NANCYPAT1's SparkPeople Blog NANCYPAT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday - jam packed and full of details Woke up this morning to news that my nephew had passed away early this morning. There was a two hour delay so I had time to process the news before going in to school. The roads were pretty icy this morning so I had my son Ed drive me to school because I hate driving on snow/ice covered roads. This afternoon the roads had improved significantly so I will drive myself in the morning. <BR> <BR> Lots of small details to deal with today. Long day and I'm ready to collapse and put my feet up. <B... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:07:20 EST Truly a blessed day today My nephew's status has improved ever so slightly. He opened his eyes and was able to wiggle his fingers on request. His heart rate has stabilized at a "normal" 60 - 70 down from 160 - 170. These are hopeful signs and his wife and daughter were with him. <BR> <BR> I had another scare today though. News from Austin about an incendiary device at a Goodwill store reported a 30 something year old had been hospitalized. My nephew is 31 and the manager of two Goodwill stores in Austin and my heart ... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:54:07 EST Snowy Tuesday gives time to play catch up on paperwork Well the calendar may say spring but the weather says snow storms today and probably tomorrow as well. Good thing I brought my computer home so I can do some paperwork. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot to say today so far. I got my call at 5:00 am and was wide awake after the phone rang. It has been snowing like crazy and there is another storm expected tomorrow too. Hopefully it will be the last gasp of winter but they are predicting yet another storm for the weekend. <BR> <BR> The weather is... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:18:17 EST Monday making sure I am staying semi-sane Rough day - kids all acting up - I'm tired but mostly really weary - got bitten by one kid - 3 kids restrained - next door neighbor died in a truck accident - no time for lunch - cafeteria duty, OR . . . In other words, another normal Monday. Weather predictions for tomorrow range from rain to several feet of snow and everything in between. Yesterday it was 75 this morning it was 20. I did bring my computer home in case we get snowed in. Whatever happens, I am prepared for it. I <BR> <BR> B... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:45:17 EST Sunday setting up for the week ahead Today was a really nice relaxing day. Started out by going to church and picking up a good friend and giving her a ride. The service was very nice and the fellowship was wonderful as usual. After church my friend and I went to the store and then back to her new home. We got talking and I stayed all afternoon. We had a lovely visit and enjoyed each other's company. It was nice to sit and just chat - not about school or work or politics or anything profound, to just BE together. I spend more ti... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:23:31 EST Saturday has come and gone way too quickly Here it is evening and most of my Saturday has slipped away. I have been reading, relaxing and resting. My week was long and challenging but also had several high points. It felt almost normal! We had school every day and were able to get back on schedule. Twice last week someone bought my lunch for me and both were healthy meals. Thursday's lunch was a baked sweet potato. I used to get a full meal but found that I am happier with just the sweet potato. It is tasty and filling but nutritious ... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:33:31 EST Friday finally finished Well the week is drawing to a close and I am glad this week is over. It was long and I was running on a slightly less than full tank. Despite that and my exhaustion, I am no longer feeling like I am drowning in quicksand. I hope this weekend will allow me to top off my tank with some exercise, rest and renewal. <BR> <BR> I will try to write more over the weekend and catch up on all my blessings and challenges. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, he blessed and a blessing to those around you. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:37:06 EST Thirsty Thursday, thinking and drinking water Just a quick note today. I am home a little earlier than yesterday and making sure to get a good night's. Dinner is nearly ready and I am ready to wrap it up and curl up with a book for a while. <BR> <BR> Be blessed and a blessing to others. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:11:37 EST Wednesday - busy with living - little time for reflecting during the week Went for final weigh in at fitness center for the 10 pounds in 10 days challenge. I lost 15.4 pounds. After the weigh in, I had my personal trainer session. He really worked me out. We started with my shoulder and arm workout. Then we moved on to pushups, lunges, body weight exercises, etc. <BR> <BR> I also plunged in and bought 12 more sessions at half price. That should take me through until summer arrives. My trainer is excited and told me he expects I will look fantastic if I keep up w... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:25:05 EST Tired Tuesday Overall a busy day. No major issues, but had State department Auditors and Advocates come in to check up on my students. They took up my entire planning period and my lunch. I had lunch duty. I saw 3 homebound students and got home 14 hours after I left home. Just pleasantly exhausted. Continuing to work on my stress pretty successfully. Despite the long and tiring day I do not feel overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> Just heading to bed now, so be blessed and a blessing to all around you! