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4/20/14 8:51 P

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That I was. I was one of the lucky ones.

Got to see both my kids today, as well as most of my family on both sides. It was a good day. Hope you had a nice Easter!

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You were pretty young when you had your son, you told me that. Glad you had the support you needed.

Happy Easter.



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We lived with my parents until my son was 2 1/2. I met my husband and almost a year later we moved into an apartment together. That transition was hard for my son and my parents. He was very close to them. My dad and in laws all live in Agawam near us. In fact, so do both my brothers and most of their families. Most of my mom's family lived in town too so growing up we saw them often. I was very fortunate to have them in my life.

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My mother and mother-in-law moved to FL. We have no plans to follow. My father-in-law officially resides in Texas now, but he travels more than the others do. My dad is local but he has never offered to babysit. Abby is so shy around him anyway. I know it would be hard.



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We loved here from VT to be near our grandparents from both sides. My great grandmother lived with us for years as well. Our extended family always visited. I am happy my kids got to be a part of thus growing up.

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4/18/14 7:47 A

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I wish we had parents/grandparents to help with child care but we don't. I spent a lot of time with my mother's parents growing up. Loved them so much and still miss them.



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That is unfortunate about your friend. I was thankful when my kids were little that I was home and then my mom would watch them when I was working,

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I have a coworker whose daughter goes to private school here in Mass. She is on vacation too. It's hard for them because there are no day camps or child care options. My coworker has been juggling and trying NOT to be on vacation but she's had to take a couple of days anyway.



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It is funny that most schools in CT have this week off. Why I am not sure, but they do. I have two colleague friends who are struggling with their kids off this week while they work.

One more day! I am so ready for this vacation.

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I think most places will be open on Monday. Only state offices should be closed. It's school vacation week obviously, but I don't think most places get Easter Monday or Patriot's Day as a holiday. UMass gets it as a holiday and maybe the community colleges do too, but I think most places will be open.

My building at work is open but I get the holiday. I might work anyway and use the day as Holiday comp.

Edited by: REBECCAMA at: 4/16/2014 (08:31)


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I am wondering if there will be many places open on Monday. It seems like the holidays change more and more and there are more days that places are open when they used to be closed. I am looking forward to Friday so I can sleep in! I hope I can. I am afraid I will wake up at usual time and not get that extra rest I need.

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4/15/14 7:55 A

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Yes, about a week. It will go fast and things will be closed on Sunday for Easter.



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You have some time still before you have to go!

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Janine- Yes, the wedding! I still need to get my hair cut, and Abby's too.



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Thanks Patti. I need to make sure my sleep is intact. The vacation coming up will test my ability to stay on schedule and get good sleep. I will let you know if my schedule will give up a bit to allow me outside for a walk. I have scholarships to read and score for the following week's meeting next week.

Rebecca.....the wedding?

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4/13/14 8:20 A

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Sorry Patty I am working Monday or Tuesday next week and will be getting ready for our trip on the day I'm not working, and then we are gone the rest of the week.



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Hang in there, Janine. My weight is up, too. It has been a long winter. Time to shed our hibernation lbs. :O) We can do it!

Anybody want to meet up and do a walk or bike ride over April vacation?

"Don't let them suck your fun circuits dry."
Ana Grace, a six-year-old killed at Sandy Hook Elementary


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Well, I got the impression that the special education director was happy to see me, but one of the 5 ladies on the panel wasn't so much. It was okay. I wish I had had more information about what they were looking for. I had prepared for leadership questions, but they wanted behavioral programs and information. It's not to say I wouldn't figure this out, but at that moment I didn't have it. I will hopefully know something next week.

Patti....I have to check that place out. I have been to Claymates (name?) in West Hartford and had fun there. West Springfield is certainly closer, although the Whole Foods in West Hartford is great and an enjoyable bonus to taking the trip.

Rebecca.....I will reiterate my desire to purchase some of Abby's pieces. I like giving them as gifts, and if they are from a non-traditional artist, even better.

My weight is up again. I am quite frustrated, but hope now that some things have settled down I will get better sleep and get moving more outside. We'll see....



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4/12/14 8:25 A

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Wow Patty. That is cool about your parents' pottery. Abby is having fun learning about glazing. They even did some pottery projects in school. Very pretty.



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I've been to Potterville Pottery in WS. The have a nice selection of things to paint. You can also use a wheel or do slab, coil, or pinch pottery. I find that sort of thing very therapeutic. My parents have been doing pottery for over 40 years. The craft red ware reproductions and sell them to re-enactors and museums. Their wares have even been show cased in a magazine.

