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After 5 hours at the zoo with 22 children...

Friday, May 18, 2012

I deserve a prize, or a medal, or at the very least, a cupcake. Seriously, those kids are so much fun, but chasing them around a zoo for 5 hours wore me out! I was asleep just after 9.30 last night, and I slept for 10 hours straight.

The thing I found amusing about my kids at the zoo was, they would glace at the animals that were visible. Oh, yeah, a giraffe. Yawn. But when we got the the hippo exhibit and there was no hippo to be seen? They stood there for 10 minutes waiting for the bloody hippo to come up for air. Seriously. They obviously like a challenge, because they did that at every enclosure that claimed to house an animal, but there was no animal in sight. At least it killed some time.

Then, last night I was reflecting on the zoo trip when I was hit with a thought. I walked around the zoo for at least 4 hours, if you count in the stops and lunch breaks. I was tired when I finished, but I never once found myself out of breath or feeling like I needed to sit down. Then I thought about how different the trip could have been if I was 8kg heavier. I likely would have gotten out of breath often. I would have needed to sit down more frequently, and my feet would have hurt way more than they do today. What a difference 8kg makes!

I am now the proud owner of my third pair of running shoes.




They are Mizuno Wave Inspires. Apparently. That is what the box says anyway. I tried these on and instantly knew they were my shoes. They are comfortable, light, and look super cool. The man at the shoe store said they have more support around the arch area, because I am more flexible there. I think that is the only place I am still flexible...

  
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TWINSMOMMY607 5/19/2012 9:47AM

    It sounds like you had a great trip to the zoo!

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CIVIAV 5/19/2012 9:25AM

    You are one of my heroes Bubble! I wish my son had had you as a teacher especially one wearing running shoes like that. I love my Mizumo waves. Ran my half in them last Oct!
Go girl!

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HEAT7918 5/19/2012 9:24AM

    Love the new shoes!
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/19/2012 7:30AM

    Sounds like a fun trip, and that the kids really enjoyed it. Glad you were in great shape and able to make the walk. Very cool new shoes!

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COLETTEISGREAT 5/19/2012 7:06AM

    Make sure you track all that walking at the zoo in your fitness minutes!!! Awesome job!

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MERLETTE 5/18/2012 9:18PM

  yeah Mizunos! Those are my shoes of choice, too!

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BARBARASDIET 5/18/2012 8:50PM

    Been there, done that. So glad that my kids are grown!!

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I invited the PM to work!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Here in NZ teachers are facing the possibility of having increased class sizes, as well as the introduction of performance pay. I, and the rest of the teaching community, am outraged. I truly believe that these politicians have no idea what it takes to be a teacher. So I wrote him an email, inviting him into my class for a day. I probably won't get a response, but it would be awesome if I did! Could you all imagine if the Prime Minister turned up at school for the day?

  
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MENHALLS 5/16/2012 11:45PM

    In one respect, pay for performance means paying the best teachers (measured not just by grades!!) top dollar and getting rid of the lousy ones. But, since pols can't figure out that grades aren't everything.....it won't work. When they can grasp the kind of "differentiation" that the business world actually uses, it could mean really great things for our kids.

But, so long as they are paying based on how many kids get an A on the National test, I say Pffft. emoticon

Good luck getting the PM to your classroom!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 5/16/2012 5:42AM

    It's so frustrating how badly teachers are treated all over the world! (I actually left teaching for a full time government job so I could have some security and benefits.)

I love the idea of having the Prime Minister in school for the day! You may wish to write to the papers as well to express your opinion more openly, and to more publicly invite the PM to the school. If your whole school is in agreement, then this letter/interview with the paper could be on behalf of the whole school, which would have even more impact!

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Hobsonville Point Runway Challenge 5K

Sunday, May 13, 2012



I did it!


I ran my first 5K! It was tough, but fun. Having a raging sinus infection didn't help, and my asthma playing up REALLY didn't help, but I made the best of it and did the best I could. Turns out the best I could was better than I thought, since I finished in 42.05. My goal was 45 minutes, so I smashed that one!

I ended up walk/running after the first km, because I just felt rotten. My asthma was out of control and I couldn't breathe, and my nose was running like a tap because of my sinus infection. I would have loved to have run more, but I just couldn't, and I have to accept it and move on.

