Support Groups - Teachers Successfully Losing Weight/winter 2005

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01-01-2005, 01:14 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night, we went to a friend's house for a party. We met some new people, one of which was soooooo funny, I couldn't stop laughing. I drank several cosmopolitans...I lost count after five. I ended the evening with an apple martini. It was too tart and kind of turned my stomach. I didn't drink the champagne. That was the end of the alcohol consumption. Believe it or not, I didn't get sick, and I don't have a hangover today...although I totally expected one. Maybe because I didn't mix the alcohol. I am exhausted though. I'm not used to keeping these crazy hours. DD was amazing and slept in till 9:30. She has NEVER slept past 8:00.

I am proud of all of you. You all seem to keep your eyes on the prize. You have continued to exercise. You are all amazing. I have certainly indulged myself this holiday season. I enjoyed myself, but soon I will be back in control of my eating and exercising. I will be back on the South Beach Diet and my exercise program on Monday.

I would love to do a ticker. I had read a while back that we weren't allowed to use them. But, since they appear to be okay, I would like one too. Could someone tell me how to set one up for myself?

Welcome 2005 and all that comes with it!!!

01-01-2005, 02:10 PM
:balloons: Happy New YEAR! :balloons:
May 2005 be THE year that all of us FatChicks turn ourselves into SmallerHotChicks! :lol: :D

:grouphug: (((hugs))) :grouphug:

Summer....These tickers are 3FC made and approved! :) Get yours by clicking on mine! Read the directions...not that you won't...but it took me a few attempts to get mine embedded using the correct code!

Ginny.... I'm so glad that *I* am your favorite BIG mouth! I wouldn't want it any other way! (LOVE your command of the language when describing your dd's ex! YOU go, Mom! He is such a total jerk!)

Mousie.... Where are you? I hope things with Dad are going ok.... You are in my thoughts!

Kerry.... I hope that you are having a GREAT time visiting your family!

Wow.... this thing with fonts and colors is MUCH easier to use! :)

01-01-2005, 08:04 PM
Thanks Robyn! It took me a while, but I eventually got it right.

01-01-2005, 08:17 PM
So where is everyone today?!

Glad you got it working, Summer! (Love your flowers!)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful first day of the new year! I can't believe that the vacation from school is nearly over! sighhhhhh.......

take care! I'm off to do my WATP tape! I said I was gonna move! I've GOTTA move! :)

01-01-2005, 10:32 PM
I'd like to try out this forum. I'm a 6th grade teacher, had a very stressful December vacation (my 12 year old son is going through a nasty time). I have reached my WW goal, attained lifetime membership in November. Now my struggle is keeping the weight off without constantly obsessing about food/points/how I feel about myself at the lower weight.

Would definitely like more support in this journey.

Happy new year to everyone.

01-01-2005, 10:57 PM
Welcome Elana!

I am also the mom of a 12 year old ds who is DAYS (he keeps telling me exactly how many but I'll spare you!) away from 13! What a wonderful wacky beast he has blossomed into since last year! 6th grade.... guess you are accustomed to the wacky wondeful beasts who are sprouting chin hairs...OMG! NO one asked ME if he could do THAT! :) I teach 1st grade.... and would die if EVER left alone in a room full of 11 year olds! EEEK! More power to you!

Congratulations on attaining Lifetime! How long did it take you to get there?! I have made the traditional / proverbial New Years Resolution...... and I'm *only* (choke / chortle) 45 pounds from reaching my personal goal! I turn 40 in 16 weeks.... and I am hoping to be getting close to getting back into my "good clothes" by then! (Long story! Will spare you THAT as well!)

You will find much support in this thread! There are wonderful people here! ....... WE know what it is like to chug water and not be able to get to a restroom for HOURS! ;)

Take care and please come back to visit us!

01-01-2005, 11:00 PM
Robyn- ok so every day we can now ask you if you have gotten any excercise or not...and drinking tea, while not a bad thing in itself does not count as a workout for your biceps! Loved the obstacles.......we all suffer from one or another from time to time. thanks for posting them. One thing I know about excercise, is that you have to schedule it in your day- plan on it- just like you would plan on taking that shower each day. You deserve to treat yourself to the stress relief of a workout! (how's that for a gentle kick in the a**)

Summer- you sweet friend you. Thanks for the kind words.....this has been a tough vacation. I needed them....
Well, brain dead me, just noticed that Summer most likely started a new thread.......see ya there! (I'lll copy and paste this over there too)

Elana! Welcome!!!!!!!!! (I left a rather long bio on myself at the end of the last thread, I too am on WW) Congrats on making lifetime!!!!!! How much did you lose total! What an awesome accomplishment......please fill us in with the details! I have been on WW 2 years, lost 25# and these last few are getting the best of me. But then so is life....... How do you feel at your new weight???? You deserve to feel good, look your best! I am afraid that you will always be somehow connected with the points system, but I think if you approach it as more of a daily range...give yourself the lowest points value at the bottom and add some flex points to obtain the upper number and try to stay within that. (hope I am making some sense) Or keep things like your breakfast and lunch fairly static- allowing greater variation (and change to alleviate boredom) for dinner. That way point counting is really not needed for 1/2 of your day becuase it stays pretty much the same and then just worry about your evening points. I dunno, I am just foaming at the mouth- but I do know that I have certain strategies that work for me- days that my eating is pretty unchanged until dinner and I allow myself to use some flex points then. Or those times that I allocate the more adventurous eating during the am and have a nice salad for dinner to keep the day under control.

As for me, we enjoyed the 50 degree weather and went for a hike. (Dh too!). Poor Dd went with us- she came home with a stomach bug/nerves (did anyone here know that I want to torture/murder/disfigure/permenantly maul/incarcerate her former Bf?????!!!!!) We have spent most of the day trying to comfort this poor kid- she spent half of the nite throwing up.....and today sobbing. Hey...don't they need some more prisoners for Camp XRay??????? I gotta nominee!!!!!!!
Nuff of me blabbering. Dd (the younger one) wants to go to too!!!!!
Mouse and Kerry, hope you are doing fine!
See ya tomorrow!

01-01-2005, 11:01 PM
Duh, just leaving another post to get me subcribed here.....see ya.

01-01-2005, 11:05 PM
Ginny, Ginny, Ginny! You found your way out of the old thread and into the new?! :) I missed you today! ...and for your info.... ...

YES! I took a 2 mile walk with Leslie and my favorite 2 pound dumb bells (my weights...not my boys!) today! YES! I drank enough water to float a ship! YES! I ate within control! YES! I am SERIOUS! :lol:

Summer, Thanks for starting the new thread! Did you have better luck with your connection today?! I'd go nuts dealing with it the way that it was yesterday! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your NewYear's Eve party! :D

Has anyone heard from Mousie? :?:

I am nearly done with my homework.... why oh WHY do I have to do homework no matter WHAT?! :dizzy: But it is nearly done!

I am off to plan the food for the week and make a shopping list. Tomorrow my plans are to get up before the rest of the family, exercise and then head off to the store to get the shopping done!

I am going to participate in the new book study in the Maintainer's Thread for _Thin For Life_. Why not another book! Maybe THIS one will be the ONE! I got it from my mother for Christmas... (She asked, I directed!) Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else is interested... I've read a few chapters... It DOES make sense! (More than Dr.Phil did *FOR ME*!)

Okey...enough from me......again! Too many posts from me in one day makes it look like I've done nothing but sit at the computer.... which wouldn't be tooooo far from the truth today! :)

Ya'll take care!

01-02-2005, 12:31 PM
Elana: WELCOME TO THE TEACHERS' THREAD!!! You will not only find a great deal of support here, but you will also get a good laugh once in a while. We are a sarcastic bunch.

Sandi: I didn't see you on the old thread. I hope you find us here.

Robyn: It is so nice to see the "old Robyn" again. You went through some real rough stuff a while back, and it is really great to see you feeling happier again. You are so much fun when you are happy or pissed off. But when you are sad, it is the saddest thing to see. So, I'm glad to have you back again!!! Congrats on keeping up with the program through all of this. Exercise...what's that? Does that include walking from the couch to the refrigerator...mixing, pouring, and sipping another cosmopolitan...laughing at a really hysterical movie?! Do any of those count? I could list one bit of physical activity I have frequented lately, but I'd better skip it! Tomorrow is my day to return to South Beach and strolling along it (well, a girl can dream, can't she?)

Ginny: God I feel so awful for your daughter. Nobody deserves to be broken-hearted and sick with a stomach virus at the same time!!! Keep her hydrated. You know as well as I do that this too shall pass, but it is so hard to explain that to a newbie. Feel hugs and pass them on to her. As for the lowlife who broke her heart and then rubbed her nose in it...I'm still thinking of the proper punishment. He should at the very least be flogged.

Mousie: Yoo hoo!!! For once I'm here...where are you so I can talk to ya?

Kerry: I'm sure you are enjoying your family.

Today I've already written my lesson plans. Now I'm off to fold my clean laundry, clean my bedroom, and prepare for tomorrow...AAAAHHHHH!!! This vacation was utterly enjoyable as far as seeing friends, but I didn't get a friggin thing done. I was sooooo unproductive. But I did have fun.

01-02-2005, 02:23 PM
.........HEY.........WHY did you look at MEEE when you said that we're a sarcastic bunch??? Huhhh??? Actually, I will admit...Sarcasm is JUST another service I offer!

I had logged on to check in....BUT.... dh wants lunch......
and he is rolling his eyes as he sees me posting here...YET AGAIN...what DO I have to talk to strangers about?? LOL HIM!

Ok...gotta run ......will return...... Sarcasm and all! :)


01-02-2005, 03:15 PM
Hello! I would like to join this thread as well. I am new to the boards! I teach elementary library media and computers in Nebraska. My school serves PreK-6 as well as 6 special education classrooms ranging from Early Childhood Special Ed to Severe/Profound to multi-handicapped. The wide range is challenging, yet I learn something new every day and love my job.

My husband and I just started the South Beach Diet. I also go to Jazzercise at least 3 times a week.

I look forward to getting to know you all better and hope I can give as much support as I get!

Take care!

01-02-2005, 03:56 PM
Welcome Nalaminu!!!! (me being a bear of very little brain, I will probably misspell your name every other day.....but I mean well.) We are a wild bunch here....wonderful, lovable bunch of ladies, whom I have grown very, very fond of in the past 9 months. All sincere, caring individuals, we share in the trials, laughter, frustration and joy of educating/caring for students- dealing with their families, uncooperative admistrations (got that one in for you,Mouse!), stupid regulations..... and some really great professionals. One of the things I love most about this board is that you can really let it all out after an awful day with the kids......noone judges.....just supports and comforts (and makes us laugh!). We all know that the next day it could be our turn. So welcome. I am the resident bus driver here...left my bio in the last board a few days ago, so I will not bore you with it here. I look foward to getting to know you better. It sounds as though you have a good game plan going- both a food management program and excercise program. Good luck!

Robyn, Robyn, Robyn........I just love your sarcasm, Hon!!!! And it is good to see you back "in form". But we all have those bad days....weeks......months... and are here for you no matter what! Another day of serious eating control and excercise!!!!!!!!! :D That is awesome!!!!!!
Just a gentle are doing so well.......just make sure you have a game plan to get you thru the stress you know you will see in the next week as we all face the inevitable. OK?

Summer- thanks for the condolences for Dd. I spent most of the afternoon holding her while she cried....then when I was spent Dh took over. She has improved a bit...after she hit rock bottom, I asked her brother to let her race him with his new PS2 (thankfully, he rose to the occasion and was happy to do so) and then we all played 2 rounds of Clue later. She is feeling better physically, and has eaten a lot of jello, which has stayed down. Today lite solid food seems to be staying down too, in small quantities. I am SO glad for you that you had a fun vacation. The housework???? Aw so what! Ok, I know it would be nice to return to an organized home, but after the fall you had, I think the quality time with friends was much more important. BTW, thanks for the Christmas card/newsletter. I really enjoyed reading it. (sorry for being such a crumb and taking this long to remember to acknowledge it!).
I do hope that you can return to work with your batteries recharged.

Kerry- how did the visit with your family go?
Mouse- hope you have gotten some down time in too!

Me? I took both Dd's to church this am.....Dh and Ds went to Ds's pitching coach. I think church was just what Dd needed.....the message seemed almost written for her needs and she emerged a new person. And this week was communion Sunday......and as always the pastor tells us not to take communion if we have any unconfessed sin.....well, I know I had to forgive her Bf.... so I did....and Lord willing can now move on to help Dd heal from this.
I did a WATP tape for 2 miles and am planning on going for a real walk in a few minutes.....eating today has been great and I have journalled everything.
Got a game plan for dinner too! So as long as the stress does not eat me up (or I eat everything in the fridge!) I should end up well for today.

DO WE REALLY HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK TOMORROW!!!!!!!! :dizzy: AUGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Please think of me, as I fire up #234 (my luxury 65 passenger vehicle) tomorrow am at 7:45, preparing to face the masses. In a small way, I welcome the return of the routine....just dread the lack of any time to breathe. I have babbled enough. Enjoy the remaining hours of sanity!

01-02-2005, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the welcome Ginny! You can call me Nally for short if you want! ;)

01-02-2005, 06:21 PM
Thank you all for the nice welcome! I am trying out 24 points and seeing if that keeps me at a good weight, with enough to eat and feeling balanced. I was able to exercise often during vacation, and should be able to keep up 2-3 workouts per week once school starts again. Yes, I know 4 or 5 would be better but that's not happening for me right now. I go to the YMCA very close to my house for either an interval class or some time on the bike plus weights/stretching.

On the one hand, I'm very ready for school to start tomorrow because my own 2 children (son 12, daughter 7) are really bored and antsy. On the other hand, I didn't relax/recharge nearly as much as I wanted to.

I made a very tasty bean/leafy greens soup this afternoo. We are having it for dinner tonight plus I can bring it to work for the week. If I don't make a big deal about it being healthy, there's a good chance my kids will eat it without complaining.

Hope everyone has a good week back in the trenches.

01-02-2005, 07:05 PM
Hello everybody!
Welcome to the new teachers! :)
Sorry, I kinda went missing. Actually, I disappeared down to Virginia to visit my friends in Falls Church. Went down there yesterday, spent most of the afternoon with her and her husband, several hours with my friend at Borders (one of our favorite hangouts!). I am pleased to report that the Cafe in Borders is doing a sugar-free cafe mocha... and they WILL make it with skim milk. Some Borders even have soy milk. I enjoyed mine very much. ;)
We did brunch at a moroccan influenced restaurant yesterday, and today did breakfast at the hotel. Last night, I went swimming in the hotel pool even though I'd hit the gym before I went to their place. Its very hard and rather amusing to try and swim laps in a pool that is just 3 feet deep at one end, and 4.5 feet deep at the other.
I hit Trader Joes to stock up on my preferred diet soda (no caffeine, no calories, no aspartame, and all natural!), and also found that they have cooked salmon the way they do cooked chicken in most places. So, like you can buy already cooked, marinated chicken to put in things? Trader Joes also had salmon that way. So I bought some, and think I'll have it with the asparagus risotto I bought tomorrow night for dinner.
I didn't take the computer with me, which is unusual... but it was okay: I had my CD player, and the book my friend bought me for Hanukkah. She gave it to me yesterday, and I have no idea how she knew which one to buy me, but I can't wait to get back to it! ITs called "Arc of Justice" and a historical account of the trial of Ossian Sweet and his wife after they moved into a whites-only neighborhood in Detroit in the 1920s. Intriguing. It was written by a history professor in Ohio, and he really did a nice job. I didn't want to put it down last night. And I was torn: the hotel room had HBO, which I do not get, and I happened on a really good movie about the history of sufferage (which I assuredly spelled wrong), and Alice Paul. Its called Iron Jawed Angels. It was an HBO made movie: I want to look it up, because I'd like to rent it or buy it. It has definite classroom possibilities (perhaps to use as our 'you can succeed no matter what' video prior to Spring Break because that is also Women's History month!). It was a dramatization, but very interesting.
Okay... enough mouse-chatter... I need to go make dinner and shower so I can go to bed in a few hours. We all have to go to work tomorrow!

01-02-2005, 11:48 PM
wahhhhh :cry: wahhhhh.

I don't want to go! But I *WILL* and by the end of the week... I will have forgotten how I didn't want to go..or not! LOL

Mousie, Missed you! How is Dad? Glad that you got away for a visit with your friends! :)

Found out I have ANOTHER reason to fix this butto'mine.... I've got a wedding to attend the first Friday in June! YIKES! 45 pounds people! It's gotta GO!
water? - yep!
exercise? - yep!
food? - yep!
tomorrow planned? - yep!
..........................Day 2 - successful! ......................

Ya'll take care! Have a great monday!

01-03-2005, 11:48 AM
Morning Ladies,
Welcome new members to the board! I think you will enjoy posting with us. These ladies have helped me through a lot this past year.
I had a wonderful time visiting my family. It was nice to be home for a few days. The time there is never long enough. Hoping to atleast go home more this coming year. My goal is to go home atleast once a month.
I can not believe that our break has come to an end already. But I am glad to be back to school. My stepkids and dh were driving me nuts by the end of the week. I wasn't able to finish any of the books I wanted to read over break. I did get in my workouts and spent time with a friend of mine. So I guess I should be thankful for that.
Well my kids free time is over. So I must go get them back on track. I will talk to you all this evening. Then I will be able to get a little more personal with all of you.

01-03-2005, 06:15 PM
Survived were sort of good, a wee bit quiet. I forgot how miserable this crummy runaround was....trying to live your life in a 3/12 hour time frame. And today, Dh and Dd were both home, so I got nothing done. Or at least it seemed that way.
Got a shrot walk in this am and that might be it for me today. The weather is crummy and I am up to my eyeballs. Gee, it didn't take much time back to get me in a tizzy again.
Got a busy week.......tomorrow Dm goes back in for round 2 of surgery for her basal cell. Actually, the Dr says the basal cell is gone, and this is just to get the skin graft to take. I have the afternoon off (personal day) to go pick up Dm from the hospital......and bring her home. Dd is staying with her tomorrow nite (Dr's orders that she is not alone for the first nite and she refuses to come here). So I might be scarce for a day or so. I WILL get to WW on Wednesday am......if it kills me.
Take care....hang in there ladies.....and have a great nite!

01-03-2005, 08:52 PM
Hi all. I survived my first day on South Beach. I can't stay on long because I think I sprained my right hand. So, I am "hunting and pecking" which is hard for a former secretary. I'm used to speeding along. Take care one and all. I'm gonna get some ice.

01-03-2005, 09:52 PM
Evening Ladies,
Summer how did you sprain your hand? Sorry that you are in pain. Here are some hugs for you to feel better. Glad you survived the first day back to school and the South Beach Diet. Kuddos for you!!
Ginny, I know what you mean about being up to your eyeballs in stuff again. Why is it that we just seem to dive head first right back into our busy lives? Hope your mom's appointment goes well tomorrow. I will say a prayer for her.
Mouse glad that you had a nice relaxing time with your friend over the weekend. I hope that your day was a good one and not stressful.
Robyn, sounds like you have a great plan laid out to lose your weight. How did it go today? I can tell that it is close to that TOM for me, my eating was alittle out of control today. So I will just get right back on the bandwagon tomorrow and do better.
To the newbies, my name is Kerry and I teach in a rural county school. I teach MH students in grades 5-8 during the day. Then in the evening work with the afterschool program until 6. This is my 7th year of teaching. One year as a full-time sub for an educational service center, three years in the inner city teaching LD/DH and now here at my current job. I got married to my dh a year ago on Dec.27th. He has three children, a girl who is 8 and twin boys who are 6. So they keep me hopping when I am home and they happen to be over. I am a member of TOPS and go workout at Curves three to four days aweek. Plus I work out at home too. I really don't follow any certain eating plan. Just eat healthier food choices, drink lots of water and green tea. So that is my life story in a nutshell.
Well I am tired after my first day back. I think I am going to go put on my pjs and curl up in bed with my book. Talk to you all tomorrow.

01-03-2005, 10:14 PM
Never thought I would be back......

Summer- ouch!!!! How did you do this to your hand???? Don't let it sabotague your plan and good intentions! Do your best on SB, if for nothing more than to give you jump start. Hugs......feel better, ok?

Kerry- Hugs to you too, with TOM approaching. You have been so consceincious (can't spell tonite for crap), your WI tomorrow nite will probably be great anyway! Yup, tomorrow is another day......keep up the good work!
As for me, I am sucking down the diet jello to keep me out of mischief. Gosh am I tired....see ya!

01-03-2005, 11:06 PM
Real quick note: The kids weren't too bad today. We survived. We had a high absentee rate (or so it seemed) because lots of buses were late (we had one break down en route, so I didn't see ANY of those kids because they were in my 2nd or 3rd period classes and didn't get here till the end of 3rd), or some decided to stay home?
We are taking a group of 10 students to the Borders that I went to this past weekend with my friend to see Alton Brown (host of 'Good Eats' on Food Network). Our next vocational unit is hospitality, starting the end of January. He will be at the Borders doing a talk and book-signing. And, thanks to a very nice events manager at the store, the kids are going to get 10 minutes to actually MEET Alton Brown. :) She set it up with the publisher, so the kids can submit questions ahead of time and meet him. I'm absolutely thrilled, even though it means a REALLY long day for the staff supporting the kids on this venture: we won't get back to the school until 10:00 or later.

01-03-2005, 11:33 PM
Hey ya'll! Was that a MONDAY or WHAT?! Glad that it is over! (But I do have to admit.... except for having to wear a bra and really wasn't THAT bad! LOL If I wasn't sure before...after today... I am absolutely positive....... I LOVE MY NEW JOB! (are you sick of hearing me say it yet?! Hey you hear me?! I heart my new school! You REALLY should consider it!)

Summer ~ how did you hurt your hand?! Good luck with your time on the Beach! I admire you no carb folks... Go, Summer, GO!

Ginny ~ good luck with your mom tomorrow. And I have to tell you that I KNOW you weren't kidding AND I will BURN for this...BUT your little announcement of forgiving that little weasel of an ex, you know, dd's ex boyfriend, while at church yesterday nearly had me ROTFLOL! When he starts messing with her again and acting like the creep that he is.... it will be okay to need to pull out the thesauraus again! REALLY! But you are a good person to try to forgive him! PondScum tha the is! ;)

Mousie ~ What a cool trip you will be taking with your kids! Hope that you won't be taking one of the buses that had issues today! I enjoy watching "Good Eats"! I bet that THAT guy (whatever his name is!) will be interesting to listen to as well as talk with! May good karma be yours! (Both with your transportation AND your specially arranged 10 minutes "alone" with the guy! (May the kiddos NOT embarrass you! ;) )

Kerry ~ You were missed! Glad that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your kind words of encouragment! Keep it up! I am like my 1st graders! Praise gets me WORKING harder! LOL

Hello to all the new FteachingC's! I am sorry to admit... I'm too lazy to go back and get all the names right tonight! Please forgive me! We are glad that you are here! Jump right in!

Today I woke an hour earlier....did WATP2.....drank 32 ounces of water WAYYY tooo quickly! Played school and went for an outdoor walk with one of my teacher friends! We walked about 3/4 of a mile. I ate like I had planned! I finished getting all my water in! I'm planned and ready to head out tomorrow! My feet and knees are NOT happy with being back on concrete all day...but they will get over it by the end of the week!

I'm off to take a shower and go to bed! Tomorrow, I will begin this ALL again! WhoooHooo! Nothing like being back behind the wheel! Yahoo...sigh! :)

Take care! (((hugs)))

01-04-2005, 02:52 PM
I am at Dm's, and at the present she is sleeping. The surgery went well, or at least the Dr said so. She's pretty uncomfortable- so I started her on the pain relief stuff they gave her. And she was so tired....she actually did not want to leave the hospital because she was so pooped. Anyway, home she is, and hopefully this whole thing is history now and she can heal.

Mouse- what a fun trip! How kind of the events manager setting up meeting with Alton Brown, who, I confess I have only seen a few moments of his show. When is the trip planned for??? And, well who cares what the reason is, I am glad your first day back was not too dreadful. (divine intervention that the busses were late????)

Robyn- ok....I do hope that you are no longer laughing your a** off at my comment about Dd's former Bf. I had to forgive him- (lest I spend the next few weeks of my life in a constant state of growl, plotting ways to execute his demise....also bear in mind that Ds plays on the same basketball team as the creeps little brother. So interaction with his family is inevitable, and carrying a grudge is just too much darned work. BUT (and mine is big enough, thank you!) I now enter relationships with him and his family with eyes wide open, and just because I forgave him does not mean that I have to trust him, pretend that he is my favorite person, or whatever.
The kid is a creep- and there are still many, many, many things about him that do not make me happy. And I want him nowhere near my daughter. But forgive him I must.........the faster I do that, the more quickly I can help her put this all behind her. (yes, pond scum is still a good descriptive....)
Glad your first day back was a good one....must have been something in the air yesterday (Well, Summer and Kerry have not checked in, so I can't say for sure) cause all the kids were not too bad. How are you doing with SB?
Get a workout in too????

I did not sleep well at all last nite (trying to keep up with all the stuff I have to do!) so I got up early and did my WW tape. My eating is wierd today- some stress eating :( (me, under stress???Nah!) but if I am a good girl, I can still be ok for the day. My bus monsters were actually pretty good today too- but I must admit, a good part of the reason is that several have moved, and the bus is much less crowded. (that changes soon however, as I gain some that are shared custody again in about 4 weeks). I am so glad that I have the afternoon off...will also be off Thursday afternoon to get Dm back to the Dr. Not much else to say- better sign off and go clean Dm's kitchen. She is the WORST housekeeper.....doubt those countertops have been wiped down in months (no exageration). Oh, the weather will most likely stink tomorrow, so it looks as though WW will have to wait until Friday am (I am hoping for weather delay tomorrow!! :D :D :D maybe a closure ;) :D please.... :D !
See ya! Ginny

01-04-2005, 03:25 PM

I'm new to the forums, and would like to join this thread. . .I teach 8th grade (so an appreciation of sarcasm kind of goes with the territory) at a middle/high school in Hawaii. I moved here from Michigan a year and a half ago, and thought the year round warmth would kick start my exercise and weightloss. I've learned the hard way that it's not that easy, so here I am.

We don't go back to school until the 10th, so I'm using this week (starting Jan 1st) to get started on exercise and changing my eating habits. I had my last caffiene and fast food on the 31st, and am trying to reward myself for sticking to that. The no caffiene thing was the hardest so far (yeah, I know, it's only been 3 and a half days)--those withdrawal headaches were awful! :headache:

I'm getting up at the same time I will when school starts and exercising every day, but I know I'll need some accountability (like, um, posting somewhere like here) to continue this once school starts. Of course, I think that will be nothing compared to the challenge of drinking all this water and dealing wit the joys of a teaching schedule! :sorry: (sadly, there is no rushing to the bathroom smilie, so this one'll have to do!)


01-04-2005, 11:16 PM
Evening Ladies,
Oh boy, what a day! My students were wound for sound today. I don't know if it was the rainy weather or just they all got up on the wrong side of the bed today. Big time attitude. I hope that the rain washes some of it away by tomorrow morning. LOL
Well I went to TOPS tonight. I knew that I had gained weight over the weekend. I gained 3 1/4 pounds. I know that a lot of it is I am getting ready for that TOM of month and it is probably water gain. So I am not too bummed about it.
Ginny glad to hear that your dm's surgery went well. I hope that she is not in too much pain. Having you around must ease some to the stress and pain she must being feeling. I hope you will be able to get some sleep tonight. I know what you mean about the stress eating. I know that you will only be like this one or two days and then you will be ready to kick butt again.
Summer how is the hand? I hope feeling a bit better. So how was the second day of the SB? That is great that your dh is also doing it with you. It much be nice to have a supportive spouse in your weight-loss efforts. My dh is 50/50. I think it has a lot to do with his mood. Keep up the good work!
Mouse that fieldtrip sounds like a cool one to go on. Do you need any adult chaperones? Just kidding. That would be a long drive and I don't think I could swing it and be back to school the next day. How are things going with your dad? I hope better.
Robyn glad to hear that you are still loving your new school. That is awesome that you were able to get a walk in with a school friend. I am able to workout every once in a while with a couple ladies from work at Curves. But it is only once in a blue moon that that happens. I am trying to talk one of the other gals from school into joining and then she could workout with me. Sounds like you are really going to kick butt this coming year. I can tell that the stress is off of you for now. You are loving life right now That is awesome. Keep up the hard work!
Welcome Paisley! Hope that you will find the support and encouragement that you need from us. We are a fun loving group. We help each other strive toward our goals. But we are also understanding of the daily stresses that are in each of our lives. You have taken a great step towards getting to your ulimate goal with your plan. Wow getting up early on your days off to excerise is more than I would do. I would just work it into my daily activities and get up whenever. Keep up the good work.
Well I best go and get ready for bed. It is going to be a long day tomorrow. I have to work the afterschool program until 6 and then go workout at Curves. So I best get my beauty sleep. Talk to you all tomorrow.
Take care,

01-05-2005, 06:58 AM
Hey Ya'll!

Sorry... Just a quickie post...

l.... I am having some serious ISSUES sleeping.... I CAN'T seem to GET to sleep. I can't turn my brain off at a decent hour....... I have been up since 3 something....... and I didn't get in the bed until nearly midnight and watched the clock for a LONG time... arghh.... I am NOT stressed! BUT man, I haven't slept well since new years day! It is starting to take a toll on everything from my head (which has that lack of sleep ache now...) to my dark under eye bags! Tonight I HAVE to come home and get in the bed! AND fall asleep! (It isn't the getting in bed part that is the is the getting the body to sleep!)

I jumped up about a 1/2 hour ago...thinking that today is Thursday. Thursday is my WI day. I am estatic to see a loss! BUT... DUHHH! Today is Wednesday... so I'm just a tad early! DUHHH! (So I will jump out of bed again tomorrow morning to climb on the monster! I will update my butterfly then!

I'll be back this evening to "talk" to you all!

Gin, hope mom had an easy night of it!

take care!

01-05-2005, 05:29 PM
HI Ladies,
We got spent home from school early today due to the rain we got. It flooded the roads throughout the county that I teach in. So I came home and took a nap for about 1 1/2 hour. Then waited on my dh to come home so we could have lunch together. But he never came home in time, so at 2:45 I called and ordered take out from the local Chinese restaurant. SO I eat my special diet dinner for lunch and dinner. Since it was a little after 3 when I ate. So now I am waiting to see if my one friend wants to go out to workout at the gym here in a little while. Well my sds asked me to read with him. So I better go and do that before he gets mad. He never really has the time to spend with me helping him with his homework since I am usually not home until after they are all done with their homework. So I will check back with you all later.
Hope you are not all rained out.

01-05-2005, 06:09 PM
I HATE F*CKING AOL!!!!! :mad: Here I am with a sore hand trying to post for 30 minutes, and just as I hit "Submit reply," AOL kicked me off!!!!! :mad:

Robyn, thanks for going back to the dark color font...the light blue made me want to put on my sunglasses :cool: ouch!!! I'm so glad you loooove your job. The first thing I do after I take off my coat is take off my bra and shoes!!! :lol: I hate wearing my underwire, but my 42DDD chest requires it in public places. I remember being a 36C, perky, and going braless!!!!! Boy I miss those days...for more reasons than one. Sorry you can't sleep. Try a sound machine, lavendar essential oil on your pillow, a meditation tape, reading a boring book, or Benadryl. My niece's pediatrician prescribed when her dad would go on extended business trips. It isn't addictive, and it helped her chill ever so slightly enough to sleep instead of be awake for three weeks at a time. I'll be back.

01-05-2005, 06:13 PM
Ginny...gin & tonic...ginger gin: :lol: Sorry. The pain is going to my brain. You are a better person than me and wiser too. You know that the best way to heal the pain is to forgive...not for him...but for your DD and you to move on. God will deal with know, "what goes around, comes around." I'm sorry you are having trouble sleeping as well. Read Robyn's note for ideas. I'll be back.

01-05-2005, 06:18 PM
Kerry, I wish I could say that DH is supportive. But that would be a lie. He is actually quite insensitive. The only reason he is on SB with me is that he needs to drop 20 lbs., and for the moment, he has nothing to hold over my head. Trust me, as soon as he drops the weight, he will go back to being a jerk wanting to know why I don't have Pamela Anderson's body.

I got out of school early too due to snow. If tomorrow is a snow day, I will be screwed. I am off tomorrow because the inner cities celebrate "Three King's Day" for the hispanic residents. However the suburbs have school. So DD has school, and I had all sorts of plans for the one day a year I am off when DD doesn't. But, it is looking like it will be a snow day, and I will be stuck watching her whining friend all day. Her mom and I have a deal that she drives my DD to school and I watch hers on snow days. :(

01-05-2005, 06:21 PM
Mousie, we had bad attendance on Monday as well. Cool about the book signing! :coffee: That sounds like an amazing experience for your kids. Things like that don't happen often.

Paisley, WELCOME!!! Now, don't be like all the other people who visit us once and never return!!! If you want to be here, then be here. We would love to have you here...especially if you are sarcastic!!!

01-05-2005, 06:25 PM
Okay, so you would like to know how I got hurt? I am soooo accident prone. Well, DD left her slipper on the stairs. I didn't see it, tripped on it, and bashed my right hand in the wall in the attempt to grab the banister. Am I lame? Yes, in more ways than one!!! (crap!!! the smilies won't work again! F*CK!)

I have done waaaay too much with this hand today. So, I'm outie.

By the way...I LOST 5 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-05-2005, 07:12 PM
ouch, Summer! I'm sorry to hear about your hand--that sounded really painful, as did your "frustration w/AOL" post. Congrats on the 5 lbs, though! That's absolutely wonderful! I have every intention of sticking around. . .but, um, I'm sure that everyone who's posted once then fled has also had that intention, so hm. . .:dunno:

I was sorry to hear about the sleeplessness, HattarasMermaid (please, please, please tell me there's a short version of that name--lazy typer, that's me). I hope that it gets better as back to school continues.

I checked my weight today, and it's the same as yesterday. . .this would be why weekly weigh ins are nice--but for some masochistic reason, i choose to weigh myself every day. I'm not actually stressing about it, it just would have been motivating to see an eeensy bit of movement. That said, If my weight on Sat is the same, I'll be ticked.

I got all frustrated today. . .one of my neighbors (who I really really like) saw me on my way out the drive way. She was driving and we talked, and she joked about how her walking shoes were in her car, so that counted, right? It was cute, but it made think about how she's about a size 8-10, and only does yoga 1x a week and is in her 50's, and is well loved by all the local restaurant owners b/c she stops by a different one each day for dinner. . .and I'm much larger and have exercised more in the last week than she has in the last (literally) 3 months, but still get to deal with the whole obesity thing. urgh. Live is not fair! (insert imaginary "2-year old pouting" smiley here) ;)

Ok done with that little vent. . .and at the very least eating better and exercising more had made me feel better than before!

01-05-2005, 09:44 PM
Good Evening Ladies,
I made it into Curves and put in a sweaty workout tonight. Now I am trying to keep myself busy so that I don't give into my cravings and go eat something. I am trying really hard to fight tom munchies. This rainy weather is killing me. All I feel like doing is going to sleep. That is not fair since I have stuff that I should be working on. Oh well, I guess this is the Jan. blues setting in, since I haven't seen the sun in about a week now.
Summer, please take care of yourself and rest your hand. I am sorry to hear that your day off tomorrow might be used as a snow day watching your dd's high maintence friend. Keep up the good work on your SB. Here I thought your dh was finally being supportive of you. Proof to him that you can do and you are going to look great when you are thinner.
Paisley, don't you just hate skinny people who make jokes about their effort for excerise. I know that I have several coworkers who are always complaining about how heavy they are and how they need to watch what they eat and they workout a couple times aweek. Everyone raves about how great they look and don't even say anything about how hard I am working to get to the point in my life that I am finally happy with my body and the clothes I am able to wear now. Keep up the hard work and it will pay off in the long run. Just give it time and the results will start to appear. Glad to see that you came back to join us. Like Summer said others will post once and then disappear.
Robyn, Mouse, and Ginny hope all is well with you gals! Ginny how is your dm today? Well I think I am going to try and read a little while and then go to bed. Talk to you all tomorrow.
Have a great Thursday!

01-05-2005, 10:16 PM
Just a short hello, as I have to get Dd into bed. Who knows what this weather will bring for tomorrow, I am hoping for lots of snow........another closure (we were off today, boy did I need that!). Either way, I am off for the pm, Dm has a Dr appt. BTW, she is doing very well. Thanks to everyone for their concern.

Welcome Paisley!!! You have my admiration.......I must say, I think that I am the least tolerant of the middle school years. And if you can handle 8th grade, in my book you deserve the medal of honor!

Summer- OUCH!!! (I am accident prone too). Have you had the hand seen by a Dr? Awesome news about the 5# loss!!!!!! Oh, and BTW, ,my advice is to go to a Dr, get a cast whether you need it or not,and then bash Dh over the head with a complete explanation as to why you do not have Pamela Andersons body! Take care of yourself,ok?

Kerry- don't be discouraged about the WI! SOunds like you know as well as we do that it is all have been doing great. And a true inspiration with all the workouts. Try not to give into the cravings......does diet jello help you at all? At least with that you can eat the whole box with no dammage! (I resort to that at times)

Robyn- get some sleep ok?????? Although I must admit, you are very funny without sleep, (or when you are angry or sarcastic!). But you need the rest for your well being.......take out a boring book or something like that.

Mouse- how are you doing?
Gotta go........might be back later. Nighty, nite~!

01-06-2005, 07:03 AM
Hey ya'll! It is good to see you all doing SO well! Sorry that you are all snow/rain bound! It is headed our way.... Tuesday was nearly 80. Yesterday was not over 50. Today they say back to 60s.. GEESH! Anyway....

Paisley, My name is Robyn! You can use that definately shorter, huh?!
Gin, glad mom is doing well... hope she gets a good checkup!
Summer, WHEN does that AOL expire?! I'm trying to send good "no snow" karma to you!
Kerry, keep your umbrella handy! Keep going girlie!

Oh... I finally slept... yep, resorted to drugs.... AND I slept too long...and so this is the end of my post...
take care...
hope your thursday..CRaP...forgot to weigh! Duh...Hope your Thursday is great!


01-06-2005, 08:00 AM
:D :D :D Another snow day........gee, I am so upset! :D :D :D

Good morning!

Robyn, you early bird! Beat us all here.......I am so glad that you got some sleep, ok even with a little chemical assistance. If you do not get enough rest, it is hard to resist all the wonderful viruses that our kids bestow upon us. Also, did you hear that study that implied that people who do not get enough sleep are fatter? (had something to do with overeating when tired, I think, plus some metabolism issues) Anyway, WI when you can.......the most important thing is that you do so at some time for some accountability. Hope you have a great day!!!!!

Paisley- now that I have taken the time to actually read your post (instead of skimming). Which island do you live on? Many years ago, Dh and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon.....I loved it, and actually cried in Honolulu airport because we had to leave. Do you have any specific eating plan that you will be following, or just some common sense?

Kerry-your blues, and lack of energy might be because good ol' TOM is coming for a visit.....I get that way the day or so before. Also, you were pretty busy during break. This might be your way of attempting to recharge your batteries a bit. Keep up with the workouts (keep those endorphins flowing). I hope you perk up a bit......and that this winter weather stuff takes a break for you. Hey, come to think of it, for all of us dealing with winter weather, we should all meet at a central location.......maybe Philadelphia would work........and crash in on Robyn (who brags about her 80 degree weather ;) ) just to make her life interesting! Anyway, hope your day goes well.

Summer- how are you doing? I would think that you too have today off....which I hope is good for resting your hand. Keep up the good work with the 5# loss....I am so happy for you!

Mouse- gee, you are quiet these days. Everything ok?

Well, I got out to shovel snow so Dh could get to work (he did most of it, I just helped with the finishing touches). And all the troops are sleeping.....forgive me for loving a quiet house so much. I am coming down with a wee bit of a cold, which I hope does not get too bad. I know there is a reallly nasty cold that seems to hold on for weeks. Maybe I can rest up a bit and avoid that. Later on I have to take Dm to the Dr, he wants to change her bandage and follow up on the surgery. I spoke to her last night and she sounds very good. Hope she is healing well.
Guess I'd better go.....opps, I forgot......I will get to WW tomorrow am after my morning route. Not expecting the WI to be great, but I have to get back on track. Yesterday my eating was good, and I did get a workout in.
Aw, shut up Ginny........gosh I can babble about nothing!!
Have a great day!

01-06-2005, 10:51 AM
Another day off due to the flooding from all the rain, we have gotten this past week. I will come back and get more personal with you all later. Have to go and try to wake myself up with a workout. Talk to you all later.

01-06-2005, 11:29 AM
We got a few inches of snow last night only to be topped off with freezing rain. I live on a state road so it is plowed, but the side roads weren't plowed and are now frozen slush. What a mess!!! The poor dog managed to get to his "spot" to do his business, but he couldn't walk back across the backyard to the deck. He kept slipping on the icey layer over the snow and falling on his butt! I thought it was high entertainment, but DD said I was mean. She went on to lecture me about being unkind and laughing at others. She finished her lecture with tips on how to be a better friend since she learned all about it from "Little Mrs. Susie Homemaker," at Brownies. Maybe it was heartless, but it was still funny to watch. He finally found his way in by walking in old footprints...not too dumb after all! Yes, I'm home with DD and her high maintanance friend. She's only been here for 30 minutes and has already interrupted me in the bathroom to ask me a stupid question, almost fallen down the stairs (I should really put up the yellow police tape on those stairs since they've already been the scene of one accident this week!), and has cried hysterically because she got poked in the eye. It is gonna be a loooooong day. Think about it. I spend seven hours a day with 36 preschoolers and we manage to make it through our day with a lot less problems.

I forgot to tell you all about the latest with "Little Mrs. Susie Homemaker." She "taught" the Brownies about friendship the other day. (What would I do without her to teach my daughter things I would never think of myself...ha ha ha!!!) She sent each child (except for mine) home with an envelope. Inside the envelope was supposed to be the name of a "secret friend" to write a letter to. They had to mail it through the school mail and bring them to the next Brownie meeting to guess who wrote to them. Since DD didn't get an envelope, I called to try to locate it. There were several stories and explanations, but it didn't change the fact that my DD was the only child left out. This really pissed me off. Finally through the process of elimination, we figured out who her "secret friend" is so she will be able to do the project. What irritates me is that after a long day of school, DD's homework, dinner etc., I didn't need to spend 2 hours on the phone doing detective work. When I was a girl scout, we did our projects at the meetings. There was never take home stuff. LMSH may have plenty of time on her hands to do cutesy projects, but I don't. And when things go wrong, which they usually do with LMSH, it ruins my entire evening and usually a couple other days after that in the fallout. AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I wish this woman would get a job so she would understand what it is like to try to "do it all!!!"

