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8/21/16 8:26 P

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Back to work tomorrow for me. I cannot believe 8 weeks flew by already! It was a great summer.

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8/19/16 11:44 P

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I don't know how you do the commute you do every day. My 15 minutes to work is just enough for me.

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8/18/16 11:58 A

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I tried to lead the Pioneer Valley team after Amy left it in my hands but that one became dead too. You took it over and tried to keep it alive but it is sad. I know there are Boston area groups that seem to be active but it seems hard to keep these local ones going.

Worcester County may be rural, but so is Franklin County.

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8/14/16 10:02 P

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I was in Worcester County today for a racing event. What a beautiful area it was, especially in Barre. I don't think I could live there though. It is so far removed from city life. I am definitely citified.

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8/7/16 10:49 A

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Another beautiful Sunday in Western Mass! I hope you are finding ways to enjoy this nice weather.

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7/31/16 12:24 P

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Still no bike riding. This week was just too hot and today is rainy. Going to the movies instead. Made it to the gym though.

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7/24/16 8:59 A

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Another warm and sunny Sunday. I am hoping the heat settles soon. I bought a new bike and I really want to go riding.

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7/17/16 9:31 A

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I hope everyone is staying cool!

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7/10/16 10:25 A

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I am continuing with my goal to get at least 10,000 steps on the weekend. It is not always easy, but I am trying. Today I am off to the gym and then the mall.

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7/5/16 11:50 A

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I try to stay active in a few, but this one seems to slip by. It is sad that I created it and cannot keep it going. I will post in here when I can. Hopefully others will help keep it running.

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7/5/16 7:16 A

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I am down to just posting in the Massachusetts team I think. I am keeping this team so I can give it the bonus points but I'm only posting in the other team.

I've got myself at 5 teams, which I think is the number of bonus point spins you can do or whatever. All of them are local. I'm only active on the Mass one though.

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7/3/16 9:15 A

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The fireworks were great! It was a beautiful night and I got a good amount of walking in. A bonus!

Today I will get my nails done and continue with some cleaning. Need to head to Kohl's as well. I need to buy some new shorts for work.

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7/2/16 10:28 A

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What a beautiful weekend we have! I hope everyone enjoys the weather and whatever festivities you attend. Fireworks later in Westfield. It should be beautiful!

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6/26/16 9:37 A

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Stepping out of my comfort zone today with a group workout. I hope I don't make a fool of myself.

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6/23/16 2:30 P

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What a beautiful day in Western Mass! I hope you are getting outside to enjoy this lovely weather.

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6/19/16 10:54 A

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Happy Father's Day to all the dads and moms (who raise their kids without a dad)

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6/12/16 10:32 A

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Off to an essential oil class and then to get my farmshare info. It is such a lovely day, although it is a bit windy.

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6/11/16 5:26 P

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The rain has stopped and it is so nice.

Edited by: JIACOLO at: 6/11/2016 (17:29)
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6/5/16 10:43 A

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What a great weekend in Western Mass! I enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday and got out to a Farmer's Market in CT. I will hit the other ones locally in the near future. I wanted to go to the Asparagus Festival yesterday, but didn't have enough time. Rainy Sunday, but much needed. Enjoy the day.

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5/29/16 6:10 P

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He's signed a document that states that he will pay or he knows I'll take him to court.

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5/29/16 10:34 A

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Hope you get what he is supposed to pay. Given his track record I wouldn't count on it.

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5/29/16 8:43 A

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I thought I might start sleeping better. No luck. I'm tired today.

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5/28/16 9:51 P

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I am not getting as much as I expected. He is still responsible for 2 very large sums, but the rest I have to forget. Hence why I took the Cirque tickets. It was the least I was getting out of this. I am glad I did it though. It was wonderful!

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5/28/16 3:20 P

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So judging by your FB post I guess you aren't getting your money back from your former friend. Hope Boston was fun at least.

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5/27/16 8:34 A

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You posted on FB that you just wanted Friday to be over. I thought you were headed to court but ?? I didn't want to ask. Have fun in Boston.

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5/27/16 7:19 A

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Heading to Boston tomorrow. Not really looking forward to the commute, but my friend will help with the driving. Going to see Cirque du Soleil. It should be fun.

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5/26/16 8:18 A

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My husband is going up to New Hampshire Saturday for an overnight. I hope it doesn't rain.

