BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog BDJOHNSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Another Night Wasted I fell asleep in my bedroom while my husband played his video game in the den. This has happened each night since Sunday evening. He stays up late. I wake up to the lamp still on in my room, and I hear the game's sounds and see the den light on. I get angry and get up out of the bed to go to the restroom, or get a drink of water, or go tell a grown man to go to bed. This ridiculous cycle does nothing but frustrate me. I have to get up in about three or four hours so that I can go teach middle... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:05:22 EST Just Eight Weeks In eight weeks, the second semester will be finished at Texas Tech, and then my son is back home again. I know my time with him considering this his own home base is limited. One day he really will move away to a new life, apartment, and job. But until then and even after, I plan to bake cookies he likes, find little things he needs at the store, and pray for his safety and well-being. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:55:50 EST Mama Bliss My son is home for spring break holiday this week. When I called yesterday to ask him when he and his ride were leaving, he had bad news: the ride fell through because the young man's parents surprised him with a plane ticket home. Oops! Hubby and I got ourselves dressed, fueled up the Explorer, grabbed snacks, and hit the road to Lubbock. Our son was understandably relieved we came to get him and disappointed about the abrupt change in plans. I am happy he is home and sleeping in his bed so ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:42:26 EST Back to Basics? I guess SparkPeople went back to basics with the new community feed. I find it overwhelming and will be glad when I can only see my friends' feed posts. Otherwise, it is quite public. There are no more bonus team spins. Aw, c'mon. That was my way of "gambling" and not losing. I rejoiced over the 50 points days and grumbled on the 1 point days. My points earnings will be slowed down as a result, but I guess that will be okay. I also see that message board posts and community posts earn three p... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:33:07 EST Clouds and Plans The grey clouds outside make me want to sleep and curl under a blanket in comfy sweatpants. Sigh. I have a coupon for Jo-Ann Fabrics to get a fabric cut for 50 percent off of the regular price. I'd like to buy some material of my son's college logo that I could make into a quilt. I will don my blue jeans and buy the material. It will give me a few extra steps for my walking today so that I won't be a complete couch potato today. Ha ha ha. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 16:32:17 EST Spring Break My spring break holiday technically begins at 3:35 P.M. when school ends, yet I know that I will not leave right away. I don't plan to be there still at 6:00 P.M. getting something done. I plan to work hard during my down time after my students finish their tests so that I can be out of the building at a good time for me. Work can wait since I have time next week but not access to copiers and printers. That will just have to wait this time. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 04:12:27 EST Bereft I miss my son's warmth, humor, and joy. It hurts to have my heart outside of my chest and six hours away. I know he misses me yet loves his independence. No Momma telling him to go to bed at three or four o'clock in the morning. No fresh-cooked bacon just down the hall. For me, there is no young man to poke in the arm while we sit on the couch together. No discussions about politics, alternate history timelines, economics, or collegiate football. No jazz music from a tenor saxophone or blarin... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:31:32 EST Best Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My best friends took me to dinner for my belated birthday dinner last night. They know that I am facing some personal challenges and love me anyway. I am grateful for their love and support these past twenty-three (or four!) years. Who really even remembers when we were not friends? I cannot. I love my Patti and my Robin! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:51:20 EST One More Day to Wait - ARGH! My son's ride home from college had a final rescheduled. Both young men are unhappy about this development, so they will come home on Thursday. The busiest day of my week. I literally cannot come home until after 8:00 P.M. that day. UGH! I have a department meeting after school and then must go keep the gate for the basketball game tomorrow night. I enjoy the extra funds; however, I do not want to miss too much time away from my son. I guess this is a part of life. I am not too patient right... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:44:24 EST Tomorrow He is Home! Today is the last full day without my son at home for the Christmas holidays. I look forward to seeing his face and hugging his neck after this much shorter separation following Thanksgiving break. Finals are finished, and he will spend today visiting the rec center and hanging with friends before catching a ride tomorrow. I will be praying for a safe journey for them and plan to expend some of my nerves tonight after work by baking some of his favorite cookies to have on hand when he arrives... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:30:35 EST A Solo Saturday of Sorts I plan to do some activities I am interested in doing today: baking, reading, napping, cleaning, etc. in no particular order. I made my trip to the grocery store and stocked up to prepare for my son's return from university on Wednesday. I need to make sure I sleep enough to stay up with an 18 year old young man of boundless energy. When he is here, I stay awake to talk to him. regardless of when he wants to talk. He is worth it. My policy with him will always be to talk when he wants to tal... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:08:09 EST A Bit of Dreaming as December Begins Much has happened during this year. I still walk two or three times a week when I am fortunate enough to sleep through the night and get up in the morning. Today was nice and cold (for Texas!) with the thermometer reading 38 degrees outside. I must be part Siberian Husky because I love the cold weather and have never experienced a "true" winter like my fellow citizens in northern states. I still want to see a New England autumn leaf display and feel the spray of the Niagara Falls upon my joyo... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:42:26 EST Homecoming, Part One Today my son comes home from Texas Tech after being away from us for three months. I have already made him a pecan pie and stocked up on apples, bananas, milk, and bacon. He has made do with food out west on that hornblasted meal plan. Don't get me started! Suffice it to say, I have homemade chicken and dumplings thawing in the refrigerator. I plan to feed him up the next three and one-half days and send him a little culinary love when he returns on Sunday. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:37:24 EST Busted! A mother of two of my former students and I are friends on Facebook. Tonight she tagged me in a post that read, "You know you have touched a child's life as a teacher when they say, 'Don't talk to me until I have had my coffee just like Mrs. Johnson.'" It made my evening! Now I am off to sleep (again!) in the recliner so that I won't disturb my husband with my tossing and turning. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:23:06 EST The Rain is Good I awakened just before 5:00 A.M. and went to get a glass of water. To my surprise, I heard rain and wind outside. That will not be a problem. I will not be donning a mackintosh to avoid a soaking walk this morning, but I can do a few stretches and take a stroll through the building today as we have an in-service/work day scheduled today. I will be planning out the next few weeks with my teacher partners and getting many items on my little checklist completed. I will leave on time today! <BR>... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 06:28:25 EST Learning a New Normal It has been three weeks since we took our son out to school at Texas Tech. He is adjusting to college life well. I had the opportunity to see his face via Facetime last week as we watched an NFL game. I sat with my back to the telly so that he could view the game's progress. My husband laughed at us but then told us about the NFL Mobile App. Now I can watch any game I want regardless of what game is on broadcast. We dine out a bit more often, and cooking is not the same joyous occasion it onc... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:52:45 EST Still Breathing <img src=""> It has been almost twenty-four hours since I hugged my son's neck to bid him "so long" for a little while. I missed his bright eyes and killer smile as hubby and I drove back home. We were quiet and contemplative but managed to laugh while listening to UB40's "Rat in Me Kitchen" on Sirius XM. I'd never heard that song before. Today will be tough seeing all of his pictures on the walls and display place... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:16:54 EST A Day of New Beginnings <img src=""> My husband and I will be driving our son out to Lubbock to begin his freshman year at Texas Tech. I am happy he wants his independence, yet part of me sees he is still a kid. Oy! LORD, we depend on Your mercy and protection as we drive today and return in a couple of days after making sure all is well. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:03:34 EST Last Free Weekend I have my classroom as ready as it will be for Monday when my new students arrive. I am feeling better after getting some goals accomplished with my room setup, meetings, and lessons written up by my new teaching partner. I still probably won't sleep too well tomorrow night because it is normal to be excited about the first day of school. I know myself too well. This is the 22nd time for me on this side of the desk. It's also kind of weird since it's my son's last weekend before we take him t... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 06:50:41 EST A Summer Cold Somehow I managed to catch a cold as I prepare for the school year and my son's departure to college. This is the week I need my energy to get tasks completed while I have "free time" instead of next week when I will have no time. LORD, give me the strength I need each day to get my list finished. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:32:27 EST Progress We are still taking things one day at a time. I am praying for a breakthrough to happen in God's timing. I just want it sooner than later, as usual. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:07:48 EST One Day at a Time We had a family crisis this week, and it robbed me of my appetite. As a result, I dropped between four and five pounds. I am taking my life one day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute at a time. One second at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:08:16 EST Sleep is Overrated Why sleep when you can roll over at 2:32 A.M. and see the clock's digital readout? Why not hop online and write your sports blog? Why not jump on SparkPeople to get your login points? Why not read the book you have in your hand instead of stimulating your brain with writing coherent sentences? Why not go to your recliner with a glass of water and a blanket and sit under the ceiling fan until you fall asleep? Why not do it now? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>102</em> <em>40</em> <em>102... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:33:25 EST Big Walk Wednesday! I went walking this morning and logged in 4.33 miles. This was accomplished in 75 minutes. I feel proud of myself for taking the time to do the work. I saw 13 bunnies, 2 herons, and 4 ducks on my route. Counting cars is a bit tedious. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:45:56 EST A Day Away I went to bed last night with the notion that I did not have to exercise today. That's right. I decided to stay inside and tend to my house chores on my own schedule since I have no where to be today. I will hit the trail again tomorrow, but every now and then I take a day away and feel no guilt whatsoever. Time for a cup of coffee and a good book. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:23:08 EST First Run of the Summer I managed to run 1.52 miles in 18 minutes on the track at the school around the corner where I teach. It felt good to log in that time and drop 200 calories in less than 20 minutes. Woohoo! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:39:01 EST Summer Insomnia - Year Seven That's right. I have been dealing with insomnia since 2009, the year my son was in sixth grade. It started when we had reading and math tutorials for our state testing, and that made me nervous because I was not specifically trained to be a reading teacher. I was a history major who loved English (grammar, writing, and reading literature). Today has me concerned because one of my best friends is facing a major life change, and my son informed me yesterday that he is determined to attend Texas... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:25:21 EST Milestone Achieved <img src=""> Now I join the ranks of parents with high school graduates living in the house. My son graduated yesterday. Both sets of his grandparents were there to see it in person. My sisters and two of my brother-in-laws were there, too. It was wonderful to have my family around me as we marked this step in Trey's life. Thank You, LORD. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 04:37:01 EST Thinking Time Sometimes I have cursed my insomnia that strikes at odd times during the week. I awakened thinking about the seating arrangement for my students in the computer lab. I have one in particular who is destructive and bears watching closely. He is right next to me and will be under constant vigilance. <BR> <BR> I am also thinking about the bills that are due and the money in the bank and my husband's underemployment. There, I've said it. I am also thinking about my son's college education that ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:08:03 EST Wonders Never Cease I've been back to work this week, and that five pounds I gained over Christmas is nearly gone. I've walked around in my classroom and managed to get a couple of cardio walks this week. No other changes besides skipping sugar in my coffee and using liquid non-dairy creamer only. I like Café Mocha best right now. The Girl Scouts Thin Mints isn't my cup of tea, so to speak. <BR> <BR> <em>287</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:49:56 EST At Least Thirty Miles I'm tracking the miles I walk during the month of January and plan to post at least 30 miles of walking/running before February 1, 2016. I promised no resolutions, but this is a measurable goal I can track just for my benefit. I've logged just a bit over six miles. This is lovely because I had no idea how much I actually do walk and move about during the day. I predict an increase once I return to work with my students a bit later today. First, I must go back to sleep so that I am ready for ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 03:03:26 EST No Weight Loss Resolutions for 2016 I made a resolution for 2015 that I would take care of my hair. I would do anything (within reason) to keep it healthy and encourage growth since it takes a while for it to show length. I managed to do well with it because of the commitment. <BR> <BR> For the year that begins one week from today, I want to simply be healthier. I want to be stronger by the end of the year and in better physical condition. If my weight reflects it, then it does. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I just want to k... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:33:54 EST Middle School Blues I've taught middle school for twenty years. That's right. I've worked with pre-adolescent students my entire career. I work with them, but I don't want to be them. Sigh. Somehow, I've done something or am accused of doing something, and one of my workmates (I'll call her Mary) who used to eat lunch with me no longer does this year. Her best friend (Sally) followed suit as expected. That might be okay except that the one faithful lunch buddy (Allison) who ate with me all last year suddenly sto... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:33:40 EST I'm Still Here I just haven't written much and have even neglected my sports blog over the past few days. Life at school consumes my time and energy. Too much crazy stuff happening at once makes stress a constant health hazard. Students need help they aren't receiving from home. Teachers don't have the time during the day to meet every single need. More legislation and regulations drop down to increase the workload. I don't sleep as well as I used to seven years ago. Yes, for nearly seven years, I have been... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:39:33 EST I Ran! It's been nearly seven months since I wrenched my ankle while running. I was so happy to start out again. Today I racked up 1.63 miles on the legs with a morning run. The endorphins are running high right now. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:20:42 EST Squat Tracker, Part II Monday - 125 <BR> Tuesday - 150 <BR> <BR> I may double up and complete some more exercises later today. We'll see how I am feeling. ¡Ciao! Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:46:16 EST No Squats Yet, But Other Work is Done I worked in my kitchen dusting and cleaning my countertops, mopping the floor, and tidying the bric-a-brac. I cleaned the cabinet under my sink and the basket for cleaning supplies as well as repotted some plants in desperate need. I shredded some old papers and added some items to my Goodwill bag. I do feel accomplished even through appearances are deceiving about what I've done for the day with my housework. Of course, I put a load of laundry into the washing machine. That chore never, ever... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:07:26 EST Squat Tracker So far, I have paid over 400 squats for this summer vacation. Here is the breakdown: <BR> June 8 - 100 (4 minutes) <BR> June 10 - 50 (2 minutes) <BR> June 14 - 130 (5 minutes) <BR> June 16 - 140 ( 5 minutes) <BR> <BR> I have this insane goal of somewhere between 5,000-10,000 before school begins August 24. We'll see how it goes! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:04:28 EST Days of Grace My mother gave me some great advice about my vacation time. Because I tend to be a perfectionist and workaholic, I want to get everything done right away when my summer holiday begins. I am giving myself some days of grace. The laundry, cooking, and normal tidying will be complete, but the projects that take time, effort, and planning won't be accomplished in this first week. I can figure out my plans and begin to accomplish them, but I won't feel guilty if they're not all finished by Saturda... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:51:15 EST Just Six Calories Under Yesterday I managed to eat just six calories below my maximum range. Whew! I'll try to leave a few "on the floor" today. One of my friends is joining me on a walk today, so that will make it more fun as we take to the streets with our powerwalking. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:34:25 EST Within Range According to my calculations, I stayed within my caloric range today. I am happy that this occurred today. Now, I need to get some sleep so that I am ready for my youngsters tomorrow. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:46:41 EST Last Day of May Today dawned bright and beautiful with the sun shining brilliantly outside. Now, we can dry out a bit here in the Lone Star State and allow the waters to recede in flooded areas. Now, we can recover. My son and I are getting ready for the early morning worship service that begins at 9:00 A.M. We have a few errands to run afterwards, then it's a study day for him with a physics test and history project due this week. It is hard to believe we have five days left in the school year, but the rumo... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:24:01 EST Sleep Update I followed advice about using melatonin and SleepyTime tea, and it works for me usually. I've done this primarily during the school week so that I can be rational and reasonable when my excited youngsters are bursting with energy. On the weekends, I don't take anything just so I can sleep naturally whenever it's needed. Right now I'm up because the downpour startled me awake at 5:00 A.M. I already mopped the floor around 12:30 A.M., so I don't need to tackle that right now. I think I'll just ... Sat, 30 May 2015 06:23:01 EST Up Late Again I dozed off earlier this evening and awakened at 11:49 P.M. Yes, I am still awake at 1:15 A.M. This is madness. I will grab the Agatha Christie mystery I've been trying to read and suspend electronic interaction with SparkPeople and Facebook so that I will go to sleep and stop seeing/reading interesting information (during sleep time!) for the moment. I wrote lesson plans last night after a "discussion" with my seventeen year old son. It was a way to release pent-up energy without taking a ... Sun, 3 May 2015 02:16:41 EST Staying Put? Although I put in a request for a transfer nearly two months ago, nothing has happened, so I feel that I am to be at my current campus unless the LORD intervenes in a mighty way and clears the path for me. I will accept my place and bloom where I am planted. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:21:16 EST Transitioning I put in my request for a transfer to another campus and received my principal's blessing. I am relieved. I am fully aware that no one is irreplaceable. I am simply ready for another challenge at this point in my life. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:39:04 EST And Now for Something New? I will be informing my principal of my intent to request a transfer from middle school to high school level. I didn't meet the deadline last year, so I wasn't interviewed by any prospective employers, but I will be "Jilly-on-the-spot" this time. I think I have enough grey in my hair to teach high school. I may be the size of my students, but I won't be mistaken for one anymore. Ha ha ha! Years ago, I'd sworn to myself that I'd try once I hit a certain age. I've hit it and gone past it now, ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:59:20 EST Foiled Again? We had some ice/snow/sleet descend in our area and shut us down for two days this week. I couldn't go for my morning walk, so I did some strength training. I relished walking around my school today, but it wasn't the same as my morning powerwalk. I look forward to getting up, getting kitted out for the cold, and getting some fresh air. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:09:06 EST Happy Birthday, Son! Seventeen years ago, I became a Mama to Trey. The time has flown by, and he is so grown up in so many ways yet still a kid in others. He still loves watching Looney Tunes cartoons, being covered with warm blankets, and playing video games. He's taking tough courses at school and doing well in them. The LORD blessed me with my young man, and so happy birthday, Son! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:35:24 EST No School Today We received the call last night that there wouldn't be school today. I am listening to the sleet pelting down on my office window, and I am glad I am not driving to school in this stuff. Yuck! I don't mind snow, but icy roads don't interest me. I had planned a test today, but it will be postponed. I did some strength training--finally! I plan to relax, do some laundry if the muse inspires, and watch silly programs that I've "taped" on my DVR. I need to just be l-a-z-y for once and cancel th... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:50:23 EST