Tuesday, January 24, 2012
My sister (and best friend) recently joined Spark People.
I think I irritated her a few weeks ago telling her about my new little fitbit and exercise program. She lives in Alaska, where it is dark and cold in the winter, and exceptionally cold this winter. It has been hard for her to get the exercise she likes and needs; like me, she is normally an active person. Two cool things happened; she got a fitbit to spur herself on, and she joined Spark People.
Her Spark name is FABBYMAY because she plans to be fabulous in May. Of course, I think she is always fabulous!
I hope you will join me in cheering her on as she meets her goals; she is off to a great start.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
In Ohio.... in January?
As my sweet departed mother in law would say...
That ain't right!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Hmmm, that gives me pause for thought!
Actually, I think perhaps I need a little rest symbol to post on my mirror along with my goals.
Rest is something I have not been doing too well with. It has been lovely to have a chess master in residency at school for the next several weeks, but it has totally upheaved my schedule at school. I pride myself in being flexible with my program, but the chess groupings are all different from my various academic groupings. I have been mentally scrambling to figure out how to keep my academic program intact while the residency is going on.
In spite of the upheaval in schedule, I am loving what the children are getting out of the residency. There is so much more to chess than just a game, and even the children who have a hard time concentrating are staying focused for amazingly long periods of time. The children are loving this residency.
There was one accomplishment this weekend that I was proud of, which may seem like an odd thing to include as an accomplishment. I blew off the scheduled board meeting this week. Wednesday was Mike's birthday, so I let the board know that I would not be attending and took Mike out to dinner instead. The accomplishment for me was letting go of a piece of my workaholism, and keeping my priorities in focus.
Another accomplishment in the same light was taking Thursday off from meeting my fitbit daily walking goals, and staying focused on the fact that I set myself weekly goals instead of daily goals so I could slack off when I was tired. I tend to obsess a bit on things like charts and graphs, so it was a challenge for me to only have taken 5706 steps when the daily goal is 10,000, even if I had already come very close to my weekly goals.
My mantra this week has been:
*Let it go!*
Last week my guitar teacher had asked me for a list of all of the pieces I am working on. Over the week, he went through all of them to see what parts to concentrate on for technical instruction. This week he was impressed, stating that they were all much more difficult than they first appeared. There is some beautiful simplicity to the pieces themselves, but they do offer some challenging technique. One thing I enjoy about this teacher is that he actually prepares lessons for me around what I am working on and pays a lot of attention to detail. I feel blessed to have found him this summer.
What happened to the snow? On Monday it was snowing with a windchill of -9. Last evening I was walking Stella on a balmy 45 degree evening. One side of the meadow was snow covered, the other side was green grass. I could literally watch the snow disappear; I felt like I was in Narnia. That's Ohio for you! Not that I'm complaining.
This weekend, I plan to remain under a rest. Not that I won't be busy, but I plan to give myself plenty of down time to counter the intensity of the past week.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Monday was our first day back to school after winter break and our first real snow of the winter. It was an unseasonably warm December, which I was enjoying, but I like winter so it was nice to get the fresh coat of snow over all of that brown grass and underbrush.
The temperature took a major dip, from in the 40s to a -9 degree windchill. I layered up for my morning walk and walked 2 miles before going to school and preparing my classroom.
Monday is our hiking day, so we all bundled up for our nature walk. The children were excited to go out walking in the new snow, and the windchill was not so ravaging in the woods.
They enjoyed a game of camouflage in the woods. It was amazing how well they could hide in plain sight, even the children who were wearing bright orange coats found ways to camouflage themselves. I was thinking it would be hard to hide with all of the white, but was surpised at how they could 'disappear' from sight.
When I got home, I took the Diva for her hike in the meadow. She is truly a winter fan and she was very excited about the snow. She had to zoom around as fast as she could the entire walk.
By the end of the day, I had accumulated a whopping 19012 steps and 7 miles plus climbed the equivalent of 26 floors. I also managed to put in 1.5 hours of practice time in. Woot!
Today is the first day of the Chess Residency at our school. An accomplished chess player will be coming in every day to teach the children how to play chess. Most of the children are really pumped about this. It will be a scheduling challenge for me, but I am looking forward to it. Perfect timing for learning a game of strategy.
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