Support Groups - Teachers losing weight, back to school edition

09-01-2006, 12:40 PM
Well, I figured it was time to make a new thread for us, summer break is, alas, over .:(
Trob and Casey- funny you two mention pedometers- I lost mine just before our vacation, and do I miss it!!!!!!! A ten mile day??? Unreal. Hope the scale is very kind to you with that sort of work out.

Yesterday was so hectic. Got to my moms and had lots to do. Then both Ds and Dd needed sneakers........(both kids picked out what I felt were about the ugliest sneakers I ever bought;) ). And I did get to WW. Great meeting! I was up, but expected it- I had more clothes on, I am retaining water and was on vacation last week.
Ok- gotta go, the kids are busy so I can finish vacuuming.
Take care!

09-01-2006, 01:30 PM
Hi fellow teachers! May I join you in this thread?

I'm a second-year teacher (though I'm 34, much older than most 2nd-year teachers) and I teach high school English. School started this past Monday, and my current diet plan started on July 18 so I was already on my way when the school stress started! I plan to keep it up!!

I look forward to getting to know other teachers who are going through this same struggle.

09-01-2006, 06:53 PM
Hi, all.

You know, today has just sucked. I've been really nauseated since the surgery (what else is new??)... and finally gave in and called my doctor. She sent me to the emergency room. I spent most of the day there. Just got home.
And of all times: school starts Tuesday and my room is a wreck. My TA had dental work done, so he wasn't in any better shape than I was. I nearly cried when I found out he'd done all the kid's schedules for the regular ed teachers wrong... everything was misfiled, and most teachers didn't even have what they needed. I need to get the severe disabilities teacher a box of rice krispy treats because she fixed everything for me so I could leave.
They gave me some new anti-nausea drug, which worked nicely... and IV fluids. So now I'm going to wait for my ginger ale to get flat and try to sleep.
And, as if all of this weren't enough, Ernesto is visiting, and we're on stand-by and of course, I'm not able to do anything. :(

09-01-2006, 11:19 PM
oh mouse, i didn't even think about ernesto landing near you. not something that you need to be having to deal with right now. i hope that the new meds make a big difference and that you can get back up to speed soon.

lisa, welcome! i have been teaching for 17 years, started in kdg. and now teach art at three different schools...everything from 1-5. you are going to love the people on this thread, they are all great.

ginny, i hope my number of steps will show up on the scale too. i am keeping my fingers crossed. i also eat very little during the day when i am at school so that should help also.

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09-01-2006, 11:47 PM
Hi everyone! I think I am finally back now. My computer stopped working right so I had to order a recovery disk from Gateway and just now fixed my system today. I have missed being on here!

I teach Special Education in Mississippi and we started our school year on Aug. 7 so we have been back at work for a month now. I am very happy to be having a three day weekend for Labor Day!!! I have 20 special needs children that I work with in the regular classroom (we have full inclusion). I have 11 Kindergarteners, 2 First graders, 1 Second Grader, and 6 3rd graders. I have some students are just a little delayed, but I have some with mental ******ation, one paralyzed on the right side from strokes, one who was impaired after being thrown down a flight of stairs by his mother, and a child with Asperger's Syndrome. So, as you can tell my day is very busy!!!

I have managed to lose back the weight I gained during the summer when I was so stressed with building/buying my house. I am eating healthy about 95% of the time and walking 3-4 days per week in my new neighborhood with my 4 year old son R.J. This past week I have been faced with the reality that R.J. is not a baby anymore. He will not be 5 until Dec, but this week he lost 2 baby teeth!!! He lost the front two bottom ones and I can see the permanent teeth coming through. I didn't expect him to lose any teeth until next year.

Well, I hope you all enjoy your weekend! I am glad to be back!!!

09-02-2006, 01:19 AM
Mouse I hope you get to feeling better soon!!1

Lisa Welcome! My name is Angela I am 31 and teaching 4th grade. I have little boys (3 and 2 months) that keep me very busy.

Melody does your son walk with you or ride a bike? Brantley wants to ride his trike while I push the stroller. That sure does wear me out. I sure have missed him these last two days. He isn't really into talking on the phone either. But I have walked two miles yesterday and today while pushing the stroller.

Well it is finally time for me to go back to school. I went up to school today to see my little darlings. They were so excited to see me and my baby. I brought ice cream sandwiches and koolaid drinks for them. I figured I would be nice today since I will have to be the mean teacher and whip my class back into shape on Tuesday. The best news is that my sub has already written my lesson plans for next week (that is why I wanted a retired teacher for my maternity leave). She just looked at my lesson plan book from last year. She rocks!!! I gave her a candle and a thank you card today. I will be spending my weekend recording grades in the grade book. Thankfully she also graded all my papers. I can't even keep up with them like that when I am there. We are also having friends over for dinner Sunday. Dh gets back in town at 3 and they are coming over at 5 so I guess I better clean my house. Our friends are moving and their little boy and ds1 are best friends. I haven't had the heart to tell my son yet. Well Jonathan is asleep and it isn't even midnight yet. I better get to bed and enjoy the early hour. Problem is that I can't sleep very well when Dh is out of town.

09-02-2006, 09:16 AM

My son really doesn't like to walk since a mile is a lot and he says he's tired so he either rides his electric monster truck or I pull him his wagon. The monster truck drives slow so I worry that I am not gettting a good workout because I have to walk slow to stay with him, but when he is in the wagon I know I am getting a good workout because he weighs 63 pounds! He's big for his age...not overweight according to the doctor, just tall and built big...he wears a size 7/8 and is about to be in a size 1 shoe. R.J. wants to start trying to ride his Batman bike while we walk and at first that will be a very slow process since he's a beginning bike rider, but soon I guess he will be whizzing around.

I know what you mean about not being able to sleep well when your husband is gone. I can't sleep well when mine is not here either. I have a lot of anxiety about that. Luckily, he's not gone very much.

That's nice that your lesson plans are already done! Good luck when you go back next week.

09-02-2006, 02:51 PM
Hello! What a surprise Ernesto turned out to be! Locally, the rain measured in excess of 10 inches in 12 hours, the flooding around here is something! The tides have also been very high...more flooding... The winds were (at times) in excess of 70 miles an hour. My friend in Fl. who took a direct hit when the storm made landfall got less than 2 inches and the winds were never stronger than 40 mph... so...SURPRISE! We lost the boys pool as not one but two huge pines fell right on it! We also must take down 5 others as they cracked or are now severely leaning.... Many people are still without power....the hum of the generators can be heard from my front porch. We live in the same county where the two people were killed in their home by a falling tree.............. enough whining!

Hello LisaMarie! Welcome home Melody! Anyone heard from Kerry? Hope you are feeling better, Mouse! Thanks Gin for your PM notes! ((hugs))

Gotta get back to my housework...then I have school work.... and then I can always help my guys with the yard cleaning (If I have too much time!)

take care,

09-02-2006, 04:19 PM

I am glad you and your family is O.K. I can definately sympathize since last year I went through Hurricane Katrina and had no power for 3 weeks! Luckily I didn't have any damage, but many people in my area did. I live about 2 hours from Gulfport, MS, but we still had quite an impact here. We were not expecting it at all to affect us.

09-02-2006, 05:35 PM
Robyn I am glad that you are OK. I hate hurricanes! I went through Rita last year. The eye was 5 miles west of my house. We lost 4 trees in our yard and tons more in the woods right behind our house. The schools were closed for 10 days, housing the national guard. When school opened more than 2 weeks after the hurricane some people still didn't have electricity back, but we thought they would rather be in the a/c school. We also lost everything in our fridge and deep freeze. Many of the homes leaked really bad and had serious mold damage. I live north of Lake Charles and they still have bad damage and many people moved away. Walmart is not open all day anymore. And many restraunts do not serve lunch anymore because they don't have enough employees. It is amazing how much a hurricane can impact your daily life.

Melody our boys are only 1 year apart. Brantley turns 4 in November. But he only weighs 28 pounds. He is a little guy. Santa is bringing him a big boy bike with training wheels. When he goes with me I only walk around the block (several times) since we live in the back of the neighboorhood. Without him I wander all through the neighboor hood. I can't wait for the cooler weather so it will be more enjoyable to go walking.

09-02-2006, 07:24 PM
Thanks guys! The storm yesterday was never scary.... just a pain! :) We were blessed to have been very mildly effected by this storm.....

I have a good friend who is still in a FEMA trailer in MS from Katrina. My friend in FL lost all of her teaching "stuff" as her school was hit hard by 2 storms last year. Isobel was a major pain here. There are many who are still in FEMA housing.... this is what 3? years later? We had no power for 15 days....many many memories! Sorry if I seemed to be whining about yesterday... Didn't mean it like that! Can't imagine living thru Katrina......
I know what Isobel was like...... I have much compassion for my southern neighbors! :)

Back to cleaning.... and I've just touched the surface for school....sigh! :)
take care,

09-02-2006, 07:55 PM
Evening, all.

We did okay up here in my part of VA as far as I know. I really don't know much except that the county I live in had to open a shelter. The same spots that flooded earlier when we had 4-5 days of rain flooded again... but beyond that, I know nothing. I spent the entire day sleeping, which is probably what I needed to do. I feel a little better, but I'm only eating rice or mac & cheese, and flat ginger ale. Now if I could only lose weight in this fashion!
I'm trying to get one of my local friends to come with me to my classroom tomorrow to help me whip it into shape. I don't think I can do it by myself, and I'm really worried about Tuesday. I know I shouldn't be, because I won't actually have any kids till around 9:30, which gives me 2 hours to work on stuff... And some of the stuff that needs doing can be done by some of the kids (putting the cooking supplies back in the cabinet). But others bits need to be done by me or my TA (like moving the computers around so the computer with the CD Burner is on the same side as the TV so we can hook the two together)...
Let's see...
Robyn: Hope things are better at your end with the damage from Ernesto. How'd the IEP meeting go?
Trob: The meds made a huge difference at the hospital, but I didn't get a 'script for it. I just saw an ER doctor who doesn't know me, and the meds he wanted to give me were for a new drug without a generic. My own doctor didn't come over to the ER, so I was a little nervous about taking something new. The old one works as long as I can get it down, which I couldn't do.
Baby:That is awesome that your substitute took care fo your room like that. I hate being out because inevitably, the substitute has trouble following directions.
Melody: Welcome Back! Glad to see you... hope the new house is nice.

09-02-2006, 08:43 PM
glad all you va gals are okay. hope that you are able to dry out soon.
melody- glad that you are back with us. how are you enjoying the new house?
mouse- glad that you are feeling better. when i taught kdg. we never felt ready for the first day because we didn't even get our class lists until the day before the kids came. but you know what, they came whether we were ready or not and we had class just the same. so, don't sweat it. get what you have to get done done and just wait about the rest.
angela- i know that you will be glad to see you ds and dh tomorrow. my dh used to work in nebraska and i had a really hard time at first trying to sleep with him gone. i hope that you are able to get a really good nights sleep monday night so that you are ready to face your students.
robyn- hope you get your cleaning done. i got up at the crack of dawn and got my house under control...well for the most part. my dh is working from home now and has turned our game room into something from and episode of sanford and son...i think that that may have just dated me.

have a great weekend everyone!!!

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09-02-2006, 11:16 PM
Evening Ladies,
Glad you all survived the rain and winds. We have had rain in Ohio all week long. I am getting sick of it. I enjoy the cooler temperatures, but like the sunshine with it. :) It sure makes my special needs students goofy. They were talking about some weird stuff this past week. All of them wanted to come home with me at some point this past week. Two of them started to call me mommy. Makes me wonder about their home life and parents.
Welcome, Lisa! I am Kerry, one of the special needs teachers of the gang. I teach MH students in 6th through 8th grade. I have three stepkids who keep me busy when they are around. Twin boys who are 8 and a girl who is 10. You will love the support and guidance you get here. These are some wonderful friends! Once again, welcome!
Ginny, thanks for starting a new thread. I hate to see summer end but all good things must come to an end sometime. So are you already for school to start next week? How are you enjoying your last few days of freedom? That isn't bad that you were only up .5#, since you just came back from vacation. You will take it off in no time. :)
Robyn, glad you were okay in the storm. That is a lot of rain in just a few short hours. So did you get your trees taken care of yet? That had to be scary to have your trees come crashing down in your back yard. Did you get your house cleaned today?
Melody, glad you are okay. I was wondering about you. Sounds like you are having a great school year so far. Glad you are able to get your walks in with your little boy. I love going for walks with my stepkids when we have the time. In fact, they want to go to the one state park near us that has caves. They wanted to go tomorrow, but with all the rain we have had I can just image all the mud. No thanks. We told them that when we have in two weeks on the weekend we would go. So I hope the weather is nice that weekend.
Trob, I can remember the Sanford and Son show. So does that mean I am an old fart at 33 years old? :) I loved watching that show because it reminded me of my brother who still wheels and deals today. In fact, my grandpa would call him Sanford all the time when he was alive. Glad you are able to get in lots of walking during your school day. Hope it shows up on the scales. I need to start back to working out. I have fallen off the band wagon the last few weeks.
Mouse, glad you are feeling better today. Don't worry about your room, it will all fall into to place. Just take care of yourself this weekend and rest. You will be just fine come Tuesday. The kids can help you get the room ready and that will give them a sense of ownership to the room.
Angela, hope you were able to get some sleep last night. I know what you mean about not being able to sleep when you dh is not home. I am the same way. In fact, if I go to visit my family without him, I don't sleep very well. I guess I just gotten use to him stealing half the bed for the last four years. :) I am sure you can't wait for your dh and ds to come home tomorrow. I hope you got your house cleaned today. That was very nice of your sub to grade your papers for you. I wonder if she would come to Ohio to grade mine. LOL I have to do that some evening next week.
I snuck out of the house today and went to visit my sister. We met halfway and went to lunch. Then over lunch, she asked me about the local theater in the town we met in. So we drove to the movies and saw the movie Crank. It was a good action movie. Then we went to a local ice cream shop for sundaes. So I had a nice visit with her. I left my dh with his kids for about 8 hours. I thought is was payback from this summer when I had to entertain them daily while he was at work. I got home just in time to go out to dinner with them at the local pizza palor. So I guess I need to start working out again after the ice cream and pizza today.
Well I am just a little tired. So I think I will call it a day and go to bed. Talk to you all later. Have a wonderful weekend!

09-02-2006, 11:41 PM
Hi everyone,

Anonymouse, yes the new house is nice. It's nice to own my own home again.

Trob, I am enjoying the house. I especially love that everything in it was picked out by me so it's very personalized to what I like. I still have a lot of decorating to do, but we have to wait until we have some extra money. My husband sold 15 cars this month so maybe we can by some wall art when he gets paid.

Kerry, I know what you mean about the kids wanting to come home with you. I have a couple of kids who try to call me Mommy and they want to go with me, too. Of course, I have younger children than you so I am surprised that yours are doing the same thing. I know some of mine have terrible home lives. I have one little girl who's mother has come up to the school pregnant and drunk in the middle of the day and she probably drank with all her children because I belive that's what's wrong with one's in school already. I have another student who's problems result from being premature and being throw down a flight of stairs by his mother when he was younger. It's so sad.

09-03-2006, 10:22 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.

Mouse: Our school lost a secretary within a few weeks before Christmas. She had a week to move. Our school has been a little behind on things because she knew where stuff was. The transportation lady comes close, but it isn't the same.

Mermaid: Katrina happened about a year ago (not 3). I was moving from Texas to Maryland at the time and couldn't go through that part of the country to visit my memaw (who died this year) in Houston, and my father in Georgia (but I saw him this summer). So I traveled north of Texas and saw my sister's baby being borned and had to hole out because Rita came. I have been here in MD a year. Ernesto wasn't hitting our area and we were just expecting some rain. I was surprised they shut down the schools. I went through 2 in North Carolina in the 90s.

Trob: Do as much decorating as you can up front because I went 4 years and never painted my walls. Kept putting it off. Then when I picked the colors, we had to move.

09-03-2006, 11:14 AM
Good morning everyone,

Today my husband, my son, and I are going to my aunt's house for a family get-together. I have got to be really careful not to eat too much since I already had a meal out this Friday with my husband and son. I try to never get off my healthy eating routine, but I do think that one meal of my choice every couple of weeks isn't too bad. Friday night we went to Eatza Pizza (it's like a mini-Chuckie Cheese with games and such). We had fun and I tried to not eat too much...I did not eat until I was stuffed so that was good.

I am trying to keep my blog current again. My blog is at Also, I have a My Space page at

09-03-2006, 07:48 PM
melody- i didn't get pictures on the walls for a year after our last move. i guess after moving twice in 12 months i was ready to just sit back and enjoy being in my own house again. we have now been here two years and i still have not done everything that i would like to do. it will all happen in time. i am glad to hear that your school year is going well. mine started out a little rocky. i would really like to pick your brain about possible art activities for these kids. send me a pm if you have the time. i have been asking everyone on here for help and have gotten some great ideas but need many more. thanks, trob

09-03-2006, 10:21 PM
Good evening, all.

Not much to say at this end... I haven't gone too far from my bed the last 2 days. ;) The only unique thing is that I apparently drained my iPod so low that it couldn't even turn on when I started charging it... and that it lost my authorization for music I'd purchased. I had to go reauthorize it to transfer my music.
I'm trying really, really hard not to worry about the state of my classroom; none of my friends will come help me work in it because they all think I should stay home and rest. I'm also trying really hard not to worry about the fact that I can't find my driver's license. We're hoping the DMV will give a replacement card to my mom, since she had to go with me when I first regained my PA license after leaving Virginia the first time. My mom has mail with my name on it at her house, so we can hope. If not, next Saturday... in between grad class and swim lessons, I'll have to get there to get a new one.
Hopefully, if that happens, there is one in York, PA... and that they will take my car registration and school photo ID, because I don't have anything else to prove that I'm a PA resident!
Oh, and speaking of pictures: I have tons of stuff that needs to be framed. I keep saying I'm going to take it over there, and the winter quilt that needs to be cleaned. I haven't done either yet!

09-03-2006, 11:22 PM
mouse, when I moved I left my pedometer wallet on the bench at the gym (before I could get the new license for my new state) and it took me 7 freaking months to get a new license because someone stole my wallet. Most of it was dumb though.

09-04-2006, 09:59 AM
Hi everyone! Well, I definately ate too much yesterday at my family get-together, but I can't let that get me off track. In the past, one day of eating too much would lead to another day and another day and before I would know it I would go a whole month eating too much. I am NOT going to do that this time. I have worked too hard this past month to mess up. Right now there are some left over brownies on my kitchen counter and they are quietly calling my name, but I am not going to give in. I think I may just go ahead and throw them away since my son and husband don't really need them either.

I hope everyone enjoys their day off today. I am not really going to do much except finish up a paper I am writing for a graduate class, record some grades on the computer, and clean my house. So much fun! Too bad there's not a beach close by...

09-04-2006, 10:17 AM
hey all, i am ejoying a very cloudy monday morning (yes, i do mean enjoying the only thing that would make it better would be a good me crazy) i have eaten way too much this weekend and have ended up gaining back the two pounds that i lost last week. i am not too worried about it because i am always up on mondays. i headed out the door in a few minutes to have breakfast with my teacher buddies from the school that i taught in for 16 years. things are not going too well for them this year so there will probably be a lot of heated conversation. they have a new principal and everything has changed for them. i feel very lucky to have gotten out when i did and even luckier to have the most wonderful principal in the world. but it is hard to enjoy it when i know how stressed they are this year. gotta run, maybe i won't totally blow it with eating this morning. (

09-04-2006, 12:43 PM
No time to get personal here......trying to enjoy this weekend, which has been somewhat messed up by outside influences. Oh well.........At least the weather is nice. And I do NOT want to go back to school. not one bit.
I have gotten some walks in, which I have done a wonderful job of messing up with stress eating. Sorry to be short. Gotta go! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

09-04-2006, 01:23 PM
Hi all...
I'm still stressing over my classroom... mostly because I just feel way better laying down than I do sitting up or walking. Fortunately, my administration understands about my ankle, and I never get any comments about sitting with the kids in this school. I used to get it in my other schools all the time. Not that the reason I'm sitting has much to do with my ankle right now.
And, I guess what gets done gets done. I'll get my TA and some of the kids to move the computers around... I have a couple of girls who probably would love to finish the bulletin board... Somewhere, I have to squeeze in reading and math tests to determine current levels. The math test can be done in a group, though... the reading test has to be done 1:1. I'll probably take the kids out in the hallway. We just need to copy the stuff for the test... I'm not sure if I have copies left from last year or not. ARRRGH! All this stuff to do, and I can't do any of it! I'm really not dealing with this well, am I?
Its bad enough that I'm :censored: when I'm sick... this is going to be fun. And I refuse to call my doctor and tell her that I'm still sick, because I really don't want another trip to the emergency room! She'll find out soon enough when I have the post-op appointment on Wednesday.

09-04-2006, 01:42 PM
Mouse- sorry that you had to go back to the ER. (I have skimmed the post and am here only because I am looking up something for Dh.). Hopefully all these symptoms will just subside on their own. My mom reacts poorly to anesthesia also- and they always have to give her meds to counteract the reaction. Hang in there till Wednesday! Kids are usually very forgiving and accepting when adult does not feel well. Hopefully yours will be also. Gosh, just do the best you can.....try really hard not to overdo it (as tempting as it is). I had a similar procedure several years ago, and well, it is just best to start slowly. Hugs and feel better.

09-04-2006, 04:02 PM

I am sorry you are feeling so overwelmed. I hope everything will get better for you soon.

09-04-2006, 05:51 PM
I'm having to battle feet problems. I spent the summer getting therapy etc for them. Now I have to remember squatting will hurt them (maybe only temporarily at first, but it will escalate too), things with balance (like swinging kids on a tire swing) maybe off limits, sitting crosslegged (or one foot under the other leg) will hurt my legs (but sitting straight feels too wierd), etc. After the first week with the kids, I found myself violating all of those. They are habits. Grrr.....

Hope things look up for you. I don't know what age your kids are (I can't keep track of everyone here) but like someone told me (when I was trying to do 2 classrooms in 2 1/2 days by myself)...they are just 6 year olds. LMBO! It's true!

09-04-2006, 07:16 PM
mouse, don't beat yourself up for not feeling well. it happens to the best of us. just do what you can and don't stress over the rest...easier said than done.

ginny, i could do with a few extra days off right now too. the past two weeks have been very long and hard and we won't have another day out of school until the middle of october.

later, trob

09-04-2006, 08:18 PM
Thanks, all. Really... reading this helps. I have my mom's work ethic, and both of us have always gone to work/school sick. I did manage to prove to myself that I need to at least sit more: I took a shower, then went to take out the trash and get the mail. I haven't been out of my apartment since I came home from the ER on Friday evening. Well, the elevator nearest the mailboxes (but at the other end of the building from me) was down... so I had walked down there with the trash, then had to walk back to the other elevator, then to the mailbox, then back, and to my apartment. That was enough for me.
I teach high school students with cognitive disabilities, so a lot of the stuff that needs to be done to get the room ready is good practice for them. I hope my TA is in better shape than I am; I understand he had dental work on Friday morning. And, having just checked my school email: the copiers are down! We've been asked to only copy the most important of important stuff. I'm going to go see if there is an on-line math and reading test that the kids can do... they could do them on the computers and rotate through.
My doctor didn't think I'd have any problems with this, and the only reason she didn't want me going to work the day after the procedure was because she didn't want me to drive! They also gave me anti-nausea stuff before the procedure based on my history... and it worked, but boy, when it wore off Thursday night!!!!! I'm almost embarrassed at how immature I sounded when I talked to my doctor on the phone on Friday. And I have this feeling that I shot off my mouth while I was under the influence... I have this vague recollection of trying to pull off either the oxygen or the blood pressure cuff and somebody stopping me.

09-05-2006, 08:43 AM
Good Morning! I hope everyone who's going back to work today has a good day!

09-05-2006, 04:59 PM
Mouse that seems backwards to me. If you cannot set up your room it seems like your coworkers should be ready to help instead of trying to punish you for coming.

Well today was my first day back. It went well. IT was hard to leave my baby. The kids were so excited to have me back. They even had a welcom back banner on my door. I am breastfeeding and pumping is going to be a challenge. My morning session is easy but in the afternoon I have to bring my kids to the Library to listen to a book on tape while I am in a back room. But on Thursdays there will be a class in there so I have to find someone to come sit with my kids. Ugh.. tomorrow we have a 7am faculty meeting. Welcome back!

It was nice to have my hubby and ds back. But while they were gone I started walking again. I have walked 2-3 miles everyday since Thur. I plan on going again today but Brantley is going to ride his bike with us. We'll see how that goes.

Chat with you girls later.

09-05-2006, 05:11 PM
AUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!Please tell me this is not starts tomorrow. Had an inservice this am... very good motivational speaker this am.

Angela- glad your first day back was hard leaving a baby.
Trob- I feel your pain. We too are all out until October. (and we should all be basket cases by then)
Melody- when do you go back?
Casey- ouch......sore feet.Hope you can remember all the stuff you need to do to stay pain free.
Mouse-Glad you are getting better. Please go slowly....I know all about the work till you drop work ethic, I have it too.

Sorry to be so short..........the merry go round begins tomorrow.
See ya !
Ginny (did get a walk in today........woo hoo)

09-05-2006, 11:53 PM

I live in Mississippi and in the south we start school early. We went back for inservice on Aug. 2-4 and the first day of school was Aug. 7. We are in our 5th week of school now. We get out for summer on May 25, which I guess is earlier than schools who start after Labor Day. We don't have another holiday until Thanksgiving, but we get a whole week out then. We do have one teacher-workday in Oct so the students will get a little break.

