornament.

  16. I am one of the people that strolls through your house (blog) almost daily from Australia without waving, so HI πŸ™‚

    I love your sense of humor and at the moment your great posts about school are preparing me for my soon approaching return to teaching after a year off on family leave..

    You deserve the Bestest Blog of All-Time award. Thanks for entertaining me daily πŸ™‚

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