News at Home: Too Much
So I’ve been very MIA lately, because life is just TOO much right now. I’ve had a bad cold for about two weeks – constant coughing, nose congestion, chest congestion – and it’s messing with my sleep. So I’m exhausted, but still trying to do the things that I HAVE to do. Which means the things I like doing are falling by the wayside – like blogging.
Life being too much though, is not just the cold. It’s work. It’s home. It’s LIFE. At work things are just going from bad to worse. Those of you who were with me back when I first started teaching will remember that I was at a very BAD school. Well, I’m VERY sorry to say, the school I’m at now is going that direction 🙁 The things they are implementing and expecting of teachers are the same, the attitude towards behavior and academic performance are becoming the same and I hate that feeling that I”m on a sinking ship. And what sucks most is that it’s the Titanic – The ship you were so happy to be on, felt so lucky to be part of and you really REALLY hope they are going to just fix all the damn holes because you don’t want to jump ship and take your chances in the ice water. Who knows if you’ll find another great ship? How do you know you won’t just freeze in the damn water? Or get on a boat that’s also sinking? I have some really great things going for me at my school – a great team, great co-workers in general, the respect of my principal and AP… who I also really respect. And while the shit is going down, at least I’m in Kinder where we feel it the least (so far). I’m hoping, really really hoping, that things will get better and I won’t have to find a new school. Because I have been so happy here. But right now? I’m half happy, half miserable.
We’ve had 3 teachers quit in February… yeah, in 16 days 3 teachers WALKED. And even more are planning to leave at the end of the year. And it’s because we’re being expected to deal with behavior we should not have to deal with. I firmly believe that parents need to start being made to feel the inconvenience of their little brats. If they are going to be a disruption to learning, they need to be picked up. And if it’s daily, then they get picked up daily. And I’m very sorry that your job has a problem with that. Get your child under control. Teach them respect. Or you might lose your job. And it will be because of you child. Not your child’s teacher. Your child. I have two that have reached that point – and at parent teacher conferences a couple weeks ago, the mom tried to say it’s my fault. That I’m not strict enough with her kid. Excuse me?! I can’t spank him like you do. What else would you suggest I do? Oh you’ve got nothing? Well I’ve got 21 other kids to take care of, so it’s time for you to step, realize your kid has problems and deal with it! GRRR!
Ok, so rant over. Something good has come from all this though. Myself and the two other Kinder teachers I work closely with were having a rant about how our hands are tied to do what needs to be done and how we’re tired of it and we came to a realization. If you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself. So we’re going to. What does that mean? Well, it means I’m currently working with them on a plan to open a charter school. You heard me right. I believe in public education, but as long as it’s in the hands of politicians it will not work right. If you want something fixed, fix it, right? I believe I can, that I know how, and that these two ladies are the perfect partners to make this happen. It’s going to take time – years – because we want to do it right. First step for me? Looks like I’m going back to school. We’ve divided up the roles and while we will all be equals, the role I will fill most closely resembles superintendent of the school. And from what we’ve learned so far, one of us will actually have to have that title – and the education that goes with it. And since that requires and Ed.D. (which is a doctorate), it’s fortunate that we’d already decided that my skill set was best suited to that role, since I’m the only one who already has a MA and can start on that without it taking 6 years. Hopefully I can get in to SMU’s Ed.D. program as it’s not only local, but one of the best. So yeah, I am talking about putting more on my already very full plate – but it’s something that makes the day to day so much more doable, because I know I’m doing something abut the problems. I’m very excited, but also pretty nervous. This is a huge undertaking and definitely a riskier career path than the librarian role I was contemplating. But it FEELS so right.
I could go on with things that are happening at home, but this post is already long enough, and I’d like to end on a positive. We’ll just say my mom is dating, he’s a jerk, he’s taking advantage of her, she doesn’t want to hear it from me, and she’s moving out very soon. It’s been rough. And that’s that.
I’m trying really hard to be BACK starting today! I have posts scheduled for this week and I have every intention of sitting down and visiting blogs for a few minutes every day this week. Fingers Crossed I can pull it off!
COYER is almost over 🙁 But it’s been great. We have our final twitter party today at 4pm EST, hosted by yours truly.
And we’re getting ready to launch the Spring Bloggiesta! The signup post went live March 1st, I hope you’ll join us – Michelle and I are trying to work with Emily to bring Bloggiesta back to what it once was. We are looking for twitter party and challenge hosts – if you’re interested please let us know 🙂
As stressful as things have been, February was a good fitness month. I made it to the gym 20 times (so that’s just 8 days I didn’t go!) and several of those days I did a double. I completed my gym’s fitness challenge for the month and am getting a $100 gift card to Outdoor Voices, a local athletic wear company. I don’t fit their clothes yet, but I figure it’s a good way to purchase a goal outfit, right?
I surpassed my weight loss goal for the month and actually hit my lowest weight in 20 years! I ended the month down 18.2 pounds for the month and 129 pounds since my surgery.
Here are my goals for March:
- Do yoga every Monday – Friday (I’ve been struggling with this, due to being so tired in the mornings)
- Drink 64 oz of water daily & track it!
- Track all food – hit goals of 37% protein, 27% carbs, and 36% fat
- Complete March #strongestwomenindallas challenge at my gym – 20 classes, 2 of each format
- Lose 20 lbs
For the most part, I’m off to a good start with my goals for the month.
- Yoga: I did it Thursday, but overselpt Friday
- Water: 64+ oz every day so far
- Diet: I’ve been tracking, just been a little off on the %s, but not bad
- Fitness Challenge: I’ve done 5 out of the 20 classes I need to for the month (and I’m doing 3 more today!)
- Lose 20 lbs: I’ve lost 0 lbs so far this month. But I also haven’t gained, so I’m okay with that.
Last Week on the Blog
- [28 Feb] #bingewatchersclub ~ Riverdale and Bates Motel
- [1 Mar] Monthly Book Report ~ February 2018
- [2 Mar] Book Ratings…Do they matter?
- [3 Mar] My To-Be Read List ~ Lets Vote ~
- [4 Mar] Sunday Post with Berls | Too Much
- [4 Mar] Kittens, a passing and weather vomit ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls | Too Much
Just a Few More In Death Books
Zero Day Review