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Old 01-23-2006, 10:09 PM   #166  
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Evening All,
Just a quick note to say hi! Hope everyone had a great Monday! I sure got my excerise in today. I am feeling sore tonight in my abs and legs. I did the 2.5 mile walk and jog dvd this morning at home. Then my boys were not very focused this morning to do thier work, so I made them do a 1 mile walking video with me. This evening in the after school program we did 45 minutes of kids' tae boe with the 3rd through 6th graders. It was a lot of fun. I was able to do it the whole time. Several of the kids couldn't keep up though. Then I went to Curves with my sdd after work. So I am hoping that I have a good wi tomorrow evening at TOPS.
Pam I hope you were able to get some rest! Sending healing hugs your way!
Will get personal with everyone tomorrow. For some strange reason I am very tired tonight. Think I will go to bed early.
Have a great Tuesday!
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:14 PM   #167  
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clothes dryer died last night around 8 pm...on 2nd of 10000000 loads that had to be done. spent HOURS at my parent's house doing laundry and trying not to breathe the air...they've had that stomach stuff! Arrived home around 2:30 A.M. to crawl into bed with restless DH who couldn't sleep in anticipation of his first day at work (THAT he loved by the way! ) I couldn't sleep ....guess that is what happens when you visit with your parents for nearly 5 hours when all you can think of is ALL that you have to do at home. Last time I looked it was 3:50.... the alarm rings at 5:30.... Sigh....

Dealing with junk at my school as well as my 8th grade son's SpEd teachers and specialists.... I'll spare you the rest....... I'll have my dh email you when I've been put away for choking one of these teachers! (How is THAT from a teacher? I get sick of the same darn CRAP every year! Oh, yeah.... I was going to spare you!) Just make sure that you guys write to me while I'm in the big house!

ate great all day....UNTIL dinner...and then I ate JUNKY FAST food...and it tasted WONDERFUL! Only thing that could have been "better" would have been a big ole bowl of homemade mac and cheese.... and well.... I'm sorta glad I didn't have any access to THAT!

Food isn't the problem...so how could it be the answer??? It isn't ... I know that.... I think that (Ok...my excuse was...) I'm so exhausted from my fun night of laundry and day at school with my own students (and all that THEY need!) as well as fighting with the middle school.......... 1/2 of a child's portion of curly fries was ok! Yeah, it is an excuse! Tomorrow I'll have to behave....

Our oldest turns 14 on Wednesday...... MAnnnnnn, my husband is getting OLLLD!

leaving to do school work... maybe not ...maybe I'll just give up and go to bed!

