News at Home: Another Busy Week!
What I wouldn’t give for a normal, nothing extra going on week! Didn’t happen last week and isn’t looking like it will happen next week either…
To start with, this week I had duty – which meant 7:30 – 8:10 was lost to me while I watched the kids in the gym that arrived before school starts. I hate duty weeks, they feel so long!
So this week, Monday my kids had to do their CoGAT testing. Basically it’s an intelligence test to help identify the GT kids. What a beating! First of all, it’s not a self-paced test. The whole class has to take the test together. We can’t move to the next question until everyone is ready. Computer trouble, wait. Kid has to use the restroom, wait. Kid fell asleep, wait. Seriously, who designs this shit? And the questions are being read aloud to them by me! OMG, but the worst part was that the test had like 4 or 5 sections that took a total of 1 hour 30 minutes! Y’all ask 5 and 6 year olds to sit patiently and quietly to take a test at a computer for 90 minutes… seriously? I was so proud of my kids though, because they did it with little correction. And when it was over they broke into applause. It was the funniest thing. I immediately took them outside and let them run and play for twice as long as they’re supposed to. Sorry, not sorry. The needed it and had earned it.
Tuesday we had a staff meeting after school and it was so frustrating. It was about how to manage student behavior and it that hour and a half that I sat there, this specialist didn’t tell me one thing I’m not already doing. GRR! I really needed that time to get some work done, but had to waste it. I went to vote first thing in the AM so I could make it to vote, be on time for duty, stay for the stupid meeting, and get to the gym…. so yeah, I was pissed to to stay when I had to go through so much to fit everything in.
Wednesday my old AP brought a kinder teacher from her new school to come observe me and one of my partner teachers. I guess their team really needs some help figuring out how to keep the kids better engaged, on task, smoother transitions, higher expectations, etc. I have to say, this was a cool experience. I’ve had student teachers in my room and while I’m happy to help future teachers, they know so little about teaching really. But to have someone who’s struggling in the exact same thing I do come and observe – that feels like paying it forward. Remember when I started teaching and I got to go to a mentor teacher’s class and observe for a day? And then spent months asking her questions and basically letting her save me from hell? Well, I got to be THAT TEACHER to someone else. So cool. She’s already emailed me several times with questions. At one point my old AP came to sit with her in my room and I totally eavesdropped on the things they were saying (lol) and it was kinda cool to realize some of the things I’m doing that I forgot used to be SO HARD and now are just natural. For example, we did 45 minutes of literacy centers and I heard my old AP saying, “see how the kids know exactly where to go? she doesn’t have to remind them.” And then while they were working , she walked around asking them what they were doing. “You see how they know what their task is and why their doing it? And they go from one thing to the next with no direction. No one is disturbing her or her group at the small group table.” It was so cool to get that reminder that something that used to be so incredibly hard for me is actually easy now – just part of our normal day. I needed that boost!
Thursday we found out that we hadn’t sent home a form we needed for our field trip – the next day. Talk about stress inducing trying to get that form signed for all the kids in time! And to top it off, I had to run out of work to do blood work right one time, only to discover they had messed up in telling me that I didn’t have to be fasting so I had to go today instead.
Friday was the field trip. By some miracle, every kid brought back their form! yay! The morning was so hectic as you have 1 hour to turn in sack lunch requests, write the school name and phone number on each child with a sharpie like a tattoo, send kids to pick up their sack lunches, do bathroom break, turn in attendance and forms, get coolers loaded with lunches, get chaperones paperwork finalized, introduced to kids, go over rules for the field trip (Again), get students who aren’t going on field trip to the right location (and deal with ensuing temper tantrums which are the reason they don’t get to go), get coolers loaded on bus and then get all the kids on the bus at roughly the same time as the other 4 teachers. Phew! Exhausting! But we did it and went to the Dallas Arboretum where the kids had a fantastic time. I kept the most difficult group of kids for myself – not my chaperones – so I didn’t have as much fun until we were back on the bus and about half of them fell asleep.