I will be back. The girls are getting wild. They are fighting over watching Scooby Doo which DD is afraid of. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

01-06-2005, 01:19 PM
Well ladies I was able to do a two mile watp tape. Then I hurried up to get a shower so my dh and I could run to the grocery store while the kids were in school. That way we save a lot of money without having to buy all the junk they want or have to agure with them as to why they can't have it and then they get all pissed off at us. Only for his friend to call and say he needs his help for a little while. I was proud of my dh because he told him that he could only help him until 1. So that means a really fast trip to the store so we can be back here at the house when the kids get off the school bus. It is nice living in a different county from the one you work in at times, because we are not under flood waters like my school district is.
Summer sorry to hear that your day is not going so well for you. Too bad you couldn't be like the fairies on The Fairy Oddparents and wish the high maintence child to be calm and low-key for the day. Is she an only child? I would have been laughing at the antics of watching the dog trying to come back to the house too. Aren't you amazed at what comes from little one's mouths at times? How they seem to what to take on the role of parent sometimes? Hope you can make it through the day without hurting anyone.
Ginny glad to hear that your dm is doing so well. You sound so broken up about having another snow day. LOL So what exciting things do you have planned for your day off, other than taking your dm to the doctor's this afternoon? Hope your cold is a short visitor and not a long nasty visitor. I will have to try the diet jello trick. Thanks for the tip.
Mouse, so how is your week going? I hope you have been able to put in some swim time. We miss you. Hope things are well with you.
Robyn, glad to hear that you finally got some sleep. I bet that made you feel good. Hope your day is going well for you. I would love to have the weather you have this week instead of al this rain. LOL.
Paisley, I bet you just love not having to deal with all the snow and ice issues that we do. So what is your weather like right now? As for the scales, I hate to admit it but I weigh myself every morning after I get out of the shower. It helps me somedays make better food choices and motiviates me to do better. So I hope that you see a drop in your scales on Saturday.
Well I better go and get a grocery list done. Talk to you all later.

01-06-2005, 03:08 PM
Well, things have calmed down since I fed them lunch. Phew!

Kerry, no, high maintanance child is not an "only." She has a younger sister, and they are both monsters. It is funny, because my "only" breaks the stereotype. She is well-behaved, only a little spoiled, and gets along well with others including sharing. I must admit that I put a lot of time early on to socialize her and make sure that she would be welcome at others' homes. She has always had good manners and been the perfect lady out in public. If she has a meltdown, it is at home...and even then, it is followed with an apology. I am a real behaviorist at school, and it transferred to my home. All my friends with kids have more than one, and they tolerate a lot more than I do. I'm sorry you had to accumulate another day to make up because of the flooding, but at least you aren't trapped at home. It is great that you got your work-out in. I've been doing my recumbent bike at home. Tomorrow is my only day that I get out early enough to go to the gym. So, after not being there for longer than I can remember, I will be returning there after school tomorrow unless the streets are still icey. Right now it is treacherous here.

Ginny, so we are the only ones with snow. Be careful on the roads taking DM to the Dr. I hope she is doing better. Take some echinacea, vitamin C, zinc, chicken soup, and tea for your cold so you can nip it in the bud. I dread colds these days because of my asthma. Hopefully your cold will go away quickly with rest and proper care. How are your roads? Are you dealing with just snow or did it ice over? I live in an area that warms up just enough to get freezing rain for just long enough to coat everything and then freeze over. I wish it would just snow, period.

Robyn, Tuesday was 80?! Good Lord Louise!!! I'm freezing off my patooti and your sweating off yours!!! How far south are you? Excuse me for one moment as I turn up the heat and put on another layer of fleece... ;) Okay, I'm back now. I'd better keep typing so my fingers don't freeze!!! :lol: Okay, why are my smilies working now but wouldn't work this morning?! I'm sorry you had to resort to drugs to sleep, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. I hope you can sleep tonite without assistance.

Paisley, How's it going? You sound like you belong with us.

Gonna go, I hear them going bonkers again.

01-06-2005, 03:11 PM
I was really happy to go back to work on Monday--mostly because my 12 y.o. son was driving me absolutely crazy. I think we are all doing better with a stable routine. Then it turned out we have a snow day today; he is now at a friend's house.

Some of my lessons didn't go well this week but I'm trying not to obsess about that. I taught 8th grade last year, switched to 6th (and from full-time to half-time, in a new school system) this year. A lot of changes to adjust to, all at the same time. I really like my 6th graders but keep realizing how much more details/explanations/hand-holding they need for assignments and instructions.

In terms of weight, I am staying within my range. I have exercised twice this week (aerobics/strength/stretching at the very basic YMCA near me). I need to make sure I eat more during the day--that's always my biggest challenge. Otherwise I come home ravenous and that's never a good thing. My plan is to aim for 8 points eaten during the workday. Last week I increased to 24 points and could maintain my weight. I bought some frozen entrees at Trader Joes, and I've also been eating a really good bean-vegetable soup I made last Sunday.

It's almost Friday!

01-06-2005, 09:27 PM
Survived today.....and now Dd and I have a stomach bug. So far, nothing too horrific......but I can't migrate too far from the potty. Gosh, I hope I did not give this to my mom. It would be about the last thing she needed. Her visit with the Dr went well. He changed the bandage- did not say much- and of course we sat in his waiting room for an hour to be seen for 5 minutes. But at least it all seems to be going well, you cannot see how it is healing yet, as he left that part covered. What he changed was the compression acebandage around her head to keep the graft in place. All in all I was gone almost 5 that shot my day pretty well.

Elana- yup, 6th graders sure need a LOT more attention than 8th graders with how they handle their work. I think in most curriculums, there is a huge jump from 5th to 6th they try to gear up the students to what will be a high school level of work. So it must be a big adjustment for you.
I hear ya with the return to the routine. It comes as both good and bad. Would sure be nice if the kids could go back to school and let us have a week or so to ourselves......guess it does not work that way, though! As far as your eating goes, perhaps you can have a snack ready for yourself in the kitchen- prebagged for portion control- of something that will hold your appetite down until dinner is ready. I have done that with some baby carrots and it works well for me. Keeps me out of the junk and tasting stuff that I should not. (got that hint from a WW leader)

Summer- so the playdate from h*** is back!! Oh you poor needed this kind of abuse today??? BTW, how is your hand feeling???? And how did your weather end up? We started out with snow (about 5 inches) which switched to rain.....freezing rain....then just rain. It is supposed to refreeze tonite, and I would not be surprised if we had a delay tomorrow am.
The major roads (if you can call these darned windey, hilly rural roads that) are ok...I am sure that the secondary roads are awful. Sorry your roads sound so bad today. Good job getting the recombinant bike you had to get rid of some stress from Suzie homemaker and your playdate!!!!!!!
Thanks for the advice on the cold. My colds irritate my asthma too.

Kerry- I hope you got your shopping done peacefully. Simply amazing that when shopping without the kids you buy baked lays tortilla chips or something remotely good for you like that....and if they are there it is Fruit Loops and Dunkaroos! Good for you getting the WATP tape in. (I did mine too!). I must say, the diet jello has bailed me out on many occasions. And I ate the whole box. ;) (Walmart brand is pretty good too, and much cheaper). I should get back to the daily WI's like you do, yes it does help inspire after a not so good day.

Mouse- where are you?????? We miss you.

Robyn- ok, make us all feel crummy and tell us how warm it was in the south! ;) Just kidding- honestly, I needed this day off, if you could call it that. Hope you had a good day too!

Guess I'd better go.....I will try to get here tomorrow, but with the weather and how I feel, who knows. Have a good nite!

01-06-2005, 10:32 PM
Hello everyone!

Sorry to hear about the rain and snow and snowplaydates and LSHM and doggies sinking in the snow and stomach flu and 6th graders (EEEEK! Hey wait...Isn't there another middle school newbie here???) and all that other stuff!

(Forgive me please...I'm sooooo burnt...I've GOT to get into the bed ....just me and my favorite blue sleepytime pills! I did sleep last night....nearly 6 hours which is a record for the way things have been going! And I do feel better...but I need more REM sleep before this head will stop that lack of sleep ache!)

I've been keeping up with my water, exercise, food consumption, yadda yadda yadd!
actually I've been a VERY good girl! and...the scales rewarded me for my behavior this morning! :) I'm down 3.5 this week! Whooohoooo :) 41.5 to go...boohisss....
Tomorrow morning I'll fix my little butterfly but...for is just gonna have to stay the way it is!

I'm off to NOT try too hard to fall alseep! I'm so sorry for being so crummy with this post!

take care,
don't freeze, don't drown, don't lock your dd's play date in the closet...and I will continue to wear good deoderant! (it was in the high 60's...near Williamsburg today...with hints of rain off and on!) OHHh and yes, I *do* know that I abuse punctuation marks....ya'll new folks will get "used to it"!

take care,

01-07-2005, 02:26 AM
Ginny--I live on Oahu (the same island as the Honolulu airport). . .on the Waianae coast. Imagine taking the highway from honolulu past the airport until it eventually ends-i live past that. I just moved here a year and a half ago, and I don't know what I'd do if I had to leave.
I don't follow a specific plan right now, because I have tried a couple, and spent a LOT of money on them in the past. Living here means not having that kind of money, so I'm eating a ton of veggies/fruits, and good protiens, cutting out caffiene entirely, and cutting down on sweet/fried things so I lose my taste for them, and exercising every day. (now to see if I can stick with it)

Robyn--That is SO much easier to type. . .thank you!

well, tomorrow's my last day of vacation. . .we go back Monday and Tues, and the kids return on Wed. We're under a lot of pressure at my school b/c of NCLB. Our school's chosen to have 60 of the kids test scores determine the fate of the school--it's illogical beyond belief--and 30 of them are mine. But, it's like they're trying to fail. The test that matters is the week after we get back from 3 weeks of vacation. I can only do the best I can-but I hate that I'm so squarely under this spotlight, especially since I teach reading and writing, and all the teachers are working together on this. The kid's scores are a reflection of many teachers' efforts, not just mine! Now to continue to believe that when school starts! I think continuing to exercise every day will help me deal with that stressor, and I know that drinking no caffiene will be a big help.

Ah well, it was good to read everyone's progress. I use this as a way to distract myself from eating aimlessly, and so far it's working! Take care all!

01-07-2005, 07:01 AM
I didn't sleep .... BUT I did get up at 5 and do my 2 mile WATP with the stretchie...
make it a GREAT day my friends!

01-07-2005, 02:00 PM
Went to WW this am.....and I refuse to post what I weighed. But then I came home and peed my brains out (sorry for being so coarse) and TOM is due for his visit next week, so I am not quite as upset as I thought I might be. SO, I went to Walmart, right after my meeting (which I stayed for,have not allowed myself that luxury since Thanksgiving!) and bought some stuff for a WW dinner recipe that they handed out, plus lots of diet jello (thought of each of you with that one!) and a new Leslie Sansone DVD. Ok, I am being trite and maybe a bit vindictive.....but I did put up with everyone's c***- 2 car accidents, Dd's former bf....and thought that maybe a new workout would be good for me. So I got her WATP walk and kick DVD. Anyone tried that one??? I hope so and am looking foward to giving it a test run tomorrow.

Paisley- I loved Oahu, and we also visited Maui. Both were so beautiful..and even then the price of housing was obscene. So were most of the other prices, and Dh and I only ate "out" to a fancy restaurant 3 times in the 9 days we were there- the rest of the time we were at fast food to save the $$$. But a beautiful place it is......and I will never forget the Arizona Memorial. Good luck with the testing next week. Yup, sure sounds as though your main problem will be stress, so avoiding caffeine and getting a workout in will be the best thing for you.

Ok, Robyn, you had to wreck my day and mention Williamsburg!! I LOVE Williamsburg- wish I had more time to be there. (my dream is to be there for Christmas, must be beautiful). Hey, I abuse punctuation marks too, and I hope that everyone is used to my nonsense too. But it is hard to get emotion out of a computer screen, so I figure that some excesses in punctuation are not too offensive. Hope you can get some sleep (are you stressed but something, you ok??? PM me if you need to "chat" or vent and don't want to do so in a public forum) Congrats on the 3# loss!!!!! :D

Guess I'd better get ready for my afternoon. I spoke to my Dm, and she seems to be doing ok.
Hope everyone is doing ok......
See ya

01-07-2005, 05:55 PM
Well, I think I should dig a very deep hole and hide in it.

I survived the snow day from H - E - double hockey sticks. Last night the freezing rain over the snow left us with a very icy morning. I was a little nervous about DD being driven to school by my neighbor. The woman who usually does it was away on business, and her DH, who I don't know as well would have been the one to drive her. So, I opted to be a little late for school to take her myself. Now, it was so icy this morning that the best form of travel would have been to ice skate to her school. However, we chose to drive. There is NO PARKING at the school or even near it. We are required to park on a side street and walk on the sidewalks to the crosswalk then to the school sidewalks and into the school. I parked my car, got out DD, and proceeded to walk toward the crosswalk. All of a sudden, my feet were up in the air and my back crashed onto the sidewalk. The crossing guard picked me up (God bless this sweet old he ever lifted me, I will never know!) and asked me if I was okay. I told him that I hurt my arm and back, and he sent me with a safety monitor to report it in the office. Seconds later a student fell in the very same spot, and the crossing guard had to help him. Meanwhile, traffic is waiting and watching the "adventures on ice." Once in the office, I reported what happened. Nobody said, "Are you alright? Why don't you sit down a minute...yada yada yada." All they wanted to know was the exact location. When I told them, the principal said, "Well that isn't our problem, that is town property. Call the Public Works Dept." With that, I was excused. At no point was there a show of concern for my well-being. DD walked to class a bit shaken up. In my now wet pants from sitting on ice, I drove to my school and received my class. Of course, my aide was not there...what a shocker. Once I had my class covered, I call public works who referred me to the town attorney. There was nobody there, so I left a message for them to put more salt/sand down. I then left school to see my doctor. He treated me for two hours. I am all bruised up and REALLY SORE. I hurt my neck, upper and lower back, hips, butt, and right arm. Nothing is broken, thank God. He sent me home to bed. I finally spoke with the town attorney's office who told me I fell on private property, and it wasn't their problem. I mentioned that there was ice on the crosswalk and all over the school sidewalks. They told me it was the school's problem, not the town's. I told the woman I had no intention of suing the town or the homeowner, but that I thought they should know about the treacherous conditions. She was soooo rude and brought me to tears. Finally I hung up on her. Why do people always assume the worst? I first thought the school should know that the sidewalks were dangerous. Did anyone go out and sprinkle ice melt? No. It wasn't their problem after all. Then the town didn't want to own up to any responsibility. After I got home from the doctor, instead of going to bed, I typed up a letter to the stupidintendent and reported what happened. I complained that we did not have a delay in icy weather. And, I let them know I was very disappointed by the principal and secretary's lack of common courtesy toward me, and that all they cared about was liability. Hopefully they won't take my anger toward them out on my daughter.

Elana, I'm glad you are back. I give you a lot of credit teaching kids in puberty. You must really love that age group to tolerate all their antics.

Gin, I didn't know you have asthma. Eeek! You really need to take care of yourself. Sorry about the stomach virus...those are the worst.

Rob, Enjoy your spring-like weather. Keep sleeping. Congrats on the weight loss!!!

Paisley, good luck with the testing. Wow, talk about pressure. Do what you can, and after that, let it go...

Gotta go.

01-07-2005, 09:21 PM
Summer---I am SO SORRY to hear about your fall!!! I can't believe that the people at school didn't show more concern! :mad: i'm not really suprised to hear about the bruises--frozen pavement is hard! You said you "hurt" your back, neck, etc.---hurt like permanently, or hurt like muscles hurt? I hope it's nothing worse than serious bruising, but still, what an awful experience. I hope your letter brings results, and that you seriously consider sending one to each of the town depts. you spoke to today. No one deserves to be treated so rudely, especially when they're hurting!

Ginny--I haven't tried that DVD. Please post your opinion if you get a chance. I'm looking for some more indoor stuff to do because the sun sets pretty early hear year round, and it gets dark where I am.

Robyn--Congrats on getting up at 5! I admire you for that. :high:

Today, I went on a walk with my friend. I have to clock the distance, because it seemed long. . .but nice to have the conversation. He teaches Econ at the high school, so we talked about work a lot. When we got to the cafe for lunch (it's an extension of an organic farm, so all healthy :D ), another teacher was already there! The other teacher mentioned she was going to yoga on Sat, and one thing led to another, so she's picking me up and we're going tomorrow. :goodvibes

I have a weird fear of going to things like that on my own. . .everyone knows each other, I stink at small talk (there's a social after). I get really nervous, and have been known to flee at the door! So, it's good that we're going together. Although it's well within walking distance, it's worth driving just to not be there by myself. so, it'll be no big deal. . .and I'm looking forward to the class. Something else to help with impending stress.

Take care everyone!

01-07-2005, 10:03 PM
Wow. I didn't realize that I hadn't been here since Monday. Its been a very interesting and strange week.
Tuesday: Strange staff meeting, lots of rain. I honestly don't remember if I went to the gym or not. I might have.
Wednesday: Definitely went to the gym that day, swam/walked 1.55 miles! I was there for nearly 2 hours with my friend. And, on that day, the director of my high school was canned. Literally. They pulled us into a staff meeting at 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, and said, "As of 1:30, he's out." Woah.... We had another staff meeting on Thursday, and I didn't get out of school till after 4:30, so missed the gym. I came home, and amazingly, went to sleep... and slept all night long. I woke up briefly at some point and ate some no-fat organic pita chips and ginger ale, went back to sleep, got up at 5:50 to go to work. Ate breakfast, drank my shake at lunch, and immediately got sick. I think I must be fighting off that intestinal thing...

Summer, I am SOOOOO sorry to hear about your fall. They were horriblly rude people, but I have experienced it. I drove to work one icy day, and some who was stealing a car (I DO work, and have almost always worked in the inner city!) ran a stop sign. It was too icy for me to stop, so he hit my car and drove off. I complained like mad to the city because there was no stop sign on my side of the street (should have been), and we should have had a delay for ice. Got nowhere because if they admitted I was right, they would have been liable. Idiots.
I can say this good thing about my current school: when I fell last year, there was no question at all who was at fault or whether they would take care of it or not. They did, and admirably. I had no idea that they would, honestly, because I had volunteered to do a Saturday activity with the kids, so I wasn't even supposed to have been on campus!
Everybody else: Wow... what weeks. Robyn: we're not taking buses. Our school doesn't own any, the local schools that pay for the kids to attend our program bus. We have mini-vans. I'm a certified driver for the school, so I'm driving one van, and our hospitality and tourism teacher, also a driver, is doing the other van.
We're still trying to figure out where to do dinner with the kids. There isn't anything like Old Country Buffet or such near where we are, and traffic is so very bad in Fairfax County, VA I don't want to go too far from the store. But there isn't a lot of "normal" food choices either: lots of ethnic, organic, hole in the wall, fast-food places, but that's about it.

01-07-2005, 10:22 PM
Evening Ladies,
Thank God today is over with at school. We had school today and my boss decided to observe me after being off for 1 1/2 day due to the flooding. Plus my kids were only in school for 2 1/2 days before that after coming back from vacation. So I was not a happy camper. I think it was very unfair to observe someone after being off for a few days. My kids were just off the wall behavior wise today. I have never been so happier than at 2:45 today when I got to get in the van and drive home. I got home and tried to take a nap. I was so tried after dealing with one behavior after another. But I was so stressed that I couldn't sleep for long. I got up ate dinner and then went into Curves to burn off my stress. That seemed to help a little bit. The gym got an ab lounger as an extra bonus after your workouts. So I tried it out tonight. I like it. So I really need to save up my money to get one. Came home and played a game of Sorry with the stepkiddos so that helped brighten my mood. Enough about my ranting.
Summer you poor thing. I hope you are taking it easy tonight and relaxing. I can't believe that they were so rude. Is everyone worried about being sued these days that they can't be a little compassionate? Hugs go out to you.
Ginny sorry about your WI today. I know how depressing it can be to see any gain. But remember that we will do better next week. I feel a loss for both you and me at our WI's next week. I didn't know she had a WATP and kick boxing dvd. How was it? I am looking for some new workouts to spice up my mornings. I might have to try it out. I ordered from the one lady at school who sells AVON The Firm DVD workout. So I am looking forward to that. Hope your weekend goes better.
Paisley, sounds like you had a nice day with friends. I think that is great that you are going to try yoga. I know what you mean about trying something new. I was that way last summer about water aerobics. I tried getting my one friend to go with me so I would atleast know someone there and feel comfortable. I waited a month and finally took the plurge and went myself. I loved it. So I hope you enjoy your class tomorrow. Think good thoughts this weekend and you will have a nice start to the work week on Monday.
Robyn, hope you are able to get some sleep this weekend. Glad that you got your walk in this morning. Congrats on the 3 lbs. lost. Keep it up girlfriend!! :) You are doing great on your plan.
Elana, welcome back! I thought we might have scared you off. I am glad to see that we didn't. Hope today was a better day for you.
Mouse where are you?? We miss you!!
Well I better go and clean up the kitchen. I kind of squeeze my way out the door after dinner to go workout. So I best get it cleaned up before tomorrow gets here. Talk to you all later. Have a great weekend!

01-07-2005, 11:27 PM
Well, I arrived home starving today--I had eaten a little baggie of Cheerios and walnuts in the car, but I had to run a couple of errands and get my daughter from her after school program. Started eating celery sticks and baby carrots (a good thing) accompanied by a huge amount of bleu cheese dressing (not such a good thing). I also ate more at dinner. Argh--this is exactly the pattern I need to avoid. I am at the right weight now and don't want to regain.

A better plan: don't buy this salad dressing again! It has clearly turned into a trigger food for me (used to be potato salad--I'm a big fan of salty foods). Make some egg salad, or something else with protein, and have it ready for an after school snack. Eat a certain amount, and then get OUT of the kitchen.

OK, so that is my plan. It should make a difference.

Take care.

01-08-2005, 11:01 AM
Morning Ladies,
Elana that is how I am at times after knowing we just went to the grocery store and there are certain foods that my dh and stepkids' eat and I try to stay away from them. Like right now I know there are Oreo's in the kitchen. I have already had two in the last couple of days. So I have to stay out of the kitchen or I will go and eat them. LOL. You got this far, I know that you can make it work.
So hope everyone has a wonderful relaxing day. I think I am going to go into Curves and workout this morning. Since I know that this afternoon I really won't have anytime to myself. My sdd has a basketball game and it is in the middle of the afternoon, so you really can't plan to do much before that.
Well I better go and get my workout clothes on. Talk to you all later.
Take care,

01-08-2005, 11:58 AM
Good morning!
No time to get personal.......but had to leave a big hug and some cheer for Summer. I am so sorry to hear about your fall...... take good care of yourself, and I am glad that you went to a Dr to make sure you were ok.
Elana, Paisely, Mouse (welcome back, we missed you!),Kerry and Robyn- have a great day! Haven't tried the DVD yet, will let you know later how it is.
Also, got a WW recipe for Tiramisu......going to try that today and will let you know how that is. Only 2 points perserving.
See ya!

01-08-2005, 07:22 PM
Hello Everyone,
Hope all is well with everyone. I got my workout in at Curves this morning. So that was a nice way to start my day. My sdd's team scored 12 points today. They usually only score 2 points per game. So we were very proud of the girls. :) Now I am waiting on my dh to get home from cleaning the gym, so that I can go ride my excerise bike a little bit upstairs. But I don't trust the twins to be downstairs by themselves for every one second. They sure are smart for being only 6. They can thing of some really good things to get themselves in trouble with. LOL.
Well I just thought I would check in with everyone real quick. Hope you all had a great relaxing day.
See ya later!

01-08-2005, 07:34 PM
Well, not only am I dispatcher this weekend (which means no gym), I had a meeting at the chapter. Dispatcher meetings are generally stressful, but this one was really just bad. Nothing was settled, and even though I said no twice, I still wound up secretary for the entire team. Not a big deal, I just have to take notes at each meeting, but still... I didn't ask for it.
The meetings are stressful because nobody wants to really come out and say that one of the big problems is our paid staff person. She won't let us make any decisions on our own, we have to refer everything through her, and she really doesn't know what she's doing most of the time. The other issue, this time, is that they've decided we need a "lead dispatcher". I was asked, and said no. I have enough politicking at work, I am not getting into it with these people too. I dispatch because I can't do regular fire calls anymore (too many stairs for my poor ankle!), and to stay with national disaster services you're required to be active with your local disaster services group too. I don't want to do political stuff. I'm not interested in dealing with our paid staff person and her personalities. But the person they've given it to is very stubborn, very outspoken, and while she's nice, she is very, very set in her ways... which can be bad. Because she wants us to do things her way. I did manage to save our email list. They wanted to get rid of it because a bunch of people don't know how to use it... I've offered training and support to people for months, but nobody wants to take me up on it. Its a Yahoo Group, so its NOT hard. So, I specifically stayed after the meeting today and set it up for people that have particular difficulties. I might have convinced the paid staff person: I showed her how to add a link to the national Red Cross website, and she said, "Wow... that WAS easy... it only took a minute!"
Congrats on your sdd game, Kerry! :) Hello to everybody else.

01-08-2005, 10:29 PM
Ok, I am back with a little more time.

Mouse-what a bummer that you will not be able to get to the gym this weekend. Do you mind being the dispatcher??? Congrats on getting thru to the cement head that maybe, just maybe the email list is a good thing. Patience, my friend, sometimes even the most stubborn can be made to see the light. I feel for you though- another tough political situation, and you are not even getting paid to do this!!!!!! (bless you for your kind heart, however)

Kerry- congrats on your sdd's team scoring 12 points. (know how that is from Ds's former bball team). Bet it feels so good!!!! And as always, you are such an inspiration getting the workout in today, I have not counted, but do you manage to workout 7 days a week?? The next WI has to be a good one, that is if TOM shows up to relieve you of the bloat.

Elana- somewhere there has to be a recipe for Bleu cheese dressing that is lower in points, right? I know I enjoy the hidden valley light ranch dressings (another killer) and do the ol portion control thing......don't have to bore you with that. But then if that is a trigger food, then you know what you have to least until you feel as though you can handle it better. As an inspiration, I met a woman at the WW meeting who has not paid for a meeting since 1999!!!! (been at goal and is lifetime, to you non WW'ers).
Imagine yourself being that way too.......and chuck out the darn bleu cheese dressing. If you crave salty, what about ff tortillas and some salsa? (15 tortillas and 1/4c salsa are only 2 points). Or the ol 94%ff popcorn (my personal favorite because you get so much). Just some ideas......hope it helps.

Paisely- how did the yoga class go? I stink at small talk too.....can feel your pain! It sounds like fun, and nice that you have some aquaintances that will help ease your fears too. Hey, at one time or another, everyone in that yoga class was a beginner too! Enjoy it.

Ok, I have finally figured out how I can be a bus driver. After all these years of driving and listening to Dh complain about what a lousy driver I am (he is aggressive behind the wheel and I am a text book for defensive driving) I have effectively learned out how to block out any abuse and noise.......and if I can block out his nonsense, than I can do so with 60 some odd kids! :lol:
(yup, gotta laugh about it, no other option!). So we all took Ds to his bball practice and then tried shopping, which was a disaster. Dh and Dd got into a tiff, I was the referee... someone buy me a black and white striped shirt(as long as it is slimming!) and a whistle. Then, Dh realized he blew it (when we got home) and "volunteered" me to take the kids shopping again (think his desire to watch the football playoffs in peace and quiet was a factor?)
So out I went again. This trip was much more successful from the kids standpoint. And, for the most part, more peaceful. Between our two trips out I gave the new WATP DVD a test drive.....and I really like it.
It is called WATP Walk and Kick, in her "Power Series". It is a somewhat different format (setting is different). I am unable to tell if it was because I am run down (stomach bug and PMS is starting a bit) or the workout is a bit more difficult, but this one DVD seems a bit intense than the other ones I have. The kick boxing parts are pretty easy to master- you will not have to sit thru the whole workout just to learn the steps. I liked it, especially because it seemed a bit more challenging. More bang for the 1/2 hour buck,if you know what I mean.
Guess I'd better go......babbled enough for one day. Hope everyone's weekend is going well. take care!

01-09-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi Ginny,
Sounds like you really earned your keep yesterday! Sorry to hear that you had such a rough day yesterday. I hope this one is better for you. Sounds like your new WATP dvd is a great one. I usually try to workout 6 to 7 times a week. Like today I chose to be lazy and sleep in a little bit. I thought it would be better to get an hour more of sleep since we have a busy day ahead of us today. I am taking the two sds' to church with me. Then we are coming home long enough to change clothes, eat lunch and we are back out the door again. We have a birthday party to go to at 1. Then my dh has a coach's meeting at 4 to go to. Then at 5 he has a basketball game for my sdd's team. So I think I will just squeeze in my workout tonight after the kids go home and the rush settles down a little bit.
Mouse, sorry to hear that you had to sit through a boring political crap of a meeting. You have a such a big heart. Glad to hear that you got block head to see the light about the email list. Sorry you can't squeeze in any gym time this weekend. I bet that bugs you when you can't do that, huh?
Summer, Robyn, Elana and Paisley hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend. I will try to check back in with everyone later this evening. Talk to you all then.

01-09-2005, 12:45 PM
Hi Kerry!
Sounds as though you have a busy day ahead of you, and the extra sleep is well deserved. One day of not working out will little difference, if any. I know you will be back on schedule tomorrow, or later tonite if you stay with what you planned. BTW, I know that this is "WWspeak" and I will be simplifying this a bit for the sake of brevity, but figure for each 15 minutes of moderately intense excercise you get 1 activity point.
WW really wants its members between 3-4 AP's a day(for a total of 21-28 per week), and it does seem as though you get within that weekly range on a normal week.(I am just trying to make you feel better about not working out yet today, that is all! :)).
I hope church was recharging to your spirit....and a positive experience.
We got to church this am, and even that was a bit full of turmoil (Dd and her moods strike again). But she is out now with Dh and Ds to Ds's pitching coach, so it is just our youngest and me now. And at least for now,she is a peaceful, calm kid.
BTW one thing I mentioned yesterday that I feel the need to clarify. As far as driving styles go, I would be hopelessly lost, swallowed up, overwhelmed, whatever in a city driving situation- so I do appreciate the different styles of driving. (although I confess to being a bit edgy when Dh drives sometimes). I did not mean that I am a better driver, just that we drive so differently (and he loves to tease me).
I hope to get a real walk in this afternoon, once I help Dd clean her room.

Mouse, Robyn, Summer (how are you feeling???) Elana, and Paisley I hope your weekend is going well!! See ya tomorrow.

01-09-2005, 12:52 PM
Ok, lets try this again!!!!!!!!
(the last post I left got booted out for some dumb reason........)
Kerry, I hope that you enjoyed your day, and that church was refreshing to the spirit. (gotta recharge those batteries). I am sure that the extra sleep was good for you, and you will be back to your very active ways tomorrow (if you do not sneak in a workout tonite).
Summer - how are you feeling??
Mouse, Robyn, Elana and Paisely- hope you are enjoying what remains of this weekend.
This is much shorter than what i posted before, but I do not want to get this one lost either! See ya!

01-09-2005, 12:54 PM
HUH???? Now the first post shows up.......think I am losing it! (and I left myself wide open for a wise crack from Robyn, or anyone else for that matter!)

01-09-2005, 04:34 PM
If you find it, let me know, Ginny... becuase I think mine went the same place. I am just so annoyed right now...

I am going to get to the gym if I get off my rear because I'm going to the gym's holiday party and since I don't know where I'm going I need to go up there first. I thought the place had a website, but the address they gave me doesn't jive with Mapquest's directions! So, I may as well sneak in a swim!
Anyway... I'm annoyed because we have this whole block of people with no heat because the gas is being repaired. And the gas company doesn't know what is wrong.... and of course, its in the City, and people rarely have money to get a hotel or anything, and neither the city nor the gas company is willing to help them. And of course, the Red Cross can't do anything, because its not a disaster caused need, and we're limited to assisting in those cases only. The chapter I'm with currently is a lot more strict on their definition of disaster caused needs than some of the other chapters that I've been with. PArt of the reason for that is that we have a lot of fire calls in the city, especially in the winter, and people just don't donate money in the cities to help us. We don't get a lot of money donated to our chapter.
Anyway, at the same time this is going on, we did a fund-raising effort at a race that was sponsored by the MD Running Assoc. or something like that. They raised over 7500 dollars for the tsunami relief efforts. So that is why I'm annoyed: we can't help these people in this area because we don't have the funds to do anything but the most basic needs, but we can give all this money to people in another country. I know they lost everything, and lots of people died, but shouldn't people try to help at HOME first????? :mad:
Even my school is on the tsunami bandwagon. Last year, I couldn't get them to let us raise money to give to local disaster relief in the wake of hurricane isabel (and there are still people living in those cheesy FEMA trailers because their homes were destroyed!), but this year they're letting us do tsunami relief.

01-09-2005, 06:19 PM
Hi everyone--Thanks for the encouragement as I wrestle this new trigger food into submission and out of my life. My brother and sister-in-law visited from NYC this weekend; it was a lot of fun. I made buckwheat pancakes for breakfast and served them with plain ff yogurt and frozen raspberries. We made him a reasonably healthy, low points blueberry pie for his bday (frozen blueberries in a reduced fat graham cracker crust, topped with bran flakes cereal, use enough flour to find everything and a bit of sugar). When grocery shopping, I bought lots of fresh vegetables and no salad dressing. I have low points ones already in the fridge or I could always make a vinaigrette. There is life outside of bleu cheese dressing! Besides, if I could kick the potato salad addiction, I can beat this one too.

I made it to the Y early Saturday morning but not today. I will go tomorrow before work. I am also expecting a DVD I ordered to use with my stability ball. I rarely work out at home; for some reason I prefer to go out to do it. But I bought a stability ball so I could regularly do abs at home.

Hope the week starts well for everyone.

01-09-2005, 11:12 PM
Well, after a weekend of "taking it easy," my back, neck, and right arm are much better. When I woke up Saturday morning, I had one **** of a time getting out of bed. From my neck all the way down to my butt and my right shoulder to my fingertips, I was soooo stiff and in soooo much pain. But, I basically did very little yesterday, and iced everything every two hours as ordered. DD and I had a Jerry Lewis marathon. I own 4 of his videos, and we watched them all. It was great to just laugh. It helped me work through my anger toward all those nasty people I had to deal with on Friday. I don't regret the complaint letter I wrote, and if they do take it out on DD, there will be **** to pay. I deserved to be treated much better than I was treated. This morning, DD woke up with a cold, so we skipped church and stayed in the house. It was good for me to have another day in the house to get some simple things done and rest as needed. So, as of right now, my right arm is all bruised up, but I can use it now. It is so funny that my hand healed just in time to get reinjured. But, amazingly, at 40, my bones appear to still be pretty young and resilient (thank you God). Whatever damage was done to my back and neck can be treated by my chiropractor. So, I'm just going to put all of this behind me and move forward.

A woman in my church is dying of cancer. It has spread to her bones and brain. It is awful, because she is only a little older than me. Her DD is getting married. She may not be around for the wedding. She will miss seeing her grandchildren. Her situation is very similar to my mother's. I really feel for her daughters and now that I am a mother, I really feel for her as well. All that her family is going through is really putting my life in perspective. You know how scared I was in October. Well, I could have been her. You have no idea how grateful I am that I'm healthy.

My nephew and his fiancee are flying in from Oregon for two weeks to plan their wedding. My DS has a lot of issues with him so as excited as I am to see him, DS is dreading it. DS can't stand it that she can't control him, and to top it off, he is marrying a very strong woman who won't be controlled either! :lol: I love it!!! I can't wait for them to move east and have some family on my side!!! DD is going to be their flower girl, so she is going nuts waiting to see them. It will be an interesting two weeks filled with excitement and lots of family drama.

Mousie, you are smart to avoid a difficult situation at the Red Cross. You have enough drama in your life. You certainly don't need more.

Ginny, as you can see, I'm okay. Thanks so much for your concern. What is going on with DD that she is upset?

Kerry, I love how you find time to squeeze in working out. You so have your priorities in order. I wish you were nearby to drag me out of my house to work out!!! (I did have plans to get back to the gym before I got hurt.)

Hey Robyn, how's it hangin'? I really need you to share some of your 'tude right now. I miss it.

Elana, wow, how healthy are you? I could learn a few things from you. I'm on the 2nd week of South Beach, so I can't have any carbs including fruit right now. After this week, I can slowly reintroduce some healthy carbs.

Paisley, I understand your hesitancy of going to a class alone. I used to work out with a friend. Now, I'm on my own. I don't mind doing the machines alone because I just do the weights and read while I do the bike. But I haven't done a class in a long time. I used to do yoga before DD was born. When I tried to do it again after her birth, I had a lot of trouble. It wasn't just my weight, since I had her, I can't lie on my stomach comfortably. There were a few positions that just caused me pain, and when the instructor tried to press me further into the floor, I thought I would die. I tried to explain to her my limitations, and she didn't understand. I never returned to the class again. Maybe I can build up my flexibility again as I continue to lose weight. If I regain some confidence, I will try a class.

Have a great week everyone!

01-10-2005, 03:37 AM
today I had ice cream, and I think I might be ok with that. I planned it into my day--cut back on some calories in the starches--and exercised, so I think it's ok. I don't know if I'm rationalizing, but I think it may be ok--I want this to be a change of life not a diet as fast as I can, and i think I may have been over-restricting my calories this week, because I lost 5 lbs (or it could just be that initial jump that happens to some people at the outset of eating/exercising healthily). I'm psyched about dropping the 5lbs!!!! . . .but I'm still working this whole diet thing out :dunno:

Anyway, I want to lose weight, but more than that, I want to live a healthy life--so I think that building in "forbidden" foods in a careful planned way will help me do this, rather than (as is my normal m.o.) jumping headlong into a diet plan, and then slinking off of it days later because I binged on a food that was bad for me. I'm actually cool with this slowing things down a little (i'll be regretting THAT statement when my first plataeu comes!). . .because I want it to be permanent not instant. That said, I will be estatic to reach my goal weight. :D

anyway, I exercised today, and I ate well otherwise. . .tomorrow it's back to work :fr: . . .and before I go to bed, I'm prepping my lunch, because I know everyone will want to go out, but I'm not ready for that yet because I also know darn well they'll end up at McDonalds.

01-10-2005, 07:59 AM
Just a quick note to wish everyone a great week at school! I was able to get a walk in last night with my dh for about 30 minutes. So I did squeeze in some form of excerise yesterday. I will check back in with you all later today. Have a great day!

01-10-2005, 11:58 AM
A good morning and Monday to everyone!
Ds is home from school (stomach bug) and Dd is still home (she returns to college next week),, so this will be short.

Paisley- go ahead and have that ice cream! Unless it is a trigger food for you, the denial thing always slaps you in the face. Just do so with some caution, and remember to eat it slowly. Each bite tastes the same- (so if the first tasted great, the millionth will taste no better, no excuse to over eat!). Congrats on the 5#!!!!! WHo cares if it is the initial jump- take it and run! WOO HOO!

Summer- so glad you are feeling better. I was worried about you. Glad you had a good day of laughter too..we all need that from time to time! WHen does Dn arrive? Hope the family tension is not too bad.......and that you can enjoy the wedding planning process.

Elana- the breakfast and bday pie sounded good.....just like something my Dh would like. And blueberries are so good for you! (I freeze a ton of them when they are in season). Great outlook regarding that nasty bleucheese dressing- just stay away from it until you can really control your input of it. (will I ever outgrow peanut butter??? a major trigger food for me!) Glad you got to the Y for those AP's.

Mouse- still looking.........and I think for me I will never find it. Can't lose what you never had! :lol: :dizzy: Did you get to the gym? I hope so, and know it is important to a happy Mouse! It must be hard on you to see some dire needs right here on our own turf, and large amounts of aid going overseas. You have such a kind heart. But then I have told you that before.

Got my new DVD in this am (WATP kick box). ANd today I found it just as challenging as Saturday. Makes me huff and puff......but then this week I am low on energy with TOM ready to make his guest appearance in a few days.
Gotta go.......hope this week is a good one!! (anyone have MLK day off next MOnday?)

01-10-2005, 10:11 PM
Well, I returned to school in not so great shape...actually in quite a bit of pain. Guess who wasn't in today?! Paisley and Elana, just to fill you in, I have the most irresponsible and unreliable aide ever. She is on probation for calling out sick all of the time, and she still has the nerve to be out anyway. Supposedly she is in danger of being suspended, but still called out today. Anyway, a day that was already not so easy because of my neck and back pain (my arm is a lot better, just bruised up.) was made all the more difficult by her being out. :(

Well, every 4 hours I popped 4 Motrin so that I could function. After work, I saw my chiropractor, and for the first time in days, I have some relief. He cracked my neck and did some adjustments. Then the therapist used the combination ultrasound machine which helped to loosen up my neck and upper back. Then the therapist used the electrical stimulation and heat on my lower back. I finally feel somewhat better. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm grateful for how I feel right this minute.

DD has a cold, but no fever, so she went to school today. We will see how she does tomorrow. It is DH's turn to stay home with her if she is sick, so I won't have to miss school.

My friend invited me to a party where specialty foods and kitchen items will be for sale. I was planning on attending. However, DD has a birthday party to attend during the same time, and DH is working Saturday during the parties. To top it all off, with DN coming in from Oregon, Saturday may be the only time I get to see him. It depends on whether they will be with her family or our family. It is totally up in the air, and my friend is pissed off. I don't blame her for being mad, except that he won't be east again until the wedding. Am I being selfish for wanting to skip her party to be with DN?

I was totally on SB today, but because of my injuries, I couldn't exercise.

Hello to everyone! Paisley, congrats on your weight loss. Ginny, sorry DS is sick. I hate stomach viruses. :p Kerry, keep up the motivation to exercise.

