Support Groups - SUMMER TIME! Teachers successfully losing weight

06-22-2006, 04:14 PM
AH, all the kiddies are home.........we finally get some time to recharge some badly abused batteries and get ready for September! Welcome.

06-22-2006, 04:17 PM
Well, I made it thru the day, did not cry too much, although seriously I was crying and so were several of my students. Gonna miss those little buggers- well most of them.

Mouse- please take the time you need to get better......Please?

Robyn, the trip sounds wonderful. Recharge, regroup! And with a WW buddy to boot? Hehehehehe!

I am pooped. We had company last I am going to take a nap (unheard of!). Sorry for being short. See ya later!

06-22-2006, 04:55 PM
Found ya! :) Cleaned the I've got to sit a spell..... wheew! This cleaning stuff is not fun! ;) Will respond more later...was just reminded of baseball tonight...yummy! ahem!
Take care,

06-22-2006, 05:26 PM
Hi Ladies,
I am back from my little mini-vacation. I had fun with my TOPS friends. But I didn't have fun at home. I was basically left to my own devices and no one in my family really wanted to do anything. Then I came home to my dh telling me how much fun he had over the weekend and it really burnt me. Then every night since I have been home, he ends up going out with our friends and I stay at home. Because how much fun is it to watch everybody sit around and drink beer all night long and bs for hours upon hours. Then he hurt my feelings at the pool today. I had to go in to the pool this morning to pick the kids up from swimming lessons and bring them back to the house to eat lunch. Then I took them back to the pool for a little bit. While I tried to talk to my dh a few times to ask him a couple of simple quick questions and I was told to leave him alone. So then he comes over to talk to me later and I was already in a foul mood because of the heat and no shade and his attitude towards me to ask me what is wrong. I told him that I was getting ready to leave so I could workout at Curves and he was like fine. So when I collect my sdd and all her stuff, I am told by one of our friends that my dh went with one of our other friends to pick up baseball pictures, so I couldn't leave just yet because the twins were in the pool. When they finally come back, my dh was like bye see ya later and made a point to kiss his dd but blew me off. While needless to say that hurt me a lot among not really getting to spend time with just him. But he had time to chat with all our other friends there or he made the time. So I am suppose to go with him tonight to a friends house for a little bit and I don't know if I want to go now or not. I have decided that I am not going to the pool and sitting awhile when it is really hot out or it makes me sick and cranky. I did miss talking with you all while I was gone. I was going to check in with you all yesterday, but was in a little bit of pain from my dentist visit and three fillings put in yesterday morning. So I stayed off the computer yesterday.
So how is everyone enjoying the start to their summer vacation? I better go and get in the shower to really cool off now. Talk to you all later.

06-23-2006, 08:54 PM

Mouse, thanks for your note about CPR and related stuff.... I will have to reread it and figure out what direction I want to take...and then of course, it is up to the boys really! Thanks so much for the information!

Kerry, Welcome back! Sorry to hear that your trip to visit family was less than wonderful! Also sorry to hear that youve got your own Atilla to deal with! While you were away, I joined our local Curves for the summer months! I joined on Tuesday morning....and my body reminded me this morning that I haven't been doing ANYthing that involved moving this larda$$ in a long long time! I've gone daily since I joined....but will not go on Sunday...They are closed! :) Anywhooooooo....... glad you're back! Missed your chatter!

Gin, is it over yet? I had to giggle at your reply to my note from Spring Break! Hehehehee! Today my friend Patti and I got the 3 boys gathered up and took them and a zillion extras to the local beach (York River) ....literally we got out of the Jeep it began to pour rain! It is still raining....hours HOURS later! Geesh! Thanks for the support with my emotional binge eating....... I don't know when / IF I will see my "old friend" again......but I have realized that I must 'prepare" myself for bumping into her and not letting my heart get in the way of my logical head! Sighhh! I also KNOW that I can NOT eat the kitchen......but mannn!

Today, besides being caught in the rain..... the boys are totally bored less than a week into summer! Dh will have tomorrow off....I'm hopeful to have a bit of help with getting the junk out of the living room... it is amazing how much unnecessary JUNK can accummulate! The oldest is driving me insane about taking him to the movie store...too bad that he has zero cash to support his whining!

ya'll take care

06-24-2006, 05:21 PM
Hi Ladies,
Things are sort of settling back to normal here. Now if I could just get back into excersing regularly again. I did make it to Curves two times this week. But other things came up and I didn't get to make it any other day. I did go swimming for a half hour on Thursday though and today I went to the lake for a 2 mile walk. But after going to the TOPS convention and going home for a few days, I fell out of the habit of excersing and now have to jump start my butt again. Maybe I can get some of that energy off of Robyn.
Congrats on joining Curves. How do you like it so far? I am going to try to start going 4 to 5 times a week, so I can kick start my weight loss again. So did it finally stop raining there? What plans do you have for your boys today? I hope you are not boring them again today. LOL Don't worry I go through that same thing with my three stepkiddos all the time.
Ginny, so are you glad that school is done for another year. What are your big plans for this summer? Hope you have been able to rest up.
Hi to Pam and Mouse. Hope all is going well with you.
Well the house is empty for now, so I think I am going to go sneak a nap in. Watch just when I drift off to sleep, my dh and sds will come home or the phone will start ringing. Keep your fingers crossed that it won't happen and I can get some sleep.
Talk to you all later. Have a great Saturday!

06-24-2006, 06:51 PM
I will respond personally later.........feel yucky today, actually took a nap. I am just tired and dragged out.

Kerry- sorry about your troubles at I said, I will mention more later.

Robyn- kids are bored already??? Uh oh! Get to WW this am?

Sorry for being short........

06-24-2006, 07:03 PM
Hope that you were able to squeeze in your nap, Kerry! :)
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

I got my WW meeting in this me 5:45 seemed to be MUCH earlier than it should have been! :) I am down a pound! :) ...and I'm staying OP today! :) I have a snack planned at 7:30! Sad, isn't it?! LOL

I am searching for at least one more pair of shorts for my trip to Florida..... instead of going to Curves this morning, I went shopping... managed to spend $100....but was not successful finding any shorts. Summer has JUST begun here.... and they are having clearance sales on summer stuff....AND everyone has the same size fanny that I have....14/16 (Women's 16s are too big! :) ) While I'm grinning over the smaller size...I'm frustrated.... too small (what a joke!) for fat clothes and too big (more like it!) for "normal clothes"! ....AND it doesn't really matter what size my fanny is because there ARE no clothes in ANY department (in the 3 stores I checked!) in my SIZE.

It poured for hours here yesterday.... figures....we were at the beach when it began! Today has been horribly humid.....HORRIBLY! I've stayed in once I returned home from my shopping and WW meeting. I'm thinking of going over town to Kohl's. Certainly THEY know that it is summer AND they would have SOMETHING that would fit my fanny.....RIGHT?! I don't know if the drive is worth it .........I guess I'll figure it out! :)

Gotta go clean something....I'm making sloooooooooowwwwwww progress! :)

take care,

06-25-2006, 01:54 PM
Good morning, everybody.
It has been raining here since Thursday. Its either drizzling or pouring. We lost power on Thursday evening for about 5 hours; we've been good to go since then, but apparently there were issues because people came home or tried to go to work when the power was out and couldn't get out of the garage or into the building! The security system for the garage is electric! I'm not sure about the door sensors... they might have a battery back-up. The elevator on my side of the building was out too, so I had to walk to the other side, and then up the hill to get to my car.
Friday, I went to straighten the apartment a bit, and change the bed linens... and discovered that I REALLY REALLY needed new pillows. So... I bought new pillows. Cost a fortune too, but I must admit to a bit of indulgence: two standard size pillow cases made of this new fabric called modal. It feels like silk, but is really a plant fiber, so its much more washable. And a microsuede cover for the body pillow. :) The cat wants the body pillow, and insists on trying to lay on it!
I had to work at the gym Saturday, but the weather was so bad... I was nearly late for work because somebody did something on 95 North... Not quite sure what it was, but it apparently involved rubber pieces of truck tires (you know, the shredded rubber you see a lot of on the highways?), and the fire department hosing down the on-ramp. And then... we closed the pool at 2:45 for storms (its a state law; even the indoor pools have to close for thunder). We have to stay closed for 30 minutes after the LAST occurrance. So, I didn't get the pool opened again until 3:50. Then, we only managed to stay open again for 30 minutes before I had to close again, and this time we stayed closed for the rest of the evening. We had to cancel the children's lessons last night, too... but the aquatics director is going to pay me for my full shift of guarding and the two lessons I would have taught. He's rewarding those of us that showed up because half the staff bagged out and didn't bother to call or show up to see. I mean, it was pretty obvious lessons were going to be cancelled, but we still had 120 kids that showed up!
During my guard shift, while the pool was closed, I sat in the lobby to watch the pool because its much cooler. I turned away from the window for a minute, and when I turned back around, there's some guy in the pool!!! Mind, now, we have this HUGE (waist high!) sign on a WEIGHTED stand (its not heavy once you get used to it, but it is awkward!) that we put in front of the doors in the locker room hallway whenever the pool is closed. The sign says, 'Aquatic Fitness Center Closed' in big white letters on a teal background. We set the sign right in front of the automatic doors, so in order to open the door you have to MOVE the sign. I go running into the pool, and its storming... lots of lighting and thunder... and this guy is SWIMMING. I start yelling that he needs to get out of the pool, and he can't hear a word I'm saying. I finally got his attention, and he looks at me like I'm nuts. Then says, "I'll just swim back to the other end of the pool and get out." I'm like, "No. I need you to get out here, at this ladder, now." Once I got him out, I had to ask...."The pool is closed for the storm. There are signs everywhere!" We have a sign at the check-in desk, one at the towel desk, and the huge one leading into the pool! "I didn't see any signs. I don't have my glasses!" I just looked at him. He had to go complain to the manager on duty, of course, who told him that he had to have MOVED the sign to get in the pool.
One of the membership coordinators who talks to me when I'm there thought we should have left him in there and tested the theory about what happens to somebody who swims during a thunderstorm. ;) We figured it was a win-win situation: I could use my training in CPR, and we could see if somebody really fries when they're struck with lighting in the water. ;)
Also, because of the weather, I got to go to my friend's house for a few hours and chat... I was supposed to go home for the rest of the weekend, but my parents didn't want me driving up there because all of the small streams that I have to pass over (and it was dark) had flash flood warnings.

06-25-2006, 02:17 PM
Robyn- hopefully Kohls had some nice shorts for your fabulous fanny. Congrats on being a size 14!!!!!! And the 1# loss!:carrot: Proud of you, my friend. Did you get any cleaning done at all? (I am having such a tough time motivating myself to clean.) And it is humid here in NY too. Stinks.

Mouse- now, how long have you had Imp???????? And you did not know that everything Imp owns (including that nice snazzy new expensive body pillow!) is hers, on loan to you at her discretion! You have this rain too, eh? Sounds as though you have made the best of it, despite crummy weather.

Got a walk in this am, and then church. PMS time here, so I am tired and drained (and also fighting a cold or whatever.). Perhaps todays baseball obsession will be rained out.........taking Dd to the movies ( I think!).
See ya

(Pam and Kerry, you both ok I hope!)

06-25-2006, 10:36 PM
Hello people! :)

So. The weekend is coming to a close and I'm NOT in a panic about school for next week! WhooooHOooo! No plans to put in order, no newsletter or homework to worry about, no parents to meetings to arrange...WELL, I'm sure that you all get the picture! Sigh.... I guess it is safe to say that I'm enjoying summer!

Spent nearly 4 hours at a pool party for the baseball team... This is THE last event of the season for them as a team! I actually enjoyed spending time with the other moms who hung out instead of dropping their son off to attend alone! My husband was one of the coaches.... and was also on call for work....AND the gathering was nearly 30 minutes from our home... So. I stayed there!

My friend, Patti, and I shut down Kohl's last night..... didn't know that they were open til 10...after trying on EVERY pair of white and kahki shorts and capris in the store! I purchased a purse and a tshirt. NOT what I went there for! Then we headed over to one of the "never closes" Marts to pick up a few groceries....and I discovered THE most perfect pair of white shorts ...on sale for $5. Had to laugh after the HOURS spent in Kohls! Patti and I have fun doing stupid stuff like grocery shopping together...

gotta get the doggie out...will return...but don't want to lose this........

06-25-2006, 11:13 PM
Sorry for my "quick" exit! Didn't want a, you know! :)

Hope all is well with everyone!

Mouse, sounds like a GREAT science experiment! I'm not too sure that I would have been able to resist the temptation to try it! ...and Kitties OWN everything! ;)

Kerry, how was your weekend? Hope it was great!
Gin, hope the PMS has passed! Did it rain?!

Ya'll take care...have to go "fix" the oldest kids attitude! JOY!

06-26-2006, 09:51 AM
Went to Curves this morning in the pouring rain.

Returned home to walk the puppy in the drizzle. How can a dog who hates a bath SOOOO much love the rain equally??? Next walk today, I might take her shampoo!

Today I gut the kitchen of all the crap that I never use! AND the boys begin their summer studies.......I dread both! We begin at 10.... I am enjoying the remaining hour online! :)

Today, my abs are letting me know that they exist...... :)

06-26-2006, 12:34 PM
Robyn, so glad your abs are keeping you company! ;) Ain't I a b****!?
Mine need a major workout too.......and I will be sore tomorrow, as I did my WW tape this am instead of walking. The tape works out most everything, and I usually know it the next day. Congrats on finding some shorts. I love the all nite Marts......and have found some great clothes at them (of course other times I completely strike out!). Love your story about shopping with Patti. I had a friend Brenda, we would go out shopping at all kinds of insane hours (5 am the day after Thanksgiving, 11pm anytime before Christmas......)a nasty divorce and move (and her own personal problems) ended that. Glad you found some shorts! And ok, you would have needed the purse and shirt anyway, well, maybe?:dizzy: Good luck with summer school and the boys....I feel your pain. Read on.

My Ds failed the regents for English 11 (shall we all start singing the I love NY song?? We are the ONLY state with this dumb test, that noone else gives a hoot about). So he has to retake the course this summer, despite that he actually passed the course, got an 83 on the final, just failed the regents.
So I am now dealing with a very upset 17 yr old. Reality is a tough thing for a teenage boy. You mean baseball and playstation are NOT regents courses?
In a way I am happy about this, Dh and I have tried for years to tell him that we might just know a wee bit about HS and studying etc. And it has been rejected. So now he has to face reality. Yeah, it bugs me...........what bugs me more is that he is so darned lazy. Oh well. I sure could use Robyn to declutter my kitchen! Today's mission is to catch up on the bills and shredding. The last few weeks of school (when I prectially slept in my bus) I was able to just barely maintain- not file, shred etc. Hopefully I can finish this soon. Kitchen is tomorrow or Wednesday.

Gotta go!!! See ya!

06-26-2006, 01:52 PM
Afternoon, all.

It is STILL raining. And storming. Would somebody please tell me why I chose swimming as my favorite form of exercise? There are so many times you can't do it: if you have a cold, if you have the flu (even after you're done, you can't swim for 2 weeks: health laws), thunderstorms. Between the weather and the pneumonia, I haven't been in a pool since MAY!
I need something to do... Any ideas for somebody with my bum ankle????
On other weather-related topics: My county has evacuated bunches and gobs of people to the east of me, and it is now POURING... POURING... so hard that I can barely see outside the window... again. In fact... I think one of the drains across from my building just went flying off because it couldn't handle the rain anymore. I'm glad that I am on the 4th floor. I don't have to worry too much about flooding.
I'm sitting here, kind of waiting to see if the Red Cross calls me.
Robyn: Congrats on finding the shorts!!!!!!!! I have a friend that I like to go do stuff like that with to, but we don't live near each other, and don't get to do it often.
Ginny: We have an 11th grade English test here in VA too, and if you don't pass the test, you don't get a diploma. So, its the same deal. We let the kids take the test over again if they didn't pass the class, but we recommend summer school.
As for Imp: he's male, and he's owned me for 10 years. I'm reading a book about Cat Wizards (Diane Duane, The Book of Night with Moon) and the book is written from the point of view of the cats. Its very clear that they keep US as pets, and not the other way around. I asked Imp this morning if he felt that way and he head-butted my chin and meowed. He's actually on my list right now: he meowed from 4:00 a.m. this morning till 7:30 or 8, so that coupled with the Weather alert chirps all night (flood warning, flood watch, flash flood warning, thunderstorm warning), I didn't get more than an hour's sleep at a time.
And, as if the rain we just had weren't enough, now its trying to get sunny again. That is the absolute worst: the energy from the sun sucks up all the moisture, and we get it all back again in a few hours.

06-26-2006, 03:50 PM
Mouse- sorry I forgot Imp was a he and not a she. Will he forgive me?
I am happy to hear that you understand the principles of cat ownership. Thought for a wee bit there that Imp was not doing his job keeping you in line. Have you ever tried the recombinant bike? (sp?) That appears as though it is not stressful to leg joints, and I have a friend with foot problems who swears by hers. So sorry about the rain. It is no better here in southen NY.

Update on Ds and the regents.....picked up the registration form and also found out that his teacher is offering a review course for a few days before the retest. He did pass the course, just failed the test.....(got an 83 on the final). I will speak with the teacher tomorrow and see what she says.

Gotta go finish taming the paper monster!

06-26-2006, 04:52 PM
Rain, Rain, Go Away...Come again in February! :( MOREEEE rain! Gotta run ...back to my kitchenhell!

06-26-2006, 06:44 PM
Evening All,
I am sorry to say that we don't have the rain in Southern Ohio like you all do. But my sister lives only 1 1/2 hours away in WV and they have all kinds of flooding and rain going on there.
Robyn, glad to hear that you finally found the pair of shorts you needed. Bet it felt great to find out that you are a size smaller too! Keep up the good work! By the time you have to go school clothes shopping, you will probably be down another size. Congrats on the 1 pound loss too. That is wonderful. Hope your kitchen cleaning is going well for you.
Mouse, sorry to hear about all the rain you are getting. Hope you were able to take a nap this afternoon. Could you try walking on an even ground for short spans of time? Or an excerise bike?
Ginny, sorry to hear about your ds's failed regents test. So how long is summer school and when does he take the test again? I am hoping that you are feeling better from your TOM.
Things have gotten a little bit better here. I just gave my dh the cold shoulder for a few days and he finally asked me what was wrong. I told him about the way I was treated at the pool and he said that he isn't allow to kiss me at school when he comes to visit me, so I shouldn't be kissing him at the pool when he is working. But I asked how that rule is different for his dd. He couldn't give me an answer. I thought if there was to be no kissing of any kind at a work place that should apply to everyone.
I had plans to go workout at Curves today. But my dh told me this morning that today was lawn mowing day. So I push mowed the yard for 3 1/2 hours. So I think that is good enough excerise for one day. It had only taken me 2 1/2 hours in the past. But today was the first time it has gotten mowed since June 13th, so it was thick in spots. I am hoping that it will show up on the scale tomorrow evening when I weigh in at TOPS.
Well I am going to go and reply to a few emails that I have been putting off. Talk to you all later. Have a great evening.

06-26-2006, 10:04 PM
Sorry for the very quick run in and exit, my rain comment... the lightening came fast and furious and I was in a rush to get the machine turned off!

Gin, sorry to hear about your son and the test. How devestating for everyone! When does the review and retest happen?! Just what you needed....something else to cause stress! ARghhh! (((hugs)))

Kerry, hope all goes well for you at TOPS! Pushing the mower for THAT long sorta overshadows the time at Curves! :) Yes! I'm happy that I found the shorts....and I'm thrilled that they are smaller! :) Thank you for your encouraging words!

Mouse, I have NO ideas for you for exercise, I'm afraid! Recumbent bike? (Is that spelled correctly?) Youre a Mouse out of water...... Know it is making you crazy! ...and the rest of this week doesn't look too good wise!

Kitchen isn't done. BUT I'm making progress! I got some other paperwork stuff done for the BoyScout Troop...and of course I messed around with some school stuff for next year! What an idiot I am! LOL.... I'm addicted to this junk, I guess! :)

The boys did their "studies" this morning with little to no arguments. Rather pleasant and surprising all rolled into one! The youngest continues to be the mouth about it....but I've explained that I'm the queen and he is GOING TO do it or not do anything else. PERIOD. We will see!

Gotta go see if I can clean up after dinner... JUST when I get the kitchen 1/2 way clean THEY WANT to eat! The nerve! :)

Take care! Thanks for all of the encouraging words!

06-26-2006, 10:04 PM
Evening all.
I think Imp will forgive you, I'm not sure that he'll forgive me. He's been kinda mad at me all day because when he was meowing non-stop I told him to shut-up. He did let me pick him up and pet him, but didn't stay long and hasn't come back since.
As for the bike: I have tried the recumbent bikes at my gym (well, the one I work at), but it really hurt after just a few minutes. I've also tried walking: I can walk short distances, and do walk to grocery shop, get around the school, run errands, to and from parking lot or around the house, but I don't think I can do it fast enough or long enough to make any difference.
We have had 1.6 inches of rain today, which is less than in the past few days fortunately, but... I think it is still raining. Its hard to tell right now because it is dark out, and I don't think it is pouring anymore... just raining.

06-27-2006, 12:25 AM
Sorry to hear that what I thought was correct....biking and walking aren't good options for our Mousie. Swimming or exercising in the water seems to be nearly your only option.... did some sort of weight training at home.... and don't scream...have you looked into any of the videos for people who are ielderly or are in a wheelchair? My mom has a very difficult time standing / walking. She borrowed one of those videos from a friend. She felt as if she was at least doing something.... but then.... She now has a large hot tub and does exercises each evening (that it isn't raining...ahem!) in there! I know it is so frustating. My mom was once into high impact aerobics! "Being like this" makes her nuts!
Just trying to think of things to get you moving!

Heading to bed...soon! :) take care, mmmmmeee

06-27-2006, 02:33 AM
I did lift weights at the gym. And, I have looked at the DVDs for those with physical problems. They didn't look very promising, especially given that I've never really liked aerobics. That is the other problem, of course. I used to like to walk... and would do that willingly. But other than that, lifting weights or swimming, I dislike most forms of exercise. I did play volleyball in high school, and was on a team; I also played briefly in college (the team schedule conflicted with my math class however, and I had to leave).
I blame this, in large part, on most of my gym teachers during school. Many of them were rude and allowed those with better athletic ability to pick on those of us that weren't as coordinated. I am terribly uncoordinated; I always have been. My mom tried many different activities; I liked gymnastics until we moved from tumbling to things that required me to climb heights or jump over stationary objects. A gym teacher darned near ruined swimming for me (okay, she did ruin lap swimming for me for many years) by telling me that I was the worst swimmer she'd ever seen. It took me YEARS to be brave enough to go anywhere near a gym.
The radar looks like it might be clearing up, so maybe I can get to the pool tomorrow around lunchtime. :)

06-27-2006, 10:24 AM
You've stirred up some old unpleasant memories! Very OLD! LOL I've harbored bad feelings about PE teachers for FOREVER. You are right. Instead of working with / helping strengthen those with less than GREAT skills..... The effort / time was spent letting the natural born JOCKS do their thing while the rest of us were divided up via self esteem building methods.... My personal favorite PE game is DodgeBall. Put the weak in a closed circle and have the strong pulverize them! I have NEVER EVER forced that game with my students. I did learn from my early dodge ball games to be very under the radar....move as little as will nearly be as invisible as you feel. Happy memories. I'll spare you the story from 8th grade of them forcing me up on the balance beam.... had to walk it AND do a foreward roll..... if you FORCE the gawky, uncoordinated fat kid to do it...perhaps she will turn into Nadia or Olga and realize that she DOES love gymnastics or perhaps she will talk about the event 199 years later and still get tears in her eyes from the memories of the humiliation! Gee.....I must go now...I've got balance beams to fall off of in front of my wonderfully kind and compassionate 8th grade peers...
Sign me Olga!

06-27-2006, 01:16 PM
Oh, yea, Robyn. My gym teachers in high school were so bad that I started coming up with reasons that I couldn't take gym. My doctor finally let me sign up for adaptive PE where we walked, lifted weights, and swam.
Anyway, it is pouring again as I type. I don't know if it is storming with it, but it is sure pouring.
I should have stayed awake at 6:00 a.m. and gone swimming then.

ARRRRRRGH! Its pouring here again! And I haven't gone swimming yet. I'm so ticked off. It just came down so hard here it actually soaked my balcony (very unusual since the balcony is totally covered!). We've had 1.3 inches of rain today, and more than 10 inches since Friday. There might be some sun in sight though... Let's hope. I'm going to go find a nice flood puddle and swim in that if I don't get to a pool soon!


06-27-2006, 10:43 PM
Evening Ladies,
Sorry to hear that the rain is still coming down in buckets for you, Mouse. I did get a kick out of your comment about going to find a rain puddle to swim in before long if you can't make it to the pool. I hope you will be able to go tomorrow. I know what it feels like when you can't get any exercise in. I went through that faze for about two months while we were in the process of moving. It could drive a person nuts. I can agree with you on the PE teachers whole heartly. I was never a very out-going person sportswise, because God didn't deem me worthly in that way. So I hated gym starting in middle school and all the way through high school. Now I regret not being more atheltic back then and not playing a team sport. Maybe I wouldn't be a fat person working so hard to get fit and healthier. :) Hope you can find an exercise that you can do when you can't go swimming. :)
Robyn, I thought of you today when I went to Curves. I did make it in this afternoon. I was the only one working out until half way through my second lap around the circut. I had a nice chat with the new girl working there. So how are your abs today? Are you still sore? So did the boys do their studies today with no problems? I am working with my one stepson and he thought I was killing him making him read with me outloud for a half hour today. I told him that if he wanted to get any better at reading then he needed to work with on it a little bit each day. I said that you little sneak got out of it for a good week and half. So are you getting excited about your trip to Flordia in a few weeks? Did you know that if you wanted to you could get a travel pass and workout at a Curves in Flordia if there is one near where you are going to be staying? That is just a suggestion. Did you finish your kitchen cleaning yet?
Ginny, how are you feeling today? I hope a little bit better. How did the chat go with your ds's teacher today? Did you get the paper monster tamed yesterday? I hope you were able to enjoy some very much needed Ginny time today.
I did loss 3 pounds tonight at TOPS and was my group's weekly best loser. So that was a great motivator. I am hoping that when I go back in two weeks to have another loss. We are not meeting next Tuesday due to the July 4th holiday.
Well I better go and put the Avon orders I got tonight on my Avon order sheet. Talk to you all tomorrow. Have a great evening.

06-28-2006, 05:12 PM
A short hello......and many thanks for putting up with the spelling challenged me (hey, some days you have it, and some you don't). Still busy. Today I had my annual physical, rushed thru that to get to WW (up a #, but I am retaining all kinds of water due to PMS), then rushed like a nut to get Mr Happy signed up for the retake of the regents. After many conversations with all involved (his school, our district and the school offering the regents and review class) we all agreed that he only has to retake the test. Seems that Mr Testosterone could not read the directions on the test properly and that is why he failed. (got that after speaking to the woman who graded his test). Aw mean you can't get a HS diploma in baseball? Robyn I am sure you understand all the nonsense phone calls I had to make dealing with different schools etc.......... And I got him out of summer school. Gee, thanks Mom. Ungrateful brat.

Mouse- somehow, someday you will get some swimming time in. Hopefully the sun came out, it finally did here in NY (but it is so humid).

And I completely sympathize with all the stories about PE teachers. I only had one that was at all nice to non athletic types such as myself. I hated gym too. Kerry- yup I think 3.5 hours of mowing is a workout too!! Congrats on the 3# loss. Robyn- you get that kitchen clean?????

I am so tired. Still have not had a day to myself.......tomorrow I am getting my hair cut.....some badly needed time relaxing.See ya!

06-29-2006, 11:52 AM
Happy SUNNY Thursday to you folks! :sunny: How is everyone doing?

This morning I woke up when DH went off to work and went back to reading! .....reading a trashy novel! GOTTA love summer time! Read for a while....dozed back off to sleep for about an hour and then pulled myself out of bed and went to Curves! I had the whole place to myself for about 1/2 the time....and then some others joined. I still feel like an outsider there as I don't know a soul...... But I am enjoying going.....and well, I *am* going! Kerry, I asked about the travel pass for my time in Florida...and it seems that because I joined on a "Teacher/Summer" deal thing, that I'm not allowed to have a pass...(but I could sign up for a full year and then get that, Not now, but thanks! I may join once my summer thing runs out...but I'm not going to do it now!) So...I am just going to have to do my own thing while on this trip! My friend who is meeting me there is a health I don't think that I will get too far from doing SOMETHING! Thanks for caring enough to mention it, Kerry! There is a lot that I don't know about Curves....and I'm rather reluctant to ask!

Tomorrow I take the oldest to one of his many specialist appointments.... Gin, I've been thinking of you as I spent 45 minutes on the phone this morning....just verifying appointments and referrals... and begging the pediatricians office to write a new referral as the old one expired 8 days ago....... this appointment was rescheduled by the specialist back in April.....and I asked about the referral then...was reassured that it would still be good... today I called just to be sure...(meant to do it yesterday!) .....Tomorrow would have been a HORRIBLE day had we traveled all that way only to be told that the referral had expired.... SO. 45 minutes well spent......frustrating...but at least he will get to see the doctor tomorrow!

Gin, my heart felt SIGHS of compassion for you! Phone calls and frustrations later you discover that there was a problem with understanding the directions of the exam!?! CURSES! How frustrating. :hug: So. Thank goodness, he doesn't have to endure summer school......but now the pressure is on for him to pass this test! He will! You're a good mom for helping him with this mess...... :D

Mouse, are you in the pool yet? The pool is THE place to be! The humidity is so horrible here! You can cut the air with a knife! The puppy wants to be outside....but then wants in...poor baby! I'm letting her in and out as she wants as it has been SO long since she got to play outdoors! Hope that you are getting to swim now!

Kerry, hope all is going well with you and your dss that you are reading with this summer. My oldest has gotten caught up in his novel and is not resisting his reading time. My youngest on the other hand wants to know why he has to do "stupid" stuff this summer. He is getting his work done ...against his will AND mannnnnn can he make his assignments LAST a LONGGGGG time! BUT, I don't give up!

Gotta run. Orthodontist appointment......and then have to get over to the pediatricians office to pick up that referral....... and then fight with the kid over his "stupid stuff"! :)

Hope you all have a great day! Take care, meeeeeeee

06-29-2006, 03:33 PM
Hi Ladies,
Thanks for sending the rain and thunderstorms to my neck of the woods last night. I had planned to go for a walk after dinner last night at the lake. But it start to rain and storm. So I came home read a book and watched America Got Talent. There are some crazy people out there that think they have talent that is worth $1 million. Today is a beautiful sunny day. I am hoping to get my walk in at the lake this afternoon with my one stepson. He needs to start walking and running more to get in shape for football season. The other one gets out of it for another week or so until his throat heals some more from getting his tonsils taken out last Friday.
Ginny, glad to hear that all your ds needs to do is take the exam over again. It sure must have been frustrating for you to find out that the only reason he failed is because he had a difficult time understanding the directions. Hope you enjoy your much needed Ginny time today! Other than getting your haircut,whatelse did you do for your self today? As for that pound gain, you will take that off next week and then some.
Robyn, sorry you can't get a travel pass. That stinks! I did make it to Curves three times this week. I am hoping to go either tomorrow or Saturday morning or both too. What kinds of questions do you still have about Curves? Make I could answer them or I could ask the ladies at my Curves for you. My sds did ask to read this morning after he did his vision therapy. So that is plus in his favor. We did start a much more challenging book for him to read. So I am hoping that by the end of it, he is able to read it a lot better than he did this morning. Hope your doctor appointments today and tomorrow go well!
Mouse were you able to get some swimming time in yet? I hope you were able to.
Hi Pam. We miss you. Hope all is well with you!
Well I need to go and get ready for my walk with my sds.
Talk to you all later.

06-29-2006, 05:27 PM
Robyn- so is this a good trashy novel or a bad one?;) Hope you are enjoying it and I am very happy for you that you are getting some down time in! Oh, I hear ya with the Dr appts........what I left out the other day, is that I am also in the throes of Dr appt misery. Made appts for Dd to have her stress fracture reevaluated just before she goes into her fall ball season, Ds (Mr Testosterone) to have his pre- school physical, and Dd for another sonogram and visit with the urologist (think she will need surgery this time....we will see). I spent a good hour doing all that two days ago, and because NOBODY, or I should say none of the patients want to go for any of these appointments, I got no thanks , just scowls and frowns. Gee, Mom for all you do, this Bud's for you.......yeah right. Glad you got to Curves this am.
Sounds as though you are starting to like it! Hey, when do you leave for sunny Florida?

Kerry- I am so glad for you that you got to Curves 3X this week. Working out with your stepson for football (walking with him) sounds good too, something to break up the routine a bit. I did not know you had a tonsilectomy in the house? How is he feeling? (and is he a good patient?)
Sorry about the rain. Hope it is a one day event for you.

Made it thru today. My hair cut was great- the stylist I have been using for years and I are pretty friendly with each other-think I was sort of her personal sounding board this am. Family problems etc....she is a great lady and I am glad I was there to listen to her. We have a lot in common.
Then a major Walmart haul. Thankfully I had no I got a lot accomplished and left a ton of money there. But it was necessary-about once every 3 months I do one of these blow out Walmart trips and during the school year I don't have the time to do so. Now with all the kids home the food should last a day......hopefully two ( just kidding). The two little boys have a baseball game tonite. I might go if the spirit moves me.........naw, I am not that insane.
Gotta go. See ya!