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Old 01-24-2006, 10:30 AM   #168  
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Morning All,
I woke up this morning very sore. I really feel my abs this morning.
So hopefully tonight at TOPS I will have a great weigh-in! Keep your fingers crossed.
Robyn, sounds like your day was a very long and tiring one. I hope you were able to get some much needed sleep last night. Glad that your dh loves his new job! I bet the mood around your house is a much happier one now that the stress is off about finding a new job and the related money issues are going to slowly ease up somewhat. Since I have been working out more here lately and toning up my arms, I didn't realize how much strength I had in my arms until I playfully slapped my dh the other night on the head. I heard this loud crack and realized that it was from my hitting him in the head. Needless to say, I felt bad because he got a big headache from it and had a nice red mark on his forehead for a little bit that evening. So if you need pointers in building up your arm muscles pm me and I will tell them to you so you can choke the teacher really good!
Hi to everyone else! Hope you are all having a great day!
Talk to you all later this evening!
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:54 PM   #169  
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Evening all. Oh, geez what a day the last two have been!
When last you saw this mouse... I'd been to the gym Sunday to swim, and they closed 2 of the lanes (they only have 4) in the pool for some reason. Nobody ever came to use them, but I wound up sharing lanes with a guy who was determined to drown me. He was much faster than I was, and everytime he went by me, he splashed so much water on me that I choked! I gave up and went to the walker lane and swam there for the last 25 minutes, but only did 30 or so total. I was in a bad mood... ANd the swim suit dryer didn't work, and now I'm about to be in a worse mood becuase I just remembered I put my WET bathing suit in a plastic bag and its in my TRUNK since Sunday. Anybody want to make a bet on whether or not it can walk out of the trunk on its own now??????
I've spent many, many hours pulling together stuff for this pre-vocational curriculum and discovered today that some of the stuff I've made is WRONG and will have to be completely redone. I also had a severe brain freeze and thought I'd LOST the IEP updates I did for last quarter. I didn't do them on the original forms (nobody told me to), and forgot that I'd done them on my copies. When I looked, I thought the letters I wrote in were initials and became very confused. I've never done anything like that before, and I was very upset...
AND... I'm having to join Pam in the ranks of those who sore rears. My leg cramped up again, and I could get it stopped with the usual methods they taught me in PT. That involves pulling my left foot up to force the muscle to relax and it didn't work. The cramp was so bad that the whole foot had twisted to the side. The only other thing that works is to stand up and stretch it against the wall... When I went to stand up, my leg didn't respond, and I fell over instead. My lower back and hip has hurt since Sunday night.
Not bad enough for me to want to go to the doctor (especially since she'll read me the riot act about my ankle again!), but bad enough that i've been miserable and not really willing to swim.
And, I just saw the cost of the books for my class this semester. Normally, I groan over the cost of the books, but they are at least books I'm willing to keep on my professional shelf and can use later to look things up. I can't do that with these because I'm not planning to become a counselor! I have to take the class because it is a pre-req for a career assessment class I want to take later. The books are going to be right around $175.
The only bright spot was last night's dinner: I made a roast in the crock pot. It shredded nicely. I mixed it with some of my low-carb pasta, alfredo sauce, and mozzarella cheese. I served it with a fresh cucumber and mozzarella (those awesome little balls of mozzarella...) salad with Italian dressing. YUMMY!
Hmph. I'm going to go have some ice cream, some more tylenol, and go to bed. I start classes tomorrow night.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:43 PM   #170  
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Hello everyone.... sounds like a lot of us are having a rough start to a new week. I am very excited because I saw the cabbage soup diet through to the end and had success.... 9 pounds!!!! Yippee!!!! What a great start! Now I just have to keep myself motivated and on the right track. That is the hardest part for me! But I went pack to LA weight loss and followed that to the tee. Unfortunately no excercise for me since I just got home from graduate class. Booo...... Oh well, always tomorrow.

Is there a way to change your weight tracker without going all the way through each step??? That could be a pain trying to change it everytime.

I hope that everyone's weeks gets to be a little brighter. Just think that tomorrow is already Wednesday. I am only working half a day tomorrow because they are sending me to another meeting on the great state test. It should be boring, but at least there are no kids and they are serving lunch. So I am just hoping that they have something that fits on the la plan.

I too am exhausted so I will check in on everyone tomorrow when I am only working a short day.....I think I am even going to skip teaching Algebra8 afterschool tomorrow.... ahhhh... i think i can forsee a trip to the gym.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:46 PM   #171  
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Think I may have figured out how to alter my signature and weight loss tracker... so I am going to just put that in... fingers crossed


apparently i didnt cause nothing is here. i have no idea what is going on...
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:12 PM   #172  
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To change your tracker, you just have to change the number in the formula that is part of your signature.

Pam, I'm not sure what you broke, but it doesn't sound good! hope you're feeling better!

Kerry, I'm with you and mouse. My butt and thighs are killing me! But despite the pain I managed to ride the stationary bike today at lunch time with two of my TA's. We had no kids today because the roads were too icy! Apparently it doesn't matter if the staff crash and die as long as the kids are ok! I didn't realize how bad it was till I heard that our ambulance (we only have one for three towns) crashed on it's way to the city and killed the driver of the other car! SOOOOOOO SAD! Thankfully we're all safe and sound and watching sponge bob like any normal family would do on a tuesday night (NOT). I had to take my oldest son to school with me today because his school was closed and I had no sitter! He played DDR all day while I marked papers and marked papers and marked papers! Apparently it had been a long time since i'd marked papers because the mountain seemed endless!

On another note, i'm kinda ashamed of myself. I didn't go to my weigh in tonight because i don't think I lost any weight! How stupid is that? I'm a grown woman and i'm afraid to get reprimanded by some stranger sitting in front of a scale! I'm suspecting that avoidance is part of my problem so come **** or high water i'm going tomorrow! I have to learn to face the music!!!!!