01-10-2005, 10:54 PM
Evening Ladies,
Hope everyone had a nice Monday! My day was good. It was a long day because I had to work the afterschool program, but then I went to Curves and burned off some stress before coming home. LOL
Summer, glad to hear that you are feeling a little bit better. Give yourself a few more days and then you will be back to excerising again. Sorry to hear that your TA was MIA again. Be sure to work her hard when she comes back. As for you wanting to spend time with your dn that is not selfish. Your family is very important and if that is the only time you will be able to see him then go for it by all means. But don't feel selfish about it.
Ginny, sorry to hear that your ds is sick today. Hope he is feeling better this evening. So your DVD is a more challenging workout, huh? I might have to check into getting it then. That way I can spice up my mornings a little. Yes I have next Monday off. Then next Tuesday, I have a waiver day so next week I will only have my kids for 3 days.
Mouse, hope you were able to get in a workout before your gym's holiday party. When do you take your kids' on the Border's fieldtrip? Did you figure out where to feed them at?
Robyn, how are you girlie? You were awful quiet this weekend. Hope that means you were getting some sleep.
Elana, your blueberry pie sounds yummy. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful visit with your family this weekend. I am proud of you that you found the time on top of that to go workout at the Y.
Paisley how was your first day back to school today? Don't beat yourself up over having ice cream. I love ice cream. So I work it into my diet so I can have some every once in awhile. Have you tried the Carb Solution ice cream? I like it and my sdd likes it alot too.
Well I best go and get ready for bed. My eyes are starting to shut as I type. So it is time for bed. Everyone have a great day tomorrow!
Talk to you tomorrow. Definately tomorrow evening after my TOPS WI.
Take care,

01-11-2005, 12:31 AM
Hi everyone!

Summer--I'm glad to hear you're feeling a little better. That stinks about the unreliable aide. I hope you get someone better eventually (not being insanely niave, I'm not gonna say "soon" because this is school, and things NEVER happen fast enough!). btw, I don't think you're being selfish at all, especially not if you're gracious about it.

I survived the first day--no cravings (thanks for the reassurance, Ginny! :wave: ), and the kids don't come back until Wed. I spent it cleaning and rearranging my classroom. It was kinda cool, though. there's a couch I've wanted for my reading ctr all year, and the custodians kept saying they'd bring it down, but they're swamped. The science teacher offered to help me get it--I haven't because the custodians guard that key with their lives. So, he got the head of security to open the door, and there were 3 matching chairs! We carried all of them from that building to mine. :sumo: It was cool to be able to do an equal share of that work. It was especially cool since in the process we were seen by the asst football coach, the basketball coach, the girls volleyball coach, one of my athletic friends, and this girl who's always talking about how she needs to work out! I was like, :coach: "um, hello? opportunity to flex those muscles, people!" But actually, I preferred to do the work--I felt all strong, plus I now have the sweetest classroom in the bldg! :cb:

THEN, on the way down the hill on my walk tonight this giant piglet crossed the road--not the Charlotte's Web kind, the big bristley wild kind people hunt for kahlua pork. I was SO panicked that there would be a bundle of others coming out at any second that I froze (imagining a frothing wave of fur and tusks--those suckers are big!)--and called my friend Lika, who (when she stopped laughing at me) said that there were probably at least 3 or 4 adults nearby, but that they were more scared of me than I was of them, and to just walk on by. I did, but only after requiring her to stay on the phone with me just in case, and vowing to learn more about the habits of the local fauna! :lol:

In all, a good day back. Oh, and I came up with a way to make sure I haul my butt out to walk after work--I come home, get a glass of water and open up the internet--->to 3fc. I get a chance to relax for a few minutes, AND I'm motivated to get out there and exercise!

Take care everyone, I hope your monday went well! Kerry, I'm glad to hear yours was a good one (at least from the stress burning perspective!)

01-11-2005, 01:18 PM
Oh, bother!
Ds has given our computer a virus....a real one, so I am at the library. Will probably be MIA for a few days while I get the darned thing back to normal.
take care!

01-11-2005, 06:21 PM
Once again, I seem to be facing my big challenge from last year (which was my 1st year teaching public school). I couldn't eat regularly during the day, snarfed a huge amount after school and gained 15-20 pounds. Joined Weight Watchers in May 2004, made goal in September and Lifetime in November. I am very committed to keeping the weight off--I feel much better and am exercising a lot.

The challenge: eating enough during the day. Otherwise I get home hungry. Today I had 2 huge bowls of salad after school--1 with hummus on it, 1 with feta cheese and low fat Greek dressing. These seem like reasonable things to eat, and they are. The key is that should be it for the night. Even though I have to make dinner for the kids (dh is out of town), I don't need a dinner. I am full, and I ate those at 4 p.m. So that should be enough to carry me until tomorrow morning.

Tips? How do you all eat regularly/healthily during the day? I have been bringing in lunch and some snacks, but I definitely need more ways to make this work.

Thanks in advance.

01-11-2005, 08:33 PM
Hi, all. I had to skip the gym today to be able to talk to both my endocrinologists, but I went yesterday... after I chased a kid up 6 flights of stairs. ;) So I'm not upset. Today was a good day, I think... the kids were almost normal. And we had good news: All THREE of my kids who wrote paragraphs for the leadership seminar this weekend were accepted!! :cheer: :cheer: I didn't help at all, I just edited and typed. There was some concern whether the kids could handle it, and I turned to my TA because I typically think the kids can do anything. She was confident that two of them can definitely do it and will be just fine, and the third will do it if she is motivated enough (and her parents want her to do this and she loves her parents, so typically tries harder... and she was just a LITTLE excited when I told her this afternoon).
Its very cool, because they'll learn to present pieces of a leadership curriculum and ultimately present them at National Headquarters in DC.
Ginny (I think it was you!) asked where we are taking the kids to eat: Pizzeria Uno. There really isn't a more appropriate place to take them nearby. We're actually going to the one that is across the street from my old school. I'd love to drop by for a visit, but I can't because we'll have all the kids with us. Oh well. I'm not typically down that way when school is open, and we'll definitely get there before they leave, because Tuesday's are their late days for staff meetings.
Elana: I have the same issues, because I just won't eat in front of the kids. I have started drinking in front of them, though, because it just works better. I try to eat something at lunch like soup or other liquid because you stay full longer... I discovered that when I have trouble keeping food down because I started drinking protein shakes. Also, high fiber foods work, so maybe a high fiber cereal, some fruit and milk? Salad is a good choice. Make sure you eat breakfast (another challenge for me).
But I don't typically snack. Part of that is because I go to the gym either to work or to swim on my own right after school, and there is no time. I do try to drink at least 16 ounces of water (I buy the Propel water) while swimming. When I come home, its too late to snack.. I need to get dinner. And for dinner I almost always have a salad, protein (varies: lots of boca burgers and morningstar farms chik patties), and carb. If I'm having a sandwich and salad, I'll also add some soup. I don't avoid dessert either, though I try to make good choices: my ice cream is almost always sugar free now (or no-fat frozen yogurt).

01-11-2005, 11:19 PM
Evening Ladies,
Just a quick note to let you know that I dropped 1/4 pound this past week. Had a really bad day at school today with my class and the after school program class. Then went to my TOPS meeting and came home to watch the finale of Biggest Loser. So now I just got done folding laundry, making my lunch and dinner for tomorrow, laying out my clothes and getting my gym clothes ready for tomorrow evening. I am going to head off to bed and pray that the sleep with help restore my energy for tomorrow. Talk to you all later. Have a great Wednesday!

01-11-2005, 11:25 PM
Paisley, I love your wild pig story!!! :rofl: I would be the first one to panic about what to do. I am so glad you are here with can take me out of my winter blues :( . I can picture you out in Hawaii where the weather is balmy and beautiful taking a walk...palm trees swaying, as I look out my window at the falling snow...we have about 5 inches so far, and it is FREEZING. Keep talking about your surroundings. In fact, if you have the ability to post photos, even better.

Elana, I bring a big water bottle to school. I pack my lunch and include a morning and afternoon snack along with my lunch. I'm on South Beach, and during the 2nd week, there are no carbs including fruit. So, my snacks are cheese and low-fat pepperoni. I teach preschool, so whole group instruction is only a small part of my day. I spend a lot of time working with small groups. And, during center time, when the children are engaged in activities, and I am observing or working with small groups, I will snack. They have become accustomed to me eating in front of them. The hardest part for me is getting to a sink to wash my hands beforehand. (Yes, I teach 3 & 4 year-olds without a sink or toilet in my classroom.) I am hypoglycemic, so snacking became a part of my lifestyle in the fall when I was diagnosed. Now snacking is second nature. It is all about routine. Just like me needing to get in a better routine for exercising and eating at home. I do great at work because it is all pre-packed for the day. Once in my house, it is REALLY DIFFICULT.

Kerry, thanks so much for your feedback and support.

Gin, a computer virus?! That totally sucks. :(

Mousie, any progress with your endocrinologists?

Robyn, where are you chickiepoo? I need some sarcastic comments to crack me up.

Okay, it is looking like either a delay or snow day tomorrow. I could really use a snow day, but then again, that means another snow day play date from ****. :dizzy: It isn't even a week since the last one. Whatever, it isn't up to me I will just go with the flow.

My back still feels pretty good since yesterday's treatment. But, my neck and head are KILLING ME. I've been on 4 Motrin every 4 hours. I've had to take Tylenol as well. No pain relief. :( My arm is just one big bruise, but the pain is basically gone unless I put pressure on the arm.

My aide came back today. Woop-dee-doo-dah-day.

01-12-2005, 01:03 AM
Hello people!

Sorry about being MIA since I don't know when. I am soooo busy that I can't see staight.

On Monday morning, I had a "SURPRISE" evaluation visit from the principal. I guess the 4 hours I spent messing with my lesson plans on Sunday paid off! She came in and sat for nearly 45 minutes! (You know, 45 minutes is a LONGGG time to fake things! GUESS that is why she came and stayed so long! .....For the record, I am *WAYYYY* too old to fake things for anyone let alone the principal! So... I didn't try to AMAZE her! I just kept on with my regular thing, done in my regular way, done in my regular tone, done with my same ole style! Must have worked, cause.... today I went in for the "after observation evaluation" and well, I done good! She said so herself...but in a much more "schooly" way!)

I am "having differences of opinion" with a parent. Her *CHERUB* is playing the two of us against each other.... I said above... I am *WAYYYY* too old to give this "difference of opinion" much of my worry.... but MANNNN! BTW, I will win!

I have spent hours tonight working on a mid year self assessment to turn in. It is done. FINALLY!

Oh, and the stomach flu junk is running rampant thru the school. I do NOT have time to vomit (OR the other) for 36 hours.... altho...IF I have to get it.... it would sure be SWEET to get it overwith PRIOR to Thursday as I WI on Thursday morning! ( I'm getting desperate to find something positive to say about the stomach junk!)

I've done well with eating BUT I woke up WAYYY too late this morning to walk before school AND then my walking partner from school has the stomach thing going so I didn't walk at school AND then, of course, I totally forgot once I got going on my evaluation junk.... SO...excuses, I know...but the truth!

.......speaking of walking.........
I will NEVER EVER (for now!) complain about the neighborhood dogs being out while I'm trying to walk after hearing that WILD pigs are out and about and after poor Paisley's story.... NOW... I know how the dogs scare me and I can NOT begin to imagine how scary a wild boar must be....EVEN IN THE BEAUTIFUL TROPICS OF HAWAII... Just WHAT is "There is a wild boar blocking my path" protocol?? (JUST in case I ever find myself in a similar situation!)

......I just dribbled water on my printed evaluation thing....I MUST go print another copy and get it in my binder before I ruin it!

I shall return ...eventually!
Positive thoughts to all.....
Good sidewalk (that is for Summer and all her bruises!) and driving kharma to all!
DARNNN it is midnight again! geeSh! Gotta get up at 5 to exercise.....arghh!
take care!

01-12-2005, 03:58 AM
Hi everyone!

Elana--I was thinking about your question about how we make sure we eat during the day. . .that is one of my biggest problems, and one I hope to work on as part of this whole new years weight loss thing. My challenge is exacerbated by my total irresponsibility in the morning. One thing I'm trying is bringing 2 quick snacks with my lunch--2 bananas, 2 apples, etc. I make myself have one during the time between 1st block (9:30) and again during staff meetings (1:30)--->I'll let you know if it works

Robyn--you make me laugh sooooo hard. . .I have this vision of you just sort of looking the flu bug in the face and saying (imaging harassed voice here) "I simply DON'T have time for this right now!" :nono: and dashing away to deal with another crisis. and. . .so far, all i've gotten from anyone on wild :ink: pig protocol is--don't go near them (yeah, see, I figured that one out on my own!)

Summer--sooo, did you get the snow day?

Kerry--I hope you slept well, and 1/4 lb down is better than 1/4 up! :D

Elana--I looooove feta, yummmmmm :T

So, check this out. . .today we had meetings all day. I'm part of the bad croud :joker: that goofs off during the really dull meetings, and today was soooo boring (and half was all about how low the test scores are-grrrr)! Anyway, I came home exhausted and stressed, and relaxed in front of the tv instead of working out. . .until I was in the bathroom and I noticed the weirdest thing in the mirror--my face looked different. After a sec, I realized it was my cheekbones with a whooole lotta chubby cheek over them, but cheekboans nonetheless. I have cheekbones!!!!!! :dancer: That was enough to get my tennis shoes on and my butt out that door on a walk!

01-12-2005, 01:06 PM
Hello All,
Just a quick note to let you all know that I am thinking about you all today. I got out of my bad mood this morning after coming to school and spending some time with my kids. They have worked really hard this morning to cheer me up. I don't know what my problem was yesterday unless it has to do with the way they were acting and the rainy weather we had yesterday.
Ginny bummer about your computer. Hope you can get it devirused and come back soon to visit with us.
Paisley glad to hear that you got motivated to go for a walk yesterday evening. Way to work through your exhaustion. Hope the scales reward you with a loss this week. Keep it up!
Robyn, you crack me up! Thanks for the laugh. The flu bug has arrived at my school. One of my kids was out yesterday sick because of it. Now I have two other one's complaining they don't feel good. So I think it has reared it ugly head in my room. I just hope that I don't get it. Hope your life slows down some what this week. I would say take the time to smell the roses, but if the flu bug is any indication I don't think you want to be smelling much around your school right now.LOL
Mouse,sounds like things have been somewhat tame for you this week. So did you find out any news from your doctors? Hope you heard good news!
Summer, glad to hear that you are feeling somewhat better. Hope your pain goes away in your neck and head. So your aide actually showed up for work yesterday. Hope you worked her lots. She deserves it!! Hope you had school today so you didn't have to have a playdate from ****!
Elana, I try to eat a bowl of cereal (Speical K)for breakfast and drink either a glass of milk or grapefruit juice. For lunch, I usually eat a salad or a sandwich, yogurt, carrots and some crackers. Then in the afternoon when my kids are having a snack, I either have an apple or some crackers. Then for dinner, I eat either chicken or a small piece of meat and eat some form of vegetables and drink iced tea. Plus I drink lots and lots of water through out the day. Hope this helps you.
Well I must be off my lunch break now. Time to tutor a student in reading. Talk to you all later.
Have a wonderful afternoon.

01-12-2005, 09:09 PM
I think no news is good news in terms of doctors. The medical endo wants to change the contraceptive I'm on, because there have been some studies that some of the low-estrogen pills can cause an increase in production of male hormones. I already produce way too much of those. But, I won't take a medication that I don't know anything about... and I can find nothing but standard verbiage on contraceptives about this particular pill. She had also suggested Yasmin, but I've heard/read a lot of horror stories about that one causing serious mood swings, water retentions and other unhappy things. So I refused that one outright.
She also wants to increase the dose of one of the other meds I take, which I'm not terribly thrilled about becuase I can't take it during the day. It can cause drowsiness, and while I can stay awake, I notice I'm distinctly unfocused from about an hour after I take it until 4-5 hours later. That's the whole school day, and I just can't be unfocused with my groups! So, I'm waiting to talk with my other endocrinologist to see what she thinks. She is a reproductive endo, and she didn't pick the contraceptive I'm on out of thin air... so I want to hear what she says before I change. But, our schedules just don't mesh. When I need to talk to her, I typically have to skip the gym and come home early so I'm available.
I don't think I said this... maybe I did, I can't remember... but ALL THREE of my kids got into the leadership seminar for this weekend! Woo hoo! :)
One of the parents sent me an email note thanking me for all I do with/for her daughter and saying that she appreciated my efforts. That just totally made my day.
Its not often that things like this happen, you know! :)

01-12-2005, 09:20 PM
Well, at some point during the night, I decided that I really wanted a snow day in spite of the high maintanance snow play date. Unfortunately, we didn't even have a delay. Every single town surrounding my town and school city had either a delay or snow day. However, DD and I had to go to school on time. It was no easy task, but we both made it in one piece.

I have 4 new students...3 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. One in the morning is fine. The morning girl is a stubborn little sh*t-head. She was hitting all morning, and refused to go into time out. I picked her up to put her in the time out chair, and even though she is probably only 30 pounds, it didn't help my back. :mad: I have a VERY DISTURBED AND NAUGHTY boy in the morning as well. He already goes to Child Guidance. His mom is pregnant, and it is his mission in life to kill her baby. He kicks her and does bizarre things like put our classroom baby dolls into the pretend microwave and nuke them!!! He really freaked out the rest of the class with that one. I had to refer him for a speech evaluation because he talks like Buckwheat from the Little Rascals. I got the mom to agree, and then I snuck in a behavioral evaluation along with the speech. The afternoon girl has some MAJOR self-esteem issues. She sticks her tongue out and makes fun of my girls. She is REALLY MEAN, and when asked told me that someone at home calls her a Loser and does all those mean things that she does in class. :( I spoke with mom who just kind of looked really sad and gave me no response.

School is TOTALLY OVERWHELMING. I have massive testing to do for report cards. My aide came in late and left at noon because the electric company turned off her electricity and she had to take two buses and a train to pay the bill. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: My bulletin boards in the hallway are empty and need new work on them. However, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get anything done when my aide is out. All the people who come in to take her place just want to chat. I can't get a friggin thing done. I ended up taking a pile of work home (I always take something home, but not this much.) to try to catch up. My house is a mess. I have too much to do and no time to do it. :(

Okay, I like South Beach, but I can't handle another day without carbs. I am putting myself on phase 2 three days early. I will slowly introduce good carbs.

I still can't exercise because I am still in pain. :(

What a cheerful post!!!

Robyn, thanks for making me laugh. :lol:

Kerry, thanks for your good wishes.

Paisley, watch out for those wild boars!!!

Elana, Mousie, & Ginny, how's it hangin?

01-12-2005, 09:36 PM
Evening ladies,
Good news! I am finally in a better mood. I went to Curves afterschool tonight and that put in back in good spirits. I even came home and begged my dh to go for a walk with me after he eats his dinner. Can you all tell that we have 50 degree weather here this evening? So I am just passing the time while he eats his dinner. I figured out my problem last night and this morning was stress and that TOM finally arrived. This is after I ate off plan today and feel like a wild boar now! LOL But I have stopped eating for the day and plan to stick to my diet tomorrow. Enough about me!
Summer sounds like you had a bummer of a day. Sorry to hear about all the issues your new little ones bring to your classroom. Having your guiding hand and patience they should start to straighten out here soon. That is my wish for you. :) I bet you are counting the days until summer already.
Mouse, Congrats on your three students successes. That should make you feel like you are on cloud nine. I am glad that people are finally realizing that you go the extra mile for your kids and are thanking you for it. I hope you get your meds all sorted out. Sounds like you have two good doctors who are willing to listen to you.
Robyn, Ginny, Elana and Paisley hope all is going well for you this week. Atleast we made it to hump day. Two more days and the weekend is here.
Talk to you all tomorrow. Have a wonderful Thursday!

01-12-2005, 10:26 PM
Hi everyone!

I hope everyone's doing well. Today was the first day back for students. It was pretty relaxed, because I just had them write and talk about their break. It was fun and mellow--but tomorrow, now THAT'S another story! After school I had this union meeting, and now I'm taking a break from inputting grades. So far, except for not drinking as much water, I'm doing pretty well--my healthy snacks are helping me ignore the treat jar calling my name. . .and I'm still on track to walk tonight. :tape:

Tonight I start my 2nd to last grad class. . .it's online, so not too intrusive. I am glad that I started this diet while on break though, because I feel like my major stressors are staggering in rather than unloading on me all at once!

Mouse--Congrats on your students getting into the leadership program!
also, I think it's really cool how you're such a great advocate for yourself with this medical stuff. . .my mom works in a medical supply store, and it's amazing how many people don't fully understand (or want to understand) their dr's plans for them.

Kerry--I'm glad that your mood has improved, and that you went to curves. . .I hope your walk was nice.

Summer--I am so sorry to hear about your day. You sound really frustrated and over-stressed. I hope things improve, or that you find a way to survive all of that. (and, boy, you were NOT kidding about your aide. . .I can't believe she's still employed!)

take care, all!

01-13-2005, 07:25 AM
No flu! *THAT*Mom is not currently bothering me. The weather is great! No major things in chaos.... Life is good! oh....It is 6:15.... but I'm hopeful! :D

It is 6:15 and it is 63 degrees. The normal high is we're loving this! Actually it is rather difficult to figure out how to dress. Today when I walk, I'll be on the lookout for wild piggys...cause this is nearly tropical weather! :) It will be cooling off tomorrow...and raining! So tomorrow, if it rains, I will attempt a LONGER WATP tape!

Gotta run........ Hopefully, I will be back today and I'll share that the scale didn't move this morning. I know what I did wrong! Will fix it! ARGHH!

Everyone feel better! Not much beats a note from a parent thanking you! Way to go Mousie! Summer, hang in there! Ginny, YOU can't disappear! Virus or not! Just look at that computer and explain that you don't have the time! Paisley, LOVE your cheekbones! (I remember the day last year I found my hipbones! Didn't know I had any!) Kerry, Glad the rain has stopped! Keep up your great work!

Have a great day!
take care,

01-14-2005, 03:20 AM
Hi everyone!

not such a good day for me. I got up late (lots of work last night meant only 4.5 hrs sleep, and my body needs way more than that!), didn't have breakfast, and threw 2 apples and a jar of pb in my bag for lunch. And I firmly believe that THAT was my biggest problem. I left my water bottle at home, so was stuck with this tiny one that I emptied quickly, and so I was dehydrated and hungry---My treat jar was too tempting, and I ate 4 mini snickers (the little square ones)--before getting under control again. :o

Anyway, by the time I came home I was exhausted, so I took a nap. and had lots of water. I feel better, and am going to stretch out and lift before bedtime to keep my workout promise, but what a great lesson on getting enough sleep, making lunch the night before, and making time for breakfast!

I have got to learn to balance work and this exercise/dieting thing! Thank goodness tomorrow's Friday! I organize our friday "pau hana" (end work) get togethers, and they are now offically dieter friendly. Helps to be the one who chooses the restaurant. Oh well, tomorrow's another day. I knew there'd be setbacks for me because of returning to work, so I'm at least not beating myself too much over the head for this one.

speaking of beating people over the head. Our resident weight loss freak (who is overweight, btw) commented that I'd lost weight. But, sadly, he's one of those people who's earnest but has NO social skills and has to be bludgeoned over the head with reminders that some things are ok to think but not to say. . .his exact words were that I looked good because "you really blew up there at the end of the semester" I was like "ok, because I like you, I won't hurt you. . ." and then kicked his butt! :devil: just kidding. . .I then stepped into teacher mode and explained how people don't like to hear that sort of thing, and that if he'd stopped after the weight loss comment, I would have thought he was sweet, rather than obnoxious. Weird how some people think it's ok to tie a negative onto a positive comment when it's about weight.

Anyway, I hope all is well with the rest of you. I'm getting my lifting in and off to bed early! :dz:
take care!

01-14-2005, 07:31 PM
Evening Ladies,
Just dropping in really quick to say say and TGIF!!!. I will come back and chat with you all when I get back from dinner and the grocery store with my dh. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

01-14-2005, 11:38 PM
Hi, all. What crazy weather! I woke up this morning to thunderstorms, a tornado watch, and pouring rain. It was 65 at 6:00 a.m. By the time I left school this afternoon, it was 38 degrees, windy, and everything (including the flooded streets due to poor sewage systems!) was dry!
The kids were off the hook today. My new girl wound up being transported (IE, adults moved her because she refused to comply and move herself) to resource. Fortunately, not from my class, but this is only her 2nd day with us. This means she's not honeymooning with her behavior at all, and that's a real bad sign. Typically, that means the child can't control the behavior at all, and there is also usually some type of actual psychosis going on such as bi-polar disorder, or such. Most of our kids honeymoon for several weeks or months until they feel safe with us, and then lose it.
That means they have control over the behavior to some extent and we can teach them more coping skills, plus as they mature the behavior can lessen.
Thanks all for the congrats on the kid's success. I'm really proud of them, and am hoping that we are able to get all 3 of them to where they need to be Saturday. 2 of the girls chosen live at least an hour from the school, so its a major commitment for parents to bring them up to us on a Saturday.
Summer: Sounds like your new kids are headed in my direction. Somebody once told me that we diagnose and place kids in special education just so teachers like me can feel powerful and keep their jobs. I just stared at the person, and couldn't formulate a coherent thought. Now, though, I'd cheerfully tell the jerk that I'd love to be unemployed! Because that would mean that there are no children and no adults who have problems and need such extensive help to just have a chance at making it in the world. Wouldn't that be just wonderful?
Paisley: One thing I miss about my old school in Pennsylvania is the occasional Friday afternoon "happy hour". I don't drink, but I'd go anyway. Lots of times, we'd go to this cheesy bar that had the BEST chicken wings. And I hate chicken wings. Now, of course, I can't eat chicken at all, but I could then. The bar was really, really cheesy though, right down to those long plastic booth seats and the plastic table attached to the wall, astro-turf style carpeting, etc. I know staff from my current school go out, but their purpose is to drink and they always go to real bars. I never go, because that's not my idea of fun. I also wanted to point out that 4 mini-square snickers bars is only about 125 calories. That is NOT bad if you're calling that a fall off the wagon.
Don't beat yourself up over it. Thanks for the compliment about the advocacy. It wasn't easy to start standing up to doctors, and when I'm really down, I tend to beat myself over the head with the fact that had I done so earlier, I might not be in the situation I'm in now. I surely had the symptoms of this endocrine disorder my whole life, because I never had a normal menstrual cycle, and it just stopped completely after my junior year of college. I went 7 years without having another monthly cycle until my endocrinologist gave me progesterone to force my body to have one; and since then, have not had another one. But my doctors told me it was perfectly normal for a young woman to have irregular menstrual cycles, especially since my mother had problems with her cycle. I didn't fight with them, or even insist on blood tests until after the weight gain started. And becuase I'd hurt my ankle very badly in 1999 and could no longer walk for exercise, and couldn't swim (the pool near my apartment wasn't accessible), I figured that the weight was all my fault.
Kerry: Woo hoo! :)
Robyn: Thanks a bunch. It really did make my day, and has kept me going the last few days. The only administrator that I really respected and actually LIKED at my school is leaving. Her last day is January 28. The construction shop teacher and I took her out to dinner on Thursday. I'm really going to miss her. She is an awesome person with amazing insight into teachers and students. And the most horrendous part is that I can't help but wonder if she might have stayed if our head principal/director hadn't been fired earlier. I know I told you girls about his firing and about some of the things he did, like refusing to let me present at the international CEC conference this spring. I don't know that my presentation would have made it off the wait list if I'd had a paid membership, but I do know that my presentation wasn't even considered for a move off the wait list because I didn't have a paid memership. The presentation made the final cut, and since the idea behind it is the background for what might eventually be my dissertation, it would have been really valuable to present the core idea and do some reasearch to see if my theory works.
Well, I best get to bed. I really want to get to the gym tomorrow morning before I take the kids to the Red Cross leadership event. I need to be on campus at 9:00 a.m., because I told a parent that she could drop her daughter off early. She needs to be at work, and she's one of the two families that lives more than an hour from the school.

01-15-2005, 06:06 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
I am was finally able to make it to the computer and sit for a while. I know that I told you gals last night that I would be back on to chat with you all later. But that never happened. My dh and I went to dinner at the local Mexican restuarant and they were packed. Then it was off to the grocery store to get pop for the kid's basketball pizza party we had today. Plus went to Wal-mart and can't go in there with out running into a hundred people that we know. LOL. Stopped at the video store on our way home and got Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again and Bourne Supermacy. Came home to relax and watch the movies and then was going to go back on line, only to go right back out the door to go pick up our 13 year old nephew who begged to spend the night with us. So after we came back home we stayed up until 3 am watching the movies and laughing so hard that our sides hurt. Got woke up this morning at 9 am by the phone ringing and no one was on the other end. So I just got up and went to workout at Curves. Came home got ready and went to the kids pizza party. I was very good though, I ordered a chef salad and had two pieces of pizza. But was able to stay away from the pop. I drank green tea. Then we went to see our one nephew play basketball. So for now I think I have some down time. Which is very well needed after the day I had on Thursday. I thought a communication device for one of my students had been stolen by one of the kids in the afterschool program. So they launched an investigation and it was through a talking with our speech path. that she told me that she was the one who had it. She had taken at the end of Dec. and never mentioned it to myself or my aides. So I felt really stupid. I was so embarrassed that I almost didn't go to school yesterday. But I went and faced everyone like a good person. They all said that they would have done the same thing that I did.
So how is everyone's weekend going?
Mouse, I hope that you made it into the gym this morning. I hope your girls' were all able to go and had a wonderful time. The weather sure has been crazy lately. We had 70 degree sunny weather on Thursday and by the end of the day we were down to 30 degrees with lots of wind and rain. It got down right chilly now and I think it is going to be like that for a while.
Well I best go and get some other computer work done. Talk to you all later.
Have a great evening.

01-15-2005, 08:49 PM
I have so much to tell all of you, but I must vent first. I am FUMING right now.

At the last Brownie meeting, each child was given a special envelope with directions for a special project. DD didn't get hers. My friend, who drives her to Brownies said that LMSH only gave her envelopes for her daughters, but not DD. She assumed that DD had taken it. LMSH said she handed it to my friend and tried to say that my friend was lying. Anyway, it created this big friggin deal.

Today, we went to a birthday party for the daughter of Little Mrs. Suzie Homemaker. I didn't want to go, but I've been saying, "No," to a lot of birthday parties lately because I didn't know the parents, so I said, "Okay." Well, I really HATE this *****. Yes, I know it is harsh, but those of you who know the whole story will understand.

We got to the party, and the games began. The girls got prizes and had to find their goodie bags. There was a beautiful goodie bag with their names in calligraphy for everyone but DD. DD was left out again. LMSH ran into the laundry room and came out with a bag that she had scribbled DD's name on. So, while everybody had a pretty goodie bag, DD had one thrown together at the last minute. Later on, she was lining the girls up by age. DD is 7 because I gave her an extra year in preschool. As an educator, I felt that my November baby would be more successful if she had an extra year. Well anyway, when LMSH asked DD how old she was DD said, "seven." LMSH made a BIG F*CKING DEAL about her age and that everyone else is six and how could DD be seven in first grade!!!!!!!!!!! I gave a short answer while keeping myself from saying that it was none of her f*cking business and trying really hard not to slap her. There were other subtle snubs against DD, and I managed to keep my cool.

Well, when we got home, I got an email from LMSH. In a veiled "thank you email" she mentioned that her daughter had really good manners when she didn't tell DD that she didn't want the toy we gave her today. She wants to return it, and had the nerve to ask me where I bought it so she could exchange it. I guess her daughter's good manners weren't learned from her. Honestly I don't give a sh*t if she returns the gift. But, after her rudeness all day, I can't believe she didn't just accept it and leave us be.

I don't understand why she is picking on my daughter. She is pure evil.

I am so glad that I don't have to see LMSH at Brownies. I really owe the lady that brings DD to the meetings for me. I'm gonna have to think of a special gift for her when the school year is over.

01-15-2005, 09:49 PM
Okay, now that I've vented my anger, I can take some time to respond to all of you.

Paisley, good for you that you didn't take any crap from your coworker. Unfortunately a lot of people think they can wrap up an insult in a pretty package and it will be's awfully "passive/aggressive." On the days I eat well it is because I packed up my food for the day the night before. I do great early in the week, and really suck at it toward the end of the week when I'm just plain pooped! You're not any of this. You just have better scenery!!!

So, Mouse, since you mentioned it, do you take 4 year olds? Or are you limited to the big kids. I'm sure the mom of the babydoll microwaver wouldn't mind him attending school out of state!!! P.S. I had the same bizarre weather on Friday as well. We didn't know how to dress ourselves. I ended up putting a Disneyworld poncho over DD's winter coat.

Kerry, I see you also had the weird weather. Keep up the exercise. You are great.

Robyn, Ginny, and Elana, Hope you are well.

Oh, I almost forgot my good news...The CEA Advisor came out. I'm not only the subject on an article promoting preschool, but I'm on the cover!!! I don't look too fat. Thank God I wore black. One of my coworkers called to congratulate me. But, my sister, who should have also received it in the mail, didn't call me. I haven't called her since Christmas because she was really rude to my DH. (She hates him.) But, I'm hurt that she couldn't put aside our differences and congratulate me. Whatever. I just wish my mother was here to share this success with me. She has missed out on most of the special times of my life. She didn't see me graduate college, get married, give birth, buy my first home, or get my first teaching position. I hope it is true that our loved-ones in heaven are watching over us. I hope she knows.
Well, my daughter knows, and she is proud of me.

More good nephew is in Long Island with his fiancee. They will be coming to CT on Friday to spend the night. DD IS SOOOOO EXCITED. So am I.

01-15-2005, 09:51 PM
Oh My Goodness Summer you have every right to be mad at LMSH. I would of slapped her. She outs of her way to be rude to your dd. How does this make your dd feel? I hope that you can get this straightened out. If not are you going to put your dd in another brownie troop? Hugs go out to you this evening. Hope things get better for you.
I talked to my mom this evening and she was all upset. I guess my cousins who are staying with my grandma started stuff with my brother today. So there is a whole huge family agruement going on between my cousins', my aunt in Flordia, my brother and sister-in-law and my dad. My poor grandma who is 90 year's old is caught in the middle and I am hoping and praying that her heart doesn't start acting up on her. So please say a prayer for my family.
Well I better go and get some laundry done. Talk to you all tomorrow.

01-15-2005, 10:23 PM
Evening everybody...
The leadership seminar went wonderfully! The students all had a great time. The group organizers broke our kids up with 1 student each in groups. The other teacher who came with me provided support to one student academically, and I helped with social skills for another student. The kids each learned one part of a leadership module, and will be presenting it in turn. One group each month for the next 3 months. And then, I think, they are going to present to National Headquarters in DC. I had one parent hug me today, and the other two thanked me again. I really think I needed all of that, because with the stuff that goes on at our school with the adults, I was having a serious crisis of conscious... as in, I really wanted out of that place.
Summer: Maybe we could take up a collection to put LMSH out of your misery? What a jerk! Has she ever considered becoming a school administrator?
And my particular school is a high school, but we have a lower school and a middle school in other buildings. Sounds like one of your kids really needs that help. We're not residential though, so mom still has to keep the kid when school is closed.
I did get to the gym this morning, too, but whoever was the manager on duty didn't show up, so the gym (and hence the pool) didn't open till 7:15 a.m... I only got to swim for 45 minutes. And I thought about going back when we were done, but it was even colder in the afternoon than it was in the morning! The weather forecast is saying there is a 30% chance of snow here on Sunday night and Wednesday night.
It'd better not snow on Tuesday or Monday night! I'd feel so bad if we couldn't get to Virginia to meet with Alton Brown!

01-16-2005, 01:24 AM
Mouse--I'm so glad to hear that your leadership seminar went so well! I hope the snow holds off.

Kerry--ugh! Family drama is so stressful. I hope you're able to get through that without being too stressed out!

Summer--Wow! congrats on your cover pic/feature article in the Advisor!!! and on looking good in the pic!! I cannot begin to believe how terrible that woman behaved! her behavior toward your daughter is inexcusable--how nasty and petty and just out and out horrid! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that.

Kerry--Congrats on navigating the pizza party so well, and on going to curves! It sounds to me like you made a really good choice with the disappearance of that device--I'm sure people prefer to have someone so thorough and pro-active because what if it HAD been stolen?

I'm up to 185 (from 182.4 last week, I started at 188). I'm sure this is because I went back to school and started my grad school class. So: less sleep, less exercise, less water, no breakfast some days, some chocolate. :mad: Next week is a chance to try again. I am taking 2 water bottles to work, and making myself finish one each block (refill at lunch)--that will be the same amt of water I drank over break. I need to figure out how to work in longer walks into my day. The new U.S. nutrition guides say 90 min. exercise for weight loss, and I'm getting about 40 in a day.

On the plus side, I haven't been to a fast food place, had caffiene, or drank soda pop since 12/31 :D , and I've kept my commitment to exercise each day. I feel better for eating more veggies/good foods. Part of me worries that I'm rationalizing about this. . .so if I'm still gaining next week and making these comments ("it's really ok, because. . .") someone can feel free to give me a reality check--please!

take care everyone

01-16-2005, 12:38 PM
I am at my Dm's, just trying to get some stuff done for her. She is doing pretty well, just stiff from the skin graft. Boy do I miss it here! But this week has been so hectic, snow, kids stuff.....I would have had little time to post if I could. And my computer will not get to the shop for repair until maybe tomorrow, or Wednesday.
So I am here to say hello- hope everyone is ok. I sure do miss posting.
Anyone have Monday off??
Take care.........see ya when I get to the library.

01-16-2005, 07:02 PM
Happy Sunday Afternoon to everyone!
Hope everyone is having a great relaxing weekend! My dh and I actually went out last night and he was the one who wanted to come home early. I had to beg him to stay a little longer. We walked down to the local bar to play some pool. Naturally he was able to beat me in every game we played, but I didn't care. We had a lot of fun until his old flame showed up. Then I was starting to get a little jealous and ticked off. Since she was the girlfriend right before me. His kids had met her and when my dh and I first started going out, his kids would slip and call me Danielle or they would ask where she was. I never held it against the kids about thier confused feelings but it was just weird being in the bar with his old flame making eyes at him and stuff. I had three drinks and then switched to water. I even had a guy try to buy me a drink and I politely told him no thanks. It was 10 minutes before closing time so I think he was trying to pick me up. My dh laughed when I told him that one of the bouncers tried buying me a drink. Today has been very cold here. We actually got a little bit of snow flurries. Went to my stepdd's ball game and watched them get slaughtered. They got 2 points in the last minute of the game. The score was 33-2. They were just not very with it today. They all showed up minutes before the game was to start and then wouldn't pay attention to my dh's advice or attempt to work as a team. So I think they are going to have a very fun practice come Wednesday night.
Paisley could your slight weight gain be that you are building up muscle. Sounds like you have a good plan set out. Keep up the good work!
Mouse glad to hear that your day was a success yesterday. I hope that you don't have snow on Monday or Tuesday night. It would be a shame if you had to cancel your fieldtrip to Va.
Summer Congrats on your cover exposure. That is awesome news! That had to make you feel good after the crappy birthday party mess. Enjoy your visit with your nephew and his wife to be.
Robyn how is your weekend going? Are you getting some of this lovely cold weather too?
Elana hope all is well with you. Did you figure out an eating plan so that you don't get too hungry by the time you get home from school?
Ginny, glad to see that you were able to drop in and say hi from your dm's. Glad to hear that she is doing well. We miss chatting with you. But we understand about your computer situation right now.
Well ladies I think I am going to go and heat up some leftover Chinese from last night for my dinner. I got chicken and steamed veggies. Talk to you all later.

01-16-2005, 11:10 PM
Hi, all.
Okay, so I did absolutely nothing all day today. Okay, that's not quite true either: I have 2 whole class periods of voc-ed reports done. Only 4 more to go. I also did some communication boards for the mother of one of the Red Cross paid staff. But I didn't do the laundry. The cat hasn't done much all day either: he's pretty much slept on the futon next to me and the computer.

I saw the new guidelines for weightloss and exercise: What was the FDA thinking?? The food guidelines are fine, and make sense. The exercise guidelines are damn near insane. How many people have time for 90 minutes of exercise in their lives 7 days a week???? I already know loads of people who use the current/old guidelines of 30 minutes 5 days a week as an excuse not to do anything at all because they don't have time. I do about an hour or so at least 4 days a week, and this just makes me wonder, "why bother?" An hour isn't going to do anything.
And it just makes me feel more guilty when I only do 4 days a week instead of 5 or 6. This week is going to be impossible for me to do more than 5 days because I didn't go today, and I can't go Tuesday because of the field trip.
My guess for your weight loss/weight gain, Paisley is that what you lost that first week was mostly water. More than 2 pounds in one week is a lot of weight to lose.
So, I guess tomorrow I'm going to do laundry and go to the gym. I think it is snowing a little right now, but I can't be sure... its hard to tell from my window.

01-17-2005, 11:23 AM
I surely needed this extra day off from school. I have so much cleaning to do with my nephew and his fiancee coming to spend the night on Friday. I haven't gotten as far as I'd hoped.

I taught Sunday School yesterday, and the subject was "healing the sick," so the class made cards for the lady in my church who has cancer. I hope this gives her comfort...we all know that children touch people's hearts in ways that adults never could.

Mousie, 90 MINUTES DAILY?!!!!! Who has that kind of time? What about overuse injuries? If I exercised that long, I would have to skip a day in between for my muscles to rest and repair. There is no way my body could take that. When I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, I exercise 5 days out of 7. When I've tried all 7 days, I've ended up with an injury. Let's not forget those of us who work full-time and have other responsibilities whether they be children, elderly parents, or a second job. 90 MINUTES A DAY IS NUTS!!! I like your comment about LMSH becoming an administrator...she'd be a natural.

Kerry, after Saturday, I asked DD if she liked Brownies. She said, "Yes." I asked her if she liked Mrs. H. (LMSH). She said, "Yes." So, she is young enough to have not noticed the subtle way LMSH has been picking on her. I will check with her after every meeting, and luckily DD has a big mouth and I'm pretty sure tells me everything. I'm going to speak with the mom who drives DD and see if she would be willing to change to a different Brownie troop next year. DD won't want to quit Brownies, so I would like to find an alternative. I would prefer her to never return again starting NOW. But, it would hurt her more to stop mid-year since she is oblivious to LMSH. And, yes, the cover of Advisor did cheer me up. Sorry about the old flame. When we were first married, every time I turned around, DH and I would run into a member of his ex-wife's family. I really felt threatened. Now that we've been married for over 11 years, I couldn't care less. I've learned that I can't control him or the situation...all I can control is myself, how I live my life, how I act, and how I look. Think about it...he chose you. You are his wife, not her.

Hi Ginny. I'm glad your mom is well. I miss you too.

Paisley, I don't think you need a reality check. You really are doing all the right things. Remind yourself that our bodies go in cycles. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you don't. Keep doing what you are doing and REMAIN POSITIVE!!!

Hi Elana.

Miss the sarcasm Robyn.

