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That sounds like a good plan. I like getting out early. I will have two weeks off before summer school starts.

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4/19/15 8:31 A

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This was the first year that I tracked snow DELAYS and snow DAYS. I've always tracked the snow days. We ended up with 5 snow DAYS. UMass had 4 of those. Last year our school had 6 days and had to go beyond the end of the calendar. I understand that the last day of school a lot of kids didn't come because vacation plans had already been made. We had 4 delays so if any one of those had been a day off instead of a 2 hour delay then we would be matching Amherst in the Monday for the last day of school.

I had a quick second in the hallway with the school secretary and it sounds like next year we will be more closely aligned with Amherst with our first day of school and our last day of school. This should help out parents with kids in both. (Our 7-12 grades go to Amherst). It will help out with summer camps too especially for those of us who use Amherst based camps.

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4/18/15 10:01 P

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Sounds like a busy week full of fun. Be careful roller skating!

We are scheduled to get out the 19th also. Many area schools seem like they are ending later than us. I don't mind. I like getting out on a Friday.

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4/18/15 7:45 P

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OSV is on the calendar for Monday. It will be crowded but it's the best day for us to go.

My daughter's last day of school is June 19th. Amherst goes until June 22nd. Umass graduation is May 8th though so I'll be in "summer mode" at work very soon. My daughter's teacher is going on family leave May 15th. We were notified of who the long-term sub will be with a letter that came home on Friday. Mr. Khalsa got his teaching degree from Mount Holyoke and is currently a para in 5/6 grade. So he'll be subbing for the last 5 weeks of the year.

I'm working Tuesday & Thursday. On Wednesday I've promised to take Abby rollerskating. On Friday we're going back to Yankee Candle and then maybe to the Eric Carle Museum. We'll see.

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4/17/15 8:22 A

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Glad he didn't have to serve so you can enjoy a long weekend. Got any plans? OSV?

I hope the weather is good. I need to just relax and enjoy the time off. Relay is almost here, we have 40 days of school left, and I am getting ready to file the papers for the divorce and move out this summer. LOTS happening in my life that is causing me stress. I hope to find some peace this week.

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4/17/15 8:16 A

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Well he didn't have to serve so we will take a 3-day weekend with him being on call. Then we will alternate working and child care for the remainder of the week.

Enjoy your time at the beach. I hope you have good weather.

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4/16/15 8:35 A

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I hate serving jury duty. I do not feel I am qualified to make a judgment like that, even when presented with the information. I am all for a professional jury pool whose job is to sit on juries. I hope he gets what he wants from it.

I am so ready for the vacation! I need to just sleep and relax. I believe I am going to the beach Sunday night until Tuesday morning. I think probably a beach in Rhode Island, although I would really love to go somewhere it is a little warmer. We'll see where the truck takes me.

I wish I had had the chance to be outside yesterday! From the little bit of a walk I did get it felt great. Hopefully today I get the chance.

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4/16/15 8:30 A

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Hope you enjoy your week off Janine. I know you are certainly ready for it.

I let Abby stay at the school playground until after 5pm yesterday. I had my Kindle with me so I read in the sun while she played with her friends in the after school program.

We haven't figured out next week yet. Husband is scheduled for jury duty tomorrow and we won't know until after 3pm today if he has to go. I know jury duty can be several days so if he does go then that will certainly affect our child care situation. All I can do right now is wait and see what happens.

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4/15/15 8:00 A

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I had two meetings that ended earlier than expected. I found myself with extra time and not sure what to do with it. I went for a walk. Then I got some Relay stuff done, although it took me a while to get myself motivated to do so. This weekend I have to finish up some scholarship stuff and get that ready for a meeting next Tuesday. Sunday I am taking off for the beach for a couple of days. I am really looking forward to that! I guess I will have to figure out time to pack.

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4/15/15 7:58 A

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I usually try to go on the weekend but with her birthday party and taxes I didn't get to it.

Turned out to be nice yesterday afternoon too so I still got some outside time finally. Did a little raking and played with her in the yard after we finally came home.

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4/14/15 8:33 A

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I find I don't grocery shop as much as I used to. I go once a week it seems and no more with the trips to "pick up a few things". Glad you got it out of the way with a cooperative girl.

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4/14/15 8:30 A

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Was planning to go for a walk yesterday with Abby but she insisted we go grocery shopping. I would have done grocery shopping today (in the rain) but I figured since she was cooperative I couldn't pass that up. We did several errands in Greenfield. Didn't get home until after 7pm.

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4/13/15 11:22 A

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There are many more sunny days ahead of us. Good thing you got your taxes done.

