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Save the dust bunnies

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

As a school librarian I have 2 months off in the summer to regain my sanity so I can continue to teach. This summer I have deceided to save the dust bunnies. I have many in my home. They live in the corners of most of the rooms in my house. Some many are under the bed. But this summer I am going to try a science experiment that if I save the dust bunnies what will happen. Will they grow? Will they learn to multiply? or will they just be?

Dear friends
Join me this summer in an effort to save the dust bunnies.

Maybe I need 3 months off to regain my sanity????

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MNNSAIDE 6/24/2011 10:48PM

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SUNNYWBL 6/9/2011 7:57PM

    I would be glad to see the results of your efforts. I have established a Dust Bunny Sancturary here in my town.

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CATIATM 6/8/2011 11:15PM

    Haha - sorry, but I'm crusading to eliminate dust bunnies in my home! Perhaps I will give them your address! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 6/8/2011 7:36AM

    Sorry - Dust Bunnies have been eliminated here!

Unless there are more lurking in the corners!


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Wet t-shirts

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Ok if you are reading this blog thinking it is going to be about those sexy wet t-shirts you are wrong.

I live in South Texas and I know many parts of the country are having a heat wave. The weather here is normally about 90 so I would like to give some advice about being cool.

Today a friend of mine and I went bike riding. She was wear a long sleeved sweat shirt to keep from getting sunburned. I was wearing a long sleeved t shirt to protect myself from the sun.

Before the ride I told here to get the sleeves or the shirt wet so she would be cool. She thought I was crazy but she did it. I also wet the sleeves of my shirt. The light breeze and the cooling of the shirt as it dried kept us cool as we rode our bikes. She was surprised that she had never thought of this idea. It works.

During this extreme heat keep yourself cool. Use a mister and mist your clothes you will stay cooler.

If you are outside wet the sleeves and the collar and you will stay cooler.

Wear a wet bandana on your head and you will stay cooler.
Be safe drink your water and be cool.

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MOM4407 6/8/2011 6:45AM

    Sunny I like the idea of a banana or bandana with ice cubes. That will really cool you down.

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SUNNYWBL 6/7/2011 8:30PM

    All exellent ideas! If you have a basin large enough to hold your feet comfortably, fill with cool to cold water and soak your feet. If you have indoor ceiling fans, turn them on to create cooling breezes.

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Avoid alcoholic beverages, as the alcohol burns off, your body feels hotter! emoticon emoticon

Add a row of ice cubes to a bandana, roll it up and tie it around your neck.

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MNNSAIDE 6/7/2011 8:16PM

    I wet the back of my neck often and wet down my hair!
And that's inside too!!!

Can't stand this heat!

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To wear a swim suit or not?

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I know some of you might think this is going to be a blog about skinny dipping no!!!!
Today I answered the poll question Do you avoid wearing a swimming suit because you will be judged

Most people voted yes

Well I want to tell you swim suit or not people will judge you.
We need to let God be our judge. I think that we do not fear other people judging us as much as we judge ourselves.

I wear a swimming suit and I am proud of the body I have.
I am proud that I have lost 70lbs and I need to love myself.
So my legs wiggle more than they did when I was a teenager.
So other things have dropped a little too.
Gravity it pulling my body down in many places.
So I do not look like the swim suit model in Sports Illustrated.
Well I do not want to look like them. I like me.

I am glad I live in an area with a beach South Padre Island. The sun is so hot that I am out in it for 1 hour and I am red red red. Yes I wear a swim suit but I also wear a shirt and shorts. I see the young things in the bikini but they do not get in the water they just walk up and down. If they got in the in the waves the bikini is gone.

When I go to the beach or the pool I do not think about what others are thinking of me. I am just enjoying live and Praising God that I have the energy and healthy so I can swim or kayak if I want to.
Moving and being in the water in the hot summer is the best way to exercise. Going to the pool and walking just walking back and forth is a great workout and it does not hurt the joints. Just jumping with a young child up and down is so much fun. Or throwing them in the water really works the arms.

So this summer do not fear others thoughts have pride in yourself you are made in the image of God. Your temple is under construction every day it is rebuilding itself. Enjoy life and do not feat the swim suit.

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RAKYM1 6/8/2011 9:22AM


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REDTAG 6/6/2011 9:23AM

You are so right that we need to find value within ourselves, and know that others cannot be our judge.

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DIDMIS 6/4/2011 7:17PM

    emoticonblog Becky. See you at TOPS but w/o the swim suit. emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 6/4/2011 6:56PM

    I wear a bathing suit. Skinny dipping? That's the question that first went through my mind when I saw the title of your blog. emoticon

Back in the day I went skinny dipping , but only at night.

