Sunday Post with Berls | October?

Posted September 30, 2017 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 24 Comments


News at Home: October?

Tomorrow is October?! Are you sure? Where the hell did September go? On one hand it flew by, on the other, I’m really happy to see the school year plowing by. Before you know it, it’ll be Christmas break and I’ll have a class full of emerging readers :)*fingers crossed*

I have no crazy school stories for you this week, which I think means we’ve FINALLY really started settling into our routine. I had a student teacher in my room on Thursday (still blows my mind that my principal thinks I’m fit to have a student teacher in my room…) and our morning went really well, with the exception of a couple kids who thought they would “perform.” Some kids will always prefer some attention to none, even if it’s negative πŸ™ I did start to feel sick in the middle of calendar, too. The kids were singing our Months of the Year song and I told them “Keep going” and then I went and threw up in the trash can. Then I came back and finished calendar. So the student teacher got to see the reality of teaching lol!

But the afternoon? Yikes! The kids were a hot mess. Our afternoons are always a bit of a struggle, because our class schedule sucks. HORRIBLE. I have the kids from 8:20 – 10:10, then they have specials and lunch. I get them back at 11:35 and have from 11:35 until 1:30 to make the bulk of our learning happen. So developmentally inappropriate!! They are DONE after lunch, but I haven’t had enough time with them to teach enough. So we have to make the most of the afternoon. But they were in rarely bad form Thursday. *sigh* like I said, reality for the student teacher πŸ™‚

One of the kids misbehaving was the teacher’s kid I mentioned being worried about having this year… she’s misbehaved a decent amount so far and I’ve had to write a few notes in her behavior folder. She’s a bit of a spoiled princess *sigh* Well mom came to me the next day (remember, she’s my co-worker, teaches 3rd grade) and said that her daughter said she’s misbehaving because she’s bored. *cue eye roll* Seriously?! Your child misbehaves and it’s because I’m not challenging her enough? Is that why the kids in your class misbehave? *grr* I told her that her daughter has not been finishing her work early, so I don’t think that’s the issue. I’ve been agonizing over how to handle this delicate situation, because the time her daughter becomes bored and most behaves is Read to Self – a time where she is 100% responsible for her own learning. So I need to communicate that to mom, without getting bratty. It’s too early in the year for this to get ugly, so I need to find a way. She did tell me that being bored is not an excuse, it’s just her trying to get to the bottom of it. So I’m thinking she’s trying to keep things civil too and I just need to communicate as best as I can. Stress!

Anyway, I came home last night very tired and spent the evening lying on the couch catching up with Outlander (BTW this season is off to the strongest START yet. For me, the other season beginnings have been boring in comparison). Today I plan to do some cleaning and go buy some new workout pants and see Franky. Tomorrow, a little work getting ready for the work week and lots of NOTHING πŸ™‚

Blog News

Last weekend I managed to write all of my October posts (with the exception of posts like this one that can’t be pre-written). So I’m hoping to spend some time today getting through a couple weeks in November and then tomorrow I really want to do better visiting everyone!

Also coming next week is the sign up post for our (Michelle and I) “Can You Read a Series in a Month? challenge” which will begin in November. I was MIA last time we did this, so I’m excited about doing it in November! Hope you’ll join us πŸ™‚

#FitReaders Update

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: 10 min morning yoga, 3,581 steps; 852 calories, 65g protein
Sunday: 10 min morning yoga, 3,201 steps; 568 calories, 62g protein
Monday: 10 min morning yoga, 7,487 steps; 580 calories, 84g protein
Tuesday: 10 min morning yoga, 6,983 steps; 630 calories, 56g protein
Wednesday: 10 min morning yoga, 13,671 steps – did zumba!; 641 calories, 61g protein
Thursday: 10 min morning yoga, 6,469 steps; 699 calories, 63g protein
Friday: 10 min morning yoga, 8,216 steps; 810 calories, 65g protein
Days since surgery: 53
Total weight lost since surgery: 43.4 pounds
Weight lost this week: 2.4 pounds… so yes, definitely slowing down πŸ™

Okay so, I’m rocking at the yoga. It’s becoming routine… wake up, get yoga mat, do breathing exercises and affirmations (Miracle Morning) then do my morning yoga. A couple more weeks and it will be routine, I hope. I still suck at it, but I’m doing my best and keep hoping I’ll see some evidence that I won’t always suck lol!

But that’s the only thing I’m rocking at… I missed my protein goal 4/7 days :/ and my step goal is a problem on the weekends. So I’m going to really focus on both of those problems this week. The big thing for me with protein is that it’s hard to eat enough to get the protein in! And unfortunately, I’m still struggling with throwing up due to eating too quickly (I assume). I mean, I’m eating so much slower than I used to, but I’ve lived such a fast paced life for so long, slowing down is hard! On Wednesday, I actually had to pull over and fling my door open to vomit in a parking lot! So yeah, I’ve got to get that figured out.

