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Sunday, 10/28 Our New Pastor!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hi all,

Today was a historical day for our church. We chose a new pastor after our search committee spent hours and weeks and months looking. She preached today and was quite comfortable with us while finding a way to give encouragement and motivation. She did a nice job with the children and the pastoral prayer as well. It was a good service and when we had our congregational meeting to vote, things were fairly quick and easy. Her name is Mariah or "Pastor Mariah" and we are ready foir some leadership. I like the fact that she has experience with refugees and the community that we serve. I think she will continue the programs that Michael started and build upon them. It makes me quite happy to know that those programs will be safe.

This week will be a lot less frantic than last week was. I have a doctor's appointment after school on Tuesday, my class on Halloween Wednesday, my cataract surgery on Thursday afternoon, and a follow-up with the eye surgeon before school on Friday. Friday is a half day inservice program and as soon as our principal lets me know which grade level meeting to go to, I will be attending something. I have my duty day on Halloween, and that is my only day to go to school early this week.

When I got to school on Friday, I had a ghost picture in my room mailbox along with a bag full of Halloween candy. The note basically said that I had been "booed" and it is now my turn to do the same to two other people. Awesome, I needed a bag of candy. Anyway, I haven't opened it yet and I left it at school. I think I will give it to my 14 year old on Halloween since he is too old for trick-or-treating and too young for parties. He is kind of lost this year as to what he should do on Halloween. I think his oldest sister might take him to a couple of haunted houses.

We still don't have our little car up and running. Besides the limitations on when we can go where, it is costing us a fortune to keep filling the jeep up with gas. I sure wish that the guys could get that car fixed--they only have a couple of things lest to do on it, but apparently they are tricky to do. Since I cannot even open the hood, lol, I cannot fuss or complain about this.

Anyway, that's about it for now in my world. Things are both changing and staying the same, but all are getting better. I lost .8 this week, so I am still well on my way to my goal. YAY!

Best wishes on your goals as well!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/30/2012 12:46PM

    I'm so glad you got a new pastor! she sounds great!

We have a vehicle on the blink too and hubby doesn't have much time to fix it unfortunately. Oh well, we will manage.



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_LINDA 10/29/2012 11:34PM

    Its sounds like this Pastor Mariah will be just what your church needed! I hope you can develop a nice relationship with her like you did with your previous pastor. Perhaps a woman will be even more understanding of your needs and trials as some things only a fellow female can relate to.
Could you possibly leave this bag of candy at the school for any of your class to help themselves should they want any? I like the idea of a non junk food centered activity for your 14 year old. Visiting haunted houses is just the right and very fun thing to do! I absolutely LOVED doing that! Way more fun then going door to door collecting candy!
So very sorry to hear your smaller car is still out of order. Isn't that the way that your most fuel efficient vehicle should have the toughest problems to fix :((
Way to go on your weight loss! Heading in the right direction!!
Keep up the great work!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/29/2012 6:08PM

    Congrats on the new pastor and that some positive change is coming!

Cute idea for the "boo" but you're right....candy.... LOL

Hope you have a calmer week.

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Thursday 10/25 Uh, 2 months until Christmas???

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Well, I'm at it again. I am stressing over the expectations I have on myself and the things I have to accomplish. Just think, there are 2 months from today until Christmas. Let me ad to that and share what has to happen in my world by then... My second cataract surgery. Completing my grad class and that includes 2 exams, a field project, a final project. Starting my kindergarten program that begins today. One quarter of school instruction that will end with progress reports for my 68 students. Thanksgiving. Halloween--which may be my low-key holiday since our kids are older. Christmas and includes shopping, decorating, planning the food. Possibly selecting a new pastor for our church. Our 25th wedding anniversary. Getting this house ready for my post-op needs. My hip replacement surgery.

Yes, I should never think of the list of things I have to do over time because I have no idea how I am going to complete this many important items in the time that is available. I am also sure that there are things that I have forgotten as well. I have these three areas of my life and although they overlap a bit, being a mother (and wife), a teacher and a learner are all big, time consuming tasks. I also want to mention that I still have 18 pounds left to lose on my weight loss goal--hopefully 8 of them by Dec. 17. I have to get started on my professional development plan. I need to join a couple of organizations and get started on my own research to go with it. Whew... There is always a lot of pressure in my world.

