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Monterey

Monday, August 01, 2011

I've wanted to go to Monterey for about 30 years now. First I heard about the Monterey Jazz Festival and thought that sounded pretty cool. I've been a fan of John Steinbeck's novels (started with" Of Mice and Men" in school) for a long time. After reading "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday" I felt a desire to know the backdrop of some of his novels. Then I started teaching Marine Biology and I show a video about the rescue of sea otters "A Sea Otter Story" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as one about behind the scenes at the aquarium "Oceans in Glass". It seemed like a unique and fascinating place. It was on one of these videos that I found out about the aquarium's Dive Adventure for children 8-12. Since my DH and I scuba dive and snorkel, we thought it would be a great way to introduce our son Danny to the sport with danger greatly minimized.

So when we found out that we would be going to California for a cruise to celebrate my Great Aunt Julia's 90th birthday, we decided to head out their early to fulfill my dream of going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA from here on out) I thought I would share some photos and experiences with my dear sparkfriends.

The first thing we did was visit the sea otters, where a permanent female resident had adopted a pup that was rescued when it was only hours old. Here she seems to be showing the pup how to wind itself up in the (fake) kelp (that's how they can sleep anchored to the kelp and not drift away with the currents) or to search within its blades for food (forage)

Then we went to the Kelp Forest Exhibit which is amazing because it is the only aquarium in the world that has figured out how to grow Giant Kelp "in captivity". They pump raw seawater into their display, they use real sunlight and a surge machine to create motion, keeping the kelp healthy. They supply the exhibit with the critters 100 feet from the shore, including a small school of sardines which are surprisingly beautiful as they wind their way in and around the kelp, creating figure 8's of shimmering silver. It was mesmerizing. I wish I had thought to take video of it, the still shots don't capture the magic they create in the display.
We then went to see the Giant Pacific Octopus which I have no good pictures of because a flash really bothers her and she moves too fast and it's too dark (for my skills as a photographer). I was however luckier with the sessile (stationary ) organisms. Here are a few cool ones There are a number of sea anemones, you can see their stinging tentacles at the top of the treelike body.


The next picture is a sea squirt which is actually a chordate (close relative) with no backbone
I love these sand dollars (relatives of the seastar)
and the spotted jelly
After seeing about 1/2 of the exhibits it was time for my son's Diving Adventure. We let them know about his ADHD, which is under control when he is medicated, but still can cause problems due to his impulsiveness and lack of attention. They were so appreciative. Apparently many parents hide it as if it were shameful, and there are then safety issues that come up with the mechanics of diving. I must commend them on their patience and understanding regarding their handling of my son. They assigned Andrew to work one-on-one with my son, Danny. He was a real pro, and I can't thank him enough.
Here is a sequence of pictures showing his first dive experience.
Here Andrew is helping Danny get his fins on.
They found a seastar
And a decorator crab
Out of all the kids participating, he was the first one in the water and the last one out...the apple doesn't fall far...
DH said "I'll know this was a success if he comes out of the water exclaiming "Awesome!!!" Here it is...
He loved it so much we let him do it again the next day. I think the young lady who worked with him was named Chris. She was just as wonderful as Andrew. Here are a few shots of his second day diving with Christine
Here is the entire team that worked with Danny over the 2 days. Very positive bunch
Very satisfied 8 year old, looking forward to his cup of hot chocolate

Before the second dive experience we participated in a behind the scenes tour and an opportunity to feed the fish. We also took the time to see some other exhibits. The seahorse display was especially intriguing

Here is the well camouflaged close relative of the seahorse, the sea dragon
Penguins are always a hit


Each day we stored lunch in a locker and ate it on a bench outside. We got a good look at some local wildlife, seals and cormorants
I am not showing pics of the fantastic Open Sea Exhibit because the fish are too fast for me. But the ocean sunfish was AMAZING Okay here's one pic that my DH took, it is the best we could do.

This is a very WEIRD fish. It is the largest bony fish in the world, though this one is pretty small (young) Still, amazing!!
I hope you enjoyed my little travelog, I will try to show some other destinations as well, but this took a long time, so I'm not sure when. Thanks for sharing it with me sparkers, Spark On!!

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/19/2011 4:24PM

    You have inspired me...I know where I want to go if I get to California again!!