01-17-2005, 12:18 PM
I sure hope that everyone is doing ok....and enjoying their day off. Like Summer, I am hoping to get some laundry done, and cleaning. Today is Dd's last full day at home before the spring semester. Oh, and I am at the library, enroute to taking the computer to be repaired.

So I skimmed the posts, what were they smoking wanting us to excercise 90 minutes a day!!!! HUH??? I am lucky I get 30 minutes in a day, ok some more but most are just that. And on really bad days, I am happy with a 15 minute walk.

Sorry not to get personal with everyone, but I just do not have the time to spare. I did get 60 minutes of shovelling the snow in does that fit in with the new excercise guidelines??
Miss y'all. I hope to be back to my normal gabby self soon. take care!

01-17-2005, 02:57 PM
I'm not sure what they were smoking when they said 90 minutes a day. I'm not going anywhere today, and will be lucky to get the laundry done tonight. I'm seriously unfocused... I think the increase in the spironolactone finally hit me. I was having trouble staying focused on Friday and Saturday, and yesterday all I did was read fiction. Today is the worst, and so hopefully it'll be over. I knew it would happen, but I didn't want it today! I had major plans for the gym today, but I'm having a bit of difficulty staying upright when I walk, so I'm pretty sure driving is a bad idea.
I may go downstairs to the gym there and lift weights for a bit, but I ahte going down there: the only people I ever see are the thin ones or the police officers, and I feel stupid down there. Somehow, even though those people are at my gym, too, it doesn't matter. Maybe because the weight area is bigger up there and there are enough "others" around that it doesn't matter?
I cna't go to the gym tomorrow because of the field trip to Va, but I'll force myself to go Wednesday. I took half the day off Wednesday because of the field trip being so late on Tuesday night... I'm going in the morning and leaving after the kids leave at 1:00. And I will go right to the gym like a good Mousie, and swim for a few hours. I will need to hit the grocery store tomorrow morning (there is a 24 hour one near my school, fortunately!) because I'm completely out of diet soda... So, you can see, I'm really not avoiding anything, but just not going anywhere or doing anything. I need oatmeal and peanut butter too, that being the two things other than slimfast shakes I usually keep down for breakfast.
We had some snow here too, not much, but its REALLY REALLY cold. The wind is louder than the sirens from the fire department at the end of the block here. And louder than the parade too.
I had wanted to go to the parade because lots of my students were in it, but as much as I care for them, it was 4 degrees outside today when the parade kicked off at 10:00 a.m., and I just do NOT love them THAT much!
ARRRGH! I need to go do laundry and I can't get focused enough to do it! Geez!

01-18-2005, 12:59 AM
Evening Ladies,
This is the first time today, that I had a chance to check in with you all. It was a busy day off for me. I started to straighten up the house, went to Curves with a coworker who is thinking about joining, came home and picked up my dh and we went to get our taxes down and than made a trip to Wal-mart. While at Wal-mart, I put in lay-way a Body Scuplting stick and The Firm 3 in 1 Workout kit. Came home and got my stuff ready for school tomorrow. Plus the Open House stuff for TOPS ready. So now I have a few moments before I head off to bed. So I thought I would relax and unwind by chatting with you fine ladies.
Summer, sounds like you had a nice day. Even though you don't think you got very much done, you probably got more done than you realize. I will keep you and your dd in my prayers over LMSH deal. Hope school goes well for you tomorrow. My dh and I talked yesterday afternoon about seeing his old flame. He said that he show her for her true colors and dumped her since that was not the kind of lady he was looking for to share his life and kids with. That someone was me, so that was nice to hear him reassure his love for me. Thanks for you kind words. I think I was just going through a little low self-esteem after seeing what she looks like.
Ginny, loved your post about the 90 minutes of excerising and what are they smoking comment. I know what you mean about squeezing in the time now between work and family schedules. Glad to hear that things are going well for you. So how do you think you will do with your WI this week? I am hoping to be down a pound or two tomorrow night when I go to TOPS. I have to go to meetings for school tomorrow and they are feeding us lunch. But they usually do Subway subs or pizza, so I packed a salad and might just eat that so that my WI is a good one and not bad because of the pizza.
Mouse, hope you are feeling a little bit better. Did you make it down to the gym in your building to lift weights? I understand fully about the whole rather be at the gym idea. I use to belong to the local Y in the last city I lived it. I joined and went to the fitness room maybe 4 times over the course of a year or two membership. I just felt so out place with the skinny minis working out and the body builders that I preferred to walk the indoor track. Now I love working out at Curves, since the ladies who work out come in all sizes and shapes. I guess I can relate better to them and understand what they have been through and are going through. Hope it is a nice day for your fieldtrip on Tuesday. Plus that it warms up some. It is like 4 degrees here this evening. Very chilly! Too chilly for me to go for a walk outside. LoL
Hi Robyn, Elana and Paisley. Hope all is well with you! Miss chatting with you.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!

01-18-2005, 01:08 AM
Can a student in college to be a teacher join?

Hello, I'm Christina. I am currently in school for Elementary Education. I want to be a first grade teacher. I am on WW and have been very successful. I have about 85 pounds to go.I look forward to meeting you all.
Have a good night.

01-18-2005, 02:26 AM
Hi Christina, nice to meet you!

Hi everyone! I'm going to come back and post again after I read everyone else's stuff, but I had to tell you all---I made the evening news! :D

I marched in the MLK parade today with our teachers union, and when we started the line up, my friends and I were in the back. But, there was this school behind us who had taught their 40-50 kids 1 song, and I heard them sing it--it was about 1 minute long. Then, I heard the teacher say "ok guys, now conserve your voices, because you're going to sing this during THE ENTIRE MARCH"!!!! :eek: Facing the spectre of hearing the same song every other minute for something like 2 hours we hustled to the front of our group, and ended up holding the banner! I haven't seen it yet, so I'm going to watch the rebroadcast at 10.

We were the only teachers from the 3 schools on our side of the island who were there, so it's amazing that we made the news! :smug:

01-18-2005, 04:19 AM
Hi everyone!

Kerry--yea! I hope that curves was awesome and that you've converted someone to exercise! :cp: and hmmm. . .my weight gain attributed to muscle--(sigh) one can dream!

Mouse and ginny--I completely share your shock at the whole 90 minutes thing. I have no idea how I'll work that time into my day! :shrug: Yesterday, I used time spent on the phone with one of my more talkative friends to walk about 90 minutes, but that was on a weekend, and I have neither that many talkative friends or phone minutes! Anyway, Mouse, I hope your field trip to VA is awesome.

Summer--I hope you had a really relaxing day off. That card project with thekids sounds like a great way to teach them to sympathize with other's pain. What a great project!

Take care everyone and good luck with the weight loss!

01-18-2005, 12:55 PM
Welcome Christina. We are glad to have you along for the journey of weight-loss. I just hope that when we talk about our not so good days at school, we don't scare you out of education. L0L. What year are you in your college experience? Look out it this way, you will be given wonderful inside information on what to do and not to do if you hang out with us. :) Once again welcome!
Paisley that is so awesome about the march and making the local news. Boy between you and Summer we have such a photographic bunch of ladies on this thread. LOL How much will your autographs be worth here in a few months or years to come? No all kidding aside that is great news. Plus what a great way to get some excerise in for the day.
I went to my inservice this morning with all the rest of the special education teachers in my county school district. I was dreading it and was surprised at how well it went without any long speeches from our supervisor. She was in a great mood. So then I came back out to my school and got some work done. Took about 20 minutes and went to the caferita for lunch with my coworkers. There were subway subs, chips and cookies. I was very proud of myself since I only took a little piece of a turkey, ham and cheese sub on wheat bread. My other friends tried talking me into eating some chips with them and I told them no thanks I have to go to TOPS tonight. So I did take a cookie and will eat it after I leave my TOPS meeting tonight. That is my little treat for being good this past week. Now I am waiting for my next workshop to start. It starts at 1 at the County High School. It is about Children in Poverty in Appalacha. So it should be a good inservice. Well I better go and get back to doing some work that I am not able to do during the regular school day or don't get the time afterschool even if I bring it home with me. But than I think you all know how that one goes too.
Hi Ginny, Robyn, Elana and Summer!
Mouse hope things are going great on your fieldtrip and it is a little warmer where you are than it is here. It is in the single digits here but the sun is shining.
Have a great day!
Will check back this evening and let you know how my WI goes.

01-18-2005, 08:04 PM
Hey everyone! I am new here as well. I just happened to stumble across this board yesterday. I am a 7th grade Math teacher in North Carolina. I teach one class of what I like to call AMA (Advanced my ***), one inclusion class and then.........there's fourth period. Too tired to even get into that. I would love to join this thread. My husband and I both have started yet again with a weight loss program and have been walking every night. I've been seeing great results so I'm really excited. The difference this time I think, is that I am really serious about losing weight this time. Everyone on this site seems to be very supportive and encouraging.
I look forward to getting to know you all.
Pam :dizzy:

01-18-2005, 11:45 PM
Welcome Pam! I love your AMA class title. I think you will fit right in with all of us. I teach middle school age multi-handicapped students at a county school district in Southern Ohio. So I know all about being tired mid-day. You have the right mind-set and will success at losing the weight this time. We will help guide you and give you that gentle nudge to find success.
Hi Everyone else! I have great news this evening. You are reading the post of This Week's Biggest Loser for TOPS. I lost 4 1/2 pounds, so I am now at the 200 pound mark. We had an Ocaser Night along with our Open House and I won the award for losing the most weight in my weight division for last year. So I was floating on cloud nine all evening long. This is the year that I am going to shine and thanks to the encouragement that I get from you lovely ladies here I am going to make it! I know that was one long run-on sentence but I am so excited right now I can't stand it.
Well I hope you all had a wonderful day today!
Take care,

01-19-2005, 01:04 PM
Snow Day for me!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!! I hope to get to clean some of the house today. So what is the weather like for the rest of you?

01-19-2005, 01:58 PM
Kerry--CONRATULATIONS!!!!! :bravo: You are AMAZING!!!! Tell me you are doing something wonderful for yourself for hitting that 200 mark! Also, that is SO wonderful that you were able to make good choices at your inservice lunch, even with peer pressure not to do so. It's also cool that you are open with your coworkers about your desire to lose weight--that probably helps them back off on the encouragement to eat chips and stuff (at least I hope so). That children in poverty in appalacha seminar sounds really interesting!

Pam--Welcome! 7th grade math, huh? It takes a certain kind of person to teach middle school (insane). I teach 7th and 8th grade English--I loop with my kids. . .this is a crazy-wonderful forum and I hope you find is as supportively sarcastic/fun as I do.

Soooo, I have decided my entire administration is on some serious drugs, and since they're not sharing, I'm stuck wondering. We are all focused on test prep. . .and I now have 7 test prep thingies from the admin, our dept, and the library--and when I get observed (2x a wk b/c I'm english dept), I get docked points for not following our ELA curriculum. . .which I can't follow because I spent 30 of my 90 min. on test prep. So, I've decided to only use the best of each, and just teach English darn it!

Then, this fall our admin decided to have tutoring after our staff meetings (which are daily). . .and pay teachers to run it like a class. I volunteered. They never followed through, and instead, our counselor and grade level vp set up their own--and with a combined 3 years of teaching experience b/w them, it's chaos. I stop in b/c most of the kids who go are mine, and it's fun to help but not be responsible. So, now our vp's cutting back to only work 2 days a week--not tutoring days, and he asked teachers to volunteer to run the tutoring (plan lessons for it, run it). Which is the same thing I'd be doing for pay had they just planned it as a class. I didn't sign up, and just got to field a call from him about why. As if I'm somehow not dedicated enough. URGH!

But, the problem is that the tutoring runs from 2:30-5:00. . .and sunset's at 6:00/6:30. If I do tutoring, I get home (after working an extra 2.5 hours) at 5:30/6:00 and by then it's dusk and it is NOT safe to walk that late-- with rampaging pigs and all. . . :^: Also, I don't think I'm selfish to say, "pay me" I run my own tutoring 2 days a week in the mornings, so it's not like I'm uber slacker here.

Anyway. . .I hope all are doing well, and I know I'll have some serious frustration to walk off tonight--the more stressful the day, the faster the walk, so I guess there is good from this in the end!

take care, all.

01-19-2005, 06:27 PM
Early release day for snow today!
Too bad it didn't come before the huge four girl fight we had during elective change. There was almost a riot. Three hundred screaming seventh graders all trying to get in on the action. The kids were wild for the rest of the day, fourth period was one constant interuption calling students to the office to check out. AHHHHHHH!
I guess there's no walking tonight. My husband complained that his face had gone numb after being dragged into the cold last night. Oh well, such is life.
On the bright side, maybe we'll get a delay tomorrow. :^:
Have a great day!

01-19-2005, 10:09 PM
Evening Ladies,
I had a wonderful day off. I went to the store and bought some more salad and the fixin's for chili. My bil is to make it for us on Saturday. So I can't go wrong there. Then I came home and washed the sheets on our bed, since my dh complained that they needed it last night as we were going to sleep. I was tempted to tell him to get up and strip the bed then and there and wash them. LoL But I was nice and waited until today. I took my three stepkids and we went for a walk this afternoon in the snow. We had to try out our new snow boots that we got for Christmas. Today was the big snow that we have gotten this year. So we went for a good half hour walk and then I came home got my stuff and went to Curves. They took a nap while I was gone. Then we went to my sdd's basketball pratice. So I had a wonderful day!
Paisley thanks for your kind words. As for the peer pressure from my coworkers, I took the cookies that I put in my purse yesterday and proudly throw they away this morning. It was a big step for me since they were my favorite cookies from Subway. But I made a bet with my dh that I could reach my goal weight by the end of this year and if I do he is going to buy me a leather coat. He doesn't think I will be able to do it, since it took me two years to lose the 60 pounds. But I am going to prove him wrong. I put The Firm 3 in 1 workout set in layway the other day at Wal-mart, so that will be my treat to myself for reaching the 200 mark. I think when I get my money back from the state income tax, I am going to use some of it to buy an ab lounger and some new workout videos. Plus I might be nice and let my dh get an electric dart board. Hope you were able to get your walk in this evening. We know that you wouldn't want to walk in the dark with the wild pigs on the lose. :)
Glad to see you back Pam! Sounds like you had a long exciting day at school. Sorry to hear that your dh wouldn't go for a walk with you tonight. Have you tried any of the Walk Away The Pounds tapes or dvd's? They are really great and you don't even have to go outside your living room to do them. Hope things go better for you tomorrow and the girls are little bit more sedate. :)
Summer, Robyn, Mouse, Ginny, and Elana I hope that your week's are going well for you all. What is your weather like?
Well I need to go make the bed now. I think I might want to go to sleep here shortly after all the excerise I got this afternoon.
Talk to you all later. Have a great Thursday!

01-19-2005, 10:11 PM
I'm so frustrated with most EVERYDAMNTHING I can't see straight!

Sorry to be AWOL *ONCE* again....
but you know that I tend to get REALLY quiet
when I'm banging my head against the cinderblock wall.

The land of 78 degrees has turned to 23 with snow! Go figure.
Will spare you the rest of the cinderblocks in my life.
Nothing major...just lots of JUNK right down to car trouble.
Yesterday, after work AND a staff meeting I spent 2+ hours in Walmart while they put in a new battery...I like Walmart as well as the next teacher...BUT 2+ hours at the end of an extended day??? ARGGGHH! The mechanics were WONDERFUL to me...but at the END OF AN EXTENDED DAY???

Once I get my brain back in order...I'll be back! It won't take me long..... :) I don't have THAT many brains to regroup!

ya'll take care....

01-20-2005, 07:57 AM
Morning Ladies,
Hope everyone has a wonderful day at school. Robyn, here is a big hug for you. Hope things are getting better for you.
Talk to you all later this evening. I might be able to put in a full day's work this week at school today. LOL

01-20-2005, 07:52 PM
Evening Ladies,
Hope all is well with you fine ladies. How was school today? My kids were very good today. Even with my aides both out and two subs in the room. The kids were very helpful and it was nice after being off school for five days. But we are getting the snow now. I think we might be off school tomorrow. So I brought home some work to do if so.
Well I need to go and get some stuff done before I go ride my excerise bike. Talk to you all later.

01-20-2005, 08:19 PM
Hi, all.
I guess I went missing again. All I've wanted to do this week is sleep. I haven't gone to the gym once this week, and it looks like I'm going to have to go to the grocery store tomorrow after work instead of the gym... because of the pending snow storm on Saturday and Sunday. We had a 2 hour delay today, but I was still dragging with the extra sleep (highly unusual for me, let me tell you: I normally get up, stay up, and even go in early!).
I'm also freezing... doesn't matter what I wear, how many layers, I'm always cold.
Which is making the thought of getting in the swimming pool really bad, and even the thought of showering, because I know I'll be even colder after I'm done!
We went to meet Alton Brown on Tuesday, and the trip went really well. The restaurant did a good job, the kids were good (though we need to work on table manners in some cases). Parents picked up on time, we didn't hit traffic. Wow.
The one hitch was this: we got to Borders on time, parked, waited... got on the elevator, and the elevator got STUCK! Yes, you read that. We got STUCK. I managed to get a cell phone signal, and so was able to call my local friend and she called the store. Nobody was answering the emergency call buttons in the elevator. The store called the Fairfax County fire department and they got us out, fortunately. My friend also called the events manager for the store, and so we were met at the elevator by the store manager, who ushered us through the crowd and upstairs to meet with Alton. He spent a good 25 minutes with the kids, and had to be told that he had to wrap it up. He even signed books, personalized, for staff or people who wanted them (I let my local friend and her husband tag along because I left my camera in the van, and she had a camera phone. Besides, she deserved it for getting us out of the elevator!). He is really a great guy. So the trip was a definite success, and I got a personal note from one of the administrators thanking me for my efforts and giving me comp time hours. I'm now over 40 hours of comp time. I tried to use some on Wednesday to leave early, but they dismissed staff at 1:00 because of the snow.
I tried to use some tomorrow, but people cut up a huge fuss at my either not coming in or leaving early because of the fun day. :shrug:
Sorry I'm not personal, but I'm going to eat and go to bed. I keep thinking if I just went to bed earlier, I'd be better off... but I'm not positive about that. I need to get back to the gym... I know that would make me feel better, too, but ....


01-21-2005, 12:22 PM
Snow day for me!! Yeah I get to go play in the snow with my kiddo's once they finally make it to our house. They are spending the weekend with us. So we are going to have a fun weekend! My dh got the phone call this morning that the basketball games for this weekend are cancelled. So my sdd is going to be disappointed.
Mouse glad to hear that you had a such a wonderful fieldtrip. Even though you got stuck in an elevator. Glad that your friend was able to come to your rescue. Where you shocked by the thank you note you got with your comp. time notice? You will get back into the swing of things with the gym here in no time.
Hello to everyone else! Hope all is well with you.
Had a wake-call last night about my weight. We walked down to the store at the end of our street and bought two 25 pound bags of salt for the sideways. My dh carried one and I carried the other one home up the hill. I was fine until I got to the front porch. That was when it hit me that it was really heavy. Dang know wonder I feel really good right now and light. That when I had the extra 60 pounds on, I was weighted down and tired all the time. I felt and looked like crap. Now I just look like crap!LOL So that is my motivation to really drop the pounds off by the end of this year now.
Well I better go and workout before my kiddo's come over and want to play outside. I promised them yesterday that I would do that with them today.
Take care,

01-21-2005, 01:52 PM
Hey everyone!

I hope everyone's having a great Friday. I'm SO happy the week is over--the kids have been really good, but these 4 day weeks just seem more chaotic. My vice principal cut back on the test prep English teachers have to do--thank goodness, because I was going insane! I had an annoying staff meeting yesterday-->you know the ones where 1 person dominates everything? :rolleyes: So, I made a ton of positive calls home--always helps me get into a good mood--and took a long walk when I got home myself.

Yesterday was my first absolutely no cheating whatsoever--no caffiene, no processed sugars, no fast/junk food day. I was proud but got a raging sugar headache :headache: (I don't even know if that's possible, I just know my head was killing me and the only thing I'd changed was to stop eating processed sugar), and ended up eating more food--but with less empty calories, I think it was ok.

I'm going out dancing (poorly, but energetically, darn it!) tonight. . .at this retro club which should be fun. :joker: Anyway, happy Friday, and I hope everyone has a great day!

Mouse--it sounds like you've had an absolutely terrible week. I am so sorry you are so tired, and are getting flack for wanting to use your comp time. It's good to hear that the Alton Brown thing went so well (once you got out of the elevator, of course). Anyway, I hope you can force yourself to exercise again soon--it'll help you feel less cold because it will raise your metabolism. Maybe swimming isn't going to be your dead-of-winter exercise b/c it's cold in the pool. Is there anything else you can think of that will be warmer? :shrug: Take care, and I hope you feel better.

Kerry--That is sooooo cool that you got a snow day! Those unexpected mini-vacations are so nice! When you were telling your story about the salt bags, it made me really think about how much 60lbs weighs--no wonder you feel better now! It also reminded me of when I was a kid and went to the rollerrink (tell me someone else did this). . .and afterward it was so much fun to take off the roller skates because all of a sudden your feet felt funny and light. Anyway, that story was really motivating for me, because I realized I'm trying to lose about 2 bags of that sidewalk salt.

Robyn--2 hours in walmart, I think I would go insane. . .but it's good to hear your car got fixed!

Take care everyone!

01-21-2005, 04:49 PM
Hi Paisley,
Have fun tonight going out dancing. I am still waiting on my stepkids to get here. I was looking forward to being a kid again for the day and playing in the snow with them. I did get my two mile walking video in and am dressed to make a trek into Curves. Plus I have to go to Wal-mart to get some batteries and toliet paper just to be prepared for the nasty weather we are to get this weekend. I have three more bags of salt I would like to get rid of. So I guess we will work on it together. :)
Have an awesome evening out.
Take care,

01-21-2005, 08:19 PM
Hey everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY!
I really had an easy week this week relatively speaking anyway. Off Monday, early release Wednesday, snow day Thursday (although the snow was gone and the roads clear by 10 am.) and two hour delay today. My coworkers and I are thanking our lucky stars that we were not one of the hundreds of teachers in Raleigh who ended up having to spend the night at school with their students!
Does anyone have any suggestions for motivating L.D. students? I do a raffle for good grades, homework, participation, etc... at the end of each six weeks. For every three stickers you get, you earn a raffle ticket. However, I have a group of students who don't want to turn in anything. My co-teacher and I are going insane. HELP!
The last time I posted I was disappointed because I wasn't going to be able to walk because of bad weather. Well, I decided that night to just walk around my living while I was watching television. The dog kept following me, and tripping me and I was making myself dizzy so I gave up. Trying to excercise with my dog in the room is insane. You do a sit up, she licks your face. So, you get the added benefit of excercise and a face washing at the same time. Thought I'd try out Taebo. Ha! I look like a dancing bear. I don't think I'm coordinated enough to do all of that. :D Hope everyone had a great day today.
Out into the cold. Let me go nudge the guys. I get out the leash and our dog practically does back flips. Atleast she is excited.
Take care!

01-21-2005, 09:16 PM
Good evening everybody. TGIF!!!!!!!!! Oh, boy am I glad its Friday!
Kerry: Yea, I was pretty shocked. But, it was from the person who is filling is as interim director until the one they hired to replace ours starts in February. I was actually more shocked because I received double comp slips: there are times I wish I weren't so honest... I gave the extra 8 hours back.
Paisley: The week hasn't been terrible, just dragging. I know the exercise will help. Swimming is really the only thing I can do other than upper body weights. I have nerve damage in my ankle, so it hurts to walk, and I have to either use a cane (I have too much vanity to use a real one, so I bought a huge walking stick back in December!), or run my hand along the wall so I can keep my balance. I can't feel anything on the left side from my little toe to about mid-calf from a fall I took before I gained the weight. Enjoy your dancing!!!
Pam: I had to do the night (well, we got 'em all out by 7:30) at school with kids because of snow my first year teaching! We got socked in by a huge snow storm, and Baltimore City didn't do anything because the majority of their kids walk or take MTA/Light Rail. Only problem was with schools like ours that were all special ed, and used buses because we were city-wide. The parents had to get MTA or if they could find them, cabs, or try to drive to pick the kids up. After that, our principal got permission to dismiss early if conditions got bad during the day, but while he had it he still had to get clearance from the division office... AND the parents had to be home or have somebody there because our kids couldn't be by themselves. It was a nightmare!
Motivating for LD students: Some of them need daily rewards. Maybe a daily raffle for a small prize like a healthy snack or 10 minutes of listening to music or using the computer? We vary our rewards, but most of the kids seem to prefer food rewards, or a lot of them really like stickers even though theyd on't want to admit it. WE bought stickers for our lowest functioning group of kids with autism and moderate MR... But we've wound up giving them to other kids too at times. We also have schoolwide commendation forms that we can give out that earns them 3 bonus points on their point sheets and a small treat of their choice.
A lot of the teachers use classroom money and the kids can buy stuff from a store they maintain. I don't do this because I flat refuse to give them soda or chips or junk. There is only one group that I do give unhealthy junk to is my 4th period class of boys. They are in our most severe program for kids with the worst emotional/behavioral issues. The ONLY thing they respond to well is potato chips or pretzels. We have drawn the line at sodas and candy, but my TA and I spend a small fortune on potato chips at times. They don't even behave well for a reward video or time in the student lounge (we had a foose table donated, air-hockey, a DonkeyKong game, jukebox, etc and some nice furniture). We tend to teach them in blocks: 10-15 minutes of written work, and then 25 minutes of a video relating to the topic. I don't like it, but they seem to learn more that way than with anything else. We're going to try a hands-on activity of them building a small basketball game with plastic spoons and cardboard. The other classes made wooden dog houses at the end of our construction unit, but my TA and I were horrified at the thought of putting sticks of wood in the hands of some of these kids.
Well, I went to the grocery store today before I came home... tomorrow is our huge snow storm. I'd like to fast-forward to Monday: to see what happens in terms of school. I'll be spending my weekend writing an op-ed piece with a friend of mine that we hope to publish in the Wall Street Journal. Its in repsonse to a piece they ran about teacher's unions.

01-22-2005, 01:57 PM
I had no idea I'd been gone so long. It was such a BUSY week getting ready for houseguests and testing for report cards.

My principal had a little party for me at Wednesday's faculty meeting. She made a nice speech, gave me a certificate, and then we had cake. Most everyone has been very congratulatory. Only a couple of people at my school have become green-eyed monsters. At the pre-k grade level meeting, it was the opposite. Only my director and one other teacher congratulated me. The rest of the 37 preschool teachers either ignored me or gave me dirty looks. How junior high school are they? How totally immature? I don't care. I hardly ever see them, and it is more important to have the support of the people I work with every day. DD's teacher made a big deal out of it in class. DD is VERY PROUD.

DD got her midterm progress report. Out of the blue, she is having trouble in reading. I don't get it. She began the year in the top guided reading group, and without any warning, I get a note about how she is "struggling." I don't understand why since she reads every day at home. Granted, on the weekends, we slack off, but not during the school week. I think my kid should have some down-time. I don't want her to hate school in first grade because she spends her whole day doing school-work only to come home to a couple hours more of it. But, apparently, I've been too lax. Now it is time to buckle down.

My nephew and his fiancee arrived last night for dinner. We had a great time with them. I finally feel like I know his fiancee. The wedding has been moved from June 2005 to October 2006. I'm disappointed, but I guess they waited too long to start planning. After DD reluctantly went to bed, we talked about serious family matters...all stuff I've been dealing with solo. Now I will have his support. They are moving back to CT in the fall. We got to bed around 1:30am, and my nutty DH actually got up at 5am to put in OT at work. I have a big headache from all the champagne and cosmopolitans I drank, but it is worth it for the fun we had. They returned to my sister's house around noon. I miss them already.

We are waiting for the Nor'easter to arrive with 2 feet of snow on the coast, right where I live. It is 3 degrees. I am praying for a snow day on Monday.


Take care one and all.

01-22-2005, 04:36 PM
Welcome Pam and Christine!
Sorry to be so long at saying hello to you......I have been MIA. Seems my Ds had this computer crawling with spyware and the poor thing could not handle it. SO another trip to the computer guy, who bless him cleaned up the mess. I hope you will love this board, I have made some great friends here.

I won't be able to get personal, or at least too much with being missing for so long. And after all.......I should be doing my 90 minutes of excercise instead of posting.....cough, cough...... But just could not resist the urge to say hello.
Kerry- you BIG loser!!!!!! Don't get down on not being able to carry the 25# of salt. Your 4.5# loss this week is such an inspiration to us all and I am SO happy for you.
Keep up the good work.

Robyn- sorry about the marathon Walmart visit. Had one of them about 3 weeks ago at Sam's. Oh, so frustrating!

Summer- we too are waiting for the Nor'easter. Actually it is here, and snowing away.
Hang in there and stay safe!! Oh, and some reallly big, wet raspberries on the green eyed monsters! Congrats!

Mouse- how are you feeling? (from sort of skimming the past week, it seemed as though a new med dosage was giving you a hard time).

Paisley- how was your week??

So, lets see, the computer is fixed. Dd's car is fixed.....she ran into a tree next to our driveway last weekend, knocked off the mirror.....went out anyway....then her window(the other side of the car!) froze up in 5 degree weather, so she calls her mom at 1 am on Tuesday am to tell me that she is running late! Bless our mechanic- who got the window fixed and epoxied the mirror back into shape and reattached it (saving her about $100 by doing so). Had a 3 hour safety meeting this week, Dd had step throat....oh, this was the week that wasn't. I did get to WW (complete with sick Dd) and lost .8#. Not too bad considering that TOM arrived the next day. I have babbled enough and have a ton of email to catch up on and delete.
Guess I will get my AP's in today and tomorrow with the snow shovel. Oh......BTW, I did clean out my WW materials. Does anyone want some older WW materials? This is most of the literature you get at meetings, points values to foods etc... I have fairly complete literature for winning points and then flex points. And really, neither differ all that much from the new stuff. Send me a PM if you might be interested.
Gotta go......gee, it feels good to be back!

01-22-2005, 06:48 PM
Hi everyone!!! I am having a WONDERFUL morning! (you have to imagine a really energetic voice here--1 step below the level of energy that causes sane people to want to hit you). . .I weighed in for the week, and I'm at 181.4-->and I get to change my avatar, because I have officially lost 10 lbs!!!! :D I'm so psyched!!!

Last night, I went out dancing for our Friday get together at this great club that starts at 5 with music from the 60's and goes up a decade every 90 min. It was awesome, because our group has people as young as 23 in it, and as old as 60+! Anyway, I got there in the 70's and didn't leave the dance floor until the end of the 80's. :dancer: I had so much fun! I love that this is something I organize, because I can just make sure that every other one is a really active one--that way those more into the dinner/talking can enjoy themselves every other, and the dancing crowd can as well.

Anyway, I had a great time, although I was sore this morning at yoga. :goodvibes But, after yoga we went to the organic cafe down the hill for bkfst, and to buy produce, and my friend introduced me to the guy who does a 10 class hawaiian studies seminar for the 7th graders at the school next to mine. They make traditional hawaiian foods, and carve stones for a hawaiian game, and learn the history chant. Anyway, I got his phone number, and he's going to come do a couple classes with his students for my kids 4th quarter during our Hawaiian poetry/stories unit. So, good exercise, a good weigh in, and a contact for school. :cb:

Welcome Pam!--This is a great board! I have this wonderful image of you walking around in circles with a dizzy dog behind. :dizzy:

Kerry--I hope you had fun playing in the snow!

Ginny--it's good to see you back! I'm glad the car's fixed, and I hope you get rid of the nasty spyware.

Hey Summer--Congrats on the elementary school party and the accolades from your dd's teachers--that's really cool. too bad pre-k were not so nice. I'm so glad you enjoyed your nephew and his fiance!

Mouse--thank you for explaining more to me. I'm glad that I understand better now why you swim and why other warm activities aren't options. You are SUCH the better exerciser than I am-->I would be like "I'll be in the hot tub if anyone wants me" every time, no way would I be able to get in that pool like you do!

Take care everyone!!! And have a great weekend!

01-22-2005, 07:18 PM
We didn't get as much snow as we were supposed to get. The Weather Channel is stills aying the Baltimore Metro area will be getting 6-10 inches. I think the weather on the local news just said we have between 5-6 inches now. I'm not sure if we're going to get more or not. The Weather Channel's winter weather expert seemed to indicate that the radar was now showing dry air, and so does the local weather... but the forecasts are saying more. I guess I'll have to wait to find out.
I have pictures of some of it if anybody is interested... I went up on the roof in my boots and coat to take 'em. Some of them came out really well.
We'll likely have school on Monday because the streets aren't that bad. I won't go out driving, because I don't think people in Maryland know how to drive, but if I were in Lancaster I'd probably go out tomorrow. I've seen too many idiots in Maryland weaving all over the place and doing 55 or more in weather like this.
Paisley: Glad you enjoyed the dancing. :)
Ginny: Yea, it has a little bit... It is also my week off the one med, and I always feel that. I was worried because the mail-order pharmacy hadn't sent the meds yet and I'm due to go back on tomorrow. However, they were there last night when I got my mail.
Summer: Welcome back, congrats... I do understand. I'm glad your administration did right by you. I'm usually ignored, like last year, I was nominated for a Disney Teacher award by a parent... its anonymous, so I don't know for sure who nominated me. But my administration acted like it didn't even happen. They never said a word to anybody.

01-23-2005, 03:47 PM
Well, we ended up with 13 inches of snow...a lot less than the 24 they predicted. I'm really bummed because it stopped snowing this morning. So, most likely we will have school tomorrow. I am dying for a snow day. We've only had one so far, so we are still getting out at a decent time in June. What I need right now is some time at home to get stuff done. I really enjoyed spending time with my nephew and his fiancee, but I lost a day that I needed to work on report cards. So, a snow day would have really come in handy right now. One more day in June won't matter.

Ginny, congrats on the weight loss in spite of your period and all the stress of your week! Better down than up.

Paisley, 10 POUNDS...FABULOUS!!!!! It sounds like your night out dancing was a total blast! I wish there was a club like that for multi ages around here. The clubs are basically for 20-somethings. I can even remember feeling really old at 28, which was the last time I went out dancing. I'm sure there are great places in Manhattan, but we don't like to venture out too far at night. Boy do I sound like an old fart! I am very happy for you though. Dancing is such great exercise and such fun all at the same time. You don't even know you are working out.

Mousie, the drivers in CT aren't so safe either despite us getting snow pretty regularly. Everyone is in such a friggin' hurry, and they drive like maniacs, especially the SUV's. It really sucks that your administration didn't acknowledge such an important honor. I really support my coworkers and support staff. I am excited for other's accomplishments. Why can't we all be that way?

01-23-2005, 04:30 PM
Gee, Summer, sorry, I think we stole some of your snow. I would say we ended up with 18 " of it. And also we will most likely have school tomorrow, although I would expect a 2 hour delay. The secondary roads are not too good, and it is getting colder as the sun sets, so all that is left will freeze up for the am commute. No church for us this am- it was just too nasty out and still coming down. This has been sort of a strange weekend for us. I do not mind at all being housebound, as a matter of fact I rather enjoy it. Just with everyone home, I feel as though I am a slave to the kitchen- 3 full meals and all the clean up. But, I am getting my gumption up, and have decided that during spring break I am painting my kitchen over- taking down the wall paper and making it the same beautiful shade of yellow as the living room. I think it will look really nice.......just when I am screaming about taking down the wall paper and having serious misgivings about my sanity, please remind me what a great decision this was! Anyway, I did get a nice cold 50 minute walk in ( do love to walk in winter :)). Now it is time for a cup of tea.

Paisley- 10#!!!! That is just awesome!!!! Congrats to you! Your dancing nite out sounded great! I love to dance, and Summer hit it right, what a painless way to get some fun excercise in. Wish I could have joined you.

Summer- sorry that you will most likely have school. Nothing better than a snow day to get caught up. The visit with your nephew sounded very enjoyable~ wedding planning and all that. Try not to stress out too much about the report cards- when do you have to have them done by? ( I am in a similar boat, trying to get the rest of my way over due thank you notes done from Christmas......)

Mouse- guess you will be going in tomorrow like the rest of us. I hear ya with the wacko drivers- and I know that Maryland drivers can be pretty bad.
And snow makes them even worse. Dd just cut out a cartoon about bad drivers. I think it was the far side about warnings on packages. On the one side it had what was called an unnecessary warning on a toilet bowl brush "do not use for oral hygiene". On the other side was an SUV with a necessary warning "only for use by a capable driver, not by some poor driver who can't drive in the snow anyway!". Ok, I blew the wording but you got the gist. BTW, is Imp acting like a nut case??? There is a full moon on Tuesday and RC has been nuts for a few days. She chatters to herself constantly and rampages thru the house without provocation at all. Rather amusing.......

So I have babbled enough (bet you wish my computer would crash again so I would shut up again, right??). Better go......enjoy the rest of your weekend!

01-23-2005, 04:40 PM
Hmm. No, Imp is being pretty normal. He's a little upset that he can't sit in the window. I live in a very old building that they've changed into apartments: I love buildings like this, but as with the last place like this, the windows leak like a sieve! Fortuantely, I don't pay for my heat... but I had to roll up some towels against the bottom of the window. The only way to get it completely down is to lock it. I'm not tall enough to lock it down, because the window *starts* about 5 feet up the wall. I'd drive the maintenance people nuts locking and unlocking the window!
I'm sure we'll have school tomorrow, and pretty sure we'll be on time too. I hope they've done something about the roof of our garage, because yesterday they hadn't done anything but shovel the ramp out. I'm parked inside, and I'm sure the stairs are covered with snow now. I'm really bad, as you all know, on stairs... so we'll see which is worse tomorrow morning. We only had 5-6 inches here in the city, but some of the spots in the state had 7-9 inches. And at one point it was snowing again this afternoon.
Okay... I need to go try to work on the article that I meant to do yesterday... and those rubrics on the kids.

01-23-2005, 08:29 PM
Hi Ladies,
I have been trying for the last day and half to post. So here I go again. I hope that I am able to post. Congrats to Ginny and Paisley on your weight loss! Way to go ladies! Keep up the good work. Sounds like everyone has enjoyed their weekends. I did not one but three one mile walking videos yesterday with my sdd. She wanted to do more, but I was dripping wet by the third mile. Then in the afternoon, I went outside with the kids for a little while and played in the snow. Even tried my hand at sledding down the hill in our front yard. After I went off the sidewalk and into the street, I was done for the day. Today I walked to church with my sdd. There was only 18 people there. This afternoon my sdd and I went through my closet and drawers and set aside my clothes that don't fit me anymore to sell in a yard sale this spring. I filled a laundry basket with them. Plus I still have four more drawers to go through. Plus I swept the floors and did three loads of laundry. So I have been busy today. I did do the gazelle for 45 minutes this morning. I think I might go upstairs here in a little bit and ride my bike for 45 minutes. We are on a 2 hour delay at the moment for tomorrow. So I might just get up at my regular time and just so that time to work on school stuff. But I will be really surprised if they don't change it to a closure due to the ice that is going to be freezing over night due to low temps. Well I better go and get the dishes cleaned up from dinner. Talk to you all later. Have a great evening. My fingers are crossed that this works!

01-23-2005, 11:35 PM
Just a quickie update: I checked the closings list, and I was wrong! We're CLOSED tomorrow. This is the first time in 3 years that I've been here that the City has closed before the County... even when we had the blizzard and were closed for a whole week, we frequently had to wait until 5:30 in the morning for them to decide.
I'm really glad we're closed tomorrow: the roads aren't really that bad, but I'm sure that most of the sidewalks haven't been shoveled. I'm always worried (really, even though I was joking about this with a friend earlier) about the kids who walk to school in the dark. Its bad enough they wear these dark jackets with dark hair and you can't see them... there is never a crossing guard at most intersections... but to add in that they have to walk on the street most of the way because the sidewalks aren't cleared is just horrid.
Well...I'm off to bed. I would like to go to the gym tomorrow. Its supposed to be warmer this week, and not as windy.... so the pool should be okay. Maybe.

01-24-2005, 12:47 AM
Evening Ladies,
Mouse glad to hear that you have a day off. It is a much needed day off for you to regroup and recharge your batteries after your hetic last week. I hope you are able to make it in to the gym.
I am one tired lady this evening. I rode my excerise bike for 45 minutes tonight and must have gotten a second wind of engery because I gathered up and took out the trash and recycling, gave my sds a shower (only one that wanted to spend an extra night with us), made my green tea for the next two days, made my lunch and dinner for tomorrow, laid out my clothes for tomorrow and talked to my brother on the phone. So I guess I should sleep great tonight. In fact, I think I am going to close for now and go to bed. Talk to you all in the morning.

01-24-2005, 09:41 AM
Just a quickie~ we are on a 2 hour delay. I am on little sleep. Dd decided to go to watch the football game with a guy she has seen once since she came home. And we knew she was planning on going back to school (in Long Island, where some of the heavier snow fall amounts were seen). So we expected her back by around 10:30 at the latest......with her planning on leaving around 5 am. Got a little concerned at midnite when she did not call and was not home......and with her not so stellar driving record, I became concerned. At 2 am (with Dh's blessing) I decided to drive to the friends house to see if she was indeed ok. Oh, she was fine alright.....they had decided to go to a movie, or at least she said. She does have a cell phone, (it was turned off)- guess her parents do not deserve the courtesy of a phone call to advise us of her change of plans. So I am tired......and glad she is back at school. Never thought I would feel about one ofmy children like this, but this is the way it is. Gotta go take care of my other two- get Ds to the bus stop and get ready for work.
I did get a 2 mile WATP tape in, and sometime today I will crash. 2 1/2 hours of sleep just don't make it.
See ya!

01-24-2005, 01:51 PM
Survived the morning. Most of my students were pretty good, and other than the one with an awful nose bleed the journey in was uneventful. Gotta laugh- Dh called me and he too emailed Dd because we have no idea if she made it to school in one piece. Oh my, his email was missing any of the anger we felt, almost huggy-kissy.
But then he did not spend most of his weekend cooking and doing laundry for her. I did. Mine was much more of those hope you got there-you could have avoided this mess had you called you moron (no, I did NOT call her a moron) sort of emails. Am I being unreasonable here???? And I can't even blame my volatility on PMS! Ok, nuff of me bellyaching......thanks for listening.
Hope everyone's day goes well and as far as Monday goes is a good one.