06-30-2006, 01:45 PM
TGIF!!! Need I say more ladies!
I was a busy gal this morning. I went to get my paycheck, to the bank and Curves. While I was at Curves I decided to use the treadmill for a nice brisk 2 mile walk. Sure beat going outside in the heat and doing it. LOL
Ginny, glad that you got some much needed "Ginny Time" yesterday. As for my stepson he makes a bad patient. He had his tonsils taken out last Friday and he was moping around yesterday whining and crying about his ear hurting. But once his mom got here to pick him up he wanted to go out to eat for dinner. Which my dh and I laughed about because he was only able to eat one hot dog cut up yesterday for lunch and two pieces of watermelon at his grandma's. But he could only drink about 4 oz. of his Gatorade. His mom told him that he needed to eat and drink more or he would make himself sicker. So he is milking his surgery for all he can. Other than that he can breathe better so I guess that is a plus. :)
Robyn, hope your specialist appointments go well today. Where you able to squeeze in a visit to Curves this morning? I was the only one there for a little bit and then the floodgates opened and there were 7 or 8 people working out when I was finishing up. I am hoping to get back in there tomorrow morning. But that all depends on what time I get home tonight. We are suppose to be going out with one of our friends for dinner to BW3's and I don't know whatelse we will end up doing. Hope your weigh-in tomorrow goes well for you.
Mouse, how are you? You didn't take a swim in a rain puddle and float away on us did you? I hope you were able to get into the gym to go swimming.
Well I better go and get my bills written out and get my fat butt in gear and get a shower for the day. Talk to you all later.
Have a wonderful weekend!

07-01-2006, 01:50 PM
Hello all....

Hope all the bills got written and put in the mail, Kerry! Mine got written...and are sitting here waiting for the mail OR the puppy to eat them whichever comes first! Oh dear! :) Isn't it amazing what "restruant food" can do to a kids appetiet? My boys would eat each and EVERY morsel OUT of the house if they could! Sadly our schedule requires quite a bit of eating on the run during the "regular year"....but... during the summer, I've got no good think that they are about to die having to eat MY cooking! Poor things! DH is loving the home cooked meals! I'm trying to make them healthy.........but I walk a fine line with trying new/healthy things and having MY GUYS actually EAT the stuff!

Ginny, Don't you just LOVE all the summer doctor's appointments? I especially love the kind, thoughtful way the chldren thank you for dragging their fanny over town to sit and wait for their doctor's appointment... I guess them GETTING that we have other things that WE would prefer to do and that we are taking them there FOR THEIR well being would be just to dang much for them to "get"..... The doctor's appointment yesterday was a source of HUGE frustration and rants from me....... I will spare you the details...Gin, don't worry, I may just PM you this crap! LOL! In the end all is well with the kids spine! :) and all my grey hair can JUST be covered with dye! :)

Mouse, are you completely shriveled from being in the pool 24/7 for the last few sunny days? Hope that you're enjoying getting back into the SWIM of things!

My countdown to Orlando begins.... I leave on the 9th of July. I had BEST go get that kitchen finished!

Before I forget, went to WW this morning... was down 1.2! Walked the dog for about an hour this morning prior to the GAWWWD awful heat and humidity making it nearly impossible to breathe! Will go back out there after the sun goes down! Will have to buy a new pedometer to find out how much I'm actually walking! :)

Will get in that kitchen right after I finish watching my true love (Andre Agassi) get his booty whooped at Wimbleton. I admire Agassi's ooompfhh for moving his old (but still HOT!) body around the court.... I do miss his hair.... He is retiring AGAIN soon.... I sure wish he could go out with some sort of miracle win! ...I've forgiven him for marrying Steffie! LOL

Hope your weekend is going great! :sunny:
Take care,

07-01-2006, 05:45 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
Hope all is well with you this fine summer sunny but gawdd awful hot Saturday! I just can't wait for the sun to go down and cool things off a tad.
Robyn congrats on the weight loss. Way to go girl! You will definatiely sweat more off in Flordia when you are there, I am sure. Just a few bills got paid and mailed yesterday. We have to wait on my dh's check to pay the others. Man can be so dense at times. The last three conversations we have had about the bills go the same way with my dh thinking that we shouldn't have that many bills and that they all shouldn't be due all around the same time. Hello it has been like this for the last four years we have been together. Oh well. I hear you on the eating out part. I don't know what the kids will do when we get a stove and start cooking at home again. They will probably think we are killing them. LOL
Ginny, how is your weekend going? Any baseball games in your future for the weekend? Did it finally stop raining in your area of the States? My dh and I went to Wal-mart today and I thought of your big haul you made from there the other day. My dh said that we were only going in to get a few things and we weren't spending all day in there. But guess what 2 1/2 hours later we finally left there after he stopped to talk to 10 or 12 people. But when I finally saw someone I know and wanted to talk to, he was like come on let's go. Isn't that how it usually is with men though? :)
Mouse, hope you are able to get some much needed swimming time in this weekend. Do you have to work at the pool any this weekend? Hope Imp got over being mad at you!
Did we all lose Pam? I miss chatting with her.
Well I better go and try to get a few things done before our friend calls and tells us when to go to his cousin's birthday party.
By the way, we left our house last night at 5 p.m and didn't get back home until 2:45 a.m. Went out to dinner, drove around for a little bit, stopped to get a few things to drink and then went to a friend's house so the guys could play cards. Have fun just watching everyone play cards and chatting with them. So needless to say, my big fanny didn't make it into Curves this morning or for a walk today. Oh well, there is always tomorrow huh.
Have a great afternoon and weekend. Be careful and safe.

07-01-2006, 09:33 PM
Another busy day. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some time to read and respond. Gotta go rent a move........see ya!

07-04-2006, 02:11 PM
Happy 4th of July!

Hope that you are spending it with those you love doing something wonderful! Living here in the armpit of history, there are many options for activities. Could be walking down a Williamsburg street or walking on Surrender Field in Yorktown watching an actor dressed as Cornwalis surrender to another actor dressed as General George Washington. There is so much to do. It is nearly 100 degrees.....and there are like a bazillion tourists AND townfolk walking up and down the field and streets....SO... here I sit in the comfort and privacy of my house....planning a quiet BBQ dinner with my family. About dark, we will get the bug spray, drive to 7-11 for Slurpees, then we will drive over to a ritzy neighborhood that is on the opposite side of the river from Yorktown. You have to jockey for a place to park! Then you sit on the tailgate of your truck with your radio playing whatever YOU want! Ooohhh and ahhhh at the size of the mosquitos and the explosions in the sky.....Jump in the truck at the conclusion and head home...which is a 7 minute drive TOPS! The ride home you listen to the radio talking about how wild the traffic is and how large the crowds were and how they are NOW all on two little roads trying to get out tiny little Yorktown ! AND WE WONT BE IN THAT PILE OF HUMANITY OR IN THE TRAFFIC either! WhooooHOooooo!

Big plans, huh?! Don't you wish you lived here and could go celebrate with my family! Hehehehee!

:dust: to give you power over all those gooey salads and desserts that will be sitting out at picnics today....calling your name!

I leave on Sunday for case you have forgotten!
:sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

Take care ya'll! ((((hugs))))

07-06-2006, 10:17 AM
Where did everyone go? Glad that you are all busy...hope that you are busy doing something great!

07-06-2006, 12:48 PM
Robyn, my dear. I spent a year in your neck of the woods during a July 4th weekend about 2 years ago.......Dd had a softball tournament at Virginia was 100+ the whole weekend. Police flew over the boardwalk all nite in helicopters (we were staying on the beach with the team)- took me 2+ hours to get to Williamsburg in the bumper to bumper traffic and some lovely road that was under permanent road destruction. It ain't too much better here.....George Washington slept here, right here in my home town, and we have all kinds of Revolutionary War encampments all over the place. Nuff said, I feel your pain.

Spent yesterday driving my widowed neighbor (the one who lost her Dh in Feb) to the Dr (she called me at 8:55 crying in pain), and squeezed in my WW meeting........then on the way home got the cell call from Dd that she cut her finger- it needed 3 stitches.....spent a lovely day. Gee, how was yours??
Gotta go enjoy more of my time off.:dizzy: I need a wine cooler.

07-06-2006, 08:13 PM
Well.... that road was FINALLY completed...with MUCH fanfare just this spring! It was underdestruction for YEARRRRS! Getting from VaBch to Billsburg will still take you longer than you think possible! I should have known that you'd have we have sports that are played on "diamonds"! Slept here? I'll see you a "slept here" and raise you a Jamestown1607..... beat THAT?! I am absolutely DREADING this upcoming "celebration" for Jamestown's birthday! :)

Your yesterday sounded horrible! How is your DD's finger? Will it mess up her ball playing? Thank goodness this is the OFF season! (Don't hit me!) :)
How is your friend today? Was the doctor able to give her something to make her feel better? ....AND you deserve that wine cooler! Hope you were able to spend today truly enjoying your day!

I leave for Florida on Sunday, in case you'd forgotten! :) I'm so excited I can't see straight...I've NO idea of what I should take/bring with me. Going to a teacher conference requires paper/pen, camera, etc.... I'm also going to be spending some time with my friend......and doing some touristy sort of things... (BUT NOT visiting historical sites! hehehehe!) I want to carry all of my stuff with me so as not to have to check a darn thing..... What to do? What to take? What to take? What to do? ARGGHH!

Gotta run...the puppy is trying to eat the 20 year old cat.... Time for SuperMom! Take care, meeeeee

07-08-2006, 05:57 PM
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! Tomorrow! :) I'm leaving on a jet plane! :)

07-09-2006, 12:04 AM
Okey. Hope everyone is doing well. Talk to you next week! I'm off to Florida!

07-09-2006, 12:10 AM
Robyn- I know this is too late.......have a wonderful time, my friend. Safe journey and lots of fun and relaxation.

Dd's finger is ok. Healing nicely. My neighbor is not ok....had to take her back to the Dr this am, just before I went to drive to NJ to clean my Dm's carpet (which was filthy, my Dm is an atrocious house keeper). The little boys are off playing baseball this game each day. I am not having fun here. This is supposed to be a vacation?

Hope everyone is doing ok out there......Mouse, Kerry, Pam where are you?

07-09-2006, 03:26 PM
Sorry I have been MIA for the last week. My dh and I went to a couple parties at the beginning of the week and I have been trying like hard to get the weight off before Tuesday's weigh-in. LOL I hope the scales are a little down from two weeks ago. :) Plus trying to get the kids to read for their summer reading program. That has been a chore since they want me to take them to the programs at the library every Wednesday, but don't think they have to do anything on their part. My sdd has not finished one book yet this whole program. Her brothers have finished two a piece. But usually they have more done by now. So I am sitting around reading in front of them trying to encourage them to read more. Plus I have had two or three friends ask when my dh and I were going to Mytle Beach with them. So I guess I will have to start saving money in order to do that next summer hopefully. I have started out small by just emptying my wallet of my pennies. Then here once I start back to school and start doing the after school program again, I will start sticking in a little extra money from each paycheck. Plus I think I will try to save my profit from selling Avon to go towards our vacation fund.
That is what is new with me.
Robyn, hope you have a safe and fun trip. We will sure miss your wit around here for the week. :)
Ginny, sorry to hear that you had a rough week. Glad to hear that your dd's finger is healing nicely. Will say a prayer for your next door neighbor. Hope she gets to feeling better soon. So how did you do at your WW's meeting? So what are your big plans for today? I have washed the dishes in the sink, did a load of whites and now am enjoying the peace and quiet. THe kids went to a friends house to swim. So I have been reading a book. Try to watch a little tv and my dh came home and changed the channel on me. So I guess I will just read a little more. Atleast it is a good romance novel. :)
Pam and Mouse, hope all is well with you both. Miss chatting with you. Hope to hear from you soon.
Well I am off to read a little more. Maybe I can finish my book before the kids come home and rub it in their faces that I finished a 376 page book. In their library reading program that would count for 7 1/2 books. That would be a little mean of me. But i guess i have to do what I can do to get them back on track, since their dad doesn't sit down and read a book in front of them. Their mom doesn't encourage them to do anything educational at all. So it is left up to me the mean stepmom who happens to be a teacher too! LOL :)
Have a great afternoon. Chat with you all later. I promise!

07-10-2006, 11:23 AM
Hi all,
I am feeling a little down today. Last night before I went to bed, I got on the scales to check my weight and my dh came in the room and read what they said. I was trying to hide it from him and his nasty comments. He said wow what is with that weight? Looks to me like all you have been doing here lately is eating! Then he couldn't understand why I wouldn't talk to him after that. Then this morning he made a comment that he doesn't think I can ever get to my goal weight and that I am just playing the weight loss game. Those comments were very cruel and hurtful. I can't help it that God blessed me with a lousy metabolism. We all can't be blessed with the metabolism that his family has. Sometimes I just wish for once he could feel what it is like to be heavy for a day or two. Well I better go and check on my stepsons' and their reading. I am cracking down hard on them since the program is over with on the 26th of this month. Even if they only read 10 books I will be happy with them. Talk to you all later.

07-10-2006, 02:06 PM
Big, big hugs to you Kerry. How hurt you must feel from your Dh's comment.
As a woman, we all face these issues- not only do our bodies tend to want to retain fat (gotta protect those childbearing abilities!), but I think we are stress eaters more than men and also just seem to carry more guilt than men. We feel responsible for everything and everyone.....and I know that you fit in that category, or you would not give a hoot about your Dss's summer reading programs. I am no educator, but I have read articles that mentioned if a child reads even two books for the whole summer, it helps prevent brain drain from hitting so hard. Bless you for what you are doing. Now on to you.
Please don't let Dh's poorly worded and timed comment railroad you and get you off track. The Kerry I know and love is a "loser" (the weight loss kind!) and is very disciplined. You will get this weight off- it is just going to take some time. Look at all the weight that you have lost and KEPT OFF! Look at all the healthy habits you have adopted! Pretty impressive, in my book!
Goal weight? Ok, I am not at mine either - but can honestly say that even when I am bad, I can reign myself back in much more easily. And you do that too. So many positive (and true!) things I can say about you. Focus on them, not the negative. You go girl!:carrot:
Hope today is better.........and that Dh is in a better mood.

07-11-2006, 05:11 PM
Hi Ginny,
Thanks for the hugs and kind words yesterday. I ended up spending two and half hours at the local hospital with my dh and sdss'. One of them hurt his shoulder on Sunday evening at a friend's house swimming. He told his mom and she didn't do anything about it. So yesterday when we were in the grocery store he doubled over in pain. I brought him home and told his dad that he could take him to the hospital. So I drove separate and entertained the other boy will my dh and sds was back getting medical care. Then I went on to Curves and worked off my bad mood. I have to take my sds back to the hospital tomorrow to see an opedehistic (sorry spelling) specialist. The doctor thinks it is sprained and something else is wrong with it. So that is why we have to go see the specialist tomorrow. Took the other sds to the eye specialist today. He got a good report and is almost done with his vision therapy program and then will be put on a maintaince program to retain the support for his weak eye muscles. So he goes back on the first of August to be re-evaualted. So I am in a much better mood today. I have been to Curves this afternoon with my sdd and am now waiting to go to TOPS. It is just a weigh-in only this evening with me in charge of it. That is a little scary. LOL :)
So how is your week going? I hope you have find some time to relax and exercise. How is your dd's finger?
Well I better go and get my stuff ready for my weigh-in. Plus I have to write on a few of my AVON books to pass out. Talk to you later. Have a great evening!

07-11-2006, 08:58 PM
I gained 1/2 pound, but I guess that is not too bad since I haven't had a weigh-in in two weeks. Plus 4 parties in between weigh-ins. I will just have to recharge my batteries and go full speed ahead in the coming week to have a loss next week.

07-11-2006, 10:51 PM
Got to a short WW meeting. Down 1.2#........somewhat of a shocker, as I had no idea how I fared. Kerry, I am getting my walks in-that is about all.
I am having trouble keeping my mouth shut- or open without food. Love that stress monster.........

So you have been to the hospital too? Sorry about sdss'
and his shoulder. Amazing that his mother did nothing.........once again, bless you for being you. And for the blessing you are in your step son's lives.
DOn't sweat the tiny gain. It can be all water........especially if your eating has been a bit off. Glad you got to Curves:carrot: !

This week stinks. Monday, mammogram for me (routine stuff), today errands, tomorrow Dm's colonoscopy (remember she had colon cancer a year ago), Thursday, Dd's sonogram (renal, bladder) and Friday, the new addition to my repetoire- Dd (the 20 yr old) has to go back to the orthopedic specialist, she is still experiencing pain in the stress big mouth mom called the Dr, and he wants to see her again. perhaps she will need a soft cast this time. Who knows. I am getting NOTHING done that I wanted to do this summer. House is still a zoo-and I am getting little time to myself.
Stinks. Couple that with some wonderful moods from Atilla and it has been a real rainout. Maybe next week all the doctor stuff will be done......and I can fall into some kind of routine. Nuff bellyachin. Nite!

07-13-2006, 09:01 PM
Ginny I can feel your pain with going to the doctor's all week long. Tuesday I took my one stepson to the eye specialist and then today to the dentist. Only to find out that the kid has an infection in his gums from two baby teeth that are hanging on by a thread and two permanment teeth that are trying to come in all at the same spots. This poor baby has been complaining to his mom in the middle of the night crying for a couple weeks now that his teeth are killing him. Yet did she do anything about it NO! If she had told me on the phone yesterday while discussing the other stepson, we would have never known. Yesterday took the injured child to the orthpedic specialist to find out that he has a fracture in his shoulder, so he has to wear his sling for three weeks and then go back for another set of xrays. So I am so sick of going to doctor appointments and none of them are close to home. They are all either 30 or 60 minutes away from home. Then I have been a little upset with my spouse this week, because I babysit the kids during the day, cart them back and forth to their appointments, feed them lunch, make sure they read and make the one do his vision therapy while their daddy is at work. Plus try to keep the house straightened up, dishes washed along with the laundry. Only for him to come home from work to sleep the afternoon away, get up and take a shower and go hang out with our one friend until the ween hours of the morning. Last night we did go spend some time together but it was with our one friend, his brother and finance. But right before we went out bowling, he asked about my weigh in at TOPS and I told him that I had gained a half a pound only for him to go off and tell me that I am to stick to my diet and not treat myself every once in awhile. So I had a crappy evening. So that is how my week has been going?
Congrats on your 1.2 pound loss. That is great! I am proud of you. I hope you are having a better week than I am. I hope that it is just stress and that my nerves are shot from all the running that I have had to do. Hope you have been getting good news from all your doctor's appointments!
Well my dh just walked in the door. So I guess I better get off here and go talk to him. His friends must be busy tonight and that is why he has graced me with his presence.
Talk to you later. Have a great evening!

07-15-2006, 08:06 PM
Just you and me Kerry, but you are great company! I am sorry about your spouse (he has been THAT much of a creep that Dh doesn't fit!;) ). Aw, I understand. I have days like that where using the "dear" is painful. Well, lets see- at least he asked about your TOPS meeting (some credit for at least noticing you attend meetings). TOPS is a major program (as is WW) and not some fad thing. And I know nothing about it really, but am positive that a food treat/deviation from strict eating is allowed, probably encouraged, as long as it is controlled, not excessive and occasional. Hang in there..........remember all that you learn at meetings...rely big time on all the support you get from them. (I have people tell me I sound like a walking WW meeting at times). Sorry that Dh had to be such a creep with his admonishment, and in the future I would use some advice from a meeting as a response. (the WW response to not allowing a treat would be that food excursions are allowed, we can eat anything we like, just have to count the points and adjust the rest of the days eating accordingly). Hope I am not eating a dead horse here, I do so understand how it is to have a non dieting husband/family and have to live with the comments (my MIL is the queen of snotty comments). As far as you and your stepsons...crumb, their birth mother should be called in for child abuse. You are keeping those kids healthy, safe and educated. Where would they be without you? Hugs to you....and I have said it before, bless you for all you do for them.

My weekend has been ok. We saw Pirates last nite. It was pretty good- and it is really just a set up for the third and final movie. The entire plot and subplots are hanging.....and beg for resolution. Dh was busy this am with Ds's baseball game, then he went to his mother's. I had a mad scramble. Two weeks ago, my WW leader lent me her Flex and Core cookbook. Yesterday pm, I subbed on a short route for a coworker who had to go for chemotherapy and just before I left I asked Ds to clean up from the frozen pineapple he was eating. He inherited his listening skills from his father.....left the pineapple out...the ziplock bag fell over and was unzipped. Pineapple juice got all over Laura's cookbook. I was livid. I called the WW 800 # and at least learned that the book is still in print. This morning I drove to the WW center.....hoping that I could find a copy of the book to replace Laura's. thank goodness they had now I own a really nice smelling (love the smell of pineapple) Flex and Core cookbook, and Ds can live another day. (I was ready to kill him). I did get a nice walk in today- and my "step" count is at 10090 at the present. Gee, I hope this shows up on the scale.
I have babbled enough for one day.......nite! (miss you Robyn, Pam and Mouse!)

07-16-2006, 01:32 AM
hello hello hello
I'm home! Exhausted and still giddy from the fun! Had a wonderful wonderful time! Enjoyed every moment away! Must unpack and get to my regular duties before the ants carry away the dawg and cat. The boys have eaten EVERYTHING so I must get my act together and make menus and get the groceries rather quickly! Will post link to my photos later. Know you all can't wait! hehehhee

I've not had the chance to read the posts that I've missed! From the sounds of Gin's last email....(((Kerry and Gin))))

Gotta run.........I've GOT to get some sleep! I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!

take care,

07-16-2006, 01:14 PM
Hey trob and Melody! Did you find us? Please stay for a bit! They WILL be back....weekends are always slow on this thread! are summers! Post and let me know that you are here! :)

07-16-2006, 02:40 PM
mermaid, your link was right on target. i am so glad to find a group of teachers to chat with.
a little about me....i have taught for 17 yrs. started in kdg. and stayed there for 13 yrs. moved to 1st for one year and then back to kdg. for another two. i have just finished up my first year teaching art. i teach all of the 5th graders for our district and also teach 7 classes K-4 at two local elem. schools. i have discovered that my busy schedule during the school year is a big help to loosing weight. you know what that means don't you.....not doing so well while on summer break. i have set a mini goal for 10 pounds before school starts back again mid aug. thanks for letting me know about the group!!! (

07-16-2006, 04:51 PM
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

I'm glad that my link put you here with us! We get a few visitors...and then we have a few "regulars"! Things here during the weekend are quite slow! So, please check back often! You've GOT to meet my friends here who I rely on quite a bit! They understand "school stuff"! :)

About me.... well.... I am nearing my 20th year of teaching 1st grade. I think that this may actually be year 19 for me...will have to count it up ... I always say that "Paradise runs together so I've lost track!" But we are painfully near 20 for sure! 17 of my years were spent at one school (actually one of the schools that I attended as a child...) in the same room! After all those years and ALL of that security..... I decided to change school SYSTEMS to be closer to my home. I now teach grade 1 for the local school system and drive further than I did to my old school....but its all good! The change did WONDERS for me in so many ways! I love where I teach now! In fact, I just returned from a week in Florida at the National I Teach 1st conference....that the school sent me to! (Gotta love THAT!)

I'm the mom of 2 boys...11 and 14. I am married to my junior high school sweetheart who is a newly trained locksmith. We have a 20 year old kitty and a 5 month old puppy (who began going to training classes this afternoon!)

I am VERY sarcastic! ....and I talk (type) a LOTTTTTT! I have (or had before Florida, WolfgangPuck's and other tasty restruants!) shed 38 pounds and have at LEAST another 50 to go! I do WW when I'm not hanging out in Florida with my best friend (a 1st grade Florida teacher who met me at the conference and then played Louise to my Thelma for the remainder of the week!). Exercise and self discipline are two of my BIGGGGG areas of no control. I joined Curves this summer to move my big fat fanny! (I will return to Curves tomorrow morning! They are closed on Sundays here.)

Are you following any certain plan? What do you do for exercise?

um, like I said, I talk WAYYYY too much! Enough of me....
Glad to have you here!

Take care,

07-16-2006, 06:05 PM
it is nice to find another talker!! i too seem to have a lot to say. right now i am not following anything, although i did an 8 wk. ww at work program last spring. i lost 16 pounds and found 10 of since summer break. several years ago i lost my first 10 by going to the gym everyday for 1.5 hrs and then to water aerobics for an hour and then a 2.5 mile walk everynight. i loved all of the exercise and i didn't have to change the way i ate at all. BUT....things changed and all of that exercies no longer fits into my daily schedule. i have a 14 yr. old son and a 10 yr. old daughter who keep me very busy and when you throw in my husband of 17 yrs. and his new career as a phototgrapher mintues for just me are few and far between. i think that is why i do so much better when i am at school. i am so busy that i don't have time to eat and since i am in three buildings during each week i have not made lounge buddies yet, which is a good thing when you are trying to loose weight. i have started walking 1-2 times a day and then i do ab work at home with a exercise ball. as far as eating, i have not gotten that back under control just yet. if i can keep busy i am fine but once i slow down for even a minute i am in the kitchen looking for something to munch on.
in my spare time, (yeah, like i have a whole lot of that) i make fused glass jewelry and will be showing my work this fall. my family also likes to spend time hiking, although we have not made it out into the wooks in a long time. before my husband quit his real job, he did only wildlife and outdoor photos. now we have to pay the bills so he is doing a lot of portrait work and event photos. (you can see his stuff and learn a little more about us at ) my son is also a "prof. photog" selling two prints to arkansas game and fish for use in their yearly calendars.
see, i told you that i like to talk/type!!
how cool that your school sent you to fl. for a conf. my school district will pick favorites and those people get to go and do whatever they want while the rest of us have to sit at home. it doesn't do much for team building.
well, i had better run for now. it is great to have you to talk to. thanks again to finding me!! trob

07-16-2006, 07:35 PM
Just a drive thru visit..........Welcome Trob!!!!! I am a massive yackity yacker here too. And completely off the wall to boot. I look foward to getting to know you.

Welcome back Robyn!!!!! Missed you lots, my friend! Glad the trip was good.

Gotta go- trying to find something to eat out with my remaining 8 points. And I am starving. Not a good sign. See ya!

07-16-2006, 10:10 PM
Hi Ladies,
Welcome to our group, Trob! Welcome back from your vacation, Robyn!
My name is Kerry. I have been teaching Special Education for the 8 years. My first year I was a perm. sub for a Special Education Dept for a County School system in NE Ohio. Then I taught 6th-8th grade LD/DH students in at an inner city school for 3 years in Central Ohio. Then I meet my dh and moved to Southern Ohio to marry him and now I teach MH to 7th and 8th graders for the County School District in the next county from me. I have three stepkids. My sdd is 10 years old and just discovered boys. She told me today that she wanted to ask one out to go to a movie with her next weekend. Guess who gets to drive and watch a movie with them? Moi. Then I have twin sds's who are 8 years old. I have spent my whole summer taking care of them while their dad and their mom is at work. Plus taking them back and forth to their doctor appointments and the library reading program. When I do get any free time I like to listen to music, read, watch movies, go workout at Curves, go for walks or spend time with my dh and our friends. So that is a little bit about me. I have to come on here and vent to my friends about the little or no support I get at home with my diet or helping take care of my stepkids. So I hope you don't mind me complaining everyonce in awhile. :)
Took the stepkids on a bus trip today to see the Cinnicatini Reds play the Colo. Rockies. It was a fun trip, but very hot there. We were setting in left field run out in the blasting hot sun. Now I am trying to work up a enough energy to take a shower to wash off the sweat and grime. My sdd sat with my nephew's girlfriend's son who she asked out to the movies. Then a little boy sitting behind my dh and I told me that he liked my sdd. God I don't know if I am ready for little boys to like her just yet. LOL
Well I am going to end this and go get cooled off somewhat. Talk to you all later. Have a great evening.

07-16-2006, 11:57 PM
Hey ya'll! Having a MOMENT here....... Tomorrow I take our oldest for his HighSchool Freshman orientation. WHO told this kid that he could go to HS? ...and when did HIS FATHER get OLD enough to have a Freshman in HS? Holey MOLEY........ I'm pretty sure that I could do without this HS stuff! He made DrumLine...Marching practice begins the first few days of August.... sighhhhhhhhhhhh! thanks for listening!

07-17-2006, 01:11 PM
Robyn I know what you mean about your son going to HS and how it must make you feel knowing that he is growing up. Yesterday I went through the same thing over my sdd asking out the boy she really really likes to a movie next weekend. Plus finding out that another boy has a crush on her. She is only 10 years old. I reminder meeting her when she was still in kindergarten. Now she is going into the fifth grade and starting to grow up way to fast for me. Tell your son congrats on making drumline. That is a major accomplishment. Will he just play at the football games or do they play for basketball games too? What grade will your youngest be in next year? Glad you had a great vacation. Have you started to recover from it yet.
Ginny how is your week starting off? I hope it has gotten off to a good start. I woke up this morning with cramps, backache and a really nasty headache. So I have been lounging around the house taking it easy so far. So has your son redeemed himself over the cookbook deal yet? :) Glad you were able to find another one to replace your friends copy. Hope you don't have to do the doctor appointment circuit this week. I don't have to go anywhere this week that I know of yet. Yeah! How did your oldest dd's appointment turn out on Friday?
Trob, if you haven't noticed we are all talkers here, so you came to the right place. :) I forgot to tell you last night that I am just watching what I eat and drink. I try to stay away from fattening foods, sweets and junk food. Plus limit the amount of diet pop that I drink. I am the co-leader for my local TOPS group. It is a weight loss support group. But I had to go off my diet yesterday at the ball game since there was really no healthy food choices there. I did see where they sold garden salads but I refused to pay 8 bucks to eat a saladthat was the size of a side salad at Wendy's. Now I will pay that price at a restuarant for a grilled chicken or steak salad, but not at a Red game. I did check out your dh's website. He does beautiful work. You must be very proud of him. I can relate to your comment about being able to stick to your diet during the school year, because you are always busy. But during the summer I find it especially hard since I have more free time and have access to food all the time. Especially my stepkids snacks. LOL Plus during the school year I do a two mile walking video each morning before I go to school. Then 3 or 4 nights a week I go workout at Curves. But this summer, my workouts are usually just going to Curves since I normally am busy being taxi cab driver to the kids appointments that their mom makes for them and then lets me take them. Plus trying to get my one stepson to do some school work so he won't be so far behind in third grade this coming school year. He has problems with his eye muscles being very weak. We just found this out at the end of last school year. I would love to lose some more weight before the end of the summer.
Hi to Mouse and Pam. I hope everything is okay with you gals. We miss chatting with you. The heavy rains a few weeks ago didn't sweep you up and take you away in some flood waters did it?
Well I am going to sign off here for now. I think I am starting to feel a little bit better. I probably should do something to do other than sitting around reading. LOL
Have a great day!

P.S. Does any of your school's have a weight loss challenge between the staff? My school did a Biggest Loser contest last year for 12 or 13 weeks in the spring. We are wanting to start something at the beginning of the school year. I am just looking for some new ideas.

07-17-2006, 03:06 PM
KAR73, i teach at three different schools and my sister teaches at another. my main school is full of a bunch of skinny minis so they don't do any weight loss stuff. one of the other schoools that i teach at did a biggest loser, but i didn't join in. i am only there 1 1/2 days a week so it wasn't really worth it to me. i did join an 8 wk ww group at my sisters school and did great. i am going to try to come up with something this year probably just among people at several schools.

07-17-2006, 03:17 PM
Robyn- my condolences. I have survived HS twice, and it is hard to believe that Ds is a senior in HS (my second survival, coming to an end). One of the things I can say about HS.......besides that it brings all the fun and interesting stuff like drivers licenses, dating that the time flies. It is the fastest 4 years of your life. Tomorrow, or it will seem that way, you will be looking at colleges. Welcome back. Congrats on Marching band to your Ds too. A very fun experience, in my book.

Kerry-oh that darned preadolescent stuff starts too darned soon. A 10 yr old with a crush? Unfortunately for me, I can see changes in my 10 yr old...and I am not liking them one bit. I miss my little girl......Hope you get some time in for yourself today and a nice long workout at Curves.

Got my treadmill misery in this am. Guess all this working out stuff is working. I have had 2 people comment that I look so much thinner. Wish the stupid scale went down to go with it! I have been wearing my pedometer for over a week now, getting my 10,00 steps in daily. Ok, yesterday I did not get 10,000 in but all other days I did. Blew it with some stress eating last nite. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........
Gotta scoot and get something done here. I feel so lazy today. Take care!