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LAURETTA1966 8/6/2011 3:30PM

    Wow This is amazing thank you so much for Sharing

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MERRYMARY42 8/4/2011 1:27PM

    VERY VERY NICE, I enjoyed it all, it has been awhile since we sent up there, but wanting to see it again, Thanks for sharing.

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JSPEED4 8/3/2011 5:10AM

    Wow! Makes me want to go find a beach, too.

Attention deficit things were treated fairly well, with no side effects, and no long-term dependencies established, so kids could develop out of it over the decades-- treated with extra amounts of Vit B6 and magnesium, via nutritionists. The B6 helps digest and utilitze the magnesium so it does not have a strong laxative effect. And, divide the magnesium dose into several times a day to reduce laxative effects. Many nutritionists recommend twice the magnesium as the calcium recommended.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/2/2011 6:33PM

    OMG! Awesome photos!!

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XRAYLADY65 8/2/2011 11:45AM

    awesomw pics....

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MEADSBAY 8/2/2011 8:05AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonJust incredible!
We found people were much more helpful if we gave them a head's up about our daughter's invisible special needs, as well.
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/2/2011 7:23AM

    Totally cool. The pics of the anemones are amazing.

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GRATEFULBOB 8/2/2011 5:57AM

    wow love the pics ,your son looks like he is having a blast , that is so cool.

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EMRANA 8/1/2011 9:26PM

  How exciting! Especially visiting otters!

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MEADSBAY 8/1/2011 8:06PM

    Was there meant to be a pic here?
I lived in Monterey for 2 yrs many moons ago- when Cannery Row was still run down fisheries and pizza joints. It was a beautiful town even then.
We went back for an anniversary trip later and went to the aquarium- it was awesome!
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3 Off the Bucketlist, Plus Exhausted, Hurricaned, Burned, Destoned, Happy 2 Be Home!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I've been gone for about 6 weeks, sorry to abandon you all. I got real busy at work with the end of the schoolyear, curriculum workshop and then packing for a 2 week vacation.

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I managed to knock off 3 things from my bucketlist...Monterey Bay Aquarium, Yosemite and my first cruise. We spent a week in California (Monterey/Carmel, Yosemite, LA, Long Beach) before a weeklong cruise with extended family to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.

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In Monterey, we spent 2 days at the aquarium emoticon It is the best one in the US which probably means the best in the whole world. My son did their Dive Experience for children which was so fantastic he did it 2 days in a row. And I teach marine biology so I was in my element...literally.

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Then we drove down the Pacific coast along Big Sur - BREATHTAKING scenery

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We ate at the Mission Ranch which I highly recommend. Its Pianobar was great fun - like old-fashioned karaoke. They pour HUGE glasses of wine. The food is first rate and the atmosphere is priceless.

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We drove to Yosemite which was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream - one down on the bucketlist...WOW!! Phenomenal!! Indescribable!! You need to see it for yourself. I recommend Tunnel View, Glacier Point and Mariposa Forest.

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Even with the extra activity (on my feet all day everyday) I still gained 10 lbs on the cruise. DH got seasick and lost a day of eating, so he didn't gain as much.

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The food on the cruise was excellent. We were celebrating my Great Aunt Julia's 90th birthday and it was near our 10th anniversary so we celebrated that, too. I think I may have drank excessive calories rather than ate them...at least both were contributors to the unfortunate demise of my weightloss progress. Now I have set myself back several months!

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We managed to avoid Hurricane Dora (actually sailed right through it one evening as we slept) we had good weather during our days...but still very high seas. We had a scary moment with my 8 year old when we attempted to snorkel in rough waters in the Sea of Cortez. We tried Snuba another day, but that was too difficult too. We had a fantastic Pirate Adventure on Puerto Vallarta... we got to go sea kayaking and swimming, lots of pirateship entertainment and an open bar emoticon

Our only 2 true negatives on the trip - I was stung by Fire Coral which I never even saw - I just noticed the painful results in the shower (freshwater is the worst thing for it). So now I may have a lifelong scar with very little to show for it.

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And for our 10th anniversary, my DH bought me a gorgeous "black" topaz 3 stone ring... that is now a 2 stone ring...that's right, I wasn't even off the airplane before I noticed a stone had fallen out!