I finally got something to wear when I come down that way. It is a SPF 50 tunic top with long sleves and a pair of swim shorts. I would totally fry if I was out in the sun down there, but I love the water and swimming! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 6/4/2011 9:06AM

    Great Blog Becky!
Being from you area - I can imagine those bikinis in the waves and have seen it happen - lol

I have never been able to wear my swim suit with out a top and maybe shorts skinny or now obese. That's just me.

By the way I looked for my old swim suit and it looks like I need to find one in order to join you at the pool and bird watch! (one that goes up to my neck!)

Your friend

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FERRETLOVER1 6/4/2011 8:32AM

    Woo-hoo!!! You are so right! Just get out there and enjoy yourself - who cares what others may think. They will still think. Love yourself!!

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JEGRANT 6/4/2011 8:00AM

    Such a great attitude to have!

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CURVYCC 6/4/2011 7:05AM

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My body doesn't look like this in a swimsuit, but I will put on a swimsuit. I have several styles but I prefer my tankinis. Be proud of your body no matter the size. Let others judge if they want to.

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LOSTLIME 6/4/2011 6:27AM

    Liked your post! emoticon emoticon

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EXENEC 6/4/2011 6:14AM

  Enjoyed this post. You are so right.

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Negative feelings and darkness

Friday, April 29, 2011

Today I read the article "Surround yourself with the Positve."

What a great article.
In Texas we have a test for students in Grades 3-12 called the TAKS.
This test is to assess how well the students are doing in school.

In reality it tests how well the teachers are teaching in school. So if the students are failing it means the teachers are not doing their jobs and the teachers are failing. Negative! Negative!
"Surrounding yourself with negativity will drain the energy, life and hope right out of you like a leech. Seems pretty obvious, but too often, we allow these negative messages to seep through."

This is a quote from the article. It is so true. Since January I have been tutoring a few students to try to get them to understand the basics Math, basic writing and basic Reading.

Why can they not remember I just went over it? Why can they not focus? Why can third graders not tell time??? Why I am not a good teacher? Why I have not found the way to teach them so they will remember I am not good? They are failing. I have failed them. ect, ect ect. Everyday these are the thoughts I have. Every night this is what I am thinking. I am looking and listening to other teachers say the same thing and feel the same way.

The Government is saying the teachers/librarians and our schools are no good. That means I am not good. My job may be cut because librarians are not needed to help students learn. Teachers/librarians pay is being cut. I went to college got a degree but I am not important enough to get paid even $1 dollar per hour per student I work with. According to society as an adult my worth is with my pay how much money I make. I do not even get $25 per hour for 8 hours of work and some nights 13 hours of work. Even a babysitter gets more than $1 an hour.

"Everyone runs into a wall at some point. You’re not alone if you feel discouraged. " says Mike Kramer in his article Surround Yourself with the Positve.

I hear a song on the radio that says if people really knew the true me would want me. I think no. No I am not worth it.
I am glad I have a God who does know the real me. He knows my darkest thoughts and he knows how I feel. He died because he felt I am worth it. I am important in God eyes. Society is wrong. I am worth it.

I have time now to listen to the voice that will say I am an important person. I am a important member of society. I do a good job. I need to tell myself that every day. I was important enough for someone to die for me.

I asked the kids when they were finished with the test was it worth it. (I am talking about third graders) Was it worth staying late until 5:00pm at night. Was it worth all the homework, coming to school on Saturday, being scolded my me for not listening, not going out to play ect ect ect. The group I was with all said yes. It was worth it.

I do not know. I do not think the stress of the test is worth it but I do know the kids are worth the time I spent with them. They are worth it.

I am not going to listen to the negative voice. I am going to surround myself with the positive. I will listen to the voice of God saying I am worth it. I am going to be a positive person and not the negative one. I need to remember to help shine the light that is in me cause I have a God that knows I am important.

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CATIATM 5/8/2011 8:04AM

    Negativity is a real joy killer, but it's all around us and tough to ignore. Good for you!

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PHIL_4-13 5/4/2011 5:04PM

    Amen! God did not make junk, then die for it! He makes us all new creations. You are pouring love into your students. Well done, thou Good & Faithful servant! Amen!

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DEELYNNE1 5/1/2011 9:34PM

    Our society is so warped. We pay football and baseball players gazillions and pay our teachers and librarians and others who teach our children nowhere near what they are worth. You are all worth WAY more than you get paid! Hope you can stay positive and know that despite what "society" says, many of us do value you and salute you for what you do.

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DIDMIS 5/1/2011 8:30PM

    Becky I know you and Marcy both personally and know you both have been stressed out. Now it is over.
You are both great, talented people. Now relax and let that peace of God flow over you.
Your friend,

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MNNSAIDE 4/30/2011 9:51AM

    Good blog my friend - from a school in the next district!
Test are done and now I (the Specialty) will get the saying from up high
(office) let them be, they are tired - don't be so strict with them - they are burnt out - EXCUSE ME now they want to let them play? and on my time?

NOPE my teaching remains as tough as every - I won't stop teaching the 5th graders because they have finished all the school's testing and will be leaving our school.