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Old 01-24-2006, 10:55 PM   #173  
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Evenig Ladies,
Well I made it through the day without killing any students, coworkers,friends or family members. Yippee! Especially after being with a room full of K-1st graders for 2 1/2 hours for the afterschool program tonight. The first hour I was working with the 1st graders on telling time. They just can't grasp the concept that time goes in those 5 minute slots. Then I read them two picture books and we discussed them. Then did a simple craft of taking and cutting out two hearts (one pink, one red), gluing them together and making a face, putting whiskers on it and giving it a tail make a mouse. On top of this we had a bad wind and rain storm and them kept asking what the noise outside was. They thought someone was using a lawn mower or weed eater right out side the window. Then I went to TOPS and lost another pound. Sat through the meeting about our open house. After the meeting my leader told me she had a project for me. So we sat down and talked about the events we did over the last year and wrote down the information. Now I need to type it up on the computer and send it to our area cooridinator by Jan. 31st. We earn points and could be recognized for it at our area recognition days. So I guess I will be working on that after I get off of here. I did do my Biggest Loser workout #1 instead of giving into my stress and eating.
Jake's mommy congrats on the 9 pound lost! So are you back on the LA eating plan? Hope you enjoy your meeting tomorrow and can atleast have something to eat at the lunch. I had two meetings to go to tomorrow. One was a staff meeting at my school and the other one was a special education meeting with my supervisor and the other special education teachers in the district to go over the IEP Spring meetings info. Mind you they are both at the same time. So my friend and I planned on going to the special education meeting so we didn't get on the bad side of our supervisor. Well our principal asked if we were going to be at the staff meeting tomorrow and we said no. He was like you have to be there since we are going to have our Christmas dinner as well since it was cancelled due to a snow day. So we told him to call our special education supervisor and tell her that we couldn't make her meeting and to let us come early one afternoon from school for it. So I guess we are on the bad side of our special educ. supervisor anyway. What a great way to start the IEP season with her too! She can be a big time witch!
Susie, don't be afaird of the scales. Go to your weigh in tomorrow night. It is just a number that make or break you. If you have a gain, then you just have to look at your eating habits, water intake, and excerise to see what has changed since your last weigh-in. It is just like riding a bike, you pick yourself up and get right back on and try again.
Robyn, hope you had a better day today and was able to go to bed early today. So is dh still loving his job on day 2?
Pam how is the backside tonight? I hope you are starting to feel some comfort and relief. Sending hugs your way!
Mouse, sorry to hear that you are in pain again. If the pain gets any worse, I think you should go to the doctors and have it checked out. Won't want you to injury yourself again. Your dinner last night sounds yummy! Hope your graduate classes get off to a great start for you.
Ginny, so how are your little angels on the bus this week? Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday? Glad you were able to get in some walking time yesterday.
Hi to everyone else. Well if I want to start on my paperwork for TOPS, I better go now. Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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Old 01-24-2006, 11:31 PM   #174  
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Kerry.... I have taught first grade since I was a sweet young thing! (That was a LONGGGG time before I was a bitter ole biddy!) Time to the minute is, ummmm NOT too much fun! Do they know how to tell time to the hour? and 1/2 hour? Just wondering...THAT is where we usually have to start. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my little kidlets and wouldn't leave grade 1 for the world...but money...now THAT would be another issue! (PM if you need some "ideas" to keep those little babes alive for the next time you're with them! )

I also made it thru today without in Kerry's words...
killing any students, coworkers,friends or family members. Yippee!"
BUT...
it was close.... and I'm an emotional wreck......AND I'm going to bed!
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p.s. enjoyed your chatter, Pam!
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Dh survived the colonoscopy with flying colors....(but was he ever a crab last nite!). Sorry not to get personal now, just wanted to say hello. And I HAVE to kick myself in the but- my eating has been awful. Salad for dinner, ladies!
Robyn and Kerry -congrats on not killing anyone......even though some just might deserve it!
Hi to everyone else. See ya later!
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Hey!
Ok, it's Wednesday....Two more to go. We had a two hour long faculty meeting on gang prevention today. That sucked......I had to sit onthat stupid doughnut thing. However, progress.....I must not have broken my tailbone, cause it's easier to walk now. I walked into the faculty meeting with that big O and everyone said oh you brought your toilet seat to which I replied....This faculty meeting is sponsored by the letter O...... It was formally announced today, that I am Southern Nash Middle School's teacher of the year. And to Robyn: I have not blackmailed a single soul.....