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So now we're home, unpacking, recovering from our vacation (physically as well as financially) and I am licking my wounds (applying neosporin actually)

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Solong to the tropics for now

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And back to the scale

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and my sparkfriends

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P.S. For Emmanyc: Your comment made me curious about aquariums around the world. The first website I looked at listed Monterey Bay Aquarium as the 2nd best in the world. Many of the places you mentioned, as well as others made their top ten list. Here is the site for those who are curious:
www.interestingworldfacts.com/infras
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Thanks for making me think and inquire. Still, 2nd in the whole world is pretty amazing. Have you been there?

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/19/2011 4:22PM

    You have been busy with a lot of fun stuff. I've never even heard of fire coral. That aquarium sounds fantastic.

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TEXASGIRL48 8/1/2011 8:54AM

    I find it amazing that people from out of state go to places that people that live in that state don't ever see. I lived in California for almost 40 years and never did go to Yosemite and went to Monterey Bay but didn't go to the aquarium.

I'm glad you had a great vacation and you earned every one of those pounds. I'm sure once you get back to normal eating and exercising it will come off just as quick. I probably would have gained even more. I can do that almost in a weekend.

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XRAYLADY65 7/31/2011 9:47PM

    sounds like you had a great time... welcome back

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TERESAMARIE1959 7/31/2011 6:59PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and Happy 10th. I know what you mean about cruises. I walked the deck every day and always took the stair. We were down 7, but gained 10 pounds too. Though having a couple that ate at the same table tell me that they had gained 15 half way through the cruise, just made me more determined to exercise. I am glad you are back.

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MERRYMARY42 7/31/2011 5:53PM

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time, even with a few bad experiences, and I do not know if it is the best in the world, I do know that Monterey Bay Aquarium is wonderful, Glad you are home, and glad you are working on your bucket. It is great to check one off,

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GERIKRAGH 7/31/2011 5:33PM

    Thank you for directing me from the Huddle Wall to your blog. It was fun reading. I live in central Calif. and am withing one or two hours of all of these places and enjoy them also.

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EMMANYC 7/31/2011 12:39PM

    Um "It is the best one in the US which probably means the best in the whole world"

Why would you assume that just because it's the best in the US, it's the best in the world? If I were a betting woman, I'd bet on a place that either was close to fabulous sea life (Great Barrier Reef anyone? Australia's aquariums are fabulous), or that had a reputation for amazing construction projects (Japan, Dubai - near the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean). The US certainly would make the list of likely candidates but would not be at the top of my "likely" list.

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EMRANA 7/31/2011 11:53AM

  Welcome back!

It sounds like you enjoyed every part of that 10 pound gain, so it's prolly worth it. emoticon

I just saw The Bucket List for the first time last weekend, and loved it! To have three things marked off so fast is magnificent! I'm glad you had such a great time!

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ZELDA13 7/31/2011 11:34AM

    Sounds like an amazing trip! No wonder you're exhausted! It's great to get away and see new things, but it's always great to get home.
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HDHAWK 7/31/2011 10:51AM

    What a fantastic trip! I got stung by a jellyfish in Hilton Head SC. Ouch!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/31/2011 10:41AM

    Wow. How amazing?! You have been making good use of your time :) I love the pic in the background. Dreamy.

Keep on rocking this life. Hugs.

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SAMODER 7/31/2011 10:02AM

    Sounds like you have had a wonderful summer so far, It's great to get away and do something totally different.

Sam
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LYNKIN 7/31/2011 9:39AM

    WooHoo! What a great vacation! Thanks for sharing... I am taking notes as Dave and I hope to travel west after retirement, in 4 more years.

I am glad you are back. I too have to get moving on my weight loss. I do better during the school year when I am moving a lot teaching kindergarten.

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MEADSBAY 7/31/2011 9:27AM

    Wow- you sure know how to pack a lot of adventure into a vacation!
thnx for sharing it!
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L*I*T*A* 7/31/2011 9:20AM

    sounds like an awesome vacation..
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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14HUSKERS 7/31/2011 8:16AM

    What an awesome vacation! Nice to hear someone else has a "bucket" list. LOL
Thanks for sharing your amazing trip in such detail.

