News at Home: Longest Week
This was the Longest Week! And since Monday feels like it was months ago, not just a few days, I’m having a hard time recalling what all happened this week. I remember Friday – which was an okay day. We had PLCs (professional learning community) and quite frankly it sucked. They have all these new requirements for the posting of our lesson plans and it’s ridiculous. It’s like, “would you like me to do the job of teaching, or writing down every detail? Because that’s two jobs and I barely get paid for the one.” We were all pretty pissed – because we have team lesson plans, but to expect to walk into any one of our classes and see the EXACT same thing going on is ridiculous. But that’s what’s expected. Grr! My team as a whole has pretty much agreed that yeah, we aren’t going to sweat it. We’re doing the bare minimum on those lesson plans and we’ll take the hand slap. Because we’d rather put our energy into teaching…. our ACTUAL jobs.
Oh and I’ve definitely identified my “problem” student. Because you will always have one. But I’m working on him and he had a couple really good days this week, so fingers crossed I can keep the class disruptions to a minimum.
Oh and another fun story for you. We had both our first weather drill (tornado mostly) and first lockdown drill this week. For upper grades these drills have different procedures but for kinder, we end up in our bathrooms. Anyway, I’ve prepared the kids for the drills and sent them all to the bathroom ahead of time because they cannot use the restroom with all of us in there. (And yes, eww, kids having to sit on the bathroom floor. But it’s about safety, right?) Well my friend with autism, who has shown a tendency to disrobe struck again. I tried so hard to prepare him for the drill, showing him what we’re going to do and all. So here we all are, in the bathroom, being super quiet, and he stands up and starts to pull down his pants. I’m like, “No! NO! you can’t go to the bathroom!” I get him to stop, but he’s crying saying he has to go and being super loud – when we’re supposed to be in lockdown (aka hiding from someone with a weapon in the school)… I’m like, “crap, if this were real we’d so be dead…” So I’ve got to figure out how to teach him about the situation. *sigh*
Of course what sticks out are the difficult moments, but it wasn’t a bad week. Just a long one. I know my kids did really well on Wednesday, they got several compliments for doing so well, in fact. Meanwhile, is it really only September?
I managed to do some visiting last Sunday! Yay! I’m going to try again tomorrow – and I’m working on some blog posts tonight so hopefully I won’t lose that forward momentum I gained during the summer.
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: hadn’t started yoga yet, 2,750 steps; 810 calories, 72g protein
Sunday: 10 min morning yoga, 5,070 steps; 388 calories, 30g protein (not my best day)
Monday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,341 steps; 720 calories, 67g protein
Tuesday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,070 steps; 685 calories, 88g protein
Wednesday: 10 min morning yoga, 12,625 steps – did zumba!; 505 calories, 74g protein
Thursday: 10 min morning yoga, 7,834 steps (was sore from zubma); 844 calories, 90g protein
Friday: 10 min morning yoga, 7,317 steps; 721 calories, 85g protein
Even though I didn’t meet all my goals, I’m happy with how I’m doing. Some days I’ve just been so tired and I think respecting that is as important as my goals. I’m loving doing my 10 minutes of morning yoga. I suck at it hard core, but it feels good to stretch like that every morning and I like to think I’ll someday be good at it if I keep practicing. I found a pretty good app for giving me different easy routines and I’m really liking it.
I posted this before and currently on Facebook, but for those that didn’t get to see it…
That says I’ve lost 44.8 pounds because it’s from picture to picture – since surgery it’s actually 41 pounds (that’s the closest picture I have because I didn’t think to take a before picture!). I’m happy, though I’ve definitely slowed down. I had been at a pound a day average, but I’m 46 days out now so it’s a little less. And I’m sure it’ll slow more in upcoming weeks. But I feel good and even though I eat very little, I’m satisfied. Had my 3rd class birthday this week and didn’t even lick the icing that got on my fingers from giving the kids cupcakes. I have no desire to try it because I’m terrified of getting sick (especially at work!). For me, a glass of apple juice provides all the sweet I need now!
Last Week on the Blog
- [18 Sep] Watchers by Dean Koontz ★★★
- [18 Sep] The Luminary by Elle J. Rossi ★★★
- [20 Sep] Bubbly Berls is Babbling about Kindle Highlightling
- [21 Sep] Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh ★★★★
- [22 Sep] The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High #2) by Shannon Hale ★★★★★
- [23 Sep] Sunday Post with Berls | Longest Week
- [24 Sep] Things just need to slow down so I can catch up ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls
TTT – Ten Books That Feature Characters I’d totally trade places with
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 A Quick Bite and it’s crazy how a book I thought I might DNF became a solid 3 star read – the last couple chapters were gripping! I don’t think I’ll read more in the series, but still!
I finished listening to White Trash Zombie Unchained and gah! it was good. It was also clearly that last book, which is a little devastating 🙁
I’m listening to Accidental Sire by Molly Harper and it’s great as always. Lots of laughs and snark 🙂
I’ve JUST started Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs – haven’t gotten far, but already I’m remembering why I love these books.
Oh and I’m STILL working on Teaching with Love and Logic. And it’s still good, just taking it slow.