09-06-2006, 12:57 PM
Hi All,
Mouse, hope you are feeling better. Good luck at the doctor's tonight. Hope you have stopped stressing. Things will fall into place. It justs takes some time though. Hope you had an easy start back to school with your kids.
Trob, I feel your pain with your small gain. But I am up two pounds too from two weeks ago. The weekends are the hardest for me, because my dh wants to eat out two or three times and sometimes the food choices can be a little unhealthly. You will take it right back off. Have you tried doing a search on-line for art ideas for your special needs class? There might be some wonderful projects that you could do with them.
Ginny, sorry to hear that you are back in the driver's seat again. Hope things get off to a smooth start for you. Glad you have been getting your walks in. Keep up the good work.
Robyn, hope all is well with you. Saw pictures on the news about the rain and flooding you had over the weekend. Hope you got your pine trees cleaned up without an further mishaps.
Angela, glad you have eased back into the swing of things at school yesterday. It sounds like you were so glad to be back. That was very sweet of your kids to make you a sign. I am sure you will be able to find someone to cover for you for awhile when you have to go pump.
Melody, sounds like you are keeping busy. I can relate with you on the eating at family get togethers. I tend to try and be good but sometimes that just doesn't happen when they have such yummy food that you don't get all the time.
Casey, sorry to hear about your feet problems. Hope you can remember not to do the things that will cause them to hurt. I have to wear Clarks or New Balance shoes for my feet. Do you have to wear special kinds of shoes?
I started working the afterschool program last night. Boy I am going to be really tired by the end of the days for the next couple of weeks. I work until 5 or 6 Monday through Fridays. Last night I was in bed by 9:30. I hope these doesn't become a habit, because then I wake up around 3 or 4 wide awake.
Well I need to go and get outside for recess duty. Just wanted to say hi.
Talk to you all later.
Take care,

09-06-2006, 07:23 PM
hey all, my weight is back down today do i am happy. i am going to start ww tomorrow and i am very excited about the possibilities. hope everyone had a great day today. mine was much better than expected. i had my special needs kids today and it went very smoothly. i don't think that we will be doing many messy projects though this year because the district has decided not to hire anymore help. with the nine kids (5 wheelchairs and 4 that are in diapers) they don't think that the teacher needs anymore help. i don't even know how she transports them from place to place without an adult for every chair. it is just crazy. i think that the TAs that they have are going to be great once they figure out what they are doing.
have a great night all!!

09-06-2006, 07:59 PM
:dizzy: Aw crum, one slip of the keyboard and the whole darned post is gone!!!!!!!

Trob- are you doing WW meetings or just online? (I do meetings- love the program). Hopefully your TA's will work out fine (ask Mouse about crummy TA's, she has had them all, I think!) Glad that your weight is back down too.. Congrats.

Kerry- gee, it is great that you can still sneak in a mid day post- I think you are the only other person here who can do that from time to time. Sorry that eating out is such a challenge, but we all understand. You would think that as fat as our society is, that restaurants would offer at least one or two healthy entrees. But I know many do not. Go for damage control- eat small portions....hope your sleeping straightens out!!!!

Melody- a whole week at Thanksgiving sounds great, just too bad that you have to wait so long for it. Somehow I missed that you had started so early (probably getting ready for my vacation). Of course I will be SO jealous in June and you are done in May.

Well, lets see, one day down, 179 to go!:carrot: Me the eternal optimist......... today was ok. Intense, but ok. Still can't find everything in the new bus, but I am getting used to it. My elementary is FULL- and 15 out of 55 students are new, which means for LOTS of rules etc.........lots of new faces to break in. And one total handful I can see already. My HS is fine, so far.........and that one special ed kid is a joy. He chatted the entire way home, smiling was his first trip on a big bus (most of our special ed runs use 30 passenger buses) so he gloated the entire time about being on a BIG BUS. How sweet. It really made my day. Got lots of smiles from returning students.....and I am tired. Do I really have to do this again tomorrow? Tomorrow? Lots of errands and a WW meeting........hopefully the darned scale will be down a wee bit. Nite!

09-06-2006, 08:27 PM
Kar-Yes, I'm wearing rockports now. Mostly I look for certain things in shoes. Box toe (not pointed), wide (size d wide), arch support, and rubber (not hard) soles. If they have air cushions or orthotics in them, even better (my tennis shoes do).

We had a kid just started today (a repeat, he just had a family emergency and missed first week) that showed up on his first day with NO medicines. What's fun about teachers having a full time aide or team teacher is when one is stressed out, the other probably isn't. Last Friday I blasted those kids (oops). Then today with this new student and trying to catch him up and dealing with his adhd and antics my teacher was ready to strangle (she didn't :) ) and I was calm as a cucumber.

I actually hope I never teach alone. I don't think it'll ever be a big deal but I'm bipolar and don't want to step too far. Most of the time, I'm highly functional. It's nice having backup. Today we played good cop/bad cop on this student. Poor kid. Really wasn't his fault at all. I was suprised even through all his inability to focus, he was maybe even brighter than most of our group. That's a plus. In any school setting, adhd is hard. To not be able to look at a teacher so she can SIGN is even harder. Then no information is getting through.

I noticed my moods affect my pedometer. I tend to clock at LEAST 10k per day easy just at work. On manic days I can clock 18-19k at work. Today I didn't make 9k. CALM and LOWKEY.

09-06-2006, 10:13 PM
Hi Casey-
it is probably a good thing that you have up days and not so up days with the pedometer......don't want to wear those new Rockports out!;) I use orthotics too, well sometimes. Glad you handled that situation with the new student well. It will bode well for the long term.

Just got back from a 2.25 mile walk. Had some major baseball stress to burn off........nite all!

09-06-2006, 10:22 PM
Hi everyone,

Kerry, I bet you are tired now that you are doing the after-school program. We start up our program in a couple of weeks and I am considering applying. I would work 2 extra hours on Mon, Tues, and Thurs and get paid $22/hr. I think it would add up to about $400 extra a month, which would help since we have a bigger a house payment now. However, I do like getting home everyday before 4pm, too.

Trob, I am glad you had a good day today with your special needs kids. I will let you know if I think of any ideas for you. I can't believe they won't get more help for those kids. It's sad. I have 20 special needs kids and I am so busy everyday so I can sympathize. Good luck with WW...I am thinking of trying it again. I have gone before, but the last time I tried to join R.J. was just barely 3 and he didn't understand why we were there and he didn't understand that he had to be quiet so I didn't go back because it was too hard with a little one. Now he's nearly 5 and easily sits quiet and still when I need him to so I am thinking of trying it again. I have a friend/neighbor who goes so I might go with her.

Ginny, we are in week 5 of school and we are still getting new students! I can't imagine where they are all coming from. Last week we got a 7 year old who had never been to school! I am glad you had a good day back driving the bus and I hope tomorrow will be fine, too.

Deafinlysmart, I guess that was a challenge today with the ADHD student and no meds. I know how tough that can be. I understand about not wanting to teach alone. Before going into Special Education, I was a middle school and high school English teacher and I didn't like being trapped with all those kids. I have anxiety problems and I would worry a lot about having to get to a restroom since I also have stomach problems resulting from having my gall bladder removed when I was in my early 20's. Now I don't have to worry about those things since I go from classroom to classroom and take a restroom break whenever I need to.

Today was good for me. I ate ok. I had cereal and skim milk for breakfast, slimfast bar for lunch and since I was out running errands until 6pm I had Wendy's turkey/swiss sandwhich and baked chips. I thought I was making a good choice, but I checked the calores online tonight and it was over 600 for those two things! For a snack I had fat-free jello. Overall I think my eating was OK since I probably only ate a total of about 1300-1400 calories. I try to stay under 1500 when I can...I don't really count them up every day, but I just try to keep a general idea of calories in my head everyday.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

09-07-2006, 08:30 PM
Let me just admit up front that I haven't read most of your posts. I'm sorry.
I just really need to vent. Like I haven't been doing that for the last week. I'll apologize for that later.

Okay... I'm STILL sick. I've STILL been unable to keep most food down. Last night's dinner was sugar-free frozen custard with honey and walnuts and a cheeseburger. And that was all I ate all day. :sigh:
And, when I got home ... finally... and feeling horrible... My endocrinologist, bless her heart, tried to get me to lay down on a couch she has in her office, but I was afraid I'd fall asleep or ... worse... just start crying because she really did care. Not like I didn't already know that...
I get home, and change clothes, take a shower... and have this strange looking blister on my foot, and one on my leg. Later that night, there were a couple of more. This morning, both of my legs and the left foot were covered... and there were more showing up as I watched! I was freaked, but went to school anyway: what else was I going to do? I talked to our nurse, and she thought there was a small change it was chicken pox, so I got packed off to my primary care doctor. If only it were that easy! No. Its something called vascularitis. Its when the small vessels close to the skin rupture, and bleed under the skin/on the skin... I had to have more blood taken, and go to a dermatologist... and I'm really upset right now. One of the only treatments for this is steroids... corticosteriods... which I can't take because I already have an elevated cortisol level at times! I ITCH.
And I am SO DAMN TIRED of all of this. Obviously, I can't swim till this clears up, so there goes my part-time job. I'm doing the doctor shuttle again: because of course my endocrinologist has to be in the loop on this because of the medication the dermatologist wants to give me.
This just isn't FAIR! Isn't a bad ankle enough? The endocrine disorder isn't enough? The fact that I will NEVER lose weight because of the endocrine disorder, and I'll NEVER have children... and I can't get anybody male to look at me twice... that isn't enough... now I have to have something new?

09-07-2006, 10:12 PM
Mouse.......when it rains it pours. Big hugs......I am so saddened by your latest episode of health issues. Focus on getting well- I know you are trying to do that. One thing at a time, and try to relax. My heart breaks for you - as it just seems to keep coming at you (all the stuff of life). Try not to lose your focus.......try to do something to make yourself happy, to find some joy.
I will be praying for you.

Melody- I understand the issue with still getting new students. Our routes are not considered "cast in stone" until October (end of month) for the same reason. Can' t imagine a 7 yr old who had never been to school. At least not here in this country, although I know that happens. (especially after Katrina). We had an interesting student (kindergarten) fell asleep on the bus. Oh, the driver picked it up while enroute back- but the student did not speak a word of english, the driver speaks no spanish, the parents moved( and never let the district know the new address or phone #) and they speak no english either. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Yup we do have a few drivers who are hispanic- and still speak spanish. Thank goodness for the student and the driver he had a bus tag- so at least we knew who he was. Beyond that it was pretty wierd.

Lost 4# at WW........had an ok week and my darned period is over. I will take a 4# loss anytime. Makes up for last weeks gain and then some.

I am so pooped, g'nite alll!

09-07-2006, 11:02 PM
ginny- we are having ww meetings at my school. it is great because we start as soon as the kids leave. we had about 20 people today and it is a really fun group. i did ww with another school last spring but it was really hard getting across town to the meetings. one member is the principal at the middle school and she is checking into having the athletics weight room opened for us every afternoon. i hope that i am able to stick with it. i am not much of a rule follower.

mouse- i am so sorry that things are so rough for you right now and you are perfectly right for feeling that it isn't fair. but just like ginny said, you have just got to take things one at a time. focus on feeling better and everything else will fall into place. just remember one day at a time and if you find that to be too much then take it one hour or one minute at a time.
you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

09-08-2006, 12:14 AM
Good Evening everyone.

Mouse, I am so sorry you are having such a rough time. I don't know much about endocrine disorders, but I can imagine it's difficult. I hope the doctors can help you to get to feeling better.

ECmom, that would be really scary to not be able to get a kid home that couldn't tell you where they live. We have quite a few Spanish-speaking kids at our school so that could very well happen. As far as the 7-year old, that is not the first time I have seen that happen. It happened last year, too. Apparently there is a whole family of children who's mother just doesn't bother to get them in school. I can't imagine why unless they just don't want to have to buy school uniforms or supplies or they don't want to worry about getting the up for school everyday...I don't know. I work in a district where about 90% of our kids get free lunch and poverty is all around. One student I know has a mother who is about to have baby number 18...yes that 18 and not a type...can you imagine? It's sad because the kids don't have their own beds and just sleep where ever they can find a place at night.

I had a good day today as far as eating goes. I am so glad tomorrow is Friday! I hope I can have will power to control me weekend eating though. Talk to you all tomorrow.

09-08-2006, 01:40 PM
This will be short.....not much time here.

Trob- how awesome having your WW at work meeting! If you are not too much of a rule follower, I might suggest the core plan (as opposed to flex). As long as you stay within guidelines of what you can eat, there is no counting. I know of many who have been successful with core. (I fare better on flex). WW meetings are really the best part of the program- so much support. And to have a lot of coworkers on program too, well that should help keep healthy alternatives to junk food in the teachers lounge. Best of luck!

Melody- Baby # 18! Huh??? (oh, I know this happens........I can barely handle my 3, let alone 18) Glad your Thursday eating was good......hopefully all that good behavior will carry over to the weekend!:carrot:

Got a walk in this far my eating is good. Got some difficulty with a new parent (just moved from Vermont). I am going to have to try my best to win her over. She has 2 sons, on in K the other (and he is a handful) in 2nd. The youngest is ok getting on the bus.....just does not want to get off at school . He is mortified. I think she is taking her angst at the situation out on me (I am the first representative of the school district she sees). Oh joy. I will have to work extra hard on this one. I don't bite. Honestly.

Gotta go.......its Friday!:carrot:
Have a great weekend.

09-08-2006, 07:26 PM
I like the options of regular "reply" but I always use the "quick reply" option at the bottom of the posts just so I can scroll up and read the posts again so I know what to say to who. LMBO! If you get that sentence, then you are a tried and true poster!

Mouse-I spent the summer at the doctors. Yes, it pissed me off. As soon as I got one thing cured or under control, another one pops up. In fact, now I have a yeast infection in my EAR.

Ecmom-My son's teacher walked him home from school once two years ago because I forgot it was a half day. Ooops!! BTW, you have trouble handling your THREE kids because you take care of them. By the time you get 18, your kids are taking care of kids. I'm stereotyping, feel free to blast me.

I have a challenging class this year, but today was the first day I saw a "class." I could see some strategies emerging to deal with these students. Things that had postitive components instead of always negative components. I felt inspired and I saw some inspired smiles. We are adding another student next week who will be challenging in a whole different way. I will say it will be a year where they are teaching ME. What helped today is researching and reading practical classroom tips for these issues. I applied some of them today and some I made up according to what I was observing. FUN! I'm worn out though!

For example, I made the kid with adhd sit in a desk beside me close to the table where 2 other students were sitting at (instead of sitting at the table with them touching them and disrupting them). He didn't like it but compared to the beginning of the week, he accepted it. I gave him a reward dollar for accepting. The best part though was after I figured out that after 2 problems (first of all 2 of these type of problems on the same page was too distracting..lesson learned) he became restless and quit reading well or at all. So applying what I learned, I asked him to stand quickly and copy me. I did small movements (like touching my nose, touching oposite ears, etc) then told him to sit down (fast) and asked him to immediately read the next problem. EVERYTIME he did it fast and well! It was sometime during the second one that he would get jerky and slow. Lesson learned and he had fun jumping up and using his excessive energy. The other kids were not the least bit bothered and I was still helping them!

09-08-2006, 08:28 PM
Evening, all.
Well... I'm still covered, and I'm still itchy. I'm still freaked out and didn't hear from any of my doctors. I have an appointment with the dermatologist on Tuesday... Her office wasn't very happy about having to give me a 4:00 appointment, but what to do? I don't have prep, I don't have lunch... there isn't a single period that I don't have at least 2 kids. I hate leaving my classroom with a substitute, and since last year I had to use my sick leave for the Jewish holidays and to pay my share of the long term disability insurance (2 days for the holidays, and 2 days for the LTD), I don't have any sick time to spare. I already used 2 of my 10 days this year for the surgery last week, and will use another 1.5 for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
But, they did it. I devoutly hope that the office near me is better than the office I went to yesterday. I'm hoping the place is just OLD... but it creeped me out... didn't look professional at all. My one doctor growing up had an older office, but this... and the receptionist was freaky too. They also do all their appointments in an appointment book.
I have to say, like Casey, that my kids were a "group" today for the first time too. I had all 9 of them during 7th period after lunch today because we were celebrating one of the kid's birthdays. We always do something special for them, and the kid has to plan. I base the amount of planning on the level of the child. My ED kiddo is capable academically of planning more, but emotionally he isn't... so getting him to choose to have pizza and a movie (and tell me which movie, and what pizza toppings) was great. My TA had to go pick it up though; Domino's refused to deliver it with the freebie coupon we had. And I left the ice cream at home this morning, so we didn't have that either. But, they all bonded somewhat... Mr. Touchy-Feely is really staring at our new girls...2 of them are really good looking girls, and the other is the one he was already obsessing about.
I introduced scrapbooking to them today, and I think they'll really enjoy it. I need to order the other kits ASAP.
Right now... I'm going to go get some of that ice cream I left at home today, with some sugar-free caramel syrup (from Smuckers, with splenda), and watch the Star Trek 40th Anniversary special. Hopefully, that'll keep my mind off of my issue...
Hope everybody has a nice evening.

09-08-2006, 09:07 PM
mouse--I saw an idea I was thinking of doing with my adhd kid for hallway and other "keep your hands to yourself times" but I'm thinking of applying it to ALL my students. I want to cut a folder in half and cut hands out of construction paper. Then past the hands on the folder where the hands are curled around the folder. So then they would have folders in each hand (hopefully by their side) and not talk "sign" in line, etc.

I thought of this idea because I read adhd kids can benefit from "figet" toys while being instructed. We can't do that because he would look at the toys instead of us. Deaf World. So then I ran across this. Teach all of them the appropriate time to NOT talk. Touchy feely may need some "hands off" therapy too.

09-09-2006, 03:41 PM
Well, for now we've arranged seating for Touchy-Feely so that we have one kid (girl or boy) that will smack him silly if he tries something stupid, and then either nobody or an adult. The point sheet works for him... when he remembers to get it signed (most of the time). He hates not earning his rewards.
I am going to get some marbles and some plastic containers... and we're going to do the whole class teamwork award that way... when the container is full, I'll do something special for them. Last year, we tried all kinds of things: sticker charts, Monopoly Board (go around the board by moving your piece one square for each 10 points you earned), but nobody ever remembered to put their stickers up or to mark the Monopoly board... this is much easier!
For the hallway, my TA is walking one of the groups that leaves at 3:30 to the door for the bus, to keep them separate. Our chill time folder and such work really well, and the kids know it and understand it. One of us is also always in the cafeteria. Right now he's just staring... last year he did touch one of the other male students, and was place in-school restriction for 2 days. He has a history of doing this, and has done it in middle school and his freshman year. The problem is that he is truly a child with a cognitive issue as well as a language impairment (expressive). He was warned last year that if he touched somebody again that the school resource office (who is really an honest to goodness sheriff) would be involved. His parents aren't supportive about reducing the behavior, because they say that he doesn't think this up on his own. They are insistant (even with the bus tapes from last year!) that this happens because we don't supervise him enough, and because our ED kiddo tells him to do it. If they were more supportive, we could easily nip this behavior in the bud. But his mother actually, in a round about way, encouraged it last year by giving him more attention when it happpened: he wasn't permitted to attend community trips with me, but could with the other teacher; he wasn't allowed to sit with our ED kiddo at lunch, but his mom expected me to make that child sit alone, and allow her child pride of place... And the 2 days he had in-school, she picked him up early one day (2:30 instead of 4:00), and let him stay home one of the others. He still have to complete his time, but the parents clearly said that they didn't support us. I'm hoping he doesn't do anything this year.

09-09-2006, 04:35 PM
Casey- I do the same thing with the reply button. (you made sense to me).
I need to read the posts and type.......I am usually so brain dead. Glad that some of your newly learned skills are paying off. Taking care of the adhd student sounds exhausting! How you would manage keeping him busy and still teach the other students is beyond me.

Mouse- the marble jar works everytime.....I know it is such a visual, but the kids love it! Mr TF reminds me of a spec ed student I took home a few times this summer. He knew when his teacher gave him a note for mom that it meant that he had a really bad day. He would try desperately to hide the note, throw it out......whatever. His teacher ended up giving it to the driver or monitor (and of course if she was caught by the student handing us a letter, sparks would fly!). It became a never ending battle. BTW, how are you feeling?

A long day so far. Got up at 6 to go to my mothers to do some repair work to her driveway ( trying to avoid needing a whole repaving job). She lives an hour from here.........then some errands......I am pooped.
So far my eating has been ok.

Okie dokie. I'd better go. Take care

09-09-2006, 05:58 PM
Hi everyone, I hope you are having a good weekend. We have friends visiting for the weekend and we are having a cookout tonight, but I am going to try to watch my portions.

Anonymouse, I know it is so hard when parents won't acknowledge that their child is doing an inappropriate behavior. We had a 1st grade student last year who would throw other students to the floor, choke them, hit them, etc., but his mom would say the regular teacher wasn't being firm enough with him and not supervising enough as well. He was quite a challenge...he's in a special class this year.

Tomorrow is my birthday. 31 this year....I wish I could go back to 29 instead of up to 31. Oh well, time keeps moving whether we like it or not...

09-09-2006, 10:54 PM
The principal actually told me yesterday that if our student was persistent in his behavior (he actually was better yesterday and was making better decisions not to shut down), to take pictures of the action. WOW! I know the reason, but the point is PROOF.

09-10-2006, 12:08 AM
Hello all. I had a pretty good first week back. My kids are pretty good, still a little talkative but I am working on that. They didn't think I was serious when I gave them a homework assignment. I had 13 stay in from recess to finish homework and the prinicpal walked in so I used that opportunity to have him talk to them about doing homework. They got away with it while I was out. Monday is Open House and my room is not ready. The pricipal wants to come in this week do an observation. I still feel like I am trying to figure out where I am after being out for three weeks.

Jonathan is having a hard time adjusting to me being away from him all day. He is only taking one bottle all day long and he has his days and nights mixed up. In 48 hours I only had 6 hours of sleep. I have become a walking zombie. Today we tried to keep him awake all day. He is drifting off now. I hope he stays asleep all night. Last night we didn't go to bed till 2am. He did so much better when I was home with him all day. Good news I lost another pound this week.

09-10-2006, 09:46 AM

The SD teacher did a gumball visual on the board last year and when the kids said, "Yes, I will" instead of not answering or refusing, they got to draw a ball up there, and when it was full, they'd get to do something. I was trying not to do something similar because it seemed too young. But, I dunno. I can be wrong. ;)
I make sure that my kids know if the note going home is bad or good. I do both, and try to make sure each kid gets both. I don't always send notes, because many of my parents aren't literate in English, and my Spanish just stinks. I do better writing than I do speaking, though, so sometimes that's what we do.
As for feeling... well, its not as bad as it was. I can eat a little more than I was, but I'm not real interested in doing so. I'm also way more interested in sleeping than I usually am. ;)
Right now, I'm going to go write the 2 IEPs I have to do.

09-10-2006, 11:32 AM
Good morning! Well, I am 31 today... last year I was pretty depressed about turning 30, but this year I am more accepting. I wasn't expected a gift for my birthday since my husband I are paying a much bigger house payment now and he doesn't get paid again for two weeks, but he got a bonus at work yesterday and used it to get me a manicure and pedicure gift certificate. I have never had a pedicure and only had a manicure once so I am going to enjoy it...I usually just don't like to spend that much money on myself.

Angela, I hope you can keep that Baby awake today. You must be exhausted! I hope he will get his nights and days straight soon and that he will start eating more while you are gone. I know it's so hard to leave them to go back to work.

Mouse, I found this translator online... It might help you with communicating with your Spanish parents. It's really easy...just type what you want to say in English...choose English-Spanish Translate and press the Translate button and then it will show you want to write/say in Spanish.

Everyone, enjoy your Sunday!

09-10-2006, 12:06 PM
:gift: Happy Birthday Melody! I turned 31 if Feb. Enjoy your mani and pedi. I hope you have a great day!

Yesterday was a success. I went to a baby shower and everyone passed Jonathan around keeping him awake. He went to bed at 10:30 to 7:30 :carrot: We all feel better. I hope he keeps it up. Well I am off to go for a walk. Have a happy Sunday!

09-10-2006, 12:38 PM
HAPPY B-DAY MELODY!! what i would give to be 31 again. i will be 40 in april and i am not happy about it.

looks like you have all been busy. not much new going on around here. we are doing a major clean-out today in our house. my dh works from home and he has equipment filling my dining room, our game room and the garage. i finally got fed up last week and told him that something had to be done. last sping i gave away my dining room set so that he could set up his office in there. well, he has used it for a storage room and set up shop in our game room. our game room is this great space, 19x27 ft or so with a small kitchen in one corner. it is the perfect space for my son and his friends but he has not been able to use it since last spring because of all the junk piled everywhere. my dh is not happy with me but at least he is cleaning up his mess....or at least trying to clean it up. SOOO, i guess i had better go check in on him. talk at you guys later. trob

09-10-2006, 06:45 PM
Happy Birthday, Melody! :) Enjoy that manicure and pedicure!
I'm 33, and guess I'll just have to live with it. :sigh: I think I wouldn't mind the age so much if there was somebody other than the cat to share it with, but despite all the stuff I'm involved in, not a single male person ever asks me out. They take one look and run away (I wish I were kidding!). Part of the problem is that the stuff I tend to do doesn't always attract appropriate people: most guys who swim or guard are pretty buff, and have trouble looking past my physio-type to see ME... The Red Cross disaster services tend to attract a lot of older retired people because who else has time to go out for 3 weeks at a stretch? Of course, most special education teachers are female...