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4/13/15 8:53 A

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After a beautiful visit to the North Hadley Sugar Shack I had to go home and do my taxes. Shut myself in our bedroom which does not get much sunshine and buckled down for about 3 hours. I hated myself but it had to be done.

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4/12/15 9:28 A

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It's a beautiful day today and I have to work at one. Of course I do!

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4/11/15 9:48 P

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They definitely should have stopped her from spouting off! She was asking for funding for her own afterschool program, but only for 1 student. She should know that we cannot fund a single child as she was a former PTO president. I think she was just being greedy and not remembering that the PTO funds are for the good of the school, not 1 student. I am very disappointed the other PTO members didn't stop her from her negativity.

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4/11/15 6:23 P

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Maybe that should have been explained to her instead of having it go to a vote.

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Yesterday I was told that a parent in the building stated at the PTO meeting that I am not a "full teacher" because I only have 6 students. Seriously?! Most of the "full teachers" in this building could not do the job I do! I was outraged, along with all my colleagues who teach the same population I do. How dare this parent spew her venom because I was a deciding vote on turning down her request for money for a student. As a PTO we do not fund individual students, but rather than understand that she went on the attack. Outrageous! And sad.

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Good luck!

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I know the Superintendent in Northampton. He was the Special Ed. Director in Agawam for many years. He has said being the super is much less stressful than Sped. Dir. My certification is as a director, but I doubt I will ever hold that position. I would like to the be the person who runs the meeting or a Supervisor. Hopefully soon!

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4/6/15 8:30 A

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Maybe. Still lots of years between then and now. I may not too. They gave her a raise I think.

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4/5/15 9:24 P

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It is odd to hear of a superintendent that people don't like being retained. You may get your wish.

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Agreed. I do hope that the Amherst superintendent is gone by then. She has gotten a lot of bad press and I have not been a fan of some of her ideas.

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4/3/15 10:40 A

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The way principals change these days, who knows if they will still be in their positions when she gets to 7th grade.

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Yup, when she gets to middle school (7th grade) we may have to go that route. I expect that the Amherst schools are a bit more bureaucratic than our elementary school.

Small world though. Our current principal is married to the middle school principal so I would expect more things to be in common but they are separate school systems with different people and populations etc.

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As she gets older you might want that diagnosis written on an IEP to help her.

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They did evaluations inside the school but there are limits on what those can say I guess. They said we don't need the outside evaluations.

I am willing to do whatever she needs. If they said we needed outside evaluations then we would get them, but for now they have enough from last year's assessments to handle things.

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Did you not want to do the evals? I am surprised they do not want to do the evaluations in school as well, but glad they recognize her needs.

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Yes, although the school can't put that word on paper unless we get outside evaluations which they say we don't need, that's what it is.

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Is she dyslexic?

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Processing symbols is very difficult for her. She's a hard worker but that is a challenge for her. She will get there eventually with the right support.

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Keep on her! Hopefully she will continue to show improvements in all academic areas.

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No, they couldn't do that. She's not reaching grade level in reading and math. Her difficulty in processing symbols is holding her back. She's a very hard worker and she understands the concepts but anything written is difficult for her.

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I am glad to know that they didn't reduce all services completely.

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They will. They have to. They are moving her into a different program that will work on syllables. They sent home the RAV-O materials so she can continue to practice and do the work on her own (We asked them for that.). At her IEP meeting we increased her math support and slightly decreased her reading support. We also agreed that she would get summer help again.

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Hopefully they will provide some other support for her if they stop that.

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What is RAV-O?

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3/24/15 7:40 A

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Glad the meeting went well.

I am anxious for ours. Abby said they are taking her out of RAV-O and I want to know why. Nothing has come home to us as parents yet so I hope we will be told on Thursday.

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The meeting went well. I did expect it too. I have worked very hard with this family for the past two years to support their son. Mom recognizes this and appreciates it. She also stated she is concerned about the transition to the middle school as she doesn't care for the teacher there as much as me. That made me feel good.

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Stomach flu is going around my daughter's school right now. Not the best time for it with the testing... good luck with your meeting.

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I have a meeting first thing tomorrow morning. Not sure what will happen since one of my aides already contacted me that she doesn't feel well and most likely won't be in. I need to do the meeting so they will have to disrupt another class to get help. Oh well. Not my worry.

I hope the meeting goes well and she gets more help with the math part. I know you are concerned about that suffering.

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PARCC testing is happening for the next 2 weeks (instead of MCAS). She has accommodations for the reading parts but not for the math parts. Oh well. That doesn't count for her grade anyway.

Special ed teacher tried to reschedule the IEP meeting but I balked. It has been on the calendar for a year. I see no reason to change it now.

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If she is able to make progress with accommodations, they will not retain her typically. Most of the time she would be progressed because she has an IEP, but I certainly would express your concerns to the school.