I’m adding two more (at least) workout classes to my schedule this week. Monday I’m doing a weight class and Tuesday a cycle class. Wish me luck, I may need it! I’m hoping that getting in more exercise will improve my energy level. I also have another post-op appointment on Monday.

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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 Accidental Sire by Molly Harper on audio. Good stuff as always πŸ™‚

Reading Now…

Still reading Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (love!)

I’m listening to Sweep in Peace by Illona Andrews. A fun series with really great narration.

Still reading Love and Logic but I think I might finish it this week!

Up Next…

I would like to try and go to book club this month so I’ll try to pick one of those books to read… not sure which yet, hopefully audio so I have a chance to finish in time!

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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24 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | October?

  1. Jen

    Ha… my oldest (a boy) had a difficult kinder year. It was a combination of things, but I do remember how awful the teacher made me feel as a first time parent, basically telling me I had a problem child who had issues. I only mention this because I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – those kids are so lucky to have you! I know you will find a way to communicate to the parent as well as the kiddo. You are so amazing!

    You are reading a couple of my favorites! I hope this week has been better for you – although I think I saw you are having troubles with your vitamins. *HUGS*

    • I’m sorry to hear that about your son πŸ™ It’s tricky talking to parents – I’m no expert. But I try to empathetic because I know no parent WANTS their child to be one of the ones getting into loads of trouble. And I try to emphasize that we’re a team that are going to try and fix these problems now, so their entire education isn’t filled with bad phone calls. Doesn’t mean some parents don’t still dislike me because I am VERY strict. Every kid in the school knows not to do shit around me because I don’t care what grade you’re in, you’re in my school you’re my student and I won’t tolerate it. It’s kinda funny, I’ve seen kids running in the hallway and see me, whisper to each other (in the kid whisper you can hear) “crap it’s Mrs. Carmona” and start walking. Lol. And I tell them I appreciate that they stopped running but could they please go back and walk the whole way like they are supposed to? And they do it. Ironically I also get hugs all day from kids Kinder to 5th. Which confirms to me that kids appreciate me holding the to higher expectations. And that was a long reply… Sorry!! I hope you’ve had a great week! Hugs!

  2. I love these posts from you because I can really catch up with what’s going on in your life. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for so long…but I know you understand. I’m happy things seem to be going to well for you so far in the school year – and with other things in your life. πŸ™‚ I miss your face!!! I’m getting my groove back though so we’ll catch up. {{{BIG HUGS}}}

    • Yep, totally understand! I’ve been a crappy visitor, with so much else going on in life. I’ve seen from FB that you’ve had a ton going on. But before long we’ll be together in Denver πŸ™‚ XOXXO

  3. Sorry to hear about the classroom situation [yup being bored is not an excuse!] and the trowing up but YAY for rocking at yoga and blogging ahead. And being a mentor for a new teacher! WTG!

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    • Thanks! Yeah, every week has its bumps, but for the most part I can’t complain (too much lol). Hope you’re have a great week!

  4. I’d say the student teacher had a nice reality check! And dealing with the teacher’s kid… I sure don’t envy you that sticky situation. I sure hope she’s receptive to what you have to say. Sorry to hear that the protein intake and the throwing up is still an issue. The throwing up would do me in. I *loathe* gettting sick. I find it terribly upsetting for some reason. Sure hope that settles down soon… but, really, how much slower can you eat? Hope you have a great week, Berls!

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    • Thanks, so far we’re navigating the situation okay. Fingers crossed her daughter behaves and makes it easier on both of us! The throwing up isn’t as bad as it sounds because I never feel sick to my stomach – it’s more like I’m a bottle of champagne and once I throw up the pressure is relieved. It’s not fun, but it’s not horrible. I keep trying to slow it down… As I would like to stop lol! Hope you’re having a great week!

  5. I would think that teaching another kid would be easier, but I guess not. Or I should say, I guess it depends on the teacher, just like any parent. Good luck getting that dealt with, I’m sure you can do it. I think you’re doing great on your FitReaders workouts. You’ll get there. I’m sure it is a big change. I’m sure I would have the same issue with eating too fast. I try to slow myself down, but it’s hard. I’m always so much in a hurry. Good luck. {{hugs}}

    • I’ve had teacher’s kids before, but not a co-worker’s… That’s what makes it so tricky. I ser mom multiple times a day and how I deal with behavior issues with her daughter will undoubtedly be shared with other coworkers, and etc. If her daughter were an angel it wouldn’t be hard, but unfortunately that’s rare :/

      Yes! The eating slowly is a big challenge. I can’t seem to go a full week without throwing up :/ I’ll get it though.