Good luck on your job interview, Janine! Keep us posted.

Rebecca--how did the bike ride go? I'm selling my daughter's bike. I can get you details, if you wish.


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I hope Abby was able to get to bed earlier! I was up quite late getting ready for my interview today. I am very excited and look forward to hearing about the job. I am nervous though, but will be okay. I have the skills and motivation to do a great job.

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4/11/14 7:38 A

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Well Abby was up late again last night, but Aaron wasn't home so I had to stay up. Tonight should be a NORMAL night. First time we've had a normal day since... Monday I guess. Wow.



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Back at the grindstone for me today too. I was exhausted last night. Abby wanted to stay up late for her birthday and all and I just couldn't do it. I left her to stay up with Aaron and I went to bed before she did!



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Thanks! I will definitely check them out for vacation.

Went out with friend tonight. It was a much needed night out. While I have so much else to get done, I really needed this night to relax and enjoy just being. Back to the grindstone tomorrow.

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I tagged you on a link to it on Facebook. Hope you saw it.

Her new next door neighbor there is called the Tangled Potter. She does pottery classes. We looked at a kickwheel that she is selling and made an offer, but then we reconsidered and we aren't going to take it.



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I will have to check them out. Vacation is coming.

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Janine you would like this place in Belchertown. They do that stuff... Painting pottery etc. Claymate ceramics is the name.



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Glad you had the ability to have the moms stay. I am sure everyone had a good time. I went to West Hartford and painted pottery one day over the summer. I really enjoyed it and will have to do it again. I hear the pottery place in West Springfield has premade pieces you can paint.

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Party was a small one. A couple of girls didn't show up so I invited a couple of the moms to stay and they did.

Abby was tired out yesterday but around 6pm she decided to get dressed and go for a bike ride. I may have to get her a new bike. We will see if we can raise the handlebars and the seat but it may be just time for a new bike.



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I think it had to be done! What if it were your child's name? How discouraging this is for me in this profession. I think the school needs to work harder at checking their reports. They really cannot be too careful.

How'd the birthday party go? Abby all tired out today?

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I got a chance to talk to the parent whose child's name was on the report and I told her "Just between you, me, and the wind this is what happened...." We have already talked a little in the past and I think we both want to talk more but are busy. I knew she'd done the IEP thing because she had told me. I just thought she deserved to know about the breach of confidentiality. Maybe too honest on my part but..



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You did the right thing! I have seen poorly spell-checked work, but never someone else's name. That clearly indicates that the document information was cut and pasted from somewhere else. I would agree it would invite cause for concern. Good for you!

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I pointed it out near the end of the meeting in a "just in case this is going to be some kind of official thing, you might want to fix this first...." I also said something a little harsher in that "when I see these kinds of mistakes it shakes my confidence. Are these really my child's test scores? or are they B's test scores? If the mistake was made in one place, how do I know...."

Wasn't being mean, just being the honest person that I am. I'll send you Spark mail with more info.



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Another child's name?! That is just horribly wrong! I hope you pointed it out to them. And I hope it went well.

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Oh they might have run a spell check, but there was one place where another student's name was in the report instead of my daughter's. They got my husband's job wrong, and some other stuff. Meeting is today at 9am.



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Not spell checking reports is such a big problem all over, but especially in Springfield. I am guilty of it as well I know, but as professionals we should be doing our best to make sure the documents we put out are the best possible.

I am feeling a bit more rested, although still no extra sleep. I think this afternoon when I left just after 4, it was a good thing. Also, my crappy aide has been out the last two days and we are so much more relaxed right now. The kids feel it, and other people have remarked on it. I think she is out one more day. Maybe my blood pressure will be at an all time low tomorrow.

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Got a couple of reports from school staff prepping toward our meeting on Thursday. Found mistakes in the reports. Nothing that will change the outcome I'm sure, but I'm displeased to find errors in them, however meaningless they may be. Shakes my confidence in the people who are writing them. I realize that writing reports is not the main focus, but it bothers me anyway.

Hope you were able to get some sleep.



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Double? Ouch! I hope you can figure out what is the best avenue to take to get the repairs done.

Another long day today! I was excited to get to bed early last night, only to wake up later and realize I needed to get something done before I could sleep. UGH! Hopefully tonight will be better. I have been eating nonstop for the last two days and I am sure it is because I am tired. I need to increase my water too. This should help.

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Estimate was about double what my husband thought it would be. We are still gathering ideas I guess. April is pretty slam packed for us so it's not like we have time to work on this now anyway.