01-24-2005, 03:27 PM
I don't think you're being unreasonable, Ginny. I'm 31 years old, and am still required to call home when I have been out of state... so last Tuesday when I got back at 10:30 from taking the kids to see Alton Brown, I called my mother. When I was doing grad classes at Hopkins and driving from PA or MD or VA to MD, I had to call home after every class. On another topic, where does your daughter go to college? I graduated from a school on Long Island as well. I was just talking to one of my friends from school who is still up there....
Its so icky and damp outside, I'm having real trouble getting motivated to go outside.

01-24-2005, 05:59 PM
Thanks for the moral support, Mouse. Being that we are paying for some of her college (rest is scholarships, nothing out of her pocket) her expenses, her cell phone and her car....well I think we deserve a bit better than we are getting. She is attending Adelphi University. Which school did you attend on LI?

Survived this afternoon, fatigued and all. And Dd did arrive at school, she sent Dh a very terse one liner that she had arrived there ok. Big of her.......
Guess I'd better get off and put back the kitchen. The only thing I got done this am was mopping the floor. Oh, and my dishwasher died this morning.....only 3 years old and the repair service will not be here for a week. Bummer.
See ya !

01-24-2005, 06:28 PM
I graduated from Long Island University-CW Post, in Greenvale, or Brookville. Take your pick. ;)
I considered going back up there for grad school (to Columbia's Teachers College), but couldn't get a job offer except with NYC Public Schools. I wasn't interested, so I went to Hopkins instead.


01-24-2005, 06:36 PM
Back to work today! ;) I was convinced when the alarm went off this morning that it was Sunday. I hit the snooze until about 6:20 when I finally realized i had twenty five minutes to be up and out the door on the way to school. Oh well, such is life. I heard on the radio today according to some psychologist, that this was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Nice thing to hear first thing Monday morning when I was already running late. Didn't let that dampen my spirits. I decided to clean out my closets and drawers this weekend and get rid of any clothes that were too big for me. My husband commented that he couldn't understand why I always complained I didn't have anything to wear when I was getting rid of so many clothes.

All day Saturday I was really wanting to eat Chinese food or KFC or something. I kept telling myself NO I AM GOING TO BE GOOD! My husband came home from work and told me that he had eaten Barbeque, fried chicken and hush puppies which really irked me since I was really craving some ultra fatty food. He was mad because while we have been dieting and walking I have allowed myself one to two hershey kisses if I really want a piece of chocolate. I figure hey well I didn't eat the whole bag ......I am still losing weight. He has been losing and regaining the same pound and a half I think.
So he decided well she can eat her hershey kisses I'm eating what I want. He finally lost another pound or so.

We've walked every night and dressed in layers last night it was about 13 with the wind chill. My son, had on two coats and looked like the little boy off of that movie A Christmas Story.(the little brother who is so bundled up he can't even put his arms down.) I was thinking of buying the Watp video, but I just really like the fresh air from walking. Kind of clears the head. Won't bore you anymore. Haven't really had any adult conversation today. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow.

By the way: I am going to try the daily reward system and see how that goes. I have been sending out good work notes to some kids and it seems to be a positive step. We'll see!

01-24-2005, 11:09 PM
Evening Ladies,
Well I was able to get my progress reports done this morning thanks to our two hour delay. I only had 4 kids today in school. So I was able to get everything done that I had set out to do today with them. I was amazed that we were able to do it all in a shortened day. But with three less bodies in the room, it sure does make a difference. Then tonight I went to Curves and used the ab lounger on top of doing my regular routine. God I am feeling my abs now! :0 Hopefully that will help out with tomorrow's WI at TOPS.
Ginny, I don't think you are unreasonable wanting to know where your dd is. My mom and dad still like to keep tabs on me and I am 31 years old. I still call and tell them when my dh and I are going away for a few days and check in with them once we get to where we are going or are back home. So I don't think you are asking too much from your dd. So did you finally catch up on your sleep?
Mouse did you enjoy your day off? Did you make it to the gym?
Pam, I dearly love my WATP tapes. I bought my tapes at Wal-mart. I do a two mile walking video every morning before I go to school. But I know what you mean about the fresh air clearing your head.
Hi to Robyn, Summer, Elana and Paisley. Hope you all started the week off on the right foot!
Well I am tired after my busy day today. So I think I will close and go to bed early.
Talk to you all tomorrow.

01-25-2005, 11:13 AM
Interesting, Mouse. Neat thing about Adelphi (neat for Dd if she is smart about this!)
they offer a 5 year teaching degree with an MS. She would be a fool if she did not go for this option, but then her decision making seems to be rather flawed these days.....but you did bring up one problem with the area, most of the teaching jobs are in the city (hazardous duty pay applies!).

Dh stayed home with a bad cold. I have a lot of 1/2 day trips to do, midterms and regents. So I'd better go. Have a good one!(possibility of a snow day tomorrow......would not bother me one bit!)

01-25-2005, 01:04 PM
Hey Ya'll........

Who the heck knew that I would be gone for so long?! It CERTAINLY wasn't / isn't cause I've got so many brains to get back in order....

I am literally LOSING my mind!

car issues, Walmart sitting, snow day / heater issues (we've been blessed in both of these departments!), snow delay (special arrangements for my sons), sub plans, homework for week, class newsletter, report cards, laundry, dinner, all day training session, fighting yet AGAIN with sons sped teacher, fighting with sped son who has exams this week, taking to advocate, housework, dinner, laundry, school plans, son's birthday plans, birthday gifts, other son's homework, gradelevel newsletter, alarm set wrong, trash day, cat box ISSUES, spilled chocolate milk, kitchen floor, table, cabinet, son's clothes never got dry, bad hair day, chocolate milk son - earache, son's birthday! (13! a teenager!), traffic!, school problems, active/loud school kids, school nurse re:son's earache, emergency sub plans, call to dr., no one to cover my class so I can get son with earache, inclusion kid melts in chaos, secretary comes to cover my class so that I can leave...........

that brings me to 11:30 this morning.

diet? exercise? take care of me? do something nice for me? sleep?


I think I need to see a psyshrink... but SADLY.... *THAT* won't fit into my chaos!

My dh saved me yesterday.... He not only finished cooking dinner, he went out and finished buying kid1's presents. He *EVEN* got a birthday cake for the TEENager! We will have a family celebration tonight! (for the birthday child...NOT that dh came thru! Actually..hehehe...perhaps *WE* will celebrate that dh came thru later! :) ) ANYWAY... ds has requested his "favorite" meal.... canned chicken thrown in a pan with chicken / mushroom soup....with some broccoli thrown in...served over noodles... SAD, isn't it??? THAT is what my 13 year old son LOVES (more than anything else) that I cook! I guess the good news is that he didn't ask for frozen year his brother did... I guess heating the junk in the pan *IS* cooking!

I miss you guys! I haven't even had the chance to READ what is going on with all of you! I know that you are working hard and doing great! Keep up the great work!
I'm off to take the kid and his earache to the dr. He looks horrible.... Mother of the year sent him to school....

enough of my babble...Aren't you glad that I stopped by?!
Anyone have any words of wisdom for helping me get the roller coaster to slow down long enough that I can CONSIDER spending time on ME??? WAIT... let's wait until after the TEENager finishes his exams... I most definately don't have time to worry about getting in my 90 (are they NUTS???) minutes a day in!!!

Send me good kharma and some peace and quiet and some BORING days, PLEEEZZZE!
Miss me, cause I sure miss all of you! :)

take care,
Robyn.... the MissingFatChick!

01-25-2005, 04:25 PM
Hi Ladies,
Robyn so glad to see you are back. Sorry it took your son getting sick to get a free moment to post. Hope all is well with your son. Sounds like your life is still in fast pace mode. Are you ever going to slow down? The pounds sound be melting off of you the way you are rushing around so much. :) You asked about finding time for yourself to do some excerise. I do my watp tapes first thing in the morning and that helps set my mood for the day. Enjoy your birthday celebration tonight. Tell your teenager I said Happy Birthday!
Ginny, sounds like your oldest is getting a taste of some freedom and she is loving it against her parents best wishes. I hope she starts seeing that you and your dh only have her best interests at heart. I am sending you a couple of hugs. Hope your dh is feeling better.
Hi to everyone else! Hope your day is going great!
Today was the second day in a row I had to work since Jan. 14th. So I am feeling really tired tonight. It was nice to be off for those days and get stuff done around my house, but I sure did miss my kids. They were okay today for the most part until after recess. They got to go outside and play and they were hyper the rest of the day. Atleast the sun is out and melting the snow. Watch we will now be closed because of flooding. LOL :) Well I better go and get some paperwork done before my kids homework time is up. I will post later with my results from the great WI tonight.
Later Gators,

01-25-2005, 05:26 PM
Hey Ladies!
It is definitely a full moon! My day started off with two boys rolling around the classroom floor in a fistfight before the tardy bell rang. One of the boys is a large kid and a female students said 'MAN THAT WAS A LOT OF CRACK AND IT WASN'T PRETTY!" This same student who is so lovely and thinks it's just fine to belch as loud as possible in the middle of class had another belching episode. I said" Well Gee, that's attractive. That will attract a good boyfriend there." She said" Well, I do have a boyfriend and let me tell you he is good!" :o
Twelve people in second period didn't have their math books. Someone from my second period was caught smoking in the bathroom. :smoking: ( He was supposed to be washing my tables in the cafeteria.) Three of my kids in the last period were pulled out and searched for drugs, I got a new student who made it quite evident that he didn't want to be there. IT'S ONLY TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh well, tomorrow is a new day! Hope everyone else had a better day.

I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, although I live in Carolina. I'm a Virginia girl at heart! You are a trip!

01-25-2005, 06:47 PM
Good evening!

Robyn- first of all, honey, you can't lose something that you never had..............I meant your sanity. Ok, nuff of the cheap shots. I feel for you, big hugs your way. Sounds as though you are up to your eyeballs there with the world collapsing, or at least spinning in an unnatural direction. I know how that goes, when you have one of those time periods when you are literally almost begging to get sick, just to have a good reason to stay in bed! Can't tell you that it will slow down.....but I agree totally with Kerry. You have to make even a 15 minute workout a priority for you. Oh, I grumble PLENTY about getting up early and getting that tape in- but it gets rid of so much of that ugly stress. (and I have plenty of that!) Hang in there.....vent.....and you know you are loved here. And we do miss you!

Kerry- I am hoping for another great weight loss week from you! How did the WI go?
Sorry you are a bit tired this evening. (that was me last nite....could barely see straight). Sorry your kids turned into tornadoes this afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. It is tough with all these snow days/ half days etc....getting back into some kind of normal schedule. You are so right about my Dd. Oh she is feeling independant.......well then I wish she would also accept the responsibility for her independance!!!! Like cracking the car into a tree and knocking off the mirror. Ok, guess it was too much to expect some gratitude for all the nonsense I went thru so that it could be repaired. (she will pay for that incident). I should not complain- I guess. She is bright- got a 4.0 last semester- and can be very responsible. And much of her behavior is a backlash from the breakup with her former Bf (a lot of what she is doing is to "get even" with him). It is just hard to see her lower herself to some of the stupid things she is doing. But I guess that is what being a parent is some extent. All I can say is I would much rather have the sleepless nights from teething or earinfections or 2 year old temper tantrums. But I have no choice here. And I agree with you about the am workouts. They do certainly set the tone for the day. (but it is painful to get up early......when do you do your am workout?)

Aw, Pam, sounds as though you earned your keep today. My Dd's former Bf used to have a line if he saw a less than attractive "butt" hanging out........"Crack Kills!". (he did have a good sense of humor). Hope you can detox this evening and recharge your batteries. And may this full moon PLEASE pass quickly! Tomorrow's another day......hope it is a good one for you!

Today was not too bad for me, although I got little done other than work. Drove an extra 2 hours, and with Dh not feeling so great. Oh well. Kiddies on the bus were ok.
Had an issue with 2 5th graders... I have been on a slow burn with them for weeks- watching them get louder and more obnoxious day after day. SO, they sat in row 1 today. (Oh, it was great seeing their faces drop after all the cr** they have given me!). And I had to listen to the one beg for her seat back (sits in the back row, usually). No I am not mean, and was able to logically explain why she was up front, safety, safety and more safety.......a boring but effective argument.
guess I'd better go check up on dinner. Have a great nite!

01-25-2005, 06:49 PM
OPps!!!!!!!!! Hi to Mouse, SUmmer, Paisley......hope to hear from you soon.
Note to Mouse- I am sure glad that Imp is behaving herself, 'cause RC is still Lunar.....looney......whatever. She runs around the house like a nut case most of the time.

01-25-2005, 08:32 PM
double ear infection...chewable antibiotics...and a 9year old who said and I quote..
"Thanks for caring about me, Mom!" and then kissed me on the cheek and told me and again I quote..."Thanks for coming to get me and taking me to the doctor and getting me my medicine." Wow what a SweetBaby...don't tell him that I called him that..He'd DIE! LOL

The TEENager seems so happy and greatful for his "celebration"... His father's gift selections went over VERY well! He hasn't stopped grinning yet....

I ate cake. ..and I am sorta sure that it wasn't very good. I'm not too sure tho...cause well...I inhaled it. I'm very regretful...typical of me.....that I ate it so quickly AND that I kept eating it when I wasn't thrilled with the flavor.

...getting ready to go bust Mr.13's bubble.... He has a Civics exam that MUST
be addressed tonight!

Pam, I live in hour or so north of VaBch. Where in Carolina are you? And I bet you can guess where I'd live if I had my way.... We vacation in Buxton as often as possible. :) Again after hearing about your day... I will state: My family would starve to death if they had to rely on me to teach middle school! GAWWWD bless you for going to work every day! (You've got me humming "Smokin in the boys room...." LOL)

Kerry, I had been getting up at 5 to do my workouts.... but when I don't go to bed until midnight (cause I'm doing school junk...OR having a moment to myself!) I was sooo tired! I will try to regroup... and get it together... I KNOW that you are right! :)
Keep up the great work! Your progress is very inspirational!

Ginny, Your message to me made me grin. LOL You KNOW me, don't you?! :) Hang in there with your daughter! My college years were the hardest in regards to me and my mother relating! :) She will realize that you are right about EVERYthing in about 20 years! LOL Don't you just *adore* those 5th graders...ewww!

Summer, Mousie, Paisley! Hope all is well... I still haven't taken time to read all the posts I've missed! Hope you're ok! :)

* more wild boars chasing you, I hope! :)
*Mousie... I MISSED your stories about your trip to see the "cooking guy"...I will have to go back and read how it all turned out! I'm hoping that there are no FULL moon stories hiding from me!
*Summer, Missing you! :) What publication were you on the cover of? Congratulations!

I'm off to go study *MY* 7th grade civics junk! whooohooo!
take care,
Robyn...theMissingFatTeacherChick..who is trying to get her poop together!

01-25-2005, 08:51 PM
Robyn, sweet pea, you passed 7th grade civics already..........:)! You do make me laugh. Gotta love and I mean totally LOVE your kids today.....bless the 9 yr old for being so kind to his very deserving (and desparately in need of some love!) Mom.
And to your 13 yr old for wanting an easy dinner (I have 2 kids like that too!) and loving his bday presents. Enjoy it......and your wonderful kids. Bask in the day, it is a Kodak moment in time. And I know with the 5 am wake ups for 'bout deciding to do it 4 out of 7 days (to give you a break on really bad ones?). Heck with the 90 zillion minutes, 40 times a week or whatever the new guidelines are. ANY start to an excercise is good, as long as you do just that START. So, pick your easiest mornings (no meetings the nite before, or whatever......) and try for them. And think of Kerry and I sweatin' it out at 5 am, sister in sweat!
Gotta scoot and finish the dishes.....oh will my dishwasher please fix itself!
Nighty nite.

01-25-2005, 11:13 PM
The charters of the Virginia Company of London guaranteed the colonist the rights of Englishmen AND the Virginia Declaration of Rights served as a model for the Bill of Rights.

The kid knows EVERYTHING on the study guide nearly word for word. How he remembers all this crap is beyond me, BUT...hallelujah, he does! (Maybe a GREAT 7th grade Civics teacher?! :) ) (AND my kid has been warned to NEVAHHHH (in my best Scarlett voice) belch at school again!)

AND for the record.... School House Rock works! He knows the Preamble to the Constitution as LONG as he can sing it! AMEN for what works! :)

Ok... It is 10 o'clock. I've done NOTHING for school. I've got to start the dishwasher and prepare my old body for bed.... the alarm is set for 5. I WILL get up. Leslie will be my cheerleader in the cold darkness of it all. And I WILL GET UP. AND I WILL GET UP. AND I WILL GET UP. When it all hits me like a ton of matter what "it all" is. I WILL GET UP. The cake doesn't taste good. I won't be tempted to taste it again. (I'm telling you THAT is a nasty cake!) I WILL GET UP. Lunch is in the freezer. Dinner is planned. I WILL GET UP.

They *are* good boys. Today was truly a monumental day in our family. Our tiny preemie is 13...and about an inch shorter than me! He thanked me again "for the day" on his way to bed!

Thank you. I AM UP!
You and Kerry will be in my head and heart tomorrow at 5FREAKINa.m. as I move!

meeeeeeee...sending ALL my good thoughts to Ginny's dishwasher for a "healin"!

01-25-2005, 11:51 PM
I am in Onderland. I am so happy that I lost 2 1/4 pounds this past week. So I am so happy that I could dance. Well I best be off to bed so I can get up in the morning at 5:30 to do my WATP video. Talk to you all tomorrow.

01-26-2005, 05:41 AM
Kerry--CONGRATS!!! you rock!!! (I'm doing a quiet happy dance with you) :cb:

Ginny--wishing your dishwasher well, and that hand washing isn't too stressful

Pam--I seriously hope your kids calm down as the moon wanes :bubbles:

Robyn--congrats on the awesome kids! :encore:

I am up late on a school night. . .don't know why but I'm having whe weirdest dreams. . .and can't sleep. :tired:

This morning I woke up an hour early dreaming that this science teacher I don't like much (it's his 1st year, but he treats his colleagues with disdain; and he ripped out all the lab tables and teaches science through lecture; he only takes 1 of his pds on field trips--b/c the others "can't pull their own weight"--and tells them this!) was made our principal. . .and the only other person who annoys me at school was to be in my room with an air horn to blow each time he heard me say things he didn't like. It was quite the nightmare! So, not a lot of sleep last night, and tonight doesn't look good either.

That said, I walked today. . .no hills though, but I know I went 2 miles. :) It was relaxing. I'm trying out some yoga before I sleep tonight--nothing tough just little things I remember from class, maybe it'll help me go to sleep. :crossed:

take care all!


01-26-2005, 05:46 AM
oooh, and I had to tell you about my cool idea. . .I got one of those little add a link charm bracelets--I don't know what they're really called--for X-mas. And I've decided to use it as a subtle way to track my loss. I figured that each charm can = 3lbs. . .so it's mostly blank, but now has 2 charms on it cause I lost 6 lbs since January 1st. When I lose another 3lbs, I'll add another. It's cool, cause they sell cute ones at the swap meet for cheap, and because when I look at it, it reminds me that I've got a goal. so far, it's helped this week when I wanted to splurge--it helped me choose no cookies or other desserts, and to avoid the ice cream.

01-26-2005, 08:54 AM
Good morning!!!!
Aw crum....a 2 hour delay. I really, really wanted a snow day..... :( So it is off to work in a wee bit.
UPDATE.........just got the call......NO SCHOOL!!!! :D :D
Be back in a bit.

01-26-2005, 10:26 AM
There have been serveral combinations of snow days this week among me and my 2 kids--today daughter is in school, son is not (still asleep--it's the adolescent growth hormone being released!) and I didn't have to go in today. Lots of snow. I shoveled just in case I don't make it to the Y later.

I was going to use this as a fun day for myself (exercise, mani/pedi, clothes shopping), but that plan has to change given that Max is home. I may force him to come along for the shopping anyway; he needs lots of things and we'd be less rushed today.

My eating has not been the best. I am in the mode of "Afraid to gain it back, obsessing about what I eat, not always writing things down." It's not a happy place to be. What I should focus on: eating for hunger, not emotional reasons, keeping things I like around to eat, avoiding the trigger foods (Middle Eastern always sets me off--especially stuffed grape leaves and hummus). Maintenance can be a scary thing!

Well, Max just got up so I'm off to convince him that clothes-shopping with Mom is a great way to spend a snow day. :lol:

Take care.

01-26-2005, 11:04 AM
Ok, lets to do 3 months worth of housekeeping in one day and still have some time to enjoy life a bit. :dizzy: Virtually impossible.
I did get my WW tape in- a more intense workout than Leslie, but worth the sweat. And I was going to take today off, I usually allow 2 days off a week from workouts.

Elana- great to hear from you!!!! I hear ya with the stress eating. Couple of things, if you do not mind me sharing my opinion. I have heard a lot at WW meetings, been to a ton of them. Are you still attending meetings? Gotta avoid those trigger foods.....and come up with a good stress food that is low/no points. Something that you can enjoy with less trouble. Sounds like you are a salty snack person- what about ff tortilla chips or 94% popcorn (one of my biggies!) Ok, it isn't grape leaves and hummus.....but does fill a need. I hope you can make this a fun day for yourself......get out there and buy the foods you like that are good for you to snack on and not get in trouble! One WW leader told us the story about the really expensive ff sugar free icecream, it is about $5 a 1/2 gallon. She then went on to tell us that we WOULD NOT THINK TWICE if this was for our families (want to please the kids/husband etc...) and would gladly drop the $$ for a snack they liked. But us????? Nah, we deny, sacrifice, need I say more. Go out- buy for yourself the foods you need to keep this weight off!! You have worked SO hard to get to your goal weight! You DESERVE to stay there! (gee, have I babbled enough, ain't you glad I had the day off???Aw, shut up ginny :lol: )

Paisley- great idea with the bracelet. I had a WW leader who gave out colored paper clips for each # lost. We all wore our necklaces/bracelets/belts to the meetings. It was a fun idea and a great visual to keep you motivated. Congrats on the 6# loss!!!!!!!!!! :D

Kerry- YOU ARE AWESOME! Got any great motivating strategies to share with us? Congrats on the 2.5# loss. I thought of you this am, my morning workout cohort in crime. You must be looking for some new clothes soon too, right?

Robyn-had to rub it in about loading your dishwasher eh??? ;) :lol: (its ok)
How was your 5 am workout???? I know the fatigue hits around 10am that you got up extra early, but if you make this a habit, your body will adjust. Honest. I am so glad you and Ds made it thru the civics stuff......gotta love the preamble to the Constitution, and I remember when my 15 yr old had to learn it too. (and he did have a wonderful teacher that year, that woman should be cloned) Good for you for planning lunch and dinner. A major destresser if I ever heard one.

I had better get something done.....and y'all are I am sure sick of me by now.
Hope everyone has a good day!

01-26-2005, 04:41 PM
I did get something done....rearranged Dd's room (got rid of some junk too :D ) and did tons of laundry. Now I have a gigantic headache- think I am getting whatever Dh had/has. Oh well. At least today was a wee bit slower paced than a normal day. Gotta go take Dd to skiing lessons. At least the weather cooperated for that!
See ya tomorrow. G'night!

01-26-2005, 07:14 PM
We've made it to Wednesday! YeeeeeeeeHawwwwwwwwwwww!
Found out today that one of the kids searched for drugs was actually trying to sell oregano. Talk about trying to sell some "herb". He is suspended for a couple of days but I bet his customers are not going to be too happy with their purchases. Maybe they can use it on spaghetti! :lol:
I think I am in a rut. I was doing so great and losing a lot of weight. I know it's usually water in the beginning, but durn now it's stopped. This is usally the point where I say forget about it, and give up. I'm not going to do that this time! It isn't helping that hubby has found every opportunity to cheat this week. Fried chicken, went to Texas steakhouse for ribs today. He sucks! I bought a pedometer and wore it for a whole day. It said I only took 33 steps the entire day. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I must really be light on my feet. Especially since it's a quarter mile to the office from my classroom.
Here's another question I have since I'm already babbling. Why is it that someone who is four inches shorter than me and five pounds heavier than me can wear such a smaller clothes size? It's driving me insane. I have read all of this stuff on here about people saying well when i was 199 I was in a 16. God, I wish I could fit in a sixteen. I'm 5"8. Don't have big legs it's all around the middle. After losing twelve pounds, it looks like I've only lost weight in my legs. Everything else pretty much fits the same.
Robyn: My brother goes ballooning in Glousester. He is in the process of getting his hot air balloon liscence and that's where he flies. I live in Rocky Mount. (about an hour east of Raleigh and an hour west of Greenville)
Ginny: Everytime I saw the student from the fight today all I could think of was CRACK KILLS! :lol: I will never look at him the same again.
Do any of your schools have uniforms? We've adopted a uniform policy this year. Polo shirts, khaki pants.......It's been such an uproar. There is a law suit in progress. We now have to be the fashion police everyday and write down the names of the students who are not in compliance with the uniform policy. I really liked the idea at first, and the behavior seemed a little better in the beginning, but now it's just one big headache. We have to constantly tell them to tuck their shirts in, wear your uniforms. Blah Blah Blah. There were supposed to be consequences for the students who refused to comply, but I haven't seen anything happening so far. We have a new principal now who seems ready to enforce it. Just wondering if anyone else had feed back on that.
Guess I need to go fix dinner. My little one has asked me three times what is for dinner and I still haven't decided yet. Cereal sounds good to me at this point. I don't think anybody will go for it. I asked him what he was going to cook he said since he didn't know how to cook and hadn't had cooking lessons he couldn't do it. Darn the bad luck!

01-26-2005, 10:12 PM
Pam, when I was 192, I couldn't fit into a 16---I'm 5' 5". . .possibly those low waisted stretch denims done all skin tight I suppose! Seriously, unless that 199 person has som serious muscle going on, of course. I'm a very happy size 16 right now-and I've always been one of those people who weighed more than people thought.

We have school uniforms--t-shirts and appropriate length bottoms, but the school has never done a good job enforcing the policy. This year, the th/8th grade was a little separated from the rest of the school (9-12). . .different building for core classes, etc. So, we cracked down on uniforms and it was absolute misery for the first quarter--the kids pushed our buttons, and misbehaved like mad. But now, it's funny. . .I can tell when high schoolers are where they don't belong, because they're the only ones out of uniform.

01-26-2005, 10:46 PM
Wow, you guys have been super busy. I know I was here and read stuff on Monday! What happened??????
I'm going to try and work backward, but not sure I'll hit everybody:

Pam: Wow... you sound like you have my kids, before they get to our school! I wanted to tell you when I saw your intro, but I forgot, that your 4th period and my 4th period sound like identical clones. Maybe when I have kids that are absent from that period, its because they are in your classes? ;) My 4th period class has a plan in place for no cursing directed at staff/peers, and if they do it is automatic resource referrals. If they get 3 referrals in any given school day, they get half-day in school suspension. My kids don't get the concept that 50% of their grade in my class is based on their "workplace behavior", since I'm their voc-ed teacher. They get 'paid' in points the same way adults get paid in money. And everytime they miss my class for resource or in-school suspension, they don't earn their pay, which lowers their grades. We show them their grades every week or every other week, and they still don't see the connection.
We have a "dress code" called Uniform School Attire. The kids are supposed to wear polo shirts in either red, white, navy, or light blue (I think... one of my inner city schools did this too, and the light blue, yellow and evergreen are from that program, I'm pretty sure), and then khaki, black or navy pants; no jeans. Sneakers are allowed, but regular shoes are preferred. We're supposed to adjust their point sheets 1 point for 'not following directions' if they don't dress that way... and I admit that I don't do this unless they are really sloppily dressed and icky looking. I have some students that dress as neat goths... the pants with all the goofy metal hardware over them and a t-shirt/sweatshirt. But they are clean and neat and the pants fit. I don't see underwear or butt cracks. I also don't believe that negative reinforcement works very well. They'll realize soon enough that in order to do on or off-campus work, and to work at their industry jobs, they must wear the USA attire. I require them to wear it when we go off-campus for field trips or community service events, unless there is a reason not to (like, when we helped set up for a huge fundraiser for the hospital and the kids were moving Christmas trees and playing with fake snow), or we're marching in a parade and jeans are more suitable. If they don't wear USA, I don't take them on the trip. The trips count toward their grade... they actually get a separate behavior grade and classroom work grade for each trip.
Kerry: Congrats on the weight loss! As a good friend of mine says, w00t! ;)
Ginny: Sorry about the headache, and the teenager thing. When I went to Post, there wasn't a 5 year program ending in Master's and teacher certification. Actually, I was doing some research on their Art program for a student my friend at the gym was working with: he's a good artist, and fairly smart, but has attended a not so good school and needs a college that would take him as is, with a good art program, and without some of the required classes (like some of the hard sciences) and low test scores. He also needed scholarship money. I figured CW Post would be a good place for him to try. Anyway, I looked, and discovered the program I did is no longer even offered! WOW! What a shock: I was a special education major, with no minor (I wanted Russian History, but my advisor said it wasn't close enough to my field, and I couldn't earn the credits for that and special ed in the 3 years I had funding for!). If I'd had the funding to stay for a 4th or 5th year, I'd've had a minor in journalism in the end, likely. Now all they offer is elementary education with a special ed concentration... you have to get a master's degree now to even be a special education teacher in most states. This is due to NCLB, of course, because a self-contained special education teacher must now be elementary education certified (varies by state: PA says any self-contained special ed teacher can do this; Maryland says that only special ed teachers with students taking the alternate assessment can do this) to be considered highly qualified. I have never taught, and don't WANT to teach elementary education. I know that if I have the elementary ed certification, I could be placed as an elementary ed special education teacher. I've had that happen WAY too many times... I've had to do emotional disturbance in VA because the state of VA included that in my license, and the same with LD in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. This is despite being hired in both places to do life skills and/or self-contained/inclusion mixes for kids with mental ******ation. And their ALLOWED to do it, even under NCLB, since my certification has that addendum. But, hey, I'm not required to be highly qualified under NCLB because I don't teach a core subject and what I teach isn't considered important enough to require a highly qualified teacher. Never mind that what I'm teaching helps determine the future for a lot of our kids! I'm really not sure which is worse: the elementary ed certification or being certified in each subject area... or being told that my certification doesn't matter because I don't teach a subject that is important enough for people to worry about!
Robyn: Yea, okay. ;) Sounds like you need some virtual brownies. Let me know! Remember: virtual brownies have no calories.
And some stuff about me: I have been to the gym once in the last week and a half... that was yesterday. I think I'm coming down with the cold that is going around the school because not only am I tired, my neck is stiff and I keep sneezing. Earlier, I had a sore throat which went away after lots of fluid and some extra vitamin C. I received a compliment from one of the staff today: I don't see this person often, she a teaching assistant in a classroom on the 4th floor. I've had some of her kids every year for all 3 years that I've been there... and she always makes a point to stop me in the hallway and tell that I'm looking good and she can see definite weight loss. She stopped me today, and today is a day I can almost believe her: I wore my favorite garnet colored velvet pants and a same colored vest. I actually wound up with two pairs of pants like this, because my grandmother bought me 2 pants outfits for Hanukkah: one in a nice purply-blue, and the other in garnet. They are velvet/velour pants, and matching vest. When I got them, I started to send them back because they were a bit too tight. Fastfoward a month, and the pants definitely fit better and the vest now fits as well. I wore the older pants with the new vest and a gray turtleneck. LAst year, the turtlenecks were too small for me to even consider wearing them without something covering them. Now they're big enough for me to wear untucked and without anything else.
So, while I feel guilty about not swimming... I also know that at least I'm continuing to lose weight. I haven't been eating very much either, while that has been normal for me for awhile, when I start thinking that the only things that sound good are fast-food and salt, its a sure sign I'm coming down with something.... When I would get pneumonia or bronchitis, the only things I'd want to eat were junk... including this horrible lemon-lime fruit drink. And this hasn't changed as I got older. I don't have time to be sick this week or next week!! Grades are due tomorrow (I'm done, just need to export them), IEP quarterlies are due Friday, I have an assessment report to write, field trip permission slips to get out... AND a community service even upcoming, along with swim lessons starting again at the gym. Oh, and have to reschedule the meeting we had with Marriott for next week hopefully. They are really willing to work with us and our kids, but the meeting we'd scheduled today was cancelled. The lady at the hotel did call the school and tell us, but I didn't get the message. She offered to buy us lunch, but we paid ourselves. We told the restaurant we'd give her another chance next meeting, but it didn't seem fair to let her pay for it when we had to reschedule because it wasn't her fault. And then our poor receptionist was so embarrassed and upset that she'd forgotten to tell me about the message...
Okay. Engouh. I'm going BACK to sleep. Yes... I came home earlier today and slept... forced myself up to eat, and am now going back to sleep.

01-27-2005, 11:44 AM
A short good morning......mid terms so lots of mid day driving.
Pam- when I was 183#, I fit into some 16's (not tops though, I am slightly bigger there). And I am 5'5. The other person must be on something.........

Paisely- uniforms, dress to impossible to regulate and enforce. Dd's school has uniforms, Ds's has a very strict dress code. And a size 16 is just fine.....I am glad you are content being one. I had to buy a 16 dress in the spring, and I was at 153# or so.......just the cut of the dress demanded it. And my particular figure flaws. Size is just a number.

Mouse- hope you are feeling better!!! Sorry about the cold, and all the hassle with your education. Amazes me how someone can be educated such as yourself and still not "fit" into a program, per se. I am working with a driver, a 51 year old retired teacher, who LOVES kids, but got totally sick of all the regs, nonsense- basically felt as though her hands were tied and she could not teach. So, she became a driver. I also know of another teacher who did the same that I work with. Guess your plight is not uncommon.
Gotta go pick up from mid terms.
See ya!

01-27-2005, 05:53 PM
Greetings from breezy, chilly, North Carolina!
Thanks for the input on the clothes size guys. I'll get there! One thing I am noticing lately is that my wedding rings are much loser! So, that's something. I got my pedometer working properly and at school today just doing my normal daily trek from the office to the lunchroom etc... I walked 4.98 miles, and that's before our regular evening walk! :D
Had a parent conference with my son's third grade teacher today. Finally a good conference. My son will be one of the kids teacher's dread having because he is a very logical and smart young man who will not think twice about correcting you if you say something wrong. Excuse me....didn't you mean to say???? ;)
More drug searches today! This one boy has already been pulled out and searched twice this week. Nothing on him though. I'm so glad cause he is one I am really working hard to get going on the right path. I am a true believer that you can overcome anything. I get a lot of the hard case kids cause the principal says I have a special way of reaching those unreachable kids. I don't know this week Walmart Hostess is looking better and better. :lol:
Does anyone have suggestions on how to teach a nineteen year old his telephone number? I think mine must have trouble remembering because he never bothers to call and tell me if he isn't coming home. (He's free to a good home! I'll also throw all his friends in for free too!)

01-27-2005, 05:58 PM
Mouse: Before I forget. The chaos has shifted slightly from fourth block to second block this week. We moved several E.C. children from fourth to second where I have a co-teacher, and that has totally destroyed my second block.
However, I think fourth is better because one of my gals is in ISS until February 1st. :D
You are welcome to borrow them anytime you need a change!

01-27-2005, 08:35 PM
Pam, I totally stink at teaching older teens a phone number. Remember, I had trouble with an 18 yr old not calling home last weekend??????? (BTW, she still has not called home, but has sent two terse emails.) And if you find a good home for the 19 yr old, can I throw my 18 yr old in too??? Hugs to you, I am sure you are feeling very unappreciated, which I am sorry to say is par for the course with teens.
Been an emotional day.....can't really go into it now. Nothing awful, just wishing that my kids were little once more. I enjoyed that phase of life so much more.

Ok, so now I am going to submit myself to what is probably tons of abuse. I heard on a radio show a huge discussion of NCLB- and although I heard what was said on the radio, have little idea how this idea is supposed to be implemented on the front lines.
Can someone (or each/any of you) enlighten me?
Gotta go. Have a good nite!

01-28-2005, 04:51 AM
ginny--I spend the first half of my walk every day trying to forget NCLB. So, here's my short version--->our state's draconian interp of NCLB is why I teach only 3.5 weeks of this quarter (the rest is testing), it's why all my students' achievements are meaningless except for their scores on a few tests, it's why 3 different consulting companies are making a killing off our our school's title 1 money while our kids go without, and it's why my bi and tri lingual kids firmly believe they're stupid each time they earn below standard on a test in English. I don't know how NCLB is supposed to be implemented--I just know hawaii's way doesn't work.

Speaking of. . .my walk today was awesome! It was relaxing, and a little cloudy--which was nice. It's been a brutally tough week at work. Even though the kids were awesome, well-mannered, hard workers, sweet, and their usual selves. My admin (sadly) were also their usual selves--and next week, the entire English dept is getting called on the carpet for an entire day by one of our consultants for the kids poor test scores. So, I needed the walk, and enjoyed it immensely. I put in a new de-stress playlist for my walk. . .but I think the music is tooo peaceful. I need to make a playlist that starts out fast and angry and eases into peaceful--to better match my mood when I walk.

take care all!

01-28-2005, 01:53 PM
Thanks Paisley for your interpretation of NCLB (oh, I can't wait for Robyn's and Mouse's interpretations...yours sounded more like the kinder and gentler version, and it was not complimentary at all anyway!) Sounds like the program is all about teaching for the opposed to teaching to learn.
Unfortunately, NY has been in that mode for years- we have the stupid Regents. And last year the state mandated Course 1 math regents was SO out of touch with the state mandated curriculum (huh?? how could this happen???? :lol: ) that large numbers (as in well over half) of the students taking the exam were crying during it, because the exam covered NOTHING of what had been taught and they were totally unprepared. An unheard of number of students failed. Oh and BTW, when my oldest Dd took the Course 1 regents 4 years ago, she scored too a 91 and was subjected to a negative curve which brought her grade down to an 88. Never heard of such crap ever..........back in the stone ages in NJ, when I was in HS we had no regents or any such test. Glad you got a nice walk in, nothing better than that, in my book! Hope you can find some appropriate music to inspire you.

Well, only ONE student needed a 12pm pickup today......she was mine so there went my "morning off". Stinks, although the next paycheck will be nice.
Got my WW tape done this am. Still fighting some emotional issues......and this whole thing with Dd is not helping. It looks as though she is planning to come home Saturday~ (what so she can torture me some more?). I am seriously thinking of taking a quilting course. Something I have always wanted to do.....never had the time for. Actually had signed up for one about 3 years ago- bought the materials for it and everything. Then Dd and Dh arrived home in such AWFUL moods, that I could not leave Dd (then only 5) with their miserable personalities. I felt it was negligent to do so. So I never went. Think Dd, who is now 9 can handle it now, and I need to do something for me, whatever that is.........
Nuff bellyachin. I won't be back till much later if all. Ds has a basketball game and then we are going out for a quick dinner. No cooking for me (a good thing tonite, as all Dh did was squawk about last nites dinner. Urge to kill.)
Happy Friday!

01-28-2005, 05:58 PM
I don't even know when I was here last. I'm sorry I've been AWOL again. I am sick. DH shared his cold with me. I stayed home from school to try to prevent it from becoming asthmatic bronchitis. So, I don't plan on leaving the house until Sunday morning to teach Sunday School. We had a snow day on Wednesday...about 8 inches fell. It was the usual scenario...the high maintenance neighbor girl whining and driving me nuts all day. I think she is afraid of me now! I had very little patience since I was getting sick with this cold as well as sick of her! So, I was pretty SHORT with her and raised my voice a little (which I rarely do, even in the classroom). There are just some people in this world who bring out the evil witch in me...and believe me, you have to be pretty annoying to do so. I went up to SCSU where I will be taking a graduate course on Tuesday to get my parking decal, book, etc. But by Wednesday, the snowstorm really messed up the roads, so I missed my first class. Every other school was cancelled except for my university. Hopefully the professor will have some compassion and understand. If not, she can take a flying leap. I am not about to risk my life driving 30 minutes on icey roads just to go to a class. Sorry. I really feel like crap, so I'm gonna go back to bed. I will read your postings and catch up this weekend. Take care one and all.

01-29-2005, 11:14 AM
Elana, I read a sentence in your post twice...stuffed grape leaves and hummus...your trigger food is much healthier and quite a bit more sophisticated than mine. I'm so boring and cliche'. My triggers are sweets (preferably chocolate), refined carbs, and fatty foods. I've never even eaten your trigger food. I'm quite impressed! Re: Max's need for extra sleep, in my area, some of the high schools are pushing for a later start to the school day. It seems to be rendering amazing results. I can remember being half dead rushing to make the 7:25am bell 23 years ago. It was rough!

Ginny, I'm so glad you said that about being willing to shell out the money for foods we need to lose/maintain weight. It is true that I think nothing about spending for DD. I feel guilty writing what I want/need on the grocery list. NCLB is a highly flawed law with no funding to back it up...which is why I didn't vote for Bush. The idiots that thought it up clearly haven't been anywhere near a classroom or a child in decades. This law forces you to "teach to the test." It is the complete opposite of what early childhood philosophy is, i.e., a child needs to be exposed to a variety of educational experiences and learns to read, write, and do math when the child is developmentally ready to do so. Pre-K through 3 used to be this way. Over the years only Pre-K and K were developmentally appropriate. Now even Pre-K is at risk of becoming "teach to the test." I already have received documents telling me to prepare for the Connecticut Mastery Test!!! I am very angered by this bullsh*t!!! My students are 4. Get real Bush!

Pam, Oregano!!! That kid is a marked man now. I'm amazed that members of his clientele haven't beaten the sh*t out of him yet! Re: uniforms. A magnet school in my town is doing the pilot program. I am all for it. I think it will save money and level the "playing field." If the kids aren't spending so much time comparing outfits and expensive sneakers, maybe they will have time to learn something! There is one lawsuit going on. The mother is a wacko. She had support from a few, but after the crazy stunts she pulled embarrassing herself and her poor child, her supporters backed off. Now she stands alone. It really sucks when there is a new initiative and no support to back it up from the administration. Without a strong leader willing to provide consequences, we truly have no control. Re: 19 year old not calling. I dread those days...mine is only 7. I imagine once they are considered legal adults, your hands are tied. But, I guess you can always resort to "my house, my rules." My nephew used to really push the envelope. He managed to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. But when he returned, he acted like a jerk. Eventually, he was asked to leave. He literally packed up his stuff and his dog, and the next day was driving cross-country to Colorado (we live in CT). We didn't see him for a couple of years. My DS was happy, but I was miserable. But now, he is a professional chef, engaged to be married to a wonderful girl, and moving back to CT in October. The prodigal son returns!

Mouse, how exciting that it only took one month for you to already fit well in your two new outfits! You should be very proud of yourself! Even better that somebody noticed!

