Sunday Post with Berls | I’m so ready!

Posted November 18, 2017 by Berls in Uncategorized / 16 Comments


News at Home: I’m so ready!

Guess what! Today is the first of 9 days no school and I’m so ready!!

This week was really good for the most part. Class went smooth, parent night (another one!) went smooth. It was a long week, because it was the week before break, but considering it was the week before break my kids were well behaved and I’m happy with how things went. My team got an awesome compliment this week – we were told that “they” (the people at district that I never know exactly what they do) have come to the conclusion that we are the BEST Kinder team in the district. Ya’ll there are 48 or so elementary schools in our district, so that’s a huge compliment. I think it kind of made my week.

I got a new student and I’m having a really hard time figuring her out. She doesn’t talk much and falls asleep all the time. She’s super low academically – can’t write her name, doesn’t know most of her letters or numbers – but doesn’t cause problems either. Mom has been 100% uncommunicative. I met her briefly when I got the new student but obviously couldn’t talk because I had a room full of kids. So I gave her my parent folder with all the info about our class and told her I’d send her daughter home with more specific, personalized info that night. Among the things I sent was a student interest survey that goes a long way to helping me know students and a class contract. Neither has been sent back. Her folder that I use to send home papers and communicate never made it back after the first day. I’ve called and not received any reply. So that’s frustrating. I’m hoping it’s just pre-holiday busy mom and I’ll get a response after break. #beingoptomisticnotrealistic

And, speaking of parents making my job harder… I have 1 student – ONE – that causes a lot of problems. I’ve mentioned him before. But the thing is, I feel pretty strongly that he needs testing. He’s not in control of himself. And that takes a lot of work and documentation – and parent support makes all the difference in the world. Since BOTH his parents are middle school assistant principals, I expected them to be communicative and helpful. Instead, I had the worst parent-teacher conference about a month ago. And then this week when mom sent in a note in his folder saying she’d like to meet, I called a left a voicemail to see if we could meet this week (listing no less than 9 times I was available). No reply, so I called again Thursday. The reply was a note in his folder on Friday telling me that we will have to meet after break, that other kids are bothering her son, he comes home sad and does not like kinder. *grr* well if I was in trouble all the time, I don’t think I’d like it either. But that’s not because of something I’m doing, it’s something he/they need to deal with. But yes, please push back meeting with me as long as possible and try to act like it’s my fault and I should feel guilty he doesn’t like Kinder. Because I’m just the one bending over backwards to try and help him have a better experience. I don’t need you at all. *sigh*

So yes, I’m very much looking forward to a week away from all of that! I have a super busy week ahead, starting with a bunch of surprise birthday things for my brother today. We’re doing an escape room, lunch, and then I’m holding him captive while his boyfriend sets up a hotel room he rented for a late night party (that I’m too much of an old fart to participate in – I’ll be a pumpkin by time it starts). So I’m excited for today (and I’m probably just about done with it all by time your reading this).

The only downer is that I’m getting sick… have been coughing up mucus and very stuffed up for the past 3 days and it’s getting worse. It’s really messed with my morning routine and just my general get up and go. So hopefully it’ll go away soon!

Blog News

COYER sign ups went live today! Check out the post and see if you’ll join us for COYER Winter Switch!

For our Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge, I’m on book 4 of my series. The last 1.5 are not available on audio yet, so I have a feeling I won’t be finishing the whole series this month, but I think I’m going to get to call it a win, having finished all the audiobooks available 🙂

NaNoWriMo is going horribly and I’m wondering why I tease myself into thinking I can write and teach and blog and be a step-mom and go to the gym and all that. There are many superwomen out there, but I’m just not one of them.

Speaking of horribly – I’m a blog failure at the moment. But I hope to change that over break. I don’t have near as much going on as I normally do, so fingers crossed! Thank you for being amazing and visiting me even though I’m sucking 🙂

#FitReaders Update

We’re halfway through November… here’s how I did on my goals this week

  1. Do yoga every morning for 10 minutes (minimum) – only did yoga Sunday – Tuesday
  2. Drink 64 oz of water daily – did it!
  3. Eat 70g of protein daily – missed Friday by 3g! Close enough 🙂
  4. Go to the gym 3 times a week (Sunday – Saturday) – only made it Monday and Friday
  5. Walk 8000 steps a day – everyday but Sunday!
  6. Do 1 C25k walk with Buffy each weekend – completed on Sunday and upped my pace from 22’06” to 20’59”!
  7. Lose 20 lbs– I’m down 9 lbs for the month.

