Sunday Post with Berls | I’m a Winner!

Posted October 29, 2017 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 16 Comments


News at Home: I’m a Winner

So remember how I wasn’t sure if I was going to feel up to going to my author tea last Sunday thanks to strep throat? Well I felt good and I went (not contagious thanks to antibiotics) and I had a great time… and I was a total winner! Every year they have this gorgeous custom quilt up to win with raffle tickets. And every year I buy $20 dollars worth (so 5 tickets I think) and figure I’ll never win but at least I’m giving to a good cause (Literacy center). Well this year I won! Isn’t it beautiful?
Quilt I Won

So Sunday turned out to be a pretty great day. And I had a decent week at work. I have this one student who is trying really hard to make life hell for us and he is spending more time out of my class than in it. I expressed my concern to dad at parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, letting him know that while I was glad we’d found a way to keep him from getting into tons of trouble he’s missing lots of instruction by going to other teacher’s classrooms. Dad contributed like nothing to the conversation, seemed to imply that maybe I’m the problem and left without doing anything to suggest he was going to try and help with the problem or that he even cared that his son is missing instruction! Best part? Both he and his wife are middle school assistant principals! What the heck?! So frustrating and makes it that much harder for me to work so hard to try and help their child when they don’t even want to work with me. Sorry had to vent that one.

Thursday I had a sub because my principal sent me to Google Bootcamp. First off, having a sub is SO MUCH WORK! It’s why I hate to be absent. But I got a good one, thank goodness. And Google Bootcamp was pretty cool. A lot I already knew, but I learned some new things for sure. And I’m planning to take the test to become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator. So that’s cool.

But then I came back Friday and my kids were out of control! I don’t know if it was just 1 day without our routine or maybe I was off my game because of being absent?! Whatever it was, it was a very frustrating day. I had to yell a lot, just so they could hear me, they were being so loud. And of course it was Friday, which is our fun Science and Studies Exploration day, which means they were super excited. We did pumpkin experiments all day – they were so shocked when their pumpkins could float! – and of course cut them up and counted seeds. So it was a good day for learning, just a rough one for a teacher who likes to have things orderly and felt they were out of control.

This weekend I’ve been pretty lazy – did my nails, some laundry, and yeah that’s about it so far. I do plan on taking Buffy on a long walk but that’s it. I’m still coughing pretty good, so I’m trying to take it easy and kick this crap once and for all. At least the strep and fever is 100% gone!

Blog News

I have fallen way behind – as in, I have 0 posts scheduled. So I’m going to try to work like a mad woman today on November and get at least 2 weeks ahead again. That was nice, being ahead for a while. And since I REALLY want to do NaNoWriMo this year, getting ahead would be a good plan.

Next month starts our Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge! If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time… Sign up Now! Right now participation is really low (which makes me kinda sad as this is one of my favorite challenges – binge reading a favorite author!) so I hope you’ll decide to jump on board!

I’m reading JA Huss’s Junco series for the challenge, coupling it with my #authorluv17 goal of reading all the Huss! I’m super excited to read this series, as it’s really different from most of what I’ve read by Huss but I’ve heard great things.

#FitReaders Update

Iโ€™m going to start reporting the most important things Iโ€™m tracking right now โ€“ exercise/steps (goal daily yoga and at least 6k steps a day), calories (goal within 1000), and protein (goal at least 65g).

Hereโ€™s a rundown on my week:
Saturday: no yoga (strep throat), 812 steps; 958 calories, 39g protein
Sunday: no yoga (strep throat), 3,005 steps; 950 calories, 67g protein
Monday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,602 steps (60 min body sculpt class); 628 calories, 60g protein
Tuesday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,211 steps; 830 calories, 84g protein
Wednesday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,686 steps; 650 calories, 69g protein
Thursday: 10 min morning yoga, 2,720 steps; 1016 calories, 70g protein
Friday: 10 min morning yoga, 10,288 steps; 510 calories, 42g protein
Weight lost this month (goal 20lbs): 19.4 lbs
Days since surgery: 82 days
Total weight lost since surgery: 62.6 pounds

So I’ve spent this week determined to be positive and focus on how far I’ve come rather than on how things have slowed down. And it looks like I’m going to reach my 20lb loss goal for the month after all *knocks on wood* so yay! I was starting to think it wasn’t going to happen.