I have a funny story about using those translation services: they don't tend to be super accurate although with them and a bit of knowledge I do manage to get my point across. I won't use them for anything really important, but they do for quick notes home or a permission slip. Anyway... I've been in this situation before. When I taught in Pennsylvania, we had a large population of families from Puerto Rico (why they moved to cold Pennsylvania, I have no idea!). As it happened, my last year there, the district placed a child in my class who had been in a life-skills class in Puerto Rico, and entered with a diagnosis of moderate mental ******ation. The problem was the district told the parents that both I and my TA spoke Spanish! We didn't. At all.
We managed in the classroom because the child was mostly non-verbal and not very high functioning, so she used the picture communication cards/books we did for some of the other students. However, I did still need to talk to her mother! As it happened, one of the activities we did that year was to be extras in a commercial about fire safety to help raise money for the local Red Cross (I've always involved my students as volunteers, and most of the chapters I've been with have welcomed us with open arms). I sent home a note to all the parents to get permission for them to appear on television, and as part of that note, told the parents when and where the commerical would be airing. Then, I ran the note through an on-line translator. I sent it home, never imaginging what would happen... The parent came to school the next day wanting to know just WHY I thought her daughter needed to be on oxygen! Apparently, "aired" translated as "breathing/oxygen", not "aired" as in "seen on TV". It didn't help at all since my classroom in Pennsylvania was referred to as "Life Skills Support"!

09-10-2006, 10:02 PM

I really believe that there is someone out there for everyone. Do you go to any church? Church single groups might be a good place to meet decent people who are not so superficial.

09-10-2006, 10:43 PM
Evening All,
Boy has it been a long weekend for me. On Friday night, I came home long enough to change my shirt and out the door we went to the hs football game for our town two hours away. So didn't get home till late that night. Yesterday was able to sleep in, only to wake up to having an augrument with my dh about my weight and excerise habits of late. He just doesn't understand how hard it is to balance work, afterschool program, chores at home and other extra curriliar activities with eating healthy and exericising. I am really having a difficult time getting back into the swing of things this year. I think it is because my kids are so much more needier and clingier than in the past. So I was in a crappy mood all day yesterday. Last night we went over to our friends house to watch the Ohio State vs. Texas game. Tried to put on the happy face in front of them, but two of them picked up something was wrong and asked me about it. I did end up spilling my guts to our one male friend and was so truly amazed at how understanding and supportive of me he was. I guess I just thought all males were idiots when it came to dealing with relationship issues. Today we went to our friend's pee-wee football game, out to dinner at Bob Evans (ate healthy got the grilled chicken breast dinner) and then went grocery shopping. I made my dh help me pick out my food for my lunches and dinners for school, that way he can't yell out me for my food choices. I told him yesterday he had to be more supportive of my journey and then I would do better. This evening, I have had the house to myself as he went out with two of our male friend's to Bufflo Wild Wings. So I finished my lesson plans, talked to my mom and best friend on the phone and have just enjoyed the peace and quiet. So that is my big exciting weekend.
Sounds like you have all been busy too. Hope you all have had a relaxing weekend.
Mouse, I am sorry to hear about your rash. I hope it is starting to clear up some. I feel so bad that everything seems to have hit the fan for you over the last couple of weeks. I hope you were able to find some time to relax this weekend. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Hope this week is a better one for you. :)
Trob, so how did the major cleaning out of the game room go today? I hope you were able to do something relaxing today after helping your dh with the cleaning job. :) Do you feel sometimes you can't wait to go back to work on Monday, just to have a set schedule and somewhat of an easier day?
Happy Birthday Melody!:) Hope you had a nice enjoyable birthday. That was a nice present from your dh. It will be nice to pamper yourself after a really bad day at school or even a bad week.
Ginny, Congrats on your 4 pound loss. Way to go! Keep up the good work. Sounds like you had a busy Saturday. Hope you were able to relax and enjoy your day today. Hope this week is a lot easier on you.
Casey, sounds like you are having fun looking and creating up new ways to keep your students on track and out of trouble. So how are things working out between your teacher and you this year? She is taking on more of teacher role and letting you do your job now. Hope you have a wonderful week with your kids.
Angela, sounds like you have been a very busy mommy and teacher this past week. Sorry to hear that the little one missed mommy last week. Hope he is adjusting to it a little bit better. Glad to hear that you were able to get some much needed sleep last night. Will keep my fingers crossed that he is able to get back on a regular sleeping schedule soon. Congrats on the pound loss! Keep up the great work.
Robyn, where are you? Miss chatting with you. Hope all is well for you.
Well ladies I think I am going to go and read a few pages before going to bed. I am hoping to get to bed soon. Talk to you all later. Have a great evening!
Hope everyone has a great start to the workweek tomorrow!
Take care,

09-11-2006, 01:33 PM
Hi everyone,
Today is the second day of me trying to stay on track with my healthy eating. I was mad at my dh for all of Saturday and decided yesterday to prove him wrong. So I am going to show him that I do have the will power and will lose my weight. It would be awesome if by my birthday next May, I could be at a certain weight. I have decided to make him become a part of my weight loss and excerise journey, so he can see the struggles that I have to go through daily. Plus maybe this way, I will get more support from him. I guess it is worth a try. :)
Hope everyone is having a great Monday. I am having a good day with my students. I am keeping them on track as much as I can. I think they are starting to realize that the honeymoon is over and I mean business when it comes to how they behave here at school.
Things are very interesting around my school today. At one of our schools here in the district, a man walked in and took a child from the school. Unforunately he dropped the kid off at the railroad tracks about 1/4 of mile from the school. So we have all the outside doors locked and escourt the kids to and from the bathrooms and keep a close eye on them. Now they are on a manhunt for the man. I hope they find him shortly.
Well my kids came back from recess and have to use the restroom. So I will chat with you all later.
Have a great afternoon!
Take care,

09-11-2006, 01:54 PM
Let me see if I can do some justice to each of you in a short amount of time.....

Mouse- I completely agree with Melody about meeting someone right. Perhaps there is a singles group at a local synagogue. Any man worth his salt should be attracted to the beauty of your character and your love for life (both of which you score high on). I am glad that you are feeling better- and your energy will return. Hugs.....

Melody- a belated happy birthday! How did the mani/pedicure go? Bet it felt strange, right?????? I went for my first manicure (actually just got acrylic nails, mine break so easily) just before our vacation. I had a gift certificate given to me by a student, so it cost me nothing. It feels so odd......I am not used to pampering at all.

Kerry- what an awesome idea getting your Dh in your weight loss struggles too! Unfortunately, men lose more quickly than we do, and of course they do not usually have to cook, as we do. The temptations are different. But still, even if on some level you can get him involved- something to see how hard you are trying, well it has to help. Would he go to a TOPS meeting with you? Just ONE? (mine would never attend a WW meeting, so I know it is a pipe dream). Glad your day is going well. I can see on the bus too that the kids are settling down to a routine- and behavior is slipping. Crack that whip!

Angela- hope that you enjoyed that walk. Perhaps this week will be easier getting Jonathan on your schedule. Oh, I remember those days.....had to return to my job when my oldest was 6 weeks old. It was torture.

Trob- and when you finish cleaning your house, you can clean mine!;)
Hope you got all accomplished that you wanted to.

So far so good with my eating today. Gosh I wish I could be this consistent all the time. Got in a 20 minute walk this am, hope to sneak in another tonite. Had to go to the dermatologist this am for routine screening (with my Dm and now my sister having basal cell problems, I figured I'd better get looked at). I checked out fine........
Ok gotta go. See ya!

Hope I did not miss anyone............Robyn, hang in there!

09-11-2006, 06:38 PM
hello to all, had a pretty good day today ate my normal breakfast and lunch but am heading to an art teachers "eating" meeting tonight. maybe i won't overdo. i had a new student teacher start today and i think that she is going to be good. it is very hard for me to get used to having someone with me all day long. i am a very private person and she is sticking like glue.

hope everyone has a great day tomorrow, faculty meeting day for us and also 7:30am duty for me....going to make for a long day.

09-11-2006, 06:54 PM
Evening, all.
Not having a break all day long is going to be really challenging, especially being really tired right now. My TA is still doing cafeteria duty, and I was glad to have those few minutes to myself. I have morning meetings tomorrow and wednesady, and after school stuff tomorrow and thursday. :sigh:
The kids got started on their scrapbook covers today, and they are all unique... I'll need to get more paper and stuff soon. I used some gold-paper with suns and moons on it for mine, then cut my letters out of aluminum foil. I won't do THAT again anytime soon... but it does look kinda neat.
2 people used computer letters, one student used the Ellison letter press in the library (and that is the one that looks most scrapbook-y), and one student just stenciled letters on her page and colored them in. I need to remember the photo paper tomorrow, so we can print out their pictures. And to get that order for the other stuff placed.
We also did a lot of the attendance cards (we have to make new ones each year... so we did the sticker-sticking and sorting by classroom). Hopefully we can finish that tomorrow. We don't start going on community instruction until next week. One of our first trips is going to be to Target to hit the scrapbook section, and then we're also working at a local Holiday Inn, and the Red Cross. The kids are also going to do the math assessment tomorrow. My new girl did the math and reading today... notable that she has sight words up to the middle school level (grade 6/7), and comprehension is solidly 4th grade. The comprehension issue seems to be a combination of short-term memory and background knowledge. You're supposed to check background knowledge before you give them the passage, but she has only been attending school for 4-5 years, and only 4 years in the US. She was worried when she couldn't do the last set of cards, and I said, "That's because those are HIGH SCHOOL words, and you're just now in 9th grade!" She also doesn't remember what she read, but she can find and give the answers pretty quickly if she is allowed to look back at the text.
Finally... she is the only student I have ever had in the 8 years I've been using this math assessment that asked for a ruler in order to solve the measurement problem! I have no idea how they ever identified this child (or my other girl who is similar) as having a cognitive deficit!
I'm going to go take a nap, I think. Its too early to go to sleep, but I don't feel much like looking through the math books.

09-11-2006, 09:04 PM
Hi everyone,

Well, I am back on track today. One of my coworkers gave me some candy for my birthday, but I saved it and brought it home for R.J. My husband cooked tonight because it's his day off and he fried the pork chops with flour and oil, which is something I never do, but I ate just one thin one so I think it will be ok.

Tomorrow will be my long 7:45-3:30 and graduate class 6-9. My class in 35 miles away so I will be really tired by the time I get home, but I do like this class. It's called "Current Trends in Reading".

Well, I hope all of you got your week started off right. Talk to you again soon.

09-11-2006, 09:34 PM
Snuck in another walk this afternoon......

Melody- great action plan for the candy- give to someone else! Sorry tomorrow is so long for you- try to preplan your meals so that you do not stress eat.

Mouse- the scrapbooks sound neat.......lots of work for you but neat. Did you get that nap in?

Trob- I hope you ate wisely during that meeting. As far as your new student teacher goes, she is probably so afraid to mess up that she is sticking to you. Perhaps when she feels useful and purposeful she will be less clingy.

Gotta go check Dd's math homework.

09-11-2006, 10:03 PM

The name of your graduate class caught my eye. I'd love to hear some about the research. I've taught Balanced Literacy and Direct Instruction for reading. Do they mention either of those?

09-12-2006, 06:25 PM
Hi Lisa,

I have taught Direct Instruction, too. The class basically suggests you use a balanced approach between phonics and literature. I hated direct instruction. The kids only learn to regurgitiate material and then when they see the same concepts outside of the program they are lost. I am not familiar with the Balanced Literacy program, but I will check my books and see if it mentions it.

09-12-2006, 07:09 PM
Evening, all.

I think, but I'm not sure, that balanced literacy is the new name for whole language... because most people never figured out that whole language and whole word were different. Whole word was invented to teach children with significant disabilities (and a lot of Deaf children) how to read English. Whole Language means using phonics AND literature to teach reading. I, too, hate direct instruction. That's how they usually teach my kids to read in a reading class in high schools. It drives me nuts because I get lots of really, really good phonetic readers who have 2nd or 3rd grade comprehension levels!
One of my students with autism tested at the 12th grade level (plus, as high as the test went!) in reading words, but 2nd grade for comprehension. He even had good reading fluency! But he could read a book upside down and never notice, and never used a book-mark... he just picked up the book, flipped it open, and read... when it was time to stop, he'd close the book.
As for me... I saw the dermatologist today. I don't have to go back, and I'm glad... but I didn't get any of the test results back. She never talked to my endocrinologist (she said she called her but they never called back...), and she had talked to my primary care doctor, but didn't have the tests. They're pretty sure it was just an allergic reaction to something at the hospital because it didn't spread farther than my legs. And while I've had some new ones show up, they're much smaller and a lot of the other ones are flattened and healing. They said new ones could continue to show for weeks, and the discoloration could take months to go away... but that I can swim as soon as all the ones are flat, and I've had no new ones for a week.
Ginny: The scrapbooks are looking good. Everybody made a good start on the covers today, and we printed pictures for everybody. I made an instruction sheet with pictures for the kids so they can print their pictures independently... And we've just about finished our name quilts too. Most of them are glued down, and we only need to glue 1 or 2 more down to finish.
I brought in the scrapbook that I made when I started teaching to show them... my first 3 years we did scrapbooking, and then I moved to the porfolios. That was too difficult for the kids last year, though... my middle school kids got it, but they'd had a really good elementary school teacher... these guys haven't had that, and the portfolio is just too restrictive for them. Too much reading and writing. The scrapbook I'm requiring captions for items, but they can be much less than a portfolio. The scrapbooks are also something they can always work on themselves if they have downtime. I need to make a poster of choices for them if they finish work early ...


09-12-2006, 07:57 PM
Need some spelling word games/activities (quietly within a group) for 1st grade. We did matching game today. We've started an ABC dictionary (to learn ABC word order). We've played Sparkle (as a class) and Bingo.

We have a chocolate basket at work. I am a "everything in moderation" gal. Well I researched how much those tiny peices were and found out I ate about 600 calories in chocolate alone today! I could have had a WHOLE candy bar for much less. EEKK.

We leave for dh's class reunion in 1.5 weeks. 2.5 days without kids and half of it enclosed in close quarters (he'll have to listen

09-12-2006, 09:49 PM
Yes, Casey, chocolate is a killer. If you truly have a hankering for the stuff, there are some very good Weight Watchers chocolates available in most stores (Whitman's makes them). The great thing about them is that they are calorie controlled/portion controlled....a wee bit of damage control in the realm of chocolate. The other good chocolate treat is Kudo's M&M granola bars.....well they are not really granola, but again there is just enough chocolate on them to silence the craving. So don't sweat well the rest of the week. One bad day will not kill you!

Mouse- scrap books sound great......and even better that your students can work on them independantly. (think most students would enjoy working on that). Great news about the rash. You have a sensitive system, so I guess this should be no huge surprise to you. Bet you can't wait to get swimming!

Well, the perpetually late mother (leaves me hanging at the stop in the pm) is back in form........please remind me I wanted this route?! And another new mother (2 kids, 2nd and K) is proving to be troublesome. They just moved from out of state, and her not so charming (actually obnoxious) 2nd grader has told me how awful his bus driver was in the other state. So of course now I am stuck in that mold........gotta work my way out of it. She seems like a tough nut to crack(the mother) and is already showing signs of the "not my kid and you are always wrong " syndrome. Bring on the advil.

Got a walk in, and my WW tape. Dh actually went on the walk with me!:carrot: Tomorrow is my WW meeting........this has been a tough week- so I do not think I gained or lost. My scale here reads pretty much the same.

Better go........Kerry, tonite is your WI- and TOPS meeting. Hope you had a great meeting. Robyn- keep thinking about you. Nite all!

09-12-2006, 10:30 PM
Evening All,
Sounds like everyone was going to have a very long day today. We had Back to School Night at my school this evening. So that meant I was at school from 7:45 this morning until 5 working straight through with only 30 minutes for lunch. Ran into town to get a taco salad from the one pizza shop and treated myself to a small piece of cheesecake. Then had to rush back to school to be there at 6 for the open house. Finally got to leave at 7:30 to come home. Trying to relax a little bit before going to bed. My school has been in a lockdown mode for the last two days, due to a child who got taken from another one of the schools in my district. He was able to get away from the person a short while later and ran home. So we have had some long stressful days already this week. Looking forward to the weekend. Just can't wait for it to get here. :)
Mouse glad to hear that your rash is clearing up. That must be comforting news to you. So here shortly you should be able to go swimming again. Sounds like your kids are loving to scrapbook.
Casey, so where is your dh's class reunion at? Sounds like you could really use a mini vacation. I loved your comment about the chocolate basket. That is true about eating the candy bar though. I decided to treat myself to the cheesecake tonight since I had a long day and haven't really had any treats for a while. I thought the cheesecake would be better than the peanut butter pie or the chocolate scoop cake with ice cream. My school this year has adopted the Wellness Policy. So we are not allowed to have sweets, junk food or pop in our school. So that has cut down on the sweets people bring to school and put in the office. Maybe that will help shrink my stomach. :) Just can't eat another sweet thing this week.
Trob, hope you made it though your long day. Hope you can get use to having a student teacher. Maybe once she feels comfortable being there, she won't be soo clingy. I have always wanted to have a student teacher, but have never been brave enough to have one. Maybe one of these years I will be brave and get one. Hope tomorrow is an easier and shorter day for you.
Melody, hope you had a nice day today. Do you just have your grad class once a week? That sure does make for a long day. That was a neat idea about the box of chocolates. I am afraid that I would have kept them and ended up eating them over the course of a few days. So I am very proud of you for sharing them with your son. Hope you have a shorter day tomorrow.
Ginny, I can't get my dh to go to TOPS with me. He thinks he is perfectly fine because as he puts it God blessed him with a high metabolism. So far it has worked with including him in the planning of my meals. I did get him to go for a short walk with me last night. I had hope to go for one tonight with him, but we have had rain all day long plus he was not home when I got home. So I guess I will have to try for tomorrow evening if it is not raining when I get home. Glad to hear that your kids are settling into a routine on the bus. Sounds like you have a good group of kids this year.
Angela, how is your second week back to school going for you? Is your baby getting use to mommy having to work yet? I hope you are able to get the much needed rest. Does your oldest like going to the babysitters again? Hope you have an easy week at school and home.
Well I think I am going to go and read a few pages in my novel that i have been reading for the last month. I can tell school started back because it takes me about a month and a half to read a 364 page novel. But I like to read to relax and escape from the real world every once in a while.
Hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow! Just think we will be half way done with the week tomorrow.
Take care,

09-13-2006, 01:56 PM
Kerry, sure sounds like a long day to me! Bet you are glad it is over. I too can't wait for the weekend, but that is busy for me too. Don't sweat the small piece won't hurt (you probably burned it off anyway). Heck, I could not get my husband to a WW meeting......stinks that men get the high metabolism, doesn't it? Glad he went for a short walk with you. Good for both of you and your relationship. Must have been something in the air last nite, my husband went for a walk with me too!

Up .2 at WW......two tenths of a # is nothing, so I am not upset.
Got a walk in this am..
Better go back to the salt mine.
See ya!

09-13-2006, 10:24 PM
Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a good Wednesday. Mine was fine except for getting up late. I still made it to work on time, but I had to rush and I don't like to rush in the morning.

Kerry, yes I have graduate class once per week on Tuesday nights. I go to a school with trimesters so each course lasts 10 weeks. Class is supposed to be from 6pm-9:45, but we are usually out before 8:30 and then I have a 40 minutue drive home.

Kerry and ECmom, I wish I could get my husband to diet with me. He weighs about 350, is diabetic and has high cholesterol, but he cannot imagine giving up cheeseburgers, fries, etc. He eats fast food for breakfast and lunch everyday while I always eat cereal for breakfast and a slimfast bar for lunch. He only works about 5 minutes from where we live and since he can leave for lunch I wish he would come home and eat something better than fast food. He does eat whatever I cook for supper which is always healthy. He won't exercise either. He is on his feet walking all day at work so he thinks that is enough exercise. I am on my feet a lot too and go up and down a flight of stairs 3 times per day, but I still know I need other exercise, too, but I haven't done much walking lately...especially after finding out there is an alligator in one of the ponds in our neighborhood association is supposed to be having it relocated soon... and then I won't wory about walking near the ponds.

The scale was down about 2 pounds from what it was averaging last week. It was 243 this morning. I need to lose 4 more to get below 240! I hope I can get into the 230's within 1-2 weeks.

09-13-2006, 10:25 PM
smart- when i taught first we had word races to learn our sight words. the kids would take home a list to study and then i would time them reading the same words only mixed up. they loved it. i didn't give prizes or anything and we didn't compare times, the kids were always trying to beat their best time. i think that you could do spelling the same way.

sounds like everyone is having a long week. i am glad that it is almost over. my student teacher is really turning out to be a lot of help. she has been up and doing things today before i even think about it. i am a little worried about how the kids will behave for her when she is in charge of the class. she is very soft spoken and very nervous when speaking in front of them. i am having her introduce herself and tell a little about herself to each of my classes this week while i give the evil eye to those who dare to act up.
well, i gotta run. both of my kids have huge tests tomorrow and neither of them think that their dad is qualified to help them study.

09-14-2006, 01:01 PM
Melody, as far as excercise goes, Kerry and I love the Leslie Sansone walking tapes (she has about 20 of them, all pretty good). They are low impact, and varying in length for those days when you only have a short amount of time.
Sorry that your Dh won't do anything about his weight. (men can be SO stubborn). Congrats on the 2# will be in the 230's soon!:carrot:

Trob- glad that your student teacher is working out well. Did she overcome her clingyness? Perhaps when she gets in front of the class and catches her stride she will be fine.

Ok day here, it is raining. I have a cold. I'm pooped........want my thumb and blanket and a large cup of tea. Better go get dinner on. See ya!

09-14-2006, 07:14 PM
We played "duck duck goose" today with our spelling words. That was a blast!

09-14-2006, 08:10 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone,

It's almost Friday! I am ready for the weekend!

ECMom, I have 3 Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. I just need to motivate myself to put them in the DVD player and do them.

Today was a busy day at work, but that's good because it went by really fast. I spend about 35-45 minutes in each classroom at a time so I am moving around all day. I like that though because I really didn't like being "trapped" in a classroom all day when I taught English a few years ago. It was an interesting day today, too. I was in a Kindergarten class and one little boy said to another "Get out of my f....... face." I about fell out of my chair! Then, one of my 3rd grade students got sent home for yelling at his regular teacher and one of my Kindergarten students got sent home for hitting. This Kindergarten boy is a sad case though because he has had many strokes and continues to have mini-strokes throughout the day. He is partially paralyzed on the right side, but still manages to get around. I really feel for his parents because they have had such a hard time with him. Hopefully tomorrow all my students will be calmer.

Talk to you all soon.

09-14-2006, 10:23 PM
Well, I'll join the group having a long week.
I haven't gotten out of the school anytime before 5:00, and tomorrow won't be any better because we have our first community service club activity (some kids are staying after school with me to make flyers).
Monday is our Back to School night, so I'll be at school for more than 12 hours. This afternoon, my student with seizures had a grand mal seizure for at least 15 minutes, and his implant didn't activate... I wasn't even in the room when it started because I was doing a schedule change in the main office with one of the new freshmen. I heard it over our Dean's radio... left the kid with her, and bolted for my classroom. I got there right behind the school nurse, and he was totally unresponsive. He usually comes out of it within 5 minutes, but we didn't have that luck. We had to call the rescue squad becuase he was having trouble breathing. My TA kept his head, though, which was fantastic, and got the other kids out of the room. He was wedged in a corner, so he wound up staying with the student and the nurse while I called the parents, and waited for the ambulance with the principal, then waited for his mom. He was coming out of it by the time we got back there. The severe disabilities teacher took my kids in her room, which was good because my new kids were freaked out by the seizure. The other kids have been seeing it for 2 or 3 years, so they were worried but handled it.
Normally, we'd remove him, and keep going, but this time we couldn't move him. He's never had a seizure this bad in school before, so I'm hoping that his mom tells the doctor... there is a language barrier, and we all know the medical profession isn't always as patient as they could be. Then tends to lead to patients falling through the cracks.
The scrapbook covers look GREAT... we've moved my one girl into less restrictive classes (which means I have totally lost any spare time I had to myself because she'll wind up coming to see me during homeroom), and TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! Huzzah!!!!
I still have to get up early and go to class Saturday, then a CEC meeting, but then I don't have anything else to do.

09-14-2006, 10:53 PM
melody- i had a kdg. student a few years ago that would tell me f.... you b....! after he got in trouble for it a few time he would just mouth it at me and anyone else who mad him made. many, many phone calls and trips to the principal later his parents decided that his needs could be better met in a neighboring town. i bet they still hate me!!
it is always such a shock when you hear things like that come out of a baby. lord only knows what is going on in their homes.

down a pound at ww today, pretty good since i did really bad.

09-14-2006, 11:03 PM
Melody- break those DVD's out and get sweating!:carrot: Kerry and I do them with each other long distance....she's in Ohio and I am here in NY. Well, ok I think of her when I do them.

Mouse, Trob and Casey, sorry to snub you , but I have to get some sleep.

