It's that time again.
If you are new to our community then today you get inculcated into a favorite Highlowaha ritual. It is the cornerstone to our existence, because this tradition bears the very name of our blog. On the eighteenth day of each month we stop our normal blog shenanigans and spend the day reflecting on our high, low, and aha from the past month. As an added bonus, we draw the name of one lucky contributor and present the winner with the Ray shirt of his/her choice.
Important Note of Closure Before Going A Step Further: Kat, Cassie, and Peggy... your shirts were mailed yesterday morning! I couldn't bear heading into a new month without first squaring up on outstanding shirt orders.
Also, last month Cheryl generously presented us with Rayflection - an image as familiar to us as the activity itself. When you see Ray's cue, you'll know what to do!
I'll get us started for the month.
Cheryl's boys, flanked by my boys
Matthew, Drew, J.B., and Jack
High: We reached our goal of selling 21 Ikeasaurus shirts by August 18, so that we could help raise money for Ike's medical bills. Learn more here. Thanks to all you community members who did without another want or need so you could help us reach our goal. Other highs include celebrating my mother's birthday today; taking Matthew to the circus for the first time ever; seeing the movie The Julie/Julia Project; and welcoming quite a few new readers into our community.
Low: This has been the month of weird illnesses for me. I got a CAT scan this month (no worries, false alarm), followed by repeated insect bites on my eye. It swelled so much I had to take antibiotics. An allergic reaction to the antibiotic led to intense chest pains, and on Saturday it was all topped off with an ear ache. Flu season has never looked so good.
Aha: I have learned lots more about those readers participating in Strengthsquest Saturday - an experience I am loving. Also... learning more about this administration's health plan; always learning about issues related to student retention; and on Saturday Matthew gave me a fun little history lesson about the Patriots versus the Red Coats.
Now it's your turn. Take a second and share what's been going on in your corner of the world.
Signing off until tomorrow...