There's a more positive spin to this--let me see if I can say it a different way. We finished week ten of our grad class last evening and I have an almost perfect grade (I lost .5 of a point on the first exam.) I have a professional development plan. My work around the house is started and has simply been put on the shelf as we get our cars up and running. I started my holiday shopping way back during the spring and I need to sort out who I have gotten what gifts for to date. My cataract surgery is half way finished and has already made a wonderful positive impact on my life. As for work, I am excited to start seeing kindergarten students today and it will be fun as always. I need to look at their profiles and then, the lesson plans will be easy to write and those little darlings will get a good start to their academic support. As for my hip, I have a good friend helping me to find a reading specialist to or an experienced reading teacher to sub for me. I am halfway there on that situation and I will handle it with the support of my union president when it is time for me to be off work so I can heal. And--as for that, I have already lost 12.4 of those 30 pounds, so that is a great start on that. I bet I'll make it to the 20 pound mark by December 17.

OK, now I can breathe. Sometimes, I just need to put the positive spin on what is on my mind and then, I can run with things.

It is time to head for work and get this day going. I have to leave a bit early for yet another doctor's appointment this week (#3 of 3 in 3 days.) My world is a busy place with a lot going on--that break for the past two weeks was really needed even if it was driven by a lot of appointments too.

I can do this and that will be my mantra for today!!
Gentle hugs, one and all!!!!
Sylvia

  
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CHRIS3874 10/27/2012 9:52PM

    yeah me too I just shut my eyes sometimes. But somehow I muddle through. I have things uncompleted from 1980 (personal projects) so I know how overwhelming things can get - life can just get in the way.

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_LINDA 10/25/2012 9:48PM

    68 students??? Wow! That is an incredible number!! No one teacher should have to deal with so many. Its very hard to provide quality one on one instruction that way. No wonder such a caring and concerned teacher like yourself is so stressed out!! I was fortunate to have small classes when I was in school, in elementary, we only ever had at the most 13 students!! Now they have these big classes, no wonder the elementary basics of reading, writing and arithmetic have suffered. There are actually people graduating form school unable to string two sentences together without the help of word programs! I feel for you having to deal with a huge number like that..
As usual, you have far too much on your plate. I hope you can actually rest and recover when you do have your hip replacement, you will need all the help and support you can get from your family. Allow them to help. You have been shouldering the work load too long. Let them keep up the house and prepare the food. just amke sure your pantry is well socked with healthy foods before you go in or expect pizza and macaroni lol.
Take care of yourself,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 1:59PM

    I have an alarming number of things to get done too in the near future. It's overwhelming but I seem to always get everything done.

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JERZGURL_NAN 10/25/2012 8:16AM

    I can do ALL things through Christ - WHO - gives me strength. Time to remember that we all need to trust that promise. You will be blessed - you will do it (with HIS strength, of course) You will have a beautiful Christmas with all this behind you. So - - - CELEBRATE!!!

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AJB121299 10/25/2012 8:14AM

    good luck this season

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Tuesday, 10/23 Back to work

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Going back to work has made me realize a few things...

I like my work. I am good at analyzing what children need as readers and giving it to them. I can help make a big difference in the lives of my students regularly. I am still a learner as well and know how to get help and learn about my work.

I am not as enthused with working for somebody. A couple of things happened (already) yesterday that made me know that the same old regime is in our building and that there is someone who can treat me as unfairly as she wants and in a very public way--and I have to let her get away with it. She can make it look like she has made a dumb mistake. However, if that is true, she is making a lot of them and the many disrespectful ones come my way over and over again. I wish I knew why she did that--really knew. I have a couple of guesses, but I'd like to be able to crawl into her thoughts and find out for sure.

Anyway, my right eye is improving by the moment. It isn't fond of the lighting at school and I see these waves of light off to the side when I am there. Those little waves are a lot easier to handle than the sparkles and junk I was seeing at night before, but after a while, they are pretty annoying. My room doesn't have any windows and I cannot turn the lights off or down. Keeping busy helps me to ignore them the best that I can.

I have an early meeting today followed by my duty assignment. After school, I have a doctor's appointment and then I need to go back to school for the Title 1 meeting that I learned about yesterday. Maybe I'll be able to go exercise after that. I cannot go to the pool until the evening open swim time because I'm not allowed to simply exercise when the adults are in the pool. I worry about kids splashing, but I have a special corner that I exercise in and I simply tell them why I need for them to go away. Anyway, it will be a long day for me and my back is growly and owly today. I have to prevent it from getting worse and do everything I can to get it better.

Have a great day--Do what you need to do to make it that way!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2012 10:52PM

    Since you love your work and are excellent at it I would not let toxic people ruin it for me. These children need you and you are their best hope. Pray that this person comes to see the light.

