News at Home: Back to Work
I had such a busy week – it’s kinda hard to believe everything that happened, happened JUST this week!
Monday I went to the doctor to get my staples out – Yay! – and I felt INSTANTLY better. I was already feeling pretty good, but those staples just inhibited my movement and even lying down was no where near as comfy with them as without. We also ran a few errands on Monday… picked up my very tiny grocery list, etc.
Technically I got clearance to drive on Monday, but I still haven’t mainly because my car is pretty low and involves a lot of twisting to get in due to my height. And my mom’s car kinda squishes me up – again due to my height (I’m 5’11”) – so she’s been driving me around. I plan to start driving myself on Wednesday though, by then I should be good, I hope.
Oh and then on Monday I came home and was changing my clothes and saw something shiny just under my pant line. Yeah, we’d missed a set of staples! So I texted the Nurse Practitioner and she was hilarious (“are you sure you didn’t want to hang on to it for a souvenir?” LOL!) and got me back in Tuesday morning for that last one. I was in and out in 5 minutes.
Tuesday I stopped at the school to drop off some things and also got a chance to talk to my team because, even though we didn’t have to be there until Wednesday they all were. LOL! I decided to just be honest with my team about the surgery and it went really well – they all were really excited for me because they’ve seen me dieting and working out to no real success for the past year. I haven’t really told anyone else at school, but now that I’ve had the surgery, I’m feeling less timid about telling people. I’m realizing most my hesitation was coming from fear it wouldn’t happen.
Then work started Wednesday and it’s been intense. In terms of returning and surgery – that’s been fine. Easier than I dreamed actually. But gah! How is there always so much to do? We revamped our dismissal procedures and since I seem to be the only tech savvy person (which is kind of scary) I got tasked with creating a map that that parents could understand. Which kind of fell in my lap along with a shit ton of website work (I’m the web master for the school) due to staffing changes and such.
I’m a little nervous about the school year because 1 – we have a new AP and, so far, I’m not feeling like she’s going to be the strong disciplinarian we need :/ I’m crossing my fingers that I’m reading her wrong, but from things she’s said, I think she doesn’t get that forming positive relationships with students doesn’t mean being their friend. *sigh* Y’all let me tell you… I have evaluated my life and I do NOT need any 5 or 6 year old friends. I think I’ll manage just fine without them. And somehow I think I’ll still manage to have great relationships with my kids, just like I’ve had in previous years. A relationship in which they recognize that I care about them and their success but that I am the boss and there are not exceptions to that.
Anyway that’s my first nervous point. Number 2 – we’re a “focus school” this year. What that means is basically that we aren’t performing as well as the district would like on our test scores – we’re still okay in the eyes of the state. So, rather than recognizing that this is because our student population is made up of students who are systemically disadvantaged and come to us unprepared to learn due to outside factors the district thinks they can fix it by imposing a lot more oversight and regulations. *sigh* we spent a lot of time this week on the crap we have to do to make the district happy and I’m just SO THANKFUL that they hardly ever pay any attention to Kinder. We don’t do state tests so they don’t really care much about us. It’s stupid, since we are where everything starts, but let them be dumb and let me keep some of my freedom! But we do have to turn in these stupid lesson plans every week and that’s going to be a real time waster 🙁
Nervous point #3 – Remember how I said they (HR) cut one of our Kinder classes because we didn’t have the enrollment a couple weeks ago? And I said it was dumb because we’d get it? Well yeah, as of Thursday all 3 GenEd Kinder classes are at max capacity. So now we play the waiting game – will they make us open that last spot up… which means last minute hiring, scrambling to get them up to speed, etc? or will it stay closed and we just send parents to another local school? The last option only remains an option if other schools have space, if they don’t, we have no choice and have to open the last section. If only HR would listen to those who actually do the job…
Nervous point #4 – I have a student in my class who’s mom teaches 3rd grade at my school. I don’t know her well and I think her daughter is pretty well behaved. But ANXIETY! A co-worker’s child in my class… I knew it would happen someday, but I was hoping for a couple more years. Apparently she asked for me, which yeah, is a nice compliment since of course you want the best for your kid so apparently she thinks that’s me. So I’m trying to focus on the compliment part of that, but I’m so nervous!
Today my brother and his boyfriend are meeting me at the school in the AM to finish setting up my room, since I’m still limited in my ability to pick stuff up and such. So my room should be 99% ready to go by Sunday 🙂 Yay!!
I actually managed to keep up with my writing posts schedule this week, so I’m almost done with September’s posts! Yay! I wasn’t so great at visiting though, so I’m going to try and spend a lot of time Sunday (tomorrow) catching up with everyone!
Things are going really well with my recovery. I haven’t taken any pain meds since Sunday and have been feeling good (I had only been taking it at night anyway). I’m still on a liquid diet, but since Wednesday I was able to add to my clear liquids creamy soups and drinkable yogurt. It’s nice to add a couple more flavors to the day for sure. But honestly, I still haven’t touched plenty of what I got for the first few days – I just don’t have the desire for anything more. I’m averaging about 550 calories a day right now. I know that’s seriously low and I’m sure I won’t maintain that in the future – it’s just a slow process. I have managed to get in all my protein required (65g) daily, and believe me it’s been work! I need to get in more water, but I’m so busy getting protein it’s hard!
As far as exercise, I’m still on restriction – all I can really do is walk. My surgeon assured me that I can start training for the Boston Marathon (LOL) come September though. I think my main goal, come September will be adding in a good toning routine, since that’s always been a weakness of mine and supposedly toning will help with loose skin (which I dread).
So far I’ve lost 11 pounds, which is a little more than a pound a day. So that’s very promising 🙂
Last Week on the Blog
- [14 Aug] Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [15 Aug] Top ten recommendations for becoming an audio addict #TTT
- [16 Aug] #bingewatchersclub ~ Moving on to something new!
- [17 Aug] Royally Screwed (Royally, #1) by Emma Chase ★★★★
- [19 Aug] Sunday Post with Berls | Back to Work
- [20 Aug] My Last Sunday Post until September 10th ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls | Back to Work
Loyalty in Death #audioreview
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 did finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but otherwise I’m doing the slow reading thing it seems.
I’m working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, F*ck Club: Con and Teaching with Love and Logic. I’m loving all my books so far.
I really hope I’ll get started on my TBR Read this week – Written in Red! Since the review needs to happen Saturday and all, that’d be a good idea…