07-17-2006, 03:40 PM
Well I am feeling better from my PMS crap. So I guess I must scoot out the door to Curves. Then I will come home and enjoy a nice relaxing shower. It is too hot to do anything else today. This is a first day off that I have had for a couple weeks from babysitting. So I don't plan on doing anything for anyone but me. For example, my dh wanted me to drop off my sds's vision therapy stuff to his mom at her work and I said no. If she wants it that bad she can try to catch me at home after she gets off work. I am done making live easy on her. Especially after last week's broken shoulder and tooth infection incidences. If she is the kids mom she needs to start acting like a parent more than I do. I think I will spend the afternoon after my shower by reading and watching tv. I did watch two movies over the weekend. The Family Stone and Failure to Lauch. Both were excellent chic flicks as my male friend who works at the video store called them.
Glad you were able to get your treadmill time in this morning. I can't wait until we can buy our own house and then I can think about getting a treadmill. I love using the one at Curves when I have the time and don't have to wait to get on it. Glad people are starting to notice a skinnier Ginny. I bet that makes you feel good!
Trob, do you know how the one school did their biggest loser contest? We divided up into teams of 4 people and would weigh in on Fridays. Everyone paid 2 bucks. One going for the winning team for that week and the other buck for the team at the end of the contest who lost the most weight during the contest. But the team I was on wasn't really motivated to lose weight and that just didn't help me none. So I am thinking maybe we need to do something more individual this coming year.
Well enough chatting from me right now. I better go to Curves before I let the time slip away and then not be able to go workout. Then the scales will really show my ballpark hot dog, popcorn and lemon ice chill from yesterday's ball game tomorrow night at TOPS. :)
Talk to you later!

07-17-2006, 06:00 PM
Well I made it to Curves. Did my normal workout there and then decided to use the treadmill since no one was using it. So I walked 1.5 miles on it. Sure beats walking outside in the heat. LOL So I am hoping that it will show up in the scales tomorrow evening I hope. I had my TOM over the weekend and should be done with it by tomorrow I hope. So I hope that I am down a little bit. Keep your fingers crossed that the scale is my friend tomorrow evening. LOL :)

07-17-2006, 07:47 PM
Hi Kerry!
Gee, how wonderful that you got a day off. I could tell that you were suffering from burnout big time. (my summer has been like that time for myself). Good for you getting to Curves and the walk too. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the scale will behave. You need (and deserve) good news at the scale. I will have to check out those movies. I heard that Hostage is also good. Have not seen it myself.

My step count for today(and it is 6:45 pm so can still get more steps in) is 11,207. I only had one day that I came close to the 15,000 that the WW article used as a top end number. I figure that the 11,000 is good enough.

Dh and Ds are at baseball practice. Dd and I are here......(oldest Dd is taking a course at the community college this summer to get back in psync with her curriculum). So I have a quiet evening for now. Might sneak to Bible study tonite.....which is in 45 minutes.


07-17-2006, 08:11 PM
Arrrgh.... Hi. Just got back from a Red Cross deployment... no computer. Just my Palm, with wireless and no real keybord.
I should be at my apartment Wednesday night... Will definitely post details and stuff then. I had done another post that Iost. Grrr. So sorry for the disappearance... Later. :mouse:

07-17-2006, 10:59 PM
Welcome back Mouse! We missed you and were worried about you. Glad to hear from you. Sounds like you have been busy. Glad you are okay. :)
Ginny I have so been burned out on babysitting and picking up the slack for my dh's ex-wife. At times I get so frustrated because I act more as a mom to those children then she does. I truly enjoyed my day off. I took a nice relaxing long shower for a change. Treated myself to a salad from McDonald's. I tried the Asian Salad. It was good. I was surprised. Then I sent the evening curled up in the armchair reading a book. I am hope you were able to sneak off to Bible study. :) Glad your evening was a quiet one.
Robyn, hope you had a great day! Are you resting up for your big day tomorrow? Ginny is right about the 4 years of high school will fly by. I remember when I firsted started high school and how scaried I was. But then the time seemed to fly by quickly and then it was off to college for me. So are your boys glad to have their mom back from vacation? I told me dh that we were going on vacation next year to Mytle Beach. Several of our friends have went this year and asked us to go and we couldn't due to money issues and babysitting issues. But I have had enough of it and told him that we were saving our change and any other money and we were going to the beach next summer with our friends.
Trob, hope you had a great day! So by now you can tell that we are all in the same boat as you and like to talk. :)
Now where or where is Pam? I hope everything is okay with her.
Well I am going to go read a little more. Then off to bed, because reality sets back in tomorrow with mowing the lawn and babysitting my stepkids. Then off to TOPS in the evening. So I will try to check in with you all tomorrow.
Have a great evening!

07-17-2006, 11:08 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Melody and I teach K-3 Special Education. I have been on the 3fatchicks website for years and my weight has gone down..up..down..up...

I really want to lose it once and for all. I recently started having Blood Pressure problems and I am only 30. I had high BP when I was pregnant, but now all of a sudden it is back so I have to get really serious about watching what I eat and losing all this weight. So, my major motivation is health, but of course I want to look better, too. And I may want another only child will be 5 this December. I am undecided as to whether he will stay an only child or not, but I know I can't try to have another baby as long as I am this heavy. I started my pregnancy with him about 35 pounds lighter than I am now and I ended up on bed rest and with an emergency c-section so I know I have to be in much better health if I am even to consider having another baby.

Well, I hope to get to know all of you here.

07-17-2006, 11:55 PM
Welcome Melody! I teach special education as well. I teach junior high age students with MH. I have been teaching for 8 years now. All of them in special education. I did a year of perm. subbing in all areas of special education, three years in LD/DH and the last four in MH. I have three stepkids a girl who is 10 and twin boys who are 8. My dh and I have been married for 2 1/2 years now. I am the co-leader of my TOPS group. I love to read, workout at Curves, walk, hike, watch movies, listen to music, play with my stepkids and hang out with family and friends. I have been at this weight loss journey for many years, but started to take it seriously 4 years ago when met my dh and his three children. I wanted to be around for awhile to watch them grow up and be able to play with them. The way I was eating and drinking pop, I would probably have either slowly eaten my way to an early grave or became very sick from being so lazy back then. :) So I am glad that you joined our group. I am sure you will find the support and encouragement you need here. Once again Welcome to our little group!
Have a great evening!

07-18-2006, 08:47 AM

Thanks for the welcome. It's nice to meet a fellow special education teacher. I am about to start my second year of teaching special education. Before that I taught 3 years of Middle School and High School English and taught a night class at the University of Southern Mississippi.

I really love Special education and would never want to go back to teaching English unless it was at a Junior College or University. I may want to teach a regular elementary class one day, but nothing above grade 3... after that they are taller than me and the attitudes get a lot worse.

I gave up Diet Mountain Dew last Monday. I think giving up cocaine would have been I am just kidding. The doctor told me I had to quit drinking it I guess because of the sodium. Plus, a lot of people think that Aspartme is dangerous. Now, I drink water, koolaid with Spenda, light apple juice and Green Tea with Spenda.

Talk to you later...

07-18-2006, 09:07 AM
great, i had this big long mess. typed out and then proof, it was gone. i will try again later.
somebody either here or somewhere told me that they also taught art....any of you guys??? back to you later.

07-18-2006, 12:53 PM
Hello everyone! :welcome: Welcome Melody! (My name is Robyn and I'm a DewAholic! TELL ME how you stopped!) Welcome BACK, Mousie! ...and I'm glad that you're still here Trob! Hello to Kerry and Gin, of course!

I can not get a sentence typed without an interruption.... so ... I'm gonna have to make this a wave bye...and tell you that I will return! I had PLANNED to type a REAL entry...but the puppy (that I'm trying to train) and the cat ...and the boys...and the phone.... won't let me! I guess I"ll surrender and clean house....and take care of my real life things! :)

I need to get to Curves today as I didn't get there yesterday.... that hs thing took me ALL day! Then I took the boys to my mom and dads for a visit! .......oh yeah, I'm leaving!

Ya'll take care! :dust:

07-18-2006, 01:02 PM
Hi everyone, i'm Susie. I teach grades 7-12. I had such great intentions this summer but got off to a rocky start! I have been just EXHAUSTED since school has been out! But today i took my boys out for a run and i feel pretty good! So better late than never i guess!

07-18-2006, 03:39 PM
A brief hi from me today ladies! I am busy mowing the lawn. I have been drinking tons of water and option one. So I am replaces my sweat with fluids. I am just wondering how I will do at TOPS tonight. I will check back in with you all later this evening or tomorrow. Have a great day!

07-18-2006, 05:46 PM
Gee it is hot here in NY!

07-18-2006, 06:15 PM
Aw crud........lost my post.........and it was full of wit and wisdom too.
Ok, skip the wisdom. Gotta take Dd to piano. See ya later!

07-18-2006, 08:05 PM
what a day!! but first i am going to whine about yesterday. i woke up around 7am yesterday and opened the door to my son's room to let out his day, which i am convinced is a 50lb pony desguised as a labradoodle. anyway, it seems that he was not feeling well during the night and decided to "doodle" ALL OVER the carpet. i was about ready to kill! i got the messed cleaned up all while my son pretended to be sleeping and needless to say was not a happy camper. we are planning on putting down hardwood floors so i talked my husband into letting me rip up my son's carpet. woked all day on that and then until 9:30 at night wallpapering my bathroom, a project that was started on sunday. okay, now for today. 6:30am, up to let the dog out and guess what??? you got it, it seems that he doodled all the night. BUT, since the carpet is not longer there the clean-up was much better. the rest of the day was spent delivering pics. to about 150 houses in town. my husband had this great idea that it would be wonderful to hand delivery all the 1000+ ball pics that he has take. i the best part is......i get to do it again tomorrow too!!!! YEAH!!! okay, i am finished!
kerry, about the school diet club. they had each person pay $20 up front and then $1 if their weight stayed the same and $1 for every pound gained. each week someone got a little cash and then the winner got the rest.
susie, what subject to you teach?

07-18-2006, 10:35 PM
Trob that sounds like a great idea. I might have to run that by the other people who were in charge of the last one with me. Hope your evening goes better! So you got to hand deliever the pictures, huh. Sounds like you had a fun day too.
I got a little help with the yard from my dh when he got home from work this afternoon. He finished the mowing for me. Wish was a nice surprise,since we had an aurgument before we went to bed last night and as soon as we got up this morning before he went to work. So I think he must have felt guilty about the words he said to me. Since he called me three times from work to say he was sorry and that he loved me. Plus for me to get lots of fluids and take lots of breaks to cool off while I mowed the yard. I told him that I was not sure how my weigh in would go tonight at TOPS since I drank a boat load of water and 64 oz. of Powerade Opition One. So I was probaly going to be up alittle in my weight. He said that is okay honey you are also having your TOM, so I understand that you might have a gain. I was ready to fall over from the shock of him actually being compassionate and understanding. So I went to my weigh in and gained 1 3/4 pounds. But i am sure that I will be able to take it off quick and hope to have a great weigh in next week.
Hello to Ginny, Robyn, Mouse, Suie, Melody and Pam. Hope you all had a wonderful day!
Talk to you all later,

07-18-2006, 11:05 PM
Hi everyone. I had an Ok day today. I have a summer cold which is no fun and I was busy today. Now, I am ready to sleep for a long time. I ate OK today. I had Heart Healthy Cereal with Skim Milk, a Kashi Trail mix bar, then a turkey and cheese sandwhich on wheat with a handful of cheetos (I know I could have left these out) and then for supper I had grilled chicken with onions and bell peppers and a sweet potato. Not too bad I guess...

07-19-2006, 10:13 AM
Ok, I have had entirely too many interruptions this have to get off the computer to go to WW.

Kerry- congrats on the loss!!!! I am so happy for you (you needed a good week!) SO glad to hear that Dh settled down and supported you yesterday.
Its about time :carrot: .

Melody- sounds like an ok eating day to me! Are you counting calories and getting excercise too? Hope that crummy summer cold goes away. Feel better.

Trob- ah, the joys of motherhood. Bet it felt good ripping up that darned carpet!

Susie, I seem to remember you from awhile have you been?

Robyn, Mouse....sorry gotta log off and get to my meeting. Be back later to do you ladies justice.
See ya!

07-19-2006, 03:10 PM
Okie, dokie.

Rushed to WW........down 1.8#, so I am a happy camper.

Robyn- you ever get your house cleaned? Gotta stay off the darned phone, hon, or ya won't get a blasted thing done!:D

Mouse- I am out of it.......where were you deployed to? What is your take on the 3 arrests in Louisiana related to the "euthansia" of those elderly folks post Katrina?

Opps, looks as though Ds might be looking for the computer. And his mother (moi!) has to go to the library to pick up his SUMMER READING! Too much playstation and brain drain from him, so he is going to read a classic or two that I ordered for him. And baseball does not classify as reading. Even the baseball directions for PS2.........poor kid, he has me for a mother.
See ya!

07-19-2006, 09:00 PM
Evening Ladies,
Hope everyone was able to stay cool today. It sure was another hot one here in Ohio. I had to rake up some grass this morning. I was able to get the stepkids to help with it though. So I wasn't outside for more than 45 minutes. Just long enough to sweat really bad when I came back in the house though. LOL I just was in a lazy kind of mood today. Took the kids to the library reading program, picked out some movies to watch, read a few pages in At Canaan's Edge (book about MLK during 1965-68) for the summer reading program at my sister's library, fixed the kids lunch, did dishes, helped my sds with his vision therapy and read with him. So now I am home by myself and trying to decide do I want to read some more or watch one of the movies I got today. I would love to go take a walk at the lake but it is still too hot and muggy out there. So raking the grass is my exercise for today.
Gin what books are you making your ds read? How could you make him read books on his summer vacation? Come on you mean mom. You can tell that you hang out with a bunch of educators. LOL My stepkids are the same way though. You think you are killing them with a slow painful death when I tell them to get their books out and read. But I can use their dad as a good example when you need to read when you are younger. Because he has a hard time reading things and comprehending them at his age today. He regrets not learning to read better in school now. I think that is one of the reasons he loves it when I am home from school and able to help with their homework. Congrats on your weight loss! Way to go, girlfriend!! Keep up the good work! I gained 1 3/4 pounds last night but I think it was a water gain due to all the water I drank yesterday and it being that tom.
Robyn, hope you were able to clean your house, stop the phone from ringing off the hook and keep peace between your sons. So how was the high school trip?
Trob, did you have another busy day delivering pictures? Hope you are able to find some time to relax and have some Trob time. Now does your dh help you with stuff for your work at times? My dh will help me by carrying things to my van if I have a lot of stuff to take to school. Plus he will pick up stuff from the store and bring out to me at school.
Melody, sorry to hear about your summer cold. I hope you are feeling better today. It is already miserable with the heat and humidity and then add a cold on top of it and that isn't a good feeling. Sounds like you had a great eating day yesterday. Keep up the good work.
Mouse, so where were you deployed to this time? We sure have missed you. Hope you are recovering from your deployment. Are you feeling better this week and over your illness? Hope you have been able to get some swimming time in.
Suie, hope you had an a good day. I know what you mean about losing weight over the summer. I am like 6 pounds heavier than when I started my summer vacation. I hope to take a few pounds off before schools starts back up on August 21st.
Pam oh Pam, where are you? We all miss you. Hope you are just out lazying in your pool that you worked so hard to get up.
Well I am going to go watch a movie. I have to decide from the 6 I got from the library. I guess I should look at it like which movie would my dh be most likely not to watch with me and watch that one. Since he is out with a friend right now.
Talk to you all later. Have a great evening.

07-19-2006, 09:00 PM
Evening, everybody. I was going to go back and try to read posts, but I decided not to...
Let me say hi to all the newcomers (Trob, Melody). :) I'm the resident swimming Mouse. I'm also a special education teacher, high school students with multiple disabilities. This will be my 11th year teaching. I've always taught students with multiple disabilities except for 1 year doing a life-skills based program for students with learning disabilities. I've taught in 3 states... I'm currently in Virginia for the 2nd time, but would really like to get home to PA. At the moment, though, that isn't an option because of grad school. I'm also a lifeguard and children's swim instructor at a gym. Finally, I'm a Red Cross disaster services volunteer locally and nationally.
Locally, I'm the captain of a disaster action team which responds mostly to single family fires, and other incidents. Nationally, I'm a community services (mass care-sheltering) supervisor, as well as a client services (computer entry of our case files) supervisor, and a client casework supervisor (that's the interviewing part). I'm also a training associate (but I've only done that locally; I've never done it nationally). We have to have 3 function areas at the national level, and I used to do computer technology and communications, but when I hurt my ankle we realized I couldn't pull cable anymore or climb a ladder... So, they finally convinced me to switch my 3rd one to training.
I just came back from 2.5 weeks in beautiful downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. ;) There was a lot of flooding up in the Northern Tier/Central Pennsylvania area because of all the rain we had at the end of June. It was a week solid of really heavy downpours. I entered the cases that were opened into our computer system; the system is new since Katrina. There are too many people who are trying to get assistance 2 or 3 times. :( This way, we can search a case before we provide the service. I will say that eating while out on assignment is a challenge. The Community Services folks that supply snacks and food at headquarters (my assignment location most days) didn't do a whole lot of healthy & Mouse-friendly food. I didn't have a car, either, so I had to get people to take me to the grocery store. Fortunately, most were willing. But I ate enough beef jerky to become a preserved cow... and by the time I left, I would have killed for a green vegetable and fresh fruit. ;) I didn't have a refrigerator in my room either, although I did manage to get some cherries. The snack area had sugar-free oatmeal (the instant quaker stuff) most mornings, though, which was good. Lunch was more challenging... that's why I started the beef jerky. I decided that was better than peeling the cheese off of Dominos' pizza, which I did on 2 days. I started to bring my tuna fish with me, but it wouldn't have done much good... no mayonnaise! :)
I came back just in time to start my week long contract with the Educational Testing Service scoring essays for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Let me tell you, I'm thoroughly sick of hotels and glad to be back in my apartment, even if it is desparately in need of cleaning! I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get an actual crew in here next week, then look for a new person. I hate the thought of paying a crew $100 for my tiny place, but...
Let's see... Ginny... I've been away from thenews most of the last 3 weeks so I'm not sure what euthanasia you're referring to. I had my Palm, but that article didn't show up in the Washington Post newsfeed I get that way. Do tell?
I need to go throw some laundry in the dryer, and call my mom. She still has Imp because I didn't have anywhere to keep him the first half of the job in Maryland.

07-19-2006, 09:05 PM
hi all, i wish that i could say that i had watched what i ate today...well i can say that. i watched everything that i saw get shoved into my mouth! maybe is wasn't that bad, but it was not good. we spent 7hrs. delivering pics again and ate breakfast and lunch out and then stopped at hastings and had a fruit smoothie with the kids as a reward for helping. around 5 we loaded up and went to my sisters for a swim. as soon as we got there it started to storm. with temps being 105+ for the last wk it was a welcome site, too bad it didn't last long. we are headed out now for a walk. maybe i can undo a little of what i have done today.
ECmom- way to go!!! 1.5lbs in the right direction!!!!

07-20-2006, 10:37 AM
hey ya'll! :) sorry for being mia... I have been having migraines....the sun and the heat is nearly causing my head to explode....During the middle of the night I was up with a searing ear ache.... I finally got to sleep about 4:30... I am now sitting with a hot washcloth over it. I may have to go to the doctor as it is really hurting. Whine whine whine. I haven't moved my fanny since I've been back from Florida....and I'm nearly certain that I won't be doing too much today....

I'm writing EVERY morsel that goes between these lips today...... and I'm going to try to drink my water...altho it hurts horribly to swallow anything...
geesh, I'm such a whiney mess!

Welcome home Mouse. Welcome back Susie!

07-20-2006, 04:45 PM
Robyn- gee, did you get yourself to a doctor? That headache does not sound good.........and with the earache to boot. Are you prone to ear infections? Sending you some cyber chicken soup and a hug. :hug: And the cyber chicken soup has no points....go ahead and kick me for that one!

Trob- well the good thing about having a not so good day is that tomorrow is another day.......start fresh and put a day of less than good eating behind you. Hope all your activity burned off some of it. And sometimes, you never know, a single bad day does not show up on the scale.

Gee, Mouse, I completely forgot about all the darned flooding.....and it was dumb of me to do so, as just a wee bit to the west of us (which is Pa) they have horrible problems with flooding. And we took an offering at church for a sister church upstate that is home to a ton of National Guard and locals who lost everything in the floods. You get your precious Imp back yet?
As far as Louisiana- two nurses and one doctor have been arrested (I think) for using lethal doses of pain relief meds (morphine was mentioned) on several elderly patients. That is the gist of it. Just another really sad story from Katrina- and knowing how involved with the Red Cross you are, I thought you had heard about it. But you had your hands full, that is for sure!
Welcome back!

Kerry- sorry to hear that it is still scorching in Ohio. (it broke a wee bit here in NY). Raking is fine excercise, especially in this darned heat. Sometimes we all need a "down" day. Mean mother that I am, I am making Ds read Hiroshima (John Hersey), and Brave New World (Aldous Huxley). Actually, what I did was I went to a web site that lists reading for college bound kids- found about 80 books listed there. I picked out Hiroshima, knowing some of Ds's interests, he picked out Brave New World (probably because it is short;) ). I told him that he had no choice....because he did not get a job this summer, and his SAT score was horrible......well nuff said. God must have been smiling on me at the time I spoke to him, because he did not get argumentive. So now you know what a bad mom I am. Please call the police or child protective services on me.

So far today has been ok....painted my pantry (oh, did it need it!) and have done some other organizational things here that I do not have the chance to do during the school year. Got my 2.5 mile walk in.......Dd and I am going to play mini golf later. Guess I'd better scoot. See ya!

07-21-2006, 09:17 AM
hey all, well i had another 7 hr day delivering pics again yesterday. i hope that today will be the end of it!

mouse- wow, you are one busy person. how do you do it all?

robyn- how's the head feeling today? much better i pray.

melody- are you all moved in yet? i bet the heat is making the job even more diff.

kerry- does my husband help me? he will bring stuff to school that i have forgotten and he will come help me move things, but other than it is around the house where i need his help though but never get it.

mermaid- i just realized that my son is a freshman this year. in our school system 9th grade is not in the same building as 10-12 so it hadn't even occured to me that he was going to actually be a freshman. wow, how time flies. i has his 1st girl interest and it is so much fun to watch. i told him the other day that watching him learn to walk was nothing compared to watching him become a young man. i am so proud of him. he is one of those rare kids that is just a joy to be around.

ec and kerry- i read where you were having trouble getting your kids to read. my oldest hated reading and really had a hard time learning but his 5th grade teacher turned him onto harry potter...i wasn't really thrilled about it at first but once i saw the change in the amount of time he spent with books in his hands i couldn't complain. he now will read for hours a day. maybe your kids just haven't found the right books. my daughter is also a reader. she walks the house and reads since it is impossible for her to stay still. they both have enough books to start their own libraries. just keep intro. them to different types of books and maybe they will find some that they i needed to tell fellow teachers that.

well, i had better get myself cleaned up and ready for another fun filled day of pic. deliveries!! later

07-21-2006, 04:01 PM
Hi everyone,
TGIF! Thank God this week is finally over. I have had another long week. On top of it all, I gave myself heat rash on both of my legs down by the ankles and all my friends think I have poison ivy and want to stay away from me. It is finally clearing up after four days. I did find out that you shouldn't put aloe vera on it since it only makes it redder. You are not suppose to put oil based products on it. Which I did on Tuesday and Wednesday. Oh well atleast I learned something new. Plus I gave myself a blister on my thumb from raking the grass up on Wednesday. So I just beat myself up this week, so to speak. LOL
You all know how much I love baseball games. Guess what I will be doing this weekend? Working at the local girl's softball tournments for a friend. I will be taking money at the gate. I won't be doing this if I didn't need the money. I love watching a couple ball games but when it starts being the only thing my family does for days on end, I just want to take the ball bat and start swings it at people who are obsessed with the game and start making comments about kids.
Trob, I hope you are able to enjoy your fun filled day of picture delievries! I hope this is your last day. Your dh sounds like he is related to my dh. He is really good about making comments about how the house needs cleaned and stuff. But does he really do or does he tell me to do it. Maybe we should do a class for dh's to learn who to help out at home. As for my stepkids reading, their mom doesn't really make them do anything educational. She lets them do basically whatever they want to do. They play alot at home, watch movies,play video games and go out to eat a lot with her. At our house, we play with them board games, play outside, go for walks, help them with their schoolwork and take them to their sports activities. I don't know what those kids would be like without my dh and I being a major part of their lives. Their mom and stepdad are both overweight and really don't do much with them. Which is very sad! So I really think that is one of the reasons why I am having a hard time getting them to read this summer. It isn't because of the reading selection. Because they are the ones who pick out their books at the library. So do you have big plans for your weekend?
Robyn, I hope you are feeling better today. Where you able to go to the doctor for some meds to help with your headaches and earache? Did the heat let up any in VA? It is a bit cooler here today only in the 80's. Hope you are able to relax a little bit and heal over the weekend.
Mouse, sounds like once again you have been a busy mouse. Sorry you had a hard time with your eating during your deployment. Can't they make special arrangments for people that have special diet needs? Hope you are able to get your apartment clean soon? Did you get Imp back yet from your mom? I sure bet you both missed each other over the course of your deployment. Hope you are able to relax some over the weekend.
Ginny, sounds like you have been busy. What color did you paint your pantry? Glad you were able to get some classics for you ds to read. I laughed about the comment about him picking out the one book becasue it was short. I think a lot of kids go that route when picking out books. I know that is how my kids get their books sometimes from the bookmobile when it comes to school once a month. The heat is finally letting up here in Ohio. I think it is only suppose to be in the 80's this weekend. Finally some relief from the 94-98 degrees we have had for a couple weeks now.
Melody, sounds like you have must be busy moving into a new house? How is it going along? We moved out of our old house in May to a small rental house. We are just waiting for our loan officer to call us back and tell us that we can go ahead and buy the house we really like. So I feel your pain. I hope you are able to stay on your diet and exercise program during your move.
Hi to Pam and Susie. Hope everything is going okay with you both.
Well it is off to read for a little bit with my one sds. Maybe I will bribe the other two stepkids by telling them if they read for a half hour, then I will play Uno or something with them. Talk to you all later Have a great weekend!

07-21-2006, 06:56 PM
Made it through having the kids read for a half hour. Which that went swell. It was playing the Disney Scene It ! dvd game with afterwards that wasn't. They wanted to argue, cheat and cry. Which did happen althrough out the game. Maybe it is a good thing that they are all three going over to our friends house to spend the night there with her two children and stepchild. Maybe this way they will be good for her and stop their fighting among each other. So hopeful I can have a quiet evening with my dh before the stressful crazy weekend of softball tournments. My dh just told me when he came home a few minutes ago, that we have to be at the fields by 6:30 in the morning and work all day long until 8 or so tomorrow evening. I am definately taking my lawn chair, sunscreen, cooler with ice in it and a book to read while I am waiting between customers.
Hope everyone is having a great Friday!
Talk to you all later,

07-21-2006, 10:08 PM
oh kerry!! i can feel your pain with the ballgame. my dh is taking pics of a ski tourney tomorrow. he and my ds are going to get there around 6am to set up the tent and get everything organized. i will go for awhile in the afternoon. in two weeks he will be shooting the regional bball tourney and i WILL have to go to that one. it will last for 6 days. i don't mind all that much but i don't looked forward to heat...105+ for over a week now. good luck with the reading. it is really hard for kids to be excited about reading if other family members are not. my dh is not a reader but thankfully they took after me. hope that you have a wonderful summer and try not to get too hot tomorrow.

07-22-2006, 09:52 AM
Hi everyone. I still have this dreadful summer cold and this week has been really stressful because our house was barely ready for the appraisal and it just seems we have has one problem after another. However, all our house paperwork is done now and we are set to close Wednesday. My house is about 75% packed. Today I need to tackle my son's room and get all of his toys packed.

I have been eating all right I guess, but I have eaten some fast food, but just tried to eat small portions. I have been sick and haven't felt like cooking much and I have been busy. Things will be much easier when we get settled into our new house next week. Then, I will be back into my routine of cooking nightly.

I will only have a week to get settled in my house before teachers go back for teacher work days. We start here on Wed. Aug. 2 and then the kids come back on Mon. Aug. 7. So...vacation is almost over. My 4 year old is so funny...I told him yesterday we were on vacation and he asked "are we going on a cruise?" Then, I told him no and that vacation was going to be at home and see said "That is NOT a REAL vacation Mommy!" I agree, but oh well. Of course, we have never been on a cruise...he just saw that on TV. Usually though we do go to Florida every summer because our in-laws live there, but since they are retired now they drive up to see us more often instead.

Well, I will check back in again soon. I hope you all have a good weekend.

07-22-2006, 01:33 PM
Hello, my friends! :) Sorry to have whined and then disappeared earlier this week.... my sinus' were at the root of my headaches and ear pain. All is mostly better now!

I went to WW for the first time in 3 weeks. Ahem. 3 weeks where I was *MOSTLY* in control.... 3 weeks where I gained 3 pounds. So. Here I go again. :) Again. I'm working on my first 32oz of water ....which before July would have been long gone by noon....sigh! I have 4 more cans of Diet Mountain Dew Code Red. 4 more and then I won't be buying any more! Even tho it is diet.... I find myself craving it like some sort of drug. I'd rather have Code Red than oxygen. So. I know what I have to do. Again. I've done it before. Goodbye soda! ....once I'm done with these 4! LOL (It won't take long the way those cans are calling my name! Sigh!) So, the other things that WILL be done are tracking EVERYthing! ....THAT and moving my fatfanny! So. There. AGAIN! ....My plan!

Melody, How exciting! Some how along the line, I've missed that you were preparing to move! How "big" is your move? Will you be continuing at the same school? When is your official "moving day"? Hope that you are feeling better! Being sick in the summer isn't fair! Cruise? I want to go too! I've never been on a cruise....but I hear they are lots of fun! I volunteer to go with your ds so that you can pack without any interruptions! :)

Trob, Oooohhhhh, wow! Your husband and son's photography site is wonderful! What beautiful art they have posted there! How horrible! To have to attend ALL of those sporting events...knowing that you will have to deliver ALL of the photos of those sporting events a week later! YIKES! Did you recover from your deliveries this week? It sure was a hot week for you to be out and about! My son enjoyed his day at the spite of himself and his preconceived notions! He was petrified...but won't admit it. I'm still very concerned about the upcoming year. BUT, he is much more calm! He is classified as OHI due to a physical difference. We face battles yearly, monthly, weekly, ok...DAILY (at times!) LOVE summer time and quite frankly hate the thought of starting over with all new school staff, etc... Sigh! :) He is VERY excited with his ideas of what drumline is going to be like! I hope that IT does work out at least a bit like he dreams! Enough about that kid! The other one couldn't care less about moving to the middle school.... he is so easy going....I call him JimmyBuffet as he just sorta moves rather slow...rolls with the punches....and enjoys life without any worries! :) While this outlook on life is great...there are a few things that he SHOULD worry doing his summer reading homework stuff! :) Enough of my mouth about my kids!

Kerry, thinking of you and hoping for some shade! Hope that the sun doesn't make your rash worse! Aren't "friends" fun when it comes to rashes?! Will refrain from making any DH comments so as not to jinx myself... today is DH's day off and he has promised that he will help out a bit around the house! Also, while I'm thinking about it... I want to thank you for your posts! They are always so sweet, kind, supportive and directed to us...individually! You always take so much time and write such meaningful stuff! Thank you! I know (cause I often take the easy route!) that your messages not only take time to type...but also to think up! :) You are such a wonderful support! Thank you! *gush, ((Hugs)), gush* :)

Gin, How is it going? I got your PM and am still ROTFLOL at your note! (((Hugs))) Please tell your daughter that I'd LOVE to meet *HER* sometime! ....and that sounding "nice" and "being nice" aren't always the same! heheheee! When is your trip to the beach? We are going down next weekend for a few days! (too few...but alas...sigh!) Thank YOU for not abandoning me here! I know those days where there is no one but you get old....but I'm like that stray cat... I'll come back! :) Promise!

Mouse, recovered from your trip yet? Hope that you are getting back into your usual routine...and pool! How much longer before you go back to school?

Susie, Have you been out running again? How is the weather up your way? When do you go back to school?

A friend and I went to see the movie, "You, Me and Dupree". Perhaps it was that we were at one of those Cinema Cafe places and had each had a bit o booze, or perhaps that it was very late...well after 11pm....BUT, we enjoyed the movie! Sorta silly....but what else would you expect?! We each give it "2ThumbsUp!"..... I saw "Devil Wears Prada" while in Florida. My friend's husband paid our way...happily NOT having to endure it! :) I would save your $$ and rent it ....on a Tuesday for 99cents! While it was ok...and better than sitting around the house doing nothing.... Our rating was "1ThumbSortaSideways!"..... and whatever you NOT "force" your dh to go see it with you will be IN DEBT to him FOREVERRRRR!
Ok...I hope I've covered everyone...
Take care people! :)
......meeee (or Robyn as some call me!)

07-22-2006, 05:10 PM
Found this quote written in my binder as I was cleaning it out this afternoon.... written in my handwriting.... so I've heard it before...
don't remember who / where this came from.... I believe it could have been a signature.....

Commitment to conscious control with the understanding that choices have consequences!

..........hmmmmmmm.............. makes sense doesn't it? Again.

07-22-2006, 05:45 PM
Just a drive thru visit here.........busy day.

Meeee- 3# in 3 weeks? And you were on vacation to boot! I would not sweat that one bit.......start drinking that water, babe and the #'s will come off.

Melody- hope you are feeling better!

Trob- a ski tourney?????? In summer? Am I missing something here?

Kerry- hope you make it thru the day at the park ok. Sounds long to me.
Gotta go.......see ya!

07-22-2006, 06:00 PM
I'm guessing it is WATER skiing, Gin! :) .........I'm floating ....but I'm drinking it! ;) Miss you!