09-14-2006, 11:43 PM
Evening Ladies,
Casey glad you were able to play duck duck goose with your spelling words today. I have been trying to get my kids to just study their words at home on their own. I keep telling them every day take your word list home and study them. I let them study them for two weeks to get to know them and we do an activity everyday with them to get use to spelling them. Maybe by April they will start to study them at home.
Trob, glad your student teacher is working out well. Maybe once she gets in front of the classroom more, she will feel more comfortable and get the teacher voice developed. I remember back to when I was student teaching and was soft spoken the first couple of weeks and then bang it was all over after that. I been a loud mouth ever since. LOL
Angela, how is your week going? Hope the baby and your oldest son is adjusting to mommy being back at work well. So are you ready for another vacation yet?
Melody, sounds like one of the little kindergarten girl's that we have in the afterschool program. She has cussed out her teacher every day, hits another kids for no apperant reason and is in to everything. So I am glad when my hour and half with her is up. I love my Leslie Sansone Walking tapes. I have just been a bad girl and haven't done them for awhile. I keep saying that tomorrow is the day that I will do them and it hasn't happened yet. But once of these days I will get back to them. Just have to get my eating habits back undercontrol and then I take baby steps back to excerising. As for my dh dieting with me. He is a skinny person. So he can eat all the junk food, sweets or fast food that he wants. He can also drink what ever he wants to drink too. But I was tired of him setting me up with my food choices and then *****ing me out later, so that is why I have decided to include him in my shopping for food that I take to school to eat. That way he can't say that I am not eating healthy. I want to prove him wrong and show him that I can lose weight again. Even though I put on 10 pounds over the summer. I hope to take them back off quickly and some more.
Mouse, sorry to hear about your student. I have two students in my room this year that are prone to having seizures. That must have been very scary today when he didn't come out of right away. Sounds like you will have a busy start to your weekend. Hope you can find some time to relax.
Ginny, as you might have read earlier in my post, I haven't been walking with Leslie here lately. I think I have averaged doing one tape a week since school started. I must do better. I hope after I get through my stress with the lockdown at school and problems with my dh, I will start back to doing them. You will take that .2 pounds off quickly and then some by next week's meeting. Hope you are feeling better. Sorry to hear about your cold.
Congrats to Trob for your one pound loss and to Melody for your two pound loss. Keep up the good work ladies!
Well I must head off to bed. I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow. I have two more classes (Science and Social Studies) grades to put on my computer and then fill in the midterms on the school's form on the computer and write my lesson plans. Plus still teach my kids their lessons. I would like to get it all done by the end of the day, so I don't have to take anything home this weekend. But I don't know if I can be Superwoman tomorrow or not.
Have a good evening!
Take care,

09-15-2006, 12:43 PM
Hi Everyone,
TGIF!!! Yeah we made it through another week of school. So that means one week closer to summer vacation right? Just kidding. I do love my job and the kids I have this year. Just have a lot of challenges to over come with them this year.
Just wanted to drop and wish everyone a great weekend. I hope you are all able to relax and enjoy yourselves. I have to go to a football game with my dh and stepsons' tonight. SDD is going skating with some of her friends. Tomorrow we are looking at a house we are thinking about buying. Then the rest of the day is spent relaxing and doing whatever with the kids. Sunday SDD has volleyball practice at 1 and then I don't know what we might get into with them. They asked the last time they were at our house if we could go to the one state park and go hiking with them the next weekend they are with us. So maybe if the weather stays nice we just might do that.
Well I better go and eat my lunch before I have recess duty. Talk to you all later. Have a great weekend!
P.S. My scale was done this morning by a pound. So I am hoping on Tuesday night when I go to TOPS, it is still a pound or a little more.

09-15-2006, 06:36 PM
hey gals, hope that everyone had a great friday. i am glad that the school day is over. it has been a very long week. my intern is still sticking pretty close but she is really nice (she reminds me of my mother-in-law...which is not that great of a thing). she is going to start teaching my lesson plans at the end of next week so i will soon find out how well she will handle the class.
mouse- hope that your student is doing better. i know how scary it can be when you have a student with health problems. i had a diabetic kdg. student pass out on me once and it really scared me.
kerry- i hope that your dh will ease up on you. mine is wonderful and has never made any comment about my helps that he too is overweight, but i don't think that he would say anything even if he was skinny. i can only imagine how hurt you must feel.
kar- good job on the pound scale showed another pound down this morning also...YEAH US!!
hope that everyone has a great friday night. i am trying to get rid of my family so that i can have some me time.

09-16-2006, 06:13 PM
I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I haven't done much today other than getting my house in order. I cleaned up R.J.'s room and the guest room where R.J. also likes to play. I cleaned up the kitchen and I am almost done with the laundry. I also took some time to work with R.J. on writing his name, which he is doing quite well now. I guess it's not too bad to learn to write your name when you only have two letters. I know his kindergarten teacher next year will be glad that she will not have to teach him to write his name because this can be one of the most time consuming parts of the first couple of months of school.

Well, I ate too much yesterday. We had a teacher-pot-luck at school and there was so much food! I ate one big plate of regular food and then a small plate of desserts. The scale was up this morning! Ugh! These past two weeks I have been losing and gaining the same 2-3 pounds over and over and it is driving me crazy. I guess I need to be more careful. I am thinking of going to Weight Watchers Monday with a friend and maybe that will help since I have calculate points. I know, I know, I need to start exercising too...

Have a good weekend!

09-17-2006, 12:44 AM
Hello Ladies. Man being back at school sure is alot of work! Jonathan is sleeping better since I am letting him sleep with me some. He is still only taking one bottle a day but I am not going to worry about it. Monday he caught his first cold so I rushed him to the dr. DS1 got sick at the same age and ended up in the hospital with pnemonia soI was extra careful this time. He is fine now. He weighs 14.14 and is 25 inches long. He is a big boy! Brantley loves being at the sitter's he was with her last year too. It is so nice having both my boys together. This week I finally went and got my haircut! I LOVE IT!!! I finally let my bangs grow out while I was preggo. I got layers cut all over. It is quite a drastic change for me. It was so nice getting tons of compliments at school. Some people didn't even recognize me at first. Today my school had a run/walk event. I pushed Jonathan in the stroller and Brantley rode his bike. He was so tired by the end of the race. Tonight we got a call from MIL and she said that FIL had a stroke and the paramedics were taking him to the hospital. Now we are thinking it was low blood sugar. He is diabetic, worked in his garden all day, temp over 90, didn't eat all day, took all his med, took a nap, and couldn't wake up but was sweating. Scary stuff! Really upset Dh being so far away from his Dad. FIL is having surgery on Tue to have a shunt put in so he can begin dialysis. He is only 58.

09-17-2006, 09:24 AM
Hope that everyone is having a good weekend.

Angela- how is your FIL doing? Are they sure it is a stroke? I will be praying for you and your family, what a stressful event/time. 58 is so young- but diabetes can really change a person's health dramatically. How is Jonathan's cold? Good to hear that Brantley likes going to the sitter. I remember when my two oldest were little and I had to go to work, just getting ready for work and out the door with them felt like a full time job. Then the hour commute and a full day of work. I would not sweat having Jonathan sleep with you.
All 3 of mine did at one time or another and I felt no problem because of it. (noone goes to college still sleeping in mommy's bed!)

Trob- perhaps your intern is just scared silly and afraid to mess up! Hope she unglues from you a wee bit. Oh, I hear ya about the MIL thing. Someone reminding me of my MIL is NOT a good thing. Can't imagine working with someone like her. Did you ever find some "me" time?

Kerry-Great news that your scale was down a #! Did you and Dh get a look at the house you would like to buy? Would you describe it? (just curious, does it give you more room, better neighborhood, more know)
Hope this is a good weekend for you. Hope that the weather is nice and you can get a hike in. Great excercise and family friendly too. are you doing? Mouse? Casey?

This weekend's plans became all topsy turvy. Dd was supposed to come home today, but her game was rained out and is today instead. The other Dd's game was a rain out too. We did make it to the professional soccer game we had tickets to and were able at the last minute to pick up an additional ticket for Dd (20) who came home yesterday. Despite some crummy attitudes in the beginning, we had a great time.
Today Dh is off to see Dd's softball game- so he won't be home all day.
Better go see what he is up to.
See ya later.

09-17-2006, 01:16 PM

I'm so glad that last week is over. I hope this coming week is easier, but I don't think it will be. Back to school night is Monday, and Rosh Hashana is Friday evening. I love my mother, and really want to be there to help, and I just can't. I also have an IEP meeting smack during the middle of the day, and my ED kiddo is slowly coming apart at the seams. We're going to start some new behavioral stuff on Monday: anytime kids do something good, they're going to get a ticket. They write their initials/name on the ticket, and it goes in a little container. I'm trying to figure out how to tie that to the checkbook system... I want to keep that, but its so hard to figure out to give them the paychecks because they aren't all always in my room. We're also using a bucket of marbles, and when its full we'll do something special on a CBI day... they can have a free-period at the mall (where they can do what they want, because I usually have a worksheet or activity they have to do when out), or depending on the time of the year, bowling or movies, mini-golf, etc. I'm hoping this will help that kid, because I told him on Friday that if he's doing what he needs to do, we'll give him all the attention he wants, but that if he is choosing not to behave and pay attention, we're going to ignore him... as long as he isn't hurting himself or others or violating a major school rule.
Any ideas how to hook this to the checkbook system? Maybe if they earn so many tickets in a day they can put $1.00 in their account? It needs to be VERY simple or it won't happen... that was the issue last year.

09-17-2006, 02:13 PM

Here's another idea for classroom behavior problems. One of the teachers I work with tapes three small paper strips to each person's desk. Red on bottom, then yellow, then green. A piece of paper is removed each time a student misbehaves. Students who have all three tickets at the end of the week automatically get a reward. All tickets still on the desk are collected at the end of the week and the student's write their names on them. Then, 2-3 names are pulled out for a prize drawing.


09-17-2006, 05:47 PM
HI everyone,
I have been busy enjoying my weekend. I haven't really done much but I guess that is okay. We went and looked at the house yesterday. It is a nice house. We have to wait until our loan officer says to go ahead and put in a bid. Which could be from now and till the beginning of Oct. But we really like this house. There is a computer room/kitchen/dining room/living room/utilty room/bathroom/master bedroom room and bath on the first floor and then two bedrooms upstairs. The walls are white all through the house and there is a pretty hunter green carpet through out the house. In the bathrooms there are whitetiles with hunter green trinagles on them. There is a nice two car garage that goes with it and almost an acre of land. So that is about it on the house for right now. So if we play our cards right we could be moving within the month.
Sounds like everyone is having a relaxing weekend. It is always nice to have a weekend like that every now and again.
Angela, how is your FIL doing today? That must be very scary for you and your dh not being close to him to go see him. I will keep your family in my prayers. Please keep us posted.
Hi to everyone else. Have to go now and get the kids ready to go home with their mom here shortly. Lost track of time,
Talk to you all later.

09-17-2006, 06:20 PM
Gee, Kerry the house sounds nice.......I'd love to have that kind of set up with the bedrooms upstairs (we have a raised ranch, plenty of room but the layout is challenging). Hope it works out for you.
See ya!

09-17-2006, 09:05 PM
need to teacher vent. i am one of five elementary art teachers in our district. we were all hired at the same time, three of us are local with years of classroom exp. one is from out of state who had just completed her internship. when we met for the first time she was introduced as "the real" art teacher. didn't sit well with the rest of us. well, it seems that she is trying her best to make everyone else look bad. she has taken conversations and turned them around and used them against us with others in our district and also tries to be the one in charge of every meeting we have. she is driving me crazy. the rest of us went to workshops together over the summer and spent a lot of time talking and planning, we didn't hear from her once. we also shared everything we learned with her but she has refused to tell us about workshops that she has gone to or inform us about ones that she plans to attend. we so wanted to work as a team but she does not even know the meaning of the word. sorry, to unload on you all but i am just fed up with her better than you attitude and needed to vent. thanks
hope that everyone has a great monday!!

09-17-2006, 10:29 PM
Sounds like she is trying to boost her self confidence by making herself sound important. Heck, I do this at times too, BUT not at the expense of the team. Teamwork should be the thing you want to boast to others about. "I have a great team, I'm lucky."

09-18-2006, 08:52 AM
The scale is up this morning...ugh! This weekend was not good. I didn't eat fast food or anything, but I just ate too much in general. I have got to keep myself busy on the weekends so this doesn't happen again. I am going to try to make it to my first weight watcher meeting today and see if that helps me stay on track and I guess I do need to start counting points because obviously I am eating too much food because the scale keeps going up and down and up and down...

09-18-2006, 01:41 PM
Melody- WW is a wonderful program. You can also use the Core plan (no counting points) but it sounds as though for now you need the structure of Flex (counting points). Hope you got to that meeting!

Casey- glad your team is good........that is what it is all about, right?

Trob- morons like that exist in all industries. It was one of the big reasons I left my last position, a non team player who took all the glory. Hope it all works out, sometimes you have to document everything you do (so you know who can't take the credit) and perhaps gently confront the offender before you go over her head. I can't stand jerks like that. Hang in there.

Got my walk in this am........eating was ok, but I feel so darned fat today.
Can't figure it out. I was good this weekend.

Gotta go........see ya later.

09-18-2006, 02:11 PM
Happy Monday everyone! I hope that your Monday is going smoothly. So far mine is going great.
I am really watching what goes in my mouth so keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow evening when I go to TOPS for my weigh-in, I am down a pound or two. That would be so awesome since I have gained back 10 pounds over the summer. My mini-goal is to be under 200 by Thanksgiving.
My goal by New Year's is to be below 195 since that is the lowest weight I have been able to get to since I started changing my eating lifestyle four years ago. I get to that point and then it is a mind set.. So I have to break through the barrier and keep on trucking. I am hoping that it is nice out this evening when I get home so I can go for a walk. The weather is beautiful here today. But they are calling for heavy rains and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. I hope that they don't happen so I can get my walk in. If not maybe, I'll have dust off the vcr tape and put Leslie in and walk with her. I really need to start working out again. But it is just too hard with my work schedule this year. I will find the time sometime. Guess I will just have to only workout one to two times aweek in until I can go back to working out like I use to.
Ginny, I love the lay out of the house too. The kids would have their rooms upstairs and my dh and I would have our's downstairs. I just hope that we can get this house. It is one of the nicest ones we have looked at here in the last six months or so. Plus we could invite friends over and not worry about were they were going to park, were we would put them and the noise level. Since the house is out in the county, but not that far from the city limits. So we are keeping our fingers crossed. If not, then we will just have to keep looking until we find something else we like. So how was your dd's game yesterday?
Trob, I would just try to ignore her. She must feel that she needs her self-esteem boosted and this is how she goes about doing it. I would just work with the rest of the Art teachers and keep planning things with them. I won't include her in any information sharing or team planning if she is not going to act like a team player. I have worked with a few people like her and just ignore them or they will drive you insane. Hope this helps a little bit.
Melody, maybe it is just water gain. You will be able to take it right back off. I find myself sometimes letting my guard down over the weekend and over eating a little too much sometimes..Then I get right back on track through out the week. But I think we need to do this sometimes,so we don't hit brick walls and deny ourselves little treats every once in awhile. Does that make sense?
Casey, sounds like your school year is going well. Is the teacher taking more of the role of being the teacher and letting you be the aide now? Sounds like you are having fun coming up with ideas for keeping your kids on track.
Mouse, I hope your week is off to a good start. Did you enjoy a nice relaxing weekend?
Well I need to go and get my kids back on track. They are working on their math and starting to chat with each other. So I will chat with you all later.
Have a great afternoon!

09-18-2006, 08:27 PM
My teacher has always been the "teacher". I just tend to do some of that stuff too. Why should she have all the fun :).

09-18-2006, 08:29 PM
Dh came home sick this evening (sounds like an early bad cold to me......) so I have some time to myself. Well, sort of.

Kerry- hope you can sneak in a walk this evening. It stinks that your schedule is so tough this year. Perhaps you will have to become the queen of the mini work out- shorter walks several times a day. It all adds up.
I am pulling for you that you are down this week. Funny that you have a plateau that you can't seem to break either.....instead of a glass ceiling, it is a glass floor. Me too! Maybe we can inspire each other to break thru the glass floor this year!:hug: You will get those 10 # off, that I know. You can be such a focused dieter/ excerciser. You can and will do this. I have a ton of faith in you. Do you have any of the Leslie tapes that are broken down into 20 min (1 or 1.5 mile) segments? Those would work on a tight schedule. The house sounds so nice......the layout great. I guess it has a bit of property around it too, which is nice. Hope it works out for you!

Well, it was Trob's turn to bellyache this am, now mine. Remember the mom who wanted her two darlings seated together? (oh, and BTW, the oldest has a thing for throwing his backpack over the seat back at other students).
Well this am mom asked me if would drop the back pack chucker two stops early as she had something to take his little brother to. I explained to her that I need a note explaining that, or a simple phone call to the office would suffice. And that a student's stop cannot be varied from day to day, only in emergency. I relayed all this to the phone call, no note.
So I dropped bp chucker at the other house (after radioing in for final approval) and asked the mom there if she was expecting the extra student.
Oh yes, she was- she knew that the little brother was at horse back riding lessons.(so she will expect this every week) Oh, gimme a break........If these mothers only knew the insanity we go thru if a student is missing- basically we pull over, shut down and search the bus. Then each bus has to check back in with base to verify the completed search. Or if we have not left the school all the buses stay there- fully loaded waiting for the missing student to be located. And if the airhead mother forgot to sign junior out we sit.........for as long as it takes. Heaven forbid I took her son to the wrong stop (and had no note to authorize taking him to another stop). Ok, I know this sounds petty, but we go thru this at least once a week. Missing kids are taken extremely seriously. End point.

Well, Dd needs help with math.....better stop crabbin'.
Hope everyone is off to a decent start this week. Robyn, how you feeling???????

09-18-2006, 09:54 PM
Hi everyone,

I went to Weight Watchers this afternoon. I am going to try my best to stick with it and count my points and lose weight this time. I tried joining before when R.J. was about 2, but he couldn't sit still and wanted to talk too much so I didn't go back after the first meeting. This time though he was fine and there were other kids there, too. He just sat and practiced writing his name and drawing stick figures...he likes to draw families of people. A good friend of mine who lives next door to us goes to and we are going to try to start planning some meals together...we already do this, but now we are going to make sure they are healthy meals.

I am going to make it a point to get out my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs this week, too. Tomorrow is my long day because I have graduate class, but I am going to shoot for Wednesday.

Have a good day tomorrow.

09-19-2006, 01:18 PM
Hello everyone,
It is Tuesday! Just think we only have three more days after today to make it through to another weekend. My kids have been silly today because we have a sub for my one TA. So they feel that they need to put on a show for her. But I have gotten more work out of them today since I am not cutting them an slack and giving them free time. Maybe if they get all their work done this afternoon I might be nice and give them a little bit before it is time to go home. Well tonight is the big weigh-in at TOPS for me. I hope the scales are being nice and the number goes down a little. Then it is off to my sdd's first volleyball game. She decided that she wanted to play it this year. It should be interesting since only two of the girls on her team have played before. So that is how my day is shaping out to be.
Melody, hope your day is going well. That is great that your next door neighbor is going to WW with you. That way you are not totally doing it on your own. Sounds like you have a plan laid out and are going to stick with it.
Ginny, well I didn't get my walk in last night. It was raining when I got home. Then my dh and I went out to dinner and by the time I got home and got stuff ready for today it was too late to put in a walking tape. The weather is suppose to be nicer this evening, a little on the chilly side but I might see about sneeking in a walk after my sdd's game. You will never believe the words he said last night to me. That he was getting fat and needed to lose weight. I did a silent cheer when he told me that. Then I told him that I knew what was causing him to be fat and how to lose it. I figured that is how he treats me about my weight so I would just treat him the same way. I thought you would get a huge kick out of that one.
Trob so how is your week going? Hope everything is running smoothly for you with your student teacher.
Mouse, is this week a little calmer for you? Have you been able to get any swim time in?
Casey and Angela hope your weeks are going smoothly for you. Well my lunch break is almost over in fifteen minutes and I need to take care of a few things before kids come back. So I will chat with you all later.
Have a wonderful afternoon!

09-19-2006, 01:39 PM
Kerry, you had me howling! Your husband actually said he was getting fat???
Best of luck trying to get him to cooperate. But it might help you to find some healthier foods for the house and keep the junk out. At least for a little while. Hope the volleyball game goes well this evening. And I am pulling for you at the TOPS meeting. Hope you can sneak in a walk.

Melody - CONGRATULATIONS!:carrot: I am such a die hard WW enthusiast....forgive me! But that is awesome. WW is such a positive program and how nice that you have company to go with. Are you aware that you can go to as many meetings a week as you like (and just pay for one)?. Lots of times I have to skip my "home" meeting- but get to another. I am not sure if there are other meetings at all nearby. Just thought I would offer that to you, not all are aware of that. Hope you can get some WATP time in this week.

Got my WW tape in this am.......a busy morning so far. Dd has piano tonite, so it gets me home late. Dh came home early last nite, rather sick. Me? I just keep ticking.....gotta go get ready for my afternoon. See ya!

09-19-2006, 02:00 PM

I know I will like going to Weight Watchers. I did read that you can go to as many meetings as you want to go, but I doubt I will try that much since I don't want to have to bring R.J. more than once per week. The leader of the meetings on Monday nights happens to be someone I had graduate classes with years ago and I didn't even know she had ever had a weight problem. She showed me her before picture and it was inspiring. She's about my age (30-31) and she lost 70 pounds. I need to lose more than that...but I know I can do it. One thing she said really made me think...she talked about adding up her points for the day and asked her if she still did that every day and she said yes. She's been at goal for probably 4-5 years but she still counts her points every day so it's a lifetime committment. In the past, I would never have thought about still counting points after I was at my goal, but that was probably why I have gained back weight every time I have lost it. Sooooo, I am going to make the point system a part of my lifestyle from now on so that I can effectively manage my weight for the rest of my life.

09-19-2006, 08:15 PM
AARRRRGH! I just lost my entire post! I'd commented on Kerry's possible house (neat!!!!!), Ginny's bus and missing child things (yea, its the same here for elementary and middle school... for high school we don't go that far, except with my kids: the parent has to write a note if the child is staying after school and if something happens during the day, we have to go tell the bus driver that the child was picked up by parents or guardians), and Kerry's walking (it rained here all weekend too!), and her question about swimming... I can't swim until all of the sores from the vasculitis are healed (not raised; the raised ones are active, which means they are still bleeding), and no new ones have shown up for a week. That last bit is okay, I've only had a few small ones show up in the last day or so... But, in my case, several of the patches broke open (because I kept working and they were on my feet and ankles, especially my bad left ankle, so my shoes and socks rubbed the blisters. So... its probably going to be mid-October before I can swim again. :( At least the gym near me will be almost open by then; they are expected November. I hate not being able to swim, but at the moment I'm not eating much either during the day, so I probably wouldn't be going anyway. :(
As for the week...
Its not bad, but we've had some hairy moments. My Spanish speaker is still refusing to talk to us in English without lots and lots of prompts. He is refusing to do most of his classwork, even with visual reminders of what he needs to do, and a sticker chart, plus the regular classroom behavioral plans (the tickets and the marbles). Instead of doing his collage in science on the food groups, he read the magainzes. I felt like the world's biggest ogre taking the magazines away from him, and would point to the text saying, "no!", thena picture of food, and say, "yes!". My TA makes it easy for him sometimes, and I had to explain that we can't do that. He needs to speak, or he'll fail the alternative assessment... and also, he can't work or do anything if he won't speak. He CAN speak. We've tried giving him visual cues to remind him (boardmaker icons, digital picthres) and he refuses to use htem.
Our consulting teacher is going to come observe him this week or next week. And then, yesterday my ED kiddo was having a really rough day. One of my seniors told him that he was "just a junior" (which is true, he is!), and he got upset and got in the other kid's face. I had him in chill time REAL quick... I asked my TA to get him a lunch, and he refused to eat, just sat there and gave me the evil eye for the entire lunch period and most of 7th period. He kept trying to bait me, too... demanding to go to one of his other classes, telling me that his father said he didn't have to go with us when we go out to work (not true, and i have permission from his mother), all kinds of stuff. I did a good job ignoring him most of the session, but it was HARD. I'm a natural arguer, and want to explain things to people so they understand why I did or said something... and that just feeds into the behavior.
I hope he is okay tomorrow... I'm looking forward to going on CBI, and because its a work-site, he goes with us.

09-19-2006, 09:00 PM
Just a quick hello.

Melody- one of the things I love about WW is that it is a lifetime commitment- and that there is total recognition of the fact that it is lifetime. I keep threatening my leader, Laura, that she is stuck with me forever.......poor woman!;) But I love her and her meetings. Congrats.........focus on your first 10% - it happens more quickly than you might think!!!! I know it is tough getting to meetings with kids.....(two weeks ago I left my 17 Ds and 10 Dd in the van with dinner, we had been out all day and did fast food while I got to an awesome meeting. Sure my son response was "oh, well, too bad!"). You have to do the meetings.......they are such an inspiration. And it is so reassuring to hear the struggles of others. And so much support. Congrats again!

Mouse- glad you are ok......been a few days without hearing from you! This must kill you that you cannot swim. Going nuts yet? (sort of like me not walking) Hopefully sooner as opposed to later you will be wet again. It sounds as though you have your hands full with your students. Being an natural arguer myself, I can understand that. But it sure makes sense to avoid the arguement and insist on the appropriate behavior. Must be tough on you- I can't imagine how hard it must be with a student pushing your buttons all the time.

Been ok eating today. Ds came home sick today- he is in bed already.
Not much else is new. Better go watch TV with Dd (promised I would sit with her)

09-20-2006, 12:55 PM
Hi everyone,
Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! I think everyone is having a much better week this week.
Well I went to TOPS last night and gained a pound. I think it was from water retention. Since I drank a lot of water yesterday. But it was the kick in the butt that I needed to start excerising again. So this morning I got up and did my 2 mile Walk Strong tape. So I think I am just going to get back on the bandwagon with walking in the morning before getting ready for work. Then I will slow start working in my visits to Curves again in the evenings when I get the time too. My sdd's volleyball game was interesting last night. All of the girls on both teams were mostly first year players so it was neat watching them play. I am sure it will be very neat at the end of the season to see how they improve. My sdd's team has three games on Saturday afternoon. I think that is a little much for the team. They get 45 minute breaks between games, but still that is tough. My favorite show comes on tonight, The Biggest Loser. So I am happy about that.
Melody, that is cool that you have something in common with your WW leader. I am like you when someone I know says that they had a weight problem and they don't look it. But that is very true about what she said that it is lifetime commitment. I don't think that once I get to my goal weight, I could go back to the way I eat before I started my journey. How was your graduate class last night?
Ginny, I did dust the tape off this morning and put it in. I really am glad that I did my walking video. I feel so much better today and not as tired and sluggish. But I thought of you at 6 am while I was walking and firming. :) So how are the sickies doing? I hope you don't catch it. My kids are all coughing and sneezing in my room. I keep taking my vitamins, washing my hands and just trying to stay out of the path of their germs if I can help it.
Hope your day on the bus is going well.
Mouse, glad you are having a better week. Is there something your Spanish speaking child really likes to do? Maybe you could tap into that interest and tell him if he talks in English you will let him do it for a certain amount of time. That is just a suggestion. Glad to hear that your rash is sort of clearing up.
Hi to Trob, Anglea, and Robyn. How is your week going? Hope all is well with you.
Well I need to go and get ready for recess duty. Talk to you all later.