Paisley, I am impressed that your response to stress is to walk. My first choice is to binge. One day, I will be like you and choose exercise for stress relief rather than self-abuse. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

Robyn, sorry I didn't read back far enough to your last post. I guess you've been away as long as I have. I hope you are well. Miss you!

Well, even though I was home from school yesterday, I still had to deal with school business. One student is transferring to another program closer to home. Her parents don't care that the program is less than great. It is all about convenience! Another student who is transported by the transferring student's mom is at risk of not being able to stay. They are working furiously to find transportation. Another student is going home to St. Lucia for six weeks and the parents want his spot held for him. The principal refused even though she just let another leave for a month in Mexico. We had twins who were in Florida for several weeks and another student in Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks in the fall. I guess six weeks is just too much. Whatever! He is a naughty boy, so if I lose him, it won't be awful.

Today is another day to rest...well sort of. I still have stuff to do, but in my pajamas. It is frigid here, and I know if I leave the house, my asthma will be a problem, not to mention my cold will probably get worse instead of better. Take care everyone!

01-29-2005, 03:00 PM
Summer- you must be feeling better, or at least sound better. There's a big difference between Friday's and today's post. Maybe I am a bit confused.....but isn't the local district responsible to transport the student who might be losing his/her ride (because of other families relocating for less than stellar reasons) to your program? (sure would be here in NY) I hope that something can be worked out. I know that in my town there is a ton of transportation by a privately owned bus company (I drive for the district) to transport many for whom english is not spoken in the home to other programs where they will get the help they need. At I am sure a very nice expense. But then I know of a student who lives a few miles from here (same county) whose transportation costs $80K a year....just one kid alone. (severely disabled student). Oh well. I hope your situation works out. And I hope you are feeling better.
Now, go redo your food shopping list! I am glad that what I shared with you about spending money on ourselves was an inspiration to you. (can't take one ounce of credit for it, it was from a WW leader). But I suffer from the "don't spend money on me" syndrome too.....think it comes along with the turf of being a woman. Hope you can get some rest in and recharge your batteries. BTW- were you able to avoid the asthmatic bronchitis??

As for me......well so far today has been pretty good. Dd is at a friends house.....Dh and Ds are on the way back from basketball practice.....then baseball practice......and Dd was delayed coming home from college. She called and sounded a tiny tiny tiny bit reconcilliatory......(did I just make up a word there? Duh). WHo knows what her frame of mind will be when she gets here. But I am NOT doing her laundry. I refuse. Can't wait till she figures out that one. Anyway, it has been rather quiet here, and although I have been doing housework little shows. This week was just so busy with midterms that the house fell into shambles. And the darned dishwasher being broken did not help. At least that gets fixed on Monday. I did get a walk in today.....a real walk, complete with sunshine and nice cold air ( I LOVE walking in the winter!). It felt so good. Wish I did not have to stop.
Ok, nuff of me babbling. Hope everyone's weekend is going well. Oh, and Summer, thanks to you too for the explanation of NCLB. Politicians do fare better when they stay the heck out of things they know little about. And when it does seem as though most of our national politicians are wealthy bums who have done little to earn wealth themselves (and sadly that describes both Bush and Kerry) how can we possibly expect that they would know a darned thing about being an average citizen? Shut up, Ginny and go put away some laundry. Where is Robyn when you need her.......someone has to tell me to shut up when I am foaming at the keyboard.

01-29-2005, 10:42 PM
Ginny, unfortunately my city doesn't have the funding to provide bus transportation for preschool. I guess because preschool is voluntary and not mandated by law, the city doesn't have to do it. The special ed kids get a bus, but early intervention is a different thing altogether.

So far, the cold is still in my head, ears, and throat which is very sore right now. I'm hoping it will stay right where it is until it goes away. I may not like not breathing through my nose, but it is a lot better than choking, coughing, and having asthma attacks. I don't feel so great right now, but I will teach Sunday School tomorrow because the last time I was sick in December, I missed my day to teach. I've only taught one Sunday since then, and if I don't teach tomorrow, I will catch h*ll. I'll be home for lunch to have hot chicken soup and climb back into bed.

Just one more thing. I wish I could walk in the winter, but our sidewalks are covered with ice or snow...some pretty deep. Nobody does a very good job cleaning up after the storms around here, and after my fall a couple of storms ago, I won't be taking to the sidewalks again until spring...then again, that will get my allergies going. Okay, I will just have to accept the fact that I am an indoor exerciser!

01-30-2005, 11:55 AM
Hi, all. Its snowing here again. My city missed a winter storm warning by mere miles: I'm in the southern part of Baltimore, less than 10 miles from the zipcode that got the winter storm warning. We have a winter weather advisory with the same forecast, so I'm not sure how they decided who got which warning. In any case, it means no gym because I don't go out and drive around here in bad weather. Not only does the City not take care of the roads, but people don't do a good job on their sidewalks. I'm too scared of falling and hurting my ankle again.
Summer: Hope you're feeling better now.
Pam: Well, no... my 4th period is all boys. Bad boys. Very, very bad boys.
Ginny: NCLB. Okay. The idea is to improve teaching by making people accountable through test scores. The states were required to establish regular tests, and an alternate test for special education students. The only problem is that per the law, only students who fall into the 1% of students with severe disabilities are permitted to take the alternate assessment. Fairfax County has addressed this by basically saying that if the child isn't in a class for students with moderate/severe disabilities (classes known as mod/sd), they will take at least one of the state regular tests... which means they must be in the class with the test attached. So in middle school, my functional math class students were being required to prep for the 8th grade math test. Never mind that two of the kids had done class assessments that year (Woodcock-Johnson, R) had valid achievement test scores for math at the 1st-3rd grade level... and both students had IQs in the mentally ******ed range. I was still required to prep them for the 8th grade test. One of my other students that year had an IQ score of 48. She, too, was required to prep for the 8th grade tests. I wasn't allowed to do alternate assessments with any of them. The testing is just horrible. The tests are bad, because of the way they are set up: for example, the English test for 8th grade in Virginia will have a story on one page, and then the page AFTER (in other words, you have to flip the page), asks the student to define underlined words on the previous page! Also, at one point, the state legislators were given one of the history tests for the state of virginia, and couldn't pass them! And if you can't pass all these tests, you don't get a diploma. ARRRGH!
The other lovely feature of NCLB is that in order to be considered a highly qualified teacher, you must have a degree in the core subject area that you teach. So, if I were still in Fairfax County, I'd be required to have degrees in the following: English, Physics, Biology, and Math. I taught all of those core subjects because my kids with MR and some of the LD kids were in those classes. My last year there, they added Civics, so that means a degree in History or Political Science. Currently, I don't teach a core subject, so the federal government says that I'm not required to be highly qualified. It doesn't matter that I have a master's degree in transition planning, a bachelor's degree in mild-moderate special education, and am working on a doctorate in curriculum & instruction/assistive technology. It doesn't matter that officially, what I teach is "life skills", and that was my title in Pennsylvania. It doesn't matter that I have terminal certification in MD and PA... and as soon as I get off my butt and put in the paperwork, I'll have it in Virginia as well.
I wrote to the department of education when this was passed, and asked them what degree they thought I should get: I teach cooking, so should I have a degree in culinary arts? I teach functional reading and writing, so perhaps a degree in English; I teach functional math such as checkbooks, and taxes, so maybe a degree in accounting or business? And received a standard form letter in response.
Most states are now going to require special education teachers to have an elementary education degree, which scares me juiceless. I don't do little children. And I know from experience that if I carry that licensure, I'll wind up doing that job. I'm already elementary ed certified in MD and PA (MD added grades 1-8 endorsement to my license this year... I need to take another 6 reading credits to keep it), and PA just does a K-12 licensure for special education. I think Virginia does as well, but I'd have to go look at my paperwork.
And here's the really funny part: Despite not being highly qualified and being told that I don't NEED to be highly qualified, I'm asked to do things to determine OTHER teacher's highly qualified status. Including: score portfolios and on-line assessments for the national board of professional teaching standards, and helping to set the cut score for the PRAXIS test for teachers of students with severe disabilities. I was appointed to the last one by the same state that tells me I'm not highly qualified (Maryland).


01-30-2005, 01:30 PM
Summer, after reading your post, I think I made you feel like garbage........and I am very sorry about that. It was surely not my intent. (with regards to both the transportation issue and walking in the winter). I am glad that your cold has sort of behaved itself, and although you are sniffly/drippy/runny as opposed to settling in your chest. I hope you feel better! Drink lots and lots of fluids, broth and tea if you can stomach it. Big hugs. And I hope the kids in Sunday school were good for you.

Mouse- thanks too for the assessment of NCLB. I repeat my sentiments that there are some things that government has little right doing- and although the intent is ok (I guess, unless I am being naive) it sure sounds as though the implementation of this is a nightmare. And you are so caught in the middle. Too bad that snow has you housebound. The days are getting longer.....spring has a while to go before it is here but at least with the lengthening days it is encouraging.

Not much new here. I had 3-5's today during church, so although I got there I did not get to church, per se. Dd is still home (came rather late last nite, but her attitude is much better. She even did her laundry at school istead of sticking me with it). She will be going back late this afternoon for practice.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

01-30-2005, 01:58 PM
Well…another weekend gone. I have not posted in a long while. I have been sick with a severe cold. I’ve had to get my report cards done. I’ve had other assorted meetings and stuff. AND The darn cold has really had me feeling sick. I was in bed before 9 each night since Tuesday…and for those who know me… THAT is very unusual!

Last night I got a phone call from a mom who has a ds in my ds's classes at school. Seems the two boys have been talking and my ds told her ds to call me for help with getting the school to implement his IEP correctly. Did you get that? The two boys were talking about their IEP's and my kid told her kid to have his mom call me! I guess parents have to network anyway we can, huh?! Anyway...while I'm sorry to hear that they are having issues getting his IEP implemented correctly... It SURE was nice to talk to someone else who is having the same sort of "issues"! We discovered that we are screaming about the exact same things! Mushrooms....they keep us like mushrooms... in the dark, feeding us crap.

Oh, one last thing about my ds and his IEP woes... His IEP states that *ALL* work and assessments will be given on his computer. He does ZERO writing. WELL... I remember the Civics exam? I got an email at school the day after the exam telling me that he did a wonderful job! That so far his grade was a 97 BUT that she had a ? about 4 of his answers ...she couldn't read his handwriting and she needed him to come by her class before 10 the next day to clarify his writing. If he didn't come by or before 10, his grade would be a B. Have a nice day! ARGHHH! OVER & OVER & OVER again!
........since he was 4 months old. He did go back to see her. He got the questions correct. The only points taken off of his exam were due to his difficulty differentiating between the characteristics of democrates and republicans... DEARRR GAWWWD HOW did he mess that up...guess he doesn't have the same perspective that I do on the situation, huh?!

ANYWAY...enough about my ds and his IEP issues!

I am back on track. (Thanks to YOU girls!) and I'm in full swing! I'm IN control of my eating, drinking, and most importantly MY HEAD! :) Exercise is getting shoved in where I can. To be very truthful, this head cold and the lack of being able to breathe has caused me to slow down what I had planned. I've been using some weights... but I just can't do one of my more aerobic tapes without being able to breathe! I tried it... it wasn't pretty at all... it hurt...and the issues with the nose became the center of my attention..and well... weights are ok for now!

I must go... I've got so many household chores that need to be done. ARGHH... Momma can't be sick.... you know that...

I'll check back in a bit! Ya'll take care!
Thanks for your encouragement and always!
:) meeee

01-30-2005, 03:32 PM
I have spent the past hour getting kicked off the computer. One day when we get our finances in order, I am getting rid of dial-up!!!!!!!!!

Ginny, NO you did not make me feel like garbage. I was feeling pretty crappy all on my own. I'm just sick lady. Please don't take it personally. Love ya!!!

Mousie, I am appalled by what you have to do to be "highly qualified." That is a bunch of bullsh*t! Forget it that you are essentially OVER QUALIFIED. This is what happens when the government starts meddling where they don't belong. They need to let the professionals on the front lines handle things.

Robyn, sorry you and I have been living this parallel life of rotten colds and report cards being due. Thankfully, mine is still in my head.

I taught Sunday School to six kids this morning, including my DD. We had more snow last night, and either the frigid temperatures or the slippery streets kept people away. The best part was the really naughty kids who never seem to miss a Sunday WEREN'T THERE!!!!!! So, it was just five nice, cooperative kids, and one mild hop in the ***. And, I only had to teach for the first half. The second half was "children's church." The pastor, who is utterly clueless about children, handed out printed bulletins for the kids to read. Well, only the kids 8 and up would have been able to read them. I had to laugh as they made the toddlers hold them. He looked at me and said, "They can read this, right?" I just shook my head and said, "No, Pastor Joseph, only the big kids can read it." Of course, none of the adults got one to follow along. And none of the kids would part with their copy. What a friggin' joke! The good part was when he was done, they had police and firefighters there to explain their jobs as "God's helpers." It was GREAT!!! And, shame on me, that firefighter was HOT!!!

01-30-2005, 04:25 PM
Hey everybody!
Let me try again to get my two cents in about the NCLB. The first time it wouldn't post don't know what happened. Let me just what happened to me last year because of this wonderful new plan. Let me first say that I have been teaching math for 9 years now. I went to school to be a teacher and am certified k-9 in math language arts and social studies.....Last year, I received a letter saying that although I was certified, I was not considered highly qualified in my field because I didn't have a Math major. I was told that I would have to undergo a portfolio assessment. I had to include lesson plans with activities for every standard on the assessment form. Some of them didn't even apply to my curriculum. Nevertheless, I spent months working on this portfolio to "prove my worth". There were two other teachers in my school who had to do this as well. One teacher was 1 year from retirement, and the other teacher has her National Boards. We are all now highly qualified to do our jobs. The thing that makes me the most upset is that we have so many lateral entry teachers wo didn't even go to school to be teachers who were not required to do this stupid porfolio. The funny thing about this is on Friday my Principal told me I was going to have to go through the training to become a NCHOUSE evaluator. (A person who goes through the portfolio and works with the teacher who is not highly qualified to become highly qualified.) There were seven teacher's on our counties leadership team who were not considered highly qualified. We all spent our leadership meeting complaining to the Superintedent of Instruction! Still had to do the porfolio.
Mouse: Sounds like you are sort of in a similar situation. I went to college and got a degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement. All of that coursework was enough for licensure and a degree. It just wasn't enough for NCLB!
In addition, our school is the largest middle school in the county. We have the largest number of EC students and the largest number of migrant students. The migrant students are not required to take the test for the first two years they are here and are given the AAAI (alternative assessment). However, the highest they can score on it is a level two. This score is not considerered proficient. Our school will have a very hard time meeting AYP. It's just ridiculous. Not only do we have to worry about NCLB our state has ABC"S. So we have to meet both standards! When you interview here they ask you about your test scores. All we talk about is test test test! It's making me crazy. Enough about that! :(

I went out and bought the WATP dvd. Got the one that was walk and jog. The first day I tried it I didn't make it all the way through. Walking in place is a lot harder than walking around the block. Not to mention the fact that both my boys friends kept popping in and out and I didn't want to be a show for all of them. Today I did the whole thing. I like it. I think I'll do that on super cold or rainy days and walk outside on the other ones.Finally lost one more pound. YEAH! :cb: :cb: :cb:
Hope you all have a great week this week!

01-30-2005, 07:26 PM
Just a quickie........

Pam-thanks to you too for the explanation of the NCLB- sounds pretty consistent between each of you. Something my Dh would call really nasty old military term.....don't want to go there. Glad you got a WATP tape. I love them. And hang in there, they get easier as you get used to them. They are so encouraging, especially if you are not used to a workout.

Robyn- feel better!!!!!! So sorry about the cold.......drink, drink, drink....pee that cold away. WTG with your good eating habits and self control!!!!!!!! It will show up on the scale, even if delayed a week or so because of your cold. Chalk it up to a non scale victory, which in the long run will result in a scale victory too!!!!

Summer- glad you had a light load at church today (I did too!).Much easier when there are not so many to manage. Gotta laugh at some pastors- our former pastor was the same way, had no idea of reading levels etc. Aw, but he had a big heart for the kids and loved them so. And ok, we are not supposed to covet......but you can't help looking!

Dd just got back to school, in a much better mood than last weekend (gotta be divine intervention there!). And bless my youngest Dd who is upstairs washing the dishes for her mom......gotta go dry. And the dishwasher gets fixed tomorrow. You will see me smiling over the net......Enjoy your evening.

01-31-2005, 05:21 AM
Hi all. . .just a quick post--b/c I have got to go to bed. didn't exercise as much as i wanted this weekend, b/c i had this training thing for this union committe, which was fun but way too sedentary. It was funny, about 1 hr before the end I just couldn't sit anymore, and discovered that there's this whole group of people who end up standing through the end of things. I've always just suffered, but lately being antsy gets the better of me--i think cause I'm moving around more now thanks to exercising more. anyone else find that they didn't sit still as well after starting to exercise regularly?

anyway, today it was a walk down and back from the beach--which was hot, but I'm thankful for it. didn'tget to go in the water though because the surf was really dangerous--lifeguards weren't letting anyone in who didn't have a surf or boogie board.

take care everyone!

01-31-2005, 05:28 AM
Summer---this is going to seem old, but you said that you were impressed that my 1st response to stress was to walk, and I don't want you to think something that's not true--->my first response to stress is food---->either really salty (I miss potato chips SO much right now), or really sweet (i binge on girl scout cookies, thank goodness they're once a year). when i get home from a stressful day, i turn on the computer, and grab a drink. The next step is snacks, so I literally have to make 3FC my homepage to motivate me to get my butt outside for that walk. It's weird, I feel better during the walk and amazing after, but before all i want to do is stay in and munch like mad

01-31-2005, 07:49 AM
Paisley- glad you got a walk in.........and yes, I am a lot like you. Now that I get a daily (or almost daily) workout in, I am much less able to be a couch potato and get up to do more. Good idea making this your homepage(it would not work for me as the computer is not in a central room in my home). One more way to motivate. I did the same thing with training myself to go out for a walk instead of stress eating......still do plenty of stress eating too unfortunately- but it sounds as though you are doing great!

Dh stayed home sick today(he has a fever....and will finally go to the Dr). Ds has a half day and will also go to the Dr when he comes home(same upper respiratory thing as Dh). And the dishwasher is repaired today. I hope.
Gotta go- no workout yet today- hope to get a walk in after my am.
Happy Monday!

01-31-2005, 05:56 PM
It was a pretty uneventful Monday. I can hardly believe it. I could get spoiled! I just finished doing the WATP tape. I think I am addicted. I'll still have to walk with my husband whether it's cold or not. I did the tape yesterday and then didn't feel like going out in the cold. He looked so pitiful going out by himself. It's in the forties here today so it shouldn't be too bad. Well have to go split up M&M's. We're doing M&M circle graphs tomorrow. It's a good thing I don't like plain M&M's! Have a great evening!

01-31-2005, 07:03 PM
Pam, aren't the tapes addicting???? I love mine. Have a few of them and like them all. Stay away from those M&M's!!!!! ( a problem food for me)

Today was very dissapointing. Just sick and tired of housework, not getting any help AND the DUMB MORON did not show up to fix my dishwasher. Gave them a massive piece of my mind.......gee I only made this appointment 2 weeks ago because I knew my schedule was difficult to work with. Got a short walk in while waiting for the jerk who never showed up.
Oh well, life goes on. See ya later.

01-31-2005, 08:44 PM
Notice I said plain M&M's. I'll be honest, I did this activity for a class last week. I was just sitting there filling the bags and just put a handful into my mouth. I started to chew and realized WHAT AM I DOING???????? I am happy to say I spit them out. Had they been peanut M&M's I'd have eaten them and suffered the guilt! :lol:

01-31-2005, 09:03 PM
glad I am not the only one who starts eating something they should not and spits it out. I have done that one before! BTW, thanks for the kick in the can. I just finished doing my WATP tape. I am tired, but it felt good. Had to get rid of a TON of stress.
And at least you are selective....any M&M's (except for the almond, which do nothing for me) would be a problem.

BTW, I called another repair service (I know this guy personally) and he will be here Friday. Don't really want to wait till then, but I am so annoyed with the other service- they can go jump off a cliff........(need Robyn for some better expletives here).

Off to play Sorry with Dd. Dh is sick (had a 102 fever), the Dr put him on amoxil, said he might have "dry pneumonia". So he will be home tomorrow, I am sure. Ds has a bad cold too, they tested him for strep.
See ya tomorrow!

01-31-2005, 09:59 PM

1. DD came home and told me that some older kids in her school had called "high maintenance" girl's mother "fat." She felt really bad for "high maintenance" girl. All I could think of was, "how cruel and awful, poor high maintenance girl's mom, and Oh my God, what if they had said that about me to DD?!" Yes, her mom is bigger than me, but I'm overweight enough to be called names too. It could have easily been me. Yes, I teach DD that the inside of a person is what really matters...not appearance. But, you and I both know it still would have hurt and embarrassed her anyway.

2. I walked by my DD's full-length mirror and saw my skinny legs. Then my eyes went up to my very pregnant-looking stomach and big hips and butt. I looked about 8 months along. It was cute seeing those skinny arms and legs with a big protruding belly seven years ago. But, the baby was born, and yes, she was beautiful...she still is. Only now she is in first grade, and I still look pregnant. It isn't cute anymore.

All of a sudden I am embarrassed by my appearance. I don't know if it was the outfit I wore today that accentuates my bad features. I don't know if empathizing with the other mom got to me. I don't know if it is PMS. I don't know if reality has finally kicked in. But, I just don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to be in denial. I don't want to say, "I'll start tomorrow, Monday, or next week."

I'm starting NOW.

01-31-2005, 10:38 PM
((((the rest of you too!))))

I'm in such a hurry time to even read stuff.... school work from here to there to here to there....arghh!

gotta get back to it....
@#$% Ginny's repairman!

ya'll take care,

02-01-2005, 03:01 AM
Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone survived their Monday well. Mine was ok. I have that scary meeting on Wed--our education consultant is in to call us on the carpet because our kids didn't improve on her company's standard test--and I'm worried but I decided not to let the stress get me overwhelmed. Now we'll see if I can keep up that attitude come Tuesday night! :^:

I walked this afternoon--cloudy, but warm--it was nice. The people were all weird today, though--a car pulled up from behind me with these old people in it, and the woman rolled down the window and started to talk then saw my face and sped away, then there were these teenagers at the bus stop I passed, and the girls made fun of me for being fat-->I was angry, kids are mean sometimes, and stupid. I glared at them, and they commented on that, but didn't follow up.

Then I went grocery shopping---lots of veggies/frozen fruit. :T and I checked out replacements for my chocolate milk mix--I hate regular milk, so I drink chocolate ovaltine skim milk, but I want something that has less sugar and more good stuff in it. I ended up getting ADvantage chocolate milkshake, because that was all they had--anyone got any other ideas?

Summer--I'm glad to hear that you had a wake up call, and I'm sorry that kind of one, though. :( You are probably beautiful, and I know you're smart and capable! It sounds like you have great parts of your body--and I hope you like the whole thing again someday!

Ginny--Only 4 days left til Friday---->you can make it!! and at least it's not that awful old repariman. (i'm suddenly wishing there was a butt kicking smiley!)

Pam--Congrats on spitting out the M&M's and the weight loss! :cp: I'm with you on the peanut butter ones. There's just something about that combo that gets me every time. :sssh:

02-01-2005, 11:43 AM
Good morning!

Summer- you are a beautiful, caring person inside for starters!!! And we all have those days, when we were somehow deluding ourselves into thinking that we were thinner/more toned etc... than we are. Mind if I remind you what an awful fall you had??? The health scares?? Might be good if you look at this as a health issue, and in becoming more healthy you become slimmer and more fit, then the same good is accomplished. I sympathize with you about the pregnant tummy. I looked pregnant before I had kids and weighed 130#! (just a wee bit pg, but that is my body type). Guess the most important thing is to feel good and stay healthy (did you hear the latest about being overweight and breast cancer?? higher mortality rate for the overweight). Not to scare you....I have a genetic timebomb history too....Df died of a heart attack at 60, Dm has hypertension,typeII diabetes...etc... You can do this!!!
Spring is coming in a few weeks- lots of good weather, better conditions for walking and outdoors stuff and wouldn't it be nice to be even just 5# lighter! Set a small goal, something achievable. And move foward from there..... And please don't get down on yourself! (love that pouchy tummy too, as a reminder of the wonderful life that you brought into this world!)

Paisley- was it something yesterday with wierdo's???? Sorry you encountered so many- and the full moon was last week! Good job not letting the stress get to you.
I'll check my WW books for something yummy to do with milk- you could even add some ice,some Splenda and some vanilla and whip it in a blender to make a sort of mock vanilla shake. I know that WW also makes a chocolate product for smoothies- similar concept. Good job making wise food choices at the store. SHould keep you away from Pam's M&M's or a similar threat!

My am was ok. Did the kick boxing WATP's before everyone got up (I thought of you Robyn and Kerry!).
Better lots to do this am. Dh and Ds are still home (Ds had no school today).
Dh is feeling better, but still a wee bit feverish.
Have a good one!

02-01-2005, 06:24 PM
I MUST CONFESS!!!!!!I ATE FIVE M&M'S TODAY! Oh well, glad that activity is over. Lol! :D
I LOVE THIS WATP tape! I just love it. I really look forward to doing it everyday! I think that is has helped me get over this hump I have been on. When I weighed today I was 189.5!!!!!!!!!! :cb: :cb:
Paisley: Kids can be really cruel! I've been through that in college. I was just walking by a group of freshmen and heard Hey look it's shamu. I was devestated. :(
School wasn't too bad today. Although, we have a new principal who I just loved as an assistant pricncipal that is changing the rules on everything. Sort of driving me crazy right now. One of my girls who has been in ISS for three days came back today. She totally disrupts the flow of my room. She intimidates all of the kids, who I think were disappointed to have her come back. (My wonderful fourth period!) I had so many people in ISS that there were only 10 students in the class. It was really nice! Other than that, not a bad day all in all. I have three peer evaluations to do this month and the scheduling on that is hard since we all have different planning periods. When I have planning they have lunch. Guess we'll try and squeeze them in.
Ginny: Hope you get that dishwasher fixed soon.
Take care!

02-01-2005, 07:43 PM
Pam- I doubt that 5 M&M's will do any dammage....figure you burned them off with about 2 minutes of the WATP tape. I am so glad that you like the tape! And the great thing is that if you want to want a different workout, she has so many tapes, each different enough that you can get the same kind of workout with some variation. Proud of you for working out again and getting over the hump! Congrats on the WI! Keep focusing on how much you want to get home and do the tape instead of the new assistant principal or student. (doesn't it feel so good to sweat?)
Keep up the good work!

As for me- this afternoon was pretty good. Dh is not getting better- had 102.2 about an hour ago (w/o tylenol or advil). Guess its back to the Dr tomorrow. So that could interfere with my WW case I have to take him. Can't go Thursday (lunch at Ds's school) and Friday is dishwasher day. Unless I sneak out Saturday am.
Gotta go-dd needs lots of help studying for tests, she has a ton this week.
Hi to everyone.......Paisley, Robyn, Summer, Kerry, Mouse.....lots of MIA's this week.
I miss you all!

02-01-2005, 09:02 PM
Hi everyone! I'm still at work, just finished my sub plans for tomorrow. . .we have that meeting with our educational consultant--she's meeting with 4 teachers to talk to us about what bad teachers we are. I'm so stressed about it, I can't even say. She's the kind that smiles all the time but it never reaches her eyes, and when you point out seemingly legitimate things (the program they scored low on gave different data every time it collated it, the program killed our network 3 times, but my kids win awards for their writing, etc) she gets angry and tells us to stop making excuses.

It's like she (and a whole bunch of other people) thinks that we teach here only because we suck too much to go anywhere else--they think this because MOST people wouldn't teach here unless it was their last choice. I want to scream! love working with at-risk kids! I had other choices, but this is where I do best. The teachers I work with are awesome. They do so well with few resources, and could do well anywhere, but choose to work here because it fits them best.

I have got to go home as soon as I copy this stuff and take a walk or it'll be a bunch of gorging to get rid of that stress!

Ginny--I'm sorry to hear your husband isn't getting better yet. I hope you are able to make WW. Thanks for checking your books for that milk thing for me!

Pam--somehow I think 5 M&M's will be ok. Good luck with your peer evals. Disruptive kids are soooo frustrating! Glad it was a good day anyway.

Take care everyone!

02-01-2005, 11:08 PM
Hey people...

someone was asking about a chocolate milk drink alternative.... I use Carnation's Instant Breakfast. It is a chocolate powder... that you put in milk... there are lots of variations of it. I prefer the milk chocolate (what a surprise!) no sugar version. EVEN my picky 13 year old son will drink these! (In fact, he drinks one for breakfast every day!)

I went walking this afternoon thru town in shorts...I grabbed them in error! was 34 degrees! (Guess I got over my cold to make myself sick again!) It was great to be outside FINALLY...but... it was a tad and I think I must have pulled a muscle in my right side..cause mannnnn, it hurts!

I have always wanted to know more about the "other" WATP tapes! I have never seen anything other than "just" walking tapes in stores... Which one do you WATP tape folk recommend .... for a gal with little to no athletic ability?!

Sorry to hear about your dh being sick, Gin. Nothing like a sick man.... I feel for you...and on top of the broken down dishwasher?! NOT fair!

Summer, listen to what the others have said. Your health issues and injuries got you off track for a while.... and trust me...I *KNOW* what those types of comments feel like.... and I *KNOW* what being the FAT mom is like. Chin up, my friend! Stand up! You will feel so proud of yourself for standing up! (I FINALLY did just a few days ago!)
Water, water, water! (that is a great place to start!)

Paisley, after 17 years, I finally gave up. I left my at-risk school. I have
sent the rest of my message to you via private message. I *KNOW* the stress that you're feeling about meeting with THOSE people! Please read
what I sent privately!

Pam, congratulations on your loss! Tell me about that WATP tape! I got my hair done tonight...right next door to the ballooning place! Thought of you! :)

Kerry, hope you're doing well!
Mousie...where are YOU?!

If you read this last night...and you're reading this this morning...
I decided that I didn't want some things "out here" and I've PM Paisely about my life at my old school ....full of at-risk kids who don't meet "standards"!

Sorry to go longgggg yet again!
ya'll take care!

02-01-2005, 11:15 PM
Hi everyone,
Sorry I have been MIA for a few days. Thursday night I tried setting up two friends and it didn't go well. So I spent Friday being depressed and scared to face my male friend on Saturday. Spent Saturday and Sunday at the gym working the concession stand for the basketball games. Was dead dog tired yesterday, so came home after working out packed my lunch for today and went to bed. Came home from school today and took a 30 minute walk outside to clear my head, after having one of the kids in the afterschool program draw a picture of me and put in the balloon by it I am a _itch! It ticked me off and I needed to be in a better frame of mood for my TOPS meeting tonight. So I went to TOPS and lost another 1/4 pound. So I have been a steady loser for the last month. Well I just thought I would drop in and say hi! I will check back with you all tomorrow. Have a great day!

02-02-2005, 08:09 PM
Got everyone here sick, myself including (although I am not too bad)
Gotta go. And Attila the Hun barking orders.....see ya

02-02-2005, 10:29 PM
Hi, all. I'm here, but I'm having a major attitude problem. I'm still cold, I'm still tired, and this week, I've had a huge cold sore on my lip.
I have to test two kids for their IEPs, and the one kid is taking freaking forever: it took him 97 minutes to do 60 arirthmetic problems because he had to stop and argue with me about the way the problem was worded along the way or about how nobody had ever taught him that information before and how was he supposed to know he'd need to learn it?! Then, 48 minutes later, he argued his way through the word problem set. I still have to give him spelling, reading and writing. Lord help me.
According to our instructions, if the child scores within 2 grade levels of their grade, we don't have to give them IEP goals... but this kid can't do basic math without a calculator. Nobody gave him math goals last year, so I'm wondering if I can get away with giving him basic math goals this year or if his mother will argue me into the ground...
My TA is grouchy as ****, too. She did all this planning for our unit on hospitality and tourism because she's taught it before. She didn't include ME in any of it, and didn't give me any of the materials in advance so I could adapt or modify for those kids that need that support. And so between my being out of the room for community service, IEP meetings, high-profile meetings (those are meetings where we discuss one child with administration and our compliance department to decide what we're doing when/where/how.), IEP testing, and department meetings, she's having hissy fits. I had two meetings on Tuesday afternoon and she knew about one of them but still made an appointment and left early. Of course, our supervisor signed her leave slip, he always does.
I had to take today off for an orthopedist's appointment and my yearly ultrasound. The orthopedist's appointment did not go well... he's blaming my continuing ankle problems on my weight. :sad: I couldn't seem to make him understand that my ankle doesn't HURT (he says I have osteoarthritis in the ankle from my weight), but that I can't feel anything and I trip over my feet all the time and lose my balance. Neither of them noticed that I walk next to the wall with my hand on the wall so that I can keep my balance when he had my walk in the hallway. I was nearly in tears by the time I left his office, and then had to endure the humiliation of a pelvic ultrasound... which is always fun because not only do they hurt and the gel is sticky, but because of HOW and WHERE I gained my weight from the endocrine disorder they have trouble doing the procedure.
If it weren't for the fact that I want to have perfect attendance, I swear I'd take the next two days off and curl up in a corner to hide. Except that I have an IEP meeting again tomorrow afternoon, and my first grad school class during my prep period.
I haven't been to the gym in more than a week because I just don't have any energy and I'm cold all the time.

02-03-2005, 03:13 AM
i didn't exercise today. I came home from my day long meeting and slept. . .the meeting wasn't quite as bad as I expected, but it was pretty terrible. Last time we were bad teachers because kids grades on the test went down, and now i'm a cheater because my kids grades on the test went up. This horrible computer lab ta who's school experience consists of 1 semester total in our computer lab 3 days a week while she goes to college to be a teacher accused me of cheating. . .because I told the kids answers. :(

I didn't.

I was the only teacher who met with the ESL and SPED depts ahead of time to find out the kids' accommodations, and made sure they got them. I mean it's illegal NOT to, so I assumed everyone did it! :mad: I was so angry--I've been giving these stupid tests 2 times a year for 7 1/2 years. I've put in my time, darn it, and I know something about what's appropriate for tests. :mad: The worst part was the fact she didn't talk to me--she told our computer lab person, who has a whopping 6 months in the classroom. . .so there's no way I can deal with it up front. :bomb: I'm documenting this so if I do end up talking to my principal, my butt's covered. :cool:

I know I should let it go, and I know that exercise would have helped. . .and maybe next time something so frustrating happens I will make better choices. :^: This time, I'm just glad I didn't go insane. I'm a good teacher, darn it.

I'm ready to start a Feb. challenge for myself, and I think I'll throw all this angry energy into that. :goodvibes Then, some yoga. . .must calm down. . . :^: and return to my more normally positive self.

Ginny and Mouse---I'm sorry your both not feeling well. Mouse, you sound like you've had a heck of a day!

Hi Kerry! Good to see you again!

Robyn--thank you for the private messages. . .I'm replying to those in the same way.

take care all. . .dang, I feel better already, this forum is really good for me.

02-03-2005, 11:56 AM
Well this sure sounds like torture week for everyone here.
Kerry- congrats on the 1/4#loss! How awesome- and you have been steadily losing too. I am just curious, what are you doing differently?

Mouse- sorry you are not feeling well. And what a bummer with the Dr appt. I do hope that you can get to the gym- it is so important to you having a good outlook on things. Big hugs.

Paisley- sounds as though your day was pretty miserable too. Don't be too hard on yourself, if you missed a day of excercise. Sometimes we all get so annoyed.....(boy did I clean that one up!) and a work out would be the best thing for us and we just don't . BTW congrats on your kids scores going up! We KNOW you are doing your job.

Robyn- wearing shorts downtown??? Hope your muscle pull goes away.

Not much new here. Dd has a 102 temp,and otherwise, no symptoms. Ds is home with a stomach thing. Atilla returned to work, but he is weak. Me, I feel like garbage,but went to work. I figure tomorrow, when Ds most likely returns to school I will have to take off with Dd. There is no way she will be fever free for 24 hours she will have to stay home. And my dishwasher????? Even this guy (who I know) has had to postpone me until Saturday, because of a Dr's appt. One more day won't kill me of washing dishes.
Gotta go. See ya

02-03-2005, 06:56 PM
I want to hurt my TA. I really, really do. She took this Monday off, didn't tell me, just hung the damn slip on the whiteboard. If that wasn't bad enough, I didn't have the student copies of the report cards before I left Tuesday. So she instructed MY ENTIRE FREAKING HOMEROOM to go ask one of our administrators about it. And now I'm in trouble with admin for that. Why the **** did she do that? I'm so sick of her and I'm so mad and upset right now... as if everything else wasn't enough, I have to deal with her being sneaky and stupid. I'm going to want to scream at her tomorrow, but I can't... And our supervisor won't do anything at all.
I can't even USE my comp time becuase of all the committments I have (so I keep getting me comp time!), and when I even THINK about using it, she takes off.


02-03-2005, 08:01 PM
Hey guys!
Sounds like everyone is in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Can I join? I am praying for snow. It's not looking too good. :(
The first part of my week started so well. Thank god tomorrow is Friday.
I have a migrant student who doesn't take the EOG here. Anyway, I have to do the AAAI on her. I don't have a problem with that. I keep a sample and make a copy of all of work to go into this portfolio. Yesterday I went to put some sample work in her folder and my AAAI was gone! I tore my room apart looking. Could not find it anywhere. I would have resigned before I told our guidence counselor from **** it was missing. That could have meant my job. Finally during planning in desperation and fighting back tears I pulled all of the drawers completely out of my desk. It was hooked to the runner above the drawer it was in. Talk about a big relief. :D
We've had stink bombs, fights, half of my fourth period is either suspended or in ISS. it's crazy! Omigod will Friday ever get here?
My teenage son and hubby are in the midst of a war, I'm in the middle. Nobody is talking. Well I'm not talking to them anyway. A boy in my son's elementary school burned down his house because his parent's wouldn't let him ride his bike. They had to jump out the windows. He is in first grade! Isn't that unbelievable? Scarey.
The funniest part of my day was learning of a new triangle. Just thought you all my be interested to know that the latest triangle is the 'ISAWSOMELEAVES" (Isosceles) I held it back as long as I could and then busted out laughing. My whole class should remember how to classify that triangle anyway.
Robyn: This tape I have is called Walk and Jog. It's a combination of brisk walking two minutes of jogging etc. It's actually not too bad. It says that with the way the music is paced if you walked or jogged at that pace you would be two and a half miles away in thirty minutes. I really like it. There are still a few things I can't do. I do the jogging but theres this leg swinging thing I am not coordinated enough for. ;) I do it everyday as soon as I get home. Yesterday I did the tape and then went for a two mile walk with my husband. I thought my legs were going to fall off my body by the time we got home. Talk about feel the burn!
Paisley: Glad your meeting wasn't too bad. You should follow the IEP's!
We are giving a similar test called the Scan Tron. We were told we couldn't help them. I have the same reservations being that a lot of my kids get seperate setting and read aloud for test mods! I don't know I'm going to have to ask our LEA about it before I give the test.
Ginny: I would just like to say that you have the BEST ATTITUDE! CHEERS TO YOU.
MOUSE: That burns me up and I don't even know her.(The whole situation with your TA!) We have a teacher in our hall that has taken it upon herself to be judge and jury to everyone. She has been teaching for almost 25 years and is constantly telling something on someone. I told her one day that I bet she used to take names for the teacher when she was in school! :o Won't say the mean thing I want to say about your TA, but good luck with that.
Thanks for listening. It's nice to know others go through the same thing and I have someplace to go when I need to let it out. You guys are great!

02-04-2005, 10:57 AM

Pam, I sure hope you got your snow...and I have not watched enough of the news to know if you got enough for a snow day. We got a dusting- and I hear that my Dd in college got about 2". But I guess that you have not posted yet today tells me that you had to go in to work. Are you sore today from all that walking?? But gee, think of how good it is for you!! As far as WATP tapes, I have the Walk and kick box one, , WATP express walk strong, WATP super fat burning (3miles) and WATP weight loss walk (4miles). Ok, it sounds as though I am a Leslie Sansone junkie- but I have gotten 2 as gifts and this does provide some variety. Also the last 2 tapes are broken down into mile segments and they are complete miles- so if you only have 20 minutes you can get a mile or mile and a half in with a warmup and cool down. Or you can do all 3 segments of each tape for the total milage. Also I have been doing these tapes for 4 I need some variety. My condolences with regards to your Dh and Ds and the war. (oh, do I feel your pain!). I have survived months of open hostility with my Dh and Dd- and it was just awful. So bad that my supervisor pulled me aside and and asked if I was ok (I am one of 60 drivers- amazing that he noticed). It was constant fighting- there was no civility between them at all. And it was torture to live with. PM me if you need to vent.....the family stuff just changes so dramatically when your kids become teens, and noone believes that this kind of stuff will happen to them- until their kids become teens. Then it hits you like a ton of bricks dropped on your head......and with no warning. Hang in there......vent!!!! Big hugs.

Mouse- well that TA is the biggest, least professional moron I can think of! What a jerk. Is there any way you can get to the bottom of what is wrong with her/try to get to the point where you at least have a peaceful coexistence? I only offer that because you are stuck with her and no backup from your administration either. So you have to sink or swim on your own. I feel so bad for you.

Me? Well, I feel like garbage. I did call in sick today- Dd spiked 104 last nite so we are off to the Dr in a few minutes just to make sure it is not her kidneys. I can't imagine that it is, she just came off amoxil for strep on Sunday, but I am being cautious. My supervisor I know did not believe me that I was sick.....the sarcasm dripped off her voice, but I had 3 coworkers tell me yesterday that I looked like crap- and what was I doing at work so sick! (hope she talks to them). Ok I know it is Friday- but I took off today primarily for Dd. With a 104 there is no way I would ask her to ride my route with me, just so that I did not have to call in. I did sneak in a 20 minute walk yesterday, and it was all I could do to get home.......guess I should have not gone out.
Gotta go to the Dr.
See ya !

02-04-2005, 03:05 PM
Just me ol' blabber puss again. Took Dd to the Dr- who did culture her urine (the high fever made me think it was her reflux) and listen to her lungs. The urine came back negative (full culture results tomorrow) but she heard something in her lungs, so we had to go for a chest xray to rule out pneumonia. Did we are home...I am pooped and boy did I ever need this sick day. Came home and took a nap and still have no energy.
Guess I'd better go and try to finish those pesky dishes. Happy Friday.