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CLWALDRO 7/31/2011 8:06AM

    Wow it sounds like you had a great time with your family. I have been to many of the places in CA that you visited and they are awesome.
I hope you are feeling better soon. My son's Dr recommended a product you can get at most drug store to help with scaring call Mederma. I can not even tell where the cut was at, and no scaring which was good because it was on his face.
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KAKIPOPUP 7/31/2011 7:54AM

    emoticon home and emoticon back - sounds like you had a great time!

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GRATEFULBOB 7/31/2011 6:13AM

    sounded like a awesome summer cruises are a killer on diets ,so welcome back emoticon emoticon

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JSPEED4 7/31/2011 5:09AM

    Ask an herbalist about something to stop scarring, or to heal scars. Even Vit E capsules, pierced and smeared onto a scar, have given good results to some people. Maybe some clay mud smeared over it for a few hours will help pull out irritants and keep the scars minimal, too.

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Exercise Exorcism...okay Just a Confession

Monday, May 30, 2011

I hate to exercise - there I said it. I'm going to start a team and we all have to wear this button:

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What's that I hear? ...Crickets?...More crickets...



So you ALL love to exercise? That's how we all got as big as we did right? Because we love to sweat?


I have the worst time motivating myself to move, because it hurts so darn much. And to be perfectly honest, there are about 135 other things I'd rather be doing.



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The truth is that my DH was ordered to stop all physical activity because he is going to have his appendix out next month. And so now that I have lost my exercise partner, I have lost all motivation to move. I need to move if I want to lose weight.

I used to be an athlete - gymnastics and softball mostly, but I was pretty good at all sports. I used to love exercising when it meant playing sports. Now it's just drudgery. Where's the spark?

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/31/2011 12:30PM

    You can do it!

But even if you wait for your DH, life will go on.

It's hard doing it alone - but You can do it!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 5/31/2011 8:48AM

    I hate it too!! I just bought a Wii and joined the Walk It Out group on SP. I haven't played it yet and it might get put in the closet along with my ball, bands, and all the other exercise stuff, but we'll see. At least I am going to give it a chance.

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LIZZIFENGSHUI 5/31/2011 4:58AM

    Find something you really like :) I know, starting to exercise probably feels uncomfortable in the beginning but soon you will really enjoy it. I never really enjoyed walking but since getting a dog and having no option I love it! I know you will get there, just believe in yourself and your body and all the amazing things you can achieve! emoticon Start with small things a bit more walking, taking the stairs a bit of gardening and don't think about it as a chore emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 5/30/2011 10:56PM

  You've already gotten some excellent advice ~ I agree that for me, it's all about finding what I love to do. I hate exercise machines. I love yoga. I love Callanetics. I love the strength training exercises I do. (I am limited to non-impact fitness due to my spine injury, which suits me just fine! lol)

I do my fitness because I love it. I miss it if I don't do it. I used to be a member of your I hate exercise club, but I found what I love to do and I do it.

If you like gymnastics, try Pilates. You don't have to go to a gym with reformer equipment, though I have a Sparkfriend who adores that. Try some of the videos like Lotte Berk, or Stott method or Bar Method. My sister almost got her certification for Bar Method last year, she loves it that much. I do the old school Callanetics from back in the 1980s but I know there are two more recent videos. There's various ballet DVDs that I've thought looked interesting but haven't bought yet.

As someone else suggested, look for a softball league!

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LYNKIN 5/30/2011 9:19PM

    I really like walking, especially outdoors. I also like to dance and I am going to try a Zumba class this summer. I do think that it is important to find something that you like to do. I think with summer coming, you will have extra time to explore different types of exercise. Do you have a community rec center? Check into activities there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 5/30/2011 8:37PM

    Have you looked into joining a women's softball league? What about dancing, do you enjoy that? If felt so wonderful tonight when I took a shower after working in the yard off and on all day. Being mobile when I get older (older than 58!) is pretty good motivation. If I have to turn 60 in one year and seven months, then I want to be in shape for it!! Your saying "I can handle pain until it hurts" made me laugh. But as far as motivation goes, I think it just comes down to that fact that we HAVE to exercise just like we brush our teeth, wash our hair, wash our clothes, etc. We don't have to like it, we just have to do it.
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/30/2011 8:35PM

    The best exercise I've ever done is walking. The most fit person I've seen was a die hard walker - the dude was lean like a racehorse. It was amazing.