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Of course it is! I was going to look into having the siding fixed on our house, but knew it would be more than we could afford. I hope it wasn't too much more.

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Got an estimate for our deck repairs. Higher than we had hoped of course.



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Good luck and have fun! I forgot that was this weekend.

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Going to the Big E today for the Home Show. Should get some steps there I hope.



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Keep up the walking! You will see 10,000 steps more regularly, especially with the nicer weather coming.

Alts are a compiled portfolio of work and data that show a student learned new skill at their ability level. Most severe special needs kids participate in portfolios instead of paper and pencil tests. Some kids with different needs (such as those with anxiety or mental health issues) can do alts. You can even do grade level competency alts, which I have seen and are amazing. Not ever square peg fits in a square hole I'm afraid. I really like portfolios, although most teachers do not. It is funny that they really are the teacher's job focus, but many people consider them a burden. Sad.

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I already take walks at work every day at work Janine. My husband and I walk at lunchtime. It gives us 20 minutes together.

I did another walk yesterday while Abby was at pottery class even though it was really very windy. When warmer weather comes she will want to be outside in the afternoons and we will go for walks or bike rides or be out in the yard and I will get more steps in. Winter months are really bad on my exercise and health routines. As we get into more daylight and warmer temperatures things will get better for me.

With the walk during pottery class and some pacing in the house just to be sure I made my 10,000 steps for the day.

So there is an Alt for the MCAS? That is interesting. We hit MCAS next year for the 1st time. I wonder what it will be like for Abby. Nice to know there is an "alt" version. Guess we won't know until next year whether she qualifies for it or not. Really looking forward to having next week's meeting behind us.

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So you will just have to take a walk every day at work. Or do stairs for a few minutes.

Today was a long day and I am not feeling 100%. First, this morning we had our MCAS Alt breakfast. Sadly out of the 9 students, just one student's mom and dad showed. I am thankful my colleagues stepped up and sat with the kids and looked at their work. Even worse, the principal didn't show. I am so happy the asst. principal did as well as both the secretaries. Today truly reminded me that there will always be an US (special education) v. THEM (gen. ed.). I am happy the alts are done and I can turn them in to my asst. principal to be mailed out next week.

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Yes, when I am home and not going anywhere it is hard for me to get my steps in too. Most days I hit at least 6,000 but it is rare for me to hit 10,000 so far. Maybe when the weather gets better that will improve.

I just remembered when I hit my 10,000. It was Wednesday. Abby had pottery class and I went for a walk while she was in class. That helped me.



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That is strange. I do a lot of walking at work so I can hit it most days by 6. When I am home on a day off, it is hard for me to get my steps in.

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I've only hit the 10,000 steps once so far. I thought I would hit them the day we went to Old Sturbridge Village but I didn't. Didn't hit it the day we went to Boston either. It was just some other random day.



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Speaking of Fitbit. Usually I get my 10,000 steps between 4-6 every working day. Today it was 2:15! Goodness I did a lot of walking today!

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I hear that Janine! I wonder if that is why I gained weight this past week. I am probably eating more because of the Fitbit.



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I love my Fitbit but sometimes I worry it gives me the ability to eat more because I can justify it with my 10,000 steps. I am always focused on not letting that be a license to overeat.

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Well way over my calories for the last couple of days of course. Oh well. I will get back on track soon.



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Well as you saw I stepped back up to lead Pioneer Valley, plus that put me in a team of Spark Leaders. Also got a FitBit for my birthday so trying to figure that out too. I think I'm up to 10 Spark teams now. Oy vey!



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Me too!

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Just wish the forecast for Wednesday night was better.



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That old adage - If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a minute - was so true today. I left this morning and it was snowing! Then it almost hit 50. Tomorrow it is going to be even nicer, only to give us more snow. Goodness!

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That's great Janine.



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Thanks Rebecca. My husband has been a wonderful support for me. When I was chosen as the Undergraduate Continuing Ed Student of the Year in 2003, I was able to thank him publicly along with my kids and all those who have been an influence in helping me reach success. I have a good friend who I grew up with who always reminds me of how far I have come. It is interesting to see the transformation I have been through.

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Wow Janine... I never would have guessed you had that history. Just thought you and Polly were great friends. You've done really great for yourself over the years, and your husband sounds like a very supportive guy too.