02-04-2005, 09:40 PM
Oh, Ginny, hope your daughter is better! We've had a lot of pneumonia and stuff going around the school. Not too many staff, though one of our resource staff who is almost always here has been out for a whole week now. I'm pretty lucky: I know I had something mild last week, because it manifested itself in a huge cold sore on my lip starting on Monday. That usually a sure sign your immune system is fighting something else.
I'm still really, really tired. Its got to be the increase in the medication: it can cause dizziness and fatigue, and I've got both!
I talked to my TA this morning before the kids came in, she was in a pretty good mood. I told her exactly what the administrators said to me, and asked her if that is what happened. She said that not only isn't what happened, it was one child. She put what she told the child to do in writing and submitted it to our supervisor with the comment that the child should get an informational and a lunch detention for lying.
But now I have a therapist at the school being an utter :censored:. Some of these people make me so mad, its like they've never worked with kids before and have no idea how to do even the simplest things. This one team really must have it in for this child... They think she's manipulating myself and my TA. Now, I admit that she might have been manipulating me, but my TA? Who has been doing it for 30 years? Never. Not possible. I do see leadership skills and abilities in a lot of the kids that other staff doesn't see these things in, but hey, that's me. And my class is very different from other classes... we're not academic, so kids who hate academics tend to do better with us.
Anyway, first she made it to LEvel 5 (the highest level of our behavioral system), and her team has decided that due to her "lingering in the hallways", she must be in the room before 2nd bell and can't leave once in the room. I have her 7th period. Our bathrooms are locked. To get in a bathroom, she needs to ask me or my TA. In fact, ALL the girls always seem to have to go to the bathroom the beginning of 7th period, which makes sense: its almost 2.5 hours after they eat lunch (they eat at 10:30, I have them at 1:00). Many of them buy iced tea in the cafeteria or sodas at the school store during their study period, so between that and lunch, damn straight they have to use the bathroom. My end of the building is newer than the other wing, so our bathrooms are all single-occupant, so we can transfer students in wheelchairs easier. She is in the room before 2nd bell and then asks to go to the bathroom. If I tell her she can't go, I must tell the other girls they cannot go as well. I won't be party to favoritism or different rules for different kids regarding basic bathroom rights. There are some kids that we do say they must ask before 2nd bell to go, and can't go during the middle of the period without paying for the privilege with a point off their point sheets. And there are a couple of kids who are unsafe in the bathroom so we have to put our foot in the door or find a male staff member to assist. But none of this applies to this child who is permitted to go in the halls without escort, and who goes to the school store without an escort. I have to meet with her team on Monday and her therapist is threatening me (the last email she sent me said, "I don't want to have to bring others into this issue, you must abide by the TEAM decision."). No. I have to abide by SCHOOL decisions, but in my classroom I create and follow the rules unless it affects the safety or well-being of a child.
This same therapist sent out another stupid message later to all of us about another girl who is allegedly stealing the boyfriends of some of these other girls. Including one girl who is a sophomore, her boyfriend is a senior. I had her boyfriend in homeroom and class for 2 years... he was one of the guys that I took OUT OF STATE to a conference last winter. He's a great kid, and his girlfriend is really good too. I like both of them. He gave me the absolute highest praise you can get last year, when he told my mother (yes, my mom helped me out at the out of state conference by providing another chaperone), "She's fair. She always listens to both sides, and when its over, its over."
Now, this child has been dating his girl since they were in MIDDLE SCHOOL. There is no way this other child will ever be able get him away from his girl. She could strut naked downt he hallway and he wouldn't notice unless his girl was behind her!
And the therapist tells me I'm wrong. Oh, and the girl that is stealing boyfriends? Yea, she's been dating a kid (another student I have had for 2 years) in our certificate program, and who lives in her county. He rides her bus. Both sets of parents approve of the relationship and chaperone appropriately. The mother of the boy talks to the girl if she sees her in the hallway.
Puhleeeese. That was my Friday. The good news is that we now have a business partnership with a local Marriott hotel, and we're having our first meeting on Wednesday morning. I set this up, and I'm so happy. Its the second one I've set up that has turned out this way. :)


02-04-2005, 10:44 PM
Happy Friday! :lol:
Ginny you were right! Absolutely not a single flake of snow! Oh well, such is life. It was a pretty ok day today. Nothing monumental, no tragedies etc... I can handle that! Just pooped. Just took a long soak in a bubble bath and have on my flannel jammies. ( They have teddy bears on them ) hubby says they bring out the stuffed animal in him. :rofl:
Didn't excercise today. It was all I could do to plop onto the couch when I got home. Then we had chinese food and to beat it all I drank a little too much Pepsi. HI MY NAME IS PAM AND I'M A PEPSIHOLIC :nono:
I love love love Pepsi. You could just hook up an iv with pepsi and I would be in heaven. :angel: Yes I know it's bad for you. BLah . :blah: So, I have been limiting myself to one in the morning. I don't drink coffee and so every morning I drink a Pepsi. Well, I thought to myself, I'll just drink half a glass with dinner and then refill it with water. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN! I think I used to drink more calories than anything in a day. Anyway, back to water now. :(
Mouse: Why does this woman come to you about the stealing boyfriend thing? I wouldn't think it would really be of school concern if somebody stole another person's boyfriend? Just curious. Hope you and your TA have come to some sort of understanding. Congrats on the new partnership! :cp:
Hope everyone is feeling better. As you can probably tell since it's 9:43 on a Friday night I lead a very exciting life. Quiet is good sometimes.

02-05-2005, 12:34 PM
We have what is allegedly known as a "team concept" in our school. We don't accept any students who aren't students with special needs, and so we have a core team that is responsible for paperwork (homeroom teacher/educational case manger, social worker/mental health therapist), then additional staff as necessary (occupational, physical therapists, the vocational education teachers (that's me!), assistive tech, vision, hearing, etc). So when something opportune happens, its supposed to go to the extended team, not just the core team. I teach in EVERY program in the building (we have 5: certificate, 2 severe behavioral, a self-contained diploma, and a rotating diploma), so I'm on lots of teams. I am also a case manager/homeroom teacher for the rotating diploma team. So, the therapist sent the email out to the whole team. And its an issue because she's made it an issue. Because many of our students are emotionally disturbed, small things tend to get bigger, but in this case, the therapist is making it bigger than it needs to be. I could see it being an issue with one of the girls, because she is more explosive, but the other two girls? No, really, not going to happen. Especially the one who's been dating her boyfriend since middle school. That's what I meant when I said that some of the people we've hired recently don't know what they're doing and act like they've never worked with kids before. I admit that there is a whole lot of stuff I don't know: I never worked with ED kids before I came to this school (BY CHOICE! I avoided it like the plague, and still wouldn't consider doing this in a public school system!). The closest I came was my classes of students who were dual-diagnosed, mentally ******ed and emotionally disturbed. But the MR diagnosis was primary. We have kids like that at our school now, but the primary disability is usually autism or emotional disturbance, and not the MR. That makes a huge difference, let me tell you!
AS for your Pepsi addiction: I can't drink Diet Pepsi because it has aspartame/NutraSweet in it, but the PepsiEdge with Splenda is really good. Doesn't taste very different at all. A 20 ounce bottle is only 125 calories. Its hard to find in 20 ounce, though I've seen it in many major chain stores in the 2-liter bottles and in 12 pack cans. I usually find the 20 ounce bottles at a discount store near my mom's house. I also think that Diet Rite tends to taste more like Pepsi than any of the other cola drinks. I grew up as the daughter of a Pepsi stockholder, and never really drank Coke. I can, honestly, and have, been able to tell the difference in a taste test. Coke tastes like flat Pepsi, its far sweeter. And, for my 18th birthday, my mother split some of her stock for me. So, now I have Pepsi stock as well.

02-05-2005, 01:39 PM
Hello my friends............

WHAT A WEEK THAT WAS! Will spare you the stories.... Let's just say that I'm glad that it is behind me! :dizzy:

I hate Pepsi. :( (Sorry stockholder and IV users! :cheers: ) I am a TRUE Coke gal. The original, UNmessed with formula for me! I also have "taken the taste test".... and announced what was WHAT and announced my preference and the Pepsi lady even gave me the rest of the can of Coke as my reward! :smug:

NOW that all said.... due to my addiction...and yes, I've been just moments from inserting the Coke IV needle myself.... I don't drink Coke any longer. Hi my name is Robyn and I'm a recovering Cokaholic... nope...nada... If I take a sip...then I want MORE... I can't say NO! So... the only soda that I ever allow in (that I like...I allow all kinds of junk in...I just don't like hence I don't DRINK them! Dr. Pepper (gross), A&W (OHMYGAWD bleech!), etc....) So... the only soda that I every now and the most emotional of my needy moments I drink... is the TRUE NECTAR OF THE GAWDS... Diet Code Red Mountain Dew! YaaaWHOOOOOO!:coffee::coffee::coffee:
Now THAT is a drink!

someone is at the door... I must run... I'm not even close to being done with all I wanted to say for the day! I'll be back!

take care...meeeee

02-05-2005, 04:13 PM
Well this was a full week...but aren't they all?! I appreciate the encouragement and understanding from all of you. I know this sounds screwed up, but it seems my vanity has finally made me want to lose weight. Surprisingly, all the health risks haven't done it. Thinking about them depresses me which only makes me eat. No, that will not work. I cannot dwell on the cancer, heart disease, and diabetes risks. Then I feel hopeless and helpless...almost frozen where I stand.

My serious wake up call was putting myself in that other woman's place...wondering how her dd must have felt and if she told her mom...and what the mom's reaction was. How would I have handled it if it happened to my daughter?! Then of course the biggie was REALLY SEEING MYSELF in DD's full-length mirror. Yes, it is VANITY which is driving me to change things. Oh, and get a load of this! When I started my graduate class on Wednesday night, I could barely fit in the student desk! I had this desk pressing into my stomach. It was so uncomfortable. There was a bigger girl sitting nearby, and the desk was digging into her stomach. As I looked around the room, most people had inches between the desk and their stomachs. That was another motivator!

I guess it doesn't matter as long as it works! So, I have been great on South Beach. And, the biggest obstacle for me was returning to the gym. I went yesterday for one hour. I almost skipped it so many times, but I forced myself to walk in there. Luckily, there weren't any skinny sex goddesses wandering around the gym at the time. That would have done me in. I did my old workout and when I left, the endorphins had kicked in, and I felt like a million dollars! Yes, this will be doable.

My Wednesday night class is okay. The material is review. I had to stop myself from doing all the talking in class. I could easily teach the course. Wouldn't you think that graduate level would be harder? We have a lot of crap to do...articles to read and write about, units to write, and observations to write. This class is gonna end up being something I have to just do to get 3 credits. It doesn't look like I'm gonna learn much. But, we will see.

DD has strep throat, so I am stuck home for the weekend. No big deal. It will give me a chance to get stuff done.

Oh, get a load of this one! Yesterday was our 100th day of school. Well, since the first day, my kids have been counting up to the total days and to 100 by tens. It was an experiment to see if 4 year olds could count that high, and it worked. Well anyway, I planned estimation and counting activities as well as a party for yesterday. We made 100th day hats as well. When I was in the office photocopying the 100th day certificate, the principal saw it and said, "I was wondering if anyone besides you was gonna get a clue that today is the 100th day!" I laughed, handed her a certificate, and returned to my room. Seconds later she got on the loud speaker and said, "All kindergarten teachers please send a list of your 100th day activities to the office immediately." Knowing that not all the K classes celebrate the 100th day, I laughed nervously hoping that they wouldn't find out that I unintentionally brought the 100th day to the principal's attention. I'm already hated by a couple of them because of last month's cover article, and I really wanted to fly under the radar for a little while. Well, one of the teachers who doesn't teach the kids to count to 100 flipped and yelled at the principal that her kids shouldn't be expected to count that high. She came to me and vented about it, and I tried to just nod and play dumb. She told me her kids can only count to 7, which I find hard to believe because I got preschoolers to count to 100 with daily practice and the incentive of a big party when we got to 100. Well, after seeing my kids in the hallway with their 100th day hats on, I'm sure she figured out that I was probably the reason the principal wanted her class to participate. So, now she has another reason to hate me.

Why can't I just be a good teacher who does her best without having to endure dirty looks and daggers in my back?!


02-05-2005, 06:22 PM
:no: Hey guys!
Can't say that I'm in recovery, I will always be a Pepsi junkie! I'm just taking smaller doses now. My body has gone into shock on the number of minute occasions that I tried to quit cold turkey. Mouse, you should have made a TON of money off me with my Pepsi purchases. :D Unfortunately, my school is a coke school and so at times in my desperation i will purchase Coke. Can't say I'm too happy about it though. I've tried all the diet drinks and can't stand any of them. Yuck bluck :no: !

I am in a superdidooper good mood now. Although I was not this morning. I weighed this morning and was up like a pound and a half. Of course my husband who seems to be able to eat whatever and not gain like I do was down half a pound. The dog! However, I went shopping cause I needed a new pair of tennis shoes and while I was out decided just for kicks to try some smaller size clothes on. Well, I am able to fit into a size 18 pants now. I was 22. Now, I would not be ready to purchase size 18 becuase they are still a little snug, but I was so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also came home with a shirt that was size 16. It it still a wee bit snug on one button, but omigod!!!!To be perfectly honest I don't even think it's a really pretty shirt. But I have not been able even look at a 16 before. I tried one on that made my boobs look twelve times larger. I think it was just a little too clingy. I would've turned a cartwheel in the dressing room but there just wasn't enough room. I'm sure the woman in the stall next to me was wondering why I yelled out holy :censored: ! That was just such a good feeling.

Summer: You should use whatever motivation you need to lose weight. I personally am sick of paying more for clothes. Having no selection and never being able to find what I want when I go shopping cause most of the stores around here will have a huge selection of regular sized clothes and an area about the size of my kitchen for plus size. Plus, I just want to be able to buy some cute clothes before I'm too old to wear them! Strep throat. Yuck! You should be proud you are a great teacher! I do all sorts of things with my kids that the other teacher's won't do for one reason or another. The kids like activites. I believe that you should set your expectations high anyway. If they are mad at you. They should just build a bridge and get over it. That's what I say!

Ginny: Hope everyone is finally well at your house!
Have a great day!

02-05-2005, 08:13 PM
What a day.......but I am happy to read about everyone elses week.

Pam, you pepsiaholic! (sorry, I stand with Robyn and prefer coke) Congrats on the 16 shirt.....that must make you feel SO good!!!! I am happy for you.

Summer- you mean you did NOT teach them "1,2, skip a few, 99, 100!" -(tell your less inspired colleague to use that method). Congrats on a job well done......and for doing the right thing. Somehow I think (and I know that thinking can be dangerous) that one of a teachers goals ( or for the really good ones it is!) to inspire a student to reach higher than he/she thought possible. You did just that.......and have much to proud of....and double raspberries on that other moron who only counted to 7. BTW-whatever motivation works for you is can do this!

Robyn- so you had a crummy week too??? Did you get a few days excercise in? I hope so. (sorry, I have to disagree with you on the Mountain Dew code red. Do you like vanilla coke?)

Mouse-you waking up at all?? I am so glad that you straightened things out with your TA. Good for you for approaching it rationally and being a peacemaker. I can't imagine having a running feud with someone like that, and having to work with them on a daily basis. Congrats on setting up the partnership. That must make you feel good! (what is with the crummy therapist).

Well, I can't imagine why....and will not bore you with the details, but the dishwasher, age 3 years is NOT repairable. Or it is...just it is cheaper to buy a new one. Somehow, halfway thru today, as I was running Ds to and from practice and Dh was home with the repairman, I got the feeling that the news would be bad. So, I was really not surprised.....more surprised that my out of no where hunch was right.
I still feel crummy- but a wee bit better than yesterday. Dd's urine culture came back negative, which is wonderful news. Now she and I are wheezing. Oh well, guess that is why I have the nebulizer in the house.
I went shopping to kill time during Ds's practice. Good news.....I tried on size 12 chino's and khaki's.....hoping that a 12 would fit. Oh, they fit. I just looked like crap in them- flabby, out of shape.....disgusting. Guess that is my wake up call. I did buy a sweater, spring purse and hat (after Dm's basal cell scare, her Dr told her that we should all be wearing hats and sunglasses outside- even though I have darker skin and brown hair/eyes). But I guess I should get off my fat can and get down to goal weight.......even though tonite I feel too crummy to care.
Better go. Dd wants to do a puzzle. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

02-05-2005, 09:25 PM
I pretty much slept all day again... until like 4:30. I have my annual appointment with my reproductive endocrinologist coming up soon. I expect a phone call from her any day now, since I had the ultrasound done last Wednesday, and on Tuesday the medical endocrinologist's secretary FINALLY sent her the blood results from the work in December. That has been the hold up: my reproductive endo wants to make sure there aren't anymore blood tests she needs before my annual physical. When I talk to her, I'll tell her about being tired. She already knows about my being cold all the time. But my thyroid tests are perfectly normal! I figure that right now its the increase in the spironolactone. The medication is a diuretic and typically used to lower blood pressure. That means it makes you run to the bathroom a lot... and it can also cause 'dry mouth'... you're supposed to watch for signs of dehydration, and we already know I don't drink enough as it is. The other side-effect of the medication is dizziness. In me, it manifests as being incredibly unfocused. I can't concentrate on much of anything, and that's bad in a classroom. So I take it at night. So, between the side-effects of fatigue and dizziness, and going to the bathroom at least once a night, that has to be the cause.
I'm glad your daughter's culture was negative and oh-so-sorry that the Coke drinkers don't know the true elixir of pleasure. ;)

02-05-2005, 11:11 PM
Hi! Yes it's me the blabber mouth again!
Does anyone know of some really comfortable walking shoes? I had a pair of Nike Air Walk that were so smushy and comfortable. I looked everywhere today and could not find any. So, I ended up buying a pair of New Balance. We walked two miles tonight and they just didn't feel like there was enough cushion. Usually I enjoy my walk tonight all I could do was complain that these shoes weren't comfie! It stinks because it's not like I can take them back now! They felt fine in the store. Oh well.
Mouse: Does that medicine affect you in the day as far as having to go to the bathroom as well? Gosh that was a messed up sentence. All you English teachers need to forgive me as I teach cyphering! ;)
It's hard to feel bad and work. Many people don't understand that especially in teaching you have to smile and talk and comfort etc... when sometimes you just want to lay your head down. I hope you will feel better soon!
Ginny: Hope you and your daughter get well soon. I have been fortunate this year. Usually I catch anything within twenty miles.You may have to bite the bullet and get a new dishwasher. We had to get one last year it was actually pretty inexpensive.
Summer: Been meaning to ask you....What part of New England are you from? I lived in Vermont for a year. It's beautiful, but I was way to homesick.
See ya!

02-06-2005, 01:11 PM
My dh's job is being eliminated at NASA.
He is rather moody. THAT is an UNDERSTATEMENT.
He is VERY unhappy! With EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY.
Yesterday he spent the ENTIRE day in bed.
He is beginning today in the same vein.
There is something wrong with the computer.
I can't get him to look at it.

I'll be back later...gotta clean.
When he is in a mood, I've got to be cleaning!

take care.

02-06-2005, 07:41 PM
Boy what a weekend.

Mouse- do you have a date for your appt with the reproductive endocrinologist? Sounds as though you have your symptoms figured out- but gee, it must not be easy for you. And I totally agree with Pam, when dealing with students, it is expected that no matter how crummy you feel all must be apple red happiness.....smiles etc. Hang in there!!!!

Pam- I wear Nike's and am not totally thrilled with them. Used to wear some wonderful Reeboks, of course they discontinued them. So I am no help at all. Guess for now you will have to invest in walking socks that really cushion. Yes, they do make them.

Robyn- I feel so bad for you. How much longer does Dh have of employment?
We went thru something like that several years ago. it was pure torture. Vent here, and hang in there. Dh will need you for support. Give him a few days for the shock to set in....and reality take hold. Maybe his outlook will improve. Most people when faced with this come out much stronger and happier. It is just getting thru the unknown that hurts.
Gotta go watch Stupor bowl with Dh.
See ya

02-06-2005, 07:55 PM
Hey everybody!
Sort of mellow day today! Just realized I haven't written any lesson plans for tomorrow. So that's a bummer. But other than that, not too bad.
Ginny: Thanks for the info on the socks. I didn't know they made them. It just stinks that I paid all that money for the new balances that felt great walking around the store and then felt yucky during the actual walk. I loved my nike air walks. I may have to keep wearing them anyway til I break these in. I put a Dr.Scholls cushion in them which made them too tight. So, I don't know.
Robyn: Sorry to hear about your dh job. Thats awful. Was it something that was being talked about for a while or was it a sudden thing? I'll say a prayer for you.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! Paisley????????/where r u???

Saw this on one of the other threads and thought it was a really cool quote!

Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.

02-06-2005, 10:07 PM
Robyn, how awful about your dh's job. I can understand his reaction...wanting to hide from the world when it feels like it is crashing down around him. Hopefully he will come out and realize even though this is a horrible situation, it is an opportunity for him to make a change. Teachers are used to change. Like it or not, we get moved from grade to grade or school to school without any say. For me, being moved ended up being a blessing. For you, switching schools was a blessing. I will pray that he will find a job that makes him feel blessed.

Pam, my favorite shoes ever were Avia. I haven't been able to find a pair for wide feet (another result of my pregnancy) in a long time, so I've been wearing Nike or New Balance. I'm not nuts about New Balance either. I wore them in Disneyworld and developed KING SIZED blisters. I'm currently in search for a comfortable sneaker as well. If I can find my Avias again, I will be sooooo happy. I live in Connecticut about an hour outside Manhattan. I would prefer to live in a tiny town on Cape Cod, but teaching jobs are few and far between. So, it looks like the Cape will have to wait until retirement unless I win the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes!

Ginny, size 12?! WOW!!! I would give my eye teeth to wear a 12 again... even if I looked flabby...better to look flabby in a 12 than look flabby in a 20!!! Take care of that asthma. Have you asthma-proofed your house? It is so much work. We still have some carpet to pull up and floors to sand and refinish. We did DD's bedroom and playroom first. My bedroom is next. We encased the mattresses and pillows and have air purifiers upstairs and downstairs. We even got a humidifier that is germ-free with a thermometer that also tells us if it is too humid which promotes mold growth. You probably have done it all and more if you have a nebulizer in your house. I hope both you and DD feel better soon. Re: you have a Sears nearby? Well, we have a Sears outlet about 45 minutes away. It has major appliances that have a little scratch or ding on them for a lot cheaper than regularly priced items. The catch is you have to rent your own truck. That is how we got our refrigerator, washer, and dryer. We saved hundreds of dollars on each item.

Mouse, I sure hope your doctor gets to the bottom of all of it. You shouldn't have to live like this.

Well, DD is 100% better. Amoxicillin is a miracle long as you aren't allergic to it. Yesterday, she looked like she was at death's door. Even the nurse at the doctor's office said, "I can tell she has strep without looking at her throat or doing a culture." The doctor made a similar comment. The culture showed a positive for strep before the time was up. So yesterday she was sick with fever, awful pain from strep, not able to swallow, sore legs, miserable. Today, she was energetic, eating everything in sight, and played all day long.

My aide called out sick for tomorrow early this afternoon. So, I already know tomorrow will suck. Monday is the worst day for her to be out. There are certain things I need to prepare for on Monday, and I need her to do a lot of it. Too bad for me. The next question will be, "What happens to her next?" Supposedly she was going to be suspended if she missed another day. How much you want to bet she'll get away with it?!

Time for me to hit the hay. I need to pray and get myself in the right frame of mind. Right now I feel very negative. Time to put it in perspective.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK ONE AND ALL. I will try not to go AWOL.

02-06-2005, 10:15 PM
Yikes, Robyn! That really sucks. I have friends who work for NASA as well as some parents of some of my students (down in Prince George's County, MD), and of course, Johns Hopkins is heavily involved with the Applied Physics Lab. In fact, one of my students is supposed to start a job shadow doing something involving the Hubble.
I hope there are other job prospects!!!!!
Pam: I really like Tretorn shoes. I wear those at the gym when I go upstairs to lift weights. I also really like the Propet brand, and they do make several varieties of walking shoe. Propet is online... just do a search for their name. I have a pair of EasySpirit sneakers/nurse shoes I wear to work nearly daily (I'm supposed to wear the Propet I have with the orthotics, but they're high laced shoes and they are a pain to deal with at the gym and when I get home. I absolutely HATE wearing my shoes into the apartment, but I have to with the high laced ones). I'm a cheapskate, and these shoes are all within my budget (of course, my mom lives near a huge shoe outlet store that is fantastic about special orders and modifications!).
As for the meds, they don't affect me during the day because I don't drink very much. I try very hard to limit my drinking until my first prep period at 11:30. I'm pretty safe after that because I have 8th period as a planning as well, and then its just homeroom. But I pay for it when I get home or go to the gym, because then I'm thirsty! On days that I have drunk a lot, then yes... and tomorrow will be torture because my TA isn't going to be here, so that means NO chance to run to the bathroom.
Ginny: No, I don't have an appointment yet because she wanted to see if the other endocrinologist had done all the bloodwork that she wanted to have done. If so, then I don't need to have anymore done and we can schedule the appointment. If not, I have to get the script for whatever else she wants done, and get it done, then when she gets the results we can schedule. Its also hard, because she only does GYN stuff on M/T/W afternoons, and I'm typically pretty uncomfortable the next day. So I wind up with a day and a half off (I'll leave early for the appointment, and stay out the next day). Last year, she was able to schedule me for a Thursday afternoon, but I'm not sure if she can be that flexible this year. I'm going to hope. And of course, the ultrasound was postponed because my supervisor wouldn't let me take off the day of the reinforcer/fun-day.
I'm also still waiting to see what I'm going to have to do for my grad class this semester. One of our administrators is the instructor, and I'm the only student signed up for the class, so we agreed to meet at school... saves both of us the semester parking fee for the main campus. But she hasn't set a date or time yet.
Good news is I got to the gym today. I managed to motivate myself a bit more by buying the new John Grisham book on unabridged CD. And I have to finish it quickly becuase I'm promised it to my mother when I'm done.

02-07-2005, 12:02 PM
I am not having fun......and I did not collect $200 when I passed go. Think I am in jail......oh bother. So I am making little sense. I am just glad that Dd has returned to school and at least I have a few days before WWIII errupts again.

Summer- thanks for the advice on the dishwasher. We do have a Sears 30min away, and Dh has a small pickup truck so we can get it ourselves. And I really did look THAT bad in those 12's. Disgusting. Sorry about your aide callling in sick. I'll pray for you that your mood picks up. Anything bothering you? or just life in general.

Pam- give those socks a try... I know that the larger sporting goods stores carry them here (Dick's, if you have one near you). Hope it helps.

Mouse- good for you getting some gym time in!!!!! Bet that felt good!!! (and well deserved too, I might add).

Gotta go.......trying to get stuff together for incometaxes, my appt is Wed.
Someone sent this to me......maybe it will make you laugh. Have a great day ladies!

A store that sells husbands has just opened where a woman may go to
choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of 6 floors,
and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the

There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor you may
choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot go back
down except to exit the building.

So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband.

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "well, that's better
than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes.

The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.

The woman remarks to herself, "that's great, but I wonder what's
further up?" and up she goes again.

The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good

"Hmmm, better," she says. "But I wonder what's upstairs?"

The fourth floor sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking
and help with the housework.

"Wow!" exclaims the woman. "Very tempting, but there must be more,
further up!" and again she heads up another flight.

The fifth floor sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking,
help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak.

"Oh, mercy me! But just think; what must be awaiting me further on?"
so up to the sixth floor she goes.

The sixth floor sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 3,456,789,012 to this floor. There are no
men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are
impossible to please. Thank you for shopping Husband-Mart and have a nice day

02-07-2005, 08:56 PM
So here I am a blabberin' to myself! Of course, this is something I am good at, gee I can even talk for an extended period to my cat,who is not the brightest bulb in the box. :dizzy:

My day ended up ok, I guess. Dd blessed us with a phone call, acted as though nothing was wrong, and that her behavior is perfectly normal. Oh, gimme a break. But I was not going to take her on....just figured that the time was not right. I am hoping once I get the taxes done Wednesday, I will have the time to compose an email to her and try to explain how her parents feel. No, I will not blast her.....just a simple these are the rules, no ifs ands or buts and if you can't live by them, then congratulations here are all your living for them yourself. She and Dh locked horns big time yesterday- and they are both the same personality- which means that at the moment each considers the other an a** h*** and will not bend a bit.
So I will don my referee shirt (fits really well after all these years of use!), get out my whistle and prepare for boxing match. It could be so much worse- under it all she is a good kid ( I hope!) and he means well and loves her immensely.

I did get a 35 minute walk in today, and am planning on going on the health walker in a few minutes to burn off an extra point. I did some snitching, but still should be in points range for the day. The bad side.....I am so tired- had several coworkers comment on how drained I look (including the supervisor who gave me a hard time on taking Friday off). As far as the husbandmart thing goes, I thought it was cute- and even cute when Dh is not in his Atilla mood.
Aw crum- gotta go read all 28 spelling words to someone who left theirs at school.
Have a good nite!

02-07-2005, 09:31 PM
G'evening all.
My morning kids were really well behaved today. I nearly fell over at how well they did and how good the behavior was. They did pretty well on the quiz, too, I think only 1 F. Lots and lots of B's and C's, which is just fine in my book. They've also learned that whining about how they ALWAYS get an A and can't they have this or that doesn't work.
I'll share some funny answers real quick:
Question: Construction is the industry of <blank>. (We just spent NINE weeks doing Construction!)
Answers: Construction is the industry of construction.
Construction is the industry of WalMart.
Construction is the industry of McDonalds and retail.
Question: (Multiple Choice): Which of these activities should you wash your hands BEFORE? A. Using the bathroom B. Handling Food (correct answer) C. Painting your nails D. Sneezing
Answers: Lots of A and D. So, my students are so hygenic that they wash their hands BEFORE they sneeze and BEFORE they use the bathroom! ;)
Afternoon kids were okay, got the work done but were off the hook in terms of noise. I just could NOT get them settled down, and it didn't help at all when one of the kids asked (in reference to a fire/cooking safety wordsearch): "Is it smoke or smoking?" And I replied (since I have a bunch of metal fans in that class), "Smoke. You're not in the bathroom!" And received back a very off-key chorus of "Smoking in the Boys Room".
This afternoon just sucked. This one team, as I explained, really has it in for this one girl with the whole bathroom issue. I lost. She can't go to the bathroom from any classes, including mine. Stupid. They're being allowed to tell me how to manage my classroom. But, these same people can't be bothered to help with community service (most of their homeroom are desperately in need of hours, including 1 student from DC who needs 100 hours and has zero), or to respond to my requests for updates about my homeroom students! Too busy monitoring this child and her "lingering" and "socializing" in the hallway. Just like any other teenager, and she should get the same consequences as any other teenager... lunch detention or whatever.
I did get to the gym after all of that, and that was better. Except the end where I weighed myself. Is it possible to gain 10 pounds in 2 weeks???

02-07-2005, 10:10 PM
Evening Ladies,
Sorry I was MIA again for a few days. My computer is giving me fits about logging in and posting. I had a great day today! Even with my one TA out for the week, since her husband was in a car wreak on Friday night and then that same night her brother in law passed away. So my kids were good today all things considered. I am hoping that I lost some weight this weekend. I was sick after eating a grilled chicken sandwich at the local DQ on Saturday. I threw up Saturday night and slept off and on through the night. But I was able to muster enough energy to clean the house yesterday. Since I had let it go for a few days and needed to clean it. I slept in and hour this morning. So I didn't get my morning walk in. But I did come home and took a 3 mile walk outside with my dh tonight. So I made up for it after going to Curves.
Well I am going to try and see if this posts. Then I will get more personal with everyone.

02-07-2005, 10:38 PM
Kerry, I'm so glad you're back. You were missed. It is too bad your computer is giving you grief. I hope you feel better.

Mouse, bathroom issues...when do they really have to go...when are they just trying to get out of class? Sooner or later, she will need to go for real. Should she be punished by getting a UTI? It sounds like there could be a better compromise.

Ginny, I'm a little stressed out about school, my class, and money. I'm worried about stuff. I keep telling myself to pray, trust, and have faith. At the same time, I feel the need to be proactive in dealing with my problems. So, I need to find a way to deal with stuff and have faith simultaneously. Worrying about what will happen tomorrow is counterproductive. So, that is my current struggle. Then the stupid little stressors like my aide taking yet another day off just adds to it all. I loved your quote about a husband store. I would have stopped on the 3rd or 4th floor. Anything after that would have been unnecessary. I have fantasized about a catalog for available me. This was really funny!

School was rather hectic. The AM class was cancelled on Friday because of bad weather, so they missed their 100th day celebration. So, I did their 100th day today even though today was the 101st day of school. Every hour I got a new aide from another class to fill in for my aide. It was crazy. She'd better be back tomorrow, and if she is, I'm working her butt off!!!

I'm beat. Take care everyone!

02-08-2005, 12:40 AM
Hey everyone! Or should I say Night everyone?
Well, it's been a day! I was having a great day, especially for a Monday.
I was in a good mood and looking forward to coming home and doing my WATP tape. Well, then all **** broke loose! It was 2:45 and we had successfully managed to escape the day without one single incident! I was letting my first load students leave and letting my second load students go to their lockers. I was also, taking care of the teacher next door's students. She was absent today and her assistant had to drive a bus so she had to leave and I took her kids into my room. Well, I turned around to write my problem of the day on the board and heard this boy say DAMN! why'd you hit me in the back of the head?! I spun around and then the two boys were chest to chest. Before I could even utter a sound one boy pushed the other boy and the other boy came crashing into me and we both hit the ground! I WAS SO^%%$#@$#@#$@!%#$@%#$%#@! :bomb:
The boy who landed on top of me jumped up (he was the one who was hit in the head in the first place) and headed back for the other boy. I managed to pull myself off the ground and get the boy who pushed him into the hall. I called the office and told them they better send somebody to my room to get this boy NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He took off down the hall and I went right behind him and told him to go back to the room. I just touched his shoulder and said come back to the room and he said you better not put your damn hands on me! Lucky for me we have cameras in the halls! By this time I was so upset I was crying! My elbow was hurting and other various parts.....The principal came, my best friend who is the receptionist came running down the hall, the nurse with the wheelchair. It was such a mess. Well, then the boy who was hit in the head said he couldn't see! I was like holy :censored: ! (He is fine.)
I was called to the office to meet with the boys mother who started the whole thing. I felt like I was the one on trial not the little turd who did the pushing in the first place. The mother made him apologize and the sincerity of that SORRY was just incredible. I was not ugly to the mother or the student. Although, I was fuming. I told our principal that he didn't know just how close I came to be fired today. What did he say to me when I left? Have a good afternoon! blah!
My butt is so sore that I can hardly walk. I feel like I've been kicked by a horse. It's so stupid. I picked my son up from school and he is sick as a dog. He is coughing and sneezing and said his "tears" were watering today!
He has a temp of 101. He was coughing so much earlier he started throwing up. He did that on the stairs first. I brought him downstairs to get him something to drink and he ran into my bathroom and threw up again. In the meantime my lovely dog decided to investigate the first incident....EWWWWWWWWWW! :o So, I'm off tomorrow. I'm sure stories will be flying around the school about the reason I am not going. To beat it all, the lady who is in charge of the subs acted like I was lying when I called to get a sub. She said" Well, we'll have to get somebody to cover." I said "well, I'm sorry but my son is sick". It's not like I take sick days. I think I have used two all year. One for me, one for my son. She was very snippy!
Well, that was my glorious Monday! Hope you all have a good day tomorrow!

02-08-2005, 02:02 AM
There was a police helicopter at my school today to break up a huge (weapon free, thank god) fight. . .that and about 30 HPD officers in addition to 2 extra security guards. :sp: No one could concentrate between the lock down and the sound of the helicopter flying back and forth. The police had to mace a giant group of kids, and arrest a bunch more for assault and disorderly conduct when a bundle of them started hitting police officers. I was ok at school, but started crying on the way home. . .

And as an angry aside---guess how many of our admin were there this afternoon when it all went down? :censored: One! One out of four, and it's not as if the rest of them didn't know. They all KNEW this was in the works because it's been worsening all last week, and they ALL BAILED--leaving security and teachers, one VP, and the cops.

deep breath.

So, the point of this is. . .we all have really stressful days now and then. This is my big one. I know it will get better, because I'm darn proud of the kids who came to class, and those who didn't make it to their other classes on time, and came to my room to work so they didn't get hurt. . .and I know these kids will eventually prevail.

:?: In the meantime. . .what do you do when you have a terrible horrible no good very bad day? I, I am ashamed to say, binge eat on cookies and ice cream and chips, and curl up in a corner. Looking for a slightly healthier solution, here. ;)

02-08-2005, 12:41 PM
Was there something in the air yesterday???? Sounds as though is was a violent day for some. Blessings and hugs to Paisley and Pam who deserve hazardous duty pay for their efforts. Pam, are you feeling ok after taking a beating? And what do I do if I had a really awful day.....recently my WATP kickbox tape- oh the frustration that comes out with those kicks!!!!! hehehehe! ok, I am a binge eater also, but the tape is my healthy alternative.. Hope Ds feels better.
Summer- I am a worrier also. Hugs to you......I will be praying for you. If you have something specific you want me to pray for and do not want to leave it here, PM me.
Mouse- yup the bad news is you probably can gain that much in 2 weeks. Probably a lot of it is water, though.

Kerry- I missed you!!!!! Hope your WI went well. You have been doing SO well.
Gotta go- I want to get a wee bit of a workout in before I have to go out again.
See ya later.

02-08-2005, 02:10 PM
Well, I am a little sore this morning. As long as I don't sit with my weight to the right I think I'll be ok. Just got back from the dr. with my 8 year old.
GRAB THE LYSOL IT'S THE FLU!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o
Whodathunk? Well, $145 later.................. Guess I'll be home again tomorrow. My hubby has graciously agreed to stay home with him Thursday. So, I'll have to write another set of sub plans for tomorrow. Yuck, I hate doing that. I was down another 1/2 a pound this am. Finally! Still can do any exercise cause my "parts" still hurt. Oh well....
Paisley: Sounds like you did have an awful day too. I hope today was much better for you. You have a positive attitude about your kids. I like that.
By the way: the pushing boy is home for five days!
Be back later!

02-08-2005, 04:48 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
I had a horrible day today! It is slowly improving, but I have been stuck with a small group of sixth graders and they are driving me insane. It all started out with my dh and I have a disagreement this morning. So I was put in a bad mood really quick. Then my coworker calls me at 7:10 and askes for a ride to work. Which was no big deal until I found out that we still needed to drop off her two little girls at the daycare center, which is going back towards town and away from our direction that we need to travel to get to school. I needed to do all this and still be at school on bus duty at 7:50. So miracles upon miracles I was able to pull that off. Then one of my kids' parents shows up and tells me we need to talk in private. So that set my day behind schedule some more. Then right before lunch, my boss calls me and tells me to come to his office for a short evaluation meeting. So in this meeting, he tells me because this one student always gives me fits during his visits, I need to work on my discipline and I now have an action plan. He will come back and observe me again in the next two weeks sometime. That just rubbed me the wrong way. I finally started feeling a little bit better after lunch. Then around 2 my dh calls to see if I am still mad at him. I told him no that I was not anymore and that I had moved on to big fishes to fry. So I am hoping with all this stress that I have had to deal with today, I am not weighing in heavier tonight at TOPS. If that is the case that might just be the straw that broke the camels back. :)
Pam sorry to hear that you got hurt yesterday and on top of all that your son is sick with the flu. Atleast you can sort of recover from your injuries this way. Did you have the doctor check you out when you were there? Hugs go out to you!
Paisley, that must have been very scary for you yesterday. I don't think I would have been able to wait to cry like you did. I think I would have just broke down in front of the kids and had a real good cry. :)
Ginny I have the kickboxing dvd too. I have only done it once and love it. So I might have to go home after TOPS tonight and do that while there is no one else home. That might just be the best stress reliever for me today! :)
Summer I hope that you worked your aide to death today! Sorry to hear that you are feeling the stress too! I guess they are right when they say when it rains it pours. Hang in there sweetie! Hugs are going your way! :)
Robyn hope all is well with you! Miss chatting with you! :)
Mouse, sorry to hear that they have it in for that girl. I am glad she has you that can be a sounding board and an advote when the whole world seems to be against her. Glad to hear that you made it to the gym last night. Sounds like you enjoyed your gym visit.
Well I need to work with my kids. Talk to you later.

02-08-2005, 08:50 PM
Just me again........

Pam- oh, the flu?? (dare I think the other thought, that now you are exposed to it?)
Big hugs to you and Ds. I hope he is on the mend soon! Did the Dr give him that antiviral stuff that is supposed to shorten the length of the flu a bit? Sorry that you are still uncomfortable too. You are a brave woman, seriously. Congrats on the 1/2# down!!!!A loss is a loss.....and surely better than a gain. I am happy for you!!!!!! Oh, and what good news that the pushing boy got some of what he deserved. I would have gone for more time than that.....and some personal way to show some remorse to you. But I guess this is better than nothing.

Kerry-I hope your WI went well this evening. No matter week does not make that much difference and you have been doing SO well the past month. You are an inspiration to us all here and will succeed at the scale either this week or next or both! What a miserable morning you had. Simply amazing that you prevailed over all the stress and still have your sanity in tow. Glad you like the kick boxing DVD also.
A big bang for the buck in terms of the level of activity. And well, I can make all kinds of imaginary targets for my kicks and punches.......nasty person that I am! SOunds as though you were going to have some time to your self this evening? I hope so- and sincerely hope you can unwind and detox a bit, after an awful day. (gotta be something in the kids were awful, had to pull over and turn the bus off to get them to calm down- and the brothers who fight their way across the road were at it again).
As for me, I did get the kick box WATP in- and then snuck in a 15 min walk with a coworker. Some of us at work might be sort of starting a walking day or two between runs, I would enjoy that as I get out to do nothing socially for myself, and these ladies are for the most part fun and pleasant.
Gotta go study history......thinking of Robyn and her civics test.......
Hi to Paisley, Summer, Mouse, Robyn.......have a great nite!

02-08-2005, 10:39 PM
Hi everyone--I haven't been on in a long time. My husband has been sick (ear infection) for several days; it's clearing up. In lieu of watching the Super Bowl, i was going to hang out with my 7 yr. old daughter, but she got sick on Saturday (fever and vomiting) and will go back to school tomorrow. As I type this, I am getting a cold sore and a runny nose. Well, I am certainly sick of winter!