07-22-2006, 09:21 PM

We are just moving about 4-5 miles from where we live now. We are moving from a rental house to a house we are buying that was just finished being built. We both still have the same jobs, but we'll have a much nicer house. It's been stressful since we've had to go through so much paperwork and we are also trying to buy new things for the house because a lot of our furniture is pretty worn out. Luckily, my husband made enough commission (he sells cars) this month to finish paying for the living room furniture so now all I have left to do is buy new furniture for my son's room since he has outgrown his toddler bed and needs a twin bed now. I taught summer school this summer to help pay for things, but finally the summer session is over and I have a little time off!

We are excited about the move, but anxious, too. Our rent will double, but we can make things work if we stop splurging on eating out, etc. My husband eats out for breakfast and lunch every day and he's going to stop that once we move and that will help make up the difference. Plus, I am going to apply to work at my school district's after school program to make extra money.

I'm sure my son would love to go on a cruise with you...he keeps seeing the commercials for cruises and thinks they are just wonderful. Maybe I can save up afford to send him on a cruise for high school graduation or college graduation since that gives me another 14-20 years to work on it.

Well, I finished packing up the mountains of toys and bag up quite a few to donate to The Salvation Army. Now all I really have to pack up are my closet, my storage closet, my bathroom, and the dishes we are currently using...

Talk to you all later.

07-23-2006, 12:11 AM
Evening Ladies,
I made it through my 13 hour day at the ball park. I did manage to get the backs of my legs sun burnt. Even though I put sunscreen on them. The only good thing about the sun burn is that it will eventually turn into a tan, so I won't have the very lightly tan legs anymore. LOL I have to go back tomorrow and sit for probably another 13 hours. But atleast I am getting paid to do it, so that helps. I think I am going to offer to work next weekend's boys tournments. I got to interact with some interesting people today so it wasn't all that bad. Just exhausting by the end of the day.
Robyn, thank you for the kind words. I love the support I get from you ladies. So that is my way of paying you ladies back by thinking through my posts. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. The movie Me, You and Depruee looks like it would be a great one to go see. I might just treat myself to a movie one evening. Or just wait until it comes out on video and either get it for free at the library or pay for it at the video store. You will take that 3 pounds off in no time. Just load up on your water to sink a cruise ship and continue your workouts at Curves. If you want to think about joining Curves during the school year, let me know before August 31st and I can mail you $100 off the Enrollment Fee coupon. Hope you enjoyed your day today!
Melody, I thought that was cute about the cruise and your son. I would love to go on a cruise someday. We have been asked by our friends to go with them sometime when they go in Feb. but they usually go for a week and I can't just take off in Feb. for a week. I would have to go without pay for a week and that would stretch us too thin. Plus I have my alternate assessments to do and get completed before the first of March. So I guess I will just have to dream about taking one someday either on a summer vacation or after I retire in like 21 or 25 years. :) Glad to hear that your packing is going along smoothly. Hope you were able to find sometime to do something fun and relaxing for yourself.
Ginny hope you made it through your busy day okay. It was a long day at the park. The county fair is going on in my town and that is where my one stepson wanted to go tonight. I had to tell him several times no we are not going. Finally after the 6 time of trying to gentley tell him no, I just had to hollar at him and say no we are not going because your daddy and I have been up since 5, at the ball fields since 6:30 a.m. and we have to do the same thing again tomorrow. If you want to go to the fair so bad, call up your mommy and have her take you. He said no I aint call mom, I will just stay at Grandma's house tonight. So my dh and I had the house to ourselves this evening and we were both too tired to even enjoy it. In fact, he is already in bed asleep and I am usually the first one to go to bed between the two of us. I think my problem might be the 32 oz. unsweetened tea I drank with my salad from Wendy's at 9 p.m. tonight for dinner. So I hope that I can go to bed shortly. Hope tomorrow is a little less busy for you and you are able to enjoy it some.
Hi to Trob, Mouse and Pam. Hope you all had a nice day today!
Well I am off to bed. Maybe if I lie down I will eventually fall asleep. Talk to you all tomorrow evening. Have a great Sunday!

07-23-2006, 07:11 AM
Here is wishing everyone a great Sunday! Hope you all have a great day! I am off to another day at the ball park. I just love parents who want their kids in sports, but don't want to have to pay to support their child's sport. I am sure I will get complained to again today about the $3.00 admission to the tournments. I am very tired this morning. I am even thinking about drinking coffee and i hate the stuff. Only real thing stopping me is the fact that it would make me have to pee all the time and I don't have access to a real bathroom where they are sticking me today. I would have to use a smelly port pottie! Yuck no thanks I will stick with being dog gone tired for a little while. While off we go to the ball fields. Talk to you all later. I hope you do something fun and relaxing for yourselves today. Think of me at the ball fields for day no.2. Take care.

07-23-2006, 09:12 AM
yes, it would be water skiing. even in the winter we don't get snow around these parts anymore.

melody, glad to hear that the packing is almost complete. for me the unpacking was the worst! even though we went up in sq ft. by 1000, there didn't seem to be a place for everything.

kerry- hope that you didn't dry up at the ball park today. thankfully we have over a week before our next big event and then things will really get crazy.

talk to you all later.

07-23-2006, 09:55 AM

I am hoping that the unpacking won't be too bad since I am trying to be very organized about my packing. I am sure I will be throwing last minute stuff in a clothes basket, but for the most part everything is in boxes that are labeled for each room of the house. After I finish packing, then I have to start cleaning things like book shelves and TV's so that everything I take to the new house will be super clean and hopefully I can keep it that way.

07-23-2006, 02:03 PM
i think that the biggest problem with our move was that we didn't actually move in anywhere for a year. we only unpacked clothes and a few toys when we moved in with my mom and everything else stayed in boxes. i was VERY organized with my packing since i knew that things would stay boxed for so long. i numbered each box and then in a notebook wrote down everything that was in that box. great system...right???? the problem was that we had a change in our closing date and had to do the last minute stuff very quickly. my sis helped out and she ended up packing my notebook. i found it in the last box that we unpacked last january....a 1.5 yrs after we moved into our new house.

07-23-2006, 02:34 PM
my name is robyn and i'm a dewaholic. it has been just a few hours since my last dew...and man i'm beginning to feel the panic about not having any in the house... i NEED it! thanks for listening!

07-23-2006, 03:37 PM
Hi. I am a Dewaholic, too. I quit drinking Diet Mountain Dew about 2 weeks ago and I don't crave it as much anymore. I have had one in those two weeks since I was offered one at my Mom's house. I have drank a few cups of diet coke, but not nearly as much as I used to. Normally, I would drink a 2 liter Diet Mountain Dew every day. I quit buying them though and now I drink water, Green Tea, and juice. My doctor told me that I had to quit drinking them because they are just so bad for you.

If the cravings for it get too bad, try chewing some gum.

07-23-2006, 03:44 PM
Hi Robyn, I am glad that you came here for the support you need for you dew addiction. I hope we can help you ween yourself off the Code Red Dew. You did once before you can do it again. Just drink another couple glasses of water. YOu will be fine!

Trob I was stuck out in the middle of no where today sitting at the entrance to our high school ball fields which is about 1/4 of mile away from our pee wee ball fields. I took a book with me to read while I waited on people to come to that field and then I took their money. I only worked for 7 hours today. So it was nice to get off at 1:30. It took me another half hour to round up my dh and the stepkids. They wanted to stay longer, but daddy and Kerry said no we are tired and going home. But I did drink plenty of water and put sunscreen on every hour. I almost finished the book I was reading too. It is called Among the Heroes (about Flight 93 in the 9/11 incident). So I hope you can enjoy this coming week with before your ball tournments start.
Melody sounds like you have a very good organized plan for your move. I like your plan on trying to keep the new house clean and clutter free. I hope that works out for you. We have tried doing that with our rental. But with three stepkids some days that doesn't happen.
Hi to Ginny, Mouse, Susie and Pam. I hope you are having a great Sunday.
Well ladies I think I am going to and take me a nap since I was up at 5 again this morning.
This is how tired we were last night, there was a wreck in front of our house last night and we didn't even hear anything. We went out to get in my van this morning and there was a car sitting along the road across from our house with it's passagerside door bent all the way to the front. There was no one around it. So my dh called the police and reported it to cover ourselves. When we came home this afternoon, we saw it parked along one of the city streets,so it was someone from our town. We just wonder how they got home.
Well have a great afternoon ladies. I am off to take me a nap. Yay! Now watch the phone will either ring, someone will stop at our house or the kids will start fighting as soon as I lay down.
Talk to you later.
Take care,

07-23-2006, 11:02 PM
hi, all.
I've been here, but haven't done much. I finished my contract in Maryland Friday... I'm not sure if I'm going to do it next year or not. I wasn't overly fond of the trainer we had this year, or at least one of the other people in the room. They kept ragging on me for being too fast. Its not my fault I read fast! It wasn't like I was just arbitraily deciding what score to give the responses... I thought about it, and if we'd used the system we used last year, could have totally justified everything I did. So, I'll have to think about whether or not I want to do it; or if I do, if I want to do it with that particular group. I can also score for special education; the last two years I've done vocational education because my master's is in transition planning and I teach job skills to my kids, so that counts.
I've finished all the laundry from the trip, and am starting to work on the apartment... but at some point when I came home Wednesday, I pulled something. I must've done it when I tripped over my own feet (what else is new?). That means the laundry is in the basket still, unfolded. The carpet is still messy, and the place hasn't been dusted. I didn't get Imp's box totally cleaned out and emptied. I did get his waterer and feeder washed out good, at least... I bought a carpet flick at Target the other day cause I thought that might work better on cat fur and litter than the vaccuum cleaner.
I also bought one of those shower cleaner thingies.
Imp is still at my mom's house because since I hurt my ankle I can't do her steps well, and I can't stay there. Mom tried to capture him and bring him halfway to me, but he wouldn't cooperate! So... he'll be there another week. :(
Hopefully, I'll be able to walk better soon so I can get this place cleaned up!!!!! Its so bad, I'm embarrassed to even have a cleaning group come in here and do it!
I have to call my summer student tomorrow and see what days we're doing this coming week. I have some Red Cross stuff to do on Tuesday. I don't have time to be stuck here. I'm also supposed to start a class next week for that stupid highly qualified crud... but they've scheduled it so badly, that I'll wind up having to miss one whole day, and hours out of each because of the extended school year, and I already said that I'd work at the gym one of the days. I can't back out of that; they've already published the schedule!!! And the college students who were home are leaving, plus one of the other guards is pregnant and leaving. Its too hot for her to be in the pool room during the summer... its almost 100 degrees in there daily, and humid.
They just don't understand that you need to schedule this stuff well in advance or its not fair. I shouldn't have to change my schedule because they can't plan. This particular class I tried to get approved back in March.
I'm still trying to get them to give me the credits for English and History.

07-24-2006, 01:28 PM
Huuuullllllllllo!!! Whats going on people?! Same ole same ole here! Sweating my bigfatfanny off! This weather is THE pits! ....and they say it isn't as warm as it has been.... sighhh.... Perhaps I am so sweaty warm due to having JUST returned from Curves. WHO goes to Curves at 11:00??? ME! I was determined to go...and so...well, I did! There was a real fun group there and I went around 1.5 times extra just goofing off and chatting with them! They also taught me how to do the dang hoola hoop! So... taking a bow....I did that for a bit too! It had been YEARS since I'd even tried that thanggg! :) It was fun! ...and it took effort and concentration! Anyway!
Workout for Monday...DONE!

I'm happy to say that I've been MountainDew Free since Saturday.......and I've not killed anyone yet. Considered it only twice.... Yesterday I even walked right by the CodeRed display in the grocery...and I ignored the evil CHANTS from those bottles and cans of " wannnnnt meeee! NEEEEEDDDD me!" I call that a NSV! LOL Devil water, it is! :) Anyway....I will survive without it.... but WHYYYYYY would I want to?! :) Oh yeah, I don't need it! I don't want it! The MountainDew monkey seems to still be on my back a Wednesday.... I will be done with this battle! :0)

Oh, before I forget. I am currently under the doctors supervision for my migraine headaches. I finally gave up (actually I got scared when I couldn't see "right"!) and called the doctor. She is sure that what I have are something the other sinus related something migraines. (Once I realized that I wasn't dying....I sorta went on overdrive and just listened to how to make IT stop!) I am on a cocktail of three OTC medicines to get relief. I would NEVER take this stuff like this without her telling me to!
She has already called me today to make sure that I am feeling better...
I did notice that I slept...I mean REALLY slept last night for the first time since coming home from Florida! Yahooo!

Kerry, glad to hear that you survived the weekend fun! I had to laugh (in Beavis and Butthead style) at your use of the term "PeeWee field" for the place that you had no access to a real restroom..... I swear....hanging out with my 11 and 14 yo boys is REALLY warping my brain! :) Glad that the accident wasn't something that they needed to wake you up for!

Trob and Melody: Several years ago, I had the need to pack my classroom ....and was rather insane over using my notebook to inventory my "stuff".... it was the best thing that I did! (...and that notebook NEVER EVER left my hands! I was scared that the same thing....IT getting packed!....would happen!) I have moved for the last two summers.... the first move had to happen quickly and had to go from a huge classroom to a teeny one.... I didn't do the notebook...and OMG, I'll never know where things went...and I'm certain that things got thrown away that should have NEVER gotten thrown out! (and years of crap that needed to be trashed!) Last summer, I did better! :) I highly recommend being really really organized to a fault .....if they aren't making fun of're not there yet! LOL

Trob, so. Freshman. You like that idea? I'm still in shock! Where did the time go?! :)

Melody, good luck with the move and all! Moving JUST far enough that everything needs to be DONE! :) So, is RJ ready for our cruise? My sister and her 5 year old daughter and husband are going to Disney tomorrow....
Disney ....July....5 year old.... I'm glad to be here in Virginia! I hope they have a wonderful time! (O M Gawwwd!)

Mouse: Glad you're home. Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time / group. Sorry to hear that you've hurt your ankle again! It was about time for it to flare up anyway....wasn't it?! ;) How are you standing not having your kitty with you? It would get so lonely without someone clawing my toes or sleeping on my chest or meowing in my face when breakfast isn't served on time! Let me know how that Flick thing works! I'm nearly certain that I'm going to buy one of those zillion dollar vaccum cleaners that they say are so good for pet related issues. My mother has one...and I have to tell you.... it is SOMETHING else! BUT...also... it should be SOMETHING else considering the $$$$$pricetag$$$$$

Gin, honey..... We are heading to Hatteras on Friday evening....actually we will wait until around midnight.... all the crazy northerners (hehehehe) will have rushed thru and gotten there ....and the heat will be less.... We are so excited to be going for Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Dh has managed to get 3 days off in a row! Holey smokes! Can you stand it? (It is times like these that make me lust after his old job..... sighhhhhhh!) So when do you go? You think we could figure something out so that we could post a photo of the 2 of us together on this site to make the rest of our gang jealous?! hehehee..... I can dream, can't I?

Hello to anyone that I may have missed! I'm going to shower and then get some lunch!

Take care,
p.s. anyone else not liking the new red ad in the corner? I've never seen one like that....and it is so distracting! Is there still a way to pay to not have ads on here?

07-24-2006, 03:38 PM

Good job on doing the workout today! I would love to try Curves, but since my husband works late hours it would be hard for me to go since I don't have a babysitter for R.J. I think I will get enough exercise when we move because we have nice sidewalks and I can walk around with R.J. while he rides his Electric Monster Truck or his Shrek Scooter.

By this time on Wednesday, I should be signing papers on my house! I am so excited! I have bought a house before, but it was a really old fixer upper...nothing like the brand new one we are getting now. I am going to be such a clean freak after we move because I am going to want the house to look perfect fovever! Of course, I know that's not possible with a 4 year old rambunctios boy!

07-24-2006, 04:02 PM
melody- glad that the end is in sight with the house. i was so nervous when we bought our last house until everything was signed. good luck!!

mermaid- i moved classrooms may of 2005 after teaching in the same classroom for 16 yrs. teaching k-1. i knew that i would be changing from reg. classroom to art but did not know what school that i would be based out of. i found out two wks before school started where i would be. i had tried to be very organized when i packed but it didn't
help a whole lot.
i am not happy about my son being a 9th grader but what can i do. i am just trying to enjoy every minute i have with him because i know those days are limited.

hope everyone is having a great day!! it is still hotter than heck here. they say that it is cooler but you can't tell much difference between 99 and 105 in arkansas. later!

07-24-2006, 04:58 PM

We are still nervous until everything gets signed, too. I will be glad when it's all over and done and then I can relax for the first time in about 4 months.

I know that will be difficult when my R.J. gets into high school because I don't want to lose the bond we have. He's only 4 now (5 in Dec.) so I have quite a while to go, but I already feel like he is growing up too fast. Maybe you can have a game night or movie night with your son every week to make sure lines of communication are kept open.

07-24-2006, 11:30 PM
Gee, so many posts to keep up with! How did I get so far behind?

Trob,- forgive me for not reading the posts from earlier...I am too pooped for that. One thing I will say about HS. You are given a much greater chance to impact your Ds's life....more life and death kind of stuff...and there are opportunities to have real conversations with your kids. Enjoy the one on one times when you get them (they are rare). I found driving times to be the Ds would open up then more than other times. Dd too. Good luck. Hope it cools down in Arkansas.........sooner as opposed to later.

Melody- perfect house with a 4 yr old boy? (in my dreams.........not with my one man demolishion crew!) My Ds still can trash a house faster than anyone I know....gee, Mel, just wait till he can cook for himself!;) Ah the mess in the kitchen a hungry teenaged boy can leave. Not a pretty site. (hope you do not mind my warped sense of humor)
Congrats on the new house!! Gee that is exciting. When is move in day?

Robyn- congrats on being Mountain Dew free! (did not realize that it was that much of an addiction....but then we are not discussing me and tea, which is a major addiction!) Congrats on getting the workout in, heat and all.
This really hot summer stuff is awful, I hate it myself. (we got 2 days off for good behavior here in NY, but the blow torch returns tomorrow). A hoola hoop, eh?????? I still can't manage one. I am so happy that you are getting a few days at Hatteras......have a great time! And it looks (for now) as though the weather will be storm free for you. Glad you got to the Dr too. Hope all the meds clear your headache. Is this the first time you have been diagnosed with migraines? Our trip to NC is leaving 8/19 (I think).
That is probably a miserable time for you, school starting and all that. But I sure would love to attempt a rendezvous somewhere....except I would embarrass the heck out of you.

Mouse- have you gotten any medical attention for your ankle? Ouch! Sorry to hear you twisted it. It must be odd being at home without your Imp. Hope that you are reunited soon. Stinks with the mis communication (or should I say lack of ) regarding your class. You have always sounded like a person who appreciated a schedule and expected the same respect from others. Stinks when you do not get that respect. Hope it all works out for you somehow.

Kerry- glad you survived the 13 hour baseball marathon. (my condolences). Did you ever make it to the fair? Too bad that you and Dh were too pooped to enjoy an evening alone, however, there is much to be said about getting a good nights sleep! (I have not had one in days). What ever happened with that wreck in front of your house?

Well, ladies, I am pooped. I did not sleep for beans last nite. Forgive me for short changing you in my responses. Think it is time for beddy bye for me.
I have been doing great with my pedometer. I think that in the past 7 days, 6 out of 7 I have broken 10,000 steps. Today I am at 13,700 or so....I hope the darned scale reflects the effort, but I know that excercise sometimes takes a week or so to show up.Guess I'd better go. Another long day awaits me tomorrow. Nite!

07-25-2006, 10:19 AM
mermaid and melody- i told my dh last wk that i was going to get him logged on here so that he could have support for his dew addiction. he didn't think it very funny. BUT, he has not bought any dew since then so i think you guys may have helped him out anyway. keep up the good work. i was once a diet coke addict but can take it or leave it now.

mouse- hope that ankle is doing better and as for house mom says that there is no future in house cleaning. she used to be a total neat freak but after living with me and my family for a year and now living with my sister and her's, she has finally realized that it is a never ending job.

ecmom, melody and kerry- hope you gus have a wonderful day. try to stay cool!!!

07-25-2006, 11:14 AM
Hi Everyohe,

I hope you have a good day. I will be finishing packing today. We are supposed to close and move in tomorrow. We will be getting the moving truck tonight and getting it loaded so it will be ready to go. I will taking apart my computer either late tonight or tomorrow so I will be offline until my new phone line is working at the new house. It's supposed to be on today or tomorrow, but you never know how long the install might take.

07-25-2006, 07:52 PM
okay, this doesn't have anything to do with diet but i need your input. i went for my yearly today and now have a very big decision to make. i have been having a lot of trouble with VERY heavy bleeding, so bad that i will probably be missing a day of work each month. anyway, my dr. gave me more options than i can remember. most of my options were through the use of birth control pills but since i have had problems in the past with high blood pressure he does not feel that that is a long term option. he aslo talked about iuds and the nueva (sp) rings. he said that all of them would help control the amount of bleeding but that they might actually increase the duration each month. the other options were all surgical...d and c, some type of burning of the lining and a hysterectomy either complete or living my ovaries. i am so confused now. i know that i will be having a hysterectomy at some point because my problem is genetic and that is the only cure but i don't know if i should do it now or not. my sister who is 9yrs older thinks that i should not even think about surgery but she is able to take birth control pills. my mom thinks that i should just go ahead and have a complete since she had to have hers at 45. any thoughts on the subject?????? i am also really nervous about all the options because they usually cause weight gain. HELP!!!!!

07-25-2006, 08:11 PM
Good evening, all.
I hired a new cleaning company yesterday. This time, I used an on-line matching service, and the lady that called me offered me the same price I was paying the other girl. I authorized them to charge me for a more extensive clean the first time, so they are going to do the baseboards and the window ledges and everything. I asked her to make sure they move Imp's box and clean up all the litter he has kicked everywhere.
The majority of the laundry was folded and put away. The suitcase is put away. The place is straightened up and organized again (3 weeks worth of mail to go through!!!). The only thing left is to try on the clothes I bought before I left. Hopefully it will all fit and look good!
Robyn: I really like the carpet flick----it is light weight and good for a quick clean up. It only works on berber or short-pile carpet though. I put it away because there was too much in my carpets, but once the cleaning crew has been here, it should work better. The shower cleaner is pretty nice too. I agree with you about prices of vacuum cleaners! Those Dyson things are $400! Although, the automatic ones are cheaper, and say they work very well with pet fur and litter.
Ginny: Well, no... I didn't bother going to the doctor for the ankle this time. It didn't swell, and I was always able to walk on it; the biggest issue was the pulled muscle when I fell. That's almost all better now except when I stand up from the futon or the car. I have plans to call my doctor and chat with her anyway, becuase one of the comments on my evaluation from the job was a concern over mobility issues... That worries me, because I wasn't allowed to go out nationally for a while because of the combined issues of the ankle and the endocrine disorder.
I do miss my Imp. I saw him twice while I was gone: when we had our day off, two of the people I was supervising wanted to go to Lancaster, so I agreed to go and play native guide. They decided at the last minute they wanted to try and do Gettysburg AND Lancaster, the result being they didn't like what they got to see in Lancaster (we went to a local farmer's market, because they wanted to see 'real Amish'). We also went to a local restaurant for dinner. I stayed at my mom's when they went to Gettysburg (too bloody hot to tromp around battlefields, and I've been there so many times before!), so I did my laundry and played with Imp. Then, I saw him the night I spent at my mom's before I came down to Maryland for the contract. Hopefully, he'll cooperate and come home on Saturday. His food dish and waterer are all nice and sparkly clean.
I gave my evaluations to my chapter, and they were thrilled... My disaster support person is going to arrange for me to work at the Disaster Operations Center in DC. My supervisor out at the disaster recommended it; she is also going to enter my promotion into the system.
I also started back to summer school today with my student; he was pretty glad to see me, even though I'm making him redo his entire project because he didn't follow the sample or read the rubric (I am SUCH a MEANIE!!!!). The principal actually said she was glad there were people like me around who are willing to go out and do these things. I'd been certain they were going to have issues because I pawned my kiddo off on a substitute... or that, at the very least, she was going to say something like, "Its great you do this over the summer, but let's make sure it STAYS there." I've gotten that kind of comment before.
I went wireless yesterday, as well. I'd bought a wireless router a few months back, and finally hooked it up yesterday. It was sooooo easy! And its nice not being tangled up with cables when I use the computer!
Oh, yea... I'm a Pepsi One addict. I can not have it, and there are times I get really sick of it, but it is a drink of choice. ;) Too much water makes me sick, too, though... partially the meds for the endocrine disorder, and partially a thing my family has, apparently. All the people in my family get kinda squicky if we drink too much water.

07-25-2006, 09:07 PM
A drive thru visit again.........
Trob- my opinion and of course I have no medical background, but lots of common sense and some experience. opt for the D&C. It usually works, you only feel crummy for a day or so afterwards, and it will (or should) buy you a bit of time. I agree with your feeling about the medications, and of course not a hysterectomy. Not yet. I have had 3 D&C's in my life, and obviously lived thru them. While they are not fun or pleasant, the down side is minimal. (and no weight gain);) . I am sorry to hear you are having problems.

Mouse- and when the cleaning service finishes at your place, send them up to me!:D Hope the ankle gets better and that you and Imp are reunited soon. At least on time for the full moon! (ain't I a pain?)

Melody- happy closing and move day!!!!! Both are stressful and a lot of work.
Hope that all goes well for you. How many millions of checks did you have to write at your closing? It sure seems as though everyone has their hand out for something on closing day.

Ds and I power washed the deck today......I am pooped. Plus I got my WW tape done this am. Current step count is 10, 199, so I am doing fine. The WW tape is 4 AP's, so even though my step count is a bit low, I got all my excercise in. Now if I can just stay away from the fridge tonite(except for the diet jello waiting for me!), I should do fine for tomorrows WI. I sneaked a peek at the scale this evening, I should be down about .5 tomorrow at the meeting. I can only hope!

BTW, I might be losing the battle between myself and Ds over reading. John Hersey has been sitting on the coffee table for several days. I'd better go refresh his memory that there is no law against reading.

Hope everyone is staying cool. Pam, where ya hiding? Robyn and Kerry- I hope your day was ok. Kerry, tonite is the TOPS meeting, right? May the WI fairy fly over you and sprinkle you with pixie dust (which, BTW has no mass, so it will not impact your WI). Hope the scale is your friend! (yes I am losing one last marble is ready to leave me too!)

Nitey, nite!

07-26-2006, 12:31 AM

I have a very good friend that had this same problem. She had the surgery where they burn the lining of your uterus...I forgot how she said they did it exactly but she said it has been wonderful. If you want more details I'll call her and find out more about it. BTW, I sent an email to school for you. I sent it from my personal email at home.

07-26-2006, 01:48 PM
hello people! i had written a nice long post....and then the DAWG jumped up on me...and the keyboard...and I 1st thought that she had posted it...but it appears that my post is lost in space...and well.... I will have to start over... LATER! :)

Here is my abbreviated post!

Thinking of Melody and hoping that Wednesday is going as planned... fingers crossed for a smooth closing on the new house!

Trob: I had a hysterectomy at 35 (for reasons different than yours) after fighting daily pain for 6 years. While I don't regret my final decision.... I would do EVERYTHING that I could to prolong it! I'm with the group who suggest that you try other medical (but non chemical, no pills!) suggestion first! While a hysterectomy wasn't the end of my world...and it actually IMPROVED my world... it wasn't a first was actually my last choice! Good luck!

Mouse: My mother swears by her Dyson... so far all I've done is swear at my carpets! But for $$$$ that Dyson should do more than clean the carpet! I did borrow her old Oreck...and I wouldn't own one of these things for anything.... I hate hate hate hate it! I'm sooooo glad that I used hers for more than 6 seconds at her house to see how it really is / was. Hope your ankle is feeling better!

Gin, hear you about your son's reading. I'm certain that my boys are NOT doing what they should...and in fact, one book is overdue...and there are people waiting for alas...I will surrender it and pay the fine...and try to get the rising 6th grader to read something else... he doesn't want to read ANYTHING except graphic novels...and while I KNOW that this IS reading...I just don't think that he is really trying... I will skip my angst over getting the big kid to read his book........sigh! Enough of my mouth! Congratulations! YOu've been doing great with your walking / steps! I've worn a pedometer several times...but never with any real success...the little machine hates me! Do you have a trick or a brand or whatever? HOW do you get this thing to work for you...and where do you put it ...EXACTLY? One day I heard it clicking all day.....and at the end of the day I was at 300somthing steps....(and it was a school day and I KNOW that I walk THAT many steps JUST inside my room a day!) Sigh!

I went to Curves this morning... went around an extra time.. it was crowded and not too much fun! I did the hula hoop until I couldn't / didn't have the coordination to do it any longer! (I figured that THAT was enough!) ....

The dawg is barking at something....and this was going to be brief hello to those I've missed...gotta run....
take care,
meee...Robyn...HatterasMermaid...we're all the same! I'm worried that Ive confused some of you! :) ;) :)

07-26-2006, 08:25 PM
Good evening, all.
Trob: I don't have any medical background, though sometimes I sound like it (just because I've looked up nearly everything that my doctor's have told me about my own endocrine disorder; I learned not to trust doctors when I started the round to be diagnosed with this). If there are other options, try them. I'm on all kinds of medication for the endocrine disorder, and I'm not thrilled by it. I flat out don't have a cycle at all, and although they've wondered about cysts, we don't ever find any on the ultrasounds.
Ginny: I will send them your way: they did a very nice job. They cleaned EVERYTHING, even moved Imp's litterbox and got up all the cat litter and dusted/cleaned off the cover of his box!!! They obviously have a good vaccuum cleaner, because my carpets look really good. They followed my instructions to not use bleach, too. :) They used some of my cleaning products, so my apartment smells nice and orange-y. They even dusted the boxes that I have in the corner storing school stuff.
Robyn: Graphic novels are reading. Some of them have more vocabulary and higher concepts that pre-teen novels.
I was a good girl today and ran ALL my errands after school so that I can go swimming tomorrow, Friday, and then I have to work on Saturday, so I can go then too. :) I had my quarterly bloodwork done, got my hair cut, and finally bought groceries. I didn't get to Whole Foods, I went to Wegman's instead. Wegman's produce is almost as good, and certainly cheaper: cherries at Whole Foods are like $6.99 a pound, but they are $2.99 a pound at Wegmans. I had some awesome Pluots today, which are a plum/apricot mix. They have a cherry-flavored one, and it was truly fabulous. I was worried about how much sugar they have though because he said they were higher in sugar than apricrots or nectarines. :( I also bought some golden raspberries. 've never seen them before... They didn't have sugar free whipped cream, though, and I'm out. I also remembered to buy Mouse-friendly foods for lunch next week since I'm going to be in that class. I need to buy a new lunch bag, and some new ice-packs for it. Anybody seen any nice ones? Target had a bunch when I was there, but they were expensive!!

07-27-2006, 03:10 PM
I am tired, I am burned out, I want a week without my kids whining... I want, I guess I should just shut up. (can you tell that PMS is around the corner?).

Mouse- glad the cleaning service worked out for you. Congrats on getting all your errands done. Be the hair cut felt good! (they always do!). Get any swimming time in?

Robyn- I "won" a WW pedometer at a meeting 2 years ago. (they were upgrading to a new model and I did actually win it). My leader will program the WW pedometers for you if asked, and I know plenty of members who take her up on it. I wear mine on the side of my waist (with the blubber factor I do not have much of a waist, perhaps I should say that I wear it on my waistband?;) ). Oh, and I hear ya with the crummy Ds can gravitate (or should I say dive bomb!) right to crap if his momma does not intervene. I do sort of agree with the any reading is better than no reading, but also know what a rough age your son is at.........and would strongly encourage healthy reading as opposed to graphic stuff. (parenting is so much fun, isn't it?). On to your hysterectomy- glad it improved your world, although I think the world is just great because you are in it!:hug: Glad yo got to Curves. Buy duct tape for the dogs mouth. It works everytime.

My stupid WI? Exactly the same weight. Not that again...............but I am retaining water, so I figure that had an impact on the scale.

I am pooped. I have a headache. I long for cool weather. I will take my crabby hide and go........see ya!

07-27-2006, 06:19 PM
Afternoon... :)
I did get to the pool today, and am glad I waited: it hurt that muscle I pulled well I fell on my nose last week. But, its tolerable.
I had to buy a new wireless card because the other one I had (a gift from a friend) died. I bought one that plugs into the USB port on the computer this time, although it cost $10 more than the other kind. I think the heat might have fried the other one because we had that happen when I was out with the Red Cross. When the cards got hot, they'd stop working.
I'll have to be careful, though, because it sticks out of the computer and would be easy to yank out.
On the topic of reading: my student that I have for summer school (he's my ED kiddo that I have during the year) hates reading. He was totally cool with the project we've been doing until today when he had to read. Then he started goofing off and not wanting to follow directions. I wouldn't let him out of it, and actually made him stay 5 minutes longer until he got the information I wanted in the correct format on the page... He's doing a research project on Walt Disney World, and he's at the part where he has to put down facts about the history of the park. He's using a sample that one of my classes at my old school did (and this is the one that the kids won an award for and we showed at that tech conference almost 3 years ago). Their project was about Hersheypark, and the first two facts state who the park is named for, and when it opened. It was like pulling teeth to get him to put that information on the page! GAH!
The downside of keeping him the extra few minutes was that his brother was late for work... although I did explain it was because the student wasn't following directions. I felt a bit guilty, but hopefully his brother will be upset with his younger sib... and get the point across that he needs to follow directions. On his way out of the building he jumped up and tried to grab the exit sign. :shrug:
I'm thinking about asking my neighbor if she'd like to go for ice cream; we just got a Cold Stone Creamery nearby. But I want to check and see if they have sugar-free ice cream first; one night she & I tried to go to Baskin-Robbins only to discover that their sugar free ice cream has nutrasweet and malitol (BLECH!) and they have very few flavors. I'm totally spoiled by Turkey Hill ice cream, because that sugar free ice cream tastes like real ice cream!