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I hope so Rebecca. We were so close. I had him when I was 16 years old and we grew up together, literally. My whole life I have spent giving him a better life than what he could have had. It is the reason I am so focused on giving back to the community. I was given so much when I was younger to help me rise up from the circumstances I found myself in. Polly was the woman who tutored me so that I could stay in school while pregnant and for a while after he was born. She was like a second mother to me. She helped me want to be more in life. I met my husband when Steven was 2 1/2. The reason I am a teacher is because my son struggled with learning and I needed to figure out how to help him. I have been my son's biggest fan until the last two years. You can't even imagine how difficult this last year has been for me. I hope you are right.

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Give it time Janine. He may just be flexing his wings a bit. He might change his tune when the date gets closer.





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October. I am not sure I will be attending though. My son has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. There was a time we were very close. Now I go months without talking to him. It is really sad, but he has not been kind to my husband, daughter, and I since he moved out. I am not sure I would be able to contain my misery the day of the wedding, so it might be easier not to go. Funny if you had said five years ago that I would be treated as a guest at my son's own wedding, I would never have believed it. Now I am being treated as less than a guest. Lots of heartache, but I cannot seem to budge on this one because my son just doesn't get it.

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I am a carb eater too. There is a long list of carbs that she doesn't eat, but she does eat a few. Not nearly as much as I do though.

When is the wedding?



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That's good that she doesn't give in to food fulfillment! Both my kids are carb eaters. My daughter does like some fruits and veggies, but my son would rather open a can of Chef Boyardee than eat most vegetables. My son also likes to drink, which really worries me. Lately he has lost some weight. I guess he is trying to get thinner for his wedding. I think he is down about 20 lbs. He still has a ways to go since he is almost 300 lbs. He is 6 ft tall, but still carries a bigger midsection.

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Amazing how much we use food to deal with emotions in our culture. Food is such a focus of so many holidays and special occasions. I am glad that my daughter can step out of that and say "Why?" I love that she questions that food is so central to various events and doesn't get sucked into following those traditions the way the rest of us sometimes do.



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After my mom and brother died I found my husband trying to "fix" me. I was not broken, just broken-hearted. His fixes were often in the form of comfort foods. It didn't help that my will power was weak. I was also dealing with a job change and problems with my oldest brother. As a result I had to learn how strong I truly was by taking on my depression and health care head on. It surprised me for sure. I know my husband likes doing the car stuff so I don't mind, but I am sure I could figure it out.

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I bet if something happened to your husband (god forbid) you would find that you could do a lot of things that maybe you don't HAVE to do now. It's a nice luxury to have. For years I never had to drive in bad weather because we only had 1 car. So if it was bad I just gave him the keys. Now we have 2 cars so I have to drive in snow a lot more often. It was a nice luxury for a while though. :-)



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I suppose if I had a manual I could follow it to change out stuff, but I have never had to. My husband has a mechanical engineering degree and would probably not like me tinkering with the cars. Funny when I was younger I used to love fishing with my dad and could scale, gut, and clean a fish. (I NEVER hooked the worm though because I just couldn't do it.) Now I rely too much on the men in my life. Probably not the best move though.

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Yes, Texas is for the wedding.

I used to be able to do all my car stuff, back in the 90s, but cars changed and now so much of it is computerized it is hard to do things like change an air filter or a headlight. Back when I was in my 20s I could change radiator hoses and lots of stuff, and I did too because I had to.



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You might be right about me genderizing businesses. I don't usually do car stuff so my limited experiences have been limited. I do like to see kid-friend environments though. At my gyn's office, it is set up to provide such comfort for those in the waiting room. Tea, coffee, water, free wifi, chocolates. It makes the experience so nice. The all-women office really cater to the patients. You don't see that often.

Is Texas for the wedding?

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You may be right Janine, but it's not good to genderize like that in either direction. There is a tire place that I used to think was run by a woman until I went inside. Outside they always have little quotes on their signs that are very holistic and friendly. Last winter I went there for new tires and brought Abby with me. It's very Buddhist inside. There was an article in the paper about them (which was on display) too. The owner is a man. Abby loved the place and keeps asking to go back. So it's not only women who can do these things.

Glad you had fun at the author event. I stayed home and worked on taxes and other stuff. I am missing the form from the health insurance company that says we have health insurance. That is a problem. I will have to search for it today, but I also hope my husband will call and get a replacement copy. I still need him to do his business taxes, but at this point I think our refund should at least cover our Texas trip and summer camp. I was hoping for money for the deck project, but that was before we knew we were going to Texas.



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If more women were in charge of businesses I think the world might be more comfortable and family friendly.

Heading to Hadley and South Hadley for some shopping and an author talk. I am always excited to be a part of this.