I'm not optimistic about my job for next year--my performance is fine (in terms of official observations and forms),but it's my 1st year in the system and budget cuts are coming. The woman I job share with is coming back full-time in the fall, so I would certainly be moved off my current team. Another 6th grade teacher will be back full-time from maternity leave. A 6th grade position is being cut. Because of the contract, I won't know anything official until June 15, but it seems like I should start looking in the April hiring season. I'm aggravated because I have been really happy in my current job and learning a lot from it.

In terms of food/exercise, I have added more daily WW points so I am now up to 26. I will weigh myself tomorrow at the Y and see if I have been stable for 2 weeks. I am back to writing everything I eat down, and it feels reassuring and stabilizing to do that. Speaking of stabilizing, I bought a great DVD for using with my Stability Ball--it's a very good, focused workout. I am working hard to accept myself as I can realistically look and focus on health).

Argh--I am definitely getting a cold--feeling worse by the minute. I took a sick day Monday to stay home with Marlena so I'll probably just be a trooper and try to stay at my desk as much as possible!

Take care,all.

02-08-2005, 11:05 PM
Evening Ladies,
Just a quick note to say hi! I stayed the same weight tonight. So I guess that is a good thing all things considered. I really enjoyed my kickboxing workout tonight. I did put a little extra ummph behind my kicks and pushes. LOL. But atleast I made it through my awful day without binge eating.
Welcome back Elana! We sure missed you. Sorry to hear that your family has been sick lately. Sending good happy healthy thoughts your way!
Ginny thanks for your kind words. You are such a sweetie!
Well I am think I am going to go to bed. Talk to you all tomorrow.

02-09-2005, 10:14 PM
Hi, all. I've been to the gym the last two days, which is good. I'm not as tired as I have been. The weather has been better as well, so that might have something to do with it. Today I was there for 95 minutes in the water because I got so into the John Grisham novel I bought on CD that I didn't want to stop. I stayed for the whole CD today, and will move on to CD #3 tomorrow. My mother is impatiently waiting for me to be finished: she no longer reads paper books because of a botched surgical procedure that caused dry eye. And so she spends a small fortune in audio books. I told her she could have this one when I was finished as long as when she donates it to the public library she gets a receipt! ;) The unabridged version on CD cost $60! I could've bought 5 paperbacks for that price! :blush: I got a lot of discounts on it though because I renewed the Barnes and Noble buying discount program at the same time, so I didn't pay $60.
Pam: I am so glad you're alright!! I've been in situations and schools like that. We still have those issues at my current school, but unlike past schools, admin is quick to call the police and encourages staff to press charges. My first year I had a student break my hand by slamming a door on it when he eloped from my classroom.
Kerry: ARRRGH! Doesn't that just drive you absolutely bonkers when administrators do stupid stuff like that???? When are the KIDS held responsible for THEIR actions and behaviors?! Somebody tried to blame me today because one of my kids hock spit on the building when we came back from a fire drill. What should I have done? Telepathically known that he was going to spit and put my hand in front his mouth?
I assigned him a lunch detention and adjusted his point sheet.
Paisley: Your situation also brings back nightmares. I've been in that type of situation as well. One of my inner city schools actually disallowed us the right to call the police or press charges on students in situations of this nature because of the bad press. A local circuit judge issues a protective order on behalf of the teachers and assistants in the district allowing us to call the police and it was required to be posted in all faculty areas. Staff were still summarily dismissed for pressing charges, but administration would find other 'reasons'.
Ginny: That is NOT good news. Although, I'd expect to gain that much weight that you'd have to really eat a lot or radically change your eating habits. I haven't! I'm still trying to eat around 2000 calories a day and heavier on the protein. I don't eat very much 'white stuff' anymore, and have given up regular soda completely. The last regular soda I had was a part of a flat sprite over winter break... before that was part of a Pepsi because it was the only thing available in September.
:mad: It REALLY makes me want to just give up and quit because what's the point? I do all the right eating, exercise and drinking, and my body still doesn't respond.


02-09-2005, 11:52 PM
Ok back to work tomorrow. My son is doing some better but coughing like crazy. My husband is going to stay home with him tomorrow.
I seriously think my butt is broken!!!!!!!!! Ok so not the whole thing, but the right bone that you sit on hurts really badly! I have not been able to excercise all week and it's making me insane. If it is not feeling better by the weekend I guess I'll make another trip to the doctor. Yesterday's medical journey was $192 after medicine.

Ginny: Yes, they gave him tamiflu. It was soooo funny. He had never taken an actual pill before because they always gave him liquid. He asked me if there was an instruction manual. LOL :) Then he was about to cry because he thought it would get stuck in this throat. I had to demonstrate with Tylenol. After he took it he said Ok you were right. My first thought when the doctor came back with the test results and said yes he has the flu was great I guess I'll be sick next. I could already feel my glands swelling. LOL

Mouse: Don't give up! You've probably just hit a plateau. I seriously have not ever been able to stick with anything, but this time it's different for me. I guess I'm just determined. It will come off. Just keep doing what you're doing. Today was not a good day for me. I have been home for two days now. I feel like I have turned into the starving monster. I kept looking in the fridge all day like something new was going to magically appear since the last time I checked. But, I still kept drinking water I think I have probably drank a gallon today.

Paisley: Sorry to hear about your incident at school. That must have been scarey. It's hard to go on teaching like nothing is wrong. Hope everything will calm down.

Hope everyone else is doing ok!
Wish me luck tomorrow! My friend said it looked like a hurricane blew through my classroom. I can't stand to walk into my room after the sub has been there and there are stacks of papers and notes and blah.

02-10-2005, 12:09 PM
Just a quick hello.

Elana- great to hear from you again. Sorry that your share of sickness has shown up in your house. I hope everyone feels better soon and most importantly, that you do not get it!!! Let us know how you fare adding the extra points to your day. You are going to do just fine!!!! Sounds as though it is in your best interest to at least look for another position to cover your bases, but then you can never tell what will happen or who might also have to leave. Stuff like that happens where I work all the time, and when you least expect it someone is leaving unexpectedly.

Kerry- congrats on some healthy stress relief and maintaining!!!!!! Glad you like the kickboxing workout, sister in sweat!!!!! :)

Mouse- for your mom, have you ever considered the books on tape web site? You can purchase a "subscription" and get so many tapes/CD's a month. We thought about getting it for my FIL- so I did do some research checking it out in December.
Glad you got some gym time in! 2 days in a row, must feel so good. BTW, as far as your weight goes, I still buy the water theory- also with us being female, there are just so many variables regarding TOM/ where in your cycle you are- PMS constipation- and so on.....(not trying to gross anyone out there, but we all know it is reality). I think I would believe the gain if it was there the following week. But stuff like that does happen... Hang in there. There has to be an answer to this.

Pam- how is the tamiflu working??? Ds feeling better, I hope! And you, you pain in the butt.......(sorry, I could not resist!). Are you feeling any less sore? Hugs to you.....and if you are that sore, you should probably get some medical attention too.
Let me know if we need to send FEMA down to your classroom after the hurricane subteacher came in. I will bet it probably felt good to be back- gain some normalcy in your life. Good job drinking all that water......and I hope you can get at least a short workout in soon.

Got to WW yesterday, I was down 1.2#. I just have to behave myself the rest of this week. I am walking with a coworker for a few minutes during a layover, it is only a few minutes, but she is good company and it is a pleasant change.
I was hoping that the snow/rain would force an early closing today. No such luck. Pray for a blizzard Monday- when I hear the next system is coming thru.
Gotta go- tons to do. See ya later.

02-10-2005, 06:47 PM
Hey everyone!
The first day back was quite interesting. The rumor flying around the campus is that I was out for two days because I am going to sue the boy who knocked me down. Geez! My room. OH MY POOR POOR ROOM!!!!!!!!!YES GINNY SEND FEMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
I had my desks arranged in ten groups of three on Monday when I left. I came back there were desks everywhere. I have a calculator missing, one calculator broken. The sub apparently let two students into the closet who took a broom handle and pushed the ceiling tiles up, the broom was still hanging out of it. I bought a lot of new pens which were in my top drawer, most of those are gone, half of my erasers are gone. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. The sub sent two of my fourth period girls to the lunchroom to get her chips and a drink during the middle of class because she was hungry. We are not supposed to eat in class. I finally got my room into semi-order before I left today. Oh well, what can you do?
Ginny: My son is feeling better. The tamiflu is working great! He is going back to school tomorrow.I feel a little less sore today, so hopefully by the weekend I can start excercising again. I was hoping to be at 185 by Valentine's Day. It doesn't look like that is going to happen. I was at 188.5 this morning.
You know my Pepsi addiction? Well, I had a Pepsi sitting on the table in my room and the lid was loose. I looked over and there was a puddle. It had seeped into my bookbag, all over all of my papers, all over the floor. No, i didn't lick up the puddle. ;)
Hope everyone had a good day today. My first period started with a girl sitting in the wrong seat. I calmly asked her to move to her correct seat. She just looked at me and then went back to work. I asked her again, she started screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at the top of her lungs and still refused to move. Well, this pissed me off. The assistant principal came to get her out and she still refused to move. After asking her five times, she still sat there. He went over and whispered something into her ear and she finally got up. She will be back in my room tomorrow! Ughhhhhhhhhh!
Have a great Friday everybody!

02-10-2005, 08:46 PM
I can only hope the weight gain is gone in a week: next week is my week off the one set of meds, and if I had a monthly cycle that is when it would happen. But this wasn't 1 or 3 pounds, it was like TWELVE! Geez!
Pam: Here's one for you... I have a kid who will swear BLIND that he didn't do it even when we sit there and watch him do it. Today, he swore to Gd at least 8 times during class that he did this worksheet or did that piece of work and only the blank undone ones were in his folder, so he tried comparing the date on other student's work to his sheet to prove that he hadn't been in class when it was done. He then called my TA and myself 'turds'. As in, "You're a turd." I sent him to resource, and our behavioral person proceeded to call me on the carpet saying that I shouldn't have sent him down there (in FRONT of the child!) and should have done planned ignoring. You see, calling me a turd isn't a curse word, so it should be ignored. The day ended with the child changing his point sheet, so his teacher checked with us TWICE on the sheet. I keep a record of what I write on their point sheets in my gradebook, so we were easily able to look up his point total for our class today... and the idiot used blue ink! My TA and I both used black today.
My first period class was also exciting. One of my autistic students has a cold, and spent the period picking his nose... and he REALLY went after it, let me tell you! Not trying to disgust anyone, but you need to be able to picture this to understand the reaction... He has a picture prompt card to 'blow your nose', and when one of the 1:1 staff caught him the first time we flipped his prompts over to that one... and then boy howdy... he went right to town! First one nostril, one finger, in the mouth... then the other hand, another finger, other nostril, in the mouth. It got so he had one finger in the nose and one in the mouth at all times... And obviously, he's getting squirted with a lot of hand sanitizer because we can't take him to the bathroom to wash everytime! We'd spend all day washing his hands! So then it was one finger, one nostril, mouth, squirt the hand sanitizer. We'd moved it off his desk, but he managed to reach it. THEN the pattern became nostril, mouth, squirt, lick hands. He was EATING the hand sanitizer. I just started laughing and could NOT stop. I did manage to keep it silent, but I had tears running down my face, and so did the child sitting next to this boy because she saw it too. I had to make a quick trip to nursing to ask if the stuff was poisonous! We decided he hadn't ingested enough of it, but nursing said not to use it anymore.
To top all THAT off, we have entered our hospitality unit and are dealing with proper handwashing techinque. WE actually have 2 videos on handwashing!!
And, I'm not feeling so hot myself. I broke down and bought some cough syrup tonight. I swallowed some water at the pool yesterday (4 days in a row!), and I think I aspirated some of it... I woke up in the middle of the night stuffy, and kept wanting to cough during the day but couldn't. There are lots of colds and we still have pneumonia and stomach viruses going around. I don't have time to be sick!

02-10-2005, 09:38 PM
Mouse- well, Hon, you (you turd you!!!!!) get the golden patience award from me. OK, I get where turd is not really a curse, but then it is totally offensive and this student should not be calling his teacher or assistant it. Interesting thought- you would not be allowed to call a student a turd, so why can he call you that???? Well, your story did have me laughing....just sorry it had to happen. I hope you feel better too. Take care of yourself....some of the upper respiratory bugs are pretty tenacious.

Pam- so you had a good day too, eh???? Want to borrow my calculator???(sorry that was below the belt). Sorry that your room was in such shambles- yes I can relate to that. Our buses are dedicated to a driver, and if you are out and a sub uses it he/she is supposed to clean and fuel it. Typically, most do not and leave your bus in a miserable state. Very frustrating. Sorry that you might not make your mini goal, but you can still keep focused and give yourself an extra few days to make it (I would add the # of days that you were impacted by the accident to 2/14 and use that as your new goal date.). And pretend when you get to that date that it was Valentines Day. See if that works! (hey, you did legitimately lose a week with all that has been going on). Ok, it is sort of a mind game......

Anyway, my day has ended peacefully. I think. Ds is what else is new.
Guess I'd better go and help Dd study. See ya later!

02-10-2005, 09:58 PM
Hey Me again!
Just sitting here reading while I run off a test for tomorrow. Omigod Mouse I needed that laugh. That is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Ginny: YES Love to borrow your calculator. The Math Department Head is a bear when it comes to those precious calculators! Fate worse than death if you know what I mean. Our driver's complain about the same thing you were talking about. Especially when the busses are used for after school sports.
Mouse: Get better! Drinking water is important, but you should only drink it from a glass! ;) Kidding! But I hope you feel well. It's just awful to go to school sick! Going to watch some tv. Isn't that productive?

02-11-2005, 06:27 PM
Hey, Pam sometime some down time is needed!!! Hope you relaxed a bit while watching the tube. Yes I agree, Mouse's tale of that kid going up to the third knuckle was a hoot. We can all relate to that.
1/2 day today for public, so I got off early (no break in between though!). I thought of my friends here- several of my kids boarded this pm wearing "100" crowns for the 100th day and counting to 100. Made me smile thinking of my friends here.
Gotta go get dinner on.......hope everyone is doing great. Thankfully it IS Friday!!!!!!!Take care,

02-11-2005, 09:26 PM

......I'm going to bed.... I'll wake up and type more later!

Today was the 100th Day of School.... we ended the day by popping our 100 balloons! They loved it... BUT the 5th graders that are near us aren't exactly accustomed to 1st grade parties! hehehehe.... AND Thanks for getting the kiddos home, Ginny.... They wore their crowns home with pride! :)

I've got soooooooooooooooooo much more to tell.......I can't even begin to type it all out now! Geesh!

take care.....

02-11-2005, 11:07 PM
Hey everybody!
Life is a little more normal today! I finally got to walk tonight. Still a little sore, but I managed to walk a mile. The uphill parts still hurt, but that is ok!
Made through several temptations today at school. First, one of the teacher's was passing out cupcakes to her kids at lunch. I passed. Ate my grapes and fatfree chocolate pudding instead. :D Also, the ladies from this church near the school are always bringing cakes and leaving them in the teacher's lounge. Didn't have a single slice. I'm sorry to say I'm saving mine for Valentine's Day. We are going out for Seafood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to see you back Robin! Sounds like you had a pretty good day. We started school here the second week of August. So, I'm not exactly how many days we've been in school, but I think we only have 67 more days. Seems unreal to me. I think our last day is May 22 or 25, not too sure. I say that only because everyone is talking about the hundredth day. Teacher's reported back on August 1st! They are talking about changing us to going back after labor day. I'm all for that. However, there are so many counties petitioning to be able to start in August. Our tourism industry is complaining that the beaches are losing money because everyone is back in school and they lose a lot of workers. Anyway, hope they change it so we can finally have a nice long summer!
Hope everyone else had a good day today. Mine was quite uneventful.I happen to like that!
Take care!

02-12-2005, 10:00 AM
Good Saturday Morning!
Hope everyone survived the week ok.......mine was wierd, and I am about ready to strangle Dh, but this is par for the course. He suffers from SAD a bit and him being somewhat more moody than normal this time of year is something I am used to.

Robyn- happy 100th day to you too!!!!!!!!!! I can imagine a party with you, my friend must be quite a hoot. Wish I could have been there to share it with you. Perfect idea- you give the party at school one day, and then I can drive the kiddies home (when I am in my Christmas mode, playing the Chipmunks Christmas songs and singing them along with the kids, yes I am a nut case.....). They would surely get home all wound up for their parents. Hehehehe!

Pam- glad you are feeling better, even a little bit! I know you go back early, my family has always tried to take advantage of that for planning our vacations. THe rentals at the Outer Banks (we usually stay at South Nags Head) are usually cheaper and a LOT cheaper the last week of August, all the southern schools are back and us yankees still have another week of break. So we get a great house and save a bundle and it is a bit less crowded. Congrats on having all the willpower.....good job!

Gotta take Ds to practice and then shop for a dishwasher. Probably a good thing that I am not near Dh, as he is so irritable. And I hope to get a walk in today. I should say I WILL get one in.
Gotta go.......have a good one! Hi to Summer, Elana, Mouse and Kerry. We miss you!

02-12-2005, 07:44 PM
Elana--Please don't despair about your job next year. I know how useless the last sentence was, because my 1st year teaching, my position was cut along with a whole bunch of others. They put out the seniority list and drew a line above the last 30 names, and everyone below that line was expected to let go--with the one on the bottom first. The catch? There were 10 people hired the day I was and the contract said that they had to draw names for seniority--I drew #10, making me the VERY bottom of that totem pole. So, I ended up jumping to a different grade level, and switching to work with the at-risk youth team. . .since no one else wanted the job. It was an awesome team, and i had a GREAT time. . .so getting almost laid off was really good in the end. I hope your situation is similar where you have some leeway as far as grade levels go. . .and that you can slide into a position somehow. You're in my thoughts, and I hope you are able to stay--even if in a different position. :crossed:

Ginny--please don't strangle your husband! ;) I'm glad to hear you made it to the end of a very strange week.

Pam--I hope you're feeling better, and all your family. . .and that the room is ok after the sub. It's always one of those "take a deeeeeeep breath" before opening the classroom door situations when you return from a sub. And huge CONGRATS!! :cp: for avoiding those teacher's lounge temptations! At my old school they used to hold Fat Tuesday every Tuesday--lots of sweets (and I wonder why I gained 65lbs??!). Your willpower is really really admirable!

Robyn--good to hear 100th day went well!! Sounds loudly wonderful! So, um. . .what more to tell us????? It's mean leaving us all in the dark like that! :p

Mouse--Your stories are one of my favorite parts of this forum. . .can you imagine them anywhere else? I get this vision of a forum of accountants losing weight saying "and then, he picked his nose, really went to town" or "so then, he called us 'turds' and we were supposed to ignore it, because it's not really a swear"---nope, can't see it. :dizzy: What craziness!

Thanks for the concern with my school/fights, everyone. . .life was back to normal the last couple of days. I even turned the fallout from the fights into a writing assignment---the kids had to respond to a letter to the editor that said that the only reason kids fought is because they were bored and that if they were in college or private schools, all would be fine. They did a great job expressing themselves appropriately.

definitely ate too much and exercized too little this week, but it could have been much worse, and I'm not doing my usual post-binge behavior of starting all over and pretending I never was on a diet before at all. Instead, I'm sorta accepting that it was tough and going from there.

:D I had a great morning. Rode my bike to yoga, and helped my friend and the 9 year old boy who lives at the temple to make valentines for his class. It's cool, because his mom sent him here to live with his uncle, the priest, and learn English, and my friend's decided to be his american grandma, so we get to play chutes and ladders, make stuff, and read kids books. SO fun!!! Now it's raining off and on, the perfect day for sitting in and doing work--good thing, too, because I have grades for midterms due on Monday, and a website to make for my grad class, and my MEd thesis is due in a month. Not stressful at all, actually, just stuff to pace out and get done.

Take care all, and have a GREAT weekend!

02-12-2005, 08:27 PM
Hi, all. I'm disappointed today because I started with a slight temperature (a Mouse fever: I never run 98.6, I'm normally 97.something so when the thermometer says 99 for me, its a real temp!), so I can't teach swimming tonight. :( I have the parent-infant group this session and then Level 2... and we're down a whole lot of staff tonight because one of the instructors had surgery on her leg again, I'm sick, another guy can't work this session, etc, etc, etc. But, the manager in charge of the program is right, I shouldn't be around little children in a pool if I have a fever.
Good news is I got to see my mom and my grandmother earlier: she came down to the commissary at Aberdeen to do some shopping, and I drove up to meet them. I haven't been home since Thanksgiving, so it was nice.
Friday just.... sucked. I have two kids that are very autistic in my 1st period class. The one child tends to be more violent, and atypically, has a normal IQ. His tested IQ was 96, so you can imagine what it REALLY is without the autism impacting the testing! Most children with autism as severe as his is typically score in the moderate to severely mentally ******ed range. But that just makes all the sensory issues even harder, and he's not a lightweight. He usually has two staff with him when he comes to my class, but his teacher is a good sort, always makes sure to keep me and my TA in the loop... and she looked so tired Friday morning. I tried to work with him a little more, and so I held the doors he was trying to slam shut and get him to stop slamming his head into the wall. It worked for a little while, and he did give me some answers to questions by pointing to phrases on the worksheet I gave him, but he eventually lost it. I'm black & blue all over my torso (mostly stomach area), because he whacked me good. I had no idea he'd gotten me so good: I was wearing a huge polo shirt and a turtleneck sweater, but it obviously didn't do any good!
They wound up having to restrain him and get a mat. We don't restrain kids the way a typical behavioral program does... we actually MOVE the child, and/or use a mat if we have to put them down. Its much better than many of the other physical management techniques I've been taught... its a bit more respectful of the student.
Pam: I forgot to offer, and you probably don't need it anymore, but I'm with Red Cross disaster services. Our job is to hook clients up with FEMA, so if you need them, just let me know. I'm a mass care specialist, so my job is to make sure you have the necessary and appropriate food, lodging, clothing, and hygiene supplies as well as the tools to clean up the disaster area. ;) I also do family services casework. Does your room need a disaster action team assigned?
Paisley: I am glad you like my stories. People tell me I should write a book, but really, who's going to buy a book with stories about kids farting, and picking their noses? Does the public REALLY need to know what happens when a cortically blind child spills jell-o powder all over your sweatshirt and you wash it? For those that must know: the jello powder turns INTO JELLO in the washing machine! Its the perfect conditions: 1 cup of boiling water, 1 cup of cold water, stir, and sit! I could title it, "Jello, Boogers, and Farts: Stories of a Special Ed Teacher". :P
Oh, lord. Please chalk that up to the cough syrup! I don't THINK I'd ever do something like that. And Paisley, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your quote. I'm pretty sure that my mom is the author of that quote. ;) She's always telling me, "You don't need to DRIVE me crazy, I CAN WALK!"

02-12-2005, 09:07 PM
Mouse- I love your sense of humor.......yes, you should write a book. A great description of the kid up to the third knuckle.......sorry you are sick but glad you took the day off from swimming. The viral thing going around is NASTY! Please take care.
Glad you got to see Dm and Gm too.

Paisley- glad that you are doing ok and have recovered a bit from your week. Not to sweat it if you did not have such a great week staying OP. Start a fresh next week- even today. It sounded as though you had a great morning, I hope that you got everything accomplished that you wanted to.

Ran around a lot today- and only got a 15 minute walk in. The good news is that I bought a dishwasher... and it will be delivered tomorrow. It ended being a bigger ordeal than I thought it would be- my appliances are all bisque (almond) and it seems as though white and stainless are in. And I am not about to go and buy a new stove and refrigerator (although it is old and will most likely be replaced soon) just to match a new dishwasher. Ended up in Sears and got what I wanted there. Dh is in a better frame of mind. Which helps.
Gotta go wash dishes.....have a great nite.

02-13-2005, 12:12 AM
Third time is the charm! I hope this works! I have typed up two long posts and lost them in cyber space! So here I go again.
I am so glad that it is the weekend! Hopefully I will be able to recharge my batteries and gear up for another beating next week. I had a parent call and complain about me to my special ed. super. She doesn't like how I treat her son and the other students in my room. She feels I don't challenge her son enough and should send homework home with them every night. So needless to say I was not a happy camper on Thursday. I came home and took a nap and then went to the pub for pizza, salad and a few beers that night. Yesterday my kids were hyper all day long. Made it through the Valentine's Day party. Should say I eat my way through it. TOM need I say more. Today I did my gazelle for 30 minutes and my walk/jog video. Then walked to the gym and worked the concession stand for the basketball games. Then walked to Subway for lunch and back to the gym. Then came home and took a nap before going out to dinner and grocery shopping with my dh. We just got home when our one friend pulls up and asked my dh to go out with him and a buddy. So instead of taking me out to the local bar like he had promised me 30 minutes earlier he went with them. So I went to the store after putting the groceries away and bought me some Low Carb Green Apple Bacardi Silver and plan on drinking one or two and going to bed early. Then tomorrow working on some school stuff and then going shopping after I go to church in the morning. So he can spend some time by mimself. Or better yet he can call up his buddies and spend time with them for Valentine's Day. I work until 6:15 on Monday and then plan on going to Curves,so I don't mess up my routine for the day. Well enough babbling from me for now. THanks for letting me vent!

02-13-2005, 02:48 AM
Kerry---Wow! You exercised a TON today. That is SO cool. BTW---I HATE it when people who aren't in education tell me how to teach or run my classroom. That must have been so frustrating!!!

Mouse--I would SO buy a copy of any book with that title! Plus, it would be the perfect gift for any education graduate! (both humor and a warning!)

02-13-2005, 03:30 PM
I'm not a very nice person sometimes. But I am so sick and tired of people telling me or implying that they know how I feel because they have some similar symptoms... Or making suggestions about procedures that I should have or that worked for them...
I'm just so damn tired of people suggesting that if I had gastric bypass surgery, I'd be all cured and things would be so much better. I just don't see how that type of surgery would do anything for the endocrine disorder. I'd certainly lose weight, but I can't imagine what else it would do.
I'm sick and tired of seeing all those shows on TV about gastric bypass surgery, Oprah and people losing weight. I exercise, I don't eat more than I should (c'mon, most days I'm well under 2000 calories!), and I eat healthy for the most part. But everybody knows what my problem is... that is, everybody except me and the one doctor I almost completely trust.

02-13-2005, 06:59 PM
Hey well let's try this again!
(My first post disappeared!)
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Sounds like everyone has been super busy. I have been doing the dreaded house cleaning. I opened a bottle of Mr. Clean and left it open on the counter just like they show on TV. Did a jenie pop out of the bottle and clean my kitchen???????That would be a no. Isn't that false advertising? Darn the bad luck! ;)
Mouse: I would buy your book. You are crack me up! :lol: Don't worry about what others say. I know it's annoying, but don't let it get to you. You'll get there. I'm sorry your offer for Fema came just a little too late. Thanks anyway. I did leave the broom hanging out of the closet ceiling tiles to show the principal, but everything else is in order. I have had two friends undergo gastric bypass within the past year. One has lost over 100 pounds, and the other, died from complications. It was such a shame. She actually lost quite a lot of weight prior to her surgury by excercising everyday. She was the head of the Special Ed department and just a ray of sunshine.
Paisley: Glad things have calmed down your way. Sounds to me like you are going to be pretty busy in the coming months. I can honestly say I don't envy you. By the way: my restraint may have been admirable on Friday.....We're going to Red Lobster tomorrow night. It could get ugly!!!!!!!!!! :D :lol:
Ginny: Hooray on the dishwasher. Isn't that great? I'd love to have all new appliances as well. But, as long as there are working I guess I'll just have to let them be. I bet dishwashing isn't half as bad now huh? I must say, that since I cook every night, my husband usually does the dishes. I feel that's a great deal for me!
Kerry: Sounds like you did a super amount of walking! Husbands can be weenies sometimes. Your comment about him spending time with his friends for Valentine's Day sounds like something I would say! ;)
Time to cook supper, walking, and then I guess I will tackle the overflowing bookbag. Yuck!
Talk to you later!

02-14-2005, 12:10 PM
Just a short hello......

Mouse- first of all, I hope that I have not said something to upset you. Someone really must have pushed all the wrong buttons on you. I know how it is when there is something wrong, and noone seems to understand what the dickens is going on. I had that a few years ago and won't bore you with the details. I do remember that it was awful, and SO much better when I met an MD who was at least sympathetic! Hugs to you......there will be answers for you. It must be awfully hard trying to be patient, when you have been mistreated by so many.

Kerry- first of all, ENJOY your workout today and treat yourself well!!!!!! You deserve it! Yup, men can be so devoid of sensitivity. Even heard that from Dd yesterday, who after the miserable Christmas break she had lamented about the entire genders lack of being emotionally sensitive. Cudo's to you for getting all that excercise in.

Ok, Pam, when the genie comes out of the Mr Clean bottle at your house, please direct him to mine after he finishes yours! (gosh do I need some help). Hope you got most of what you wanted to get done done.

I did get a 25 minute walk in this am, kind of pooped....TOM is here.....and I am lacking energy. The dishwasher should be installed tonite- I kind of knew that I might have to wait a few more days knowing that it was being delivered Sunday. Just thankful that the end is near, and whenever it is in and running I am a happy camper.
Yup, and I agree with Pam, I would love a new kitchen....but as long as everything is running and ok, I am happy too.
Ok, I have babbled enough. I wanted to hand out duct tape this am to the kids they were LOUD. If they do not quiet down this afternoon.......I might just keep the Valentines candy I got them for another day. Yes they were that bad.
Gotta go. See ya later!

02-14-2005, 09:42 PM
Super quick Hey!
Ok in a nutshell, went to Red Lobster. You know that was a big big mistake. I feel so fullllllllllllllllllllllllll! I'm ready for a nap. Somehow don't think that's in the cards for tonight. ;) Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Mine's been excellent!

02-14-2005, 10:52 PM
This has been an absolutely horribly weekend. A friend of mine's husband died on Friday, but I didn't find out until Saturday afternoon. There was a huge arson fire on Sunday night that we had to deal with, and the wife of one our administrators died over the weekend too.
I'm tired of my students making comments about my weight, constantly. They don't curse at me the way they do at everybody else, they just call me fat and run out of the room. Then all the other students laugh, but I'm not allowed to do anything but ignore it. I can't send them out of the room or give them chill time for it.
It doesn't matter how little or how much I eat, I'm definitely gaining weight again. Over 12 pounds in 2 weeks, and its not water weight.
I'm absolutely exhausted most of the time, nauseated all of the time, and I just can't deal with any of this anymore.
My friend's husband died because he was extremely overweight. I had dinner with them at a restaurant on one occasion, and couldn't believe how much he ate... and we did Chinese on another occasion and was again amazed. Even at my highest eating, I couldn't eat an entire pizza in one sitting! But his death scares me, even though I eat healthy and exercise, I'm scared. And the majority of medical professionals seem to think that the ONLY way I'll lose weight is by doing gastric bypass surgery.
I don't NEED to be a size 6 or even a size 10! I'd be perfectly, utterly content with a size 18! I would be perfectly happy being 5'7 and 1/2 inches tall and weighing around 250. Oh, ****, I'd be happy weight what I weighed right now if it was at least ALL OVER and I didn't look so weird.
Everybody assumes that I have trouble walking because of my weight, not because of my ankle. Even my orthopedist assumes that I don't want to do stairs because its too hard to do it with my weight. I've had to give up going out with local Red Cross teams and working in the kitchens Nationally because of my ankle. I can't manage the steps in the row houses or in the homes themselves, and the stairs on the mobile kitchens are flimsy at best. I've been a disaster volunteer since 1990, and a Red Cross volunteer since 1987, don't you think that if I COULD do stairs, I would? I chose Mass Care as my specialty because I'm good at it!
I can't even get a guy to come close enough to me to scare him away with my supposed bad attitude. They never get close enough for me to even open my mouth.
I quit. I give up. I may as well eat what I want, do what I want, whatever. It doesn't make a damn bit of difference whether I track what I eat, give up regular soda, exercise. I'm done.

02-15-2005, 12:49 PM
Mouse- first of all, my sincere condolences for all the losses you are facing this week.
There are times that life just does not seem to make sense, and you wonder about why things have to happen this way. I can offer no answers, just support, a shoulder to cry on, someone to vent to, prayers, a friendly smile if you need that, and some cyber hugs. Hang in there.......there are some answers (we just do not know what they are yet!) and God DOES have a plan for each of us.
I can offer no medical answers to your weight issues either. I can and am happy to send you my Weight watchers of course any answers to your questions that you might have. I know that you have very specific dietary concerns, but perhaps one of the two programs that WW offers might work. Their new "Core"program has worked for many- where other programs have failed. I know that you are counting calories and have tried many weight loss programs before. And that you are working out a lot. And that there might be a medical issue here that the Drs have not figured out yet. But if you think that maybe giving WW a try - at no cost- is worth a try, I will do all I can do to help you. And I will pray for you. Hopefully, today will be better for you.

My day has been ok......busy (what else is new) and I did get to my kickbox tape this am. I did get some cleaning done too- just one room but better than nothing. Ds has his last basketball game tonite- I can only get to a little bit because it starts at 4. I get off work at I will miss the first hour. Oh well.
Gotta go wash dishes. Dh might get started with the installation tonite- he has to replumb the sink to do so.
Have a great day!!!!!!

Pam- hope your valentines day was nice.......sure sounded that way to me!

02-15-2005, 05:53 PM
Good afternoon everyone!
Gosh, I just don't know what to say. Mouse, please don't just give up.You have already lost 55 pounds. It may be a long journey, but you just do it one step at a time. If you mess up, start again. Everyday is a new day. I have battled with my weight off and on my whole life. I used to dream in high school that I would just wake up and be thin. My very first day in a brand new school, new state, no friends I was in the eighth grade. The school went from grades 7-12. This football player called me tank. He said I was as big as a tank. I was crushed, humiliated, and tortured with that name throughout my entire High School years. People can be mean, it just kills me. You do so much for others, your sense of humor is off the hook. Just let tomorrow be a new day. I will say a prayer for you.
My day was ok, I have an awful sore throat. I hope it's just that. I do not have time to be sick right now. I have two peer evals to do and a week to do them. I was observed during fourth period today, and the principal was called out during my observation. He left his walky talkie and all his stuff, so for the rest of the class, until he came back to get it, we got to hear everything that was going on around the school. I didn't dare go turn it off. I need to excercise today, but I just don't feel good. I should just make myself I guess.
Ginny: Yes, my Valentine's Day was awesome! Roses, jewelry, dinner out, which made me so sleepy that I wanted to crawl into bed and go to sleep. (My hubby said he didn't pay out all that money for me to take a nap! :o ) Gracious. My bedroom smells like a rose garden. Yummy!
Best wishes to everyone. Robyn, Mouse, Ginny, Kerry, Paisley.....Forgetting anyone????????? Well, let me stop babbling and get busy.
Take care!

02-15-2005, 11:04 PM
Hi, all.
Okay, so today pretty much sucked in terms of kid's behavior, and I was ready to RUN out of the building at 2:00 and never ever come back again. I had two of my kids go whacko behaviorally during 1st period. Second period was okay, and then 3rd period happened. One of the kids hasn't had his glasses in MONTHS. I just don't understand how a parent can be so ... sorry guys... irresponsible!? as to not get their child new glasses right away. If it is a cost issue, there are plenty of groups that will help, and he's at our school for pity's sake, his social worker can assist! But the kid tells us everyday that he can't see. But my TA has noticed that he can see well enough to play basketball without his glasses, and he played soccer very well without them too. (Mind, now, its very well for a child with a significant cognitive and emotional disability....) And I happened to ask him today if he could see the basketball court, and he said yes, but he couldn't see the board that was much closer to him than a basketball hoop ever could be. I said, "If you can see the hoop, you can see the board." And then left it alone. At some point, we had a cap for a glue stick, but no stick... so I asked him first and he yelled at me, and I ignored it, then I made a general 'teacher voice' question, "Who has the glue stick but no cap?" because these were brand-new glues, and I want them to last the rest of the year! And he screams, "You always blame me for everything, even stuff I didn't do!" I just looked at him, and said, "Okay. You can't scream at me that way. Its not polite. I'm not screaming at you, please don't scream at me." And he screamed at me again, so I told him to take a minute, which he refused. Twice. I told him that he was directed to take some chill time, and now it was a 3-minute, so he needed to try and be successful. So he shoved himself back, and is sitting there, and calls me a b----, then a jack---. And so he was directed to the hallway so he could do an out of class chill and be successful. He refused to go, and then said, "If I go out there, I'm going to elope!", which I ignored. About 3 minutes before the end of the period, I reminded him that he needed to successfully complete his chill time or he'd have to go to resource instead of his next class, and he flipped out. He threw over a desk, which landed against another student's desk and pushed him in the stomach, then he shoved over his chair and pushed another desk before running out of the room. I had a 1:1 staff in the room with me, because my TA had walked her student to class (we have a student on a special plan who comes to us for 2 periods in a row: one period to do our work, one to do acadmics with me... this kid is seemingly only successful in our class). She went after him while I called resource. The bell rang, and 4th period went absolutely nuts before they even got in the room... Ten minutes into the period, and I may as well have been teaching the class down in the resource room. They had done something 3rd period, and the teacher followed them down and said, "If you don't want to be in my class, I can do a schedule change and you can be out of there. You're out on Friday." So, we had lots of threats flying back and forth about people getting others in trouble, etc, etc. Oh, it was a mess. I couldn't keep up with the paperwork, and at one point the resource staff actually told my supervisor that I wasn't doing it fast enough! He came down to ask me about it, and I told him... I WAS working on it! I was livid and just dropped the paperwork on the desk when I went in there, turned around and walked out. I usually check to make sure that they don't need anything else from me. Since I usually get them paperwork ASAP, often fill it out when I walk a kid down, they had no business doing that.
6th period was good, and 7th period was off the chain. There is nothing about the school they like, nothing about the teachers they like, and they're all being negative constantly. Something is going on, and I don't know what it is.... its driving me nuts. I did finally get some of the girls to improve their attitude when I pulled out my "cool scissors". I have one girl who only has use of one hand, and she can't cut. She can't brace the paper very well, and she wants her work to look good. Usually I wait for her to ask, but she was having problems today and had been really rude to me, so I decided to give it a shot and offer. She took me up on it, and I remembered my electric scissors. These are by Singer, and you only need one hand to operate them. They are, literally, battery operated scissors. Singer came out with a new kind last year that are a bit more sturdy and not as loud... so the discount stores had these for 99 cents. I picked up 3 pairs, but 2 of them were stolen. I keep this pair locked up... and what a difference they made today! They were COOL... everybody wanted to use them.
Okay. Enough. I talked to my supervisor about upcoming field trips, and he gave me the go-ahead for planning trips for our info tech quarter, and we're looking at 2 small special trips for those that are truly into IT, and then a trip to a factory to see how they use machines to run a factory for the rest & the lower functioning roups. It looks like we're going to take the Herr's Factory tour... Herr's is a potato chip/snack company in Lancaster, PA. That kinda made the day a little bit better, and so did my swim...

The whole weight thing though... I count calories, I've seen a nutrionist, I don't know how WW would be any different, Ginny. There is definitely a medical reason, and I'm on all kinds of medication to help. I could almost deal with it if I was fat all over, but the kids are right when they say it looks like my rear end is up front! :(
Now, its late, g'night.

02-16-2005, 08:09 AM
Good morning!

Pam- sounds as though your week got off to a good start. Your kind words to Mouse really touched me were so encouraging, and this weight loss journey can be so darned bumpy. I hope your throat feels better.

Mouse- ok, I do not know how WW could be all that much different, but I do know that sometimes a fresh perspective can be helpful. Again, the materials are yours.....and Elana and I can walk you thru the process. As far as food comsumption goes, I do know that certain people do respond to a different balance of foods- there was one WW member I know of who had plateaued because she was not eating the right balance of foods for her- as a matter of fact, her diet was so fat free, they told her to add some healthy fat. It worked for her...... I do so hope that your day today goes better for you. It has to be hard on you getting up each day and knowing that you might face another day like the last. Hang in are a blessing to your students (and us too!).

Got up and kick boxed. Busy day today....won't be home until 7 or so.......see ya later! Hi to everyone i missed.

02-16-2005, 10:22 PM
Hi Ladies,
Sorry I have been missing in action lately. I was emotionally drained from this weekend fighting with my dh and it also being that tom. Then I have three alternate assessments due on March 4th and I am trying to collect and compile all that data. Plus I am working on my IEP testing since I have to write those by the end of March. So I will be stressed out a little from now until the 23rd of March. Then I can relax a little while we have a week off for Spring break the next week. Good news I lost two pounds in all this mess. So I was pleasantly surprised when I got on the scale last night and it read 196 1/4. I was happy. Well I better go and try to post this. I will come back and get personal with you if this posts.

02-16-2005, 11:20 PM
Well, I guess it can't hurt, Ginny. My reproductive endocrinologist thinks that there might be some element of malnutrition going on, because my insulin level was really, really high when she first saw me... It was 150, and a normal insulin level is around 5-7, high normal is 17-20. That means that my body wasn't using any of the food I was eating for energy and was storing it ALL as fat, because that is what insulin does. It breaks the food down for energy, and whatever isn't broken down properly or used, goes to fat. The more sugar or "white stuff' you eat, the more insulin your body produces. I admit that before this all started, I did eat a lot of white stuff: bought mostly italian bread, ate white rice, didn't eat a lot of vegetables, and didn't work out on a strict schedule. I did exercise, but between the time I hurt my ankle and the time I was diagnosed it was hit or miss, because I mostly just taught swimming on the weekends. I also drank lots of Pepsi or sugary drinks.
But since August 2001, I've been tracking what I eat, and slowly changing my eating habits. There is no regular soda in the house, the freezer has Lean Cuisine and sugar-free ice cream. I eat salad almost daily, and more vegetables. I do eat white rice still, but not as often as I used to. I buy whole-wheat pasta. I'm taking a multi-vitamin, and drinking more water. Mostly no caffeine. The bread in the freezer is whole wheat or whole grain rye. The nutrionist told me I needed to drink more fluid, any non-caffinated, calorie free beverage; more protein, and more fiber. I've been making a good effort at it, but it doesn't seem to be hlping. She also suggested I try not to eat below 2000 calories per day, and I'm not doing badly at that either.
Exercise has become more of a chore recently, but I'm not sure why. I enjoy swimming, but I'd rather come home and sleep.
So, I don't know. Maybe I just need some time off and to go away for a weekend or something. It is harder to work year-round with the kinds of kids I teach.
The other thing I keep trying to remind myself is that I HATE February. It has traditionally been a bad month for me: I hurt my ankle the first time in February; if something bad is going to happen at school to me professionally, it will happen in February. There was something else I was going to say, but I don't remember what it is right now.