I do have a couple of minor complaints about the race :(

1. There was only 1 photographer and there weren't many pictures. I'm not in any of them :( Luckily for me, a lady I work with was there as a supporter and got a couple of good pictures of me after I had crossed the finish line. I should get them on Wednesday! There was no camera at the finish line, and I think there should have been. Finishing line photos are my fave, and that way, no one gets missed.

2. We were told the aid station was halfway, but it was more like 3/4 of the way. They obviously forgot the 1km out and back section just before the aid station. So I hit 25 minutes and I couldn't see the aid station anywhere and I was stressing, wondering if I was really going so slow, to be 25 minutes in and not even halfway. Also, I was dying for a drink by the time I got to the station, and just stood there for a minute drinking.

But it is done, and I am now a 5Ker :) Now, I have a headache and sore legs, so I am going to lay down!

  
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PUFFPASTRY 5/17/2012 1:46AM

    Congrats!!! Woo hoooo!
Question, though: I thought you'd run a couple 5Ks before this -- you have (or at least you used to have?) photos of you and a friend running on some hilly, rocky terrain. Weren't those 5Ks?

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CARLA-216 5/14/2012 12:05PM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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COLETTEISGREAT 5/14/2012 5:37AM

    Woohoo!!! emoticon

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MENHALLS 5/13/2012 8:53PM

    Yay! The greatest thing about a first distance is you always get a PR ! Congrats on your first running race!

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BOB240 5/13/2012 2:50PM

    Great..... you should be really proud of that. You were also compromised by the asthma. Very impressive..

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OPALMOON 5/13/2012 9:47AM

    Woo Hoo on completing the 5 Ks!!! I think you did extremely well to just get to the start line with that infection, let alone go the whole distance - you really deserve a BIG pat on the back! Hope the sinuses clear up very soon!


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OPALMOON 5/13/2012 9:47AM

    Woo Hoo on completing the 5 Ks!!! I think you did extremely well to just get to the start line with that infection, let alone go the whole distance - you really deserve a BIG pat on the back! Hope the sinuses clear up very soon!


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HEAT7918 5/13/2012 7:58AM

    Congratulations on your first 5k! You did great especially considering your sinus infection.

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New toys!

Saturday, May 12, 2012



Armed and dangerous!

  
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KEEP_GOING247 5/12/2012 5:27PM

    I will not be messing with you!!! LOL. emoticon

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HEAT7918 5/12/2012 8:15AM

    Love them! So is this part of the new workout plan? Will you'll be punching a big hanging bag?

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/12/2012 7:44AM

    Love the PINK!

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Running and teaching, my 2 loves and challenges!

Friday, May 11, 2012



I am really worried about my 5K this weekend. Between my sinus infection and generally feeling run down, I haven't run since Sunday. I hope I can manage on Sunday. Worst case, I will walk/run it, but I really would love to run most of it with just a couple of walk breaks. Gah, I don't think I'll enter another race, because it is too much pressure! I have stopped feeling like I am running because I love it and have started to feel like I am running because I have to. I don't like that!

Anyways, check out some of my mega talented kids art!





I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't. I have a teacher come in once a week to teach my class while I do professional development, and she is really arty. My kids are really arty, too, and together they create some amazing things! They are currently working on some awesome animal face drawings in pastel, and I can't wait to get those on the wall! I have no idea how I ended up with the arty and sporty class, but I did, and I love it! Such a challenge, but teaching through art is fun.

And I will leave you with my favourite teaching quote from Maria Montessori

The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."

  
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OPALMOON 5/11/2012 11:51PM

    Great quote! Love the art work too - the kids must have a lot of fun! All the best for the 5K - it would be a challenge to be enthusiastic when you haven't been completely well. That's only natural. I think anyone who shows up deserves a big pat on the back!

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CARLA-216 5/11/2012 11:57AM

    I am like you with the thought of races, I can't stand the pressure. I like to run and increase my miles for me, competing with myself to get a better time for a specific distance, or run further than I've run before. Throw a race in there and it just zaps it away from being about me to being about all the other people and I feel like I can't compete with others.

Nice art work by your students!

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/11/2012 8:01AM

    I love that quote!

Funny, the reason I enter races is that it keeps me running. I know that I have a race coming up therefore I need to keep running so I don't suck wind during the race. My husband and I are trying to run one race a month, we have so much fun doing them. I was really nervous before my first race, so much that I almost didn't do it, I totally psyched myself out. I had the BEST time! Just think of it as a great experience and have fun!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/11/2012 5:52AM

    Never heard that quote.. it's a good one. Great art work!

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