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The Fast

Friday, March 04, 2011

Life is good but I have to plan ahead as never before. My usual busy life is still so but we are not walking the dogs early in the day anymore till the 20th of March. Let me explain. Charlie and I are Bahais and we fast from sunrise to sunset from Mar. 2 till Mar. 20th. This means nothing by mouth (food, drink or smoke) from sunrise till sundown. So I have to plan to drink lots in preparation for those hrs. and of course the evenings are drink lots and eat healthy.So I walk the dogs from about 5:30 till 6:30 in order to break the Fast at that time and have a drink with the dogs. Me from the bottle while they have a little plastic bowl. Today I have to head for the kindergarten by 8:30 in order to start at 9:00 and then I will call Charlie to pick me up. If I could drink I would walk the 2-3 mi. home but it hits 25 degrees celcius by the time I leave and that could be dangerous never mind 'What reserves do I have for the rest of the day?' The Fast is a gift to us to teach us restraint something Sparkpeople are well acquainted with. Today I will go over the alphabet and the story of the 3 Bears with the children. I must remember to bring a cookie in my pocket for the little boy who is always hungry. He gets handed off a lot and often they forget to feed him. But he goes to a very pricey kindergarten so I don't know what gives. I really want to take some pictures of the school as all the children wear the same uniform and so do all the teachers. You guessed right I wear one too. Handy but not too classy. It makes for an interesting picture. Haven't managed to get to the Women's Refuge for a few days because of different things but looking forward to going there to teach English tomorrow.


5 yr. old Wild Things

Monday, February 21, 2011

It was so nice to read the comments from others that I decided to write some more.
Usually on the weekends (Sat) my friend Farideh and I go to the Women's Refuge and teach English for 2 hrs. These are young and older women who have gotten in trouble with substance abuse. We don't know their individual stories but sometimes it leaks out. One woman was in love with another woman and was extremely jealous and would get bent out of shape with alcohol. The family insisted she go into rehab and she is doing much better. This rehab center works with a lot of love and prayer and I would have thought more life skills would be good but a lot of good comes of it so I will just suspend judgement. I used to work in that area of expertise and I do slip in some lessons involving life skills and it is appreciated. This wkend Farideh was not feeling well so we did not go and she went to the Dr. instead. If she had told me her symptoms I would have told her her problem. She is PREGNANT! This is very good news and now we are all over the moon. She is 30 and an officer at a very good bank so her job is excellent but her husband had suffered with some spotty employment. The thing is that here it takes 2 people to keep a family going and she will have maternity leave and have to go back to work quickly. Her husband is employed at the new casino but like all Mexican jobs it does not pay too well. Between the two of them they earn less than $1000 monthly and it is not cheap here though better than in the US or Canada. They have a very good marriage though. We will be able and willing to help with childcare. We will see what her family can come up with. She really wants us to help out as then the child will learn English and that is highly prized here.
The other volunteer thing I do is to work at a kindergarten teaching the little ones English. At the best of times and I do this 2 1/2 hrs. a wk. it is very intense. Remember I speak English and they speak Spanish. I get it when they need to go to the toilet but I cannot get the finer points of who touched what and when and where and they should not do so, ARRRRGH! Today the little darlings were in a morning assembly and I don't know what they did there but they were animals afterwards. On Monday I assist Rocio, their usual teacher and on Fri. I am alone for one hr. This morning was the worst. We really need to maintain a bit more decorum in class. I know that activities should move quickly and seamlessly from one to another and that the teacher should have a tried and true method for getting their attention. The latter is not in place so how are we to get better attention. We definitely move quickly from one activity to another and I try to do one peaceful one and then a more active activity. Anyone reading this who can give any good advice should feel free to do so not only free but for GOD'S sake do it for my sanity!
I got up early and walked the dogs and was ready to go to the school when needed. So I put my purse in a drawer in the office along with my walking home clothes. We were late finishing as usual and apparently by 10:30 my phone started to ring, stop, ring, stop and ring again. I really must learn to shut it off. Very annoying for the office staff. Anyway it was my husband and Farideh wanting to go to lunch and of course we did. But for a change I chose where. I chose Pierda Kilos (losing kilos in English), These are the greatest restaraunts where everything is cooked with great care to reduce calories and weighed and measured portions. The kicker is that the food is excellent though not as cheap as a 2000 cal. taco. Yes, I have eaten those and lived but shouldn't do it. So Charlie and I had a late breakfast, Farideh had an early lunch and the three of us shared one of their to-die-for pcs. of ornge,/lime pie. For heaven's sake come and visit so I can go to lunch with you at one of the Pierda Kilos locations. The women have all gone through their program to lose weight and are lovely and never cranky. This is like a very cheap version of WW. Good night all! I must go and do other things but will post again.

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WENDY412 2/21/2011 9:02PM

    I just happened across your blog, and my, what an interesting life you lead! I'm going to check out some of your other blogs. I would suggest clapping out a rhthym that your students will need to echo whenever you need their attention. It works wonders with students of all ages! Good luck!

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Too Few hrs. in a Day

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

There are just too few hrs. in a day. I got up this morning and went right on the computer at 6:15AM (It takes me at least 1 1/2hrs. to check email and spark mail. Then at 8:00 Charlie got up and ate and showered quickly while I showered and made the bed. We loaded up the dogs and went to the desert and I walked the bike path for one hr. The dogs and I were definitely pooped after that and they got to rest while Charlie and I went grocery shopping. Charlie's hips are so sore he only managed the shopping. By the time we got home it was noon. So I quickly got lunch together and we said our Devotions and played chinese checkers. Now Charlie is lying down and I am back on the computer for a while. Then we need to clean the back patio and the area where the car usually sits. It will be supper by then and somewhere i need to fit in making several dishes ahead. And this is one of our more relaxing days.

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 2/9/2011 4:26PM

    I saw on the Slowest Loser feed you have lost weight!! WOO HOO!! I'm in my 40's, I have 2 teenagers, 7th grade, homeschooling, keeping house, trying odd jobs here and there to make extra money, ect. I was hoping when I got older that I would have more time on my hands. Guess not. That's what I get for thinking. emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 2/6/2011 10:26PM

    What do you do in your SPARE time?! I'm tired from just READING about your day!

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STITCHINGNAN 2/4/2011 11:53AM

    Amen to that. I too need more hours in a day I am sure as we get older time flies by faster. I need every hour I can find to do chores and some Me time too. Congrats on your first blog. Keep them coming Ree emoticon

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