09-20-2006, 05:40 PM

Graduate class was fine. It's a fun lecture...we all work together to present parts of the book and do projects, etc.

For me, in the past it has been easy to slip back into old habits. Last year at this time I might have eaten fast food 5 days a week and desserts often. However, I know that no one should eat like that and I hope I will never slip back into that habit. A lot of succeeding has to do with planning...having a grocery list, planning meals a week ahead of time, always having healthy snacks on hand, etc. It's easy to want to order a pizza or go by McDonald's if I don't have a plan. Speaking of pizza, my husband ordered a pizza last night while I was at class. There was still some left when I got home, but I didn't eat any and I LOVE pizza! So, there's one temptation conquered!

I hope you all had a good Wednesday...the weekend is coming!!!

09-20-2006, 09:05 PM
Today was a mess......up a # too at WW (I was shocked, I thought I had had a good week!) And just big time burned out from going to a meeting and Walmart, all during my 4 hours off.

Melody- how is Ww going??? I hear ya about bad habits. Think I have to get really strict with myself again. That # gain really ticked me off.

Kerry- well, my sister in sweat, glad you got the tape out.:hug: Honestly, I think of you too when I use one of my Leslie tapes......think I will do the "long" tape tomorrow am.

Gotta go.....have a great nite!

09-20-2006, 09:09 PM
melody- i started ww a few weeks ago. my first week i only lost one pound but i was trying the core plan instead of the points...i am now doing points. i have found drinking your water is the key.
mouse- i hope that you get to the pool soon, i kno how much you enjoy your swimming.
ginny- i hope things are going better for you and you route. i hated it when i taught kdg when parents would have a different transpotation plan for every day of the week.
kerry- sorry to hear about your gain but i am glad that it got you motivated again.
whoops, gotta go. our labrodoodle just knocked a lamp over. later
this was my weight when i started ww and my goal for 1-1-06 (

09-20-2006, 09:59 PM
Glad everyone had a great day! Just think two more and it is the weekend.
My kids acted really goofy today in my special ed. class and even the kids in the afterschool program. It was getting cold out and looked like rain all day long. But it never rained, so I wonder if it had something to do with the weather changing.
Melody, I hear you about being able to pass up tempatations that use to be your trigger foods. I use to drink Dr. Pepper like it was going out of style. Now if I have a pop it is usually a Diet Coke and I only have it ever once in awhile. I prefer to drink water or unsweetened ice tea. Good for you for passing up the pizza last night. So did you do any of your walking videos yet this week?
Ginny, sorry to hear about your # gain. I bet it came as a shock to you as mine did to me yesterday. We will work together to get it off and more. I have my tape and clothes already for tomorrow morning. I am thinking about trying to do something fitness wise tomorrow evening after work if I can. Hope you had a better evening. Sounds like you had a stessful day.
Trob, so is everything okay with your dog and the lamp? How are things going with you? I think your goal is realistic and I know that you will reach it. I would love to be in the one hundreds by the New Year. So that is my goal for right now.
Hi to everyone else. Sorry have to go since my show came back on (The Biggest Loser). Talk to you all later. Have a great evening.

09-21-2006, 08:24 AM
Good morning, everybody.
Ginny: YES... I am going nuts not being able to swim. I can't follow my normal eating plan, either, because almost everything makes me sick right now. They added another anti-nausea drug, but that one has to be taken on an empty stomach. At least this one doesn't make me sleepy, so I can take it during the day. But I'm still not interested in food! I have to admit I am sort of in the "eating what sounds good" mode, because otherwise, I just won't do it. Yesterday I had a half-turkey sandwich for breakfast, didn't get more than the olives out of my "salad" for lunch because of my ED Kiddo and a huge drama performance in the cafeteria (he has before-school detention today and tomorrow because of THAT maneuver!), and dinner just made me sick. I did get some oatmeal later which stayed with me.
My ED kiddo's mom took some advice we gave her because he's buying all kinds of sugar and junk in the cafeteria line, and had a really bad time at the dentist's earlier this week also... so she fixed it with the school so he can only buy LUNCH, nothing else. He tried to buy his usual junk yesterdya, and they wouldn't sell it to him, so he freaked out. He never asked any of the other adults in the cafeteria for help, just slammed the door and ran to our room... screamed at me, and I had to yell back to get his attention and get him in our chill area and following the protocol we have posted for calming down. He totally missed going to work, because we were afraid of what he might do (or not do!) at the hotel, and yesterday was our first day there so we didn't want him to ruin it!
The really sad thing about not eating is that I'm not losing any weight because of it... In fact, I'm probably GAINING weight because I'm eating more carbs, and almost non-existant vegetables. :sigh:
I had been hoping to be able to go swimming in the next 2 weeks because a lot of the vaculitis had healed... most of the big ones are just about gone... but a whole lot of new little ones showed up yesterday! :( :mad:
I need to run: I told the principal I'd be at work before/by AM detention to make sure my kid got where he needed to be. :sigh: A full 30 minutes before I even need to be in the building.

09-21-2006, 08:51 AM
Good morning everyone. The scale is back down to 243! Now I have to just keep going! I AM going to get below 240 before the end of this month!

ECmom, I am sorry about your 1# gain. I am sure you will lose that and more before your next weigh in.

Trob, I am trying to make it a point to drink more water...I am drining a glass now and I buy bottled water at work, but I am still not up to six glasses a day yet, but I am working on it.

Kerry, I still haven't got out my exercise DVDs. My husband got paid yesterday so we decided to drive to the next city south of us (about 35 miles) to go shopping because the mall we have here is really small. So, we didn't get home until about 9pm. I did find some great deals though while shopping. Gymboree had some great clearance on clothes for my son and Belk's had some $10 shirts for my husband which is great for a 3x/4x shirt!

Mouse, your ED child sounds like quite a handful! I had a child have a meltdown yesterday, too. This particular child is going through a medicine change and he's a different child now. Before he was quiet and never ever got in trouble. Now he is pulling hair, hitting, spanking students, yelling at the teacher, crying for no seems like he is bipolar, but I am not sure. He's in 3rd grade so all this behavior is not good for the regular teacher to deal with.

Well, I hope you all have a good day! It's almost Friday!!!

09-21-2006, 12:38 PM
Hi everyone,
Happy Thursday to everyone! One more day until Friday! Yeah. I am so excited since I started back to working out. I have felt so much better and want to do more things other than work and then come home and sit in front of the tv. So I am glad that I gained that pound this week to open up my eyes again about working out.
Ginny, I thought of you this morning while I did my walk away tape. I am even planning on going into Curves this evening and working out after I get off from the afterschool program. I haven't been there in over a month. So I am glad that you gave me the boost of confidence I needed. Thank you for helping me see the light. So is your day going okay? I hope you were able to get your walk in this morning.
Trob, so how is your student teacher working out? Sounds like you are doing really well on your ww's plan. So has your days started to calm down enough and you don't feel as stressed rushing from one building to the next? So how is your special needs art class? I hope that is going more smoothly for you.
Melody, sounds like you had a nice time shopping last night. You did do some excerise though. Where you walked from store to store. I know that you will get those tapes out and start working out again soon. Look it took me a month of not working out and then I started to work out again. Your get there. So how has your eating been this week? I hope you find victory when you weigh in on Monday evening.
Mouse, I know you will get to go swimming in due time. Did the new one's appear yesterday due to stress over your EDDO kid's performance? Sounds like your hands full yesterday with him. So what kind of work are your kids doing at the hotel? Hope your day is better today. You will get back to eating on a normal schedule here after all of your spots are cleared up. I know it must be very frustrating for you though.
Casey, Angela and Robyn, hope you are all having a good week.
My TA's daughter is a 7th grade cheerleader and they are having a fundraiser at the local Pizza Hut this evening. I normally don't eat there, but because it is her squad I talked my dh into going there this evening for dinner. I think what I will do is get a dinner salad and then only eat 2 slices of pizza. That way I don't over do it.
Well I better go and get some papers graded over my lunch break. I am trying to stay on top of things this year and not let them pile up.
Have a great day!
Chat with you all later.

09-21-2006, 07:18 PM
TGIF is only hours away!!! this has been a very LONG week. happy to say that my intern is doing much better. she taught every other class yesterday and taught all but three today. the kids still don't respond to very well and probably never will since she will only be with me four more weeks.
my special needs class has finally gotten into somewhat of a routine... they yell all the time and i try to ignore it. i plan for the 5 students that can do and the other 4 are taken care of by their aides. i try to modify supplies for them but the aide are responsible for getting them to work not me. that has made if much easier. i do have my hand full with the other 5 though and the aides give me NO help with them. but it is all good.
ww weigh in today and i was down 1.5lbs from where i was when i joined.
kerry- i hope you got a good workout at curves. i have got to get myself back to the gym.
melody- i am sure that you will reach your goal of 240 by the end of the month. keep up the good work!! i buy sam's choice water (20 oz each) and put 3 in my fridge every morning at work. i drink all three before i leave each day and then usually end up drinking 16+oz at night. i now crave water.
mouse- i hope that you get to feeling better soon. it sounds like you are having a pretty rough time of it right now. i will keep you in my prayers.
ginny, angela- hope that you guys had a great thursday!!

ww weigh in results.
where i started with ww/ where i am now/ where i want to be by 1-1-07 (
i like my scales better first thing in the morning...but such is life.

09-21-2006, 08:14 PM
Well ladies no good workout at Curves for me this evening. I had to work 1 1/2 hours extra tonight. There would not have been a teacher there and the aides are not quailfied to be in charge. So I being the nice person that I am said yes. So I get to leave 1 1/2 hour next week, because we are only allow to work 10 hours each week. So I am pretty bummed this evening.
Congrats Trob on your 1.5 pound loss Keep up the good work. Glad to hear that your special needs class is going well.
Hi to everyone else. I am too tired to sit here much longer and chat. Talk to you all tomorrow. Have a great evening!

09-21-2006, 09:02 PM
Evening, all. Two posts from me in one day, can you all handle it?

My ED kiddo got to AM detention on time today and was apparently very subdued when he went up with the principal. I wish he had stayed that way, but today wasn't too bad. He fell asleep during reading, and misses huge chunks of detail when he reads... I have asked him the same question every class since we started this book: What happens to the main character on her way home from the library? Its really important: she gets beaten up by bullies (she was in the library because she was hiding from them in the first place), and they steal a special pen. Its because they steal this pen of hers that everything else happens the way it does. He has refused to tell me or tells me he forgot, didn't read that part, whatever, for the past 2 weeks. When I tell him to go back and find it, he goes ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK, because he knows that annoys me and my TA.
We haven't gotten past page 12 yet.
I finally got the answer out of him at the end of class today, and the way he said it confirmed that he had, in fact, read that part... I think I'm going to remove the attention he gets in that class by giving him written questions to answer on his AlphaSmart. That way, he can't argue with me or pretend he hasn't read it.
We also started our classroom blog today... and oh, boy, was it HILARIOUS while we were writing it!!! I had one of my seniors start, and first we had to come up with a name. They finally decided to call it 'Blog 150' because that is our room number. Then, we had to WRITE it... I tried to get them to tell about the class, but they didn't get the hints. I did get several sentences (about 3 paragraphs, each with 2 sentences, not bad) about what we were doing in classes. The student used a word-prediction program to help him with his spelling... and therein lies the truly funny part... He's typing, "And then we played 21 questions to guess who had the character was on the card." in the program, and he couldn't find the right word... His first attempt came out like this, "And then, we played 21 questions to guess who had the whiskey." I'm glad I have it set so I have to approve all the blog entries: could you imagine a parent or my principal reading that???? LOL!!!!
The day continued to be funny, because my ED kid has now fixated on our new principal, and is going out of his way to find him and talk in the hallways. He was late for his 2nd period class because of it today. At the end of the day we made salad, which we stuffed into pita bread to eat, as part of our nutrition unit... all the kids ate salad, too, and when we bought the materials, my Spanish speaker actually put the stuff on the belt and said hello to the cashier! That is an objective this year on his IEP because he couldn't do it last year! We asked his parents to take him shopping, and they must be, because he totally knew what to do!
I took my ED kid to wash the dishes. He still had his pita bread left, and refused to leave it in the class... so he washed the dishes and cleaned the sink with the pita hanging out of his mouth. Fortunately, I had the camera and got several pictures of this, becuase it was sooooo funny! We use the little kitchenette in the main office to wash our dishes, too, so half the office staff saw this.
I'll be back later this weekend: going to my mom's tomorrow for Rosh Hashana.

09-21-2006, 10:09 PM
I had a good day. We took a school trip to the fair. They even have a "birthing center." I didn't get to stay long enough to see anything born. Darn. The students were great. They had a hard time paying attention to me or the teacher if we tried to teach them something, but hey there was lots to see. They did learn about the "caution sign for animals may bite" and that tied into our safety theme/curriculum (safety signs). They started thinking all signs said something like that. LOL. They paid attention. That's what counts! Then when we got back, one student (a girl) caught a huge cricket and we tried to see if our pet frog would eat something that big.

Now I'm getting ready to go out of state for dh's 20th reunion. It is going to be BUSY.

I was finally getting my food back under control, especially in relation to school and I even saw the scale move for the first time in over a month! Then I blew it. This week has been crazy. I still feel great about staying away from the work chocolate basket and getting food under control at work. That's a very positive start. I really thought I wasn't gonna get back on there for a while.

09-22-2006, 12:11 AM
Hello All! This year I have got the most talkative class that I have ever seen. I have tried the punishments, room rearrangement, warnings, I even had the principal say something when he came in for my observation. I have the tables compete during transition so they actually talk less then. They talk during assignments, in the hall, in line, even during instruction. They have taken to yelling in the cafeteria. We (3 classes that sit together) have started having silent lunches due to the talking. It is so frustrating. On top of that I have one who talks back or has a comment about everything I say even if I am talking to someone else.

I started a cute writing project with them today. They brought in several different cereal boxes which I attached to the bulletin board. They have to creat a new cereal. Write a paragraph to sell the cereal and design the box. It is turning out so cute.

FIL is doing better. His blood sugar was very low. Tuesday he had surgery to put the stint in his arm so he can begin dialysis soon. I hope it gives him more energy.

My weight has leveled off. Not gaining, not losing but I feel like my body is getting smaller. Today my pants felt like they were going to fall off. I could have pulled them off without unbuttoning them. And I just bought them this summer. I am ready for the weekend to get here. I want to sleep in!!!! Well my baby has finally fallen asleep so I guess we are headed to bed. Now if I can lay him down without him waking up we will be good to go. Mean while dh is sawing logs on the couch. I guess I better put him to bed too.

09-22-2006, 08:27 AM
Good morning!
Came here for a mental health break. Thank goodness it is Friday:carrot: .
I for one, am tired of being a mature and responsible person and would LOVE a day or so with noone pulling on me to do something. Dream on Ginny.......this weekend is already full of stuff to do. This morning I'm going out with a coworker for breakfast. I did sneak in 20 minutes on the treadmill- and hope to walk again later. Gotta get myself motivated (and I am having a tough time doing that).

trob- congrats on the weight loss........

Angela- sounds like a non scale victory to me! Great that those pants feel looser- sometimes it takes a week or so for the scale to reflect changes in the body.

Mouse- sorry the lack of swimming is getting to you (but I can't imagine me not walking, so I know what not being able to swim must do to you). Try not to let that ED kid get to's Friday and you can recharge your batteries.

Casey- enjoy your trip this weekend. Sounds as though you did conquer some food demons- so that is good news. Try to focus on the positive things you did, not the negative food mishaps.

Kerry, well, I thought of you while on the treadmill.......sorry you did not get to Curves, but at least you did get a tape in.:D Hope today is not too hectic for you. Glad that you are feeling better from working out!

Gotta go sniff some diesel fumes.........Have a great Friday!
(Robyn- miss your wit and wisdom!)

09-22-2006, 08:49 AM
Good Morning! TGIF! I just wanted to drop in for a minute and let you all know that Weight Watchers is really working! I weighed in at 247 on Monday and today I am at 241! Before I was watching what I was eating, but I must have been eating more than I thought because I wasn't losing much. Now I am writing everything down and it is helping tremendously.

Have a good Friday!

09-23-2006, 08:47 AM
Good morning, everybody. A real quick hello before I head to class.
I never made it to my mom's house last night because of my ED kid. :sigh: He wasn't doing badly, even with the emergency preparedness drill. He did his work during English, and it was all writing, so I was kind of surprised... They had to write descriptions of themselves that looked like a sample I gave them. The sample described our TA... at least 2 of the kids didn't get that part. Our TA has brown skin, a mustache and was wearing blue school shirt yesterday. He's also almost 6 feet tall. My ED kiddo decided that description matched one of our assistant principals: white, 5'5, wearing a black shirt and jeans yesterday! One of my girls decided that described ME... I just looked at her and said, "I REALLY hope you don't think I have a mustache!". I know the endocrine disorder makes me grow hair where it shouldn't, but its not THAT bad! :giggle: We'll keep working at it, but this was a huge improvement over earlier this week when they couldn't even write their hair and eye color.
Then, we had our drill. My Spanish speaker did FANTASTIC! Usually, these are really hard for him, but we told him to find his homeroom teacher. I walked with him to the staging area, he found his teacher, and stuck to him like glue. When we were done, he found me again to walk back. And then he stepped in a hole. I grabbed for him... and found the hole myself. He's fine, I sprained my left ankle again... but its a really mild sprain. I can move it, and it didn't swell much at all. They made me call my doctor, but she didn't want to see me... that made me happy. So, we played Monopoly instead of going to Target for community instruction because I couldn't walk that well.
Then we had math. And my ED kiddo put on a really nice performance for the consulting teacher. In a way, I'm glad he did it, because she was able to see that we have supports in place with incentives, discipline, protocols, and such... that we're following his behavior plan, and tracking. She told us that we did a really nice job in the class with the kids, which was good.
I had another teacher come down to tell me that during class change he threatened another kid in the other ED class, by slamming his fist in his hand, and making noise. Bad idea: the kid he picked to threaten is a known gang member. :sigh: He did this on Monday to another kid in our class and was told then (and remembered) that if it happened again, he would lose all of his privileges in the building. So, starting on Monday, he is going to be escorted everywhere in the building, he cannot eat lunch in the cafeteria, he is on total pass restriction, and I will have to think about whether or not he is allowed to get his lunch in the line. Our kids consider it a privilege to choose their lunch: if they get in real trouble in class, my TA or I get their lunches for them, and we don't get any of the "good stuff", no hamburgers or pizza... just whatever is in the hot lunch line. And plain milk, no chocolate or strawberry.
My administrator is backing me on this, and we're going to tie his earning his privileges back to his point sheet.
Okay... I'm going to class. I have to write behavior plans when I come back here, but I'm going to stop at the kosher deli on the way back since I didn't get to my mom's house. I was a really bad girl yesterday for dinner: long johns silve.r All fried. I don't do it often, but its been twice this month.
And I can't swim, so that makes it worse. I'm still not too interested in eating, so I'm still eating what I want. Bad, bad, bad... I don't think I've gained a lot of weight, because my smaller size clothes still fit, and I bought new pants that aren't "forgiving" the way my old knit ones were... plus, this store cuts really small (their idea of a 3X is 24-26; I normally wear 2X in pants!), and they still fit. But... We'll see.

09-23-2006, 09:32 AM
Hey ladies........
Well after many months of computer mishaps I have finally found my way back home. For months, everytime I tried to get on this site it crashed my computer.........I've been trying to read back and see what everyone has been up to. I have, let's just say, fallen off the wagon. Oh, it's bad....
For those of you I don't know...I'm a sixth grade Math/Science teacher in North Carolina. Married with two kids, one who is ten, and one who, in eighteen days, will turn 21. :o
I had lost 40 pounds as of last March, but in the span of six months, have managed to very easily gain twenty pounds back. I had stopped doing weight watchers stopped walking, spent the summer going back and forth between NC and Virginia Beach helping my brother and mom. Now, I am in a state. As I lost out of my clothes, I decided to donate them so that I would not have an excuse to fall back to my "fat clothes". However, in the summer most of my clothes consist of shorts and t shirts. Once it came time to get the school clothes out, I was in a state of shock. TIIIIIIIIGGGGHHHHHHHHTT!
So, here I am again.....Not quite in the same pitiful situation I was in. But, I think I am ready to get back on track now.....
Robyn, Ginny, Mouse, Kerry.........Can I come back??????????I miss you guys.
Hey to everyone else.....Have a great day!

09-23-2006, 10:38 AM
hi pam- i am a K-5 art teachers from arkansas and i know all about falling off the wagon. all you can do is climb back on and begin your journey once more. last spring i lost 16 lbs doing ww. by the end of july i had gained 10 back. but i have gotten in gear and have been able to 11lbs. just keep the faith and don't get discouraged.

i am so weight this morning was the lowest that i have been in over 12 yrs. now my weight at ww is not this but i am fully dressed and it is at the end of the day so some of my posts my reflect that weight...not anymore!! i am sticking with my scales.
drum roll please!!!!!! (
beginning weight is when i started ww three weeks ago and my goal is for 1-1-07

09-23-2006, 11:35 AM
Morning Everyone,
Just a quick note to say hi! I have to go to my sdd's volleyball games here shortly. I still have to jump in the shower too. Just wanted to check in a see how everyone's weekend is going so far.
Mouse, sounds like you had a long day yesterday. Glad you made it through it with the support of your adminstration. So what class are you off to today?
Pam, welcome back. Wondered what happen to you. Glad you are okay and came back to chat with us. Don't worry I fell off the band wagon too over the summer. I had to babysit my stepkids every day of the week while my dh worked a summer job at the local pool. So I ate a lot of meals of convinence and didn't get to workout much. Then school started and I just let those habits carry over into the first month of school. I gained like 10 to 14 pounds since the end of last school year. So I am back on the wagon now and working out again. I have done my walking tapes 4 days in a row and watched what I ate. The scales were down this morning, so I hope they are still that way on Tuesday night. So we will work through these times together. How does that sound? Once again glad to have you back!
Hi to everyone else. Hope you are having a great weekend! Just looked at the clock. Only have an hour before my sdd's volleyball game. Still need to get my shower, dress, and stop at the store on the way to the game. So I will check in later with you all.
Have a great day!

09-23-2006, 11:53 AM
Good morning everyone.

Trob, I notice on your post that you made it to 199! Congratulations! I can't wait to get out of the 200's! I hope I can get to 199 by Spring Break.

Pam, my name is Melody and I am 31. I am married with a 4 year old son named R.J. I teach K-3 Special Education as an Inclusion teacher...I basically go from class to class and help my kids to be successful. I have 18 students in 8 different classes. I fell off the wagon over the summer, too, while I was stressed out building and buying a house. I am back on track now. I joined Weight Watchers on Monday and I am going to stick with the program this time until I am a lifetime member!

Well, I hope everyone has a good weekend. Today I am going to be busy cleaning house and doing laundry. Tommorrow my parents, my brother and his wife, and my uncle and his wife are all coming to my house for a cookout for my Mom's 59th birthday. I saved all of my extra 35 flex points for the week to cover anything I might eat tomorrow that is over my normal 28 point goal.

Talk to you all again later.

09-23-2006, 02:51 PM
Trob-Congratulation on your weight loss. You are doing great! Wish I could do that good. Keep up the good work.

09-23-2006, 03:40 PM
Just a quick hello........Dd had a soccer game today and the other a double header softball game tomorrow.
Pam's back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You stinker, where ya been hiding.

Sorry to be short. Gotta get my fat rump in gear.

09-23-2006, 07:59 PM
Good Evening All,
Hope you all had a great day! I had a good day. We went to my sdd's volleyball games. Her team won both of them. But instead of playing just two innings or whatever you want to call it for both games, they had to play a third time. Then my dh and I went to lunch. Came home to watch the Ohio State and ended up catching the last couple minutes of the 4th quarter because I laid down to take a nap.
So what did you all do this afternoon?
Ginny you would be proud of me. I did my walking video again this morning. So I am slowly picking myself back up again.
Well my dh just told me we need to met a friend in less than 15 minutes. Talk to you all later.
Have a great evening!

09-24-2006, 10:07 AM
I didn't do anything I was supposed to do yesterday, with the result that I'll have to do it all today. In a few minutes, I'm going to the grocery store to get a prescription filled and see if I can't find some things that look like food for lunch. I also want some celery sticks, and maybe some fat-free veggie dip. And I need my diet soda. I'm hoping if I go early, it won't be too crowded, and I'll get a close parking space. The ankle is way better, but it still a little sore. At least this time, I didn't do it big and bad like normal! ;)
I also need to do the laundry... that's going to get hung to dry before I leave because I really need to wash my quilts.
Then I'm going to do the behavior plans, work on my ED kiddo's IEP, and my lesson plan for my graduate class. Also, see if I can't upload some samples for my portfolio which is a major grade for our class. I need to get ahead of the game, because the math class I have to take (because they wouldn't give me credit for the one I sat through this summer!) starts Monday. Both classes end about the same time.
My graduate class is called 'Technology and the New Science of Learning', and its basically how to integrate technology into your classroom. I do a lot of this already, but I'm always wondering about some new ways to do it or make it work better. It also helps that as I get better at it, people are more willing to give me what I ask for... so we have 2 school-owned desktops, with printer... my old laptop (because, hopefully, Staples will be open when I'm done at the store and I can buy the security cable for the laptop!), with a printer, scanner and CD-burner (that only works half the time), and 3 school-owned alphasmarts. That means, all of my kids should be able to type their work at all times.
Do we really think I'll get all this stuff done today? Probably not. Maybe some of it. See you all later!

