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Back to school

Monday, February 04, 2013

Yesterday I had the first day of my second year of teaching. I am much less stressed this year (so far), and am really enjoying my first few days getting to know my new class. My room looks like this





I have 27 students this year, but I probably have more coming as the classes get shuffled. We are grouped based on ability this year, and I am teaching the gifted and talented/independent learners, so if children are too bright for their current class they will get moved in with me. The more the merrier, but I am running out of room and am going to have to start stacking them like tupperware soon. I have 3 year levels in my class, which is interesting, and the some of the kids are younger than what I am used to teaching. However, it is an interesting challenge, and I shall survive!

I went to boxing yesterday and I was supposed to do my weights today, but am having a day off. My legs still hurt from Sundays weights, and it is a public holiday tomorrow (Waitangi Day), and there is no boxing so I'll do my weights tomorrow instead.

  
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LYNSEY723 2/6/2013 11:40AM

    Sounds like it will be a great year for you!! Challenging but in a great way!

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LIVEDAILY 2/5/2013 7:54PM

    Your classroom looks nice!! I can't imagine 27 students with more possibly! I have 24, and that's MORE than enough!! My other class has 21, and it's much more manageable, even with the disruptive kids. What ages are your students?

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CATLADY52 2/5/2013 5:52PM

    You'll be fine. Have a fun year. emoticon

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CARLA-216 2/5/2013 2:08PM

    I hope you have a great school year!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/5/2013 7:28AM

    Love your classroom!!!! It looks like you're ready! How awesome that you get the gifted and talented ALL day.. I too, teach gifted but it's K-12 and a pull out program!!! Enjoy your students and the impact you are going to make on them and them on you!!

Blessings!

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JSTETSER 2/5/2013 5:59AM

    Have a great school year! Teaching the gifted can be great when the kids are motivated to learn. I teach special ed, and sometimes motivation can be a problem.

I'm grateful for the ability to make healthy choices. Today I'm eating steel-cut oats.
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/5/2013 5:58AM

    Have a great school year! The great thing about having the higher level students is you typically have less behavior to deal with! Your room looks great!

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MELMOMOF4 2/4/2013 11:51PM

    have a great year. i love boxing. i wish i could do a boxing class.

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WALKINGRED 2/4/2013 11:09PM

    Have a great new school year, Teach! emoticon

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Introducing Luke

Saturday, February 02, 2013

So about a month ago I started mentioning a man. A new man in my life, but I didn't want to say anything until things became official. Well, they are official now! So, sparkfriends, meet Luke.



OK, that is not his best photo (or mine) but it is the only one we have together. This was taken on new years and I got an random person to take it so we would have at least one photo together. This is a better one of him


I have no idea why all the photos on his facebook are black and white. I promise he is in colour!

So there is a little story behind this relationship. Luke was my first boyfriend when I was 14 (awww). But when I was 15 my family moved from Wellington where we were living and moved to Auckland. Also, Luke is 3.5 years older than me, which is not a big deal now but it was when I was 14. Anyways, we broke up, stayed on good terms and remained in contact and remained friends for the next 10 years. We both got on with our lives, as ya do. He got married, separated, had a kid, etc. I went to uni and was in a long term relationship with a real jerk. Fast forward to 2 months ago, and he calls me and asks if he can come stay with me for a few days over new years. Of course I was happy to have him visit, but knew there was a chance that he was coming to start a relationship with me, since we were both now single and had both admitted to still having a crush on each other. Well he visited and it was clear that we had feelings for each other, so when he kissed me the first morning he was here I was very happy. But I was just recently out of a very long and complicated relationship, so I asked Luke if he would mind taking things at a slower pace so I could have time to get my head around everything. He is such a sweetheart and said he understood and we could do everything on my terms as long as we got to be together eventually, and that he has been waiting 10 years so another few weeks wouldn't make a difference. AWWWW! So we have been talking and skyping while I was away, and we decided to make things official, which is why I can blog about him now.

It is a little complicated because he lives in Wellington. It is only an hours flight, so we can fly back and forth fairly easily. I'm going to spend every 2nd or 3rd weekend with him in Wellington, as well as long weekends and school holidays. He will come up to Auckland to see me occasionally, but because I live with my parents and he doesn't it is easier for me to go and stay with him.

So that's my mystery man! I am very very happy!

  
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TWINSMOMMY607 2/8/2013 10:42AM

    He's cute, good luck!!

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MELMOMOF4 2/4/2013 11:59PM

    i am so happy for you. emoticon i wish you both the very best

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CARLA-216 2/4/2013 1:40PM

    I'm very happy for you, Jess! You two are a fine looking couple!
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LYNSEY723 2/4/2013 1:31PM

    Yay!! So happy for you!!! emoticon

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HDHAWK 2/2/2013 9:50PM

    I had just gotten out of a relationship with someone who was very wrong for me and needed a break from dating for a while. 3 weeks later I went on a date with someone I'd known for 3 yrs. That was 6 yrs. ago and we've been married for 2. You never know! I'm very happy for you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 2/2/2013 8:06PM

    Hi to the mystery man!!!

And OMG, could the story of the two of you be any cuter? emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/2/2013 7:34PM

    That is great with a capital G! emoticon I hope that it works out for you.

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LIVEDAILY 2/2/2013 7:07PM

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I wish you both love and happiness! If he has waited for 10 years for you, he is "a keeper" as they say here in the states! I am glad you are so happy Jess...you deserve it!!

