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Short, Thankful Blog to Veterans

Friday, May 25, 2012

I truly appreciate the sacrifice you have made so we, Americans, can enjoy the freedoms that so many other countries can only dream about.


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ELIZACG9 5/27/2012 4:30PM

    Beautiful words....I hope your having a restful or active day, whatever you chose to do.
take care... emoticon

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JOYANN84 5/27/2012 9:55AM

    Great blog! Thanks to all the men and women that serve and served our country!! emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 5/26/2012 10:46PM

    Great blog! We definitely owe them A LOT!!!

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KAYATLANTA2010 5/26/2012 5:30AM

    I send honor and appreciation to our Veterans, as well. So very thankful for their service.

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JAZZMINE 5/25/2012 7:54PM

    Nice thought! Thanks for sharing.


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DATMAMA4 5/25/2012 7:52PM

    Agreed! They should be honored and respected.

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I decided...I itch...I am SO forgiving!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Update from my last blog...
I had the choice of going to my daughter's scholarship reception OR study group for a supplemental certification for work. I chose to attend the scholarship reception. SO glad I did!
At first, I thought, "Hey! This is my job. My daughter will understand." Then, I knew since this is my oldest child and she looked (her expression) as if she wanted me there, I couldn't let her down - family first!

So, why have I been scratching like the Dickens? Heck! I dunno. Something bit me...? Allergy to something...?
When my boss called me over to inform me about what to discuss with the 7th grade team (I'm the team leader), her eyes popped out of her head as she asked, " What the heck is that!"
I nonchalantly said, "I dunno. I think it's a ringworm or something." This was my bulging, red forearm.

Long story short.
She insisted I let the school nurse look at it and seek immediate attention. NOTE: INSISTED!

While at the doctor's office, I couldn't scratch my stomach, so I patted it hard.
Yes, this was a funny site. The nurse even laughed. Boy was I ready to scratch a crater in that bad boy! That would have certainly been a method of trimming my abs! *insert laughter*
I must say the most painful part of the process was getting on the scale with my clothes on.
(I usually weigh in the buff.) With one eye opened, I noticed gain. AH *^$%#!

Did I mention, I stopped thinking about the itching at this point?

Well, I forgive myself for the times I didn't measure, workout, ST, or drank insufficient water.
I have decided to MOVE ON, take my Allegra, rub my $15 cream on my wounds, and let the wind whip through my hair as I drive away planning to pound the pavement as soon as I get off work.
(Scratch needed...)
That's my cue...Gotta go!

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    Now I'm worried about getting the itchies, lol. I'm glad everything worked out with your decision. It meant a lot to your daughter, so that's great.

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AKAFIT 5/16/2012 12:45AM

    Girl you crack me up. Glad you were there to support my niece and hope you stop scratching like a fiend!

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LEMALONE1960 5/15/2012 5:31AM

    I have itching in my ear canals this time of year because of all the pollen in the air. I had to get a steroid spray from my doctor to spray in my ears and it worked miracles!!! Immediate results!!!

Hang in there hun. I have the same problem with the gain the past two(almost 3 weeks). Sugar detox again every other week and pounding the pavement again. I'm getting ALL this weight off by December!!!! emoticon

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SLFGOLF 5/15/2012 1:01AM

    Hope the itchiness goes away soon.

Glad you went to your daughter's reception. Definately the right thing to do. Our kids are always first on the list and they really appreciate the time we take to for them, especially to acknowledge their achievements. Have a great week.

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    I started to itch just reading this! lol Hope you are back to normal soon!

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Here's the slight dilemmna...
My oldest daughter must go to a scholarship banquet at her (soon-to-be) school which is a 2-hour drive away. She leaves with her friends who she's staying overnight with.
This isn't the dilemmna.

I have to go to a study session locally for a certification test I'm taking in 15 days. The session is the LAST session before testing and covers the last domain being testing along with testing strategies and practice test.

My hubby is accompanying our youngest to his first track meet of the season. He's already missed 2 meets, although he's been practicing.

I'm leaning more towards my testing study session.

Am I being selfish or wise?

Ideas welcomed.

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AKAFIT 5/10/2012 10:47AM

    So what did you decide? I know it is always difficult when having to make choices between family and obligations.

Love you sweetie.

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    I say do the study session! Good luck on whatever you decide.

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PHEBESS 5/4/2012 8:36AM

    The study session is for certification, which you need for work. Your daughter is getting ready to go off to college, soon to be on her own. Right?

So - ask your daughter if she wants you at the banquet thing. If she says yes, give a study buddy a tape recorder so they can record the study session for you. If daughter says no, not a problem, go to the study session.

I know it's hard to let go, but your daughter will need to make similar decisions shortly - so involve her in this decision, and see if she wants you at the banquet, or if she'd like to go there with just her friends.

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JAZZEJR 5/3/2012 2:58PM

    This is a hard one. Are the study sessions REALLY helpful or you just want to be sure you're covering all the bases? How many times are you allowed to take this test? If you feel it's essential to your doing well on your test and you have only one shot at the test, you should probably go to your study session. Your daughter won't be scarred for life. But if you feel you can do just as well studying on your own, I'd go to my daughter's banquet--which is no small deal, after all. BUT, whatever you decide, make the best of it--no guilt trips allowed. They're not productive.

