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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I want to say the first day back sucked! It didn't completely. I would say it was just So / So...

It was nice to see most of my co~workers. I actually got lots of compliments and that was really nice. I found myself immediately wanting candy at 4:30 when I was heading home. I MUST redirect htere. Maybe go to the gym and lift weight for a little while, then go home.

Off to another meeting...

  
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RACHELE8973 8/1/2008 10:33AM

    It always seems that when stress hits us hard between the eyes, the easiest thing to do is to grab for candy, sweets, or whatever it is that offers some sort of release.

It is good that you are already thinking of a way to head this off...the gym is a great de-stressor!!!!!!

Good luck!!!

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NITAINMN 7/30/2008 9:27PM

    How brilliant of you to make sure the kids have a recess!! Well, let me tell you something Lady, you are one heck of a teacher. Bless you and those kids. You have your focus and perspective RIGHT! emoticon


Good Luck with the detour to the gym after school. I am sure you can use the work outs to rid of that stress given by the Principal. emoticon

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CALGALFOX 7/30/2008 6:20PM

    ...and so begins another year. Sounds like you have the right goal in your sights, kids, kids, kids.

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GUNGHONIA 7/29/2008 11:06PM

    NO recess - and they wonder why kids are so fidgety and struggle to pay attention and are getting to be obese at alarming rates... Good for you for finding creative ways around the issue.

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JENNI_BELLE 7/29/2008 1:27PM

    great idea on the team building poutside play! you better hope your principal is not on spark people and reading your blogs!! haha that would not be good! have a great year! I can't believe you are back in school already!

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/29/2008 1:00PM

    I love your creative ways to get the kids some recess. It's nmportant to have outside activities. Kids cannot sit still that long without moving around.

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TOURDOCTOR 7/29/2008 11:44AM

    I know the feeling . . . I have a boss that is running our program into the dust! I just ignore him and those that lick his boots. . . and teach my classes. I can relate to your situation.

I too often find myself needing something on the road home. So I pack a special snack bag with goodies for the road home. A protein or fiber one bar satisfies my chocolate fix and grapes provide a juicy sweet reward . . . plus can be eaten one at a time. I also make sure I have my water bottle filled and ready for a long satisfying drink . . I use to pull into the McDonalds for a diet coke just because I was thirsty on the drive home. Too tempting so now I have my water, tea, or protein drink on the way home.

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85 Miler

Saturday, July 26, 2008

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Oh my gosh!!! My husband and I were just (lol just) going to go out and do my first 60 mile bike ride. But... we got going, and I really felt great, so we decided to do the 85 mile bike ride, and I think the bike WON!!! LoL! It kicked my butt, and I am ready to go PASS OUT! I'm tired... We maintained about 18 miles per hour, we really pushed it. We were with a larger group the first half and I got to draft and just pull a little, but on the way back... My husband and I took off, and it was just the 2 of us taking turns pulling. WoW! What a work~~out!

I am getting ready to go back to school on Monday. I have to say this is where all great eating and exercise habits went out the window last year. The stress of the new school year had me reaching for Jelly Belly's and whatever other candy I could find. I really don't want that to happen again this year. It's funny because it's NOT my students that really stress me out. It's my co~workers and principal. They are just negative and BLAH! I know there are a lot of pressures on teachers, but man... do what you can!

I have a plan of just trying to keep my mouth shut and stay positive. Unfortunately, most of the teachers are "Me Me ME's" therefore, they don't work for the better / good of the school. I FINALLY after 5 years at this school GET THAT. I can't change / help the school on my own. So... I've resorted to just working with my 30 students in my class and doing the BEST dang job I can do.

OK... off for a much deserved NAP!!!

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JENNI_BELLE 7/28/2008 1:20PM

    those students are LUCKY to have you as a teacher! I bet ya that if you stay positive and do not get sucked into you co workers negative world they will soon join your side and slowly start becomming more positive as well. Good luck!!!

great job on the 85 mile bike ride....my ass hurts for you!

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ALLIECAT123 7/27/2008 7:51AM

  85 miles?! Holy smokes - that's awesome :)

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SANDY2660 7/27/2008 12:46AM

    Girl
You kick butt, literally. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I certainly understand what you mean about going back to work! Im going back monday too. I dread the negativity of some of my co-workers but like you i realize i cant change them. I actually try to avoid the teachers who are so self-centered and all about themselves and try to surround myself with positive people!!! (as much as i possibly can!) Im like you, im trying to come up with a plan to keep myself from pigging out! I also know i wont be able to exercise as much as I have this summer! Well, we can do this. We just have to get our plans in place and push forward!!!! We dont want to un-do what we've accomplished!!!!!!!!!!!

HUGS
Sandy

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NITAINMN 7/26/2008 11:04PM

    Whoa! I am not a bike rider but, have helped people do triathlons and can't imagine doing 85miles in one day!!!! How long did it take you? So sorry going back to your job is a downer for you - its not easy to teach inner city kids. Have you seen the movie "Freedom Writers'? I am so glad you have made up your mind to keep the focus on your students. Keep up the great job! Hope things work out for you in finding a school with top kids -cream of the crop students. My kids went to one of those schools and the teacher confessed what joy it was for them to teach these students - so inquisitive with great attitudes and I am sure their circumstances help them stay this way too!! I will be praying for you and your students. emoticon

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ELFITZPA 7/26/2008 8:27PM

    That is one serious bike ride!!!

One of my best friends is a teacher and she says very similar things - her kids are great but the staff leaves her feeling like she's back in high school! It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on the situation, and I'm sure crazy long bike rides will do wonders for your stress level!

