Saturday, April 10, 2010
The birds woke me up this morning instead of my little Yorkie,Spanky. He is home with my husband. Usually at 4 am Spanky nudges me in the side to tell me it is time to get up, get ready, take him to potty, and go swimming. I wonder what he did to my husband this morning?
The weather here in Glendale Arizona is just lovely. My son is going to NASCAR with his uncle and aunt. My daughter, myself and my friend Tina are going to Gainey Village to pick up triathlon packets. I love Scottsdale. It is a very pretty place.
This is the first day in months that I have not purposely exercised. It is nice, but I get bored easily and find that one or two days of sedementary living is about all I can handle.
Tmorrow.TRIATHLON>>>>>WOOHOO, Somersault, Somersault!!!!!!!!!!!! I blog again with the outcomes if I survive. LOL
Friday, April 09, 2010
I had to go get the results of my cholesterol test yesterday. I always dread the occassion as it usually leads to more pills, diet changes in the form of limitations and a feeling of failure. My dad had a liver that naturally made too much cholesterol and I apparently took after him, hook, line and sinker!
Previously my cholesterol was 225, taking Lipitor 10mg every other day. My triglycerides where 243. I started taking Lipitor every day and yesterday the results were as follows: cholesterol 163, triglycerides 133, HDL 55, LDL less than 50. Told I had also lost 8 pounds according to their scale. Looks like I made it. I am finally lower than 200 and my liver and kidneys are both functioning very well!
Off to work I go. Maybe the day will fly by. I have an almost 7 hour drive ahead of me.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I work at an alternative high school. You know, the school everyone thinks is for (pregnant mothers) and other "worthless" teenagers. Alternative schools are usually pushed out of the minds of most, receive less money, less than scholarly students, less than new books, technology, etc. Alternative schools are the places that receive troubled individuals that even most parents have given up on.
Adults and specifically parents (parents to be also) need to stop and THINK! I know it is painful but as a teacher I am in pain watching what you will do to "your" child. If you do not want to raise a child, don't have one. Notice I said raise. Raising a child is quite different than just having one.
Raising a child does not stop when they are old enough to be sent to school. Schools are not baby-sitting services and the work assigned to your student is not for the teacher to have something to do in their free time. The world of education is immense and the amount of material we are supposed to teach to students to help them achieve their potential is astronomical!
Raise your child. Take an active interest in what they are doing. Support them both mentally and physically as well as monetarily. Help them take responsibility for their actions. Help them see that education is important and that they need to be life-long learners and functional members of society. Help them play and allow them to dream by keeping them out of doors and away from hand held games, gameboys etc.
Help your child develop ethics and to know their unique culture. Children need to explore their families and they need parental help to do so. If religion is to be a part of their lives, you as a parent need to help them. I as a teacher can't be mother, father, clergy, brother, sister, confidante, friend, enemy. I need a little help! I love your child and I hate what you are NOT doing for them. I know your life may be in shambles but together we can help your child put a life together. Please help me!
It will make me and your student mentally, physically, and psychologically healthier.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I have found that as I get older, planning takes a more prevalent place in my life. Mind you, I like flying by the seat of my pants but comfort is much more important now than it was twenty years ago. I have been making a list for a week of all the items I need for my upcoming triathlon.
In fact, I have this neat list and I have done not one thing on it! I now find myself scrambling to get everything lined up and crossed off the list. I am sure I will not forget the major items...me, bike, water bottles. The struggle will be the comfort items: tooth brush, underwear, swim suit. Twenty years ago I would have just played Marine, you know "Improvise". Not so today! The idea of forgetting a swim suit or hair brush is maddening and time consuming because it means time for replacement. Thank goodness some stores are open 24-7. I'll let you all know if I forget anything of great importance. LOL
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Few things irritate me more than the wind. I dislike the wind because it blows so much pollen and dust, trash and debris. It stirs up the atmosphere and makes the horizon hazy and tree leaves dusty and dirty looking.
Wind also stirs up my feelings. I feel unsettled and jumpy. Thankfully, wind does not make me want to eat! Wind makes me want to stay in bed.
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