Fun? My kids always have fun in my very strict military classrooms - because I teach different - and they learn. So is that why as a Music Teacher, 5 years ago I was hit with a bomb that I (and my co-worker music teacher) was told to teach Science in the same class time for all students: K-5th?

Scores were low - below the 5th grade Science TAKS scores ... BUT.... after Mr. Rodriguez and I taught the scores climbed over 30 pts to a 99%.

So my friend - yes we are worth it even though we will never receive the credit due - as in my case for example: when the scores came out the 5th grade teachers, TAKS teachers and Resource Teachers were all given a gift and treated to two? Nothing - Nada - just a little pat on the back.

But in our hearts that God gave us - we have been a well deserved servant in the eyes of our Lord.

We emoticon your for all your hard work.
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(I'm an Ex-Band Director of 6th -12th and now have been teaching K-5th Music with the added Science and Art - yes Art too!!!)

Sorry so long everyone!

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HEALTHYME47 4/29/2011 4:54PM

    State testing is soooo stressful and I think the TAKS in Texas may be the worst of them all. Those students DID benefit from your attention and care, whether or not it shows up in their test results. I do think that the pendulum in education swings back and forth and right now the pendulum has swung extremely far to the right with "accountability" the point that everyone is losing sleep over these tests, kids don't get to go out and have recess, etc. Hopefully at some point someone up high will say enough is enough.

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STEVESTARR1 4/29/2011 10:42AM

    this is GREAT!!!! emoticon

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RAKYM1 4/29/2011 9:51AM

    You are so correct! God did die for us to have salvation and he loves us all unconditionally. Those test are designed to measure a lot of things, but to measure our worth it is NOT. Some children have test anxiety as do I and I HATE testing. Keep up the good work those children need more teachers like YOU!!!!!!!!

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IDLETYME 4/29/2011 9:27AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. Lots to think about. Maybe because of my age and how I was brought up, I really don't sweat the small stuff. Always rely on your faith and do the best you can. It will work out!
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KATYBUG13 4/29/2011 9:26AM

    I am a teacher as well. I understand the pressure you feel about student performance reflecting upon you. But you know in your heart if you are doing a good job. The old saying, "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink" holds true here. The parents and the STUDENTS have to take some responsibility in the process as well.

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SONYALATRECE 4/29/2011 9:07AM

    Amen in EVERY since! Keep on striving for the best in your students and hold on to God's unchanging hand. He always sustains us as teachers.
No matter how unappreciated we are, WE are the backbone of education.
Stay positive and focused on a job MANY could not handle.
We are the professions that started all other professions.
WE RAWK!!!!!

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THATGALNIKKI06 4/29/2011 3:57AM

    God does love you and You should surround yourself with positive thoughts and not negative. I graduated from high school in 2007 and unfortunately had to take the TAKS...its tough. I think the students can feel the pressure of the teachers wanting them to pass. Its too much pressure for young kid to go through. I don't think this test should define how good of a teacher you are. Keep on teaching the best you can and you'll see God will help you with the rest. God will never leave you nor forsake you! emoticon

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Monday, April 11, 2011

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Healthy reflection

I want to be thin.
I will do anything to be skinny.

Really what will I do.
Will I be willing to take drugs that will damage other organs in my body to be thin. Will I take a drug that can damage my heart. Will I take drugs that make me move fast and feel like I can do anything.
How about the drug that forces me not to eat fats. If I eat fats I pay the price at the stool.
How about all those other quick weight loss machines.
In just 5 mins a day I can lose 50 lbs. (right)

Will I have a medical procedure to change my stomach so I am forced to eat less. I can lose weight fast.

Will I go on fad diets that promise weight to fall off.
What shortcuts really am I willing to take just to be thin.

Instead of taking the quick way. I am going slow. I am learning how to change my attitude about food and how I feel about what I eat.
I am learning to love to exercise.
I am taking the hard way so I can learn that being skinny will not make me happy. I need to be happy and then I can become thin. Being thin and unhealthy will not make me happy.

Ok so I am going to take the hard way.
Write in a journal, weigh my food, exercise daily and eat under 1500 cals.
God gave me a wonderful body. He promised me a wonderful life.
He did not promise me shortcuts. He did not say that my life would be easy.

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CATIATM 4/16/2011 12:51PM

    Good for you! Stay strong and steady on the course! emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 4/13/2011 11:50AM

    SO TRUE! What is the point of being skinny if a person isn't healthy. I'd rather be healthy and feel good along the way.

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RAKYM1 4/12/2011 9:28AM

    God did not give us the "Spirit of fear", so I right there with you ready to take the HARD WAY.

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SUNNYWBL 4/12/2011 1:01AM

    I think the hard way is the only way for us that take it!
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DIDMIS 4/11/2011 11:22PM

    Good blog Becky with a lot of truth in it.

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