Just find something you like.

Have fun.

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JANLEH 5/30/2011 8:33PM

    Oh dear, yes, I can't say I'm a fan of sweating. I have grown to really like exercising though. I do bike with my DH and go for a walk once a week with my sister-in-law (that's new since I started working out and she asked to come too). If I'm alone ... I absolutely still exercise. I go up and do my stationary bike on yucky days. I ride my bike or walk alone. I know that I HAVE TO...there is no choice unless I want to slip back into the old, tired, overweight me. I'm still fighting that girl ... and I don't like her one bit. I'm afraid of going back. So far, that there are two things motivating me: 1) fear that I'll go back to the place that I was at and 2) I focus on the wonderful way I am starting to feel now. I know this is mainly because of exercise. I just do it.

You can't depend on other people. I just chug ahead on my own. This has actually been quite an eye-opening experience for me. I can do these things on my own. I might be a bit nervous from time to time but boy oh boy, I've never felt lonely.

Do you have an iphone or ipod? I've been grooving to Eric Clapton, Three Dog Night and other music from my teens/20s with a little bit of current music thrown in just to be cool. That really makes all the difference in the world to me. I have the pedometer app. and tunes ... and I just keep moving.

Do you feel you're ready to join a team? That might be something for you to think about too!

Hang in there. Keep moving. Best wishes to your DH. He'll be up and moving again soon and you'll be soooo much further ahead in one month's time that he will be amazed.



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MEADSBAY 5/30/2011 7:04PM

    So sorry, my friend, I ADORE exercising in almost any way shape or form!
I have to thank my copius endorfins as it all just makes me so happy!
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DEELYNNE1 5/30/2011 6:23PM

    I don't enjoy the process of exercise nearly as much as I enjoy the results - like lower blood pressure, less body weight, more flexibility, less exhaustion. I'm afraid if I don't keep going, all those things will go away again and I'll be right back to where I started. And that's not a trade-off I'm willing to make as long as I have the ability to keep going. The ONLY form of exercise I've ever enjoyed in and of itself is swimming, which is good for many things but not for weight loss. I walk a lot because I can usually manage to do that without losing my balance and falling over, but not because I love it. Like MESAMA said, I force myself to keep doing it, and I'm usually glad after I've done it.

When my mother got older (about the age I am now) she just sort of stopped moving and eventually she could hardly get out of bed at all; the prospect of doing that to myself simply scares the liver out of me and keeps me motivating myself to ambulate, no matter how I feel about it at the time. The result is worth it. I haven't found anything yet that really inspires me to do strength training consistently; that's the exercise I'm most inclined to skip if I let myself.

When your DH is done with the appendix surgery, is he going to want to get back into exercise? If you keep up with your own program, you'll be the inspiration for him to resume his and you'll be exercise buddies again. And you'll need your own added strength to help him rebuild his. Don't give up! It IS worth doing!

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JET150 5/30/2011 5:20PM

    The best way for me to get exercise is to get outside and commute by walking or biking. It's less stressful than driving and you get to know your neighborhood and neighbors in a whole new way. Sure, it takes more time, but that's time you don't have to spend faux walking or biking in a gym.

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MAGA99 5/30/2011 4:51PM

    I HATE TO EXERCISE
I hate sweating
I hate getting out of breath

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QUEENCREOLE 5/30/2011 4:12PM

    I think you have to find something you really like to do. I have to admit I thought working out was just another thing on my to do list. But, honestly, I like it now. Why? I've realized it's the only part of my day when everybody leaves me alone. I don't hear, "Mommy, can I do this?" or "Honey, can we buy this?". I can go to the gym or to my room and workout in peace and quiet. I cherish it. I don't push myself to the point of pain. I find a rhythm and give 100% (most of the time). If I'm not in the mood that day I can do a 30 min workout or yoga or something to let my mind know that my body is living and breathing and I have to take care of it! Ok, I'll shut up now. Good luck!

