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Apr 2 -- Substitute teaching: it's not as easy as it looks!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well, I got up this morning with the 6:30a alarm and ate my nutritious breakfast. I got the kids up and getting ready for school then hit the treadmill. The plan was to do a mile or 2 this a.m. but while I was walking, school called needing me to sub for the first time this year. Since I only had 20 min to get ready, I had to stop at 15 minutes (.77 miles) but I hope to get at least a mile or two w/Leslie Sansone tonight.
The kids today weren't bad for the most part, but there were a couple that were about to be the death of me! Some kids just have no concept of respect! I dealt with it the best I could but I know they would be happy if I never subbed again. In fact, they'd probably be happy if I stepped in front of a bus! I am thankful for the chance to earn a little extra money ($65 a day in our district which isn't too bad) but with some of these kids I ought to qualify for hazard pay. For those who teach or are subs, how do you handle the mouthy obnoxious kids that cross your path and make you wish you were anywhere but at school?
Now it's nap time before I get in my evening workout. Rest is much needed since I didn't sleep well last night :(

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MISSA526 4/13/2013 5:07AM

    I have so much respect for substitute teachers. It's like they just throw you into the lion's den with nothing to defend yourself! I'm glad you survived it and remember the obnoxious, mouthy kids are just trying to show off - and they are in the minority. BTW I love Leslie Samson's Dvds! I hope you next sub job goes much better! *Hugs* emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 4/2/2013 7:17PM

    I know what you mean. I work in a school cafeteria, 4th and 5th grade. They are smart mouthed and lack respect too. I hope my kids didn't talk like that when they were in school. Some of these kids really need to be punished!! Maybe that's the problem!! Can't discipline anymore!! Have a wonderful evening!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/2/2013 7:12PM

    substitute teacher is a hard job hugs

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MICHELLE2343 4/2/2013 5:19PM

    Good for you for being brave enough to be a sub. I teach and was grateful that I got a job right away because I could never be a substitute teacher. I try very hard to teach my student's respect since it is lacking. When I come back after a substitute if there is a note telling me the students misbehaved I let my students know that I am not happy. The children that misbehave need to write a letter to the sub apologizing. We talk about how all adults are to be respected. I wish you luck on your next subbing job.

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Mar 29 -- Just because I didn't log it doesn't mean I didn't do it

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm thinking I got a bit of exercise today as we made our way through all of the Indianapolis Zoo. I forgot my pedometer so have no idea how many steps I took, but how can you walk for 4 hours and not get some mileage in???? Unfortunately I have no "real" numbers to report so I didn't log any exercise minutes today. This has really been a bad month for exercise, but I'm hoping as the weather improves that next month will be better.
I've almost made it through the first half of my Denial for Christ. Our Pastor challenged us to give us something or take on something positive and commit to suffer for our Savior; it's not exactly a Lenten observance but basically the same thing. I did fairly well with my meatless Fridays although one week I did have a sausage sandwich for breakfast before realizing what day it was! The start and finish of the season is a time of fasting for me although I do allow liquids including milk and juice. It's surprising that I haven't drank more today. Maybe that's why I'm so tired.

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/30/2013 7:13PM

    it does count you can go back and add walking maybe a 30 minute mile and then add 4hrs that should do the trick

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    You are right it still counts even if it wasn't logged. Happy Easter

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/30/2013 8:47AM

    Best wishes!!

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Mar 26 -- 5 days to Easter and 5" of snow on the ground

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The weather is warming and we've seen some melting but there's still about 5 or 6 inches of snow on the ground. In some areas, it's over 8 or 9" which is kind of crazy for March. I kind of wish this were a late Easter year because the idea of wearing sweaters and boots for Easter is just not right!
College visits were cancelled because a lot of schools shut down from the winter storm, but we still made it to auditions tonight. My son did pretty well and has callbacks tomorrow night afterwhich we'll find out if he got a part. In some ways I am hopeful but in other ways I'll be happy if he doesn't. We've agreed that whatever the outcome we'll count it at God's will and stay happy.
I'm so queezy and the muscles across my chest are so achy that I don't know what to do. Even my shoulders are achy and the only thing that gives any relief is direct pressure. Shouldn't I be in better shape than this? I only did about 2.25 miles on Saturday and about 3 miles on Sunday! The whole thing makes me sick.
On a happy, happy, happy note I got my first paycheck today!!! It wasn't a lot but it was a lot more than I had before this. I figure I'll make about $5000 this year not counting any money I can take in substitute teaching. Every little bit helps for sure!