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_LINDA 10/23/2012 10:09AM

    I often wonder why the biggest a$$holes get to be the bosses. It seems to be a common occurence. It certainly is unpleasant to have to deal with someone like that who seems to have some kind of agenda where you are concerned. If only you could avoid dealing with her as much as possible. You need some kind of ombudsman!!
That is one thing I hate about the bridge club is the lack of windows. I already live in a dark North facing apartment that never gets any sunlight so having to spend time in a windowless building isn't the most fun either. I hope those waves of light you are seeing are normal, and I assume you will be asking your Dr. about them at the appointment.
I don't understand why you can't exercise in the pool when the adults are in it -does this means its meant for strictly lane swimming only? I know on those days I asked for permission to water jog in a lane while this was going on and they gave me permission, but it turned out to be a rude experience as fast swimmers ignored me in my lane and took it over expecting me to get out of the way on each of their passes. They passed by me so close I was afraid I would get hit by their flailing arms!! So I gave that up pretty quick. I was just wondering if you could claim a lane to water jog, might work better for you if the people are more polite. Water jogging is great exercise and easy on the joints as the flotation belt keeps you from hitting the bottom of the pool.
I hope your days at work go smoothly. Just focus on the fact you are there to help the kids not figure out your unreasonable boss.
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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HELLENACKERMAN 10/23/2012 7:11AM

    Hope you have a great day today and get good news at the doctor!

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Monday, 10/22 Lots to show for my break

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hi all,

The past two weeks have given me the chance to do a lot of important things... I have been quite busy and productive. I could use one more week to wrap a lot of it up and to rest a bit, ha ha.

We have had a lot of issues with our cars during this time, but one of them is back in working order and the other one is close. I have had to fit my things in with everyone else's while we muddled through without easy transportation.

My fall break scorecard looks a lot like this: 8 doctor appointments, a hip injection, a mammogram, and my right eye cataract surgery. I read about a half dozen chapters in my text books and I completed my first field assignment with three interviews and error analyses of their English. I completed working in our front yard, picked tomatoes several times, sorted through all of my clothing--removing my big clothes and organizing things. I am working toward moving them back into my room, even if I cannot sleep in there, and I deep cleaned the family room with help.

I have not done the mending that I need to do, worked on my current afghan, nor cleaned the rest of the house that is needing attention. I have a
lot of work to do around my home that I just cannot get to no matter how hard I try. I have found that if I don't get involved that the others in our family either don't understand how much I want it done or they simply don't do it at the level I need it to be done. Oh well, I have it started. I have less than two months to work, prepare for the holidays and to get the chores all finished before my hip replacement. It has to be done by then!

The owls we made in children's church today were very cute. The kids had fun and were quite creative within the parameters of the activity. I always like it when there is room for the kids' creativity to be part of an activity. They need to be able to make any project their own, complete with their own details and understandings.

Next week is an important week for the members of our church. We have an open house on Saturday to meet the candidate who may be our next pastor. She is from Ohio and has a strong background in working with a high needs community and has a good deal of background in working with immigrants and refugees as well. Those members of our search committee who have heard her sermons mentioned that she has brought them to tears with her speaking, and that her messages caused them to do a lot of intra-personal searching as well. She was the only candidate that the entire search group was in total agreement upon. We will hear a sermon from her during our regular service adn then, at a special congregational meeting, we will determine if she is going to get the position after a discussion and a paper and pencil vote. It could be a big, significant change for our church and it is definitely an exciting time for us all.

It is way past my bed time. Have a great week and do what is best for you!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2012 10:48PM

    You packed a lot into your time off. We had to get 4 new tires on the can on the weekend. It seems to always be something.

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_LINDA 10/22/2012 8:16PM

    So glad your vehicles are close to being working. 8 appointments, wow!
Doesn't sound like you had much of a break off.
No one can clean and keep house up to your expectations, certainly not a husband or children ;) That really is too bad. My step dad thinks my Mom is a clean freak!! He can't see, or doesn't want to, all the dirt that comes in from having the windows open 24/7 as my Mom likes year round no matter how cold the winter gets. Their house seems to be constantly invaded by bugs and Mom vacuums them up every single day!!
I hope your week back goes smoother!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Saturday, 10/20 Tired but Satisfied

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hi all,

It feels as if it sould be later than it is--that's amazing to me. I have been busy as possible today. I started out with some sparking but then, I went to the fitness center and had a hard workout. After that, I ran several errands and then, we went to school to put away supplies for the coming week and to set up Digger's cage. Finally, I found a cute project online to use for children's church tomorrow--we are making owls in honor of Halloween and I came home to clean out all of my dressers while my husband baked chicken for dinner.

I am really dragging, so I am going to scoot off and take it easy, maybe going to sleep early for a change.

Take care and have a good night.
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2012 10:46PM

    You really got a lot accomplished but then you always do. I wish I had your organization ability.

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_LINDA 10/21/2012 1:59AM

    I like that thought of making owls -cute! I hope you can get a good night's sleep and have a peaceful, resting and very relaxing Sunday.
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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