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Fitting in fitness wherever and whenever

Wednesday, May 27, 2009      0 comments

I've always multi-tasked. Some activities are so mindless, it's easy to do something else. Wait in line and do calf raises and pulsing squats and stretches. Blow dry my hair and brush my teeth. Watch TV and lift weights or walk in place. Wa... Read more

Summer haircut

Tuesday, May 26, 2009      1 comments

It's hot. I've been outside working on the mosaic mural for weeks, I come in hot and sweaty. Not to mention our exercise class after school. And a summer of travel. And my hair starts to look draggy and old after a while. So - I have a ... Read more

Some days I just cannot eat another healthful meal

Monday, May 25, 2009      0 comments

Most days, I aim for each meal to consist of whole grains, lean protein, and fruit or vegs or both. Most days, I have great percentages of carb, protein, fat. And most days, I'm close to within calorie range. But then there are days when ... Read more

Feminism vs. Flattery

Friday, May 22, 2009      1 comments

I was driving home yesterday, after a long day. I had a full day of school, several errands, a few things to do at my after-school art program; I was racing home to make a dessert for dinner that night at a friend's house, for her husband's bir... Read more

Why is it that everyone acts up on one day?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009      0 comments

Why do all my students decide to be obnoxious all on the same day? Students who normally are fine are rude, or refuse to work, or bother others - all on the same day. Students who normally work tell me the work is boring - uh, yesterday I coul... Read more

Yesterday's race was a washout

Monday, May 18, 2009      1 comments

Every year, DH and I participate in the local "Race Against Gun Violence." It's sponsored by a husband (judge/attorney my DH knows) and wife (works in a store where I shop) whose son was killed in a random shooting. We walk in the race to supp... Read more

Teachers vs. Students, 6 - 0

Thursday, May 14, 2009      0 comments

Exercise class 5/14/09: We warmed up. We stretched. We did laps. We speed walked (me) or jogged (others), we skipped, we side-stepped, we went backwards. We joined the student volleyball team and did relays - up to the net, jump up, squat a... Read more

What a change a year (or two) makes

Tuesday, May 12, 2009      1 comments

Yesterday, our principal announced a faculty meeting for today. Immediately after school. I didn't think, oh geez, I had all kinds of things planned. I didn't think, ugh, now I can't go home and relax. My first thought was, uh oh, I'... Read more

Fitness when you are mom to a cat

Sunday, May 10, 2009      1 comments

I receive a dead lizard and a card (not together) for Mother's Day. Yum! Keeps me from eating chocolate. I get to place chase in the evening. Chase consists of chasing the cat around the house. She will smack my ankles if I don't play w... Read more

Bits & pieces of my day

Friday, May 08, 2009      0 comments

D (gunfight girl from the other day) came in and I asked if she wanted to talk to her counselor about what happened - she said she had seen her. I asked if a teacher referred her. She said no. I said when something scary like that happens, yo... Read more

One student needed a hug

Thursday, May 07, 2009      2 comments

Of course, I gave her a hug when she asked. Then I asked why she needed a hug. She was walking home from the bus stop yesterday. She was with a group of students from a nearby elementary school; as an 8th grader, she has decided to walk w... Read more

I think my class is ready for a Spark mural!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009      1 comments

"Do we want to mural on the inside or outside of the gym?" "The inside, so we can inspire people to do more sports and get fitter. To get people to be more active and amused of sports. [sic]" *********** "We want to put our mural up... Read more

Sometimes, something happens that makes teaching worthwhile

Tuesday, May 05, 2009      1 comments

I have a student, a 7th grader, Q, who was recommended for art by her 6th grade teacher. I haven't seen any great talent in her - in fact, she's one of my loudest and rowdiest students in that particular class. She's almost always goofing arou... Read more

Why I love the coffee cart!

Monday, May 04, 2009      2 comments

Usually on the first and last day of the work week, I'll splurge and go to the coffee cart on my way to school - I enjoy the taste of coffee (with skim milk) and a slice of banana or cranberry nut bread. But I'm sensitive to caffeine, and i... Read more

I want a Carnival Costume!

Saturday, May 02, 2009      1 comments

I love the Carnival costumes people wear in the troupes - and I'd love to wear one! They're like little skating outfits, swimsuit-like covered with glitter, sequins, spangles, feathers, hanging beads, headdresses - all sorts of stuff! I'm ... Read more


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