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My last 4 days in the USA were in LA (photo blog)

Saturday, February 02, 2013

My best friend in the whole wide world flew from London to LA to meet me for 4 days. How freaking awesome is she?!

We went to Disneyland





And California Adventure




We went to Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach





And stayed in a comically small hostel room together

The bed was only accessed from the end. To the right is a tiny toilet and to the left is a tiny shower. After our huge room in Anaheim we were a little cramped!

On our last morning we decided to do something hugely stereotypical, and have donuts and coffee for breakfast! Yum, but oh I felt sick after!


After that the photos stopped because Diane had to leave for the airport. I left 7 hours later, so I just went shopping!

  
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MELMOMOF4 2/5/2013 12:01AM

    sounds like you had a great time. emoticon

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CARLA-216 2/4/2013 1:36PM

    So awesome you got to spend 4 days with your best friend! Great pics - you look fab!

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LYNSEY723 2/4/2013 1:28PM

    It looks like you had a great time!! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 2/2/2013 7:09PM

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It looks like you were having SO much fun! Did you ride that rollar coaster in the pic when you had the emoticon face?? lol
Thanks for sharing the pictures!!

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PANDAEVA 2/2/2013 5:22PM

    Looks like you had loads of fun!! And just think how much exercise you got walking around emoticon

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JULESJET 2/2/2013 5:17PM

    It looks like you two had so much fun!
Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/2/2013 5:02PM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! So nice to spend your time with your best friend. How much longer until back to school? Any updates on the possible new man?

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WENDYSPARKS 2/2/2013 3:02PM

    emoticon Love the pictures!!

wendy

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Let's celebrate 20kg gone for good!

Friday, February 01, 2013



See. 20.1kg lost!



Told ya!

Whoop whoop! Just hoping it stays off once I start ST again!

  
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CARLA-216 2/4/2013 1:34PM

    That's wonderful, Jess! I'm very proud of you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 2/2/2013 8:12PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/2/2013 5:03PM

    Way to go! You look great!

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CWHEATLEY12 2/2/2013 8:27AM

    Wow you look wonderful, congratulations!

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ROSINVN 2/2/2013 4:24AM

    Its a life style and you have been awesome so far so i just see that continuing emoticon emoticon

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ANAJAK 2/2/2013 4:22AM

    Woohoo Bubbles!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 2/1/2013 11:34PM

    emoticonYou look great! Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 2/1/2013 7:32PM

    You look fantastic! You've worked hard and it shows! Congratulations!
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LIVEDAILY 2/1/2013 6:46PM

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That's wonderful!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/1/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon Awesome progress!

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I'm back!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hello everyone! I'm back from my incredible trip away. Finally. I was delayed 12 hours in Brisbane, which was super annoying and frustrating. but I eventually made it home. I loved the states, and I can't wait to go back. My favourite places were San Fran and Las Vegas. So much to do, so much fun! I'll post a photo blog of my time in LA soon.

I weighed myself yesterday and prepared myself for a big number. Imagine my surprise when I saw the lowest number ever! I lost 700g, or 1.5lb while I was away! That's half a pound a week, which is amazing! I ate OK, and used moderation. I tried to eat a good breakfast every morning, and I would usually eat enough so I could skip my morning snack. Then I would have a light lunch and a bigger dinner. When I ate in restaurants I would order a non fried appetizer and a side salad to help with portion control. I also walked for miles nearly every day. Walking doesn't burn heaps of calories, but it must have helped!

So I am back to reality as of today. Eating well, limiting junk, etc. I was planning on going to the gym today, but I am so, so tired that I'm giving myself a break. I'm helping my grandpa move house tomorrow, so will hit the gym on Sunday. While I did lose weight in the states I don't feel like I did, so I am looking forward to getting back to exercising. I feel a bit fluffy.

  
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ANAJAK 2/2/2013 4:31AM

    Ha! I should have read your blogs before posting on your page! Hows your class this year?

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ROSINVN 2/2/2013 4:31AM

    What a wonderful surprise for you, like an added holiday bonus. Congratulations emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/1/2013 11:36AM

    I'm glad you had so much fun!! I love that you got to take such a big trip - that is just so cool!! I look foward to seeing more pictures!

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LIVEDAILY 2/1/2013 10:30AM

    Welcome back and home! Looking forward to the photos! So glad you had fun in the USA! Maybe next time it'll be the East Coast - New York can be tons of fun!!

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CARLA-216 2/1/2013 9:26AM

    Welcome back home, Jess! I am so glad you had a grand time and had safe travels. Also, I am SOOOOO proud of you for LOSING while on your trip. That is totally awesome and amazing! I have much growing up to do to accomplish that, and I'm nearly twice your age. :/



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JSTETSER 2/1/2013 6:25AM

    Welcome back to your home!!
Enjoy those wide, open spaces! Nature and exercise together is a great combination!!
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AMSPARKER 2/1/2013 6:06AM

    great job on the weight loss, I'm happy you had fun in the US!

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BEANIES_MOM 2/1/2013 5:55AM

    Welcome back! Glad you enjoyed your trip to the US!

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PATSYB7 2/1/2013 5:53AM

    Glad you had a good time in emoticon the States. Next time you'll have to come east--NYC is really fun! Congratulations on your vacation weight loss!

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APED7969 2/1/2013 4:49AM

    Welcome back! Impressed you managed a loss while on holiday!

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BRENDA_G50 2/1/2013 1:50AM

    Welcome back emoticon

Glad you enjoyed your visit to the United States, hope you can visit the US again soon.

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