07-28-2006, 10:11 AM
Hey you all....just me checking in to tell you that I'm checking out for the weekend! :) Heading to Hatteras for a few days will have my toes in the sand! We are taking the DAWG... so this could be VERY interesting! :) We will return home on MOnday evening...and I'll check back here then!

Gin, thanks for your sweet words! I may have to invest in a WW pedometer...I know that they will help you with them as I've waited for many adjustments and ped conversations! :) I did well with eating this week UNTIL yesterday.... We went to Richmond to visit my Florida friend, her daughter (who lives in Richmond) and her grandson (who JUST had the most amazing surgery on his skull! ...and is doing beautifully btw!) I took my boys and the others discovered that we had never been to Cheeburger, Cheeburger! ...... I could have eaten a salad... I guess I should have eaten a salad.... but I didn't ....I had a small cheesburger...and some onion rings AND even some fries....(had to taste them!) I also had a small chocolate shake.... HOLEY MOLEY....That junk tasted sooooo good....and then I had a horrible stomach ache ALL through the evening...... I ate a yogurt and a few grapes for dinner as I was NOT hungry after all that junk! :) Anyway... I am thinking about going over to WW today....but I've got lots to do ....and WW is not close by.....I'll have to see....... Anyway...there is my confession!

I'm off to do my time at Curves so that I can say that I did it! :) THAT is the only reason I am going today....I have to get the house clean and be ready to leave for the beach when dh comes home at 6! YIKES....move my fanny!

Have a great weekend! Take care!

07-28-2006, 01:04 PM
Robyn- have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!!! Look at the positive side, you got a workout in. It is better than nothing!!!!!! (aw so what if you used those 35 additional points)

Mouse- glad you got a swim in. Hope you resolved your ice cream dilemma.
We have Turkey Hill here too (imported from Lancaster Pa, as the label says!) and it is great stuff.

My frame of mind is not much improved today......Ds called last nite, she is coming in for her annual visit in a week. Could be interesting. Drove a route this am (short one, I subbed just for the am). I had to have the dumbest monitor ever.......she had no idea where each student lives. (so, what does she do everyday? am I missing something here?).

Gotta go.........stuff to do..........see ya!

07-28-2006, 04:50 PM
Imp is STILL in PA. He refuses to go anywhere near my mom or the room where she's put his carrier. Silly cat! She's going to grab him tomorrow evening when I'm done at the pool, no matter what.
I was going to go swimming today, I WANT to go swimming... and I feel guilty as heck because I've only been once this week (and once tomorrow...), but it hurts. I'm so mad because I have hardly been swimming at all the last few months between having had pneumonia, REd Cross deployment, and now this. :( :( I feel like I've given up. And I haven't lifted weights in a year: the gym I'm at now is too far away for me to do both on a workday, and on weekends I swim at the gym in Baltimore. It takes me 30 minutes to get to the gym from my school when there is little traffic; when there is traffic, it can take me 45 minutes to an hour. Do you realize that I can be at the gym in Baltimore in an hour most days????
I don't know what my problem is... I'm just sitting here doing nothing! Maybe I'll be able to go later; the gym is 24 hours, and the pool is open till 11:00 pm...
Robyn: Have a great trip!!!!!!!!
Ginny: I solved the ice cream dilemma by not going, but maybe I'll get some on the way home tonight if I go swimming later. Cold Stone doesn't have much in the way of sugar free... and even their sugar free ice cream has massive calories!

07-28-2006, 07:49 PM
Hi Ladies,
Just a brief stop in by me. Our Internet was down for a few days. So I just got done reading all your posts. Sounds like you all have been busy over the last few days. I sure have missed you all. I have to go check my email messages. I am sure that I have a ton to go through. If I don't come back to get personal with you all tonight, I will attempt sometime over the weekend. My dh and I are going to a Merle Haggard and Pam Tillis concert tomorrow with a friend. So I don't know when we are going to be back. Have a great weekend!
Take care,

07-29-2006, 08:06 PM
Kerry- enjoy the concert! Hope you have a great time. We have missed you too.

Mouse- aw we all have days like that.....just no get up and go. Hope that your lovable Imp will allow "grandma" to catch him. Bet you miss the not so little bugger.

So Atilla came home this weekend. Lucky me. Told me to shut up at dinner.
And I was not complaining or whining, just conversing. I am tired of this crap.
Sorry for being such a whiner to you ladies. I am putting on my shoes, and burning off this crud.

07-29-2006, 09:25 PM
hey all,
not much going on around here this weekend, thankfully!! the fun will start for us again next weekend with another ball tourney.
when do all of you guys have to start back to work? i am not ready at all!! by the time i get into the groove of not working it is time to go back and again.
thanks for all of your input into my current medial issue. as of right now, i am going to be going on what is call the "mini pill". as soon as i get back into school and see what our holiday schedules are i am going to be having a hysterectomy. i know that it may seem a drastic step but my mom had to have her's at 45 and i had rather get it over with now and just be done with the whole mess. thanks again for all the advice!!
hope everyone has a great weekend!!

07-30-2006, 02:36 PM
Hi everyone,
Hope everyone had a great weekend. The concert was okay. I was mad at my dh and our close friend, cause they picked on me all day long. I was so mad at them that I accidently ran a red light and got pulled over from the concert by a cop. So I got a nice ticket for running the red light. Then I stopped to pee after the cop let us go and come back out to the van, only for them to be talking on their cell phones telling two of our friends that I was stopped for a dui check. I was pissed. We get back to town and pick up one of friends and he had to start picking on me about getting stopped. Then we went to the local watering hole for a couple hours and I got placed in the middle between two female friends who has the hots for one of our male friends. So I had a crappy day yesterday. Then to top it all off, today is my dh's birthday and you just know how I was treated on my birthday's in the past. Basically it is just another ordinary day. But all I have heard this weekend is it is my birthday on Sunday. I can do anything I want to do on my birthday. He acts like he is friggin' king or something. I didn't buy him a card or a present and don't have any plans too. So I just hope that I can make it through the rest of the weekend without doing anything stupid to get myself another ticket or maybe physically harming someone.
Sorry that I am so down in the dumps. Hopefully I can shake this mood off before too long. Talk to you all later. Thanks for letting me vent.
I promise I will come back in a better mood the next time I post. :)
Take care,

07-31-2006, 03:42 PM
Afternoon Everyone,
Hope you are all staying cool in this heat wave that is going through the US right now. It is very gross outside here in Ohio. I had to go into to town and buy some more fans to put in our house due to it not being air conditioned.
I am in a much better mood today. I think just being able to have some time to myself to do what I wanted to do yesterday afternoon helped. Plus I was able to catch up on my sleep.
Trob, I start back on the 21st of August. So I only have a few short weeks left of my freedom. I am just starting to enjoy my time off and then it is having to talk myself back into going to work. When do you start back? Hope you are finding some relief from the heat!
Melody, hope the move is going smoothly and your house is starting to take shape quickly.
Ginny, sounds like this was the weekend for our dh's to be butt heads. Mine couldn't apologize enough yesterday and was all lovely dovely last night when we were watching tv. So I think he knew he was on my list. Hope you were able to enjoy some of your weekend.
Mouse,I hope you were able to get Imp back from your mom's. I bet you sure did miss him. How long do you have to work with your extended school year student?
Robyn, hope you enjoyed your mini vacation! Are you fully over your Code Red addiction?
Well my boys are hollaring how hot they are, so I best get them to Grandma's. Talk to you all later.
Take care,

07-31-2006, 08:28 PM
kerry- i will start back either 11th or the 14th, not sure..but start back with workshops this week and have already started readying my room. i can't believe that another year is upon us!!

melody- have you gotten your new house under control yet??

lisa- i sent you an email to both school and home. we swim just about everyday, so just let me know what is a good day for you. my dd is wanting to take semi-private tap lessons and wondered if your dd would like to take with her.

07-31-2006, 10:08 PM

You tell me a day. I don't know what your schedule is and I am really flexable. Thursday is the only day this week I can't.

08-01-2006, 11:15 AM
Morning Ladies,
Don't know if you will hear much from me today. My Attila the Hun has gotten mad at me this morning for supposely not telling him that today was his son's re-eval appointment for his vision. But I have been telling him for three weeks since his last appointment and he is a typical man and chooses not to listen. So as punishment for supposely not telling him, I have to clean every room in the house before he comes home today from work. I am looking so forward to going back to school now and not having to be punished for his lack of not listening to me. But I am sure he will make my life miserable once school gets here too. I just want to run away and go on vacation on a nice secluded island somewhere where I have no problems at all. My mom and best friend are giving me fits for not coming home more often this summer on top of this. Then I have to play mommy to my stepkids because their mommy chooses to think of herself and her hubby before the kids. But I am only suppose to be their friend as I keep being told by my dh. So I guess my vacation will come when I go back to work. Sorry for crying on your shoulders. I will try to come back here this evening after my TOPS meeting. I hope that I have a loss tonight because I don't think I could handle a gain on top of all the stress I am under right now.
Hope you all have a wonderful day! I am sure it is going to be better than the day I am having.
Stay cool,

08-01-2006, 12:47 PM
I am still alive, just burned out....will post more later and get personal.

08-01-2006, 10:13 PM
Evening Ladies,
I got the house cleaned. But did I hear a thanks honey the house looks great. Nothing, except why do you act like you are mad at me? I didn't do anything to you. I love you. So I made it very clear to him that his ex-wife said that their son has to go back for a formal re-eval on the 17th of this month. I guess I need to tell him that daily and maybe he will remember it that way. I was putting stuff in the back of my van this evening and discovered that my friend put a hole in the back of my driver seat on Saturday. So I am not happy about that. Here I complain to the stepkids about trashing my van and it isn't even them, but a grown adult. I did gain a pound this evening. So I am not happy about that. I guess I will just go on a vegetable and water diet. Maybe I can drop a few pounds that way.
Well I am going to go and cool off in front of the fans. I will chat with you all later. Sorry I am still depressed and burned out from being nice to my family and friends. I am learning that it doesn't pay to be nice to them any more because they still poop on me.
Talk to you all tomorrow. Hopefully I will be out of my little mood by then.
Take care,

08-02-2006, 09:59 AM
kerry- sorry that you are having such a rough time. i would give advice but it is probably better it i just give you support and a shoulder to cry on. hang in there, things will get better.

lisa- this week kinda go away from me. how would monday morning work out for you...say around 10. i will get my sister to introduce us tomorrow and we can talk more about it then.

08-02-2006, 05:49 PM
Afternoon Ladies,
I just want to thank you all for letting me vent the last couple of days. I am having a much better day today. I went to Curves to workout this morning. So that must have been what washed all my blues away. I felt better after I worked out. :) I have been reminding my dh about his son's vision re-eval on the 17th. So he is probably going to be sick of hearing it by the time the 17th rolls around. But oh well, I want to make sure it sticks in his brain. LOL
So are you all trying to stay cool in this heat wave? I would love to take walks in the evenings, but it has still been too hot even then.
Today was my cheat day for my diet. I had to try the veggie pizza at Subway. It was good. I got tomato, green peppers, bell peppers, onions, and olives on it. I was shocked at how good it was. I think it helped that one of my friend's works there and maked it a with a little bit more toppings then you are suppose to. LOL I have a pool party to go to tonight for my nephew's girlfriend's son. I am hoping that it is cool enough by then.
Well I better go. I will check back with you all later. Have a great evening.

08-02-2006, 08:59 PM
Okay. I just lost a huge post. I'm not redoing it.
I had wished everybody well, talked about new ideas for the school year, complained about the stupid math class I'm taking... etc,e tcetc.
I metnioned Imp who is now home.


08-03-2006, 10:55 PM
hey everyone, hope that you all had a great day!

08-03-2006, 10:57 PM
hello! no, I didn't float out to sea, end up as the next show on Shark Week NOR swim off with King Neptune! We did end up getting to stay an extra day at the beach! It was a wonderful surprise that my dh will pay for literally until next Tuesday as he won't have a day off until then..... He has been back to work for two days...and he still says that even in this horrible heat ....IT was worth it! :) The puppy LOVED her time at the beach! Not only did she enjoy playing in the surf, she loved the freedom of the elevated deck that went all the way around the beach house! She is an official BeachPuppy!

So how has everyone been?

*Kerry, (((hugs))) of support to you during these difficult days! Men can be such buttheads!
*Gin, I am sad to report that I didn't send you a post card this time... I thought of you often....but I literally stayed out of the shops as much as possible! My plan not to spend money worked....but I didn't send my usual harrassing postcards to my buds! So... come in from standing by the mailbox! Hehehehe!
*Trob and Lisa, REAL life FRIENDS? No fair! I'm jealous!
*Trob, how are you feeling? What did you decide about your health issues? Sorry if I'm being too nosey or asking something that you've already mentioned on here while I was lazing around at the beach!
*Mouse, glad to hear that Imp is home....sorry to hear of your lost post...doesn't that make you insane?!
*Melody, did you get moved into your new house? Did I miss you checking back in?

Well......I've got to go see what the boys are doing... they are rearranging their bedroom without my supervision or assistance... THIS could be scary! ...and we may end up awake all night as I have them REDo this little project!

Oh, how is everyone making out with these horribly HOTTTTT days? It is 9:35 and the heat index remains at 105. Being outside is like walking around in an oven! UnBearable! Bleeech! It is warmer here today than down in Florida at my friend's house! CRAZZZEEE!

Gotta go.... they've just brought in a chair from their room! ...wearing a halloween mask and an old man's dress hat! Got my attention....GEESH! Scared me! :) Oh myyyy!
take care,
Brandi dancing with David Hasselhoff is just a bit tooooo much to stomach! LIKE a train wreck.....I can't look away! WHY is this on my TV??? YIKES!

08-04-2006, 10:46 AM
Thank goodness the stupid heat finally broke. In another day or so you would have seen my face on the front page of the paper for murder.....someone, anyone. Gosh I hate hot weather. Oh, how I long for the vacations of my childhood.....a small cabin on a quiet lake in the Adirondacks. Sunfish swimming at my feet.....frogs to catch and no matter what it gets cool at night. dream on, kiddo.

Back to reality. Welcome back, Robyn. Glad you enjoyed your time at Hatteras. Glad that Dh enjoyed it too....I am going to change that old adage to if Papa ain't happy, nobody's happy. It is so true in my house....must be in yours too. A well deserved rest for all of you. I am happy for you!

Mouse- I lost a huge post the other day too- fluctuating voltage/low voltage recently has really messed up my computer. So glad your Imp is home. Just in time for the full moon. Lucky you.

Trob and Lisa- I echo Robyn's actually get to SEE each other! I have been threatening to invade someones privacy here for awhile;) but it's tough when you live several hundred miles away. I am happy for you! Hope you are both doing well.

Kerry-vent all you need to here. You know I share/feel your pain at times and am always willing to "listen". Glad that Curves improved your mood....gotta love those endorphins. Oh, and BTW you will NEVER, or almost never hear "gee, honey, thanks for cleaning the house" from a man. Unless it was so filthy that the board of health had condemed the place, and then most men would make a snide comment about a woman being lazy(even if it was all his mess). Funny I saw a comic the other day of two women talking- the line was - from one to the other- "I am the only person in the house who does not think the bathroom is self cleaning!". Pretty appropriate.

Well, the little boys are off at a baseball weekend/tournament in Pa. They return sometime Sunday. Considering that Ds was a vicious crab all day yesterday, I am glad they are gone. Today, Dd and I are going to a water park nearby..... I did get my walk in this am.....and figure the water park should burn off a calorie or two. Or so I hope.

Gotta go be productive. How sad:( . Hi to anyone I missed.

08-04-2006, 07:43 PM
Evening Ladies,
Sorry I have been missing the last couple of days. But my stepkids did not come over and I used that time to regroup and do things that I wanted to do. I really needed that time to myself. Life has been very crazy around my house the last month or so with doctor appointments and trying to get the boys to do what they are suppose to do. Plus making my dh understand that everything that has went wrong in the last week or so is not all my fault. I swear I think men have a TOM just like women do. His TOM must have been at the beginning of this week. :)
So how did everyone survive the heat wave? I was so glad for the thunderstorm that rolled through here last night. It sure helped to cool things off. I never thought I would see the day when I would say that temps in the 80's are cooling. :)
Trob, is this the weekend that you have your ball tournments? Hope it is not a hot weekend for you. If it is, please make sure that you have plenty of water and try to find some shade.
I echo what Ginny and Robyn said about Trob and Lisa being friends in real-life. I think one of these summers we need to plan a meeting spot for everyone to just come and meet each other. I would love to put a face with my on-line buddies. :)
Ginny, so how was the water park today? Did you have fun? Sounds like a lot of fun. The waterpark by my house closed this year due to finanical reasons. So if I want to take the kids to a waterpark we would have to travel over a couple hours to get to the nearest one to us. Hope you enjoy your peace and quiet from the men folk this weekend! :)
Robyn, glad to hear that you had a wonderful time at the beach! If we can save enough money, my dh and I are going to the beach next summer with our old neighbor's and a close family friend of both of ours. So how did the sons' remodeling project of their room go? Did you have to make them do much to put it back to an order approved by mom? So are you still making it to Curves? Too bad you don't live closer to me and then we could have been workout buddies. :)
Mouse, has life settled back down for you? Was Imp glad to be back home? I hope that you have been able to get some swimming time in. How is your ankle doing this week? I hope you are all healed up!
Melody, how was the move? I hope you are all settled in your new house and enjoying it! Miss chatting with you.
Well I better go and get something to eat before I get to hungry and then can't stop eating!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Take care,

08-04-2006, 11:56 PM
Evening, all.

Let's see... I am SOOOOOOOOOO very mad right now... I sat in that STUPID math class for 4 days. From 8:30 to 3:45, except when I ran to my high school to teach my kiddo, and then flew back to the school! I, literally, was only gone 2 hours each day! But, that was only 6.5 hours a day, because they subtracted LUNCH from the contact time, so I didn't get the thirty hours! And, as you know, 30 hours is the magic number for highly qualified status! As if that weren't bad enough (sitting there all week when I asked that very question Monday morning!!!!!!), the math department in my district does not allow piecemeal professional development! Its all or nothing! So I can get the freaking recertification points from the state (which, since I have graduate credits, journal articles, presentations, and other professional development coming out my little mousey ears, I do NOT need!), but if I want those stupid magic 3 letters after my name, I have to sit through ANOTHER THIRTY HOURS OF HOW TO TEACH MATH TO REGULAR EDUCATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS! I do NOT teach regular education elementary school kids. I do not WANT to teach regular education elementary school kids (no offense to Robyn, of course!). I am VERY happy at the secondary level! And dang it, I am SOOOOO tired of being punished because I chose to go into special education!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :mad:
Okay, its not enough that I did a 5 year undergrad program because I chose special education. Its not enough that I have a master's degree (and, need I point out AGAIN, that its from freaking Johns Hopkins and not... University of Phoenix or another on-line program or even the well-known state school here, where you get points for turning in papers with cute fonts, color and pictures?!), and that I'm enrolled in a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. Its not enough that I have 400 MORE contact hours of professional development than I needed in a 5 year period to maintain my license(we needed 180, and I had over 500!)? And that was just the stuff I could lay my hands on; I never have been very good at keeping track of all those little certificates! No... and they haven't scheduled the fall math sessions yet (what else is new? How long did it take them to schedule the summer ones, again????) Does anybody else still wonder why we have not just a teacher shortage, but a serious special education teacher shortage?
Okay. I'm done ranting.
Kerry: I know you're right about men. I am glad you took time for yourself. No, my schedule hasn't calmed down any; I had that stupid class, plus extended school year plus guarding Thursday and Saturday. And this is my team's on-call month for Red Cross.
Ginny: Imp just finished baying at the moon! I'm not kidding: he came over to the window by the bed, moved the blinds out of his way, and meowed at the moon! Then he calmly jumped down, and went to have a snack.
Robyn: BeachPuppy! :) How adorable!
It has been so hot here... this is the first night it has been below 80. Its been absolutely unbearable! It was actually hotter outside yesterday when I LEFT the gym (and more humid!) than it was in the pool room!
I took my pseudo-nephew (my friend and her husband (also a friend)'s son) swimming with them tonight. It was his first time and we went to a local water park. WE had a blast, and he loved every minute of it!
He let me hold him several times, even take him under the bridge in the lazy river. This particular park is designed to be kid-friendly, so it doesn't have much stuff. Some waterslides, and a still pool, then the lazy river which has a zero-depth entry. But, it also only costs $8 to get in after 5 pm, which is way cheaper than most water parks.
Well, I need to go... I have to guard tomorrow. I have a biology class on Monday/Tuesday, but I am going to explicitly ask about the hour requirement again when I get there because I will have to leave on Tuesday to go teach. If they aren't sure, I'm just going to leave. I could at least adapt some of the math stuff to my student's needs, but I can't do that with most of the Biology. We don't even TEACH biology to them!
Oh, and if you made it this far... I had set my goals at 4 hours and 4 miles for the month because of the classes I have to take and because it is/was likely that I'd be either going out again for Red Cross or that I was going to work at the Disaster Operations Center in Falls Church. I figured that I wouldn't be able to get to the pool. But, I'm going to swim before I guard tomorrow, and if my schedule changes, I should easily make the goals. Do you think I should increase them?

08-04-2006, 11:59 PM
Kerry-I am so glad you got some time for yourself! Gee, this mommy stuff is exhausting as it is.....and these are my own kids. Must be even more so as these are your step kids. What did you do with your "time off"?.

The water park was fun. Can't wait to see how late Dd sleeps in from mommy running her ragged..........can't wait to see how late mommy sleeps from Dd running her ragged.....:)! We had a great time, and at the beginning and end of our stay had the park almost to ourselves, with little or no line on each "ride". But the danged park is carved into the side of a very steep mountain.......much steeper than the water park in Pa we went to a few years ago. My legs will be sore tomorrow. Mountain climbing all day was tiring. But fun.

Guess I'd better be a good girl and get some sleep...........nite!

08-05-2006, 12:10 AM
Mouse, our posts crossed while typing. How stinking frustrating. I almost can't believe this miserable saga regarding your highly qualified status. It just seems as though they keep on moving the finish line, every time you get to it. Patience, my dear, and I hope it all works out somehow. Do I dare share this saga with my oldest Dd, who is majoring in Biology/minoring in education in a program that will give her the bio major and masters in education in 5 yrs? On a much lighter note........I am SO glad that Imp bayed at the moon......misery loves company! Fidgie has been chasing imaginary stuff most of the night, complete with a massive puffed out tail.
Ah to be a cat.


08-05-2006, 09:40 AM
hey everyone, we made it through the first days of the b-ball was hot, hot, hot!! we did have a massive t-storm move through yesterday afternoon that flooded out 35x40 tent that holds all of our ordering stations and main frame computers....not a good thing...but thankfully nothing was damaged. they finally called the games after playing in the rain for an hour. today the temps are supposed to be near 100 again and with all the rain from yesterday i know that it is going to be unbearable out there.
about lisa and i- how strange is it to meet someone here that lives in the same town and teaches in the same district. she is at the same school as my sister and our daughters take dance together. we finally met thursday at a teachers meeting. what are the chances???

mermaid- as of right now i am in limbo with my health issue. i had decided that i would go on the "mini pill" for until near christmas break and then would have a hysterectomy, but my blood pressure was high at the clinic so now i have to keep track of that for 2 weeks then get an okay from by family dr. and then go back to my ob/gyn. i am still going to have surgery just as soon as i can but may have to deal with my problems on my own until then. now i have to decide if i want a complete or not.

mouse- don't you just hate all of the "mess" that goes along with teaching. i taught kdg. for 16 years and there was never anything offered by our district or even near our district that was for us. we always felt like the step-children of the district. now that i have moved to art they REALLY don't offer anything. last year i had to set through several how too and best practice inservices on math and reading and a million more on testing. our district curr. director knows that we need more course specific classes but it is also hard to find any. maybe things will be better this year. glad imp is finally home safe and sound. i know that you are very happy to have him and it sounds like he is happy to be back home too.

kerry, melody, ecmom and anyone else that i missed- hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy your last few days of summer.

08-05-2006, 04:40 PM
Hopping in this thread. I am new here. I teach 4th grade and OMG school starts next Monday. Thank goodness I am still on maternity leave and get 3 extra weeks. I am so not ready to go back. Even though I have been up at the school every day for the last week or so. 2 weeks after my baby was born m principal called and told me that I have change classrooms. NOOOOOO! I just had a c-section and I am still on maternity leave and my classroom was ready. Bulletin boards and calendars were done. But the kids have been spending their days at school with me too. I am so sad that summer is almost over. It seemed to just fly by this year more than other summers.

08-05-2006, 10:59 PM
Evening, all.
Welcome, Baby. I teach high school special education; we go back on the 23rd but I don't think I ever really left. I've been at my high school 3 or 4 days a week all summer with a student for extended school year. The only time I wasn't there was when I went out with the Red Cross for a disaster assignment. So, yea... I'm also a Red Cross disaster services volunteer, and a lifeguard and children's swim instructor. In my spare time, I'm working on a post master's degree and involved with the Council for Exceptional Children.
Ginny: Your daughter will graduate highly qualified because she'll have a degree in Biology. What stinks is that I busted my rear doing a 5 year program in 4 years and a summer (I ran out of financial aid; 5 year programs weren't common then, although even 11 years ago, they were moving toward that for special education because there is so much we have to know!) and only received the bachelor's degree. I went back and got the master's degree, and now I'm back AGAIN... and I'm being told I'm not highly qualified by somebody who barely graduated from Yale with C's, cannot spell, cannot write, and who wouldn't dare try and do my job on a daily basis!
And I'm tired of them changing the rules for special education teachers! They want special ed teachers who can teach any disability, any subject, any grade... depending on what they need. They don't move regular education teachers around the way they move special education teachers. They might move grades in elementary school, or they might go from Journalism to Literature, but they never go from English to Math! They aren't expected to teach EVERY subject (except elementary teachers) and be proficient in all of them at the high school level! I hate the fact that most of the regular ed teachers don't have any experience with special education, don't want my kids in their classroom... but they are more highly qualified to teach my students than I am, just because a law says so! :grump:
Imp hasn't done anything strange tonight (yet). He ate some cod I brought home for dinner.
Trob: Its not that my district doesn't offer anything (they are better than most, although this summer professional development offerings really stink for secondary special ed; I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt wth that, however, because it might be due to the need to train us on the new software we're going to be using). Its that because I teach high school special education, I have to be highly qualified in EVERY subject in EVERY grade level from K-6, and 9-12. The degrees I have now, and the professional deveopment that I've been doing all along doesn't matter.
And its incredibly frustrating to know that if I weren't teaching special education, I could be considered highly qualified to teach English or history. I have over the 24 credits required for secondary teachers in English, and 18 credits (the requirement for secondary licensure; 24 is for high school), but because of how they appear on my transcript, my district won't accept them. They won't take my Journalism credits or my other reading class. They won't take my sociology or psychology or philosophy classes. The state says ANY Reading class, or any writing intensive class counts for English, and that you can use up to 6 credits in social sciences outside the department of education to meet the HQT requirements.
I'm tired of jumping through everybody's hoops!

08-05-2006, 11:25 PM
Evening Ladies,
Welcome to our little circle of friends Baby! I teach Special Education to MH students in grades 6-8th. I like most everyone here am not ready to go back to school yet. I go back on the 21st for meetings and the students start back on the 22nd. This is the first year that I have not been in my classroom already getting it ready. I think I might just wait until the week of the 14th and then go in all that week to get it ready. I have a dh and three stepkids, who drive me nuts sometimes.
That wasn't nice of your principal to tell you right after giving birth that you had to change rooms. :( I bet that has been a challenge for you with just having a baby and all. So what did you have?
Trob, how awful about your tenting flooding! Glad it did not ruin any of your equipment. How many more days do you have to do the ball tournments? How did you manage with the heat today? It was pleasant breezey here today. Not that I could enjoy much of it since I had to take my dh to Urgent Care since he got a piece of wood stuck under his thumbnail and he had to have it removed by a doctor's care. So now you can just image all the whining I heard all afternoon long about it. Then he was fine to go to the fair with the boys to a demolition derby. Now the doctor told him to keep it cleaned out so not to get an infection in it. Like that is going to happen at a derby. That is kind of cool about how you met Lisa. I am happy that you have the support of someone in your real life as well as us here too.
Robyn, did you go to WW this morning? How did it go? How much longer do you have on your teacher's pass to Curves? Hope you are having a great weekend!
Ginny, how are those legs today? It sounds like you had fun with your daughter at the waterpark yesterday though. What fun things did you do today? My stepkids and I were going to go walk the local bike path,until I encountered my dh on his way to the hospital and I took him instead after dropping off the kids at my mil's house. This evening I spent sometime with my sdd going to the video store to get Aquamarine (cute chick flick) about two friends who met a mermaid the last week of summer vacation, Subway for subs for dinner and then the grocery store to get Klondike fat free ice cream sandwiches. So that was how I spent my evening. I just dropped her off at my mil's so she could spend the night with her. She has done this ever since she was a baby. So I think I am going to either watch another movie or read a little more in my book, Eye of the Storm by Dee Davis once I get off the computer. Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend without the boys at home talking baseball all the time! LOL :)
Mouse, I feel your pain about becoming Highly Quailfied to teach special education. Remember that is how I spent my summer last year. So I know what you are going through. Hope it all works out for you in the end. So did you get any swim time in today before you had to guard? Glad Imp is behaving himself tonight! :)
Well I better go and enjoy my peace and quiet for a little bit. I am sure once the boys come home they will have a lot to talk about. Or I will have to listen to my dh whine about how his thumb hurts. I tried getting him to stay home and just take it easy, but no he didn't want to disappoint his little boys. So he said he would suffer through the pain.
Hope you all have an enjoyable Sunday!
Take care,

08-05-2006, 11:50 PM
Hi all. BTW my name is Angela.
Here are a couple of pics of my boys.
Jonathan (7 weeks) and Brantley (3)

08-06-2006, 12:08 AM
Hi Angela,
What adorable little boys you have! You must be very proud of them! I love their t-shirts. I bet it is going to be rough when you have to go back to school in a few weeks.
Take care,

08-06-2006, 10:17 AM
angela- welcome!! your kids are so cute!! i teach k-5 art. i started out in kdg. where i spent 16 years with one of those years looping to first. i have two kids, a 14 yr old boy and a 10 yr old girl. i am glad that you joined us. i have not been around very long but love having a place to talk to fellow teachers.

mouse- i just want you to know that i admire you for what you do. as a kdg. teacher, we would get kids that either had not be id. with a problem or who's parents wanted them in a reg. classroom. i had a prader willie child two yrs. in a row and it was really tough. in our district if a parent wants their sp. needs child in a reg. classroom then that is where they will be placed. and just as you say it is hard for you to teach every subject, it was very hard to try to teach 19 "normal" kids and one who needed a lot more from me. as an upper elem. art teacher i taught 5th and 6th grade art to 5. this next yr. i will probably have 13. hat goes off to you and all the other sp. ed. teachers out there. you do a wonderful job for wonderful kids.

kerry- the heat yesterday was really awful. we went to the park around 8am and didn't get home until 1am today. the rain out forced them to play 2 1/2 extra games yesterday. we still have 4 days left but each day has fewer games so we won't have to be out in the heat quite as long. i did come home weighing less than when i left, even after drinking about 200oz of water. (

08-07-2006, 08:30 AM
I'm off to learn how to teach high school Biology in a few moments. I'm not sure how sitting in a class for 20 hours (8 hours today and tomorrow, 4 hours the following Monday) is going to make me highly qualified to teach Biology, but hey... Especially since I'm going to have to leave for 2.5 hours (this school is farther from my high school than the other one) on Tuesday to teach my student.
I don't MIND professional development, but I expect it to be a high quality effort, and my time to be respected! And I don't necessarily object to highly qualified, but I'm darned tired of them making it harder for special education and changing the rules all the time. I tried to become HQT 2 years ago, my last year in Maryland, but because I was teaching in the vocational department, I couldn't be HQT. :( Vocational teachers don't have to be.
I'm off. I have 3 Red Cross meetings this week, plus summer school... so I probably won't get anywhere near a pool either. I didn't get to swim on Saturday because of the traffic.

08-07-2006, 06:02 PM
Well my classroom is almost ready. I actually ran off some papers for the first week of school. I only have 2 more days to get my room ready. Then 2 days of inservice. Lousiana doesn't require very much inservice. When I taught in Texas we had a week of inservice. I was told today that I would not be getting paid for the inservice days and it will cost me 2 days of sick leave since I am still on maternity leave.

08-07-2006, 10:59 PM
Hello all! Sorry for my silence! Real life things have been keeping me busy!
I've missed you guys...and haven't had the chance to go read how everyone is doing! I'll try to catch up tomorrow afternoon..... promise!

