Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Over the weekend, I wrote a nice blog about blessings I have counted. I did quite a tribute to Mason, our 6th child who turned 20 yesterday. He is a great, hard-working kid and makes me smile when little else can. He knows how to tease each of his siblings until I am laughing myself silly--nothing mean-spirited. He just knows them all so well and he is perceptive enough to know how to do it just right. He keeps the mood around this busy place light and fun. He is a great guy and again, I am glad that he didn't join the army when he was 17 like the recruiter tried to push. He is so charming and such a good problem solver that he needs to be in a job where those attributes are appreciated and encouraged.
I am trying to be patient until I get this hip looked at. Walking is getting tougher and tougher. I cannot swim a full lap any more--remember in February when I bragged about doing 28 of them? I am suffering once more and it is my best guess that this is more arthritis, I need to know how far gone the joint is. I start physical therapy on it on Friday and get to see my ortho on Wednesday next week.
We had one of the meanest and most awful staff meetings I have ever been to today and it was a good day to see my therapist today. My good doctor reminded me to stay true to myself and not to let the contagion of nasty behavior find me as well. Even someone who is mean to others and talks badly about most people deserves a prayer and to be treated in the way that I treat everyone else. We have 11 more days of school and except for the bombshell dropped today that that 11th day is now going to be turned into a training day and we won't get to finish our end of the year work or have a last day luncheon because of it. I didn't need to find out that I won't get to put closure to this difficult year in the way that I planned on. I don't even know when I will be able to get organized for my summer tutoring now. I am very upset at the big announcement. I am pretty frustrated tonight--and I will try to be good hearted and myself. It is tough enough with this pain and then this awful issue on top of it.
Anyway, I am hanging in here and taking the best care of myself that I can. I am trying to get myself together here. Oh darn, I am still tired. Take care of yourselves and I'll check in soon.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
I have so many more blessings to share!!
Thursday--my friend from the fitness center who volunteers in my classroom, my husband for fixing the jeep's noisy exhaust, my ice bag, my doggies who greet me with such enthusiasm, listening to music from my college days (yay Styx, REO Speedwagon, Head East, Pat Benatar, Jefferson Starship!!), the pool, the whirlpool, the locker room with the sauna, the article that I finished reading, the internet that allows me to submit homework so easily, my youngest son who has been volunteering to do chores without being asked, my husband for cooking what I asked for in the healthy way that I wanted it
Friday--casual dress day, the weather now that the big storms are past, taking the kids bowling for free (If you have children under 16, they can get bowling tickets that allows them to bowl 2 games for free four times a week. Check out: kidsbowlfree.com and if you would, tell them that Sylvia Elliott recommended it!), my soap opera (Days--one that wasn't canceled), switching to Direct TV and getting twice as many channels than with Mediacom with better service and half the cost, paying a big bill off, getting a big homework assignment done
Today--Marissa's musical "Dames at Sea," having a camera on my phone when I forgot my camera, roses for my daughter, having lunch with my best friend and having a box to bring home with me, my first soda since my neck surgery, my boys helping out with yard work and house work, my kids' friends, the beautiful full moon tonight, Saturday Night Live, my oldest daughter taking her little brother to a movie, another son taking him out bowling again today, being able to have candy within reach and not eating it.
I have to get back to my homework--I still have one article summary to write, one to read and write, a novel to read and critique by Tuesday and a take home final exam to do by Monday. I am pretty good--I can do this (but having the option for an incomplete if I can't is reassuring!! That's another blessing!!)
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
This reading teacher has realized that all of the truths in good children's literature applies to those of us in the adult world as well as the children who it is written for and who read and love it. Wonderful children's books are one of the things that led me into my work as a reading specialist. I know that some people struggle to fit time into their schedule for reading at all--but I suggest and challenge you to find a children's library or even to look at children's books in a department store or book store. Wonderful authors like Judith Viorst, Rosemary Wells, Patricia Palocco, Jan Brett, Kevin Henkes, Eve Bunting, Audrey and Don Woods, Mercer Mayer, and well, I can go on and on. It seems as if each of these books that I pick up becomes my new favorite and is full of wisdom. Let me know what you find because, well, it may be a work of pure pleasure that I have missed!
In my efforts to count my blessings--from Monday I have: clear but cloudy weather for a great baseball game with over 3700 children in attendance, my husband who took the day off work and came with me, our local A level team that won with at least 3 home runs (14-3), the Quad City River Bandits (who are connected with the St. Louis Cards rather than our Chicago teams) who gave each of the kids the game and a "baseball lunch" of a hot dog, chips and fruit juice rather than soda (I know what was "wrong" but come on, it is a baseball franchise!), the same folks who created special menus for our kids who can't/ don't eat pork and our diabetic children, 3 young African immigrants who came and spoke at my class on Monday night, the new things i have been learning and thinking about since I went back to school, the pool and fitness center which is my mini-home away from home, my camera and th ememories it helps me to keep, my son Mitchell and his girlfriend, Laura, the nice dinner they served us, Laura's parents, a car that runs, my kids who are growing up and gaining responsibility, getting an appointment with my PCP for the next day
From Tuesday, I have: being in charge of the meeting about our children who are having problems, getting to work on time for said meeting, getting some help regarding a problem when I had my duty assignment, seeing the doctor who scheduled my ortho appointment for my hip pain and gave me the biggest ice bag I have ever seen, a kind PCP who didn't question my pain, going back to work and being able to teach my other groups without a hitch, finishing a homework assignment, my husband cooking dinner, fresh corn on the cob (yummy), getting to have my work out early during lap swim, lemonade, my basset hounds and the boy dogs too, my husband's large number of vacation and sick days that he could quickly access to work on the car, my son chasing the raccoon off of our porch just after midnight, getting six hours of sleep anyway!...