09-24-2006, 10:44 AM
mouse- good luck getting everything done today. i really wish that i could get ALL my laundry done but that NEVER happens around here. i did get my house all clean friday night in about 30 mins. i don't think that i have ever moved so fast in my life. i cleaned bathrooms, dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned the kitchen. my son decided at 5:30 to invite a bunch on friends over and our house looked like we had just moved looks like that every friday. today we are thinking about getting out and doing some hiking. we have had a lot of rain the past few days and know that the waterfalls in the area are really going to be moving. dh and ds are feeling the need to get out and get some photos taken, they both sell a lot of arkansas game and fish. well i am going to run and start a load of clothes. i hope that you have a wonderful day.

09-24-2006, 11:11 AM
Morning Everyone,
Mouse, I wish you luck getting a major portion of your work done today. I have some papers to grade, put in the grade book, write my lesson plans and go to Wal-mart and buy my food for this week and a few household items. So I know that my Sunday is pretty much shot like yours. Glad to hear your ankle is feeling better.
Trob, sounds like you put on your Superman cape on Friday night to clean your house. LOL Enjoy your hike this morning. It has rained for the last several days here too. It looks like it is going to rain again today. So I guess no outside walking for me today between doing my chores.
Hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend!
Have a great Sunday!

09-24-2006, 09:19 PM
Welcome back Pam!! I am Angela a 4th grade teacher in Louisiana. I have 2 boys 3 and 3 months.

Congratulations Trob! I bet you were doing a major happy scale dance.

This morning my scale decided to move again. Yay!! Lost another pound. I guess getting my but in gear and walking 2 miles each day has helped. We stayed holed in the house all weekend trying to get my boys over their colds. I got most of my house cleaned and laundry done. I even had some time to do a little scarpbooking. Well time to send my boys to the tub. I hope everyones Monday turns to be a great start of the week.

09-24-2006, 10:30 PM
way to go angela!!!!

09-24-2006, 10:37 PM
I am pleased to announce that I really did get everything I planned to do done...
Went to the store, although the bag of corn chips I bought wound up being dinner (bad idea, but the rest of the dinner tasted bad to me, and got tossed).
Got some stuff uploaded, but then the website that Hopkins keeps their digital portfolios on crashed. I'm not at all certain I've done it correctly...
I worked on the lesson plan, and have come to the conclusion that I don't like the format. We're supposed to "write a lesson plan that will work for you". The problem is that there is way too much stuff on the form for my kid to accomplish in one 90 minute period. I'm lucky if we get through a drill, a small individual activity, and sharing, especially for writing... Math is the same way, and I find it truly chaotic because I'm trying to teach an individual lesson, plus still keep the other kids occupied. History/Science is better, but still a bit chaotic. The people who have observed class don't think it is.
I did all 3 behavior plans and got some stuff on the IEP form, but not as much as I would like. I also planned for 1st period Reading, to remove the attention my ED kiddo gets when he doesn't do his work. I made a direction sheet for him, which will hopefully give him less opportunity to argue or complain. I can only imagine what kind of mood he'll be in by first period since he's going to be met at the front door by me, and have to talk to the principal.
I'm truly regretting that decision to trash the dinner and eat cornchips. :( I know better than to do that kind of thing to myself, especially now when I already get sick without half trying! :sigh:


09-24-2006, 10:38 PM
Went out of town this weekend. Even though I ate Mexican food twice, I portion controlled well, ate only what I wanted, and ate healthy many times.
I was EXHAUSTED this weekend. Long story.

Then while I was on vacation my Principal emailed me and told me my job changes this week. I DON'T like it. My favorite part of every day is the morning during language arts time. I have my own center. It's no biggie, just a word study/spelling word center, but it makes me feel like a teacher because I get to come up with my own materials and lesson plans. I also learn alot about the kids and how they think there which helps me learn how to help the teacher with them the rest of the day. I feel like a team instead of "just" an aide or a babysitter. I'm probably the only aide that does that and the other teachers don't allow that. So I'm being moved during my favorite time to another classroom to do what the teacher tells me to do. I know it is because the kid in that class has a cochlear ear implant and they want people who can talk to him and listen to him vocally during language arts time (phonetics, etc). He has special issues and I'm pretty good with adapting lesson plans (it's what I did last year). Part of me is incredibly selfish and says, uuummm...the teacher can hear and talk too. I know that half 1/3 of the time he will be with a deaf aide during that time, but get over it. I love my class. I need to teach part of the time so that I feel connected to them. I don't want to be a babysitter. I was fortunate with this class and I want to stay there. I know I don't have a choice. Interestingly she is moving 3 of us, just to get me in that one class. I know others are not happy either becuase the aide that is being put with my teacher is like the worse combination ever. Needless to say, I'm nervous about tomorrow.

09-25-2006, 08:51 AM

I am sorry about your schedule change. This happened to me recently, too. I had my schedule made up just the way I wanted it, but then the head of special education came in and changed all the Special Education teacher schedule. Now, I don't even see some of my students because they put a Special Ed. Assistant with them instead of me. The new schedule puts me with the 3rd graders more because they are worried about the test scores in May. I go in one 3rd grade room 3 times per day and then part of the day I am with 1 1st grade class, 1 2nd grade class and 2 kindergarten classes for about 45 minutes each.

Well, I hope your new schedule will work out for you.

Today I have my first WW weigh in. I am hoping the scale will show at least 4-5 pounds. Yesterday the scale was at 240 (-7), but this morning it says 242 (-5), but by 5pm it will probably be up a pound of always goes up later in the day.

Talk to you all soon.

09-25-2006, 01:13 PM
Hi everyone,
Hope you are all off to a great start for your week. Today is going okay for me. I got my walking video in this morning. So I am happy since that makes it 6 days in a row that I have walked for 30 minutes, which equals a two mile walk. So I am really hoping that my numbers on the scales go down tomorrow evening. Keep your fingers crossed! :)
Trob, so did you get your hike in yesterday? It was nice yesterday afternoon, so I went to the local lake and to a walk around it. Helped to clear my head since had another fight with my dh about my weight loss. Then I was able to come home and work on my lesson plans for this week. Hope you have a great weigh-in at WW's this week.
Melody, congrats on the weight loss. I am sure the scales will show all the hard work you have done this past week. Keep up the great work!
Casey, did you enjoy your weekend away though? Sounds like you eat healthy and kept busy. Sorry to hear about your schedule change. I know that you will be able to adjust to the change, it will just take some time to get use to it. But that child will be rewarded with the time you spend with him.
Angela, congrats on the pound loss. Keep up the great work! So you started to walk two miles a day too. I love walking outside. But sometimes my schedule doesn't allow that so I do my Walk Away the Pounds tapes in the mornings before getting ready for school. So how are the boys? I hope they are over their colds. My class all have snotty noses. I keep telling them to blow their noses and then here is the germ-x. I just hope that I don't end up with it.
Mouse, sounds like you got a lot of work done yesterday. I did make it to the store, went for a walk, did my lesson plans and did grade a few papers. Then I spent the rest of the evening watching tv. Don't beat yourself up ove r the corn chips. You will get back to your normal eating schedule today. Hope your kids had a great start to a new week.
Ginny, Pam and Robyn how was your weekends? I hope you were able to find time to relax and enjoy yourselves. Hope you are having a great day!
Well I have to get some work done on my lunch break, so I am closing for now. Chat with you all later.
Take care,

09-25-2006, 06:30 PM
Hey everyone!
Hope everyone had a good Monday. Mine was pretty good. I was pretty happy this AM because my scale budged. It only moved a tiny bit, but it moved anyway.
Congrats to all those with weight loss this week!:carrot: :carrot:
Kerry: Did you say relax? Isn't there some law against that?
Ginny: I'm really not a stinker.....Took my bath today.......
Mouse: Congrats on getting all that work done......Sounds exhausting. Did I read earlier that you had surgery?
Robyn: Where you at girl?
D.Smart: Love that slogan Aim for progress not perfection.......
Hey to everyone else.......Gotta get dinner going....
Teacher of the year for the county being announced tomorrow....Wish me luck.......

09-25-2006, 07:47 PM
hello to all! i had a pretty good day today, it was very long though. on mondays i only have three classes which really makes the day go by slow.
smart- sorry to hear about your schedule change. this year my principal decided to change everyone's schedules and with teaching at three different schools, mine is really a mess. some days i only have a few classes and then others i have no breaks all day. i hope that you are able to find some joy in working with the new child. i am sure that since they are going to so much trouble to put you with them that they think you are the best for them.
melody- good luck with ww tonight. i have only lost 2.5 pounds according to their scales but mine show about 7. i read somewhere today that the weight you are in the morning is your "real" weight so i am sticking with the 7 lb loss. too bad ww won't go for that. i am doing great with my water and logging my food but not so hot with keeping up with my points. i eat way less than 10 during the day and then don't count up my points at night but just really watch what i eat.
kerry- didn't get my hike in after all. my dh decided that we needed to deliver pictures but didn't tell us until we were already miles from home. the kids and i were not to happy with him. what kind of walking tape do you do? sounds interesting.
pam- good luck with teacher of the year, i will keep my fingers crossed for you.


09-25-2006, 08:19 PM
I am going to be a complete loser here......Hi to everyone. This week is shaping up to be insane.........and I am getting a cold.
Had to write up my first kid in 2 it June yet?

Sorry not to get personal. Perhaps tomorrow I will have some time.
Adios and Bon Nuit (how's that for multi lingual!)

09-25-2006, 08:25 PM
Hi everyone! I went to my WW meeting this afternoon and according to their scales I lost 7 pounds! I got my first 5 pound award! I know I won't lose that much again, but at least I am off to a good start.

I have been writing down everything I eat and I believe that is key because as soon as I stop writing it down, that's when I gain my weight back. I may have to track for the rest of my life, but that's better than early heart problems, etc. My dad had a heart attack at 46 and didn't even know it until he had a routine stress test. Then they found blockage and he had a heart by-pass at 47. I do not want that to happen to me! I am going to conquer this weight. I have to do or else I will have lifelong problems. I am only 31 and already I am taking blood pressure medicine, but my doctor feels confident I can get off of that if I lose weight. I went to the doctor today and he even said I would be able to safely have another child if I want after I lose weight. I am undecided about whether I want another one, but I really do think R.J. would like a sibling. At least now I know I have the option if I do indeed lose all this weight and get healthy.

I hope you all had a good Monday. This weekend went by too fast! How much longer until Thanksgiving break???? We get a week off so I am looking forward to that!

Talk to you all tomorrow.

09-25-2006, 10:38 PM
Well I learned a lesson today. A three year old can ride his trike 2 miles BUT he will be crying by the end of the ride. When I got home I decided to try to put both boys in the stroller. What do you know? They both fit side by side. I don't want to buy a double stroller cause my oldest is almost 4 and I don't know how long I would get to use it. But I also don't want to give up my walks. So hopefully this will work for now. And let me tell ya I could feel the extra weight in the stroller on my backside. They only weigh 28 and 15 pounds.

09-25-2006, 11:06 PM
Evening All,
Sounds like everyone is off to a good start for the week. I was able to sneak in a visit to Curves this evening. The first time in over a month. But boy oh boy am I feeling it now. I am a little sore in my muscles. I didn't think I had stopped using those muscles, but I guess I did.
Pam, good luck at your Teacher of the Year award tomorrow evening. Glad to hear that your scale budged this morning. I hope it continues to do that for you. So have you gotten back in the habit of walking again?
Trob, congrats on your weight loss. That is fantastic! Sorry to hear about your hike not happening yesterday. What kind of pictures did you deliever this time? I have several of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds tapes/dvd's. They are really good for cardio and toning up your muscles. I have been able to buy all of mine at Wal-mart. They are cheap too. Only $9.99 to 14.99.
Angela, glad that you got your walk in this evening. Sorry to hear that your oldest was crying by the end of his 2 mile trike ride. That is a clever way to get your walk in by putting them both in the stroller. I hope that will work for a while for you. I bet your backside will shape up real quick. :)
Melody, congrats on the 7 pound weight loss. Keep up the good work! Have you started your walking videos yet? I know that when I would be down what I ate on my *********** account,that really helped me eat better and lose the weight. I think I might have to go back to that.
Ginny, sorry to hear that you now have the dread cold. Hope you are feeling better this evening. Healing thoughts and hugs are being sent your way through cyberspace. :hug: So what did the child do on the bus to get written up? Hope you have a better bus ride tomorrow.
Mouse, Casey, and Robyn hope you had a wonderful Monday.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
I am planning on having one if the scales are down at TOPS. LOL
Take care,

09-26-2006, 12:28 PM
Angela- I did the 2 kids in one stroller thing for awhile when my Ds and Dd were little. Works like a charm as long as the youngest is not too big. Hey you got a walk in!!!!!!Great!:carrot:

Kerry- may the good scale fairy be with you tonite. So glad you got to Curves!!!!!:D I hope you are not too sore today.

Pam- ok, ok you took a stink 'cause we lost track of you!:hug: Welcome back. I missed you. COngrats on the scale budging. Any loss is a good one.

Melody- CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!:carrot: WW is SO empowering. You are right a 7# loss will most likely never be again, but is so great. And you feel great too, I bet! Yup, you are most likely going to have to track and attend meetings "till death do us part" but they are fun, upbeat and who cares as long as the weight stays off!~;)

Trob- sorry that your Monday went so slowly........hopefully today will be easier to get thru.

Casey- how is the change in schedule going?

Mouse???? How are you feeling? when you can. I miss you!

So I wrote the student up for pinching a new student hard. The new student SCREAMED- and I had two impartial witnesses to the incident. So I sort of had to do it. HOWEVER, the screamer is the same brat I had trouble with last week and from watching him for 3 weeks I feel he is an instigator and manipulative. So this am I gave the little guy a pep talk, praised him for being honest about the incident (he admitted the event to me) and told him that he had to be a "big man" and show others how a good kid behaves. (he is young but capable) Mr Manipulator- who has beaten up his brother right behind me (and then feigns adoration for the brother when I express horror over his beating him)- who also has told me that I am mean......throws his back pack over the seat and I have seen tries to hide do anything contrary to my instruction........well Mr Manipulator, MM for short, is going to sit right behind me in row 1 with two kindergarten girls. ( I feel sorry for them):D
He ain't lived till he has seen me with a bug up my backside for him..........
He and the idiot who opened my bus back door (while rolling, BTW) will have to go a LONG way before I forget either incident. It is far too early in the school year for this kind of junk.

Sorry for bellyachin. Gotta go.
Have a good one.

09-26-2006, 06:52 PM
ginny- i do not know how bus drivers do it. when i taught kdg. just the few field trip rides i had to make on the bus stressed me out beyond belief. so you know what, you can bellyache anytime you want!! (love the scale fairy...i am going to have to use that one)

kerry- i hope the scales are good to you tonight!! mine are yo-yoing up and down by about 3 pounds right now and it is driving me crazy.

anglea- great idea putting them both in the same stroller. my kids are four years apart too but the would have never sat that close to each other. now they are 14 and 10 and walk with me all the time and it is a great way for us to stay connected. we talk about EVERYTHING on our little walks.

melody- how are you doing with ww and keeping up with your points? i did great today until our faculty meeting. each place had a candy bar and lifesavers. i could have resisted, i should have resisted....but i didn't. oh well, tomorrow is another day.

pam- glad that the scale fairy (stole that from ginny) was good to you this morning. i think that she is mad at me becasue she keeps giving and taking the same 3 pounds.

hope everyone has a great tuesday night and wonderful wednesday!!

09-26-2006, 07:04 PM
Hi everyone. I hope you had a good day.

Trob, I am doing fine with points so far. I really want to be in the 230's by my next weigh in. I would be so happy if I could lose 2 pounds this week and be at 238. It would be the first time I hit the 230's since before R.J. was born and he is almost 5.

Ginny, I bet you can't wait to unload that bus every day. I don't know if I could stand to be trapped in that bus with those kids!

Pam, what happened with the Teacher of the Year annoncement?

Angela, I hope your next walk is better. Have you thought of getting a wagon when the baby is a little older? I sometimes pull R.J. in his wagon and he likes that.

Kerry, I hope you had a good TOPS meeting. Glad you got to go to Curves. I am thinking of giving Curves a try, but probably not for another month or so.

09-26-2006, 08:49 PM
So now you will all know that I am really insane........I love these kids.
They know it, their parents know it. As a matter of fact, the little guy I had to write up- well I saw his mother (who was picking him up for a lesson today)- I ran up to her at school while she was waiting for him- hoping that she would understand my dillemma. She (with a huge smile on her face)- told me that she was going to call me to tell me that she was never going to allow him to ride with me again (totally joking, of course) but then she said that she knew I might possibly take it seriously and she could not do that to me......teachers get a new class every year.......I have driven the same bunch for 4 years. You do get attached to them, even the creeps. Yes I am insane.

good luck tonite, Kerry!!!!!:) Melody and Trob, hope your days ended up well.

09-26-2006, 09:06 PM
Good evening, all.
I didn't come by yesterday because it was really a challenging day. My ED kiddo is not happy with the loss of his privileges, and took it out on me all day yesterday. We also had several incidents of slapping or smacking our friends in class, work refusal and plenty of staring at the ceiling. We finished with some crying at the end of the day. The results of yesterday have 2 of my kids starting on point sheets tomorrow.
Today was difficult as well, but for a different reason. Our school is participating in a group called Rachel's Challenge ( The program is named for a girl who died during the Columbine shootings. They have a speaker's bureau and talk about Rachel, her life, and how to prevent what happened at Columbine from happening elsewhere. I'm not into sentimental things, especially in public... I may well be the only person who didn't cry at the ending of ET. I was in tears during this presentation. We did classroom based activities when the presentation was over, which I adapted for my students.
My ED kiddo kept it together during the assembly (probably because I was sitting right next to him!), but lost it after we got back to the room. He told our TA when he walked him to his next class that he wasn't ever talking to me again because I hated him and didn't care about him. I'd told him that I just didn't understand how he could come back from that assesmbly and act the way he had in class. And that I didn't know what to say to him right then. Then, I turned around and went back to the class and left him there.
But, the teacher from his ED program gave him the same message... with the hope that it might sink in eventually.
We didn't get to go on CBI because our bus never showed up. We finished with a really awesome math lesson on place value and lining up numbers. I made it hands on/movement by printing off number cards 0-10, and then cards for Hundreds/Tens/Ones, and getting the kids up and lining themselves up or moving around to figure out their numbers... Then we used Powerpoint to make a number all the different ways we could think of, etc, etc, etc.
It was really nice. I got a good picture of one of the groups doing it too.
I hope tomorrow goes more smoothly...

Melody: Congrats on the scale!!!
Pam: Yes, the end of August... it was really minor, out-patient surgery related to my endocrine disorder. But, I was apparently really allergic to something they gave me while at the hospital. I wound up in the ER less than 48 hours after the procedure, and a week later, developed vasculitis. That's when you bleed under the skin from the capillaries... it can be caused by a bunch of things, including some real serious. They did lots of blood work, but turned up nothing, so they think it was a systemic reaction to something at the hospital. I was having real trouble eating for weeks... I really just started eating again this week. I can't swim until all the scabs/bumps from the vasculitis is gone, because they'll come off in the water. Its driving me nuts, and could be another 3-4 weeks before I can swim... Mostly because my shoes and socks keep rubbing off the scabs! :( I look like I was attacked by millions of hungry mosquitos!

09-26-2006, 10:35 PM
Evening Ladies,
Yeah the scale fairy was my friend this evening. I got on the scales for it to read 218.25 so I am down 2 pounds from last week. Yes. If I keep this up I may just be under 200 pounds by Christmas time. I had an okay day at school. My class and my afterschool class were very chatty and wanted to horseplay today. So I was a little stressed by the time I left school. I went home put on some workout clothes and then headed to the lake for a quick stroll. I was able to go around the lake and the island in 35 minutes. It usually takes my 40 to 45 minutes. So that was a good brisk walk I had. I then headed to TOPS. I felt refreshed and relaxed there tonight. The first time in a long time.
Melody, you can try Curves for free for a week. They give you a free week membership to see if you like it. I was going to go again tomorrow night after work. But remembered my sdd has another volleyball game this time at 6:45. I will be getting off work at either 5:30 or 6 so that doesn't give me enough time. I might just try to sneak a walk in after her game. I think you would really like it. There is a thread on the excerise fourm about Curves. I haven't been on it for awhile. Glad you are staying within your points for the day.
Mouse, sorry to hear that you had a really rough day yesterday with your kids. Hope tomorrow is better for you. Sounds like you really have your hands full with your students this year. Your math lesson sounds like it was a fun exciting learning time for your kids. I bet they enjoyed doing the hands on and movement part of it while learning at the same time. Is your sores healing any? I know how bad you are missing your swimming time.
Trob, I know what you mean about the same three pounds coming and going. I was like that for the last month or so. I hope that I have broke out of the rut and will continue to lose. That is awesome that your kids enjoy to go on walks with you. My stepkids will go on walks with me every once in awhile. I enjoy those times with them. I am hoping that they continue to do that when they are older. Having the candy bar at your staff meeting couldn't be that bad. You will get right back on track tomorrow. Don't beat yourself up over it.
Angela, so have you tried the stroller for your walk this evening? Have you solved the case of your class being so chatty and the back talker? If so, please share your tips with me. I have to break my students of those habits.
Ginny, I am in the same boat you are with your bus riders. I have my students for 2 up to 4 years in a row. So I get really attached to them and am very close to them and their parents. I am glad that the mom was able to joke about the situation with you. Sounds like you have the support of many of your parents. Hope you were able to relax after your insane bus route. I think there must be something in the air that kids all over the US are acting weird this week. No full moon until the 7th of Oct. So it can't be that.
Casey hope you are adjusting to your schedule change. Just think of all the good you will do for that little guy by justing being there to work with him. Hope you are getting back into a normal routine after your weekend away.
Pam, so how did your teacher of the year awards program go tonight? Hope your scale is still being nice to you. LOL
Robyn, hope all is going well with you. Come back and chat with us when you can.
Well I must go and get ready for tomorrow. Then I am going to go and read a few pages before bed. I went to the library and got a couple new books. Started one last night called Something Borrowed. Only was able to read the first 6 pages, but so far it appears to be a good book. I only get to read right before bed during the school year. If I don't read a few pages a night before going to bed, for some reason I don't sleep as well.
Have a great Wednesday! Chat with you all tomorrow.
Good Night,

09-27-2006, 01:16 AM
Went on my walk today. The boys did great! But Man am I sore today. Tomorrow is a rest day cause I have church.
My chatty back talker has an even bigger problem - he doesn't listen. He went home and told his mother that I wanted to send him to special ed. She got upset and sent me a note saying she did not want him there. What I told him was I was signing him up for in school tutoring which we provide due to the standardized testing. I had already talked to her about it before the school year began. I had also tried to call her several times last week about his behavior and couldn't reach her. She gave me 2 cell numbers, neither of which were on. I left messages on both and of course she never called back. I would hate to have to find her if he was hurt or something.

09-27-2006, 08:50 AM
Good Morning Everyone!

The scale says 239 this morning! I checked it 3 times to make sure it was right. I am finally out of the 240's and I am hoping to not see the 240's again.

I hope you all have a good day. On Wednesdays our kid go home at 1pm (it's called Early Release Day). Teachers stay until 3pm though so we can have meetings, etc. I like Wednesdays since the day goes by so fast! The weekend is coming!

Talk to you all later.

09-27-2006, 11:08 AM
Yay Melody!!!!!!!!

Early release every Wednesday? How nice! How long is your day the rest of the week to make up those minutes?

09-27-2006, 12:13 PM
Hi everyone,
Hope you are having a great Wednesday! I am having a good day so far. It might be because my back talker/last word boy is not here today.
Angela, glad that you got your walk in last night. I bet you would be very sore after pushing both of them in the stroller. Atleast that is a great alternative to taking the trike. Hopefully you won't have to try and get in touch with the back talker's mommy in a hurry.
Melody, glad that your scales budged into the 230's this morning. Isn't that a wonderful feeling.?
Hi to Casey, Trob, Pam, Robyn and Ginny. Hope your days are going great.
Have a great afternoon.
Take care,

09-27-2006, 01:34 PM
Kerry!!!!!!!!!!!:carrot: :carrot: Woo hoo..........:D So glad that the scale fairy was good to you, you deserve it! Keep up the great work. Try to come up with a game plan for the fatty holidays that are ahead of us- Halloween, THanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe we can all get to our goals by mid December. Wouldn't that be nice! (got my tape in this am......sister in sweat) Hope the rest of your day is a good one.

Angela- great that you got a walk in! Feels great, doesn't it? I have a solution for the chatty bratty........we can sit him in the first row with my MM and let them torment each other.;) Wish I could. How sad that you could not reach his mom. I have had that happen too. I had a mom who took herself to the movies on a half day.........oh, the kids got out at 12........her movie got out at 3...........what a wackadoo. Dont' you feel for these kids sometimes?

Melody- the scale fairy was good to you too!!!!:carrot: Congrats. Enjoy the quiet afternoon with an early dismissal.

Mouse- glad you are ok. Shall we put your Ed kiddo, Angela's chatty bratty and my Mr Manipulator together??????? I promise to be my usual anal self and torment the heck out of them and insist upon good behavior..........which is tough while driving.

Gotta go.........Pam ,Trob and Robyn (miss you!) hope your day goes well.
Back to work.

09-27-2006, 02:33 PM

For the past couple of years we have gotten the Early Release day as part of a reading grant so that teachers can have time to get together and learn new strategies. I don't think we really make up the minutes. My day starts at 7:45am and ends at 3:30pm everyday. I don't know if we will get the early release days after this year because I think the grant is running out this year.

