News at Home: Tired but Good
I’m seriously tired. It was a long, but good week, for the most part. I had duty this week, which meant I had to get to school each day by 7:30, rather than 8. Would have been easier if (1) I hadn’t had duty the past 2 weeks with the whole school and (2) we hadn’t had two mandatory late nights. But I survived and have just learned to get my sleep by going to be earlier. And good news, kid germs are not hitting me anymore! I think the vitamin c and extra sleep helped me evade getting truly sick 🙂
An adventures in teaching story for y’all: I have a student in my class who is autistic and he’s very sweet and tries very hard to follow the rules. He just doesn’t always understand. He’s the same one who has had incidents of coming out of the bathroom half dressed (didn’t happen this week! yay!). Anyway, autistic individuals tend to really depend on routine and one of his routines is eating his lunch, which his mom packs for him. It starts with him drinking his strawberry milk. Well, on Wednesday, Mom forgot to pack the strawberry milk. I tried to replace it with white or chocolate milk, but neither would do. I contacted mom and she said she’s bring it up as soon as she could. Meanwhile he’s crying and really struggling. I managed to get him to tell me what’s next in his routine – applesauce it turns out – so we started eating applesauce. And he seemed to calm down. So I left for my 30 minute (now 15) lunch break. As I was returning to pick the kids up, I met a teacher in the hallway who tells me “Your student was just stripping in the cafeteria. He’s at the nurse now.” Yep! He got so upset he started taking his clothes off! When he returned to class, he had his strawberry milk, which I of course let him drink 🙂
Sweet story to go with that though – I showed my kids the Sesame Street episode where they meet Julia, the little girl with Autism. We had a great discussion about what bothered her and how she was still super fun, even if she did things a little differently. And they agreed, she was a great friend. Then I told them that our friend was autistic. I saw little lights turning on inside their heads! Best part though, every day at recess and during centers since then he’s had several kids inviting him to play with them when before he was really playing alone. And this is why I love teaching Kinder. Such big hearts, with plenty of room for everyone!
Oh and I got THREE compliments this week which were really nice. This group has been a hard group – but they’re coming around, and it’s been noticed. A SPED resource teacher had to sit in my room with a student and she told me, “You’re a NATURAL! I could sit in here all day, everything runs so smooth!” I wanted to laugh and tell her if only she’d been here during our impromptu anatomy lesson thanks to the bathroom break lol! But it was nice.
The same day our new PE aid, who’s been working in schools for 10 years, told all three GenEd Kinder teachers that out of all the schools she’s worked out we were the best team she’s seen. She said she was impressed with our kids improvement in three weeks. Love my team 🙂
And then, to make my Friday, I got an email from the PE Coach (and he CC’d the principal) saying that he wanted to thank me and another teacher for the work we’d obviously put into our classes. He wrote “Your two classes have exceeded my wildest expectations and that only comes when exceptional teachers put the time and energy into creating exceptional students…” So nice! It set me up to have a really good weekend!
And this weekend I’m not doing much. Last night we saw Wonder Woman at the dollar theater (first date night since surgery!) and it was so good! I’m going to do some chores and that’s all I have planned.
Sorry, I’m sucking at visiting. I’m keeping up with replies, but that’s about it. I’m going to try again to do some serious visiting tomorrow. Last Sunday I slept in until noon (I was tired!) and that kinda killed that plan.
Still doing good as far as recovery. Not eating lunch at school still, but that’s okay – I get more work done. And I only threw up like 1 or 2 times this week, so that was good. I think I’m getting the hang of my eating speed and chewing.
I’ve decided to start trying to add in some gym time this week – I’m going to start with just one zumba class on Wednesday. If that feels good then I’ll look at adding more the following week.
I have two big reasons for wanting to get back to working out: (1) I’m afraid of loose skin. I’m wearing tons of lotion and I know that’s not going to do the trick on it’s own. And working out probably won’t either. But maybe the two combined will make it not too bad. *fingers crossed* (2) I want to keep the weight coming off good. I know that the main thing is diet, but exercise certainly helps!
And the weight loss has definitely slowed. I’ve lost 36.6 pounds in 39 days, which is obviously really good. But I had been losing an average of a pound a day. And I had lost 31 pounds as of last week. So I lost 5.6 pounds this week. Am I complaining? No. But I’m aware that it’s slowing down and I anticipate it continuing to do so. As long as I keep losing better than before surgery (which was a few pounds every few weeks), I’ll be happy!
Last Week on the Blog
- [4 Sep] Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
- [4 Sep] Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
- [4 Sep] Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
- [4 Sep] Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen ★★
- [5 Sep] Ten…Eight books I recently gave up on #TTT
- [6 Sep] Bubbly Berls is Babbling about accessibility on your blog
- [7 Sep] Currently I’m…. #10 Feeling a little better! 🙂
- [9 Sep] My TBR List Pick for September 2017 with Berls
- [9 Sep] My To-Be Read List ~ And the September Winner is….
- [9 Sep] Sunday Post with Berls | I hate kid germs!
- [10 Sep] Well that didn’t go as planned but I am back ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls
Just a few 3 star reads
Berls is Babbling about Kindle Highlighting
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 zoomed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Gah, that book is amazing! I cried plenty, no matter how many times I’ve read it.
I’m still reading A Quick Bite. I thought I would DNF if I didn’t have it finished before book club (which I ended up skipping because too tired) but it got better so I think I’ll finish it this week.
I’m listening to White Trash Zombie Unchained and it’s another great one! Kinda wishing I’d reread the series before starting it though, I’ve forgotten a lot!
Not too sure…