Days since surgery: 102
Total weight lost since surgery: 74 pounds

Okay I’m frustrated, but not because I’m not losing weight. This week the scale started moving again – yay! But do you notice that I didn’t do so hot on my goals? Missed yoga most the week, only made it to the gym 2 days and I feel like I did worse than I have since my surgery on food choices. I ate a piece of chocolate yesterday (at was a fun size, but I haven’t eaten candy since July)! And now the scale is like ok you can lose again. The 9 pounds I’ve lost this month? Yeah it was like all THIS WEEK!

Of course I’m happy to be losing again, but I’m confused. I’ve been doing everything perfectly (according to instructions at least) and I don’t lose… hell I gain! Then I have a rough week and the weight starts falling off? So was this week a snafu? Or is this what I was supposed to be doing? Or was the non weight loss me healthier and just not seeing the results? I wish I knew!

And to add to the frustration, my surgeon has decided to take off next week. Kudos to him, except that was when I was supposed to see him and seeing as it was when I have off work, it was my one chance to have an appointment that wasn’t rushed. Usually my appointments have to be super quick because I’m using my 45 minute conference period and 30 minute lunch that follows it to drive there, have appointment, and drive back. Best part, he’s book until at least December 1. So who knows when I’ll get in and I think I’m going to have to get a sub so that I can have a decent appointment. GRR!

Anyway, this week I didn’t do great on my goals because I just didn’t feel good. Next week I plan to go to the gym and everything like planned, so I guess we’ll see how the weight loss goes next week.

Last Week on the Blog

Coming Next Week From Me

We’ll see what I get written this weekend… since I have nothing done yet.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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 Flight book 3 in the Just Junco series by JA Huss. I’m going back and forth on this series. There are elements I really love and things I just don’t care for.

Reading Now…

I’m so incredibly close to finishing On the Plus Side, but it’s been slow going because I keep falling asleep so fast! I think because of been a wee-bit sick.

For self-help I’m still reading Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents. As much as I’ve enjoyed the way it’s spot on about my effed up parental relationships, I’m really ready for it to get the part where you stop describing the problem and start talking about the healing.

I started book 4 in the Just Junco series, and it’s okay so far.

Up Next…

Not sure. I have book club on Tuesday and haven’t even started a book for that, so trying to decide if I should even try or just show up to chat lol.

How was your week? What are you Reading?

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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16 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | I’m so ready!

  1. Jen

    Yea for a week off!! I hope you are enjoying it!! I saw the pics on the escape room – looks like fun!

    As for the weight… It could be that your body was going through an adjustment period, and now all the work you’ve been doing is showing up. This happens to me a lot. Don’t look at what you did this week specifically, but what you did for the 2-4 weeks before. If you keep up with weeks like this one, you may find yourself stuck again. Does that make sense? Anyhow, great job. I hope you find time to see the surgeon that doesn’t mess you up.

    • Yeah that makes sense. I definitely don’t plan on continuing with weeks like last week – it was definitely because I wasn’t feeling well. I’m back at it with my routine this week and so far the scale is still moving so fingers crossed that was exactly it.

      Hope you’re having a great week! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Isn’t that crazy?! So frustrating! But otherwise it was a good week 🙂 hope you’re having a great week! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh my heart hurts for your new student. It sounds like there’s something just wrong with the whole situation. That’s too bad about your problem child. It reminds me of the son of a friend of mine. He has some severe ADHD/impulse control issues as well as a whole host of other things and she’s constantly furious that the kid’s teacher won’t remove all distractions from the room in order to help him – these are things like the reading nook with stuffed bear that I’m sure is a reward for good behavior or meeting your AR goal, or the posters that are on the wall or a whole host of other things. She’s also mad that the teacher won’t give him his test one on one (there is no EIP and seriously this is a class of 19 2nd graders.)And she’s mad that the other kids won’t play with him on the playground (this includes my son) because they got tired of this kid pushing them down. Hearing her rant makes me very sorry for the teacher though thankfully the principal has backed the teacher all the way. Enjoy your break! Have a great week and happy Thanksgiving!