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Again I appreciate the thought. Abby actually doesn't eat pizza at all. My husband only eats pizza with no cheese so has to have his specially made.

On another note, while I am happy with the progress Abby is making in reading it is coming at a cost. Her math is really suffering now. We have our IEP meeting next week on Thursday. I know they are going to comment on the math. She was doing okay considering her dyslexia. Now however I think she is behind grade level.

I don't know how they decide whether or not to move kids up to the next grade when they aren't capable of doing grade level work. I know having the IEP helps with that but it still makes me nervous. Will they make her repeat third grade? If they do then she will lose her best friend and that will be really hard on her I think.

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Maybe you and your family can go after the party. It is really just a couple of blocks away. Either way, put it on your bucket list for another time. The food is some of the best around.

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Well since the party is at 10am I don't expect to be serving pizza but thanks for the thought.

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I am hopeful you will have a great party! The Holyoke Children's Museum is a great place to have it. Are you doing the carousel as well? If you need a place for food, there is the best pizza place down the street. I highly recommend Capri on Cabot Street! It is not the best area, but no one messes with people at Capri. They are a very well respected family, even though they are from Agawam.

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I sent out "save the dates" to 2 friends and they both said they would come so at least we will have that I guess.

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Hopefully the kids will show. That happened to a friend's daughter one time. Of the 10 people she invited to her party at the movies, only 1 showed.

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Wow! 22,000 steps! You must be exhausted!

I hope people will come to Abby's party. I'm nervous that they won't. I have a feeling that a lot of kids have soccer or something on Saturday mornings. Oh well.

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I have had many opportunities to talk with Jane. She's so down to earth and approachable. She loves to talk about birding so if you ever get the chance, talk about her love of owling.

I think I reached 22,000 steps yesterday. My right foot is sore today for some reason. It will be a long day dealing with this.

How exciting that Abby's birthday party is set. Glad you had fun at OSV.

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Jane Yolen was the featured speaker at a Friends of the Libraries event a few years ago at UMass. A friend (co-worker) who had to work the event got us an autographed book but we haven't met her in person.

Wow! 10,000 by 10:30am? That's amazing! Way to go!

I probably had as much fun as Abby did. Some of the buildings were closed because of HBO filming a pilot for a mini-series but there were extra events going on too. We did a members-only tour, checked out the Maple Days activity, saw a school of Irish dancers, and Abby did some crafts etc... her favorite potter was in the pottery barn and she got to work with him as well. In the blacksmith shop and the tin shop she got gifts from the interpreters. I think she had a pretty amazing visit!

We were hoping to go back on April 11th but on Sunday we booked her birthday party and the 12th (which she was hoping for) was already taken so we had to book it on the 11th. We'll be back again but it won't be that day.

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I hope it was fun at least!

I went to two different author events. It was great to see Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple again. They are always so down to earth. I also got to see Uri Shulevitz. He was a great speaker. It was a good time.

I went walking this morning. I already reached my 10,000 steps for the day (at 10:30). I guess I had a lot to work out.

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Got absolutely soaked at OSV. I gave the umbrella to Abby. Thought I had a second one with me but couldn't find it. Left my husband in the tavern for a couple of hours because he couldn't cope with the ice and mud. They were out sanding but there were still bad spots.

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Looking forward to OSV on Saturday although I guess it's going to rain.

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Managed to get to CVS, the gas station, Stop & Shop, and McDs drive-thru (for an iced coffee) in the 90 minutes I had free. Phew! Rain held off until after I got home so I didn't have to carry the groceries in the rain thankfully.

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Sorry they lost. Not surprised by the cost of concessions. Kind of like going to the movies. Once they have you... you pay.

I need to go grocery shopping too. I'll go when I'm in Northampton/Florence tonight while Abby is in pottery class. I used to look forward to these classes because it meant 90 minutes of "me time" but lately it just means "time to run errands".

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It was fun. It would have been better had they won. I also cannot believe how much food costs! $6 for popcorn???? That really makes it difficult to share a treat and the experience as a family or with friends.

I need to go to the grocery store today. I dread it of course, but it has to be done.

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Glad you had a good time. We stayed home on Sunday. I felt like I was still traumatized from being stuck in the snow on the lake on Saturday. I did not want to move. We didn't even go to the grocery store.

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Heading to the Springfield Falcons game today. It should be fun.

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It was the longest moments of my life.

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15 minutes is a long time in a situation like that.

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When my daughter was two she took off in a store. For fifteen minutes I didn't know where she was. Now 23 years later if we are out and I lose sight of her I go back to that moment.

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I lost Abby in the crowd at the sleigh rally last weekend for a few minutes. She had managed to get a front row view and was watching the show but I couldn't see her in the midst. I didn't know where she was. It was only a couple of minutes but I started to panic.

