News at Home – Cleaning Rampage!
So you know how I mentioned last week that I was on a real cleaning kick? Well I went to town this week! I finished off decluttering and organizing all the shared spaces and then I was like, “okay it’s decluttered and it was never dirty, but is it sparkling?” LOL! I scrubbed and scoured, bought a shampooer and shampooed the carpets. Cleaned the blinds and baseboards. Ya’ll I went to town! And now it’s sparkling 🙂 I have no idea what’s gotten into me, but man does the apartment feel great! I’m also a little sore lol!
Besides cleaning, I had to work 2 days this week. I was “voluntold” as the new web master for our school’s website and I had to go to a training. After blogging for four years, this is going to be a piece of cake. However, I have to worry about a lot more things – which I realize I should be mindful of blogging too, actually – like accessibility. Monday was training for new web masters and then Tuesday was actually more of a work day – they updated everyone on new laws and requirements from the district and then we spent like 5 hours in a lab just working on the site. My time went to repairing the site – like 50 some broken links, none of the images had alt-text (major no-no for accessibility), and updating school supply lists. Which was fine really, as I didn’t have much new information to add to the site yet. I have a feeling this will be a pain really close to the start of school… What’s also frustrating is that we HAVE to do everything in an editor. Y’all I taught myself how to work in HTML 4 years ago and now, I’m way more comfortable working that way than in an editor. When something doesn’t look right on the finished page, it’s easier to spot why when you’re looking at the HTML. So that will take some getting used to. Also, their pages are not responsive (aka, they look a mess on mobile devices!). How, in this day and age, can you have an unresponsive sight? I actually think it’s sort of responsive, because bits look good. But man, the text wrapping is wonky and so is alignment. *sigh* letting it go!
Oh and a wee-bit of good-ish news. So they named a replacement for the kinder teacher that left- a 3rd grade teacher that had requested a move to a lower grade at the end of May was given the spot. I really like her, so far, and she’s already been really engaged with the team and planning. But then we got a message that HR says we don’t have the numbers for 4 GenEd Kinder classes, so her spot has to go away. Personally, I think it’s way too early for them to be making that call. The area we service, parents don’t know to bring their kids in already and register them – we get most our students the week before school. So now she’s in limbo. And you know it’s all about money and keeping class sizes as close to the max as possible to save money on staff. GRR! That’s so not what’s right for the kids 🙁 That’s just one more consequence of politicians and businessmen running our school system. *sigh*
We also had a get together to say goodbye to all the people leaving my school – more people than I realized! But none because they hate the school – all because of promotions, family obligations moving them, school endeavors, and the like. Such a shift from my 1st school! Anyway I got to talk to my AP that is leaving and she made it very clear that she wasn’t leaving by choice, but because the district required it (see note above about wrong people running schools… grr!). They felt that since she had been interim principal for 4 months last year and she didn’t get the principal job (Which she NEVER expected to get, since she’s only been an AP for a couple years) that it would be too awkward for her to stay on. Our principal was there and made several comments about how hard it was going to be to replace our AP with someone as good. So frustrating! I hope we get someone good! My AP mentioned they have a kinder opening at her knew school and they needed a really solid lead… and she told me that our principal would probably kill her for saying it, but the job was mine if I wanted it. I thought about it for a second – I LOVE my AP. But I feel really good about my team and school, so I’m staying put. Plus, that could result in some burnt bridges, right? Oh and I so DO NOT want to be lead!
So yeah… busy week!
Blog is doing really well! I’m almost done writing posts for August! I’m so relieved to be getting ahead, so that when school starts I can hopefully keep some momentum going! And I’m finding time to visit and comment, feels great to be reconnecting with everyone 🙂
A much better week, though my food choices still were not the strongest. I started doing My Miracle Morning – I’m going to do a Bubbly Berls Babbles about it sometime – but if you google it you can find out all about it and the book. It’s a method for creating a morning routine and I’m loving it. I mean I’ve always had a morning routine, but this has very explicit pieces – 1 of which is exercise, daily. So days that I wasn’t feeling a full on workout, I did stretching exercises and I feel like that helped get my mind in the right place. And it also includes meditation, something I’ve always sucked at but am really enjoying working on. Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to stop this non-stop mind of mine!
Next week I’m going to make a real effort to make better eating choices to go with my return to daily exercise from this week!
Last Week on the Blog
- [24 Jul] Blood Cross by Faith Hunter ★★★★
- [25 Jul] Michelle’s Currently I’m….#9
- [26 Jul] Babbling about getting rid of ARCs!
- [27 Jul] Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [28 Jul] Friday 5 #Bookish Recommendations ~ #MG Summer Reading
- [29 Jul] The Lost Legacy (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1) by Gwenda Bond, Christopher Rowe, Glenn Thomas ★★
- [29 Jul] Sunday Post with Berls | Cleaning Rampage!
- [30 Jul] Feeling bloggy, working on the visits and vacation soon ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls | Cleaning Rampage!
November 9 by Colleen Hoover #audioreview
My TBR List August Voting!
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 finished The Glass Sword and, though I didn’t love it as much as Red Queen it was still good and ended with quite a twist. Really hoping to get into the next one soon!
On audio I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. *sigh* I had forgotten so many details that don’t come through in the movies and that’s been my chief way of experiencing HP the last few years. I get teary eyed more times than I remembered! To me, this is the book where things start getting REAL. Not that I don’t love the others, I really do.
I’m still reading F*ck Club, which I hadn’t spent much time on due to The Glass Sword. I’m starting to make major headway now. It’s a deeper book than I originally anticipated.
In the mornings, I’m reading Teaching with Love and Logic. I’m reading only a few pages at a time, so it’s a slow go, but I really LOVE the principals it has for managing student behavior and creating relationships. I’m excited to extend what I’m already doing in my classroom with what I learn from this book.
And I’m on to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for my audio read. Love! Bracing myself for what’s coming though…
Not too sure, honestly….