News at Home – Meet Alia!
So I hadn’t mentioned it, because I was in denial… but Tauri – my 2005 Ford Taurus – has been sick for a while. Y’all may remember I was involved in a hit-and-run accident August 2016 and she’s never been quite the same. But about a month ago, her transmission started struggling. And my husband has been letting me drive her less and less, telling me she’s not safe and that it as time for a new car. The car shopping really started this week… and I was ADAMANT that I wanted another Ford Taurus. I’ve never loved a car so much, y’all. I feel like I’m betraying her hard core, after she took such good care of me in that awful accident and ever since. But, as my husband assures me, cars do not have feelings. Right?
Anyway, last night we went to a couple dealerships, which was a pretty new experience for us because usually we buy cars off the street for cash. But this time my husband wanted to get a newer car because he feels like I just drive too much for something older. Well, that meant a Ford Taurus was going to cost a lot more money and he convinced me to try out other styles. My first car was Sarah (yes, I name all my cars… hence the attachment), a 1994 Nissan Sentra, and that was my second favorite car ever. So dependable, she went to 280,000 miles and honestly could have kept going if I’d had the money to do a little work on her. So I was willing to give a Nissan Altima a go. And I was shocked to find her just as comfortable as Tauri.
Long story a little less long, after lots of debate, we bought a 2012 Nissan Altima. I’ve named her Alia and I definitely think it’s the start of a beautiful relationship. It was hilarious, when the dealer gave me the “key” to start the car, I couldn’t figure out how to start it. Because, ya’ll, my NEWEST car to this point was Tauri, a 2005. And back then, cars still had REAL keys. Not push buttons. Not Alia. She has a button. And I pushed her button and I didn’t think she was on, but I wasn’t sure. She wasn’t. You have to hit the break too. LOL! Everyone laughed at me, but I’m learning her cool tricks. Like the button on her front doors that lets me lock and unlock her without ever taking the key out of my purse. Wow. That’s going to be handy! So meet Alia:
Anyway… buying a new car is not ALL that happened this week. Went back to work after the holiday and had a pretty decent week. Remember that kid I was telling y’all about who is a constant behavior problem? He had a GREAT week! I was even able to give him a character award yesterday, which is great, because I’m hoping he’ll start to feel the joy of being good and keep it up! Yay! On the flip side, a student I had trouble with at the start of the year and had gotten to a point where he had mostly good behavior had an AWFUL week and I had to make several parent phone calls. 🙁 It’s a truth in teaching I think, if one fixes their behavior at least one will rise to fill the spot! But this one is no where near as difficult as the other, so I’ll take it.
My other student concern – the new student who I couldn’t make any parent contact with – has gotten both better and worse. I was FINALLY able to connect with mom on Tuesday. She apologized for being so hard to connect with and explained that she recently had to take on a 3rd job! Gah, my heart goes out to parents who are working so hard to just provide the most basic needs. I can tell she’s trying her best and is just spread way too thin without much of a support system. Which is really unfortunate because what I haven’t told her yet – can’t really until I get some more documentation under way – I’m like 80% sure her daughter is going to need some sort of SPED (Special Education) placement. On one hand she seems passively defiant, and on the other hand I’m pretty sure that’s actually because she’s just not 100% there. So that’s an uphill road I’ll be traveling this year for her.
And I have to say, I’ve never had such a high SPED population and I’m convinced there’s SOMETHING going on to create so many Special Needs kids. I have in my class 3 that came in already identified and I have another 3 that I’m working on getting testing setup for… and let me tell you, getting that testing accomplished is a lot of paper work, meetings, and just brutal hard work. Of course, being a Kinder teacher, it’s kind of something that we do a lot more than other teachers because this is most kids (in our district at least) first time in school and thus the first opportunity to really get that diagnosis if parents didn’t know how to recognize signs or what to do. Anywho, that’s 6 out of 22 kids… quite a lot and it’s not making life easy! And the other 2 GenEd Kinder Teachers are looking at similar numbers. And Bilingual Kinder teacher has a ratio of 3 out of 12, so high too.
Oh and to top off my week, we had ANOTHER round of district walkthroughs yesterday. Y’all I am so effing tired of these people coming into my classroom to make sure I know how to teach. If you don’t believe it, then fire me I’ll find a job somewhere else. Wait, I just took on a car payment, so don’t fire me, but gah! The thing is every time they come it’s SUPPOSEDLY random what classrooms they will visit but they keep coming to mine. And I found out yesterday that since it’s a new group of walking clipboards (that’s what I call them) they actually tell my principal that they have heard they need to see my room. I know, I should take that as a compliment, and I do… except the constant disruption is not fair and I don’t think it’s really that good for my kids. I told my principal as much yesterday when she told me why they keep coming to my room and she told me, “Well you’re going to have to stop nailing it then. You keep impressing them. As your principal, I’d rather you keep it up though.” LOL she’s kind of hilarious huh? They did leave me a nice card thanking me for letting them in my room and telling me that they were impressed by the routines and structure in my room, as well as the fact that ALL students were clearly engaged. I just hope they skip me next visit. Please.
