Monday, September 20, 2010
Well, I only had a few minutes on-line yesterday cuz I went to bed at about 10:30 and actually SLEPT!!!
I went to school and planned almost my whole week, and then I went to the Local Talent Show (10th annual). They had a country & western band and people were jigging and singing and they had a laughing contest and a moose calling contest and there was going to be fiddling, but I left so I didn't have to walk home in the dark.
RE; Bannock - Pat I was even asking people if it was a Cdn. term since Terri didn't know what it was... Scottish, eh? Well, there were a lot of Scots came over her and intermingled with native peoples so maybe that's where it comes from. I think of it as being pretty much the same as baking powder or Tea biscuits.... Anyway, the meal was chili and stew and bannock and many different types of desert. The bannock was the only disappointment.... The entertainment was wonderful and I met a 77 y.o. lady there who looked younger than her 61 y.o. son......She's the grandmother of Koo-kum) of one of my students.
So, today I cleaned house and my company arrived about 1pm and I took my mother over to see my school and she was quite impressed and told my brother, school isn't like it used to be...(I showed her a few things on my Smart Board). Since her and my brother are fussy eaters I didn't know what to serve but frozen lasagna with garlic toast and Greek salad went over well. Then we played a card game called "Phase 10". I actually won, and that has to be a first.... I've only ever played it with them. It was fun. My mother doesn't think she wants to take an hour and a half bus ride to come here on Thursday so she may not be going to the city to see her grand-daughter and 2 great grandchildren... disappointing...
But, then I wasn't in the mood to go finish up at school .... oh well! I got the homework all figured out, just have to copy it and put it together in their folders tomorrow. Hopefully I am not on duty and will have time to do that!! ttyl.... (snow's gone!)
So, it's short and sweet here, I gotta get ready for bed... where did the day go?
Friday, September 17, 2010
It was here this morning when I woke up... SNOW! Yes, it did melt but it's still summer, how can this happen? Well the day went well, I know I always panic if I don't have things adequately planned because I expect the very best I can be and lately, this "trying to be" a perfectionist has been taking its toll on me... I am afraid I won't plan it RIGHT... so I've been paralyzed and unable to plan at all... horrible way to feel..
But, today, I took advantage of a couple of changes at school to adapt... I asked our TA/Cultural teacher to teach an art class today with pastels. I've never had any art lessons ever, ever, so this was nice. Kids want "instant", and don't want to listen, and say, I'm done, I'm done, but I persevered and kept repeating "If we don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all". We finished and we displayed our pics and new skill learned (for me, at least!)
BTW, I won a prize at the trade show yesteray (so the kids told me) it was a T-shirt and a "toy" bus (not sure about that yet)... probably we'll be able to pick up prizes on MOnday, the office was closed today.
My brother called tonite and suggested he will bring my mother down on Sunday, I told him my idea about taking her into the city to see her grand and great-grand children. It doesn't seem to work with his schedule, so we'll have to see. There is a "Talent Show" and "Bannock and Stew" supper for $10 here in the community tomorrow and I really feel like I need to go. I suggested it to my brother to come down tomorrow r/t Sunday, but as I said, "We'll see." I called dd and told her my idea.... so, "We'll see".
It's another weekend, and wish everyone an extended summer, not an early winter...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Well today was the twice yearly big show. They all come into town and set up in the hall and give away lots of swag... I got 5 bags, about 35 pencils, 20 pens, a couple of slinkies, a couple of little flicking lamps and balls etc etc.... Then you have a big BBQ... BEing out in the middle of the boonies, this is a big deal. Anyway, I bet the burger was 1000 calories, it was so HUGE!
Well, it's almost the end of the week and I need a rest. I would much prefer if I could magically get into a mood to figure out how to do all this planning I need to do, but I can't see that happening...
My mother is coming from the east coast out here to AB. to visit my brother, I haven't heard from them, but maybe she will even see me. I was thinking I'd take her to the city to see her granddaughter and her great grandson who was born on her 65th birthday, but with the dysfunctional family I have, that may not happen, and I have to remember not to get upset about it, it would be her loss not mine.
