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Ahhhhh, quiet

Thursday, June 04, 2009      1 comments

My days tend to be full and crazy. This morning was no exception, with my seventh graders scurrying around helping with the mural or finishing their pictures and letters for the President; my eighth graders who came to school solely to work on ... Read more

What a day

Wednesday, June 03, 2009      1 comments

We started to set up for the mural. It started to rain. We waited until the rain let up, then went to work. At class change time, a girl came by with a kitten - just past the roly poly stage, beginning to thin out and grow more catlike. ... Read more

Mural & overall photos

Tuesday, June 02, 2009      12 comments

A pic of me in my grubby overalls (which are two sizes too big), my Israeli archaeologist overalls which fit, and the mural - almost complete. Keep in mind that it was designed by an 8th grade student, and executed by 7th and 8th graders. ... Read more

Things I've learned

Monday, June 01, 2009      2 comments

1. Don't sneeze with coleslaw in your mouth. 2. Put students who need a bath at the far end of the wall, downwind from everyone else. 3. Don't leave rulers out in the classroom, seventh graders think they're swords. ... Read more

Living the wild life in STT

Friday, May 29, 2009      0 comments

When I went to leave for work this morning, I found a 5 inch centipede wiggling in front of the door - the nasty mean biting kind, but wiggling because we have slick tile and he was having trouble getting all those legs to work on the sliding su... Read more

Field trip fitness

Thursday, May 28, 2009      0 comments

I had a field trip with three students today. Each year, one of the companies that is here getting tax benefits has a big art show for the elementary and middle schools. They provide art supplies ahead of time, and students create artwork that... Read more

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

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