Kerry: SOunds like you are getting lots of excercise in. Gosh, wish it was me. I think I have gained half a pound this week. That's unofficially....Hopefuly by next week, I'll be back at it. That's funny about your hubby. I was rolling.....Shake em up a bit girl.....LOL You brute!

Ginny: Glad everything went wonderfully with your hubby's colonoscopy. That's great news!

Jake: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!That is an awesome weight loss. My goodness. That's exactly what I need....Although don't know if I could hang for a week with the soup thing.

Susie: Don't worry about the Chinese. It was one meal. It's not one meal that does you in, it's a week full of bad choices that does it.

Mouse: Sorry about your ankle again. Girl it sucks being in pain...Ughhh Got some great meds.......

Robyn: First> what about the uzi situation??????National news on at 6;30 better not see you......That sucks about your dryer. Enjoyed talking to ya last night.....I'm a little more coherent at this point in the evening. It's round about ten that my meds will kick in.....So what if I can't remember what year I was born in.....

Summer: Hang in there girl. Hate that you are so bogged down.

Anyone I missed? Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pam- congrats there, Teacher of the Year!!!!!!!!! (bet you get a huge bonus in your check for that, right? ). Well, great news anyway, and a nice honor for you. We always knew you were great! Glad it is not your tail bone too. Oh, we had the 2 hour state police lecture on gangs last year.......what an eyeopener. They way he presented it, all 75 of us were ready to hand in our id's and burn our licenses. Not a nice situation....(and I live in a rural area).

I made a wonderful recipe for sort of a salsa chicken tonite. Wonderful because it tasted great, was SO easy and you know those 30 minute dinners that take 2 hours to cook?? This was really 30 minutes.....even Mr I just had a coloscopy and am a vicious crab liked it. (actually he was in a good mood).
I'll post it tomorrow if anyone is interested. Also, my supervisor gave me a great laugh........will post that tomorrow too when I do not need toothpicks for my eyes.

Off to play a quick game of bingo with Dd. This bus driver is exhausted!
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Kerry, don't worry too much about it- apparently kids forget how to tell time when they get to high school! So maybe teaching them that young is in vain- I go through the process with them every year- ok... it takes you 10 minutes to get out of bed, 5 minutes in the shower 37.6 minutes to get your hair perfectly straight and another 14 minutes to squeeze yourself into those jeans that are two sizes to small. Now, if school starts at 8:55, and it takes you 3 minutes to walk to school......what time do you have to set your #$$$^#$^alarm clock you little twit? Sorry, had to vent! he he he

No weigh-in tonight again- husband had to run into the city and i would have had to bring my 2year old terror with me- FORGET IT. Will definitely go on saturday morning. Instead, did 20 minute jog on treadmill!