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When I take my friend's son out I often worry about losing him. It's not like I could call his cell (he doesn't have one) or have him paged to come to customer service. I am very glad they found him.

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Saw a headline about a missing autistic 15 year old kid that was found safe. How scary! I think it was Springfield or somewhere...

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I am fine thanks! No damage to me, just a little to my truck

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Oh no! Hope you are okay.

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All the snow melted from last night or at least on the roads. I did get into a little accident this morning and slid into a snow bank. I broken a clip or three off my bumper. Thankfully nothing else happened.

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Brrrr!

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Snowed last night and snowing more this morning. Was foggy on top of the hill this morning too. I hope today's snow doesn't amount to much. I have errands to do after work with Abby this afternoon.

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Looks like we might get more snow this weekend.

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With Abby being at camp in Amherst this week I figure I will go grocery shopping sometime during the week but I haven't decided when. She'll have to go with me of course but it's so much easier when she's in Amherst than when she's at school and I have to drive all the way up the hill to get her and then come back down again.

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I need to grocery shop, but don't really want to in this cold. I slept in this morning and then got some laundry done. I am going to the gym for the first time in a long time! I am dreading it a bit but only because it has been so long. Later I am going to an aromatherapy class. Whatever I can do to reduce this stress will be good.

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I have problems with mechanical things myself. I can't figure out the weed wacker for example.

I did the shoveling yesterday and I am leaving the house before sunrise this morning for work. Still have to clear off my car. It's in the minus degrees outside.

Abby stayed in pajamas all day on Sunday. Lucky kid.

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I did some shoveling last night when I got in. Not much, but I figured it might help. We do have a snowblower, but my husband does not believe I can figure out how to use it. (One of the many problems we've had.) I allow him to do it and don't feel badly about it because of his attitude.

Lunch with our kids and niece and nephew later. I am looking forward to it.

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I am getting plenty of exercise shoveling. Don't need to go to the gym. We don't own a working snowblower so it is shovel, shovel, shovel...

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It was cold this morning! I guess even colder weather is coming early next week. UGH!

Nothing planned so far. I would love to get to Ikea and hopefully to the movies as well. My goal is to return to the gym this week, even if it is just to walk and doing some light lifting. It has been too long!

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Waking up to minus 5 this morning and I have already been outside.

Any big plans for your vacation?

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I cannot believe how cold it is this morning and no delays for anyone!

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Amherst snowed most of the day but when I went out to my car it was bare. Then I got up the hill to Abby's school and everything was completely white. We got a couple of inches but I didn't shovel it.

This morning it is freezing!

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Thankfully it is just flurries here, but I heard some places will get up to another 2 inches. Then cold tomorrow. I need spring in my life!

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It's snowing again today. I am so done.

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Most of our kids in Springfield walk to school. If the roads are impassable for vehicles, can you imagine what it is like to walk? I understand the frustration of finding childcare, and I guess I was fortunate to be a teacher and be home with my kids or have family who could care for them, but why would you want to send your child to school with bad driving conditions?

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Are you serious? Even this morning the roads weren't good and I went in an hour later than usual!

It is a juggle I admit but if the roads aren't safe for the buses I'd rather stay home.

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Parents are complaining about childcare for the snow days and how teachers have too much time off. UGH! I hate that narrow-minded thinking.

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Snow day #4 for Umass. #5 for Abby's school. I don't remember UMass ever having this many snow days before.

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I agree. I have had it with the snow and cold!

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OK enough with the snow! I wouldn't mind so much, but it makes for a long day at the mall when you have no customers. Although the past two days I got in mini workouts. I kept doing lunges around the store.

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Snow day #4 for my daughter and #3 for me. I have heard some schools in Central and Eastern Mass are taking away part of February vacation because of all the snow days.

I have Abby signed up for an arts camp for February vacation. It's not cheap but we're looking at it as an experiment. If she likes it we'll add it into the mix for the summer. If she doesn't like it then we'll cross it off the list. There is also a camp fair at the end of the month where different summer camps will have tables and be advertising themselves. We've gone to it once or twice before. I plan to hit it again this year. She is getting tired of the camp she has done for the last 3 years and is ready for a change.

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Stay warm.

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No delays here. Yay! Happy Payday Friday.

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Watching the forecasts for tonight and tomorrow. Wondering if there will be delays for Friday.

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Oh I will be moving all right! I'll be moving a shovel!

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Had a fairly moving free weekend...so this week storm or not I've GOT to move my body!!

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Let's keep burning bright and losing like champions!!

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It's hard Becci. I was up for the first week on the scales. Not the way I wanted to start the year.

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