News at Home: April Already !?!
I could swear I just started March, and it’s April? It’s really not fair how fast life is flying by on me! April will undoubtedly be a long month though. We have STAR testing, I need to finish my application to SMU, I have to take my GRE and we have NO DAYS OFF. That’s right, not a single day for the kids and teachers this month 🙁 I don’t need lots of time off, but I just have never understood packing all the time off into the fall and early parts of the school year when it’s the end of the year where we all really need a break. *sigh* I’ll make it, like I do every year.
If my kids keep doing so well, I’ll make it easy. *knocks on wood* I’ve had 2 really great weeks in a row now – and really, it’s been getting better since that one student was removed from my class. Night and day. I still have my challenging students, but the difference is incredible. I might just get to enjoy this class yet!
On Wednesday I got a text message from my uncle at around 5 am. You know NO good text messages or phone calls come at 5 in the morning, right? Well my grandfather is in hospice care since Wednesday morning. This is an awkward time for me, more than a sad time. My grandfather and I have spoken exactly 1 time in the past 15 years – when my grandmother passed away. My entire family disowned me when I was 19 years old, due to religious disagreement. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses and I consider it a cult and count myself very lucky to have escaped. I’ve since regained my brother and my mother, but that’s it. So when you go 15 years with only 1 conversation with a person, your relationship kind of disintegrates. Yes, we were once close. But I mourned our relationship 15 years ago. So there’s not a lot to mourn right now. And it’s awkward as hell because my family (with the exception of my brother, who’s also been disowned for several years) don’t get that I don’t feel this big loss. So there’s been more contact from them in the last few days than normal and this expectation that I will reach out, make amends, etc. And I’m sure there will be an expectation that I’ll attend the funeral. Not to be heartless, but I won’t attend the funeral – knowing that I’ll be ostracized in person as opposed to at a distance, not to mention the significant financial expense since he lives in Florida (but the funeral would probably be in New York…) but either way, I live in Dallas. So it’s been awkward and surely will be for a little bit. Thankfully I have my brother and we’re weathering it together. We called grandpa together on Friday and had a five minute conversation, he was too weak for more honestly. But we did our due and hopefully we won’t be the topic of too much hateful conversation. *sigh*
Thursday was Kiko’s birthday – he’s 44 now 🙂 We went out to dinner and I bought him a shot, which he SUCKED at drinking. He gulped about 2/3 of it and then sipped the rest. Seriously, he needs to relearn how to drink shots. And it was a lemon drop y’all! Nothing serious! I got him a sound bar for our TV for his birthday – it’s the main thing he likes to do (watch tv) and our tv didn’t get loud. So he’s been enjoying that.
Other than that, it’s basically been life as usual, with Friday off, which was quite nice 🙂 I’m meeting a friend this morning to see Ready Player One. I never read the book, but oh well – I have a feeling I won’t have time anyway. Hope y’all have a great week!
By golly, I think I’ve figured it out y’all! Maintaining a routine where I get to visit blogs AND keep up with drafting posts is a continual struggle for me. But I spent some time creating a new morning routine and I think it’s actually going to work. I do my miracle morning and get ready for work – done by 6:15 am. Then I have from 6:15 – 6:45 to visit blogs – so I don’t get to everyone everyday, but I get to several posts and that’s better than I had been doing. Then from 6:45 – 7 I do some blogging work. It’s enough time to get a post or two written every couple days. Not enough to get ahead, but enough to maintain. And then I can spend a little more time on the weekend, but not feel like I’m drowning by the weekend. Hopefully this next week will continue to work with this routine.
Can You Read a Series In a Month?
Today starts our Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge! This is one of my favorite challenges, although it’s typically one of our least participated in. I just love binge reading a series – even if I’m like the only one doing it 🙂 So far we have 3 participants besides ourselves – but it’s not too late to sign up! Join us and have some fun binge reading a series.
I started an audio book yesterday so I’m not starting my series quite yet, but it’s 3 audiobooks and the rate I read audiobooks I think I’ll be just fine 🙂
Well, I have found a rhythm and I think I might actually meet my goal this Blog Ahead. I started with 0 scheduled posts and I wanted to end with 14. I have one more week and as of now I have 9! Of course 5 of those won’t count because they’ll be gone this week. But if I’m as productive next week as I’ve been this week, I’ll make it. Yay!!!
Since it’s a new month, it’s time to report on March and set new goals for April. Here’s how I did with my March goals:
Do yoga every Monday – Friday: I did yoga Monday – Thursday this past week. So I didn’t nail it a single week in March, but I close a few times. This goal will carry over to April for sure.
Drink 64 oz of water daily & track it!: No idea. Didn’t track my water at all. I really need to figure out a system that works for water tracking… my problem is that I have different water bottles/cups all over the place and I keep them all filled with cold water. And I drink out of them constantly. But how much did I actually drink? No one knows.
Track all food – hit goals of 37% protein, 27% carbs, and 36% fat: I tracked Monday – Thursday this week. What I’m noticing is that I’m really bad a tracking over the weekend. But I don’t tend to gain wait on Mondays *shrugs* I still want to get better at this.
Complete March #strongestwomenindallas challenge at my gym – 20 classes, 2 of each format: I finished on March 12th! Gym this week was Monday Hump Day & Spin, Tuesday Powerbelle (barre on crack as they call it), Wednesday Dance club Cardio, Saturday powerbelle and dance club cardio.
Lose 20 lbs: Umm yeah, not even close. As of writing this, Saturday afternoon I’m down 9.2 pounds for the month. I realize that’s not bad, it’s just so far off my goal.
My NSV for the week: At my doctor’s visit this week (not surgeon, just OBGYN) she told me that she’s seen lots of patients do this surgery and she can tell I’m the text book example of how it’s supposed to go, because I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do. She said she can see that I’m not just losing weight, but I’m taking care of myself and getting healthier every day. That felt good, to have a medical professional see my hard work and verify that it’s paying off.
Days since surgery: 234 days
Total weight lost since surgery: 137 pounds (56.48% of weight loss goal)
Weight loss total (since 2010…): 264 pounds!
I’m going to maintain several of my March Goals:
- Do Yoga Monday – Friday
- Drink 64 oz of water daily
- Track food and hit goals of 37P, 27C, 36F
- Take 40 classes at GRIT (I took 37 last month, with a week off for hurting my back)
- Lose 10 pounds, and only weigh every 4 days (I’ve become scale obsessed)
- Find one NSV (non-scale victory) a week
Last Week on the Blog
- [26 Mar] Just a Few Good Books I Should Have Reviewed A Long Time Ago
- [26 Mar] The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher ★★★★
- [26 Mar] F*ck Club: Con by Shiloh Walker ★★★½
- [26 Mar] Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne ★★★★
- [27 Mar] Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ★★★★★
- [28 Mar] #bingewatchersclub ~ Observations about Bones
- [31 Mar] Just a Few Wicked Reads #audioreview #MyTBRL
- [31 Mar] Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★★
- [31 Mar] Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★★
- [31 Mar] Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
- [31 Mar] Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
- [1 Apr] Sunday Post with Berls | April Already!?!
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls | April Already !?!
#2018HW 1st Quarter Report Card!
Devil in a Black Suit #audioreview
Task it Tuesday
Just a Few…In Death Books… I’m an Addict! #audioreview
Berls’s My TBR List Vote April 2018