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May Goals 2012...Making it Happen

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

This month is going to be challenging, but I am up for it.
That's what I'm telling myself.

1) Drink 6-8 glasses of water!
"Gulp! Gulp! Gulp...Gulp!" emoticon
2) Get in 3 days of cardio. If I get more, I reward myself a goodie. emoticon emoticon
3) Do 4 days of strength training to tone my sexy. emoticon
4) Spend QT with my hubby. emoticon My fav... emoticon
5) Say a positive affirmation to myself/ pray daily. emoticon

Now to accomplish!

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SPARKLE1908 5/2/2012 3:26PM

    Wonderful goals, as usual!!!

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SLFGOLF 5/2/2012 1:01AM

    Sounds like great goals and ones that can be achieved. Go for it! You can do it!

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    Great goals! With the Lord's help, you CAN do these things, and more!

Blessings, Pat

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JAZZEJR 5/1/2012 6:09PM

    emoticonFantastic goals, all reasonable and attainable. Go for it!!

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How'd she do that? Criminal Mind...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

As many of you are aware of, teaching at the middle school level can be quite perplexing.
I must say that on my campus, I could write a book or- if it were legal- create a reality show about the DAILY adventures that take place.

Here's what happened yesterday...

Several colleagues and I were in the hallway after an informative team meeting. While having our discussion at dismissal, a student dropped a Bath & Body Works spray bottle. The contents spilled (which appeared to be water) so as the child's parents noticed the "harmless" accident, the child's father walked through the spill (as though it didn't exist). The child's mother proceeded to try to wipe it up, but my colleagues who noticed grabbed paper towels to assist using their feet atop the towels to wipe it up.

Suddenly, a familiar smell violates the premise of the paper towels and the contents of the liquid causing the brown color to lighten.
This "water" turns out to be bleach.

So of course the child has left out of the building with her parents before the colleagues (administrator included) could notice the switch.
Evidence had been collected, pictures taken, and the cameras in our building shows the footage (includes the "deer-in-headlights" look) of the child's reaction as soon as the contents from the bottle wasted.

Long story short...
The child had poured bleach in the spray bottle. She'd been known to spray random students earlier that day. She even sprayed some in a few students' faces.
So you ask, "Why?"

Respond with your thoughts...

BTW~ She's been placed at an alternative school.

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SONYALATRECE 4/29/2012 6:20PM

    The other aspects of this young lady who committed the unlawful act:
1) She is highly intelligent.
2) She is NOT one of my students.
3) She has been socially defiant for years.
4) She is a bully who picks on and talks negative about and to other kids all the time.
5) She had to remain on campus until state mandated testing ended - one week after offense.

With MUCH intensive intervention, she CAN be saved. With budget cuts, I am not sure she'll get the needed interventions. Time will certainly tell...I'll keep you all posted.


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ELIZACG9 4/28/2012 10:44AM

    This is terrible...probably had decided to be mean to the other students, because
maybe, maybe they were bullies to her or him......hmmmm.

This is something only the child knows why and should be questioned.

Middle school is such a difficult time for children and especially 'teachers'.

emoticon Talk to that child, and get to the bottom of it!! emoticon(my idea)

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SPARKLE1908 4/20/2012 11:51AM

    These days, there really isn't a "why"...there is no explanation for why people do what they do...just no human compassion these days...especially in our youth...very disturbing....

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KAYATLANTA2010 4/20/2012 3:26AM

    Disturbing... emoticon

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    OMG. I hope the alternative placement helps. I hope the other kids who got sprayed are ok.

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JAZZEJR 4/20/2012 12:24AM

    "Why" will never be known--she thought it would be a cool way to get attention??? SlimLila wonders if the alternative school will help the child. Every case is different, but I've seen some kids really turned around by being put in a "take no prisoners environment" away from their friends at the high school level. I think it's good that action was taken for this kid in middle school. Maybe she'll have success in high school.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/19/2012 10:44PM

    She should be charged with assault and not let off the hook. That happens too much and then they will turn on the parents when they don't like what is happening in the home and then it is too late. Need for the parents to get back to being parents and not friends. Too many parents need to step up and be parents and not let the kids get away with doing wrong. They think that if they talk to them then they will listen but that does not work all the time.

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SLIMLILA 4/19/2012 10:12PM

    OMG, you just don't down what to expect anymore. I was talking to someone in Michigan yesterday and she was telling me about a 14 y.o. whose parents had been trying to keep him from joining a gang and kicked him out of the house when he refused. He came back with a friend and a baseball bat and beat his father to death and severely beat his mother and brother.. that's the kind of life we are living in...

I salute you for teaching middle grades. Yes, I found it hard to teach Gr. 1,2,3 but the thought of the older kids scares me. I always said after raising my teens, that I wouldn't wish them on anyone but my enemies, see why I don't even consider teaching those grades....

Do you think the alternative school will have the necessary effect on that particular child?

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