On another note, i'm on our "healthy school" committee and was wondering what kinds of programs and activities you guys might have in place that focus on healthy lifestyles! Any ideas would be appreciated!
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I figured that I had to come back tonight and let you all know that... to quote Kerry again, I didn't kill any students, family, friends or co-workers... although the students almost lost their lives today during 7th period.
First off, I hate B days, because I have no break (just 20 minutes at lunch). I was incredibly disorganized this morning (although I had managed to pack lunch and a shake for breakfast!). I got out the door with everything I needed to have... laptop for class, school stuff, lunch. Imp tried to get out too, but I made him stay home.
We were doing okay up till 10:15. And then, my chronic touchy-feely liar of a child decided to lie to me about how many cookies he ate for lunch. The kid is 16, 5'5" tall, and weighs close to 200 pounds. He doesn't get much exercise because he is in adaptive PE and there are gross and fine motor issues. There are no indoor pools locally, or I'd have them going swimming with me on community instruction (you're allowed to do it IF you have a lifeguard, and I am one, so....!!!). We're getting one right next door by next year, and myself and the other teacher CAN'T WAIT! I told her I was willing to guard for her class too so we can both go. She's also a swimmer.
Anyway, I've been trying to handle some healthy eating with the classroom store... only generally healthy food allowed. The snacks are pretzels or mini-popcorn, bottled water, sugar-free or 100% juice boxes, etc. We also have oatmeal, kid's sized microwave meals and some oodles of noodles. Only 2 of my kids aren't overweight... one is seriously overweight (I think she probably weighs close to what I do, and hers is NOT from an endocrine disorder!). I figure that I'm a "safe" person to implement this with them because to them, I'm just fat... so if they see me eating healthy and encouraging them to do that, and to exercise, it might help. I don't let ANY of them eat a lot of junk at lunch, but the most they get is a talking to about nutrition. But this kid decided to lie to me, even though last week when he pulled the same thing, I took 2 of the cookies and made him take a kid's meal... nothing serious and he got a nice hot lunch too! He got in serious trouble for lying to me though. Lunch detention. Yet, over the course of the day, he lied to me at least 4 more times!
The rest of my kids were just flat out brats after lunch. They all have speech/language issues, and so we do LOTS of classroom discussion for teaching. Some days, they will just refuse to answer at all. Today, I just read them the riot act for it, and my TA helped... we wound up wasting 45 minutes of the period (so they got homework: direct consequence since they would've finished it in class!), and we actually had to say that we were going to call & email parents! They are also going to find out that instead of the fun trip (scavenger hunt @ Target), we are going to go work at Goodwill again sorting clothes. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the kid that is lying: his mom says it isn't his fault, that one of my other kids tells him to do it, and so he does.
Grad class tonight was definitely interesting. The instructor spent some time trying to scare us (but in a nice way) with pop quizzes, and telling us that he could flunk us out of grad school. I'm not even in his program, so he'd have a hard time flunking me out, but ... I don't think he impressed many people because a lot of the other students are well qualified. I'm used to being in classes with people who don't have a master's degree yet or who aren't very experienced. But there are lots of degrees and experience in this class, so discussions should be awesome! I left at 3:30, with my principal's permission (HUZZAH! I am sure I'll still lose pay, but she actually bent enough to let me go, and was totally okay with it!), and got there just in time. I would've been a few minutes early except that Bush decided to visit Maryland today, and then a bleach truck dumped part of its load... but it wasn't too bad.
Despite the kids, today was an improved day. My leg hurt much less tonight, although I did have the leg cramps. I think that I need to not take the muscle relaxers until it stops hurting... that might be contributing.
Pam: I'd ask to share the pain killers, but I'm allergic to most of them!
And congrats on the award!
:hugs: to everybody else, I need to hit the bed. We have a staff meeting tomorrow, and I want to get there early enough to get that shake down before the meeting. I'll have to buy lunch tomorrow too.
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Bless my supervisor. This week is insane- and I just drove 15 miles one way for no students (due to miserable communications from a school).......and she told me that because the one school got out early, I do not have to return for the other afternoon pickup (split sessions due to exams, another driver who is going up can bring back my ONE student). So I must return for my elementary at 3.....but actually get some time to breathe. Novel concept. (she felt bad for me knowing the ordeal I went thru with Dh and the colonoscopy). So, here I am for a wee bit.

Found out yesterday that I am getting 2 new students, 3rd and 4th grade brothers, who are Katrina evacuees/transplants. (the 3rd grader is in a class with one of my other students and her teacher told the class). They start Monday, and according to what my student was told, they lost everything during the hurricane. I gave my kids a gentle lecture this am- about helping these brothers out- who knows what kind of H*** they have been thru. Gonna be interesting to see also how culturally they fit in. Anyone have an experience with something like this?

So that is it for me today. Got a short walk in this am, and so far my eating is ok. (hope I can stay the course for the day!). Glad that I am home, Ds (who is in midterms and has the day off with 3 tests tomorrow) was goofing off this am.......I hid PS2 and the TV remote. But he was online when I got home. So now I have claimed the computer and he is making a big pretense of studying. Mean mother that I am.


Mouse- bless you for setting a good example for your students with regard to food choices. As far as your chronic liar- is he capable of discerning the difference between the peer pressure and what is right? (not sure what is abilities are). Guess in my book, that is the line in the sand. And of course how credible the mother is.

Susie- great substitution...swapping the WI for a workout. It will pay off on Sat's WI.

Okie dokie.....I am going to start another post......you will see why in a minute. It is something my supervisor gave me the day before the colonoscopy, it had me seriously HOWLING. And basically applies to anyone who must deal with the opposite gender.......enjoy.
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