Well, at this trade show I always have luck with the draws.... wonder what I will win this time? Pat, is that positive thinking?????
well, didn't go to school tonite, talked on phone with dh, sister and g.kids and played computer card games.... nothing strenuous, I am fighting off the bugs the kids have been bringing to school and sneezing all over the place....
I took a pill had such a good sleep that coming back from the bathroom in the middle of the night, I banged my little toe on the bed and it was sore all day... when I got home, I checked it is very purple, red and swollen.....
oh yeah, and the big news, we had SNOW today... imagine the white stuff already here! and it's supposed to be summer still. At one point, it looked like a blizzard out the window. Then it rained and then it sunned and we had huge puddles...What a year! CRAZY!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
No news is good news.... had an all day PD day today, overwhelming, came home and made a nice supper, spanish rice with mushroom and olives in it and a fish fillet. Capensis... anyone ever hear of it>? I bought them really cheap at some store in the city and all I did was pan fry with no extra fat and some lemon garlicpepper, and was it ever good! I even ate a muffin and the humburger they gave for lunch and I did not go over my count today, pleasant surprise...
Even got home in time for my "talking" appt. with counsellor... really looked forward to it..
Had lousy sleep and a headache all day. There is even more to do than I was imagining when I got overwhelmed at begining of year, but I have to stop and write down the postives I did this week, called my friend and talked for 3 hours the other nite, had AWESOME long term results from diabetic checkup, read a couple of good books, went to church, went to town and bought fresh fruit, .... I know there were a couple more, but am trying to finish up here quickly so I can be home in less than 2 hours, it's almost dark out there and as I titled my blog, raining again.... tonite calls for a sleeping pill
It was mentioned at our PD day how many teachers (in our division at least - if not everywhere) are on sleeping pills (a male teacher there even acknowledged it), anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety meds.... something's very not right!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
well, it's been a year since the mobile diabetic clinic was here in community and they called me to come back. So I had my last food at midnite cuz I had to fast till 11:30 today and then they gave me breakfast there while I awaited the results... cheese, crackers, carrots, fruit, granola bar....
Well, I don't know how these Cdn. numbers compare with the US, so I'll give you the normal adult range and what mine were..
........................... Now........ Last Year
Wt. ........................ 201 ........ 212
AIC ....................... 6.7......... 8.2 (Normal should be under 7.1!!!!)
Fasting bs............. 7.45....... 10.76
Cholesterol......... 4.49....... 5.29 (normal less than 5.25)*
HDL .................... 1.67 ..... 1.70 (normal should great than 0.94)*
LDL ................... 2.21...... 2.72 (normal should be less than 1.95)*
Chol ratio.......... 2.69 (normal should be less 3.95)*
BP ...................... 130/75 ......... 120/73
Reason to celebrate for sure... (unfortunately I did with Smarties, the big box) but this brings my blood sugar levels back to what they were 6 years ago. Of course, in all fairness I am on a bit more medication now, but being diabetic for 14 years, they were really pleased.
*I know that the dr. uses a different set of values, and I am surprised that this special diabetic study through the university is not using the updated numbers - which are significantly lower than these.
But just when I was thinking there had not been any real measurable success this came at a perfect time to prove me wrong.... and show the long term effects have definitely improved. Just 3 or 4 months ago, my Dr. was ecstatic when I dropped my AIC from 8.2 to 7.2 and now down to 6.7.... I'm ecstatic too!!! I can't understand why my bs was 9.3 this a.m. at 8am and then at 11:30 it was down to 7.48...hmmmm?
And despite being off my exercise lately, I did walk around the school gym about 20 laps last nite, so hopefully I consider it a priority again and get back with the program. And the other positive at today's appt., I think she said my waist was also down about 7 cm.... (I know it's only cm, not inches, but this is a loss that is a positive as well)
Tomorrow we have no students and have to travel 40 km to our sister school for an all day Professional Development day. I sure hope it is worthwhile and I learn to fill in the blanks I fell lacking in..
Thank you to SP friends who have been standing behind me and hopefully the tides is about to turn and positive things are in the near future..
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