So that was my week — which is why today I spent from about 11 to 5 at school working. I had so much going on, I wasn’t ready for next week when I left school yesterday. But I’m ready for next week now and after next week – a week off!! Woot!!
Yeah, I’m still behind. Or treading water is more like. I’ll try to do some serious blogging over thanksgiving break so I can get caught up/ahead.
Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge
I’m so proud of myself! I’m already on my third book of the challenge! There are 6 books to read total, so I’m a little under half way there and we aren’t half way through the month yet. Woot! I may make it 🙂
So as far as word count goes, I’m sucking. I just don’t have the time to write the amount that nano would like me to per day. However, what I have started back is a daily writing habit. And even though I have a million projects going (well 2 really strongly going), Michelle made a cover that inspired me and I’m writing a paranormal cozy mystery at the moment. If it comes to finality and is decent, I may have to buy that cover (if it’s available) and actually self-publish. GASP!
Here are my November goals:
- Do yoga every morning for 10 minutes (minimum): Missed Thursday
- Drink 64 oz of water daily: Check!
- Eat 70g of protein daily: Missed Sunday by 20g 🙁
- Go to the gym 3 times a week (Sunday – Saturday): Monday – 1 hour body sculpt class, Tuesday – 45 minute cycle lass, Friday – 45 minute cycle class, Saturday – 1 hour Dance Cardio Class
- Walk 8000 steps a day: Sunday I was under
- Do 1 5k walk with Buffy each weekend: we did our first C25K (for the millionth restart lol) on Sunday. Those 1 minute runs were easier than ever before!
- Lose 20 lbs: I’m at a plateau and I won’t lie, I’m starting to get very depressed about it. So far, I’m up 1.8 pounds this month. I know that’s not a lot – except look at all I’m doing! Working out like crazy, drinking my water, recording every bite I put in my mouth, getting my protein, taking my vitamins! I will be seeing my surgeon soon, since I did blood work today, and I plan to talk to him about this stall – even if I’m doing better when I see him. I feel so defeated… but refuse to stop working. It’s like, I had massive surgery for what?!
Days since surgery: 95
Total weight lost since surgery: 63.2 pounds
Last Week on the Blog
- [6 Nov] Just a Few Innkeeper Chronicles Books I Read
- [6 Nov] Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [6 Nov] Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [6 Nov] One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [7 Nov] Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright Spotlight
- [8 Nov] #bingewatchersclub ~ CHRISTMAS MOVIES
- [9 Nov] After We Fall by Melanie Harlow ★★★★
- [10 Nov] 5 on Friday ~ Thankful Edition! Blogging Thanks!
- [11 Nov] My To-Be Read List November And the Winner is….
- [11 Nov] Berls’s My TBR List Pick for November 2017
- [11 Nov] Sunday Post with Berls | Another busy week!
- [12 Nov] A boring week….Thank goodness! ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Berls’s TBR List pick for November 2017
Sunday Post with Berls | Another Busy Week
#TTT Top ten books I want my future children to read
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
I just finished…
I’m surprised how much I’ve read in a week – I’m not sure where I’ve found the time! I finished Clutch by JA Huss and then started and finished the following book in the same series, Fledge. Both were good, but Fledge was way better.
I also finished reading Murder of Crows for book club this upcoming Tuesday. I liked it and definitely plan to finish this series someday.
I’m listening to book three in the Just Junco Series, Flight by JA Huss. I’m not far into it, but so far, it’s good!
I’m reading On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss for book club, this Tuesday. I’m only 24% so I hope I manage to pick up the pace soon – it’s interesting but I want to be finished by book club.
For my self-help read, I started Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents. A friend of mine recommended this book because we’re always trading parental tales and so far it’s feeling very enlightening. Like, wow yeah, that’s me. Between a hypochondriac narcissistic mother (who I love dearly and lives with me) and a Distant, often rejecting father (who I haven’t actually spoken to in IDK 2 years?) this book was made for me.
I’ll definitely be moving to book 4 in the Just Junco series in audio. For a physical read, IDK yet. And self-help will probably be a little while before I need to switch as I just read a few pages each morning.