I realize this is a super long post and I’m sorry! I just really enjoying sharing my week with y’all – it’s like a chance to catch up with my best friends 🙂 I have a super busy day ahead of me – updating car insurance to full coverage. GROAN. Cross your fingers for me that it won’t hurt too much! I have to run back to the dealership to fix our financing, we discovered at the end that we could actually get a better rate (by 3%!) if we put down $500 more, which we have, but we didn’t have on us. And CarMax has this thing that you can change your financing within 3 days with no penalty, so we’re going to do that this morning. Then I need to go buy a baby shower gift, wrap it, go to the baby shower 1 hour away from home! Then I have a christmas party… 1 hour away from the baby shower. At least I have new car for all that driving, right?! LOL!
Have a great week y’all!
I realize I misspoke last week when I said I had all of December written… that was all my December REVIEWS written. However, I’m still in really good shape and only have 7 posts to work on for December (except Sunday Posts which can’t be pre-written). I actually visited blogs 3 days this week! Yay! Not as good as I was hoping for, but I promise I’ll get there! It’s a start, right?
COYER is around the corner! Signup over at the COYER website for COYER Winter Switch! I’m really excited about this round and plan to challenge myself big time 🙂
We also have our Reading Assignment Challenge sign up for 2018… we announced a couple changes this week to make it easier IMO.
Can you believe November is over?! I feel mostly happy with how I did with my goals last month. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t hit my weight loss goal for the month, but I came close. My goal was 20 pounds and I lost 17.6. Pretty damn close! I finished November off strong, even completing a workout challenge at my gym. Felt Great!
So it’s time to recommit for December. I’m adjusting a couple of my goals to fit where I’m at now and getting rid of my water goal because I’ve been surpassing that literally every day, so I don’t feel the need to track it anymore… here are my December goals:
- Do yoga every Monday – Friday morning for 10 minutes (minimum) – so no more weekend yoga to track
- Eat 70g of protein daily – I still struggle with this
- Go to the gym 4 times a week (Sunday – Saturday) – I’ve been going so much more than my November goal of 3x so I want to keep up the momentum and I’m increasing this goal to 4x.
- Walk 8000 steps a day – same
- Do 1 C25k walk with Buffy each weekend – same
- Lose 17.4 lbs – this is lower because I think it needs to be, but also because that will be an eve 100 pounds since surgery!
I started December off rough … my non-stop gym approach (y’all, I just checked and I did a class 10 days straight with only 1 break… the day I did the Turkey Trot 5k!) landed me a pretty bad shin splint. Like I was crying to bend my leg enough to put on pants bad. Thankfully I get regular massages and my masseuse fixed it up pretty good on Tuesday. And like a dummy I went to the gym Wednesday. Needless to say, it started hurting again, so I skipped Thursday. And then Friday my stomach was not feeling great, so I skipped Friday. And then today I can’t go because I have so much shit to do. And Sunday they aren’t offering any classes. And Monday I have a holiday party, so I can’t go! Grr! But Tuesday my leg BETTER be fully healed and I’ll get back at it 🙂
Days since surgery: 116
Total weight lost since surgery: 84.4 pounds
December wight loss: 1.8 pounds
Last Week on the Blog
- [27 Nov] United by Melissa Landers ★★★
- [28 Nov] 2018 Reading Assignment Sign Ups! #2018HW
- [29 Nov] Bubbly Berls is Babbling about: Deaths in Harry Potter
- [2 Dec] Berls’s TBR List December 2017 Choices
- [2 Dec] My To-Be Read List December Lets Vote
- [2 Dec] Sunday Post with Berls | Meet Alia!
- [3 Dec] A loss and an earthquake ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
My TBR List Voting
Sunday Post with Berls
Sugar Rush #audioreview
AuthorLuv#2018 Sign Up Post
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 Trouble With Twelfth Grave and while I loved it, I always loved Charlie, it felt a bit like a filler book.
I’m both reading and listening to Beyond the Veil, my November TBR book. I’m loving the whisper sync because otherwise I think it would take me forever to read and the audio is really good. Kinda cool being literally in one book for once.
Not 100% sure!