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MESAMA 5/30/2011 4:11PM

    Oh thank the heavens! I'm not alone!!! I have these days too! Ok, sometimes they are weeks.... I sometimes wonder... did someone come and suck every ounce of motivation/energy/umph out of me? How do we get it back? I wish I knew but a little is better than none right?
What I do is I force myself to go walk. I mean sometimes, I have to literally FORCE myself even walk around the block. Soak in the sights and hopefully, usually I'm glad I did.
I hope you find your spark and wish you well. We can do this even during our loathing of exercise and sweating. Take care!
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BLACKROSE_222 5/30/2011 4:08PM

    Where's the spark? Where's the sports? Do what you love, and the motivation will come - I've signed up for plenty of single sports, and LOVED it. Try googling your area and seeing if there are any leagues, or even just drop in casual soccer, softball, badminton, football sports going on. Do what you love, and it isn't a chore. emoticon Good luck to your DH.

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She Told The Truth and Was Banished But Tenure Protected Her Job!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I can't stand manipulative people.

This week I found out that a very good friend and colleague is being transferred to a different school in the district. And this is a punitive action by my boss. Oh, yes I know the official story is something about needing her to mentor the newer teachers at this school, and she did such a good job with this sort of thing the past few years, and blah de blah, blah, blah! The spin doctors are hard at work blowing smoke up her "glass".

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The truth is, well the truth. She told the truth. She refused to lie in order to sink one colleague in favor of another colleague. Had she lied, she would have protected her boss (and mine) from being exposed as a liar himself. He is a liar and a manipulator, as is the teacher he was in league with. I am so disgusted!

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So now my friend has been banished. Another friend who witnessed the same event has been fired. He was untenured. He did not testify, nor did another untenured teacher. But his sin was that he was on record as having told the truth in an interview about the "incident". And he was good friends with my friend who got transferred. So, we don't need tenure?

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So two of my best friends, and the two people I work most closely with are gone. And I am left to pick up the pieces. Oh, and the teacher who started this whole thing... she's probably going to become an administrator. God Help Us!

  
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LITTLETEAPOT17 5/31/2011 8:41AM

    I was also a school counselor and quit last December in the middle of the school year. I WAS DONE WITH ALL OF IT! It's very political with good AND bad people in administration, teaching and with support personnel. The kids are always the losers and that makes me sad, especially for our nation. And now, more than ever, the profession of teaching is being destroyed in favor of getting rid of the expense of employing teachers for a less costly expense of computers and teacher aids and being run like a business! Hang in there.... Oh yeah and by the way, I am married to a school superintendent!!!!
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JERSEYGIRL24 5/22/2011 10:13PM

    That really is too bad. When my kids (now in their 20s) were in school, there was a three day nature type of field trip for the sixth graders. It was usually held pretty successfully at a particular camp. When my son was in sixth grade, there was some kind of snafu, and they had to go to another camp. It was a horrible experience with conditions that were borderline unsanitary. Several of the teachers complained, and they were sent to fifth grade (a demotion, of course) the following year. All because they tried to speak up for the kids.

Good luck!!!

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PARKERCM 5/22/2011 6:01PM

  And that is the ugly of what goes on behind the great work with our kids! I'm sorry for your friends--and you. I'm certain you will really miss your fellow teachers. You have to hope that eventually, the WHOLE truth will come out and reputations will be vindicated.

Stay strong.
Chris

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GERIKRAGH 5/22/2011 5:13PM

    I'm sorry you're in this "pickle." At least you survived, but it hurt you. What goes around comes around.

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ANNIE1114 5/22/2011 3:46PM

  There is so much politics in education. I used to be a teacher before I retired. Some of the schools in which I worked were like little kingdoms.

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GRYPHON55 5/22/2011 3:31PM

    That is rough stuff to handle at work. At least she had tenure. In my line of work, they just "lay off" the difficult person (aka one who tells the truth) but everyone knows what really happened. It's frustrating in either case.

You're a good friend to stand by her and I hope things ease up for both of you.


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DEELYNNE1 5/22/2011 2:26PM

    This is crappy. I'd like to believe in that karma thing, but when does the karmic change start happening, so these creeps stop getting away with this stuff?? Seems like it's always the wrong-headed people getting rewarded for being wrong and the good ones paying the price. Hope things do get better.