Hello Angela! Welcome to our group! :) I am Robyn ....usually sign my messages with meeeee!..... I teach first grade. Have for nearly two decades! I have two boys (3 years apart like yours! :) ) They are 11 and 14. Our oldest begins 9th grade at the HS this year. Our youngest begins the 6th grade at the MS that the oldest just left after 3 years! I too am trying to shed my babybelly! LOL.... he is 11! You are so wise to do it NOW before you wake up one day and discover that YOURS is 11! :) I regained consiousness from my "MommyComa" (as I call it!) about 4 years ago....and I've been yo-yo ing like a crazy woman! My weight loss or "weight shrugs" (That is what I call it when I eat the house without a 2nd thought!) is all in my head..... and emotions! I'm a mess! :) That is why I come here! These gals are very supportive and understand how a day at school cause your bigfatfanny to grow! :) Enough about my mental illness! (You will also discover that I talk a LOTTTT!)

Ok....why I've not read everyones posts and gotten personal:
Today has been a blur for me! I spent 2 hours in my classroom ....without the air on....moving the furniture BACK to where I want it. They cleaned the floor....and moved EVERYTHING out....and then returned it all to the room with a giant keeerplop! EVERY single thing in the room needed to be moved with the exception of my teachers desk...but that had my kidney shaped reading table plopped on it. Anyway. Room is BACK to the way I want it! I guess! (IT is the way that it is going to stay this year! :) )

My oldest had 3 hours of drum line practice. (This is when I was in my room and hanging out in Walmart (the air was on in THE Mart!) We came home for 4 hours and then had to reappear at the HS for the regular band practice. I spent those 2 hours standing outside in the oppressive heat (I really shouldn't complain! My 14 year old has spent 5 hours with his bass drum on his shoulders the heat....He is already in bed with tylenol...getting ready for tomorrow!) for the parents meeting! Who knew it was going to last for the full 2 hours... so tonight..... I am pooped!

I ate a piece of bread (bakery Italian) for lunch. (Don't ask.... it was a weak moment with little to no thought..... sigh!) ....I then had a small Wendy's chili at 8:30ish. I also ate another piece of bread....because I WANTED IT! Not a very healthy day..... but not a day filled with horrid junk either, I guess!

I've got to go run the puppy thru her training drills.... She is asleep in the floor.... maybe I will just lay down there with her! :)

Ya'll take care.... forgive me for being ALL ABOUT ME tonight! Angela, don't believe a WORD of what they tell you about me! Unless it is good! :)

later taters,

08-08-2006, 02:44 PM
Just a quick is keeping me very busy and at the moment I am painting Dd's room as she is in soccer camp all week during the day. Tomorrow, my Ds and her kids are coming over (we are not very close, so this should be cute)....anyone want to come watch the fun?
Sorry not to get personal. Perhaps I can stay up late tonite and get personal......Forgive me!

08-08-2006, 08:30 PM
Hi ladies! I spent a few more hours in my room today. I can't believe school is starting on Monday. I got my class list today. I only have 20 students :cb: I have been so busy and not eating very much so I have lost another pound :carrot:

08-08-2006, 11:32 PM
Evening, all.
I survived two days of Biology training. Gah, what a joke. The Math inservice was at least professionally done and thought out. They had activities and although I can't use much of it, it was worthwhile. This was just a total waste of time. Not only was it boring, but the teachers doing it had no clue about any child that wasn't just plain ol' LD. They actually considered that coloring and other "hands on activities were the way to go for the basic level kids". They suggested that if you weren't comfortable with a topic, use a video. :( That drives me up a wall. I HATE what they are doing to special education!!!!!!!!!
Who says to a regular education teacher at the secondary level, "Oh, its okay if you're not comfortable with this topic, just show a video!"??? And if they are, is it any wonder that we have this stupid No Child Left Behind? ARRRRGH! ARRRRGH! :blech: :blech: :P
And it further annoys me because, based on their descriptions, I would have been "basic level" for science and math when I was in high school. I'm just super glad that I didn't have teachers like that, and that we didn't have the ultra-stupid tests to take. If you want to hear something that would be making my science teachers roll on the floor... the one presenter asked me if I had a 'science background'. Whatever the heck that might be. Uh, no... And then I didn't know what to say, so I was like, "Well, my master's degree is from Johns Hopkins, and they are a research university, no matter what department you're in." So, now, apparently, these women think my master's degree in special educaiton is from Johns Hopkins MEDICAL SCHOOL! LOL!!!!
The correct answer to her question is, "No, I don't have a science background; but I did pay attention during high school and college, and I read constantly. I'm sorry you didn't do the same!"
On other topics:
Robyn: I feel for your boy. That's one of the big reasons I dropped marching band. Okay, not THE reason... THE reason was that it conflicted with the 'mentorship program' that I was in that let me go to the elementary school and work with kids with special needs starting in 9th grade. You had to be in Marching Band if you were in regular band, and it was concert band or the mentor program. I dropped band and never looked back. I played the bells & xylophone. Good thing, too, because chances are if I'd tried marching and playing, I probably would have fallen on my face a whole lot sooner! :)
Ginny: Enjoy, or try to? I'm familiar with that one too; my mom & my aunt are polar opposites, and I was raised totally differently from both of my cousins. I love my aunt, truly, but its taken her a number of years to get over having my mom (and grandmother) brag about me constantly after some family history.
I was outside yesterday evening doing some Red Cross stuff... and along with a few bug bites, have picked up a truly glorious rash on my back and neck. Guess I'll go to the doctor tomorrow. :sigh: I *WAS* planning to go swimming before my Red Cross meeting; maybe even with my pseudo-nephew and his mom. Of course, the possibility exists that I was simply very allergic to that Biology seminar, and the rash will go away in time for me to swim tomorrow! :) Afterall, you guys remember the time I broke out in a rash right before I left my last school because I became allergic to being near my supervisor!!!! :grin:

08-09-2006, 12:31 AM
Tomorrow, our puppy will be spayed and microchipped. I'm very nervous! She is my baby! Poor lil girl! She thinks that she is going to die of hunger / thirst tonight....nothing after 6 pm.... Poor baby! She has to go in by 7 a.m! So I guess I'd best get to bed!

You all take care!
P.S. Gin, enjoyed it! My apologies for the interruptions and chaos! :P

08-09-2006, 01:58 PM
Hi everyone. I have been offline for a while because of my move. We are all moved into our house now and I love it.

School started Monday. I am so busy this year. I have 19 special needs children in grades K-3. They are all included in the regular classroom and I go to them to help. My schedule is very busy!

I hope to have Internet at home in a week or so and then I can stay in touch more often. I hope everyone has been doing O.K.

08-09-2006, 09:01 PM
Evening Ladies,
I had to go to an all day inservice yesterday from 8:30 until 3:00. The only thing that saved me from boredom is the ladies and gentlemen who I was privileged to sit by. As our boss was up there saying that he was going to be really strict with our student's parents this coming school year, we all just sat there at my table making wise cracks after wise cracks. It didn't help that we happened to be the table right in the middle and he could see us from time to time. Oh well, what was he going to do fires us. LOL :) We had to get up and introduce ourselves to the new reading and math tutors for this school year. We had to state what our name's were, what grade and subject areas we taught and one thing that would help people remembers us by. I stood up and said my name, that I was the MH teacher and that I had heard unoffical that this was my last year as a staff member at my school that I had to move to the new middle school and I wasn't looking forward to the move. I thought my principal was going to swallow his gum when he heard that. Normally I am not that outspoken, but for some reason here lately I am becoming more and more braver. I am taking the rest of this week off and then I will work all of next week in my classroom getting it ready.
People in h!@# must be drinking ice water, because after having a fight with my dh on Sunday about me reading with his youngest twin who has the vision problems, the kid's mom is actually reading with him. He should did read better with me today when I read with him for a half hour. I told my dh that I was tired of being the only one who read with him and no one read with the kid when he was at home, so my dh must have had a talk with his ex. The child could go for about five or six days without coming over here and then when he went to read he was very choppy and hacking up the words. I would ask him if he was reading at home outloud to his mom or stepdad and he said no. But bless his little heart, he said that he would read by himself. I told him that until he learns to read better he needs to read with someone, so they can help him learn the words. On a different note, my dh and I had a disagreement this morning about me making the other two kids read books since the summer reading program is over. He said that they knew how to read and that I was just punishing them for his one son's not being able to read. I tried to explain to him that if his son saw his siblings reading on their own, than that would make him work that much harder to want to be able to do it on his own. Plus if he saw others reading for pleasure, he won't hate reading so much. Needless to say, my dh didn't want to hear anything I had to say. So I guess the next time he asks for my advice about his children's education, I will just say that why don't you ask their teacher's, since I am just a stupid person. That is what he told me this morning, that I can be so stupid at times and come up with some weird bs. So this stupid person with weird bs is done giving my educational advice to my dh. Enough about me.
Ginny, how was your visit with your ds and her kids today? I hope you were able to survive. I thought of you often today and sent your positive thoughts. My sdd and I took a walk around the lake near our house this evening. While we were walking I thought that it was time to start doing my walking videos again. I took a break from them this summer. Do you still do them?
Angela, I am so happy that you were able to get your room already for the start of the school year. So is 20 students a low number for your classroom? I had 6 MH students last year and this year I am to have 9. So I don't know were I am going to put them all since we are in a portable. About 1/4 of my room is taken up with a piece of carpet for my one student who is in a wheelchair and needs to get out and stretch throught out the day. So this is going to be interesting how I set up my desks for the other 8 kids. So how long will you be off on maternity leave after school starts? Congrats on losing another pound! Keep up the great work!
Melody, so glad to have you back with us! We sure did miss you! I can't believe you are already back to school. I hope you are falling back into a routine somewhat easy. I am trying to make myself go to bed at a decent time in the evenings this week to try and get my body use to going to be early. I have been waking up at 8 and staying up once my dh gets ready to go to work. So that in a week and a half when I go back to school it won't be so hard on me hopefully. :) So how is the new house?
Mouse, sorry to hear that you have boring instructors for your Biology class. When will you be done with your class? I hope your rash isn't anything serious. Hope it clears up in time for you to go swimming.
Robyn, so how did your little puppy do today? How is your ds surviving marching band practice this week? I hope the heat has finally let up some. I heard that a few of the pee wee football players were throwing up last week when it was so hot at practice. I am kind of glad my stepsons' didn't have to play this year. Do you still wish you were still at the beach relaxing in the sun and sand? We are saving our change for a trip to the beach next summer with our friends. So far in a little over half a month, we have saved almost $20.00. I think once I go back to school and my AVON business picks back up I will use my profits from that and also put towards our vacation.
Trob, hope you are doing well. Did you survive the ball games? Do you have any more days to sit through the tournments? Hope you can have a few days to enjoy the way you want to before going back to school here in a few short weeks.
Well I have the house to myself, so I think I am going to go watch a movie and read for a little bit. Plus enjoy the peace and quiet.
Take care,

08-09-2006, 11:17 PM
Hello. Another post and run for me, I'm afraid. I am asleep at the keyboard.

I was up until well after 3 preparing for a meeting with a guidance counselor at the High School about our oldest. I hadn't planned to go and had not done all of the necessary prep work...and I had to go alone... I haven't attended a meeting for my son without his educational advocate since mid 5th grade and THE DISASTER THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK!

SO, last night /this morning was full of research, preparing and ordering very specific questions, writing a very carefully worded IEP request, preparing the copies for hand delivery today, and just plain old FREAKING OUT over going alone to the meeting! I slept less than 2 hours.

The meeting went very well. I'm very optimistic about the upcoming school year! I am quite impressed with the guidance counselor that met with me and answered ALL of my questions AND made some WONDERFUL suggestions and changes to Stephen's schedule! I hope that I am not being foolish and hopeful to only be disappointed YET AGAIN.... please remember this is his 10th year in school (K to 9th) and for those of you new to my ranting....I could write a book about our negative experiences!

Our puppy is home and is doing ok. I hate seeing her like this! We are keeping her quiet and much as you can with a 6 month old puppy! Today the vet made a point of telling me to notice her weight changes. In May she weighed 12.7 pounds. This morning she weighed 32! OMGosh! I guess when everyone says, "OH my how she has grown!" She really has! I did know that she had gotten big....but I didn't realize just how much! The vet also reassured me that she was doing what puppies do.....and is healthy and happy and wonderful! Poor pup was so excited to go for a car ride and see her doggie loving friends this morning....I felt that we were playing a bad trick on her!

Marching band is progressing. Learning his part..... sweating his fanny off... loving nearly every moment of it! He is only practicing with the drumline ....the rest of the band practices at the end of the day.... Next week drumline will meet with the general the chaos will pick up!
We are both anxious for tomorrow's practice to be over as he will get Friday off! Whooohoooo! :)

Well.....I've typed for way too long....I have got to get to bed! I can barely keep my eyes open!

Kerry, I think that perhaps your ss was in my class last year. I had several conferences with a dad who sounds JUST like your dh! How frustrating! Hang in there!

Melody, Welcome back! Hope your school year is getting off to a fantastic start! We've missed you!

Angela, congrats on that pound!

Mouse, how's the rash?
Hello to everyone else.... please forgive me for not getting more personal.... I MUST get to bed! I am so wiped out from the last 24 hours!

take care

08-10-2006, 09:45 AM
hello to everyone out there!! the last game of the ball tourney ended last night, thank goodness. it has been a VERY long 6 days and i am totally worn out and i start back to work full-time tomorrow and have an art meeting this a.m. i will try to get caught up on everyone this weekend. hope that you all have a wonderful day!
melody- glad you are all moved in and happy!!!

08-11-2006, 12:05 AM
Hi, all.
The rash disappeared, I think. I'm way less itchy. It might just have been from sitting outside on Monday evening. I did get bug bites, and I'm allergic to those, so its possible that was from the bites. My other theory was that it was heat rash from sweating... I dunno.
I have most of my Biology project finished, and will finish up and print it tomorrow. Saturday I have an all day Red Cross class (all day literally 8-5!!!) . The following Saturday I have a Red Cross meeting... and the Sunday after that is the bike ride that a local biking group sponsors for my chapter's benefit. I'm the manager of the area where they are catering the lunch. I was the manager for that last year, but it was at the end of the race. Its in a different area this year, I think. You guys might remember last year... It was the same day as Hurricane Katrina, the day before school started for me. And as if that wasn't enough, my endocrinologist is a member of the bike group, and did the ride. So that was certainly interesting. Especially since I can't eat any of the stuff they were serving. ;) Its going to be a busy few weekends!

08-11-2006, 01:06 PM
Well I made it back.......wish the headache would go away.

Mouse- well, better busy than bored! Glad you survived the biology and math training. Training is just survival at times....glad you made the best of it. Hope too that your rash is history. Are you getting any of the cooler weather that we have had here in NY? (that might help if rash was heat related)

Trob- welcome back from the or softball? Where was it? Post when you can, this time of year really escalates with busyness getting ready for the inevitable school year.

Robyn- so glad that you and puppy survived her operation. It hurts so badly to see your "baby" have to fast and then come home all grumpy/groggy. Not to worry, she will be back to her usual rambuncious self soon enough! THat is great news about Stephens guidance counselor and his schedule. I do hope that all works out for him.....he deserves a break and a positive experience. From what I can see, HS years are easier for those who need special programs. I feel it is because the maturity of the individual has grown- they can express and handle more and also have better defined interests, which a HS climate and the increased $$ given to a HS) can cater to more. Hey, I remember those long marching band practices.....but it is all worth it and tons of fun.

Kerry- well, it sounds as though your inservice was interesting, to say the least.Ok so the subject matter was a sleeper, or perhaps a joke but the company was good. ( I am one of those who would be better off sitting in the "cheap seats" as I fall prey to wise cracks and laughter all too easily during boring meetings). Gee, that conversation with your Dh sounds awful hurtful.....hugs....and I am just plain sorry that it turned out that way. It must be hard keeping your chin up all the time with the constant verbal assaults.:hug:

Melody- enjoy the new house! Hope you are settling in nicely.

Angela- guess you are up to your eyeballs with the beginning of school. Welcome!!!!! I love your baby pictures, the boys are so cute.
I have little time to introduce myself- my name is Ginny and I am the resident bus driver here (with a BS in chemical engineering).

I survived the visit with my sister and her kids.....and also painting Dd's room.
This is rather sad- my kids and hers never see each other, therefore have nothing in common, therefore nothing to talk about. All I heard from my gang was how wierd my sister and her kids are....and honestly for all the work, cleaning, cooking blah, blah, blah........well I am feeling very bitter about it.
My sister is a lazy slug (gee, you did not think I would be anything short of honest, right?) and I do question some of her motives (think the only reason she came east was to ensure that she is still in our mother's will). There were no fights, noone (other than my Dh) has any idea that I am feeling this way.......just feel used, burned out and tired. And wondering if I will take this on next year. I am approaching the wonderful state of mind, where I am just tired of putting up with garbage. And this visit was garbage. And no, I am not usually this harsh........poor Angela, she must think I am a total monster.

Next week is route selection, the mandatory safety meeting and then "dry run" of my route- also mandatory. Believe it or not, our superintendant is also mandating the drivers attend an inservice meeting the day before that never happens again when he finds what a rowdy croud we are!Nuff of me babbling.......gotta go.

08-11-2006, 02:57 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Gin! I am trying to remain hopeful in spite of some other stuff coming to light yesterday about HS......... but thanks and keep your fingers crossed!

(((hugs))) of support with your sister stuff...... perhaps you should go visit her next give her a chance to feel your angst! Or perhaps you should just have "scheduling" issues when she is trying to come.... or perhaps I should just keep my big mouth shut! :)

Sorry to hear that you are beginning with your "Back to School" CRAP! I'll be doing THAT in just a few more days! I went to the doctor today for a follow up with my hip and headaches. I left nearly 1.5 hours later with 4 prescriptions and orders for an xray and PT...... hmmmmmmm......... $80 at the pharmacy later.....and now a scheduling nightmare for Pt and Xray stuff.... Anyway!.......I went to the doctor! :)

Trob, good luck with getting back into the swing of things....and congratulations for surviving the tourney! :)

Gotta run....someone is at my door! YIKES!
take care,

08-11-2006, 06:14 PM
ginny- it was a baseball, which i love but didn't get to watch because i had to run the store. oh well, at least it is over. my dh is not looking at a soccer tourney the last weekend of september. if i go and help out with that one i will have to take two days personal leave so i am not sure what i will do.

okay, i have to vent now. today was my first contract day back at school. i was given my schedule and i am not too happy about it! i teach art to all of the 5th graders in our district (16 classes with 24 students in each), we have a 5th grade complex so i do not have to travel to teach them. THEN....on friday afternoons i teach 5 classes (20-24 so students in each class) at a K-4 school that is about 1 mile away from the 5th grade complex. THEN.... on thursday afternoons i travel about 1 mile in the other direction to teach 2 classes (20 or so in each class) at a different k-4 school. here is my problem. my 5th grade schedule has me teaching a class from 12-12:40 on thursday k-4 school has me teaching a class beginning at 1. i don't have any idea how i am supposed to end at 12:40, clean up the room, pack my stuff for the other school, get out of the building, make the 5 minute drive, unload my car and get all my supplies ready in 20 mins. i talked to my 5th grade principal but with the way they are having to block schedule everything she isn't sure what can be done about it. oh yeah, and to top it all off, i have car rider duty back at my other school on thursday afternoons also. i am worn out just thinking about it. do your schools have art? if so, for how long each week?

08-12-2006, 07:48 AM
Gee, Trob, I think you should just put on your superwoman cape and face this school year!;) I am sure you will find some creative way to handle this how to be in two places at the same time crisis.......just not sure what that method will be. Perhaps a helicopter can be arranged to come in for you for an airdrop....forgive my silliness. I live in a baseball household too....oldest Dd is a pitcher for her university, Ds is also a pitcher (who was not going to play fall ball and just announced that he will). My Dh was a coach this summer for Ds's team. So I spend lots of time at ball parks. Oh, our youngest loves soccer.....sounds as though we have something in common.

Robyn-I am sorry to hear that all does not look rosy with regards to HS. Is your HS giving you a hard time regarding Stephen's needs? (I can personally vouch for how far my district/county will transport a student for even a half day program to accomodate special that a possiblity?). Going to WW this am? Hope you do.......methinks you need a few moments off for yourself. Thanks for asking about my Ds. I will be as brief as I can with my response. She is on a very low budget- but somehow manages to spend $ on herself......or my mothers$$......and is MOST willing to come to my house to be fed well ( I am too proud to pull some of the **** she pulls......she does not cook for guests, she just orders pizza and that is what you eat for the week). Her kids have stayed here - I have entertained them, taken them places,fed them etc...Ain't no way I am going to visit her. When my Dm does (and she is 80) my Dm sleeps on a convertable sofa in the middle of her living room. The house is tiny (small cape) and over run with cats. Yes, I have them to bitties.....but I actually do clean my litter pans. So, if I were to go, there would be no place for me to stay, let alone my family, unless we did a motel. Have no reason to go to the Cleveland area....other than my sister. Mind you I am NOT a heartless beast. In the event of a true emergency/crisis I would go. Oh.........and BTW......shall I add that last year when my mother had her second of three cancer surgeries, and Ds came in I brought down a meal for them with me when I went to pick up my Dm from the hospital. My wonderful sister stayed the week with my Dm, as the doctor wanted someone to stay with her a few days. My meal was the ONLY meal made for my Dm. Ds sat on her fatfanny....played on my mothers computer and mooched. All she was asked to do was stay with my mother, not take care of her. So thanks for letting me vent. I think I am buying your theory for next year.......schedule conflicts, or whatever......perhaps that will be the week my hemmoroids will need cauterizing. Ain't I a *****.

Today we are going to the county is great......hope we have fun! See ya later.

08-13-2006, 12:23 AM
Well I thought I would check in with you ladies. I should be writing lesson plans. I have to write fours weeks worth by Monday. I will be out on maternity leave for three weeks and I want my first week ready for my return. I met most of my students on Thursday. I only have 20 students but they seem to be a very talkative group of boys. Hopefully my sub will set them straight. She is a retired teacher of 22 years. And she is mean. The kids will be so happy to see me when I return. But with all this running around and stressing about getting all the beginning of the year paperwork turned in the pounds have been coming off. I have lost 2 more pounds this week. Just gotta remember to stay away from the cafeteria food when school starts. And down here in Louisiana they have a different menu - Gumbo, Jambalya, Etufee, and cajun spices on everything. Well monday morning is going to come way too early. I hope I can get all those lesson plans done.

08-13-2006, 08:38 AM
Angela- congrats on the loss.......2#'s is great. Sounds as though you are going to have to do some major brown bagging for lunches when at work, to keep up with your weight loss. Cajun spices won't kill ya........but all the fat and high calorie stuff will. Do you have any a lot of easy to prepare, low calorie lunches that you enjoy and can bring with you? Hope your class of 20 rambuncious kids will get the ya-ya's out of their systems for the sub.
Perhaps by the time you get to them they will be civilized......we can only hope.

The fair was ok. The weather was magnificent. Kids - well, a wee bit wacky.
Unfortunately, my Dd (10) is becoming victim to hormones........I used to be able to read her so well and now am no longer able to. It's sad- she was my island in this family and now I am losing that. Puberty hit my oldest so darned hard (and she was such a b****) that it sent my blood pressure thru the roof, literally. My BP went from very normal to astronomical in 4 months, which completely astounded my Dr. Not looking foward to this at all...guess I'd better get those walking shoes on to burn off the stress.... Speaking of that, I think I will sign off and go walk. It is gorgeous this morning.......low 50's. Have a great day!

08-13-2006, 09:49 AM

Good luck with those sub plans Angela! Congrats on your loss! I noticed that you have a little bellydancer on your last message. Do you bellydance?

Trob, I'm with Gin. Don't worry your SuperMan cape will get you thru your Thursdays from HECK! Do you have an art supervisor? I'd make sure that I showed my schedule to the person in charge! What they are asking....EVEN with the schools being close impossible and totally NOT fair! Somebody has to be in charge and fix this mess! Good luck!

Gin, honey, I feel your pain! My 11 year old son's head has been spining since sometime in April. Maybe we should get the moody pair together! Your sister sounds like a winner! I remember some of the junk that she pulled when she stayed with your mom after sugery! (((hugs))) for having a WACKED sister....and more (((hugs))) for losing your baby to hormones!
I lost #3 this week. Sat in the front row for my meeting. Hopefully my head will stay in the game this week as well.... I've had a horrible summer as far as my weight is concerned.

Gotta run....the puppy is eating SOMETHING .....gotta go see what or who!
take care,

08-13-2006, 08:10 PM
hey all, back from our last fling of the summer...spent way too much money on the kids, but i guess that what wea re supposed to do as parents.
gin, i have a 10 yr old daughter of my own and i have started seeing some big changes in her as well. it is rather suprising to have it happening so young, my son is 14 and he is just now hitting puberty.
mermaid and gin, i have ordered my superman cape and hope that arrives before my first thursday of classes so that i can put it through a test flight. as far as having a person who in "in charge" of me...i am not sure who that would be at this point. i have talked to my primary principal, who is wonderful, but she didn't seem to see the problem with my schedule. there is one more person who kinda of took over the art teachers last year that i could go to but she is the type to create a lot of trouble where a simple solution could be found. i think that i am going to give it a try for a few weeks and then go back to my principal and tell her that if just can't be done. i did find out late friday that she did not work within the scheduled time she was given for me on thursdays so i could always go to her with that but i just hate to cause a stink my second year in the game. well, truth be known...i am the type that will sit back and take whatever is dished out just to keep peace. i am getting better at standing up for myself but i am just not there yet.

congrats on the weight loss girls...i should go weigh and see how much damage i did this weekend but i think that i will put it off a little longer. hope that you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, i will be at work.
later, trob

08-13-2006, 11:26 PM
Congrats on the 3# loss, Robyn. I am so happy for you...nice to hear of a "loser" among us. (this week will most surely be a gain for me.....:( ). Well, what did dear puppy get into? Sounds as though she has recovered from her "procedure" and life is back to normal! Thanks for the sympathy with regard to my sister. (notice I left the dear out?). Think I am really going to beef up our cyber relationship this year.....and that with her kids. That way when I turn down the opportunity to see them next year (when they can eat me out of house and home and just generally be rude) then I feel no guilt.

Trob- how does your cape fit??? (the superman one, that is......) I have had schedule problems similar to that-and warned my supervisor before the year began that I anticipated difficulty, but would give it a try for 2 weeks to see how things went. If after a break in period I was still in trouble, then I would officially complain. I too am a peacemaker (hard to tell that from my post about my sister, eh?), so I understand. So your 10 yr old is changing too?
Unfortunately, it seems to hit girls harder than boys, and much earlier. How sad. Comiserate with me..

Got plently of walking in today.......10,207 steps. My eating has been long as I stay out of the kitchen for the rest of the day, I will be fine. Off to bed. Nite!

08-14-2006, 12:29 AM
going out to lunch with my old school Olive Garden...... YUCK! I hate hate hate hate HATEEEE Olive Garden....and really don't want to eat there....but I had already told them I was coming prior to the restraunt being announced......... It isn't like this will be hard for me....I don't EAT at Olive Garden..... so it should be rather easy to control!
I guess I'll order a salad....... dressing on the side....and water with lemon....
Tomorrow night will be Tacos / burritos here at the house....
Night girls,
take care,

08-14-2006, 12:54 AM
Well you know how it is the night before the first day of school. Everyone needs to be rested for a long day but no one can sleep. No I have not finished my lesson plans and I should be sleeping but I am on the computer instead and I don't even know what I am going to wear tomorrow. I am nervous about tomorrow morning - not the first day of school - the first morning that I have to get both boys and myself ready and to school on time. I have to figure out when to get my baby up to feed him and still make it out the door on time. Ugh... I am not looking forward to the morning rush. Thank goodness it is only for one day then I can enjoy my 3 weeks off, if I ever get these lesson plans done. Oh no! I just remembered I also have to write 2 professional growth plans. I HATE the beginning of the year paper work. Ok I am really leaving I have to write my science lesson plans.

Oh and I am NOT a belly dancer. I just want to look like I could be one. I am totally uncoordinated and would probably trip over my own toes. But I so want a skinny little belly.

08-14-2006, 02:18 PM
Robyn- you will survive Olive Garden. They do have a rare few "lighter" entrees, you could eat half of one.....and probably still not go way out of whack in points. The salad idea is great though. You sound "well trained" in WW land. Good luck!

Angela- how did the first day of insanity go? It is so tough getting everybody ready to go.....I always found things went much more smoothly if I set it all up (as much as possible) the evening before. (I remember nursing my Dd while putting on my makeup....octopus lady) Good luck getting those lesson plans done.

Got a 3mile walk far my eating is good. Got a TON of errands done this am, donated lots of stuff to the Salvation Army, old magazines to the hospital.....oh, I feel so much lighter. (too bad I am not lighter!;) ).
Now off to finish staining the deck. Oh, what fun. See ya later!

08-14-2006, 07:06 PM
Well this morning I had planned on getting up at 5:30. That would give me one hour to get myself and my 3 year old ready and 30 minutes to feed my newborn. Jonathan decided he wanted to eat at 5:15 so not to bad. But I was up with him at 12:30 and 2:30 so I didn't get much sleep either. I was at school for only 2 hours and let me tell ya that went by real fast. There is so much to do in taking up school supplies and going over class rule and taking a tour of the school. My kids had such sad looks on their faces when I told them that I wouldn't be back till September. But I am so glad to get to spend 3 more weeks with my boys.

08-15-2006, 04:00 PM
Afternoon, all.
I can't think of anything I've done recently that is worth chatting about... ;) Pretty much the same old. I've met and talked with the new principal a couple of times, and he seems decent. I saw my TA for this first time since the last day of school when I was over there today (they still haven't paid me for summer school!!!!).
The gym near my school still isn't open, or rather, the part *I* can use, isn't open. They have a small "fitness center" open for people to use across the street, but there isn't anything there I can do except weights... so I dragged myself over to the other gym.
baby: Glad it went well! I can't imagine being away from my classroom for that long and leaving them with a sub. I have issues taking a day off when I'm just sick!
Robyn: Congrats! :) Glad the puppy survived. The only time Imp didn't crawl all over the car and hiss at everybody after a vet appointment was when he was fixed... he went right back to Maryland with me and not a peep out of him. I feel the same way you do about Olive Garden (and, actually, Carraba's and Romano's Macaroni Grill... but those latter two have more to do with them being the preferred choice of restaurant for whenever our supervisor at my last school took us to lunch. Despite the fact that I repeatedly told them there was little to nothing on the lunch menu I could eat!).
Ginny: They do, eventually, grow out of hormones. It takes a while though... I'm amazed at how much maturity happens between the end of 9th grade and the beginning of 10th.
Trob: Where'd you go? :) I missed the discussion about the art schedule, somehow... But I understand about the sitting back and taking it. I did that for 3 years at my last job. The girls here can attest to how bad it got before I finally left. Not that your situation is in that case, but I think I made a good choice. Although I do have the touchy-feely group... I'm already planning for it. Still trying to get individual tables instead of one big table so I can keep them separate!

08-15-2006, 06:28 PM
Afternoon All,
I have been busy the last few days. On Saturday got to spend the day with my dh for a change. Sunday took my one nephew school clothes shopping. Yesterday worked on my classroom for a little while and today went to an inservice on learning centers. So I am slowly trying to get back in the swing of school activities and planning for school. :) Tonight I have to go to TOPS. Know that I am going to be up a little bit since it is that TOM and they really don't serve food that is great for people on diets. Today's lunch was salad, a piece of grilled chicken swimming in some gravy sauce and red skin mashed pototoes. Not good for a national restuarant chain, huh? Oh well hopefully after school starts I can start losing again. I did make it to Curves yesterday on my own time and not have to follow anyone else's schedule. That has been a big problem for me last week and I wasn't able to excerise once. I was not happy. Enough about me.
Angela, hope you were able to get your sub plans finished. I bet it broke your heart to leave your little angels yesterday with the sub. But maybe if your sub is a meany then when you come back she will have them in line for you. So have you thought of a schedule for getting you and your two lovely little boys up and out the door on time for when you do go back to school?
Ginny, glad you were able to survive your visit with your ds! Sorry she has taught her kids to be lazy and like to mooch off of people like her. Hope you are recovering nicely. So when do you have your route selection? I hope you get the same route this year? I am going to start doing Leslie Sansone tapes again once I start back to school next week. So I will be thinking of you at about 5:30 in the morning.
Robyn, were you able to eat anything at Olive Garden without dying? Sorry they picked a restaurant that you don't like. Hope you enjoyed the company of your old friends. Atleast your old friends still want to meet with you every once in awhile. I haven't seen any of my old friends since I moved. It isn't for me trying to stay in touch with them, they just didn't hold up their end of the deal. Plus they thought that my dh didn't really love me and was using me for my money. Isn't that a joke, using a teacher for their money? Granted he has his male moments of insanity, but there are some good quailities about him. Glad the puppy is doing great! Congrats on the 3# loss! You go girl!
Mouse, so when do you start back to school? I hope you are all done with your HQT stuff! I hope you will be able to get in some swimming time sometime soon. I know how much you love to swim and now it relaxes you. So why is your one gym closed?
Trob, or should I call you Superwoman, sorry to hear about your Art schedule conflicts. Hope you can work something out so you are not so stressed for time. That is one thing I would hate being a traveling teacher. I am like you though, I will be sit back and be quiet and let people pile stuff on me. Then I will try to do it and once I start to feel overwhelmed then that is when I say something or just crack down and have a mental and emotional meltdown. So I know what you mean. When do you offically start school? What was your last summer fling with the kids?
I am going tomorrow evening with my dh and sdd to a county concert. I sort of arranged it so I would be able to go to one free concert this summer before going back to school. :) Is that mean of me or am I just starting to work the system like I have seen some of parents do so in the past! LOL Well I need to go and get ready for my TOPS meeting. Chat with you all later.
Have a great evening!
Take care,

08-15-2006, 07:26 PM
i found out today that my superman cape was on backorder so i had to come up with another plan. i am not sure that i my solution is a good one but at least i will have plenty of time to get from place to place. i was able to move my last class at the 5th grade up an hour, the problem with that is that i will have 4 classes without any break in between.

robyn- i am glad that your doggie is doing okay.
we had our male dog "fixed" this summer and it was really bad. he was the size of a coconut back there for about a week.

kerry- i started back to work last friday. we have 6 days of inservice/planning before the kids start on the 21st.
my last summer fling was a trip to branson to go shopping...spent WAY too much money but that's the way it goes.
gotta get for now, my dd has a birthday party tonight...nothing that i had rather be doing than sitting at a swim party for 2 hrs. being drilled by parents as to who's class their child is in. talk to you guys later.