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5/25/16 9:26 P

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Sorry about your uncle. I cannot go to my cousin's celebration in NH because of the parade we are in. It is a 3 hour ride one way. A couple of years ago I did the ride up and back in one day. I was useless the next day because it took so much out of me.

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5/25/16 9:43 A

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Postponing the fair until Thursday I guess. Doctor's appointment for her got moved to Thursday. I'll watch my dad walk in a parade on Monday morning. One of his brothers won't be there because he's too sick (losing his battle with cancer). That will be really sad.

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5/25/16 7:42 A

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That sounds like a lot of fun for you and Abby. We have the parade to walk in on Monday. That should be good.

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5/24/16 8:14 A

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With the weather forecast I guess I will take Abby to the fair on Wednesday, the first day. Have a tag sale to hit & errands to run on Saturday. I'll try to keep Sunday open. Will see what happens. If it's nice maybe I'll go swimming at the lake.

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5/23/16 12:17 P

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I forgot about the Cirque du Soleil tickets I have for Boston on Saturday. Waiting to hear from my work friend if she wants to go.

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5/23/16 8:43 A

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In wait and see mode.... Will try to hit the Amherst Fair Thursday or Friday. On Monday I'll go to the parade that my dad is in. Not sure about Saturday and Sunday yet. Maybe low key.

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5/22/16 4:27 P

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No plans as of yet. I'm thinking about taking off for the beach for a day. How about you?

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5/22/16 11:22 A

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Any plans for Memorial day weekend?

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5/21/16 6:32 P

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It was incredible! Now comes clean up. Not my favorite part.

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5/21/16 10:43 A

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Hope you are having fun with Relay.

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5/20/16 9:54 A

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Yeah, staycation. Oh well.

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5/19/16 12:19 P

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sorry

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5/19/16 10:34 A

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Trip is cancelled.

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5/17/16 8:20 A

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We're going to a ham radio thing in Dayton, Ohio. Will stop near Ashtabula, Ohio on the way out Thursday night. We'll get to Dayton on Friday, visit the event, stay at a hotel, and go back to the event on Saturday. Then we'll drive back to Ashtabula (possibly stopping in Cleveland on the way) for Saturday night. On Sunday we'll drive home. Ashtabula is about 8 hours from here and there is an exit with several hotels, a Denny's/truck stop. From Ashtabula to Dayton is another 4 hours. So we COULD do 12 hours in one day but everyone in the car will be happier splitting it up. We stayed in Ashtabula on the way home from Indy in March and we'll go back to the same hotel we used. It wasn't a great breakfast but they had nice big rooms at a reasonable price.

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5/17/16 8:11 A

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I hope it is fun then! I will be at Relay Friday to Saturday, then I have my little guy overnight Saturday. He's been away with his mom for almost 2 weeks so I get to spend time with him and have a sleepover. He loves to chase my cats and make my bed adjust up and down. I may take him to the park too.

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5/16/16 8:52 A

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Nope.

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5/15/16 8:58 A

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Training?

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5/15/16 8:02 A

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I finish the week in Ohio. I would rather be in Marlborough Saturday.

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5/14/16 8:43 A

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Me too. I am working on it. This will be an interesting week for me coming up. LOTS going on AND Relay on Friday. I have my women's club meeting on Tuesday, supposed to go to a training meeting in Marlborough on Wednesday, and to a Springfield Education Assoc. meeting on Thursday. I am not sure I will make it Wednesday. It is too much! This weekend I will spend time working on my ceremonies.

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5/14/16 8:24 A

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That sounds very positive. I hope you recover your other financial losses too.

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5/13/16 8:39 A

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Thankfully I know some of what my house needs, which is mostly minor. I know my husband is going to do some of the repairs as well to cut down on cost. When I sell it I will make sure those expenses are covered and then he and I will split the profit. This should give me a decent down payment on a smaller house.

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Yeah, when we bought our house the mortgage was cheaper than what a bigger apartment would cost. However we got stuck with a house that needed more repairs than we realized. The building inspector must have been in cahoots with the realtors because all that money we paid him was a waste. It wasn't until after we moved in that we realized that things were worse than we thought.

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I am thinking I might stay for a year. I need to feel settled and the thought of having to move scares me right now. I will take the time to get the house in order and be ready for the sale when it happens. Plus, I can get the mortgage for about $850 a month. I can't even rent a decent apartment in Agawam for that, let alone buy a new house that doesn't need major work. It is probably the best move for me right now.