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MRE1956 5/22/2011 6:46AM

    Hearing things like this gives me little hope for humanity.....

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I agree with COLFORCATZ wrt karma.....and I am so sorry about your friend.....

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GRATEFULBOB 5/21/2011 11:05PM

    believe in karma some times it is hard to, but what goes around comes around. just sit back and watch it all unfold

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EMRANA 5/21/2011 8:35PM

  I always shake my head in situations like that and wonder how people get away with it. I'm sorry you're having to go through this, my friend. As PACHELLY said, I hope things get better than they are now.

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SILLYHP1953 5/21/2011 8:09PM

    Why are things like that allowed? I'm so sorry...being honest is supposed to set up free, but not that kind of free. Contact Good Morning America, they investigate and report on that kind of stuff.

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ELLYFINT 5/21/2011 6:56PM

    That sounds terrible!!! I hope things turn out to be much better than how it seems right now :( GOOD LUCK to you and your friends!

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Wow! What a weekend... Fantasy Wedding...First Goal Reached...Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Wow! What a weekend....

First: Fantasy - A Storybook Wedding Between a Prince and a Princess.

I was driving to work during the ceremony. I saw none of it except for a few snapshots and video clips. She is a beautiful bride and after seeing some interviews, she seems to be self assured with an inner calm that is appealing. He is the living legacy of his mother, her charisma, her altruism and her love.

I always feel torn about this fascination with the royals. They are just people...no better or worse than you or I. They have just been born into a life of privilege and wealth. Don't get me wrong, I don't waste any time or energy following their stories, but I am fed this stuff by the media and I look on sometimes like a rubbernecker driving by an accident. I am still intrigued by them. I do not avert my eyes when their stories reach me. I slow down and look on in fascination like everyone else.

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Second: A Goal Reached on My 4 Month Sparkversary

On my 4 month sparkversary, I reached my first weight goal, which was to lose 20 lbs. I lost the first 13 lbs in one month. I thought a reasonable goal would be to lose 4 -6 lbs per month after that (1.5 lbs per week). That has not happened. My body is taking its sweet time, losing only 7 lbs in the last 3 months. I have hit 3 plateaus (one each month) and I am no longer on track to lose 50 lbs by the end of June. It's disappointing, but I keep telling myself as long as my weight continues to go down, I am happy. I would be happier if I had lost another 12 lbs, but, oh well. Now I know what this emoticon is for...

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Third: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Osama bin Laden is gone. It feels funny to celebrate a death. Instead, I feel relief. He was an evil man and dare I say it, I'm glad he's gone. My brother works in NYC and at the time was working in a building across the street from the twin towers. He should 've been just walking through the building when the tragedy happened. It was right around the time he got to work on the Path Train...

As fate would have it, my mother was having a knee operation that morning and needed someone to look after my father (with early stage dementia). So my brother stayed home from work that day, my mom brought my dad to my brother's apartment, and my brother dodged a bullet...

My brother might have died that day. I thought I would lose my mind as I saw the towers fall and I could not reach my brother on his cell phone. I finally tried his home phone and found out that he was safe because my mom had torn knee cartilage and my father had dementia. Strange blessings. Or the luck of the Irish.

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Many people were not so lucky. My brother was friends with many people at Cantor Fitzgerald. The loss of so many young, promising professionals was quite a shock. I live in NJ and nearly everyone seems to know someone who died that day. At the school I teach in, we have a few students who lost a parent who worked in the WTC. Not everyone was as lucky as my brother that day...

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But yeah... ding dong the witch is dead!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/11/2011 7:05PM

    Wow. Congrats on continuing to rock your goals. That is quite amazing!

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QUEENCREOLE 5/2/2011 6:55PM

    Lol I love your ding dong the witch is dead. I kept singing it! Lol catchy.

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EMRANA 5/2/2011 3:10PM

  I understand about the goal. I'm about to have my one year Spark anniversary on May 12, and I'd been originally hoping to lose 80 - 100 pounds by that time. I'm at 63 down now on May 2, so realistically, the most I can expect is another two pounds to an even 65.

I've been thinking about it, and I've decided to celebrate what I *did* accomplish and not what I didn't. It's much happier that way! Besides, I am DEFINITELY better off without those 63 pounds, same as you are without that 20!

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