09-27-2006, 07:43 PM
melody- did you do a little dance this morning when you stepped on the scale? i do everytime it moves down.

mouse- sorry you stinker is giving you so much trouble. there always has to be one in the bunch

ginny- i can see how you get attached to the kids on your bus. i looped on year and had four of the same kids and then i had those same kids again last year in art. they are still some of my favorite students of all time. i really got to know them and watch the grow up.

everyone else- hope that you had a great day. my family is calling me to get in the car. it is time for our wednesday night family food fest at my sisters.

09-27-2006, 08:46 PM
Hi everyone. I finally did the Walk Away the Pounds video today. I started with the 1 mile. I have the 1, 2, 3 mile DVDs but I am going to stick with 1 mile until I build up my endurance again. I feel better now that I did it. I am going to committ to doing an exercise DVD at least 3 times per week so I can step up my weight loss and lower my blood pressure. Talk to you all later.

09-27-2006, 08:51 PM
Good evening, all.
Melody: The private school I worked at had early release on Wednesdays as well so that teams could meet and IEPs and stuff could get done. Somehow, I never seemed to have my meetings or anything on those days. Congrats on your scale!
Kerry: Congrats!!!
Trob: Yea... This kid is truly emotionally disturbed, though, and gets no counseling or therapy to help. He must feel awful all the time because we jump on him everytime he does something inappropriate. We have to, we don't have a choice. And, it doesn't help when I require him to do 45-50 minutes of work in a 90 minute period... I set goals, and if he reaches them, he gets to play a game or do another activity, but he never ever reaches it because we spend half the period redirecting him. When he's in the ED program, they never make him read or write, they usually give him a math worksheet and when he's done with that, he's allowed to use the computer. I don't EVER let my kids free surf on the net. I have enough trouble getting everything done that we need to get done!
Ginny: That works for me. When would you like me to deliver him to New York for you? I can just ship him UPS Ground... ;) He's pretty skinny. He totally lost the trip to go get lunch at the chinese restaurant on Friday. And here's an example of his behavior: We tell him he can't go with us, and he says, "That's okay, CBI is boring and I hate chinese food anyway!" 20 minutes later, he says, "When are you going?" I tell him, "During 7th period" (which is our CBI period, and during the lunches). He says, "Oh. I thought you were going all day, and I wasn't sure what I'd be doing." I say, "Why would we spend ALL DAY at a chinese restaurant?" "Oh, they're cool places. I love going to them, and spend all day there." :blink: This is a typical conversation in our classroom.
I did receive an interesting phone call from my insurance company: They have a wellness program that you're enrolled in if they think you have certain conditions. They must base it on the prescriptions you have filled and doctors/specialists that you see... They called today to ask me if I was interested in joining the program for diabetics, and those with high blood pressure. :snicker: Poor lady... I'm neither diabetic nor have high blood pressure. I take the medications to treat the symptoms of the endocrine disorder.
So... I'm sure there was something else I was going to stay, but I'm not at all sure now what it was.

09-27-2006, 09:09 PM
Gosh...miss a day here and you can't keep up!

My Principal postponed my schedule change and reevaluate it in two weeks. I try to let her know I didn't mind working with the teacher/student. I offered to work with her the second half of the morning willingly if she would just give me the first 1.25 hour in my classroom.

I explained that I like making lesson plans for my spelling center. If I move, I have to give up the only center where I'm the teacher. Because my teacher is on probation from having previous teachers report her as not pulling her weight and being overdependent, she assumed the rumors that she was overleaning on me. I told her that my teacher never gave me that center. The master teacher gave it to me last year when I kept suggesting games all the time. The teacher I have this year simply let me keep that part of the day for myself. Obviously I would be heartbroken if I have to give it up. I explained that not only do I like making the plans, etc, but I learn so much about these students by observing how they learn to things I have created. I go back and readapt them and learn something new from that adaptation every time. This helps me understand how to help them throughout the day in other language arts and even behavior situations. So I get additional brownie points for improving my teacher's reputation with the Principal.

The reason she postponed it has nothing to do with me though. She decided to go back and try to convince the parents to place the kid in first grade (my grade) instead of second grade (parents insist) because everyone involved says he is totally out of his league even in the mildly sped class in second grade.

The Principal did ask me if I would be willing to create games/etc for the second grade classes. I told her it depends on how the teachers feel about that. I love it, but I don't want to step on anyone's toes.

The truth is in some ways I do far less for this teacher than I did for her and the Master teacher last year. At the same time I do have a few new duties. One of them is the Newsletter at the end of the week. Also she asks me to assist on parent emails occasionally. Plus I write any forms, etc. I suggest crafts (but I did that last year) and help with them. Everyone assumes I'm overdoing it. I'm not really doing more than I did last year (of course everyone thought I was overdoing it then too). I tend to like to stay and clean up, sit in on planning meetings, look up new lessons/crafts/worksheets at home, come up with new projects, etc. Because I work for free, they assume the teacher over relied on me. I'm just an overachiever. There is a difference.

My son's after school program asked me to teach a sign class once a week. It's during the time I normally pick him up. They said my other son can join in on the class and they will give me a discount on the tuition I pay.

The reason I like my class is because my teachers don't have a strict boundary for our jobs. Sometimes they assist with mine and sometimes I assist with theirs. They don't mind me making suggestions for new stuff, creating homework, etc. They treat me as equals and include me on the planning meeting and keep me aprised of upcoming lessons. They ask my opinion and allow me to offer feedback. While the teachers really did most of the teaching work, they treated me as part of the team instead of "just an aide" or someone they tell what to do. THey always ask "Do you mind doing me a favor..etc" They give me choices "Would you rather make copies of this or watch and assist the children with the journal time?" Whatever I decide, they do the other. I'm blessed. In the process I work overboard (and for free..but not because they asked).

Friday's 1/2 day was planned by me (but she will do the prep). She mentioned a craft and cooking activity. I suggested No Bake Cookies (so we don't have to worry about getting things cooked in time and a Traffic Light craft (because we are studying transportation). We are also doing a spelling test. No biggie. I also make it VERY clear that any suggestions I do (even if it took time to get it) can be vetoed. It is up to HER to make the decisions of what plans based on what she thinks will best serve the curriculum and even based on what she already has prepped. My goal is NEVER to upsurp the teacher. I love my room!

09-27-2006, 11:14 PM
Never thought I would be back, but here I am.

Melody- congrats on getting a 1 mile "walk" in!:carrot: Every mile counts....great way to start out, so you do not burn out.

Trob- hope your Wed nite food fest was not too fattening!;) I hear ya with watching the kids grow up.......I have had some of my route since kindergarten (now in 4th grade). You get so darned attached to them. A fellow driver (who for personal/schedule reasons had to change routes after many years) had actually driven some of the parents, and now was driving their kids. She stayed with her route one last year to drive one last "crop" of kindergarteners (the last child of a few families). You sure do get attached to them.

Mouse- UPS ground is fine.;) It must kill you to do your best with the ED that I can tell you know he is not really getting all that he deserves/needs. And yet somehow, you must manage and manage all the other students who need you just as much. We have all heard it before, you spend 90% of your time on 10% of the students. Sure doesn't seem fair.
As far as your health plan.........will they allow you in it anyway? (the wellness program that is). Would there be any benefit to you?

Casey- sure sounds as though you have a wonderful, cooperative environment to work in. It sure does make a person want to go the extra mile. For whatever reason, good thing that your schedule change has been delayed.

Me, I survived another day. Tomorrow will be long- I am teaching computer at Dd's school, then was asked to drive a 1/2 day kindergarten dismissal.
And all my regular stuff. Mr Manipulator and his brother are an interesting two. The little brother seems to hate school - think because he is made to toe the line and can't get away with murder. I had to ask the principal to take him off the bus this am- he hunkered down on the floor and refused to go in. (I have other kids in his class on my bus and the teacher is quite experienced- the other kids seem to like her). Then he refused to cooperate on the bus this afternoon, I told him he should be happy to get on the bus as it is going to take him back to thinks he dislikes anyone who does not allow him to do whatever he wants. Period. (why me?)
Other than that I am still declaring law and order.....meaning that at times it is hard to tell the difference between the wicked witch of the west and me.
Another week or so and I can loosen up. The bus is so crowded this year- I really need the kids cooperation to make this work.

I am pooped........perhaps I will not be here tomorrow. Nite

09-28-2006, 12:16 AM
Melody you are making up the minutes. We start at 7:45 and get out at 3:00 and that is 30 min more than when I was in Texas. I would stay an extra 30 min for 1/2 day of no kids every week.

I think I might have found a double stroller. The librarian said her daughter was trying to sell hers a few months ago. So I told her to find out how much she wants for it.

09-28-2006, 12:43 PM
Hi Ladies,
It is a wet and cold Fall day here in Ohio. It makes it difficult when you have to leave your room which is in a portable to go to the main building to the office, restroom or gym. Then here in a little bit we need to go to the other building where our cafeteria is. Makes me just want to go home and crawl back in bed and sleep the day away. :) Looks like I will have to make a trip into Curves this evening, so I can workout. Since I don't feel like walking outside in the rain.
Melody, we are starting to have early release days this year. We will have them once a month and during that time we will be working on professional development related to rising the achievement scores for our school. The only bad thing about them is that they all take place on Friday's. That is not how I would like to spend my Friday afternoon at school. Glad you got your Walk Away the Pounds tape out and used it. I have all of the ones for Walk Away The Pounds Express (1,2,3 miles), Walk Away The Pounds for the Abs (1,2,3), Walk Strong (2), Walk and Kick(2), Walk and Jog(2), and the 4 mile super challenge. Right now I have only had the time for the 2 mile walks. I do a different one each morning. I think your plan to start out with the one mile and work up is great. Keep it up and you will be doing the 3 mile one in no time.
Trob, so how was your family food fest at your sister's last night? That sounds like a lot of fun. My sisters don't live close by me so we can't do that . Hope your day is going great for you.
Casey glad your schedule change hasn't happened for you yet. Sounds like you have a great working environment. Sounds like you enjoy going the extra mile for the children and teachers. Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Mouse, sorry to hear that your Ed kid is still giving you such fits. I think he is doing it becasue he likes all the attention he is getting. Does he crave the attention be it positive or negative? Sounds like you have been having a busy weekend. I would check into that Wellness program any way and see if there would be any benfit to you doing it. That is just my two cents worth. You can take it or leave it.
Angela, that is great about finding a double stroller. I will keep my fingers crossed and home that it doesn't cost too much for you and you are able to buy it. That would be great when your oldest grows a little bit more and you still want to go for walks.
Ginny, hope your long day is going well for you. Sounds like you are going to be very busy. Hope you are able to find sometime to walk. Remember it helps clear your mind and get that great brain power working. Wishing you lots of luck when you visit the scale fairy tomorrow at WW's.
Pam so how is your week going? How did the Teacher of the Year awards program go the other night? Hope all is well with you.
Hi Robyn. Miss you and have been thinking about you. Come back when you can.
Well ladies, I need to go and eat my lunch before I go to recess duty. Have a great afternoon. Talk to you all later.
For a truly inspiring story, go to General Chatter and check out the Prepared to be Inspired ( this is not a joke) thread. Makes you rethink some of the things we do and why we do them for our students on a daily basis.

09-28-2006, 07:44 PM
What a long stinking day. I am tired. I am also tired of being my husbands whipping boy (verbal, that is). He has not apologized but recanted sort of...I am too tired for this nonsense.

MM's little brother would not leave the bus again this am. I have spoken to his teacher (who is wondering if he does not transition well.....or perhaps the bus sound or smell sets him off?) I had to have the principal get him off again.
BLESS her, she actually rode my route with me this afternoon. What an amazing woman. She told me they are having issues with him in school too - suspecting aspergers syndrome. I have asked her to keep me up to speed,the teacher also. But mom is in denial. (you could have guessed that, right?)

Kerry- thanks for thinking of me. I did sneak in my WW tape.:carrot: And I am such a burnout I will go for a short walk. The breeze feels wonderful here in NY. Hope you got to Curves this evening....later I will get to general chatter and check that out. Oh, and thanks for personally addressing me.
On a day like this it means a lot!

Angela- hope the stroller works out for you.


09-28-2006, 08:27 PM
Good afternoon everyone. I am so glad tomorrow is Friday!

ECmom, it does sound like maybe that little boy might have Asperger's. I have a student with Asperger's and they can be quite a challenge. Luckily, the little boy I work is very well behaved and is only difficult when he is scared. He is easily frightened by rain and noises such as lawn mowers and vacuum cleaners.

Kerry, I hope you were able to get to Curves today. I am going to do another WATP DVD in just a little bit. I will probably do the 1 mile again.

D.Smart, I know how you feel about going into other's classrooms. That's what I do all day, but luckily all of the teacher's are very open and seem very appreciative of all the help I give to the Sped and regular children. I teach centers in some of the rooms and I like that part. I actually enjoyed teaching summer school, though, because it was nice to have my very own classroom. However, I do like to not have to worry about classroom management and discipline as much when I am inclusion teacher.

Angela, I hope you were able to get that double stroller today.

Trob, Anonymouse and everyone else,
I hope you had a good day today.

BTW, the scale is down another pound to 238! If I can get down 1 more pound before Monday I will be at the 10 pound mark since I joined WW.

09-28-2006, 09:03 PM
Melody: As an inclusion teacher do you make up your own "pull out" lessons? That's what I would be missing. Also sometimes some teachers don't feel aides are on the same level and will do more ordering than cooperative teaming (I like that word..thanks). Plus many feel threatened if you have feedback/suggestions or too much of it. I'm interested too. I like to think of new stuff. In the end I let the teacher decide and I'm always happy to follow but at least I was heard and valued. That's what worries me about moving. I would think as an inclusion teacher you at least have their respect as a teacher and they WANT you to help them with their issues/etc.

I want to edit to say that not all aides want to be included. Some want to do just what they are supposed to do and have more firm ideas of what their duties are. My duties are more blurred and I like that.

09-28-2006, 09:56 PM
D. Smart,

I do have to write lesson plans. I do pullout my students for 30 minutes tutoring sessions on Wednesdays in groups of 3 (I have 18 students). The rest of the week I make lesson plans for small group instruction within the classroom. For example, in my 3rd grade class, I teach two groups during reading who need the most help (only 2 of my students are in those groups). In my second grade class, I just go in for 30 minutes at the end of the day and do extra practice remediation with just my 1 student in there. In my 1st grade class, I work with my two students plus two others who are struggling in reading and then I go back and help with math. In my two kindergarten classes, I help with math lessons in one class and reading centers in another class. I have a Special Education assistant who goes into another 3rd grade class, two more kindergarten classes, and he also goes to the 1st grade class that I go to as well. My Asperger's student is in 1st grade so he needs a lot of support.

At my school we have two Special Education Assistants. One for K-3 with me and one for 4-6 with the other Sped. teacher. The Sped assistants plan things to do and work with students, but they consult with the regular Sped. teacher and the Regular classroom teacher about what the student's needs are. Our Sped. assistants are treated with respect and are appreciated. I wish that all assistants could feel that way. Assistants are very important. I feel bad a lot that the assistant pay is so much less than teachers. When I taught at summer school my pay was $24/hour, but my assistants was only $8/hour and she worked just as hard as me and really cared about the kids. Finally, our school district is going to start a pay scale for assistants that would go up with every year that they work and I think that will be a lot better.

It's almost Friday!!

09-28-2006, 10:38 PM
Melody, one thing I hear from teachers alot is they don't have training to work with an assistant. It seems simple but really it can be complicated, especially when you haven't hired the person yourself (as a boss would). There are so many personalities. Sometimes it's hard for teachers to realize aides are gasp...individuals. They have different expectations, needs and wants for the job. This is especially difficult when the administration comes in and doesn't even address the aide when they need to pull them for something. Hello..I am a person. My teachers last year started saying "ask HER" (this was code for, they didn't mind but I could tell them anything I wanted). Gosh. Then I have aides that give me crap because I do stuff they WON'T do. I never asked them to. So I like lesson planning. So I like making a newsletter. Get over it. By the same token, it's not fair for a teacher to put up with people that don't want to do their job. I guess you can tell I get frustrated with it all. Get a life. Get training. Move on.

09-28-2006, 10:50 PM
Evening, all.

What a day! Geez... I swear, these kids are absolutely amazing in what they do at times.
In the on-going saga of ED-land, we had a team meeting for him today. The 2 ED teachers, myself, the principal for our programs, and his guidance counselor plus our Dean. Let me tell you, it was a rocking meeting! The one ED teacher totally got on my case and said I punish him too much. Mind, now, this is the same woman who didn't answer the email I sent her about setting up this meeting, and STILL hasn't gotten with me about the English books though she's been asked 3 times. She HAS a planning period. AND a duty-free lunch. The least she could do is give me the freaking textbooks!
I explained to her, carefully and slowly, what led to this behavior: he had been warned multiple times last year that if his transitioning behavior didn't improve, he would be escorted, and that if his cafeteria behavior didn't improve, he would lose that privilege as well. In the first 4 weeks of school he has: body-slammed kids, been late for class multiple times, been found wandering the halls on the 2nd floor, threatened 2 students verbally while posturing, and screamed at the cafeteria staff and me because his mother changed how his meal plan worked (he's only allowed to buy regular lunch). He's had a scale of discipline: lunch detention, warnings, not earning points on his point sheet, before school detention, then this. Anybody else doing this behavior would (especially the threats!) be suspended! I've kept him from being suspended everytime except once, when he threated both a teacher and the assistant principal. I know that in the ED program they only make him do Math, which is his strongest subject, and its easy math... and only make him do 1 or 2 worksheets before he's allowed free time. I set much higher goals for him because I know he can do it. He does get plenty of positive attention from us...
He definitely seeks and wants any kind of attention. A lot of times when we give him positives, he refuses them or twists it around. He'll tear up the reward tickets, refuse to get his point sheet signed, refuse to use a positive he's bought with points like lunch with me (and me paying!) delivered to school, or a gift card to the movies or a magazine.
Then, after hearing that, I hear that his father (who is just like his son, no basis in reality!) called the school and demanded that he be removed from all of my classes (I said he could go to the ED program full-time, then, because they're using the same materials I use for some kids, and got a dirty look from the female ED teacher who said I punished him too much!). The father says he wants this because I am a detriment to his son's mental health, I'm a micro-manager, and I don't let him look at girls! I swear, my reaction was like, "What the :censored:?!" which is not my usual reaction to anything!
I don't let him look at girls!?!?!?
We finished the day with a fire drill and one of my girls telling the severe disabilities teacher that she was dizzy, and allergic to peanuts... and that she'd had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch! :mad: Not smart. Did it during the fire drill. They got her in a wheelchair, took her to the clinic, called 911, the works. she's not allergic to peanuts. At all.
I had a totally awesome math lesson planned as a follow-up to the one we did Tuesday, and didn't get it done because I had to deal with that. I was not happy.
As for the wellness program: Well, no...its targetted for people with those health conditions, and I don't have them. They work with you to lose weight and exercise and eat better. I don't have perfect eating by a long shot, but I'm not too bad... I do exercise (well, I'm not now because of that stupid vasculitis!), and really... i'm not going to lose weight on any program they recommend. And that is just a huge blow to my self-esteem... to never lose weight even when following a strict/specific program.

09-28-2006, 10:58 PM
I totally agree with you! In 11 years, I've only had 3 good TAs... one I'm still friends with, and one is my current TA. He is catching the same kind of attitude you talk about from the other TAs in our school right now. I don't have a planning period, because I have kids all day every day. I wasn't supposed to have kids all during 2nd period, they're supposed to be off working, but my one kid comes back from adaptive PE during that time, the other doesn't have a job yet, and the third starts next week, one day a week. So, they're still there, which means I need to plan for them! And our kids need supervision in the cafeteria, plus one of us has to babysit our ED kiddo in the classroom till he earns cafeteria privileges back. So, my TA, has chosen to be the one in the cafeteria and to get his lunch/break after we're done...but he still does it in our room. Initially he was doing this because I was really sick from the surgery and allergic reaction... and couldn't handle being near food at all. That's pretty much passed, unless (like yesterday) its fried chicken. He mentioned it at a TA meeting, and our Dean tried to set it up so he'd have a break. He's hourly, and so by law is required to get a lunch break. He told them its becuase I don't have a break, I'm usually there at 7:45 to do things for the day, do things at night at home, and after school... etc, etc. Well, the one TA totally gave him and me attitude this morning when she came down at 11:30 to give him a break and get his lunch. He didn't want it, and she got upset and said she was leaving because she didn't want to be involved in anything shady or that could involve a law suit.
HE thinks they are upset with him because he does a lot of stuff he doesn't have to do also... he helps teach, makes copies, sits with the kids during lunch, splits community work periods with me (usually taking the harder of the jobs because its hard for me to stand for long periods of time with my ankle!).
He also coaches girls basketball and does all kinds of things for his team. They are ALWAYS coming to see him! Even the varsity players do.

09-28-2006, 11:03 PM
Evening Ladies,
The week is almost over. I think as the school year goes on, my weeks seem to get longer and longer. It must be the 10 hours that I work extra for the afterschool program. Then all the running I have to do in the evenings when I get home from school. This weekend I don't have a lot planned. I am going to the football game tomorrow evening with my dh and the kids. Then Saturday I hope to make another trip to Curves, deliever some of my Avon orders and go out Saturday night for dinner with some gals from the afterschool program. So hopefully I will have a nice relaxing weekend. My game plan is to get my lesson plans done tomorrow afternoon before I leave the building. So I don't have to take them home with me over the weekend.
I did make it to Curves this evening. I really need the visit after spending the day cooped up with my kids in our room due to the rain. Don't you know it stopped raining when they were dismissing for the end of the school day!
My kids told me this afternoon they all wanted to come home with me this evening and have a sleepover. I said I am sorry but I don't think the school and their parents would allow that. Plus I need my break away from them for a little while. They said they still didn't care, they really wanted to come home with me. That is cute but scary at the same time.
Ginny, sorry you had a long stinking day. Hope you were able to get some rest. Sounds like you have your hands full with MM's little brother. That was nice of the principal to ride with you this afternoon to monitor the little boy. I don't know of too many principal's that would ride the school bus to monitor a child's behavior out side of school. Glad you got your walk in and tape. I hope the scale fairy is nice to you tomorrow. You desevere after the long week you have had on your bus.
Melody, I agree with you on the aides pay. I think they get a very poor pay schedule at all schools. I know that my aides don't make a whole lot of money and it is hard for them to raise their families on their salaries. But they love what they are doing. In our afterschool program, teachers get paid $18.00 an hour and teacher's aides get paid $13.00. So atleast it isn't a big slap in the face like at your school with the summer school pay. Hope you got your WATP tape in this evening.
Hi to Trob, Casey, Angela, Pam, Robyn and Mouse. Hope you all had a wonderful day. Just think the weekend is almost here.
Well I am headed off to bed. Talk to you all later. Have a great day tomorrow!

09-28-2006, 11:25 PM
Mouse..that's what I mean. I enjoy planning for my spelling center (I actually got upset at the thought of having it taken away). I like making newsletter and after reminding the teacher about making a field trip form, making one. (BTW, I was the ONLY one in the entire school who thought about making this flyer to send home to parents a week ahead of time). Normally the secretary does it and we don't have one right now. The day before at a meeting it came up and everybody was flabbergasted that the parents hadn't been told. I like taking over a class to help the teacher when she is behind, has a meeting, etc. I don't mind coming up with on the spot stuff if unplanned absences occur. I don't mind being the counselor and dishing out discipline. I don't mind looking up new activities over the weekend or staying late to clean up the room because there is no time during the day. I don't mind grading papers (love it actually). I don't mind staying late for planning time so I know what's going on too. The principal gave up trying to make me leave. LOL. These are all things I get crap about from other aides or teachers from time to time. Don't do all that. Your teacher is supposed to. Today they called my teacher lazy. Gosh I hate having to defend myself and my teacher all the time. It is a blessing when a team is so fond of each other and work well. My teacher actually doesn't ask me to do stuff much. I just know what needs to be done. I like it that way. It's less like ordering and more like we are just doing what needs to be done together. I love my job and would feel much better if I didn't have to defend it. Everytime I do something I'm proud of, I make the mistake of showing someone. I'm proud. Then comes the "You are doing that? Why are YOU doing that? You shouldn't be doing that. That's her job." I would like to say its because she is on probation and they want her to be fully accountable but the truth is these attitudes happened last year too. Grrr...

BTW, when peeps complain that I work for free alot, I have to remind them I enjoy it so much I came a week before school and helped out anyone that needed help. I LIKE it.

09-28-2006, 11:55 PM
Todat was payday!!! We were finally given a $1500 raise. My check was only $24 more. I was confused until I noticed they docked me 3 hours and said I had 0 sick days left after being on maternity leave. WHAT??? I thought I was suppose to have 7days left. I went to the office and we pulled up my file and all my sick days. I had missed 23 days in 3 years out off 30 so yes I do still have 7 days. Thankgoodness I caught it cause the computer had wiped my days clean. I was able to pick up a second check after school.

I am getting the stroller tomorrow for $50. That was exactly what I wanted to pay. New it was over $150. It is a graco like the one I have now so my carseat will snap on.

I need your prayers tonight for FIL. His kidneys are shutting down and he is in the ICU. They will begin dialysis tomorrow through his jugular since the stint in his arm hasn't healed enough. dh is very upset. He is going to spend next week with him.

09-29-2006, 11:18 AM
OMG OMG OMG!!!! The end of the 2004-2005 school year one of our teachers was arrested for child molestation that took place in his classroom. Last night the jury convicted him on all 12 counts!! I got chills when I heard the verdict. It is just so sad. One of the students was moved into my classroom when the story broke in 2005. It is just so scary to think what people can do. And no one ever suspected him. He was teacher of the year, dressed professionally, well liked and active in the church. It just goes to show you, you never know.

09-29-2006, 01:46 PM
Hi. TGIF! I hope you all have a good weekend!