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5/12/16 8:07 A

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Very cool! Congratulations! I know you are excited about this. One step closer to selling it!

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5/11/16 9:49 P

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They did the roof in one day! It is beautiful! Tomorrow they start the siding. It will be the same color, but better. I am so excited to see it done.

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Forgot you have summer school, but that's only about 4 weeks so yeah... you'll have plenty of time off. Enjoy!

How's the roof going?

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5/10/16 9:48 A

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Working summer, but will have 2-3 weeks off. I look forward to it!

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Our last day is Tuesday, June 21st, and yes it will be a 1pm dismissal like "half days" always are. I won't send her to camp that week. I'll take the Tuesday off and go to the morning assembly and then pick her up from school at 1pm. We'll juggle Wed-Friday. Haven't decided yet who is doing what. Then Abby will do camp for the next 8 or 9 weeks after that. I need to get going on the sign-ups. The money is in the bank account. I have just been putting off doing the registration and paperwork.

You will have the summer off, right?

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We have 30 including today. The last day will be a half day. I don't mind. Many of my kids will come, but a few won't.

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31.5 days left of school, including today, for my daughter. Not that I am counting down or anything.

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Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a great one!

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Well hopefully you get your money back.

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Painfully expensive, but very hopeful and positive. We reviewed everything and she is sure I have a good case. Just waiting to hear from her. More painful.

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Turned out not to be his tires which was good. How was the lawyer meeting?

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Sorry you are not sleeping well. I am finally sleeping most of the night. Thankfully I am not seeing 2:00 anymore. Now I am making it to around 4:30. I need to get a noise machine I think. The fan doesn't help much anymore and I hear everything, especially the dogs.

Enjoy your half day! I cannot believe it is graduation season already.

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And my husband came home around midnight last night and told me he needs new tires. So the weekend is off to an expensive start already. Sheesh.

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I tried to do a writing group a few years ago but I didn't really like the group. They were letting kids into it and I felt like I had to be very careful about what I wrote and shared. It was more like babysitting than really writing.

I am tired. I didn't sleep good last night and I was tired at the school event last night too. Abby has no school tomorrow (Friday) so she will be coming to work with my husband. Luckily for us it is also Umass Commencement so they are sending staff home at noon. In the meantime we all have to get through today.

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Yes I took the day off and worked on Relay things. It was great!

Good for you that you are branching out and doing things for yourself that you enjoy! I am sure your husband and daughter will be just fine without you.

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Did you decide to take today off?

I did something for myself yesterday. I joined the Connecticut Lego Users Group. Ha! I'm already a member of the New England one. Now I have another excuse to leave the house ALONE and MEET PEOPLE. Oh my goodness!!!

This idea of me leaving the house ALONE to do something besides go to the grocery store.... well no one is really used to it. It's like crazy!

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Amen for that! I wish the rain would stop. I really have enjoyed being outside.

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Not the change in weather so much as the allergies.

I really like the extra daylight though.

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The change of weather is getting to me. Does it bother you as well?

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I am dragging today. Had terrible headache last night and didn't sleep well.

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Sunday...waiting on the rain and my dad for his weekly coffee visit. Then I am on my feet for a busy morning. I need to pay some bills later as well. Should be a good day.

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Our first grade takes kids to the Big E every year. Sadly they spend less than 3 hours (including travel). I never understand that. The buses cost $250 and the kids have to pay for t-shirts the teachers tie dye. It never seems worth it.

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Another teacher friend of mine took her class to O.S.V. yesterday. It was a summer camp field trip that got Abby interested in the place.

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The H.C. Museum doesn't do much else for our kids, but it is a safe, appropriate place for them.

I was just saying today that I don't understand why our kids don't go to O.S.V. I know my kids did when they were little.

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My daughter's field trip to the town library is a WALKING field trip with no buses. They will spend more time walking to and from the library than they will at the library itself probably. It is over a mile each way.

I did Abby's birthday party at the Holyoke Children's Museum last year. I can't imagine why it would be a field trip unless they do something special for school groups.

I WISH our school took the kids to Historic Deerfield. The school groups get so much more than you do going on your own. It's also a pretty horrific tale which I'm not sure I'd want to be responsible for telling. I'd rather have it be school work than be something we did on a weekend. At some point I will take her but I keep hoping the school will do it.