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TOURDOCTOR 7/26/2008 5:32PM

    emoticonYou really surprised yourself didn't you?

Are you preparing for the ULCER 100 mile race on August 9th? You should try it . . . you can also do 66 or 33 miles if you don't want to do the full 100.

I hiked for 2.5 hours today . . . felt great. I did not really feel weary until I got home and started grading student papers. After so many, I just have to take a break. So I thought I would check on SP. . .saw your blog and just had to check out your progress.

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Now let's chat about school. You are doing the right thing . . . focus on the students. I teach at the university level and it is not much different. I just focus on my students and let the other issues fall where they may.

So what is your plan to avoid popping any Jelly Belly Beans? Can you carry a sugar free candy to satisfy the urge? I have some sugar free cough drops that I use to ensure my throat does not dry out plus they keep my mouth busy so I won't talk during the faculty meetings. I tend to speak up enough . . . so I just try to choose my battles . . . if they encroach on student learning and student opportunities, then I have to say something. Otherwise I ignore them. It is best. The students for the most part do appreciate what I do. (There are always one or two who only have something negative to say. I usually look at their scores and chalk up to frustration for their poor performance.)

So hang in there. You never know when you might have the next Einstein or Bill Gates in your class. Anything is possible when you empower young minds to think and broaden their horizons.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/26/2008 5:27PM

    emoticon on your bike ride. Sounds awesome. I admire you and your husband for your commitment. I wish you all the bes this school year. Your students are blessed to have you as their teacher,,,you care about them. . and you will make a difference in their lives. God Bless You! emoticon

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Park City

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm actually going out of town for a day or two. Just up to our condo in Park City. Hope everyone has a great weekend! ENJOY!!!

  
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TOURDOCTOR 7/26/2008 12:20AM

    emoticonLucky You . . . escaping our heat!

Smart time to take to the mountains. I hope you have a great weekend . . . and enjoy some golf, hiking, biking, or just walking around the neighborhood.

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JENNI_BELLE 7/24/2008 10:12PM

    lucky you...get to leave normal life for a weekend! have fun and be safe!

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Thank YOU!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Thank you so much! It really has been helpful to know that I have support. This decision has actually been long in coming. I just kept thinking our dog would get better, or that we could keep her away from kids, or plain old DENIAL on my part. This wasn't just what happened when my sister came over last night.

I feel OK about my decision. It really helps to exercise and clear my mind. I started getting really upset with my husband and taking my anger/sadness out on him, but I was able to recognize that and together we went on a very nice bike ride. That is such a better way for me to deal with my feelings than eating.

My kids so far are dealing with this better than I thought. Since my husband and I have actually talked about this before, we knew what we had to do.

So... Happier THOUGHTS... I am the co~leader of the triathletes wanna be and current team. I am really actually excited about that. I really love learning from others, and it's a great team. I have decided that with my triathlons I will change my schedule a little bit. I really want MENTALLY to do the Olympic distance tri on August 23, but I don't think my body will be completely ready. SO... I looked on the calendar and hopefully I can do this:

Aug. 23 ~ Jordanelle Sprint Tri
Sept. 13 ~ Ogden (in between) 1 mile swim / 15 mile bike / 4 mile swim
Oct. 18 ~ Lake Powell OLYMPIC tri

This makes sense! I just need to mentally let it sink in and make sense. Next year if I train well over the winter and strength train and continue to be nice to my body... then I can add a few more Olympic tri's.

My training will definitely change next week also. On Monday... I have to go back to work. BLAH!!! Although... it's been such a wonderful summer, I really can't complain.

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SANDY2660 7/24/2008 1:50AM

    Hugs girl! I know you had to make a difficult decision!

Girl, sounds like you have a plan! I have to go back to work on MOnday too so im with you on changing my training. I wont be able to go everyday like I can now! Theres no way. WE can still challenge ourselves even if we have to work for a living LOL!

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TOURDOCTOR 7/23/2008 10:29AM

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I am pleased that you have been able to deal with this issue so quickly and it appears that you managed to incorporate a bike ride into the entire process. Good for you!

The first step for accomplishing a goal is identifying the goal. So it is great that you have posted what events you will tackle. Wishing you success in all that you do.

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TRIGIRL0821 7/23/2008 9:12AM

    Sounds like you have re-assessed and adjusted accordingly! Go you!

I'm glad you came to a decision with your dog - hard as it was, it is better for you and your family this way.

Training and working and family and life are challenging - but you can do it!

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Sad Day...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I know what I need to do with the dog, but I can't talk about it right now... Gulp/sigh... I love you guys! Thanks for the support.

  
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KERRIADCOCK 7/23/2008 8:35AM

    Oh Netty!! Many hugs and prayers coming your way!

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SANDY2660 7/23/2008 12:13AM

    Sorry Netty!! i know this is hard.
Sandy

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TOURDOCTOR 7/22/2008 10:08PM

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I feel your pain. We love our furry children with all our heart . . . I understand that sometimes we must make difficult decisions but we do so out of love. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers . . . for strength, comfort, and the confidence that you are making the best decision.

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MOMO612 7/22/2008 8:11PM

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154BYAUG 7/22/2008 6:48PM

  Uh Oh.
Thinking of you... pets are family members.
take care, Nancy


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DENNISLISA94 7/22/2008 5:50PM

    I am so sorry you have had to face this. Hang in there. I am praying for you and your family.

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ELFITZPA 7/22/2008 5:49PM

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