09-30-2006, 10:42 AM
Morning all.

Baby: Wow, that is really scary. My co-leader at one of my Red Cross chapters was also convicted of child molestation. We had no idea... not a bit. He did boy scout stuff, softball coach, etc, plus he was in my classroom & around my kids when we did Red Cross stuff. I was really freaked, but so very glad that my TA and I NEVER EVER left any kids alone with him. That's just how we were: we didn't leave them alone in any community locations with anybody because they were only 11-13 years old, and we both figured that was too young. I taught middle school at that time. I'll be thinking about you & your family, also.
Kerry: Hope you get the nice weekend you deserve. I'm heading to my mom's house in a little bit. I promised her that I'd get there early because I'll have to go have dinner with my father. :sigh: I'll also have to go over to Panera tomorrow to do work for both my math class and my graduate class. Or maybe Borders. I'd rather go there, but the wireless there isn't free. Borders has better drinks. :)
My ED Kiddo didn't come to school yesterday because the school said he's staying with me. I talked to my Dean in the morning, and then my TA and I went back to talk to her after that... We showed the Dean all the stuff we have in place for him and all the positives he can earn/get. We talked about his behavior and noted that most of it isn't even happening in my room (except he does tend to refuse to do his reading work). Then, later, my principal also talked to me. She said that they are going to meet with the parents (Dean, ***'t principal, head principal) and take me & the TA out of the loop so the parents can redirect their focus off of us. She is totally backing me, our TA and the program. That is totally awesome. And for those of you that knew me before I came to this school... you can only imagine how I feel right now!!!! It really is just amazing that they are behind me 100%. The Dean had actually told me that the principal was going to talk to me yesterday; she wanted to warn me because she knows how I tend to react when an administrator wants to talk to me... all because of that last place I worked, really... I was nervous before that because I don't tend to have good relationships with my principals, but that last place really took the cake.
Need to leave for my mom's, I'll chat later.

10-02-2006, 08:41 AM
Hi everyone! As usual the weekend was over too fast! I am so ready for a longer break from school!

Today is my weigh-in day at Weight Watchers. According to me scale, I am down another 3 pounds, but we'll see what the WW scale says this afternoon.

Last night I tried a WW recipe from one of my friend's cookbooks and it was really good. It was BBQ meatloaf. My husband liked it and that's good because he's wary of anything from a diet cookbook. He says he's going to start dieting with me today and I hope he will.

Well, I hope everyone has a good Monday.

10-02-2006, 09:37 PM
Hi everyone. I had my weight watcher weigh-in today. I lost 4 more pounds. So far, I have lost 11 since joining Weight Watchers and a total of 30 since Jan. 1. Things are going good!

10-02-2006, 10:49 PM
Wow what a busy day! Friday afternoon we were told we had to mak a quilt for the fair due by today at noon. Friday we also had a kickball tournament to go to. So this morning nothing got done but the stinking quilt. This town is crazy about the fair. The fair grounds are about 150 yards from my school. The parade is tomorrow and we don't have school on Griday so everyone can go to the fair. Thursday my class is walking over to see the displays and animals and get an icecream sandwich. Friday I will be taking my son.

BTW I finally got my stroller. I love it! We have gone out the last three evenings.

10-03-2006, 07:20 PM
Evening, all.
I think I feel similar to Angela, because we didn't get a whole lot done today. I was out on Monday for Yom Kippur, and there wasn't a sub. That's really unusual if we put a request in before the date. I put mine in like 2 weeks ago... Apparently, the secretary in charge of it put the wrong date on it. I typed it, and had saved a copy, because the secretary said she thought the 2 looked like a 6. I had it. Not that anybody in my school said anything, but just in case... ;)
My ED kiddo came back yesterday, too... but left all his Reading work at home and can't find it. He's not supposed to take his stuff out of the room, so we were off to a roaring start this morning. He had also taken my book home with him, but somehow that didn't get lost.
We went to the Red Cross, but our bus driver wasn't happy... she doesn't like the most direct route, so we kinda went around our elbow. Then, we found them doing paving on the street in front of the chapter, so she had to go in a grocery store parking lot to turn around to get us there. And the parking lot is really small, so all in all... it took us 40 minutes to go 20 miles. And we got back late... The plan for Science was to put together their nutrition books and do the first 2 pages with one graphic organizer. It took us the ENTIRE PERIOD to get the books together because they couldn't follow oral directions. I think that they used up all their brain power at the Red Cross, because they worked really fast, and did a really good job while we were there.
Now, let me ask you guys this... a lot of you are parents... If you knew your daughter was calling boys on the phone and talking to them about sex, and inviting them to your house to "get to 3rd base"... and your child's teacher told you about this, and said that they (school) was supervising your daughter during lunch and not letting her sit with boys... would you TELL THE TEACHER IT WAS OKAY????? I think I'm going to let the guidance counselor handle this one! I'm just shocked. I mean, these are boys in my class, and I do have a good group... they are either supervised everywhere, outside of school and can't get to her house or they'd never do it... but what if she asks another boy in school????

10-03-2006, 11:02 PM
That story about the allergies and peanuts cracks me up!

Whoohoo on your raise babybelly. Any increase helps!

Wanna hear my funny story? Well we have class toad. (Stop reading if I've already posted this Last year the class made up of all girls enthusiastically collected bugs for the toad. This year half girls and half boys will not touch bugs but are movtivated to push me into collecting them. I'm squemish but I manage. One day the boys were getting very rowdy in the bathroom and I couldn't figure out why. After they tagged me and ushered me in there, I quickly found out why. There was a bug in the urinal and they actually expected me to dish it out!

On another note, my MIL and SIL are both probably getting evicted from their apt by tomorrow. We tried to help. They won't help themselves. They won't even get foodstamps even though they more than qualify. We've done what we can not only with our own money but in trying to help them find resources to help themselves out.

I finally lost another 2 lbs. That makes 4 since school started. LOL.

10-04-2006, 12:18 AM
WTG Smart 2 pounds gone!!!

Well I guess all of our hard work on the quilts paid off. We placed 2nd. That means we get $240. I think the money goes into the PTO fund. Didn't go walking today because we were at the parade. Won't go tomorrow either becuase I will be at church. I actually miss my walks when I don't go and my body starts to ache. Not losing any weight right now, I think TOM is trying to go on a date. UGH...

10-05-2006, 05:00 PM
Hi everyone. I guess we are all really busy this week because there has not been a lot of posting. I can't believe it will be Friday already tomorrow. This week has been so busy and it has flown by fast. Now I just have to make it through six more weeks until we get a week off for Thanksgiving!!!

I have been doing ok with WW this week. I have been tracking my points and actually using all of them this week. I hope that I will still lose though since I am not going over my points.

I just found out today that I have another 3rd grade Special Education student who has been here since the beginning of the school year. He is from California and his paperwork has been in the school office all this time. Poor kid hasn't been getting any of the help he needs. I went in and did an observation on him today and will be writing his IEP next week. I feel bad that he hasn't been getting help, but all I can do is try to get started right away.

Talk to you all later.

10-06-2006, 08:26 PM
Evening, everybody.

Its been icky and rainy here all day long. My regular TA was out for a coaches meeting and a lot of other teachers were out too, so it was crazy. Our sub TA was full of perk and energy, and while she was great, she made me feel really grungy. We are still working on descriptive words, so that ws our drill... my Spanish speaker was having a bad day. Apparently, one of our other students, a new freshman, is being rude to him and calling him names. The student never said anything to me, which makes me feel awful, because I certainly would have stopped it. That's not allowed in my classroom. His mom called the school today and was really, really mad at me and everybody. I wanted to call her and apologize, but my Dean took care of it. I still feel bad about it. And the kid that is doing it has a lot of problems on his own... I totally heaped praise on him this afternoon because he used some money he had to buy his little sister a present... some Little Mermaid stickers, which I thought was really fantastic. Then I find out this.
In my own little world... I think they are going to have to change one of my meds... I was still doing a little of the spotting that they did the procedure for last month, and then earlier this week it was heavy again. Its driving me up the wall, because its not like a regular cycle or anything... it seems to get worse right before I have the week where the pills are inactive. But its not every day or regular, and I never know which way its going to be. There aren't any signs or symptoms that its going to happen. And I still can't swim... most of the bumps are dried up or gone, so hopefully in another week or two. If the spotting stops.

10-07-2006, 08:31 PM
hey guys, i am so behind i don't know if i will ever be able to catch up with everyone. i have had major computer problems plus my mom had surgery tuesday and i spent most of the week driving to and from little rock (85 miles away) i was able to bring her home thursday and took her to pt yesterday and now she is with my sister. i was only at school 2 days this week and it was very stressful. my student intern has NO control of the students and it is driving me crazy. she started her two week until monday and i don't know if she will be able to finish it. her lessons are great but she is scared to death and the kids are eating her alive. i have talked to her and told her exactly what to has not helped. it looks like i am going to have to call her college supervisor and see if they can help her. well gotta run for now. i hope to be able to stay in touch better now that things are back to normal...well nothing is ever normal around here just maybe a little less eventful!

10-10-2006, 07:41 PM
mouse, I would NOT want my daughter sitting with the boys in school if I knew this was going on, BUT if it caused her peer loss in the eyes of the daughter and I felt NOTHING would happen at school, I can see where the mom would say let her sit with them BUT that's being naive on her part. Then again, she may have already accepted a sexual side of her daughter. My sister thought she was PREGNANT at 13. She wasn't. You would have thought my mom would have locked the keys and thrown them away. I guess she thought it was too late (stupid) and let her continue. Do let the counselor take care of it.

10-12-2006, 07:15 PM
Hi everyone. This week has been really busy. I went to WW weigh in on Monday, but I was up 3 pounds because I ate too much a couple of days last week. The good news is that I have lost those 3 plus one more since Monday so I expect a loss next week. I will not be able to go to weigh in on Monday because I have a work thing to do, but I think I will go to the Thursday meeting to weigh in.

I hope everyone is doing O.K. The weekend is coming!

10-12-2006, 10:02 PM
Evening, all.
I've been really busy this week. In fact, right now I'm multi-tasking in hopes of finding something vaguely 50-ish to wear to Homecoming on Saturday night. I really wish they would post the themes to these dances and the spirit weeks BEFORE they happen so I could get parents more notice, and myself... I don't own a lot of the clothes that you need for these events! I wasn't sure I cared before, but I do here.
I totally blew the faculty tailgate party which is tomorrow before the Homecoming parade, and football game... can't imagine they will have anything I can eat, though, so I might just go to be social. Depends on the weather. It was really nice out hwen I left my school to go to an assistive tech training session, and FREEZING when I came out, plus awful gray clouds. One of the other teachers goes, "Oh, its going to rain." And I replied, "Probably: because tomorrow is the Homecoming parade and game, and I sat in the rain for HOURS last year because one of my kids was in the parade and sang." I'm going to be a ticket-taker at the Homecoming dance... it gives my kids a Central location to check in with me, so I'm not hovering all over them.
My ED kiddo continues to act out and act up. I can't get him to drop the baby-ish act... he won't carry his point sheet or get it signed... :sigh:
As for me: I have a whole new crop of blisters from the vasculitis for some stupid reason... so now who knows... I'm beginning to think I'll NEVER be able to go swimming again!

10-14-2006, 09:28 AM
Hi guys. I am so estatic! I have a pair of Lane Bryant Jeans in size 20 that I have not been able to wear since way before I got pregnant with my son...he's almost 5 now so it's been a long time. I tried them on maybe in August just see if I was getting close and I couldn't get them past my big thighs. However, on a whim I decided to try them on today and they fit!!!! They are a little tight, but I didn't have to lay down on anything to get them on. If I lose about 5 more pounds they will be perfect! I have been in 22's and 24's for so long that I am thrilled to be able to get on a size 20!

Yesterday, I was also able to wear a shirt to work that I haven't been able to wear because the bottom buttons wouldn't button and I haven't worn it for years either.

I am losing this weight this time!!!

10-15-2006, 05:23 PM
Melody, I recently went down a size too and I am so freaking thrilled! Last week someone (who didn't know I was losing) FINALLY noticed I lost weight. THen my teacher says "the reason no one can tell is because your clothes are baggy and covering up your body." Hmm, it's cuz they don't fit anymore and I can't afford new clothes right now.

On to the teaching side:

My teacher is on probation period this year (she doesn't know I know) and it is her first year not to team teach. I tend to be a go getter and come up with lots of stuff on my own. She still does the majority of the actual teaching but when people see me staying late, etc, they assume the worse. So I feel like I'm constantly defending myself and her. I hate to give up what I'm doing and it is helpful to the class, but I don't want to hurt her rep either. Most of the things I do this year, I did last year. It just feels we are under a microscope this year somewhat. Fast forward to volleyball. She asked the Principal if she could be an assist. coach for the vb team in middle school. She said yes. So now that she is absent at the end of the day (not at staff meetings) the Principal is giving dirty looks (but my teacher doesn't know this..well I emailed her and warned her this weekend). I KNOW others are commenting to the Principal and she is listening to one side of the story but hmmm...did SHE give her permission to do this. DUH! I wouldn't have given her permission being this is a probationary year, but I don't think it is fair to penalize after the fact either. I want to tell people, go back and teach your class and get a life.

BTW, I officially lost 30lbs. I have 16 more to go. It's taken me all year to get this far, but that's perfectly fine.

10-15-2006, 08:36 PM
Evening, all.

Well... last night was Homecoming. The majority of my class came, even the ones that I had to really talk into joining us. Everybody said they had a good time, and of course, I have pictures. The theme was 50s, and some of the kids did dress up like that. Our principal did too... poodle skirt, letterman jacket, bow, saddle shoes.
My ED kiddo's dad is at it again... He called Friday when I was working on getting dance tickets for some of my kids that couldn't afford them, and I always leave our radio with my TA... so my TA had to talk to him. He told my TA not tell us that he'd called, but he's angry because his son doesn't go with us everytime we go on communiyt instruction. The kid doesn't have it on his IEP... hasn't since I've been there... doesn't need it! He can handle money and make purchases in the community without any problems. He doens't understand that money has value or the true cost of items, but that isn't going to be cured by community instruction! That's part of his lack of reality base. He does have work experience on his IEP, and goes with us 2 days a week to work. We only work 2 days a week right now. If I can find another place nearby, we'll add another day. He's also mad because he says I prevented his son from going to vo-tech last year. Uh, no... THEY kept him out sick the whole week the other kids went! WE even arranged thins for our TA to go with him. Then, Dad showed up at school around 4:30 on Friday screaming about how I told his son he'd have to stay with me at the pep rally. He needed to be with an adult, but not specifically with me. That is because of what he tells us that he's going to do. But as it turned out, he wound up doing a great job and helped another student from the svere disabilitles class, and was praised up one side and down the other for his teamwork and helpfulness. I'm not sure how he took that and turned it negative!!! Then, at the dance last night, the kid asked to borrow my digital camera (which retails at about $300-$400 when I first got it a year ago... I got it because HP sent me two other cameras that were bad.) and I said no. So, one of the principals overheard and bet me how long it would take before Dad showed up on Monday complaining about how I wasn't supportive of his son. We'll see.
Congrats to all those who have lost pounds! :) I can't say I've done that, but I haven't gained any. Which is good because I can't swim still. I had some new ones show up Thursday/Friday. :sigh: I'm sick of this.
I did get to use my new Hanukkah present tonight: I made pearsauce... apple sauce with pears. I love applesauce, but I can't eat it unless I made it myself because of all the sugar they add, plus the natural sugars in the fruit!
So, this works nicely. Took about 15 minutes to cut up 2 pears, add some vanilla, cinnamon and splenda... and I have two mini-containers of pearsauce for lunch.

10-17-2006, 10:06 PM
Hi everyone. I hope you are all having a good week. I missed my WW meeting on Mon. because I had to work late, but I am planning on weighing in on Thursday. I have been doing fine this week. My in-laws came for a visit (they live in Florida) and they could really tell that I have lost weight so that is good and is very motivating.

Tomorrow will be a fun day. I am going on a field trip with all of our kindergarteners. We have about 80 total K-Kids. We are taking them to the fair to see the animal exhibit and then to the park. It should be a lot of fun.

I hope everyone is doing fine.

10-18-2006, 10:19 PM
We went on a field trip and because it is an informal setting, I was supposed to interpret the tour for our kiddos (even though I'm pretty hard of hearing). We went to the airport and bad timing would have it...I was having problems with my ears (or hearing aide) and was deaf for the day. OOPS. I felt like a gieco commercial where the customer says 1 boring line and the actor does some zipee doo dah over exaggeration that may or may not match what the customer says. HAHAHA!

10-20-2006, 09:14 PM
Wow... its been REALLY quiet this week here. I wasn't necessarily busy, but I was definitely ready for the weekend! My ED kiddo was only here 1 day this week, but we have no idea why he was out.
Tuesday, when we were out at the Red Cross, my kid with the seizure disorder had one. On the bus. 20 miles from school. What a mess. The school nurse had us call the rescue squad, and then we had to get him off the bus. Matters were very much complicated by language issues (the parents are mostly Spanish speaking, as is the student!), and the fact that my student is incredibly stubborn. But he saw that ambulance, and absolutely wasn't going where it was going to take him! It took at least 25 minutes to get him off the bus! He had a really long week, poor kid. :( We kept changing his schedule and his routine: PSAT testing for regular ed, Volleyball game during the flex period, class luncheon on Thursday, the hospital Tuesday, me at training Tuesday morning so we had a sub, me at a meeting on Wednesday morning...
I have to give my one girl points for not being an attention getter when we had the medical emergency; she usually does that because she wants the attention. I owe it in part to my TA, but also the Red Cross staff: they kept the kids working and focused while my TA and I dealt with the medical problem.
In my own little world, they've decided to pull me off the contraceptives for a little while to see if that is what was causing the spotting/bleeding, since I did it again earlier this month. I've been off them for nearly a week, with no bleeding, but I sure do have a lot of the other symptoms! I've never or very rarely had any kind of cramps, but I've had these since Wednesday. :sigh:
And tomorrow promises to be a whole lot of fun: I have a Red Cross class, and the message I have from the chapter says that the instructor is going to start at 9:00 a.m., and if I'm not there before 9 a.m., I'm not going to be allowed in. With my luck, the beltway will be back up from here to Florida.

10-21-2006, 09:15 AM
Hi everyone. I am so glad it is the weekend! I went to my weigh-in on Thursday since I missed my regular Monday weigh-in. I lost 6 pounds since the last one...3 of them were pounds I gained the last time. So, now I am have lost a total of 14 since joining Weight Watcher about 5 weeks ago. I hope to be down by at least 1 more before I weigh-in this coming Monday so I can get my next 5 pound sticker. After that, I will have 10 more pounds to go to meet my 10% goal. When you lose 10% of your body weight, you get a key chain. I need to lose 32 more pounds to get below 200. I will be so happy when I get there. I hope to meet that goal by the end of the year or by Valentine's Day.

I hope you are all having a good weekend.

10-21-2006, 02:55 PM
Congratulations, Melody! :)

10-24-2006, 05:39 PM
I guess everyone is busy this week. I went to the doctor today to check my blood pressure and with the new medication it was normal. My doctor thinks if I lose about 20 more pounds I may be able to cut my pills in half and then eventually get off them all together.

I had weigh in yesterday at WW and I lose 1 pound between my Thursday weigh-in and my regular Monday visit. I have lost 15 total while at WW and I got my next 5 pound stick to put on my bookmark. I need to lose 10 more to get my 10% keychain. I would like to lose those 10 by Thanksgiving.

Well, I hope you are all having a good week. As usual, I am ready for the weekend. Tomorrow will be a fun day though because they are having a huger fall festival at R.J.'s day care and he will get to play games and they will have fun jumps, etc.

Talk to you all soon.

10-27-2006, 11:18 AM
i have tried to post many, many times but it will not go through.

10-27-2006, 11:21 AM
well, since that worked i will try again.
sorry that i have been mia for the past few weeks...things have been crazy around here. i am doing well with my weight loss, staying at 199 now daily. i am so excited about it..dropping into the 100's seems like such an accomplishment. i hope that everyone is doing great. it looks like everyone is very busy with school and life. that is the way it is during the school year. take care and i will try to get back more often (still have no main computer at home)

10-28-2006, 11:00 PM
I'm still around, but super busy with all the stuff for work. And grad school... fortunately, both my classes are over in 2 weeks, and then I don't have to think about classes again until the end of January. I'm trying to decide what I want to take in Spring: they don't seem to be offering Saturday morning classes next semester, which kind of stinks.
I am also pleased to note that I only have 2 or 3 scabs from the vasculitis left, and should be swimming again by Thanksgiving. Here's hoping!!!! I really miss it, and I know that is one reason I'm more tired.
I've got another week to go before the next time I talk to my endocrinologist... she took me off the contraceptives 2 weeks ago because of the spotting. I had some for most of the 2 weeks I've been off, but it seems to have stopped now... which is good, although I don't feel so hot. I'm definitely more cranky (part of that is almost certainly due to the fact that, having never had anything like cramps before, I've had them since she took me off the pills!), and tired. I've craved chocolate. But, I don't have any in the house, and we don't have any at school, so that's manageable. :)
I really need time to go to the grocery store...!!!!!
Hope everybody is doing okay. Ginny: I was thinking about you last week... one of the people on my team for my grad class did his required lesson plan on teaching school bus drivers how to pass the CDL exam. He does adult learning and K-12 videos for a local school district. :) I learned a lot!

10-29-2006, 06:07 PM

I am glad to hear that you are doing better. I hope you will be able to get back to swimming soon.

11-01-2006, 09:59 PM
Hi everyone. I hope you all survived Halloween. I didn't eat any candy yesterday!! My son still has candy left, but it is off limits for me. I weighed in Monday and lost 1.5 pounds. My weight was 230.5 so I need to lose 1 more pound to get into the 220's. I haven't been in the 220's since 2001 before I got pregnant with my son. I have lost a total of 16.5 since joining WW 7 weeks ago. I need to lose 7.5 more to reach my 10% goal. I hope to do that by Thanksgiving and I hope to get out of the 200's by Valentine's Day.

I hope you all are having a good week.


11-12-2006, 05:32 PM
Where are you guys? I hope your students haven't kidnapped you or something? I hope everyone is doing fine.

11-12-2006, 09:36 PM
I don't have students anymore, I have characters from television shows: CatDog, Ren & Stimpy, the little bratty girl from Rugrats... etc.
That makes for long, trying days. My ED kiddo is driving everybody nuts because I just can't make him happy. It doesn't matter what I try, nothing makes him happy. He wants stuff I just can't give him... like going off-campus for community instruction. He gets work experience, but not community... we've even arranged a paying job for him. He works 2 days a week on campus, 1 day a week off... He doesn't need community instruction. I do try to take him when we do fun stuff like movies or a whole day shopping trip or a birthday party. Often, he refuses to go. He is making everybody else in the class unhappy.
I still have new bumps showing up, I was so excited when they were all but gone, then I had a whole bunch of new ones show up when it got too cold to wear sandals.
I have a found a new recipe; my mom gave me a blender for Hanukkah: early gift. Anyway, I took one of the protein shakes I drink when I don't want food (despite hating coffee, I like the coffee flavored ones from AdvantEdge), some sugar-free ice cream (Turkey Hill, or Safeway make a good one!) and a packet of sugar-free cocoa mix. YUM!!! Tastes like I went to Starbucks! I like the sugar-free drinks from starbucks, but they are really pricy, and I'm always worried about what they put in it... if they get it wrong. That's happened before: ordered the light, got a regular and got sick.
Not, mind you, that the AdvantEdge drinks are cheap: $6/for a 4-pack. I had found some decent ones from TraderJoes, but they stopped carrying them a long time ago. They don't make a low-sugar/low-carb cappucino from SlimFast, or if they do, I can never find it.

11-16-2006, 08:35 PM
Okay, I stopped coming cuz I gave up on thinking about anything remotely connected to a diet (healthy eating or otherwise). As a consequence I gained 8lbs. I'm back. I'm not firmly on a diet, but I am back to journaling which is always an important first step.

11-25-2006, 04:58 PM
Hi ladies!! I too have been off for a while. I have been really busy at school. This weekend I am decorating my house for Christmas. I love this time of year. Since going back to school I have not done so well losing weight. I have actually been gaining. :( Hopefully things will calm down a little and I can get to walking again. But in the last month or so I have had Halloween, a camping trip, Brantley's birthday, Thanksgiving, FIL in/out of the hospital, Grandmother in/out of the hospital, dh's aunt passed away on Thanksgiving and now for Christmas. I hope everyone is doing well.

12-30-2006, 11:31 PM
Looks like this thread died, and I can't find another one. :( I haven't been around because I've been incredibly busy... I didn't realize how much I missed it until I looked tonight and couldn't find it. :(
I'm still not swimming, but I am again hoping for the end/middle of January.
My endocrinologist did some bloodwork the end of November, and because we always play phone tag I didn't get the results until today... some things are good, some aren't. My insulin is still elevated, which means the Actos isn't doing anything, but I show no signs of becoming diabetic. My testosterone is down, at 99... it was 165 last time, so the increase in the spironolactone is working. I've been off the contraceptives since October because of spotting, and they don't appear to change any of the bloodwork, so my doctor says it is my choice to either go back on them or not. If not, she wants me to take progesterone for 2 weeks every 3 months. That kind of worries me, though, because that was what we did when I started seeing her, and the bleeding was terrible. 2 weeks, very heavy, wound up taking lots of advil which stopped it just before she was ready to do a D&C. At the time, that was drastic, but that was what she did in August, and it wasn't that bad.
I still can't lose weight, though, and the nausea has been REALLY bad. She wants my food logs (which, while under 1500 calories most days) is are really uninspiring. Since I don't want to eat, I eat what sounds good, which is bad.
I skip meals a lot. So, I'm feeling kind of guilty right now.

And I have no idea why I bothered typing all this... nobody is here to read it. :shrug: