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Day off

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day. A much-needed day off. Well, sort of. I'm going to spend the morning doing lesson plans and behavior intervention plans. My seniors are going to graduate in three months, and not one of them is ready for the real world. I've got to get them focused.

I purchased the Kindle Fire this morning. I've already gotten my tax refund, so the financial time is right. And I know, I told myself that when I lost the first ten pounds, I'd buy myself a Kindle. As of now, I've only lost seven pounds. But I'm justifying my purchase...I've been working my butt off on exercise and healthy diet since November. I am losing weight (albeit at a snail's pace) despite having hypothyroid and being on medication that's supposed to pack on the pounds. I am healthier. I have over four thousand fitness minutes thus far. I deserve a treat. Two hundred and eighty bucks doesn't sound like a lot of money to some people, but a teacher salary isn't that hot. It's a big purchase to me.

I'm not good at being nice to myself. I spend all day, every day, being nice to teenagers who aren't nice to me or each other. I drop tons of money on birthdays, rewards, family functions, etc., but I don't spend much on myself. Groceries, bills...there's not much left for me, and I feel guilty indulging in anything. Dropping almost three hundred bucks is a huge indulgence. A Kindle isn't even something I need. It's just something I'd really like to have. I used to love to read. When we downsized our living accommodations, all my books went into storage. That was four years ago. Heck, they're probably all ruined by now anyway. I would like to be able to sit around and read before bed again. I'd like to replace some of the stuff that I've lost.

So yeah, I bought a Kindle. I'm gonna buy back my favorite books and play Angry Birds and take pictures of my cat. And I'm gonna enjoy it, because dammit, I have earned it.

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    You have earned it. Every year I teach it becomes more work, not less. The district seems to add more and more all the time. I spent a bunch of time working at home on Sat., went to school yesterday, and worked until 6:15 tonight plus brought work home, which I didn't do. I worked out instead! It's good to do something for ourselves once in a while!
    1678 days ago
    You bet you have! It's important to remember yourself; after all your progress on the Spark is "good" first and foremost for you! So do take the day off; relax and get back with the program tomorrow! Remember however, you've already "gifted" your progress; so keep on track with your food intake. Have a happy day! emoticon
    1679 days ago
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