If I don't get back on to blog before Sunday, I want to wish all my Spark-friends a Happy Easter. May you be richly blessed during this holiest of seasons and always!

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    That's too bad about the college visits. Good attitude on the part in the play. Happy Easter to you too! It doesn't look much like Easter here in Southern Ontario either.
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ZRIE014 3/26/2013 12:45AM

  you can celebrate with a snowman

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Mar 22 -- Who knew work could be so fun?

Friday, March 22, 2013

I just got in from my first night working as a DSP for my 18 year old son. It was a great night made only greater because I was getting paid to do it!
He had volunteered to usher at our local theater group's production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" so we reported and were given our usher assignments. While there, we found out that Monday and Tuesday they are having auditions for their next production taking place in early May so we made plans for another outing Monday after we do college visits. The play lasted 3 hours and it was an EXCELLENT show! I don't think I've ever seen the Gregory Peck movie version, but this live stage version was so well done. After the show, we talked a lot about racial equality and how different things were in 1935 vs today [or at least how different it should be!] Finally, we stopped at Walmart to pick up a few things before heading home.

On a less positive note, I've been dealing with a lot of migraines lately and the medication has kept me pretty well exhausted! I haven't taken much time to workout although I did get 25 minutes of Leslie Sansone done at our church Fellowship, Fitness and Fun on Wednesday night and also walked 2 miles all over Fairland on Sunday while my son was at youth group. I will definitely get another 2-3 miles in tomorrow a.m. so that will be 3 days that I worked out this week. Yes, it could be (and should be) more but it isn't too terrible! I haven't been charting my food very well either so I doubt I've lost any weight and may have even put on a pound or two. I have a doctor's appointment next week so we'll see.

Tomorrow is our church Easter Egg hunt and we're also planning on going to the library to pick up a copy of the audition script. Sunday we have Palm Sunday services and then are going out to eat with my niece, her husband, and kids as well as my mom and step-dad. The boys are on Spring Break next week so we're going to try and do some fun things. For sure, I want to take the boys to the zoo because we have 4 passes that expire at the end of the month. Next Sunday we'll have Sunrise Services and I expect there will be some family visits as well. I think this is the last break before graduation; only 9 more weeks until school is out and my son is no longer in high school. I know that's a good thing but it still makes me sort of sad.

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 3/23/2013 11:44AM

    Sounds like very busy but fun times. Spending this time together with your son is fantastic. Don't beat yourself up bout the exercis nd food, just try to improve. But sometimes things like having happy times with our kids are just more important.

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Mar 12 -- So tired, so busy, constantly on the move

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This day has been absolutely crazy! How can I possibly go and do all that I have been doing? I must be entering some time warp that allows 28 hrs to each day!

This is the kind of days I've been having:
6:30a. Wake the boys and get them off to school.
7:30a. Get a little laundry and dishes done before I have to face the day.
8:30a. Leave for hospital / cholesterol screening.
9:00a. Stop at Pharmacy to pick up my son's script.
9:30a. Head to the gym to complete some paperwork.
10:00a.Give blood.
10:30a.Over to my Mom's. Take care of her bookkeeping/typing.
12:00p.Up to Occupational Health Clinic for HepB vaccine.
2:00p. Head back to Fairland to school administration office
2:45p. Complete paperwork to make me an active substitute teacher.
3:00p. Walk the track/laps around the school until time to pick up my oldest son.
3:30p. Pick up William, come home and FINALLY get lunch!
5:30p. I NEED A NAP!!!!!!
6:45p. Praise Team practice for Easter.

..... and who knows where the day goes from there! I'm incredibly thankful not to have training tonight because, quite frankly, there just isn't room for it! I had to turn down an opportunity that I REALLY wanted because there aren't any hours left in my day. Meanwhile, I need time to deal with the school because my youngest is being IMPOSSIBLE and could easily get himself expelled if he doesn't shape up!

I don't know how to get everything done, but some how I've got to. This is no time for failure. Lord, give me strength....

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/12/2013 7:06PM

    you are doing it just continue one step at a time . remember to breathe and relax things wil get easier

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