I have an appointment with my ortho on May 23 for my hip. My PCP suspects my nausea and related issues are due to my pain meds and has told me to start taking Miralax daily to see if that might help. I didn't think I was constipated, I have never went daily, but I am sure willing to try this to see if it shakes the difficulties I have had recently with eating. I am going to go shopping today to get the stuff. He also wants me to check to see if my insurance company will cover a shingles injection. He is right on another thing--I do not want to ever have shingles.
It seems a bit cool today after lots of rain on Tuesday--it waited until I got back to school from the doctor and was over when I left work. That is timing!
Have a day full of blessings!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Hi Spark Friends,
i got to teach Children's Church today--and it was the day that the African children from Light Mission Pentecostal Church who uses our church for their worship were there. I read a book called "Counting Blessings" by Debby Boone. The main idea of the story was that we have lots and lots of things that are blessings and we can count them in many ways. The book went on to share the idea that if we only think about sad and bad things, we will not be happy, but if we spend our time counting our blessings and thinking about those happy things that we will feel happy. Then we will be able to be a blessing to others. It was a great book that suggested that for two weeks you write down every blessing that you have and then spend time rereading them.
This made me think about myself--as it did the children. I gave them paper to draw their blessings on--many drew hearts and listed their family or names in it. A couple listed the church, God, and Jesus on theirs. Another listed freedom. As we talked they came up with all kinds of ideas. We made a list of blessings that started with the letter "R" and had everything from raccoons to roses. We made a list from A to Z of our blessings--which is something i have seen on many of my teams. They were great and the time got right away from us.
I think the two week challenge is a good one and I am going to try and blog my blessings for two weeks and then come back to read them: My family, my church, my dogs my bunny, my fish, our car (It's behaving today!), having money to buy what we need, the luscious tomato I ate for lunch, the pool and fitness center, the sauna, the rain, our home, my computer, Spark People, my son's girlfriend, my reclining chair, my ice bag, popsicles...
This list will grow and it will be fun to add to it.
It's time for me to get away from this computer. We have been invited to my son's apartment to have dinner and meet his girlfriend's parents. This seems pretty important to them--and I am looking forward to it. We're leaving the kids home with their favorite pizza. I'll check in with you all later.
I challenge you to count your blessings along with me.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I know it has been a while since I blogged but I am really overwhelmed with school and classes and my personal health issues right now. I blogged about them previously, there has been little change except that my hip pain is growing in frequency and intensity. I considered going to the ER with it today, but I know that they can't really help me and the only thing I can gain from that is quicker service with my orthopedic group. It is interfering a lot with my work outs now though.
I don't want to dwell on that right now--I have positive things on my mind. I am thinking about my youngest daughter who just did her check-in call during her first prom night. She looked beautiful when she left--but I almost think her hair is far more gorgeous when it is down, with all of those beautiful curls than the expensive (mandatory, lol) up-do. She is at the fitness center right now where her school is holding their after prom festivities. It's an odd choice of locations because none of the girls with their expensive hairstyles will use the pool. They have a lot of really entertaining things planned--obstacle courses and grown-up trikes for racing for a couple of things. The kids can win lots of prizes for sticking it out until the morning and the plan is keeping them off of the street and out of mischief. The bigger schools around here have really big prizes, often including a car, but our little school district cannot do all of that.
The baseball game is on for Monday, barring rainy weather, and I am excited for the many kids at our school who haven't ever gotten to go to one. Our little A level team has a pretty nice stadium and they do a lot of good things for the community during their on (and off) season. Certain people not to be named tried to make me the person to stay behind on Monday to be with the kids who refused to meet their reading goals (even with extra chances and help) and the kids who haven't returned one of multiple permission slips but I put my foot down and said that I was going. I have put in a lot of hours and a great deal of stress into making this game happen and I am not going to stay at school and miss it. Now, we just need nice, not rainy weather!!
Personally, I am thinking SUMMER!! I am more than ready for summer weather and summer break. I am thinking that even if it is available, I might not teach this summer. It is rewarding for children but given the stress that I receive at school on a regular basis is something I could use a break from. I may change my mind in the next few weeks, but this is how I am thinking right now. I am, however, thinking of flowers and gardens and outside pools and reading in the sunshine and grilling outdoors and parks and rest and relaxation.
I am also thinking of taking care of myself and feeling better in every way I know how. I miss my doctor who would probably know how to relieve my current pain and I may go out of town and hunt her up as well--she is less than a couple of hours away. I also am going to put my cataract surgery back on the schedule pretty soon. I need to lose a few more pounds, ugh, to get to that new BMI for my new and unimproved, reduced height. With the 3 surgeries I have had since December, I haven't make many gains in that arena. I don't think I can count what I have lost while I have been sick because I am losing it way too fast and it will come back. However, people have noticed that I have lost weight and that is always motivational. I am struggling to eat and trying to get my fruits and veggies in because they are not at all agreeable with me right now. Bland protein is somewhat okay, but all that I really can enjoy are popsicles. I am guessing that after two weeks this is more than a "bug" as well. I am getting a bit nervous about visiting doctors of any type because I seem to need big tests, procedures and treatments as a result. Yet, I am aware that I am not going to be able to continue this way much longer.
Anyway, summer is on my mind and all of the beauty and activity that goes along with it. I think I am like my students, so many of whom are already getting harder and harder to keep focused. Maybe we are all just kids in disguise. Thoughts of summer keep me smiling.
I hope that you are all feeling the pleasure of sunshine and spring. summer too!
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