08-15-2006, 09:36 PM
Trob I hope that your solution helps you somewhat. How long is your art classes? Going to Branson must have been fun. Just to get to go anywhere had to be fun.
Well I went to my meeting and gained 5 1/2 pounds in two weeks time. So I am going to try very hard to take it off this coming week. I am hoping that I can get into Curves and not have to mess around with my dh's schedule or his ex's who thinks we should be on call for her all the time and not expect to have a life beside catering to her needs with the kids. Plus I want to start my walking tapes again.
Well I better go and get the trash taken care of. Since my dh always forgets about it and goes out to play cards on Tuesday nights with his buddies.
Talk to you all later.

08-16-2006, 04:54 PM
Just a drive by visit.....
Trob- glad you were able to rearrange the schedule a bit. At least now you do not have to be air dropped. I hope the 4 classes w/o a break is ok for you. How long a period of time is that?

Kerry- you go girl! Don't worry about the weight gain. You had a tough summer- and I know when you are focused, you lose weight. Get those Leslie tapes out and burn off that stress.......glad you got some time in with Dh.

Mouse- glad you seem to like the new principal. Is your TA new to you also?
How did he/she seem? I can imagine a good or bad TA can make all the difference in a school year.

Robyn and ok??

Long story short.....yesterday I "subbed" as a monitor for a special ed girl- the driver requested me because the regular monitor was out, and she thought I was good with the student. So, we got back late from the pm- they let me pick my route early(sort of a no- no but because I was going to be working this morning during my route bidding time it was excusable). I got my monsters back.....someone PLEASE remind me I wanted these kids again, when I am ready to strangle them in October?;) All kidding aside, I am happy. What I can't believe is that my manager gave me a new bus. I drove in it today (mandatory "dry run")...this bus was a former trip bus- which means improved suspension, a real sound system (my old radio only played one am station, no fm) power assist seating for me, tilt wheel, tight turning radius, covered driver storage........oh my gosh I know I sound like a fruit cake here, but this is quite a bus. Drives like a car....and I am in shock.
You all must think I am nuts, but this is such a step up for me. (BTW, my manager was making fun of me all afternoon as I could not find a darned thing on the instrument panel......or how to do anything.). So I am a happy camper......
Gotta go. Gotta get some packing done.See ya!

08-16-2006, 09:02 PM
ec- what a deal...getting to pick first and a new bus. i could never drive a bus so i admire what you do. having all the little extras will make the job that much better and maybe you won't have to be reminded until november that you wanted the same kids back.

kerry- don't worry about the weight. just one of those things that happen. i bet things will be much easier once school gets going in force. i know that it is much easier for me to watch what i eat when i have a set schedule everyday.

about my schedule- i sure hope that the new one works out better. each class is 40 minutes and i usually have a teacher late to pick-up with one standing with her class at the door 5 mins. before their time. i am not too hard on them though because i remember the days of being in the classroom all day with 20 5 yr. olds. i did find out another strange twist in it all...the principal of one of my elementary schools where i teach 5 classes is insisting that i stay a full day in his building even though my classes end at 1:00. i don't mind staying but all my prep stuff is at my home school. i can't figure out why he wants me sitting around for almost 3 hrs. doing nothing. with my luck he will have way more for me to do than i want. well better run. my kids and i just got finished making paper and i need to go check on it....for some reason our dog thinks it is food and keeps eating the pulp. later

melody...are you out there????

08-17-2006, 12:08 AM
Hi All,
Just a quick drive by. Just got back from a concert with my dh and sdd. We went to see Little Big Town. What an awesome concert they gave. We sat center stage from them in the grandstand. We had beautiful weather too. My sdd told me that I had to look for one or two or maybe more concerts to go to at the county fairs around us next summer. :) I will definately do that for her since that is probably the only way my dh and I can afford to go to a concert.
I went to school today for alittle while and mapped out what I am going to be doing with my munchkins the first couple days of school. So that is a good feeling. I have to go out tomorrow for a little bit more just to finalize my plans, get materials together and go over my five new students IEP's and MFE's with my two TA's. But before I can go I have to go to my stepsons' school to meet their teacher. I have stayed away from this in the past because I don't feel that I have a place going with my dh and his ex-wife to meet the kids teacher's. But my little man asked me to go meet his teacher this year. So I can't refuse him since he happens to be my favorite. Shh don't tell the other two! :) Then tomorrow evening, I guess I better go meet my stepdaughter's teacher. Talking about my sdd. She is one sick little child. She has had a nasty cough since August 5th. It started out just a dry cough. We thought it was just allergies. But then last Wednesday, I told my dh that it was a rattling, wet cough and that she needed to go to the doctor's. He told his ex to take her that night to the doctor's. Well she just thought she could treat it at home with some allergy medicine and cough syrup. Well I come home from school and lunch today to find out that the poor little thing has walking pneumioa (sorry about spelling). She is on two different medicinces. The doctor said that if she hadn't come in last night, she would have gotten very sick and could have died. Now what kind of parent lets your child suffer with a bad cough for almost two weeks and then does something about it. I have to be on my best behavior around her tomorrow or I might just go off on her. Remember last month, one sds had a bad infection in his mouth that had been there for a couple weeks and the other one had a broken shoulder. But did she really do anything about them? No it was me and my dh that took care of them. I can't image being a mother and letting my child suffer. But you can bet your sweet @** that she is right at the doctor's when she doesn't feel good! I better just start saving my afterschool program money to help my dh go back to court and get joint custody of the kids and then we can take better care of them. They keep telling us how they want to come live with us when they get older. Enough of my rant.
Trob, so how did the paper making turn out? Hope your dog wasn't too mad that it wasn't food. I know that when I have a set schedule and am not around a lot of food that I can lose the weight. So I am really looking forward to going back to school for the simple fact that I will be eating at set times and be a lot busier and not have a lot of down time to munch. :)
Ginny, your new bus sounds nice. Did you put a lot of miles on it today, just getting use to it? You know you wouldn't have any other route in the world because you love your kids. Just think some of them might have matured over the summer.
Hi to Mouse, Angela, Melody and Robyn. Hope all is going well for you ladies. Talk to you all later.
This is one tired Kerry!

08-17-2006, 09:32 AM
Kerry- hope you got some rest, girl!;) Glad the concert was a so good. It is so important to charge up your batteries with good experiences so that when the bad come there are pleasant memories to go back to. Bless you too for going to school with your Dss to meet his teacher. Of course that can ultimately make life easier for you when helping him with school stuff. And it comfirms what I have suspected all along. These kids know who cares for them. What a wonderful blessing you are to them.:carrot: Hugs to your Sdd. Hope she is feeling better.

Trob- well I can't figure out why you will be needed to stay at that school for 3 hours either. Perhaps when classes actually begin and the principal sees what this equates to he will allow you to leave.........or, uh,oh! give you something else to do. Did the dog eat the pulp?;)

As far as my new (new to me, it has 37,000 miles on it which is nothing for a school bus) bus goes, I drove my route. Probably a total of 35 miles or so.
I am so unused to it.....that is one of the reasons for the mandatory "dry run"- and still prefer my old bus. But they tell me that I will outgrow that feeling in a few short days. I have 8 kindergarteners......a it will make my life very interesting.
Gotta go to the safety meeting....3 hours long..........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Robyn, you still out there? Melody and ok? Mouse?

08-17-2006, 04:17 PM
I'm still here and totally lovin being on maternity leave. Jonathan had his 2 month checkup this week and his first round of shots. He did really good, only cried a little. But we got really good news. Jonathan was born with a heart murmur. We were told that it should close up by the end of the first year. Well, yesterday the pedi couldn't hear so hopefully it is GONE! We will see the cardiologist in October but that still just made my day.
It was hard to leave my students on Monday but I would so rather be home with my boys. In the last five years I have only missed 5 days of school not including the two times I have been on maternity leave. lol. I have even received 2 savings bonds for good attendance - so not being at school right now is tough. I can't imagine the mess I am going to return to.

08-17-2006, 05:36 PM
hey all, good news...the paper turned out great and the dog survived his little "snack". if you have never made paper before, you should try it. it is super easy and a whole lot of fun....messy too which is always a plus!! i am headed back out the door for meet your teacher night at the 5th grade where i work. talk you everyone later.

08-17-2006, 08:12 PM
trob- how did the meeting go? I love messy crafts,and am one of the few moms who love finger paints. Guess I am nuts.

Angela- great news about Jonathan. Hope he outgrows that heart murmur! Those darned shots are so nerve wracking. (I used to work for a vaccine company, and knew too much about negative side effects)

The safety meeting was ok. I sat with a few lively coworkers who kept me awake.;) I was a good girl, and restrained myself.......well for the most part.

Might not be back here for a week. If you here of any hurricanes hitting Hatteras NC, think of me. I'll be a few miles north of there....Take care!

08-18-2006, 02:27 PM
ahhhhhh, dang, I missed Ginny's exit to my favorite spot! She is off on a vacation to Hatteras! Sighhhhh! Hope it is fun, Gin!

Hello to everyone else.... I've been busy...doing what I'm not hasn't been doing the housework or doing my school work.... I've spent quite a bit of time hurrying up and waiting for the oldest at band practice... They are getting better...but my summer is getting shorter, too!

I go on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for my inservices and then I'm back to work! SIGHHHHHHH!

I've got another sinus related migrain...and I thought that it was gone enough for me to be in front of the computer...but I was wrong...the screen is making it hurt.. BAD! So, I'm sorry to run in and run out just as quick!

Ya'll take care.......I'll be back! :)
Robyn (meeeeeeee know HatterasMermaid! :o) )

08-18-2006, 11:16 PM
Still here, Robyn but this is my last hello. We are leaving at 2:30 am.:( Hope the headache goes away soon.......feel better! Good luck with the inservices. Hope the time is useful.
Have a great week, everyone!

08-18-2006, 11:55 PM
Good evening all.
I can see that everybody is busy getting ready for school. I'm in that mode too: I've been redoing things on the computer and need to print. I decided to redo my calendar pieces for this year, because the others are nearly 8 years old. They were printed on cardstock, and so held up nicely... and I'd printed extras of the "common" pieces so that if something was lost, we could sub one in easily. But, this year I started adding holidays to the calendar and weather pieces, so now everything is all different shapes, sizes, some in Spanish, some not...
I don't go back officially till Wednesday, but I have an IEP meeting on Monday morning. A loose end for my upcoming 9th grader that the middle school didn't take care; the mother had said that she wasn't sure she wanted her daughter walking to school, and had asked about bus routes back in Spring. The middle school teacher didn't follow up, or something, so now we have to revise the IEP.
Trob: Good luck with the no break... I've been in that situation a whole lot because my kids need 100% supervision most of the time. In fact, last year it would have been really challenging because on the one day of our block (we're A/B blocked), I didn't have a break and still needed to be with the kids in the cafeteria. I needed that 20 minutes!
Kerry: Have fun meeting the step-teachers. ;) I did get to go swimming twice this week: once on my own, and then tonight with my pseudo-nephew and his parents. It was chilly today though so we didn't enjoy it as much last time. Then we all went grocery shopping at Whole Foods. Don't I lead an exciting life? :) As for the HQT stuff... who knows? I have to redo the math because I didn't sit for the entire 30 hours, only 24. And the math department doesn't allow you to "piecemeal", so its all or nothing. The science people haven't told me, but I spent well over 10 hours on that silly project. And I'm STILL waiting to hear about high school history and English. Its driving me absolutely insane to constantly have to email these people because they don't know what they are doing. And I'm worried about the math stuff because the elementary class I need is going to be on SATURDAY. I'm already registered for a class Saturday morning. It all comes down to them being disorganized: if they had scheduled the stuff in the spring or told me what classes I could take or not take, I could have rearranged a little. But they didn't, so I took my opportunity to go with the Red Cross, and I just couldn't hand over my ESY Student to a sub AGAIN. Also, I'd been scheduled for one of those Thursdays at the gym in Baltmore. The policy there is that you need to find your own coverage; well, nobody wanted a 7 hour shift by themselves! And if you don't have a sub and you don't work, you're fired. I'm not giving up my part-time job for their disorganization. Hope your step-daughter is better soon! I had walking pneumonia at the end of the school year, and it was miserable. Especially since there was just so much going on I had to be there for. I crashed for a whole week after school was over. And I'm dreading trying to figure out where we stashed stuff in the classroom because I was just really out of it.
Ginny: Enjoy your vacation. My TA isn't new; its the same guy I was with last year. We did okay together last year and so I think we'll be okay this year. I wish he came back when I did, because I need some help rearranging the classroom and moving stuff around the room. I need to do something so we have more room. I also really want to move our chill spot because not only is it right under the A/C vent (so its REALLY a chill spot!), its impossible to ignore the student that is in that area becuase of the way the room is arranged. We'll see...
Well... this message has taken me forever because I'm not concentrating. I need to go to sleep because I have to go to a Red Cross meeting tomorrow morning in Maryland. I could have driven with everybody else, but half my response team is out of town this weekend, and we're on-call. It would be my luck that we get called while I'm up there and no way to get back to our part of Virginia quickly enough!
And I know what I meant to tell you all... I bought new school clothes. I dumped the knit pants I normally wear... I did buy new knit ones, but hopefully of a higher quality. We'll see. Its kind of a big step... Its hard to find pants that fit at the waist seeing as they have to go over the lump in front first.

08-19-2006, 10:47 AM
not a whole lot going on around here this weekend. well, not with me at least. this is the weekend of valley fest, which is the major fund-raiser for our local boys and girls club. my husband is on the board and is in charge of getting all the entertainment. this year as an added bonus, his band played for the opening act last night. they were great!! he also provides sound and video equipment for the college in our town for all of their events. this weekend is freashman weekend, so when he is not a valley fest, he is out there and will be for the majority of the week.....makes for a very hectic first week back for all of us. my dd will be going into the fifth grade so she went with me to the meeting thurs. night and met her teacher. she is so excited. we are having a few of the girls from her "pod" over to swim this morning and yes, one of them is the person that i met right here. still can't get over that. anyway, all i will be doing this weekend is cleaning house and shopping for school supplies. should be fun.
hope everyone has a great weekend and are able to get back into the groove of school without too much trouble.

angela- think about all of us while you are home enjoying your kids and we are at the grind stone changing lives.

kerry- how did the meeting go with you son's teacher. i think that it is great that you are going to meet their teachers. it is so important that kids know that everyone who they love supports them in all that they do.

mouse- hope that you figure out a great room arrange. i am one of those people who loved to change things a few times a year but with my art classroom there is only room for things to be one way....i guess that is not such a bad thing....saves me a lot of work.

have a great weekend all!!!

08-20-2006, 11:17 PM
hey yall! have to go to an inservice tomorrow. yippeee skippeee!
this weekend has been headache filled..... in sooooo many ways!

have to get to the laundry now....
I hope everyone has had a good weekend!
Trob >sure sounds as if you've been busy!

take care,

08-21-2006, 06:56 PM
Hi All,
It is offical! My summer is finally over with! I had to go this morning for a county wide inservice and then spent the rest of the day at my building getting ready to greet the students tomorrow morning. I am not use to getting up at the crack of dawn and having to be fully functional by 8 or 8:15 in the morning. I think it will take me awhile to get back in to the swing of things. I snuck out an hour early from school to come home and sneak one last nap in. :)
Meeting the kids teacher's went well last Thursday. It was a little uncomfortable at first. But it was also interesting to see how much my dh and I interacted with the kids' teachers and how very little the real mom did. My one stepson who struggles with his reading due to his vision problems has a wonderful teacher who wants to make it one of her goals to get him to where he needs to be reading wise by the end of the year. So I am really looking forward to my stepkids having a great year this year. I think I might try to even attend their parent teacher confernences if it doesn't conflict with my schedule. Just to let them know that I am really here for them. They started school today and were suppose to get off the bus here. But their mom supposely went in to work early enough to get off work early and be home when they were suppose to be getting off the bus. That scares me since she is never early or on time for anything that has to do with the kids. I was looking forward to hearing how the boys liked being at a new building and how my stepdaughter liked being in the fifth grade. But I guess I will have to talk to them tomorrow when they come over from school. Hopefully they will come over. Enough rambling on about me.
So when does everyone else offically start school?
Trob, so did you get your school supplies shopping done and clean your house this weekend? Sounds like your little girl was going to have fun having the girls from her "pod" over to swim. Still can't believe you meet Lisa through coming onto 3 Fat Chicks site. So are you already to be Mrs. Superwomen? Hope this school year turns out well for you!
Robyn, hope you survived your inservice and got your laundry done! Here is hoping that you have a great week ahead of you. So is your son exicited about the upcoming football season and playing in the marching band?
Mouse, glad that you were able to get a few days in of swimming last week. Sounds like you have been busy getting things ready for your new school year. Hope you are able to get the HQT mess straightened out soon. When do you have to have it all done by?
Ginny, hope you are enjoying your trip to the beach! But I am saving my change so my dh and I can go there next year on our summer vacation. I even have one of our friends giving him his spare change ever once in awhile. He joking told me to save enough so he can tag along too! Which I am sure he will go with us too since he is one of our best friends. It has gotten to be a joke around town that he is my boyfriend, because you will see three of us together alot. I will start my walking tapes tomorrow morning. So I will be thinking of you out on the beach while I am walking in my living room gearing up for the big first day!
Melody, our veteran teacher for the 2006-07 school year. How are has your school year been so far? I hope you are still enjoying the new house. I can't wait to get out of our rental house and have a home of our own again. We can't really have people over here due to the small size of the living room and the landlord's sister lives right behind us. So we are trying to be very good and not get kicked out, since we do have our wild sides to us and have some wild friends. :) Hope things are going great for you!
Angela, sounds like you are really enjoying your time off. It sure will be very hard to have to pull yourself away from your boys and go back to work here in a few short weeks. Are you going to put them in daycare or do you have a babysitter lined up? That is great news about Jonathan's heart mumur! It is always nice to hear great news like that.
Well I better go and get my flashcards made for school tomorrow of the kids sight words. I will talk to you all later. Have a great evening!

08-22-2006, 01:31 PM
Hi Ladies,
It is the first offical day with students. My day is going okay. I miss my students from last year. But I really enjoy my new students this year. I just have to get use to not having my one little fellow. I had him for four years and had to let him go to go to the high school. :(
Hope everyone is having a great day!
I have to go and get them started on their afternoon work. Talk to you all later.

08-22-2006, 08:30 PM
well it sounds like everyone is back at work now. my classes have been going well with only some minor problems that will have to be delt with. today was one of my really long days with duty starting at 7:45, non-stop classes all day and then car rider duty tomorrow. boy an i glad i only have to do this every third week.
i think that i am going to go put my feet up for awhile and rest. talk to everyone later. have a great day tomorrow.

08-22-2006, 08:57 PM
Hi All,
Just a quick note to let you all know that at TOPS this evening I finally started to lose weight again. I lost 2 1/4 pounds. So I am back in the losing game again. I told those ladies that it took me going back to school to start losing weight again. Well I survived my first day with my kids. So now on to tomorrow. I am just surprised at the change in the mood of the class from the previous years. This group is quiet and polite. Except for when my talker has his mouth moving. LOL I think I am going to lay out my clothes, get my lunch ready, and then veg in front of the tv for the rest of the evening.
Trob, glad your school year is off to a good start with only minor problems. I can feel your pain about having long days. Since I am a self-contained MH room I am will my kids almost all day long except for my half hour lunch break. So I can understand what you are going through. Hugs to you to get through tomorrow with car rider duty. Hope you were able to relax a little bit this evening.
Hi to everyone else! Hope your week is going great so far!
Talk to you all tomorrow.
Take care,

08-23-2006, 02:12 PM
Trob I am jealous - you only have duty ever 3 weeks? I have duty ever Wed. 7:25 Recess, 12:00 Recess and 3:00 Bus duty. Ever 3rd week I have early duty meaning I have to be on the playground at 7:10 ugh! Now the 4th grade teacer decided to have recess detention, each teacher serves every 9 school days. This was shocking after teaching in Texas which is a duty-free state. In Louisiana I have duty, 30 min longer days, have to go take 3 tests to become certified in LA (even though I am cert in TX and OK) and make $6000 less! Boy did I pick the wrong state to live in or rather my dh did.

08-23-2006, 07:08 PM
Evening all.
Today was the first official day back for teachers, but myself and the severe disabilities teacher were both there on Monday. My one IEP meeting became THREE... I have two kids that moved into the district in the last two weeks. :sigh: I'm up to 7 now. And remember, I have that tiny room. So, we've given up the individual desks/table idea... the only ones that will fit in the room are the regular student desks, which are slanted and have no place to put anything. But the SD teacher helped me out with some room arranging, and we've fit everything in a good spot... I let the reading teacher use my microwave during lunch, so she hung bulletin board paper for me. ;) So I actually have a bulletin board up... and my calendar. I have to buy masking tape, so I can hang posters. My TA did a really nice job putting stuff away at the end of the year: I've found everything that I've needed. I'm going to make one of the kids organize the food storage, though, instead of me! Good practice for them. I'll have to write 2 IEPs. I also have the writing bulletin board stuff done: it needs to get cut out and taped up. Its going over my TA's desk for lack of a better place to put it. I hope he's okay with where his desk is. He didn't use it much last year, but its important for him to have a space to call his own.
In my own news: I may not get to go swimming for the rest of the month, certainly the rest of the week. You all know that my endocrine disorder causes me to not have normal or any cycles... so you can just imagine my surprise this evening when I discovered... you guessed it! I can't imagine that it is anything else... and I'm debating if I should let me endocrinologist know. What do you all think?


08-23-2006, 09:09 PM
kerry- i do have a 30 min. duty every week but our early duties are rotated. i have a 7:30 one week, the next week is a 7:45 and an afternoon car duty, and then two weeks off. arkansas law says no more than 60 mins per week and a 30 min lunch break everyday. from the sound of your duty schedule you should have stayed in texas. and yes, i did get my house clean and school supplies bought last weekend. since then we have been back to the store two more times to get all of the stuff that wasn't allowed to be on the list but is needed just the same. our school supply list have to be approved by higher powers.

mouse- yes, yes, should go get things checked out with your dr. you health is nothing to mess around with so it is always better to be safe than sorry.

okay you two i need some help. i have a self contained class for art this year that has 9 kids in it. there are 5 in wheel chairs and only 5 of the nine are able to do anything that i have come up with so far. do you have any suggestions on art activities that work with the severly mentally and physically handicapped. today there were 7 adults in the room with me and it was still a zoo and from now on there will only be two in there to help. last year i did a lot of painting with the kids but i don't think that most of these kids can handle it. i feel really bad because two of the students are returning to me this year and they remember all the fun things we did and have asked to do them again. HELP!! i have NO training in how to manage or plan for these kids and i feel like i am letting them down. their teacher is also new this year and is so overwhelmed that she is not able to be much help. she is trying really hard but i don't think she was prepared for the types of kids that she has. they range from being able to write their names to not being able to do anything for themselves.

08-24-2006, 12:35 AM
Trob before I went back to school I worked at a preschool, these are some of the activities that I did with my 2 year olds. Many were one on one activities.
Glitter and Sand art. You control the glue, put the glitter and sand in shakers. They can dump the whole thing out and it is ok. You just pour it back in the shaker.
Marble Painting. Place a piece of paper in a xerox box lid. Drop several marbles on the paper using a spoon and have fun.
Make goo. Use a ziplock bag, elmers glue, starch, temper paint. They mix it in the ziplock bag and can play with it out of the bag. It is a great tactile activity.
Collages. Glue pictures, buttons, felt, foam pieces,etc...
Nature painting. Paint with leaves, feathers, rock printing, sweet gum balls or anything you can find.
Printing. Use potatoes or apples.
Stamps. Use store bought stamps. They can even make their own Christmas cards.

I hope you can use some of these ideas.

08-24-2006, 08:26 AM
I do have art ideas for you. I need to run now, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let me forget that I have them for you. I'll check with our SD teacher for some ideas too.

Off the top of my head: blow painting (might want to get the speech therapist in there to help with this, if you can). Put a glob of paint on a tray with the paper inside, give them a straw.
Put thinner (not real thin) paint in squeeze bottles, and squeeze it out in abstract lines, then add glitter. They'll need help holding and squeezing... but I've done this with really low functioning kids and they love it.
Dot painting with bingo markers. There are always ways to adapt materials. One of the easiest I've seen involved shoving a implement into a potato! Do you know who the occupational therapist is that works with the class?

There are assistive tech ways to paint too. ACK! Gotta go to work... will check back tonight, I hope. Private message me if you want!


08-24-2006, 07:19 PM
thanks so much for the ideas and let me know if you think of anything else. i taught kindergarten for 16yrs before moving to art and most of these kids are not even able to do the things i did with my 5yr olds. i have always said that it takes a special person to work with these kids and this year i am thinking that i am not one of them. i loved the group of kids that i had last year and i feel so sorry for the two that have returned to me with this new group of kids. they are as lost as i am. they stand in the back of the room before we leave and just hold onto each other. it is so sweet and so sad at the same time.

08-24-2006, 10:57 PM
Evening Ladies,
Trob let me think on the ideas. I will get back to you. I will even ask our occupational therapist if she has any ideas. I know what you mean about how the kids latch on to each other and hold on to each other. My kids this year have been together for several years and all act like one big family. They look out for each other, help each other, and tell each other when to get back on track. It is kind of nice, since I don't have to be on their cases all the time. Hope things are going easier for you than you thought.
Mouse, sounds like you have been having a busy first week back to school too. Don't you just love having to write new IEP's on kids that you don't even know? Sorry you are not able to swim the rest of the month. That must be stressful for you, since I know that it relaxes you. Please go to the doctor and get your health problem checked out. You need to take care of yourself. You are too good of a person to let something like that go by without medical attention. I hope you made an appointment to see your doctor soon.
Angela, still enjoy being off on leave. I got so use to not going to work during the summer and hanging out with our friends in the evening until late at night. That I hate to say I am a little jealous of when my dh goes and hangs out with them,while I am stuck at home having to go to bed early. Oh well I only have another 176 more days until summer vacation. I don't like this school year where I have to move to the new middle school next year and leave all my co-workers at the elementary building that I am at currently. So that is why I have the countdown on already. When do you have to go back to school? How are the boys doing?
Robyn, so when is your offical first day back with your little angels? How does your boys like being in the middle school and high school? So are you still going to Curves? I haven't made it once this week to Curves. I am too tired once I get home from school. I think I will just make it through this first week at school and then try to work in my trips to Curves starting next week. But I have been getting up early and doing my walking videos before going to school. So atleast I am getting some exercise. Going to go to WW's on Saturday? Wish you a great weigh-in!
Ginny, when are you coming back from vacation? We miss you. Hope you are having a great time. I keep throwing my change in my tin, so I can go to the beach next summer with just my dh and no stepkids. (Don't get me wrong I love them to death, just need a vacation away from them and their mother.) But I think our one friend wants to ride down with us and stay in our hotel room with us. Atleast that is what he is saying as of now. Since there is going to be a group of us going. I have been doing my walking videos faithfully every morning this week since school started. So I am getting back into that habit.
Well I am really tired tonight and mad at my dh. He promised me that he would spend the whole evening with me, since we really don't see each other much during the week after I go back to school. So we went out to dinner and while we were eating his phone rings. It is one of our friends wanting him to come over and play cornhole. They play that for awhile and decided that they are going to play cards. So he says sure I will play cards with you. Let me have Kerry take me home so I can get my truck. So I only got to spend about an hour with him before having to share his attention with everyone else. It just makes me mad that I get shoved to the backburner at times. I think I am just going to start telling him that I have plans when he wants to spend time with me. Or tell him sure I will spend the entire evening with him and then only spend about an hour with him and go off and do something else. Well I am sorry that I had to ramble on and on, but it just makes me so mad. I do everything anyone's asks of me and then when I want something in return no one has the time of day. I guess I am just need to stop being Mrs. Nice Person and turn into a mean person. LOL
Well you all have a great evening. Have a great Friday. It is payday for me. I will be rich for a brief second and then poor again once I start paying our bills. LOL
Take care,

08-24-2006, 11:10 PM
It is amazing how busy you can be when you stay home with a newborn. I don't know where the day goes. Today I finally got the birth announcements. Now I have to address them. Tomorrow I have to go to the dentist - Yuck! Brantley is getting tired of staying home with me and he is getting angry at me for spending too much time with baby brother. Yesterday while I was feeding Jonathan Brantley painted his toes bright red with nail polish. He did a pretty good job too. So today I sent him to stay with the sitter for a while. I am paying her anyway to hold his slot. Well I only have one more full week off. I go back after Labor Day. I am not ready to leave Jonathan but I am kinda ready to go back to school. I am thinking about going up to the school next Friday and having a little party for my kids, maybe popsicles.

08-25-2006, 12:37 AM
Evening all.
We spent the day doing data analysis. Because I don't teach a core subject, I did school climate. It was an interesting day, but I was glad when it was over.
I need to get busy on those IEPs. I did call my doctor, and she wants to see me tomorrow. I know I've said before how awesome she is, but I just need to say it again. We don't have access to our leave time yet because we're required to be here and not allowed to use leave. We have to get special permission and fill out a special form. I said that I'd just suck it up and bear it, and my doctor says, "well, you know... the afternoon is better for me. How about 4:00?" She doesn't see patients in her office on Fridays! She does surgery in the mornings, and other things in the afternoon. I get off at 4:00, though, so I don't have to even ask to leave early. I did have to tell my disaster specialist that she needs to find somebody else to pick up the bread for the bike tour, though. She wants to do a biopsy and look around, which she can do in her office, but I'm a little nervous about it. She promised I'd be okay by Sunday, though, because as she put it, she has a selfish reason... She does the bike ride every year, and its a huge fund raiser for my Red Cross chapter, so we provide logistics and technical support by running the rest stops and doing the feeding. I'm one of the managers at one of the stops this year, like I was last year, and she said she wants to make sure she gets fed. ;)
Speaking of absences... our head principal is the absentee person this year, so if you're going to be out you need to call her at home. EEEK! I hate having to do that: I usually have really good attendance anyway, but I just hate the thought of having to call the head principal at home.
Well... its 11:30 here, time for this mouse to go to bed. We get to work in our classrooms tomorrow all day, and I've been putting in a lot of time at home making stuff, and today we used my room while we looked at data, so I kept my hands busy cutting stuff and sticking on velcro. I need something to do while I listen or I get antsy... ;)

08-25-2006, 12:45 PM
TGIF!!! Need I say more ladies! LOL This week has sure been a long one. I can't wait for a few days off. I just hope that I am able to get my lesson plans finished this afternoon before going home. I have a half hour break while my kids are at music. I guess I could get a big chunk of them done then and take home the rest and work on it Sunday night. Well I need to go and use the restroom before going outside to do recess duty. Talk to you all later! Have a wonderful weekend!
Take care,

08-25-2006, 07:36 PM
TGIF is right!!! this has been the longest week in history.
i hope that everyone has a restful weekend.
chances are that it will look a lot like mine ....laundry, dishes, house cleaning, yard work and then more just never ends!!

08-25-2006, 11:13 PM
kerry- do you work with children that are severely mentally and physically handicapped? i am needing some art ideas to use with these kids. i have a class of 9 with only two aides to help me. any suggestions?

08-25-2006, 11:21 PM
I thought you all would like to know about the doctor's appointment. I got out of school by 3:30, so I was on time. My room doesn't look too bad, although I haven't tackled organizing my desk or the supply wardrobe. I forgot the organizers I already own at home today, so have to wait. I have posters on the walls, I got my new desks, 2 bulletin boards up and my calendar. I still need to figure out the word wall, but I need to go to Home Depot to get painter's or electrical tape so I don't totally kill my blackboard.

Well, my doctor's office was hopping (I found out later it is because she had a family emergency and will be out of town until Tuesday). But, she had fit me in anyway. I am definitely bleeding, and she's pretty certain its not menstrual in nature. Even I noticed that it didn't look the same as it had last time I had a cycle. In any case, she wasn't able to see as much as she wanted to see, and she thinks she saw/felt a polyp. She's also concerned because my total tesosterone has gone up again, although my free testosterone is normal. The latter is only normal because the amount of the binding hormone I produce has gone up also. The only thing that causes that to go up is estrogen. There are only two ways I produce too much estrogen: if I've gained weight. I don't think I have, and I asked a friend that saw me last week and my mother. Neither thinks I have...
The estrogen could be causing the bleeding. The other reason would be a cyst or tumor, or possibly something involving cortisol again.
So... next week, probably Thursday or Friday evening... she is going to do an outpatient surgery procedure at the hospital she has privileges at, look around, and remove anything that doesn't belong there. I can go home that night.
In the meantime, I have to get everything ready for work just in case... I have those 2 IEPs due, and I need to get some lesson plans written out for my TA. I will feel more comfortable doing this procedure if my ducks are in a row for school.

