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?
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!
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.
I’m going to start reporting the most important things I’m tracking right now – exercise/steps (goal daily yoga and at least 6k steps a day), calories (goal within 1000), and protein (goal at least 65g).
Here’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
- [23 Oct] A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands ★★★
- [24 Oct] Top Ten Unique Book Titles #TTT
- [25 Oct] #bingewatchersclub ~ Fall and Winter Movies! #hallmarkchristmasmovies
- [27 Oct] Alone by Cyn Balog Spotlight and #Giveaway
- [28 Oct] Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs ★★★★★
- [28 Oct] Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber ★★★
- [29 Oct] A Break-in, a Sprain and a Cover Sale~ WIR & SP
- [29 Oct] Sunday Post with Berls | I’m a Winner!
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? 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 🙂
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.
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