      Hope you’re having a great week!

  6. Sounds like teaching is so much fun! Glad it’s you and not me…lol. I really don’t think I could handle it, you must have a special kind of patience! I hope this week is a good week and they all behave. πŸ™‚ I so need to get the new Molly Harper one!!!! They are always good…lol.

    Have a great week!
    Stormi oxox

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    • Hahaha yes, there is definitely a special kind of patience πŸ™‚ fingers crossed they are all well behaved! I hope you get the Molly Harper soon, it was a good read πŸ™‚

      Have a great week!

  7. Teaching is definitely a different reality! It is a wake-up call that the university and teaching cert courses do not prepare you for. I HATE having teacher’s kids. I’ve only ever had 3 out of 20 or so in the 5 years I’ve taught that were great parents, no issues. The stakes are definitely higher when you’re talking to a coworker about their kid. Last year I had a kid from a new teacher, who was also in the ELA department with me. It was a nightmare. And now that he’s in 7th grade, she’s like my BFF on the side. LOL!

    • So true, nothing prepared me, that’s for sure! I knew I didn’t want a teacher’s kid, and it’s turning out just as I feared… She’s not the best behaved and coworker doesn’t know how to deal with it. Maybe I’ll get lucky and we’ll end up BFFs next year, though!

      Have a great week Charlie!

  8. I don’t know how you deal with small children all day, Berls. I want to applaud you every time you tell me what your classroom is like!
    I need to get Outlander to my iPad… I haven’t read as much lately, but I caught up on last season’s Grey’s Anatomy, and I’ve also watched quite a bit of older seasons of NCIS: LA πŸ™‚
    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I spent most of Friday and Saturday correcting tests, plus creating a new test for next week… The work seems to be never-ending!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading {{{HUGS}}} I miss both you and Michelle so much!

    • I don’t think I could handle the older ones, with their older attitudes πŸ˜‰ yes, the work of a teacher is never ending. I’m applauding myself because SO FAR I’ve only been staying late 1 day a week, plus the last day of the month to update calendar books.
      You do need to Outlander, this season is really good thus far πŸ™‚ I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy or NCIS – my mom watches both I think though. Glad you were able to do some catching up. Audiobooks are the only way I get much reading in during the school year.

      Have a great week! Miss you {{HUGS}}

  9. I know, right? What’s the deal w/ tomorrow being October?? Interesting about the schedule- I’ve often wondered if schools/ preschool/ whatever really catch kids at the right time for learning. I guess they’re all different probably? Oh and teaching another teacher’s kid would not be a comfortable thing, especially if she’s misbehaving. Good luck with that situation, hopefully the other teacher keeps it professional!

    Hope your weekend is going well. πŸ™‚

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    • So the trick with out schedule this year is that our district has made us a “focus sxhool” which is bs because we met state standards. Anyway with that comes a bunch of mandates for the testing grades (3-5). One of those mandates is schedule. Basically, they get the best of everything, even if it means giving younger kids things that are developmentally inappropriate – which is so dumb because if those kids don’t learn, how are they going to be ready when they reach testing grades?! I just hate people making decisions that clearly have never actually taught πŸ™ sorry, I went on a rant there, bugs the hell out of me!

      Yes, teaching a teacher’s kid is stressful – I really hope we’re able to get through this year professionally!

      Have a great week Greg πŸ™‚

  10. Glad you are so ahead, eventually I will be too but I will say it makes blogging a lot easier having the two of us!
    That’s a tough one with a co-worker. I would have rolled my eyes too. Sounds more bratty than bored. I am glad you are going to have a bunch of readers soon! I am still working on Julia, I hope now that her room is clean and once I have the full bookshelf up she will be more interested in wanting to read. I know she does but I still think she is having a hard time. She is going to get special help at school so I am thankful for that! πŸ™‚

    We need a chat day! I MISS YOU!!!!
    Have a great week, Berls! Happy Reading! oxoxox

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    • Xoxo I miss you too! Well I hope I’ll have readers πŸ™‚ I think of Julia as a reader, I’m sure having easier access to her books will only increase the amount she reads. I’m glad she’s getting the help at school!

      OMG, Co blogging makes it so much easier. No way I’d be this ahead on my own. I should be able to chat tomorrow!

  11. I listened to the first Sweep book by Ilona Andrews and did enjoy it. Must get to the next one. Bored huh! No wonder there is an eye roll! Delicate situation I know. Princess will not win though, methinks.

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    • I’m enjoying the second one way more πŸ™‚ lol right? I mean, come on! I hope you are right, I think her mom is reasonable so there’s reason to hope. Fingers crossed! Have a great week Kathryn!