My trial membership at the gym I joined for the month expires on the 2nd and I took the plunge and signed up for a year membership. I love the gym, haven’t missed a class I planned on going to since signing up and I think it’s the right environment for me. It’s $105 a month (Ouch!) but that’s cheaper than even $10 a month at a gym I’m not using, right?

Last Week on the Blog

Coming Next Week From Me

Sunday Post with Berls

Review – The Duchess Deal

Can you read a series in a month? Kick off post

My TBR List voting!

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 read Justice Calling by Anne Bellet for book club and it was pretty interesting and quick. I’ve decided to go ahead and read the next book as well before switching to another one. I read the first two chapters yesterday at the end of the Justice Calling and I’m interested ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading Now…

So I’m now on Murder of Crows by Anne Bellet – just 2 chapters in but so far, so good!

I’m listening to A Promise of Fire and it’s good! Why did I wait so long to listen to this one?! I’m at the 68% point and I started it on Monday, so I’ll probably finish this week. Soon!

I’m plowing through Miracle Morning and loving it. Even though I’ve been doing my version for months, I feel like I’m learning a few things to make it even better now that I’m finally reading the book.

Up Next…

For my physical read I’m not sure yet – I may try to do another book club read or I may do some more Patricia Briggs. Depends in part on how long it takes me to finish my current read.

For Audio, I’m starting on my #authorluv17 Can you read a series a month books – with Junco book 1 Clutch

How was your week? What are you Reading?

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About Berls

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 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 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 a Winner!

  1. That is amazing about the quilt! It’s gorgeous! I have a number of teacher friends and it doesn’t sound like it’s all that uncommon for the teacher’s kid to be an issue in a classroom. It seems like they’re either best or worst – no in between. Enjoy the gym! A gym you use is worth every penny! Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: Sound of Fear - Romantic Suspense Review
    • Thanks Katherine, I love it!

      Yeah I’ve had both ends of the spectrum with teacher’s kids but always dread it. So far, this is the worst ๐Ÿ™

      Thanks! I’m loving my gym! Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. So glad you were feeling well enough to go to the event – especially since you won! What a stunning quilt!
    Thatโ€™s crazy that the misbehaving kidโ€™s parents are educators and still seem unconcerned and unwilling to do anything. No wonder youโ€™re frustrated!
    So glad youโ€™re continuing the Anne Bishop series! I feel a reread coming on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Right?! How lucky!

      Yeah, it’s incredibly frustrating with the misbehaving child, but I guess all I can do is keep on doing my best. *sigh* what a difference it would make if home were more supportive though.

      Hope you’ve had a great week!

  3. That is such a beautiful quilt! Congrats (it looks so cozy!)

    Oh man, I’m so glad I didn’t pursue the teaching career I considered. It’s not the kids that worried me, but parents!

    I hope your cough disappears soon. And good luck with NaNoWriMo (I’ve signed up too, but I’ve never got very far before so…lol)

    • The parents are easily the worst part wattle. I do love my job though.

      Thanks! I’m already behind for nanowrimo, but at least I’m writing again, right?

      Hope you had a great week!

    • Thanks, sometimes a good rant is all it takes to move on too ๐Ÿ™‚ the quilt is amazing, I still can’t believe I won it. I just figured I’d be donating forever lol! Have a great week Melanie!

  4. That quilt is beautiful! Are you going to put it on a bed or hang it on a wall?

    Sorry you’ve got one child misbehaving so much. I know that’s got to be frustrating. And you’d think the parents would be more involved, given their background as educators.

    Sounds like the weight loss is going really well. I’m glad you got medication for the strep throat, too. That stuff isn’t anything to fool around with.

    Have a great week, and feel better!

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    • It’s on our bed. I hesitated but I don’t have anywhere to hang it and it’s nice to use ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yeah I’m very frustrated, it seems educator parents are the worst, at least in my experience so far :/

      Weight loss is going well, I’m having to adjust my frame of mind now that it’s slower than it was initially. But it’s good and I’m happy about where I’m at ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great week Lark!

    • Isn’t it amazing? I still can’t believe I won ๐Ÿ™‚

      No its not a type-o ๐Ÿ™ that’s why I was so hesitant to go to this gym, buy gah it’s way superior to anything I’ve ever found. So I guess it’s worth it. I sure won’t skip paying that much! Have a great week Carol!