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:05:33 EST Monday moving towards normalcy The weekend helped me to start to relax. Today I was feeling a bit better. I am continuing to baby myself a bit. I am not 100% but am less anxious and can feel myself slowly returning to normal - at least normal for me. <BR> <BR> Today was a bit better at school and a lot less chaotic. I am still tired but have found my smile and put it back into place. I have been a little more relaxed. <BR> <BR> I had some terrible news and am asking for prayers for my nephew James who suffered an elect... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:59:05 EST Slow down Sunday Just a slow Sunday. Peace and serenity trying to move into a place of safety. Setting aside anxiety and stress for another quiet day. Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:52:46 EST Saturday warning about the effects of stress Woke up this morning and had gained five pounds. I have been careful about not eating out of stress. I have been sick but pushing through the fog. I haven't objectively changed anything specific. Yes, even after nearly a week with come and go stomach/digestive issues, I have gained five pounds! Stress feeds on itself and disrupts my hormones and digestive ability and now I am almost back to square one again. Weeks of work under stress were destroyed when the stress should have stopped. The su... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:01:41 EST Week over, still surviving, smiling, laughing and loving regardless of the circumstances This week was long, tiring, and very stressful. It started with worry, uncertainty, and stress. Then there were those giddy hours when we learned that we could go back to work on Wednesday. Once Wednesday arrived, the reality and the shock of moving from uncertainty to supposedly normal didn't go exactly smoothly. <BR> <BR> All three days were long. I didn't feel very well, the kids were off kilter, and there was one issue after another to be dealt with. My body hurts all over and I am weary... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 19:43:12 EST Friday couldn't come soon enough Went home last night after school and fell asleep by 8:00 pm. Woke around 1:00 am sick as a dog and got my exercise running between BR and bedroom until time to get up. Came to school because the chaos of the work stoppage and coming back combined with the time change this weekend has had the kids wound up and really disrupted. Lunch today will be clear soup and a fortune cookie. I am dragging and we have had OT and Speech therapists, as well as a school board member in the room. My student b... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 11:25:36 EST Whacky Wednesday - Wondering Why We Went back???? I love my job! I love my students! I love my co-workers! I even love my craziness! <BR> <BR> Having said that, the kids were a complete mess today! My screamer was so off schedule that she reverted to screaming all day long! Another student was in underwear instead of pull ups - starting today - he wet himself five times before lunch! Another sweet student exploded attacking and threatening to kill the speech teacher and had to be physically restrained! Still another kept putting her hands i... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 20:33:33 EST Thankfully going back to school tomorrow! The deal was signed sealed and delivered this afternoon! In the end, we got ALL state employees a 5% raise and a task force to fix our insurance with freeze on premiums, co-pays, and deductibles for the next 16 months. It isn't a great deal but it is better than we have been offered in more than ten years. We will still be 48th in salaries but aren't dropping even lower THIS year. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the support we have received from our administration from the very first day. I am i... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:57:01 EST Thankfulness throughout my best Tuesday Just reported that a deal may be in the works today. They are reporting that the Senate is preparing accept the compromise the governor offered last week and that they had reneged on. We could have been back to work a week ago but maybe tomorrow will be THE day. <BR> <BR> I have been missing my kids and now with no phone, I feel really isolated. My internet comes and goes, but the phone is gone until the end of the month at the earliest due to the phone and internet provider being on strike... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:50:30 EST Monday waiting for word The drama continues with the state Senate playing games with our lives. The ugliness increases and the chance of getting back to work shrinks. <BR> <BR> On a more positive note, today was a meatless Monday. Fresh veggies, lots of fruit, and some pistachios - fresh, tasty and delicious! <BR> <BR> We haven't gotten THE call about school but it doesn't look promising. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a lot of reading, meditating and praying. I have been trying to avoid stressing out over the drama but it... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 20:41:23 EST Sunday putting on my armor for yet another long challenging week ahead This weekend was relaxing and restful. While I wasn't looking, the drama of this work stoppage continued and got more complicated. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today my son and I were busy and I was completely detached from all the drama going on. Friday, with the electricity off, I was disconnected and then with lots to do this weekend, I avoided being obsessed with the news as well. <BR> <BR> My exciting day yesterday involved clothes shopping for some pants since I had a problem a few times r... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 22:51:03 EST Fabulous Friday Since schools were closed again today and I have been super stressed about the work stoppage (euphemism for strike), I was forced to go on a news fast. Electricity was out from before bedtime last night until dinnertime tonight. That meant no electric, no internet, no phone, no heat, and no Facebook. It really helped me to relax and put things in focus. I didn't have to hear what was happening or worry about the drama. <BR> <BR> The positives were reading two books, napping, and cuddling wit... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 22:35:45 EST Legislature backing out and reneging on the governor's offer The House passed the pay raise bill the governor offered but the Senate tabled it refusing to even discuss it. We are still out and all 55 counties have cancelled school again. I doubt we will go back until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered to us. With the raise they offered, we would move from 48th to 47th in salaries.t <BR> <BR> The level of disrespect keeps rising from the rich and powerful. The support from people far and wide keeps pouring in though. <BR> <BR> I am discouraged ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 20:26:13 EST It is with tears in my eyes . . . I will go back to school since I cannot afford not to. The so-called solution is already facing obstacles. The promised raise has failed to be voted on by the legislature. Counties around the state are deciding IF they will have enough staff to open schools. Our county says we will be open and docked pay and seniority if we don't show up. The union reps state that the governor threatened to get an injunction against us and they felt the deal was negotiated in good faith. Sadly, it is already ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:19:59 EST Possible settlement proposed Although the governor announced that we will go back to work on Thursday, both the Senate and House report scepticism about whether they will pass the necessary bills to keep the governor 's promise. Our biggest concern was insurance and it hasn't been resolved. Still waiting to see if we walk tomorrow or just have the day off. Also waiting to see if the empty promises have any truth to them. <BR> <BR> We hope that we'll be back in school Thursday but are pretty concerned that it may still ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:58:27 EST Titillating Tuesday Hopefully I won't have to rewrite this twenty times due to internet idiosyncrasies. <BR> <BR> My day started off with my son Ed and I heading to walk the line. We walked for three hours and the sun warmed things up nicely. Ed volunteered to make pulled chicken for tomorrow if we are still out of school. People have been volunteering to bring food and that's kind of Ed's type of support. I suggested instead of bringing raw chicken, he should make his delicious pulled chicken as it would be ea... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:38:18 EST Monday moving forward This will be short because due to internet issues, I have written this blog five times only to have it disappear. Today I walked the picket lines and was encouraged by the community support. <BR> <BR> I also weighed in on one of my challenges that started on New Year's Day and found that I have lost 16.2 pounds in the past two months. <BR> <BR> The work stoppage continues and I will walk the line again tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> As long as they close school, it isn't affecting us in the... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:16:07 EST Sunday putting on my armor for another long challenging week ahead Today's service was a good one. Brunch wasn't a challenge since most of it was good that I had no problem resisting. It was a good winter choice of chili or potato soup, sandwiches, and desserts. The desserts are normally my temptation especially when I am under stress. Today they were tiny little pieces and so staying on track was easy. <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news is that our administration is still supporting us. They closed school for tomorrow and we will be making it up at end of the... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:29:23 EST Saturday reflections Yesterday we had a fantastic time visiting and shopping together. Claire was her precious and adorable self. Her mom is one of my most treasured friends and we don't get to see each other often enough. Claire is 3 and a half years old going on 30. She is shy, outgoing, bubbly, serious, kind, mischievous, and the special crown jewel in my charm bracelet of treasured blessings. <BR> <BR> When we were at the Chinese restaurant for dinner, I was pleased to find my plate not so very full, even a... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:29:27 EST Friday brings a day out with my 3 year old Claire and her mother Because we are out of school, my niece called and asked if Ed and I could meet up with her and Claire because Claire asked when Nanna Nancy and uncle Ed could visit with her. <BR> <BR> It will brighten my spirits and help me to get my smile back in place. <BR> <BR> We'll be doing lots of walking and have a fantastic time together and hopefully the strike will be resolved this weekend and things will be back to normal on Monday. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day and a great weekend! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:43:27 EST Thursday - thinking through the drama I have felt troubled today - encouraged by the support from county administrations care the state. Donut and coffee delivered by superintendents, pizza provided by school boards, breakfasts and lunches offered at discount prices by local businesses, parents and students bringing cookies to picketers, etc! <BR> <BR> Some of the issues affect police, firemen, DHHR workers, and other public employees who are being hurt by some of the same policies that are hurting education employees. Many par... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:36:44 EST Weird Wednesday - more clarity and also more confusion I have been stressed about the strike that was to start tomorrow. Good news, no strike, bad news, we're starting a "work stoppage" tomorrow and Friday. You may well ask huh??????, what's the difference. Well, by calling it a "work stoppage", they are closing the schools and we will not have our pay, seniority, or jobs threatened BUT we WILL have to make these two days up at the end of the year. However, if we don't return to school on Monday, all of the threats could become a reality. I have ... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:58:01 EST Terrific Tuesday - tired tonight Just a quick note. Tomorrow, we should get more details about the strike and consequences. The best case scenario is that they close the schools and we make the days up at end of the year. Worst case - not even thinking about that as we'll know more tomorrow. I am going to bed and sleep well tonight. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all of the comments, goodies and good wishes for my day as a STAR! It felt really nice to be showered with kindnesses. <BR> <BR> Everyone, have a blessed and healthy day... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:11:00 EST Get over it! Suck it up buttercup! All my efforts are leaving me struggling! The unknown repercussions of getting upcoming strike have me struggling with emotions without facts and the feeling that the rug is being pulled out from under my feet. It is still unclear whether schools will be closed, whether they intend to dock our pay, or whether they will extend our school year into the summer. All of these options have been threatened including the chance they will just fire random people as examples to scare the rest of us. <BR> <BR> I am trying hard to just get over... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:03 EST Sunday putting on my armor for a long challenging week ahead The rumors and gossip about our job action has been confirmed. This week we will be going on strike. The entire state is walking out. When my weekend started, the plan as for a walk in instead of a walkout. A walk in involved showing up early and picketing until time to start work and then working with picketing at end of the day too. THAT, I supported! Now, it has been changed to a strike. The legislature has cut our benefits, gutted our insurance plan, taken away seniority, and is making se... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:55:29 EST Sensational Saturday What a lovely way to wake up - no alarm, right on normal daily schedule, and with a relaxing day ahead. Breakfast ready with fresh raspberries and blackberries calling my name. Blood sugar levels in healthy range after my personal struggle of many months of normal readings EXCEPT fasting. My A1c is even good but have been having fasting blood sugar levels close to 200 - doctor said if A1c is good, not to worry about it, but I DO. Got on SP and it seemed everyone had laughs to set Saturday off... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:54:34 EST Half day of school today and the start of a four day blessing called the weekend! Today the kids only had half a day and our principal sent us home after our faculty Senate meeting. Kids were gone by 12:38 and we were allowed to leave at 2:00 as long as we didn't go to the stores in town because not all of the principals in the county are as nice as ours. People gossip if they see us out and about earlier than the end of the regular school day. <BR> <BR> So, I came home and put my feet up for a while. Ed was already home and happy that his colonoscopy went well and even ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:01:18 EST Whacky Wednesday wonderful workout Today was tiring but not a bad day. The speech therapist and the occupational therapist came in today. The OT brought a selection of candy for the kids to sort, put into bags and then deliver to the people in the school and on the bus who help them. We made twenty five bags and then a bag for each of the kids. We gave them to cooks, custodian, aides, special education teachers, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, secretary, nurse, PT, OT, and SLP, bus driver and bus aide. I wa... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:05:17 EST Try harder Tuesday Today my two main goals were to be active every hour for at least 250 steps or five minutes and to exceed 10,000 steps in my daily routine - both not counting my exercise. I met both of those goals. From six a.m. through right p.m. I was active for at least the 250 steps (14/14 hours). <BR> <BR> The students were all horrible except for one. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and it should be a good day since I have a session with my personal trainer. <BR> <BR> In keeping with the theme of taking... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:00:34 EST Try harder Tuesday Today my two main goals were to be active every hour for at least 250 steps or five minutes and to exceed 10,000 steps in my daily routine - both not counting my exercise. I met both of those goals. From six a.m. through right p.m. I was active for at least the 250 steps (14/14 hours). <BR> <BR> The students were all horrible except for one. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and it should be a good day since I have a session with my personal trainer. <BR> <BR> In keeping with the theme of taking... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:59:20 EST Monday making sense of it Today was a mixed day and yet for the most part, a pretty good day. I wasn't tired but after a long day, I am now ready for bed and right now, sleep is my boss. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed and peaceful day tomorrow. Remember to take care of yourself and be kind to everyone you encounter in your daily journey. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:39:58 EST Sunday still resting and recovering This weekend has been mostly about resting and recovering from the previous week. I don't know why I was so completely exhausted. I was up to working out today but didn't push myself too hard. I also ate towards the upper end of my calorie ranges. I'm not feeling sick or injured or anything like that, just drained and exhausted. <BR> <BR> Exercise helps me feel more rested. It also helps me stay focused on my goals. <BR> <BR> I have been reading and dozing and reading some more. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:34:23 EST Saturday striking out for a new challenge Today I was particularly wiped out when I woke up. I was exhausted in mind, body and spirit. I wasn't depressed or sad or discouraged, just extremely tired. I went back to sleep and some the second time, still tired. Soon I fell back to sleep for a second time and it was obvious that I was exhausted. My best friend call and invited me to go to see a movie we've b both been wanting to see and I told her I was just not up to going. She tried to talk me into it but for a change, I stood my groun... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:07:48 EST Friday Evening and ready for beddie The week has been long and productive. I have worked hard and worked out harder. I'll have more to say tomorrow. Tonight, I am just sleepy and ready to get some rest. Taking care of myself means I will have the strength and energy to share with others the love and kindness that God has blessed me with. Have a heathy, fun, and truly blessed evening a an even better weekend. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 20:57:50 EST Thursday - Thankfully somewhat normal No 2 hour delay, but roads were really bad. Once I got to school, all my kids and aides and staff were back and healthy. The break did everyone good. No runny noses, no hacking coughs, just a class filled with eager faces. Towards the end of the day, I had the chance to talk with a parent and had nothing but good things to share. The student who could only be in school for half an hour at most at the end of last year. His time has increased steadily and he now come for 3 hours in the morning ... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 22:18:01 EST No school, so of course I was sick - Argggh!!! Woke up this morning to a phone call cancelling school due to snow and icy roads. About an hour later, my stomach decided to revolt. All day I struggled to get some exercise and to keep any good down. I managed to get some exercise in especially the running back and forth to the bathroom. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm feeling some better but hoping for a 2 hour delay in the morning because I am wiped out completely. I will be fine to go to school because I'm getting a good night's sleep. My body is r... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:13:29 EST Tuesday trying harder Today was a generally good day. I decided to try extra hard to be active EVERY hour from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and I did it. I also stayed within my calorie ranges but also was within the ranges for all of the nutrients I track. After school and homebound teaching, I went to the fitness center and did a really good workout. I slept well last night and was up and ready to move and make my day a strong one. I don't count my exercise for my calorie ranges because I don't think it's that easy to deter... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 21:08:34 EST Monday mixing things up a bit Today was a really nice day. Started out with a 2 hour delay and my ds took me to school so he could use my car for shopping. We had planned to go together on Sunday but the weather didn't cooperate. So, he went by himself today. There are pluses and minuses for both going together and having him to alone. He gets me special treats when he goes alone but when we go together, it is fun to work together picking and choosing. He got me plums, pineapple, blackberries and raspberries. He got chick... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:09:55 EST Sunday taking time to supercharge Today's plans got waylaid by the weather. I guess you can say I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to snow, rain and sleet. We had plans to spend the day with my niece and her daughter, but they live about 90 minutes away and we both decided that since it was snowing when we were supposed to leave, we agreed to cancel. It turned to sleet after a while and the rain, but we decided not to risk it because our roads are mountainous and very curvy. The weather isn't predictable because it can be s... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 20:02:15 EST Saturday strengthening both body and soul The obvious thing that comes to mind when talking about strengthening is exercise and strengthening our bodies. But there are times when we need strength greater than a bodily strength. We need a strength in our minds, our souls, and often in our hearts. <BR> <BR> We know that exercise strengthens our bodies. We know that knowledge and learning can strengthen our minds, but how do we strengthen our hearts and our souls? We strengthen them with meditation and prayers, acts of kindness and gen... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 18:31:35 EST Groundhogs brought a great day Today was much better than the rest of the week. One of my students had her 14th birthday today. We baked cupcakes and made ice cream sundaes in cooking class. I did eat one cupcake and some ice cream, but it fit into my eating plan because we were planning to do it so I could prepare in advance. It was a nice day overall. One of my aides was out sick today but we didn't need a sub because we still only had two kids. The one who was so disruptive yesterday came in late, was very timid because... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 20:22:19 EST