Do you know any teachers? Or rather teachers that work in American schools where they have entered the seventh circle of hell because it is Testing Time? I’ve got a political post coming about the state of education and all those things about which I can no longer keep quiet, but if you know a teacher, you know how exhausting this time of year is.
My day typically starts around 7:30 – where I get into the labs and get our computers set up for testing. And then I’m either monitoring a testing session (doing nothing but aimlessly making laps around a room, making sure that no children are cheating on their tests) or monitoring in a hallway – again aimlessly making laps up and down the stretch because some one has to be prepared to spring into action if a child needs an emergency restroom break or to shoo folks who shouldn’t be in the testing area OUT of the testing area. And then I prep our after school tutoring program, designed to ensure that our lowest readers are able to pass the Third Grade Literacy Gate.
When it is all said and done, I’m not typically back at the house until well after 6:00 – sometimes 7:00 – and I’m exhausted.
When I get out of the car at my wonderful in-law’s, I’m greeted by this sight:
I am a HUGE fan of wisteria…so much so that I have it permanently tattooed on my body (it and azaleas). It is only here for such a short time in the spring…much shorter than even the azaleas…its petals beginning to drop as soon as they unfurl. I feel like with work I’ve been unable to really appreciate all that spring in the South is about.
I’ve been carrying around my Big Girl Camera for the last week, but I am either too tired or the light is fading so that it isn’t feasible to take photos. I’m constantly thinking about it, but it just doesn’t quite happen.
This beauty, though. There’s nothing quite like wisteria.
As you can see, it’s already beginning to fade. I think it’s really only been fully bloomed out for about a week, but I could be wrong about that – it could be two weeks. Since testing has started, I feel like I’ve lost total and complete track of time.
All of these photos were taken with my iPhone 6, edited with Afterlight (using the Wander pack) and Little Moments apps. I admit that a little sheepishly because my Photo Friday series was designed to give my practice with the BGC but as they say, the best camera is the one that you have with you. I’m looking at a long holiday weekend, though, and as soon as this post is done, I’m getting dressed and heading out for a few places to get those photos for next week.
And now it’s time for this week’s Photo Friday link-up!
Last week we had a tie for most viewed links, which makes me inordinately happy!
First up – Swimming in Sunshine and Kelly’s Florida sunsets.
And then we have Destino – with a Black & White Photography Challenge!
Last week’s last link added came from Felix-Traumland – all the way from Germany! Go take a look at the lovely images there!
And now we are on to this week! I truly appreciate all of you who participate and share this link-up 😉
Where I’m linking up today.