08-25-2006, 11:28 PM
mouse- wish there was some way that i could help you out with all of your school work. i know how hard it is at the beginning of the year without having to deal with any added stress. you just take care of yourself. i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

08-26-2006, 09:51 AM
I hesitated many times to write on this thread because you guys know each other so well it can be hard to follow the thread without previous history knowledge. :)

I'll introduce myself: I am a teacher aide at a deaf school. I have my BA but can't teach until I have my MA (which I can't work on at the moment).

This week has been stressful. My teacher decided she had other stuff to do this week and left me to completely do both of her classrooms. I did 7 bulliten boards the first day. She gave me a few pointers but I knew pretty much what the class should look like and what needed to be organized so I went with it. I completely finished one room but the other room I left 10 things still needing done (mostly surface cleaning and cleaning her decorating). Sunday I am meeting her so we can talk about the first week of school. (Translation: she is picking my brain for ideas).

This teacher is on probation this year (she's been working 5 years) because while she is good at what she does when she does it, she has poor work ethic and she isn't good at planning (she tends to copy what other teachers have done in the past). This will be her first year solo (if you call it that).

On the other hand, I do stuff after school (no pay), and come up with minor projects (mostly craft or for word study). Last night I stayed with another teacher until 8:30pm and helped her with her classroom. (I was tired of working on mine and my teacher has to do something). It was a good chance for us to chat about the summer etc. I brought home books etc to work on this weekend. That is the LEAST she could have done all week is take some stuff home.

My teacher is a pleasant person and she does well teaching students (though she isn't good at thinking of the students she has to accomodate (I do that)) but I'm definately nervous about the potential uneven work load.

The kicker: My principal told me not to let her take advantage of me but at the same time the principal allowed her to do this extra curricular activity (they had plenty of people, they didn't need her). I thought she was gonna be gone a few hours, not the whole freaking week. Because volleyball is a season long thing, she will be missing classtime frequently for it. For a teacher on probation, that's not a smart decision in my opinion.

08-26-2006, 10:28 AM
hello smart, glad to have you join us. i only joined this group a few months ago and i know how it is trying to keep up with everyone. i am sorry that you are not getting a good start to you school year. i know that it is stressful to work with someone who does not pull her weight. i had just the opposite expericen a few years ago with a full time aide working in my classroom. things got really ugly before she was finally let go. just rememeber that there are always others watching what is going on and know the truth. it sounds like your principal already knows what to expect. good luck and glad you joined us.

melody- are you still out there???

08-26-2006, 12:07 PM
hello smart, glad to have you join us. i only joined this group a few months ago and i know how it is trying to keep up with everyone. i am sorry that you are not getting a good start to you school year. i know that it is stressful to work with someone who does not pull her weight. i had just the opposite expericen a few years ago with a full time aide working in my classroom. things got really ugly before she was finally let go. just rememeber that there are always others watching what is going on and know the truth. it sounds like your principal already knows what to expect. ???

Part of me wants to say though "HELLO I'm NOT the TEACHER!!" I don't get paid the double salary that they do. At the same time if I get too picky about I don't get to do some of the teacher type stuff I love to do. I started looking at colleges this morning. I can't afford it. Sigh.

08-26-2006, 12:16 PM
Hi, Smart. :)
I started out as a deaf education major, but I'm afraid my ASL is now in the 'makes me sick' department. One of my Deaf students a few years ago told me that, "Your ASL makes me SICK!". ;) She definitely wasn't shy about sharing her opinions! I keep saying that I'm going to take classes at the community college to brush up, but I haven't had time. :(
Anyway, welcome to the mad house. I'm a special education teacher in Northern Virginia at a high school. I have what the district calls "Cross-Categorical Self-Contained", but it just means I have all the kids that don't fit neatly into a program or who need life skills. I have 4 new students this year, so it'll be interesting.
I have worked with teachers like the one you describe, and it alwasy drives me nuts. Fortunately, the severe disabilities teacher that I do most of my work with is really good. And my TA is quite decent.... he was with me for most of last year, and far better than the TA they managed to get to leave.
That TA has a similar (though milder---her version actually responds to treatment!) endocrine disorder to my own, and she used it as an excuse to miss a lot of work. She never ever gave me any warning, and never called the school to let them know she'd be out either.
(Which, incidentally, is one reason that I'm freaked by this whole thing... I work so hard not to let this damn endocrine thing make me miss work or any of my responsibilities!)

08-26-2006, 12:17 PM
Hey, Smart...
I know what I meant to ask you... why can't you teach till you have an MA? Public schools hire teachers with Bachelors degrees all the time, and lots of them will pay for you to work on your master's degree to help you get certified. They are desperate for interpretors down here if you know ASL, and we're right next to Gallaudaut (which I just spelled wrong again, didn't I?).

08-26-2006, 05:07 PM
Back from vacation..........interesting was nice getting away but also nice to be home. Sorry not to get personal, I will check in tomorrow!

Welcome Smart!;)

08-26-2006, 07:21 PM
Hey, Smart...
I know what I meant to ask you... why can't you teach till you have an MA? Public schools hire teachers with Bachelors degrees all the time, and lots of them will pay for you to work on your master's degree to help you get certified. They are desperate for interpretors down here if you know ASL, and we're right next to Gallaudaut (which I just spelled wrong again, didn't I?).

I can't interpret cuz I'm hard of hearing. Regular ed teachers do hire with BA but not deaf ed. It's a specialty field. Plus I don't have an education degree. It's called Deaf Ed but really it is audiology, speech path, deaf culture, etc and maybe 2 teaching classes. It's assumed you will get the teaching part in your MA.

08-26-2006, 07:30 PM
Welcome Smart! I am new here as well, I've only been posting for a month. I still don't know everyone and still trying to catch on. But these ladies are great!

Well ladies I only have one week left of my maternity leave. I am very sad!!!! But I think Brantley is ready to get out of the house again. He told me that he doesn't like me anymore.

08-27-2006, 12:01 AM
I can't interpret cuz I'm hard of hearing. Regular ed teachers do hire with BA but not deaf ed. It's a specialty field. Plus I don't have an education degree. It's called Deaf Ed but really it is audiology, speech path, deaf culture, etc and maybe 2 teaching classes. It's assumed you will get the teaching part in your MA.

They actually prefer that you do NOT have a degree in education. I am aware that Deaf education is a specialty field; it was my major when I started college, but there are very few jobs for hearing people in that field. I switched to general special education. If I had done secondary education, I'd have an actual subject area degree, and wouldn't have to jump through the NCLB hoops. What is your bachelor's degree in? Deaf Education? I'm telling you that you don't need a master's degree to be a special education teacher, in any area. We have tons and tons of teachers that don't have degrees in special education. I don't necessarily agree with the practice, but some teachers turn out to be able to handle it.

08-27-2006, 10:04 AM
They actually prefer that you do NOT have a degree in education. I am aware that Deaf education is a specialty field; it was my major when I started college, but there are very few jobs for hearing people in that field. I switched to general special education. If I had done secondary education, I'd have an actual subject area degree, and wouldn't have to jump through the NCLB hoops. What is your bachelor's degree in? Deaf Education? I'm telling you that you don't need a master's degree to be a special education teacher, in any area. We have tons and tons of teachers that don't have degrees in special education. I don't necessarily agree with the practice, but some teachers turn out to be able to handle it.

I know at the deaf school they wont hire you without it. Especially now with the NCLB Act. I don't have a subject area (though my strength is Language Arts). I have a degree labeled deaf education but it is audiology, speech path, and deaf culture/sign language. I don't want to be a special education teacher. I avoided that degree on purpose. I would go for deaf educator in a public school as long as they aren't sign english (which a lot of them are). Typically a school or even a school district will have ONE (maybe 2) deaf education teachers. I would LOVE to teach. I would even like to know if there is a program in MD (I just moved) that helped people with BA get teacher certificates. ANY help and info you can give me is greatly appreciated, especially since you are in a nearby area and I have no idea about this area.

08-27-2006, 07:10 PM
Smart if you just moved I would make a visit to the local school board and visit the personnel director. He can usually direct you. I am on my last year of a temporary cert. I have to go take my LA tests if I want to teach here next year. And dh is thinking about moving. Ughh...if I take and pay for all those tests and then we move I will be so mad. Not that it would hel anything. lol.

08-27-2006, 07:59 PM
Smart if you just moved I would make a visit to the local school board and visit the personnel director. He can usually direct you. I am on my last year of a temporary cert. I have to go take my LA tests if I want to teach here next year. And dh is thinking about moving. Ughh...if I take and pay for all those tests and then we move I will be so mad. Not that it would hel anything. lol.

That's good advice! I need to wait for school to start and settle down. I am just plain exhausted!

08-28-2006, 01:43 PM
Well, I am trying to settle back to "normal" whatever that is. Lots of laundry...unpacking.....on and on. I did get a call this am to drive the interns around the district (gee, I get to be a tour guide:D , man is my boss insane- he thought I might be good for this!;) ). So it gets me out of the house for a wee bit..... Dh? Well the same thing happened as last year. I went on vacation with a really nice man, think I left him somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. Atilla jumped in the van and came home instead. Oh well.......

Took Dd for braces this am. They were only able to put them on her top teeth- and when they are more properly aligned they she will get them on the bottom too.

Forgive me for sounding pushy....and I do not want to pry. Smart and Trob- I would really like to have names for just seems more personal to me. And I get really attached to my friends here. Once I get back to a routine of sorts you will see that.

Gotta go fold some wash. Robyn????? Mouse???? Kerry ??? (meeting tomorrow, right?) Ang?? Melody?? Hope you are all ok......hope I did not miss anyone.
See ya.

08-28-2006, 07:25 PM

08-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Thanks Casey!!!!!!;) Hope you are getting rested up. When does school start for you? (I have an inservice meeting Tuesday next week, school starts Wednesday)

08-28-2006, 10:38 PM
Hello to the new folks! Welcome home to Gin! How ya feeling, Mouse? Hi to everyone else that I've missed! :)

Well people........ things are hopping here! I spent 14 hours at my school today trying to get stuff done. Made major progress...but I have a zillion things still to do! Tomorrow we sit in meetings ALL. DAY. LONG. .......they
even "provide" lunch so that you can't escape for a moment! Yipeee Skippee! I know that this will surprise some.....BUT..... I'm having trouble getting an IEP meeting scheduled for my son. Altho' I hand delivered 3 copies of my request for a meeting on August 9th, as of today they had not responded except to say that they got my note and would be in touch! More glee and excitement!....... NOT!

Gotta go get my homework done.... but what I really want is to go to bed!
Take care,

08-29-2006, 12:30 AM
I know at the deaf school they wont hire you without it. Especially now with the NCLB Act. I don't have a subject area (though my strength is Language Arts). I have a degree labeled deaf education but it is audiology, speech path, and deaf culture/sign language. I don't want to be a special education teacher. I avoided that degree on purpose. I would go for deaf educator in a public school as long as they aren't sign english (which a lot of them are). Typically a school or even a school district will have ONE (maybe 2) deaf education teachers. I would LOVE to teach. I would even like to know if there is a program in MD (I just moved) that helped people with BA get teacher certificates. ANY help and info you can give me is greatly appreciated, especially since you are in a nearby area and I have no idea about this area.

I can tell which school to stay far, far away from, because I do know one that will hire you and pay for your degree. You'd be a TA or a 1:1, but they'll pay the entire thing. No questions asked, no strings... but you really don't want to teach there. The ladies here watched me suffer through the place for 2 years (they missed the first year, but a post I made in another forum my first year there is probably still around here somewhere).
I know Gallaudaut has a program, but I'm not sure of all the details. I saw it on their website... I think its actually off the main University website, it might be on the Model Secondary school's website. Most of the public schools are only going to hire you to teach and help pay if you're willing to work in an area of teacher shortage... that means math, science, English as a Second Language, special education. The schools in Northern VA also hire ASL teachers because almost all of them offer ASL as a foreign language option. You'd be in many different schools to get a full-time contract, but I don't think any of the large districts pay the whole thing for a graduate degree. I know my district does not; they actually have a very poor tuition reimbursement plan for most things. There are a few cohort groups, but again, they are areas of shortage.
I'm not sure of your verbal skills, but if they are good you might do really well in English as a Second Language; it'd be similar issues to Deaf children who use ASL. Fairfax County schools has quite a large Deaf education program, with many of the schools using ASL and total communication. They require ASL interpreters, and most of the students that I've met use ASL and not SEE. You'd want to avoid classes that have kids with multiple disabilities or autism, because those are the kids that are taught SEE.
As for NCLB... its wise not to get me started down THAT road. I am a cross-categorical teacher (I get all the kids who don't fit a nice, neat program designation). And I teach high school. That means, I get to be HQT in EVERY core subject at EVERY grade level in K-12. They've just expanded the definition of core subject to include nearly everything EXCEPT Physical Education and Vocational Education. You have no idea how tired I am of jumping through these hoops. I have a master's degree + 15. Bachelor's degree in special ed, with a minor in journalism. Master's in Transition Planning and Severe Disabilities. The post-masters is in assistive technology and curriculum & instruction. But I'm not highly qualified to teach. The people who are highly qualified to teach my kids are only such because they have a degree in the subject area, and most of them have no classes or knowledge about special education. I'm almost dreading this year: one of my kids who is fairly lower functioning, plus has a seizure disorder, AND is new to the country (just starting his 3 year here!) has a teacher who already has told me many times that she doesn't know what to do with him.

08-29-2006, 12:41 AM
Hi, all.
You'll see from my post to Casey/Smart what I spent some of the day doing (learning some of the new regs for IDEA, which includes the expanded definition of core subjects!). I felt my brain oozing out my ears sometime around 1:30 this afternoon. The only good thing about it was that I was able to get my recertification for the safe physical management program out of the way.
I've got a list a mile long of stuff that MUST get done Thursday and Friday... just in case I am not there the following week. The whole world will fall apart if I'm not there, too. There isn't a single period in a single day where I don't have students in my room. And, during one of our CBI periods, I have 2 kids in my classroom! That means either my TA or I have to stay back and not go on CBI... Which isn't BAD, but isn't particularly GOOD either. It means that one of us will have 4 kids off-campus without another adult, and of those 4 kids 2 of them can't be left alone. One is my kid with the seizure disorder, the other is Mr. Touchy-Feely. And, the third is one of the girls that Mr. Touchy-Feely REALLY REALLY wants to TOUCH! That should make life super interesting. The other period, which is allegedly my planning period, I have 2 kids in my room. My TA is supposed to be responsible for them, but I still have TWO KIDS IN THE ROOM!
I wouldn't be half as worried if I didn't have to worry that I might not BE there!

08-29-2006, 09:53 AM
Good morning!

Mouse- it sure sounds as though you will have your hands full this year. Somehow you will cope- we all know what a professional you are and will somehow find a way to deal with the numerous challenges. I have no clue how you will contain Mr Touchy Feely. Is it possible for you to speak to the parents involved and explain the dilemma? ( I am just thinking of creating some sort of paper trail should difficulties truly arise). At the very least document your concerns with your supervisor. Gotta cover your backside somehow!

Robyn-oh the utter shock of it that you are unable to schedule an IEP meeting for your son! ;) You poor thing, having never had to deal with this sort of crap before...........sorry about the sarcasm.......I know you almost expected this and these people are just living up to a sad expectation.\
And of course it would be nice to think that just maybe you could get this meeting out of the way before school really gets into gear. I feel for you, you have had to put up with this nonsense at every corner and yet you yourself would never do this to one of your students. Keep your fingers crossed......maybe someone will respond and pleasantly surprise all of us!
Get all your homework done? Hope you got some sleep.

I am making feeble attempts to restore routine and sanity to my world. Got on the treadmill this am. (BTW, I did walk almost everyday while at the OB, I just hate walking in the heat and it is so darned flat, makes for a boring walk)
Today it is haircuts and final school shopping. BTW, Mouse's post brings up an interesting point about my route this year. My afternoon has me with a public HS trip home, then after that I am taking my 65 passenger bus cross county to pick up ONE HS student at the BOCES program. Oh, there is another bus going there also- but BOCES is the vo-tech school and usually has rough kids in attendance. This young man is a special ed student, he functions fairly well and I seriously figure will someday be able to live independantly. The best way to describe him is that he is "simple" (forgive me for misusing terms, all you special ed teachers are probably howling over
my description of this kid!). But he is a sweet natured teenager, and mom requested special transportation for him so that he would not be ridiculed.
So they are sending moi. (its ok to feel sorry for him.........;) ).
Well the gang is up and I'd better get moving. See ya and have a great day!

08-29-2006, 07:04 PM
Good evening all.

Ginny: We have documented the incidents, and he has a behavior plan in place. His parents blame my poor ED kiddo for all the problems, and do not want the two of them together, but there isn't anything we can do. My supervisor is aware, and I'll talk to her about it. We're short 2 TAs right now, so I doubt we have another person to go with us, but we might.
I'm glad you're going to pick him up... I hate when my kids get picked on, because they can't defend themselves against it very well. My school is remarkably nice about everything and most of my kids (except my ED kiddo, and his issue is his big mouth) do just fine, although I can't say that they have any real friends. Its a nice change.
As for this mouse? My doctor managed to get me scheduled for surgery tomorrow evening. I talked to my principal, and she was totally okay with me being out tomorrow and Thursday. She told me to let her know if there is anything they can do, which frankly... surprised me. I know it shouldn't, not after being there all last year, but it does. Hopefully, everything will be ducky and I'll be okay on Friday. I think I will, because as far as I know, there won't be any incision. I'm having the blood work done in the morning, and then seeing my doctor briefly, then... I need to find something to do for the rest of the day because I don't need to be at the hospital till 4:30. I would almost welcome a stupid in-service. Maybe I'll go over to the school and see if I can get some of the stuff I need to get done in my classroom done... although my principal told me not to worry about it, and take care of myself first.
I'll make sure to touch base with you all by Friday evening so you know that I still have 9 mouse-y lives.

08-29-2006, 10:58 PM
Ya'lls posts are so long they are hard to It's double funny because mine tend to be also.

Mouse: Touchy Feely--how old? If young, try making a placemat with 2 hands cut out and pasted on the mat. Everytime TF tries, physically place their hands on this "time out" mat. The hands won't stay long but the touching and the mat/consequence may soon make a connection. Just an idea.

Our students all touch (but know on the shoulder, etc). We are working on not getting up out of their chair without raising their hand, not shoving their paper in front of us while we are watching someone talk, and looking at the teacher IMMEDIATELY when the lights flicker. This is the hardest thing. Having to tap them and get their attention all day (and having some look back down while waiting) is time consuming and a large part of why we have very small classes.

I may look into fairfax. Knew about the Gallaudet program (think that's mostly for enrolled (expensive) students. Can check. My English and verbal skills are excellent. I grew up mainstrem (no interpreters) for most of my education. I don't want language as a second language necessarily because one of the things I like is being around deaf culture (which I didn't get most of my life), using my own second language (ASL), and influencing kids to know that they CAN do things.

My TOP idea of a perfect job is a deaf accomodation activist. It's too early for it (deaf culture likes people they know well and are involved in the community), but I'm facinated by it. Could be why I got a legal assist. degree first. I'm gonna make it. I'm hoping to get pin this year. If so, I will get tuition reimbursement by the state (we are considered a state job). In the meantime I want to talk to the education board, look into fairfax, and seriously ask questions this year (in general).

I'm so relieved that my teacher is (so far) strongly taking the role as a teacher (I had doubts..and she is on probation). I am still teaming with lesson plan ideas and so forth, but I'm not having to ultimately be responsible and that's good.

Back to school crafts: any ideas?

08-29-2006, 11:29 PM
Craft ideas: We're going to do scrapbooks this year. My mom found kits really cheap (no covers, though... I'm not worried by this, we can get them bound at Staples pretty cheaply if it comes to that, and laminate paper to make covers), at Lakeshore.Com. I can get one huge kit and lots of smaller ones for less than $50. I have money in my classroom budget for that so when I go back, I'm going to buy the kits. We're also doing a classroom quilt on the first day of school with our names. Its actually a math activity that somebody showed me when I went to an elementary school workshop over the summer. You use a blank 100's chart (or I just drew squares on paper in MSWord, because I have 3 kids that will need to use the computer or they will spend forever trying to get the letters in the boxes), and write your name in the boxes... over and over again till its filled. Then, each individual letter gets a different color. So, if your name has 2 A's, and you choose red for that letter, ALL the A's in your name are in red-colored boxes. Then, you cut off the rest of the white paper, and tape or glue them together. We're going to put ours on bulletin board paper, and hang them somewhere in the room. It fits my first month of school writing theme, which is 'All About Me', and also ties to the scrapbooks.
I have two books to go with these units: one is called "The Patchwork Quilt', and its a really awesome book. I'm hoping I bought the right one, because I had trouble finding it, and my folder with activities is at school. The other is a book about a girl who takes a summer vacation to various African-American history locations and keeps a scrapbook on the trip. That's to introduce the concept of scrapbooking.
We've also done collages (and we'll do one again, though last year doing collages about ourselves took many, many, many weeks of work... it nearly drove me NUTS till we finished, so I'm not sure I want to do that again!), and one year when I was in school, my teacher traced our heads, and then we wrote words that described ourselves. I'm thinking about doing that activity with the kids the last day of the school week... And my non-readers/writers can use pictures, and the other kids can use words. I'm not sure about that one yet.
As for TF: he's in high school, but mildly cognitively impaired. Your idea is good; right now he's on a point sheet, but I may give that placement a try. He's not always in one location though, so that is hard. And he understands the point sheet. I have 3 kids using one right now, and 2 more in reserve in my desk for my newbies.

08-29-2006, 11:58 PM

just checking in really quick! tons to do before i can sleep! i also must iron my skirt and sweater for the iep meeting which suddenly got scheduled once the educational adovcate called the county sped supervisor. can't (sarcasm!) wait for the fun!

mouse, good luck with your surgery! your quilt activity is a math activity that i've done during the first week of school for quite a few years with my first graders! they love it and the quilt is quite impressive in the hallway!

casey, we do tend to be wordy, don't we?! LOL this time of year, our chatter turns to school topics quite a bit!

gin, loved loved loved the postcards...thank you! i will admit that you found cards of my favorite beach that i do not have hanging on my fridge! LOL i can NOT believe that you called walking at the beach boring! how dare you!

gotta run...... it is 11 and i've got 2 or more hours of work ahead of me!
take care,

08-30-2006, 03:52 PM
Robyn- I am in shock- you actually got an IEP meeting! I really, really hope it does some good, Ds (and his mom!) deserve a break and some intelligence here. Glad I found some cards for your fridge....gotta admit the lady at Cahoon's thought I was a wee bit off my rocker that day. (and sorry, as for me and walks, I prefer hills and turns.....guess I am off my rocker!) How are you managing getting everything done this year? You sound SO busy.

Mouse- best of luck with the surgery. I'll be thinking of you and hope that all goes smoothly. How pleasant for you that your principal took the idea well about being out for 2 days.

Casey-I can be a major league blabber puss here, as you will find out. Then there are times that I show up for a "drive thru visit" and unfortunately have to be brief and short. Sounds as though you are doing well with weight loss?
Are you on a special program and getting excercise? Whatever you are doing is working well, I am just curious.

Well, I was so well behaved this morning driving the interns around town. Y'all would have been proud of me. I even dressed up ( my supervisor noticed, figured that if I did not look like a "bus driver" it might go better).
Glad it is over, the 30 passenger buses have horrible suspensions and drive like a bowl of jello. The only good point is that they have A/C which my big bus does not.
I was a good girl and got a 3 mile walk in on the treadmill- then dragged Dd out for a walk to town to finish school supply shopping. Now all we have to do is get shoes for Ds and I am DONE. THe shoes I will do tomorrow......when I am going to my Dm's and will be passing a large shopping area.
Okie dokie......gotta go. See ya!

08-30-2006, 06:11 PM
ECmom-I'm not on any special program. I calorie count, but that's just a tracking/education method. I aim for healthier foods, smaller portions, eating approx 5 times a day, drinking more water, balance of foods (stuff from all the food groups) etc.

Our first week we are learning how to spell each others names. They've practically grown up with the same group of kids but they still can't spell each others names so that's this weeks spelling words. We've cut up the individual letters and let them find the letters and glue them. We've pasted the names on the word wall, and tomorrow we are using dyed spaghetti and mac noodles to make name collages. I like the quilt one. We have "favorites" poster, and ABC handwritting mini books. The teacher is doing assessments all day tomorrow so I am doing "dirt pudding" follow instructions activity, we are making sequence books (from pictures of different activities), freeze tag (to get them used to looking at us when the lights flicker), classmates name bingo, and safety is our theme so we took pictures of them doing things right and wrong and have books we will make. I'm also making a who, what, when, where word wall.

08-30-2006, 06:58 PM
ginny- sorry, i am a very private person and just posting here is a big step for me.
mouse- you are in my thoughts and prayers
wow, you guys have been busy posting and i am way behind. i will try to get caught up someday.
things are rolling right along here, just very busy! (

08-30-2006, 09:49 PM
Hi All,
Sorry I have been MIA for about a week. Just have been very busy with school and had two family reunions in the two weekends. So I haven't had really a lot of time to come on here and chat with you all. I have been really tired when I get home from school in the afternoons and have to lay down for about an hour nap. I think once I really get into the swing of things, then I will be fine. :)
Trob, as for art and crafts ideas with my kids. I tend to buy simple crafts with large pieces that they can color, cut out if need be (I have cut out for the ones who can't cut) and glue them on to whatever. Plus my kids like to paint. Plus they would go over to an 7th or 8th grade mainstream art class with a teacher who had been doing Art for 20 some years. He would help them draw their picutures and then have them color it in or paint it. One activity my kids loved doing is making picture frames out of large colored sticks and gluing large puzzle pieces or anything else that is large on them. Hope these ideas help you. Glad your year seems to be going well.
Robyn, hope the IEP meeting went well. I have been thinking about you and your son. Did you get your homework done last night? Hope you were able to get in some sleep.
Ginny, you should be so honored to have to drive the interns around the town. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. Didn't take you long to fall right back into the same routine did it? Must say I that I missed my TOPS meeting last night to go to a 7th grade football game to see a couple family friend's boys play. So I didn't weigh in. I know that I am up a little bit from last week, since we had a family reunion on Saturday and had no healthy food choices there and overeat. I promise I will go next Tuesday though. I am trying to be very good this week.
Mouse, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything goes well for you. Sounds like you have a very understanding principal. Hope you were able to find something to do today without going into school well you were waiting to go to the hospital. Hope you are recovering nicely and have some results soon as to why you are bleeding.
Melody, hope all is going well with you.
Angela, only a week left huh? Sounds like you really enjoyed the time off with your baby. But miss your other babies. Sounds like your oldest is jealous of his baby brother. Hope things are working out well for you all.
Welcome Casey! My name is Kerry and I teach junior high age students with Multihandicaps. I am also a stepmommy to three kids, twin boys (8) and a little girl (10). I go to TOPS and am my chapter's co-leader. Glad you could come join us. There is a great group of ladies here who give wonderful support, advice and encouragment.
This is the first year I have had such a big class. I have 8 students. They are very polite and well mannered. I am not use to that. LOL They are very slow in getting their work done and very clingy. I just have to get use to them being that way still.
Well I better go and relax a little bit before going to bed. Talk to you all later.
Have a wonderful evening.
Take care,

08-30-2006, 10:40 PM
Evening, all.
I'm home now, they did the surgery today. The doctor didn't see any polyps or fibroids, which is good, and there was very little lining. She did do a D&C to remove the little bit of lining that was there. She thinks the bleeding might be from the birth control pills... I have been on this brand for 5 years with no issues, but they did just start a new generic with me about 3 months ago, so that might be it.
They had to give me percoset at the hospital, and something else in the IV because my blood pressure was really high from being in pain (so they said, they couldn't find any other reasons). They also gave me anti-nausea meds, which was good... I think they went with general anesthsia, instead of just the IV sedation. I was really disoriented when I came out of it... apparently I tried to get off the oxygen and the blood pressure cuff. And I was shaking... that was a combination of being cold and really low blood sugar from not eating. My friend that picked me up took me to a pasta place and got me some tortellini and sausage and a cookie then brought me home to make sure I ate. I feel a little better, but I'm glad I don't have to go to work tomorrow.
And if I didn't already tell you how wonderful my doctor was... she called me around 8:30 tonight (I wasn't quite home yet, she missed me by 20 minutes), just to make sure I was okay... And she made the post-op appointment for 5:00 next Wednesday because I wasn't sure that I could get out of the school at 4:00 the first day. She closes at 5:00... and of course, she did the surgery today, which just makes for a really long day for her.
I gave her a bamboo plant this past spring, but I wish I had another way to thank her than just words. Any ideas are welcome....
I'll check back in with you tomorrow... and get more personal then.

08-31-2006, 01:35 AM
Mouse I am glad that your surgery went well today and that you are able to rest for a few days. Sounds like you have a great dr.

Tomorrow my three year old is going to Oklahoma with Dh. I have never been away from him except for when little brother was born 2 months ago. I am already getting sad. He loves being with daddy and he is going to see Memaw and Papaw and they spoil him rotten so I am sure he will be fine. It is going to be way to quiet here this weekend. I am not going because I don't want to have Jonathan in the car for 9 hours. It really messes up his sleep pattern and that is not a good idea right before I go back to school. But I will enjoy my time alone with my baby this weekend. My days at home are numbered and I am really starting to get sad. But once I get back in the swing of things I'm sure I will be much better.

08-31-2006, 10:13 AM
Mouse- I am so glad that the surgery went well! It is good to hear from you- glad you are out of the hospital and regaining your strength. Your doctor sounds like a sweetheart. I recently heard of someone who was also wondering what to do for someone who had really gone above and beyond.....and I also know from personal experience.....a heartfelt letter of thanks and appreciation would probably mean more than any gift could. I know I have kept the notes of thanks I have gotten from parents. Feel better......get your strength back.:D (how is Imp's bedside manner?)

Trob- no problem! I understand......I was shy early on also. You are welcome here no matter what, we are all here to help and encourage each other.
I know it can be tough to catch up with back posts. Sometimes I just have no time to do so and just jump back in , hoping that someday I will catch up.

Kerry- you sound busy. I know you will get to TOPS next week......and so what if the scale is not your buddy when you WI. (I am going to WW tonite, and between a week of vacation and PMS I am not expecting anything good).
A polite class!? Wow..........hope it stays that way.

Melody-I was never separated from any of my kids like that when they were little - so I can't imagine how you must be feeling. Enjoy your time with the baby.........cause that one on one time with more than one child in the house is so rare! Hugs.

Casey- I am glad that you have found a nice balanced program (even if it is self designed) for yourself. Whatever long as it is healthy!;)

And I am out of time..........Fidgie has a check up in 20 min.....then off to my Dm's for a lot of house maintenance stuff, then shopping on the way home and a WW meeting. I HATE this rush to get stuff done before school starts.
Did get my WW tape in today...............see ya!

08-31-2006, 06:38 PM
hey gals, had an okay day at school but am totally wiped out. i just looked down at my pedometer and know why...i have walked over 21,000 steps today (that is over 10 miles) just in my classroom and the halls. when i have students it never sit down and on thursdays i have no breaks until lunch so i am on my feet from 6am on. i have gotten back into my school eating routine and have lost 2 pounds so far this week.
i hope that everyone has a great day tomorrow!!
mouse- i am so glad that you are on the mend. take it easy and don't do too much this weekend.
angela- enjoy the time with the baby, they grow way to fast. you will blink your eyes and he will be taller than you are. i know from 14 yr old has grown over 4 inches this summer and is now 2 inches taller than me.

i have set a new weight loss goal for myself. i am going to try to loose 30 pounds by new years. wish me luck! later (

08-31-2006, 07:21 PM
WOW! I thought my pedometer was having field day. My max this week for in class/hall was 13k. That's phenomenal.

Self designed program..hahaha...I've totally ruined my resolve in the last 2 days. I didn't say ruined my diet because I know getting back on the wagon will help things. I ate 12 oreo cookies today and 3 blueberry muffins. We made dirt pudding.

mouse, glad things went well. I've had several things pop up on me (growths) and so far (knock on wood) theyve all been benign. One "elective surgery" for a cyst turned out to be a blood clot. Thank goodness I "elected" to have it. No matter what, its nerve racking to have to think of serious medical issues.

babybelly-I'm leaving the state to go to my dh's class reunion and we have to leave the 3 children behind for 3 days and my youngest is 3. It's scary.

Kar73--I feel like I've been ambushed I've been so busy. I couldn't imagine doing all that AND the first week of school. I had to decorate and prepare 2 rooms by myself (I"m the aide and my teacher was MIA) the first week (we had 2 days). This week actually feels like a vacation compared to that week.

09-01-2006, 12:32 PM
Well, guess it is time to start a new thread.........see ya there!!!

09-03-2006, 10:05 AM
I had a delicious double fiber wheat toast with natural PB and banana slices on it. YUM! Still on a plateau and my first week of school tested and WON my self control. I gave myself 2 weeks forgiveness to help learn to nip it. I knew it would happen. Oreos did me in this week. I still journaled.

On a different note. I bought a venus fly trap plant for my classroom. I'm doing the research right now.