Happy newses

28 June, 2016
Rat Fink

Where to begin? In a world where really good things are treasured because they happen in sometimes less-than-equal measure with the bad, it’s nice to crow about positive stuff.

So behold, in random order, my list of happy things for today:

  1. The teachers ratified our contract (of the 59 faculty, 56 voted yes, and three didn’t vote). It makes all the hard work and long hours worth it, and I must say I am humbled by my colleagues’ support of what the negotiations team was able to put together. It makes me want to fight for them more and better. Now we wait for the school board to vote on it tonight. I hope all goes well and no one raises a fuss, because going back to the bargaining table after all this would definitely be a bad thing. I’m hopeful, though.
  2. Odyssey 2016 is just around the corner! We leave on 6 July, and we are excited. We’re also tremendously grateful to my sis Mavis and her husband for uprooting their lives to house- and dog-sit so Remy and Pax can maintain a sense of routine and normalcy (and Mavis will spoil them rotten) while we’re gone. The Thriller has already begun packing. Me? I’ll wait till Tuesday night. :-) A special highlight will be stopping in Virginia to have lunch with RtB fiend RD and his wife Bonnie — can’t wait to see them! It’s been too long.
  3. As many of you know, I struggle with osteoarthritis in one joint. After some problems over the last year (I hadn’t been to the doctor about it for the last five), I broke down and went back last Friday. Test results showed good news, although I confess I’m looking forward to getting that socket shot up with cortisone today.

Can you handle any more happy newses? Good, because I’m clean out. But as always, you could share some of your own, and I’ll crow with you.

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28 June, 2016 8:04 am

I love hearing/reading about happy news! Not enough of that in this world. I’ll sure be praying that all of you hard working teachers get the vote you’re so deserving to have! Rickey and I are happy to dog/house sit for you and the Thriller. It will be a mini vacation for us, too. And yes, I’m going to spoil Pax and Remy to the hills and back! That’s the fun part! I hope that shot in the hip makes all the difference, Bird. You have a lot of walking to do around D.C., and I want it to be… Read more »

28 June, 2016 8:15 am

Thanks for sharing your good news! I pray the school board gives it’s approval tonight. We really look forward to seeing you and Thriller. That we’ll see you is our good news. Hope you get some relief from the pain in your hip. Hope you’re able to rest at least a little bit this summer. See ya soon :)


28 June, 2016 9:02 am

I know just how much hard, behind the scenes work that it takes to get a contract ratified…you Ms Finkster continue to amaze! Hoping that this passes despite the nitpickers.
One of my “Happy” things is the chance to vicariously enjoy another Fink/The Thriller Odyssey…as always I look forward to the stories and captured moments! I love DC, so much great history gathered and represented in one locale…I need to go back again, soon.
You will both be in thoughts and prayers!


29 June, 2016 4:04 am

How did the school board vote go? And the shot, did it help?

Yay about the Odyssey, can’t wait to hear about your adventures. :)


1 July, 2016 12:58 pm
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Well that’s good news about the vote! Glad the shot is working, hopefully you will be a’walkin’ pain-free all over DC!