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Not many classes here took field trips this year. The PTO doesn't have the money to help with buses and we can no longer go out of state. The CT Science Center was a great trip for many, but because of new regulations we can't go. A couple of years ago the 2nd grade went to Mystic. What a nightmare! They had to charge the kids over $25 and ended up being late coming back. It happened with the Lego place in Boston 2 years ago as well. We have so many great places to go locally. I don't get to go with my students typically because I have other grades.

We are taking a field trip in June to the Holyoke Children's Museum. I can't really say I am looking forward to it. It's pretty disorganized so far. We have to do fundraising within out classrooms to get help to pay for it. And we will still have to charge around $8 per student. If students don't pay, I usually cover it. I hope most of them pay!

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Wow, that is a lot of field trips.

I have noticed that in our school the 3rd and 4th graders kind of hit a field trip dead zone. There is very little planned for them. Even the trip to the town library keeps getting postponed. It's just not a priority for the teacher I guess.

I know the 5th and 6th graders do more and I am looking forward to that.

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The fifth graders had several trips planned at once before testing started. This week's trip was actually 2 full days at Forest Park where they learn a lot of different things about nature. The trip 2 weeks ago was to Bondi's Island where they learn about the water cycle. Friday's trip will be to the Springfield Science Museums. On May 6th we will have an all day Science EXPO where kids will go to stations and learn different things. Most of these trips are Science based to help with Science testing that will be coming up next month.

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Not sure I understand that message. 3 different days to attend a field trip... ?

My daughter is doing PARCC testing yesterday and today. She has accommodations which may be a drain on the staff, but oh well. She was in a positive mood yesterday at the end of the school day so that is good. The school is stretching the testing out over 6 sessions during the next month.

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What makes it worse is that one of my students and a staff have 3 different days this week to attend a field trip. I know one of my other students will be out today. Tuesdays after a vacation are often worse than the Monday. I hope having 2 kids out won't be horrible, but I will be down one staff today.

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I figure the kids are off the wall at school this week, especially yesterday. It's hard to get back into the routine after a vacation.

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I am glad to be back at work! I need a vacation from my busy week. I didn't get a lot done around the house, but I did do some dusting. I hate dusting! I need to get my act together and get going on cleaning more. I want to either have a tag sale or donate stuff to a local place. I am sick of the clutter.

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Good luck at work today... changing the subject......



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He is paying the credit card. I just want him to sign a contract that he will continue doing so, along with for the truck. His lease is up in January. Hopefully he will figure this out by then so he won't need me to sign for it. I believe he wants to buy it.

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You are nicer than I would Be. If it was me the truck would be gone. You can't get your money back on the credit card but you can cut your losses on the truck.

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On the positive side, he contacted me to pay this month's truck payment. I know he doesn't want to lose the truck and I really don't want to be that person to him and take it. I will if I have to, but I know he needs to work and his kids need him to have a vehicle to get back and forth to places. Tomorrow I pay off another half of his debt when I pay for the farm share we bought together and claim it solely as mine.

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You really sunk yourself in deep. How many thousands of dollars did you give this loser? Doesn't matter. I can see why your kids were upset. You got conned big time. Sorry you got screwed like that. Hope you can cut your losses soon.

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If he wants to continue driving the truck I co-signed, he won't have a choice.

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I wouldn't expect him to sign anything at this point. I don't think he would have any interest in doing that. He spent the money. I hope you have a plan B.

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Waiting on some documents to be sent me before meeting with her. I am hoping to draft up a contract by which he signs it so that I am given some peace of mind to be paid back.

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You took a big risk I guess. What did the lawyer say?

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I sure hope so. It is sad how you think you know someone and then you find out how wrong you are.

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Ouch! I hope the lawyer can help you.

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It doesn't matter if I cancel it at the moment or not. He's maxed it out and there is no credit line left.

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Glad you are meeting with a lawyer. That is a lot of money. Good luck. I hope you have cancelled the credit card by now.

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No loans thankfully. It is a credit card in his name, a contract for a farm share, and a truck lease I co-signed. I meet with a lawyer tomorrow. It has gotten pretty bad unfortunately.

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Ouch! Good luck!
Did you put the loan in writing? Maybe you can take him to court.


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Sadly...a lot of money. I am hopeful I will get some of it back. I am working on figuring out a lot of things.

Spent this beautiful day with friends enjoying the sun. It was so wonderful outside!

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Ugh... you loaned him money? I had forgotten about that! I have been saying all along I do not know the details on this. It's not my life, not my drama. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Enjoy your vacation.

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