    • I know, I’m seriously worried about the situation with my new student. The fact that she’s starting a new Kinder in November is worrisome enough, but to then have no communication from her mom? Troubling. Yikes, I feel for the teacher. I get that parents want their child to have the best experience, but not at the expense of others. I hope there is a plan on place to get him into a better suited environment since he’s not going to get what mom wants for him in GenEd. Glad principal is supportive!

      Have a wonderful week!

  3. That is an AWESOME compliment!!! Yes, we never know who “they” are either. Although there was a person who had a position created for her so “they” could cut her out of being the high school principal, so “they” created some make-believe job for her in admin. Thankfully she left the district this year after years! You guys should TOTALLY celebrate and remember that you are the best Kinders!

    If you don’t get the folder back the week after Thanksgiving, I’d schedule a home visit with the counselor. While I will say that is very odd for kindergarten, that is almost the norm for middle school. Over the years, these are almost exclusively the types of parent/student reports I make. There has only been one that had slightly different twist to their situation. Each time, there was something going on that was investigated.

    Your two AP parents are doing some massive lip service, denying the issues revolving around their child. We see it ALL the time. I’d be sure to ask in your parent meeting what he is like at home in general terms and then citing specific situations at school (like following 1 direction) and how he also responds to that at home. I’d gather as much information as I could, maybe even ask them some of the questions from the Vanderbilt assessment. I’ve had an incredible number (of boys, always) who play the “the teacher hates me” card because of their behavior, and I have turned the tables to make their parents realize that yes, they don’t feel great about school because their behavior is constantly putting them in the spotlight, and I shut that little train of thought down.

    The one time I lost 50ish or more pounds was during one of the most emotional upheavals and stressful times of my life. Stress and worry can affect your weight loss. Some data shows positively, some shows negatively. Keep doing what you’re doing, following the directions, and get into that appointment as soon as you can.

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    • Hahaha the elusive “they” but they are never people you want to hear are coming to your school, are they? Yeah, we’re totally celebrating. We wish she’d tell the whole school so people stop blaming us for deficiencies that develop over the years.

      I’d like to schedule a home visit, but our counselor is next to useless and would NEVER support me. Maybe with the AP, she’s way more useful. I do feel like something is up, because for Kinder and starting a new school like this you’d expect SOME response.

      As for the AP parents, I sent a pretty detailed email (approved by my principal, who I cc) explaining that she was right he is bothered, because of his hyper sensitivity (citing examples) and of course he’s not enjoying Kinder, because he frequently misses out on the field learning experiences due to his behavior. I love the idea of getting from the Vanderbilt assessment and asking some questions! Thankfully I have the support of my principal and AP because everyone has observed his behavior in EVERY setting.

      Thanks, this week is turning out to be a good weight loss week, so far, so I’m hoping I just stalled for a bit. Definitely going to get in as soon as I can.

      Hope you’re having a great week! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. You totally deserve this break! Some parents don’t think it’s their job to teach their kids and to me that’s really sad. Having Ryan I know how much I need to do otherwise he would get no help if I wasn’t always in touch with the school. Some parents also have a harder time accepting that something is wrong.

    I hope your break is awesome! Miss you! and Happy Reading!

    PS we are both sucking at the blog comments and visits but we do have posts.

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  5. Oh I hope you are able to get to the bottom of whats going on with this new student. I know how frustrating it can be to want to help but not be able to get the info! And sometimes I think that parents who are educators are the toughest. They never want to admit that their little darling might not be perfect. Good luck!
    Enjoy your vacation! We don’t get 9 days but we are off Wednesday through Monday and I am super excited for that!

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    • Thanks Laura. Sometimes I feel like my body holds on until break, knowing I can’t handle being sick any other time! Have a great week!