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Figured you would be out on 202 when you mentioned Gardner. My boss lives out there.

Got the inspection done in Greenfield. There is a good place to go in Greenfield run by a woman who used to co-own a dealership. Great waiting room with couches, wi-fi, and kids' play area.



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I drove in your area today on the way back. I was excited to see the Lake Wyola sign. I can't say I have ever ridden in that area. I would love to go back and see Quabbin in the nicer weather. What's the chance we will have nicer weather soon? lol

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Good luck on they car inspection. I usually let my husband do that.

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Wow! You will be busy! My big goal is to get my car inspected. I don't know if the 1st day of the month will be busy or not, but I just want to get it checked off my list and done with.



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I'm not counting on a snow day either, but if it happens it happens. I am really needing warmer weather. If we have more winters like this, I may have to rethink moving to a warmer climate.

I am off to the Gardner area tomorrow for a Relay training. I haven't been there in years so it should be an interesting day. Then I get to come back this way to attend an Autism dinner. I am supposed to go to a friend's house for a home party, but I may be too tired by then.

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We have another membership that gives us discounts but I find that they are often the same or equal to the AAA ones so I haven't really used it much.

Anyway, I was seeing reports of a foot of snow for Monday. Now I'm seeing less than that. I guess they don't really know what's happening. I was kind of bracing for a snow day. Guess I better not count on it.



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I do love getting the AAA discounts as well as the MTA ones. As educators, we spend enough money as it is. Any discounts can help, but I prefer ones that are really helpful.

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I am MTA too, and I am always trying to figure out whether MTA or AAA has better deals. It depends on where you go. AAA even gives me a discount at Payless Shoes if it's not a BOGO sale. :-)



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I know right! I am spoiled with using my MTA card to get good perks.

I haven't figured out how to get others talking in here. I am sure they post on different forums, but not sure how to encourage them to post here. I do wish more would as it would be helpful to get and give the support we often give, usually to each other.

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Some MTA discounts get you in for free or 50% off. Oh well.

My Pioneer Valley team chat is dead. Does it ever bother you that you have so many members on Western Mass and none of them post in here except us? It's bugging me about my team, that I inherited from Amy. I wish more people would participate.



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That was WITH the MTA discount! A nice one too - $5 off. I just think $27 for the two of us with the discount seemed high.

I am going to training tomorrow in downtown Springfield. I wish it wasn't as cold out so the walk wouldn't be so bad. It will be a long day for me, but good. I am going as a training specialist to help others work on their alternative portfolios. Too bad I won't be able to work on mine! I have about 3 weeks to finish and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day.

I am hopeful to get to bed soon. I am tired today and tomorrow I will be on my feet a lot.

Good thing about the school year end. The 23rd is pretty typical. Last year we did get out earlier, but I don't think we will this year.

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Surprised Rockwell doesn't have an MTA discount. That's too bad.

We might hit Worcester Art Museum sometime again. Hubby's friends are going there. I forget the date.

Talked to school principal yesterday. Last day of school is June 23rd SO FAR and that would be a half day. I wondered if they would take away April vacation but they aren't thinking that will happen yet. She thinks they can go until June 30th if they have to as far as the teachers' union goes.



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The Rockwell was good. Expensive, but good. I do enjoy museums. Not sure when that started for me, but I have always liked going to them. Maybe because I secretly want to be a painter.

Glad you got to get out. It was a beautiful day!

Back to work today. Why is it that I have had a week off yet I am exhausted?

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Maple Days are every weekend in March at OSV.

Norman Rockwell sounds fun. Did you get anything good at the outlets?

Hubby wanted a family day yesterday but his knee was hurting so after fighting wtih Abby for a while we managed to do some errands and go to 99 Restaurant for lunch. Not too exciting but at least we were together. We stopped at the new Dollar General in Greenfield while we were out. I don't know if I'll go back. Hubby might.



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Maple days?! YUM!

Today I am going to the Norman Rockwell and the Lee outlets. Last day of vacation. Need to do something fun.

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Had a great time. Going back March 15th I think for Maple Days and Celtic Celebration. Need to find out if hubby wants to go or not before I get tickets for the Celtic concert. :-)



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I hope you had fun! The show was okay. Not very busy unfortunately but I got some new people thinking about Relay and connected with the cub and boy scouts to help by volunteering. That was good.

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Have fun. Abby and I are going to Old Sturbridge village for a few hours. I know we'll be later than I 'd like but oh well.



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Yesterday I was truly bored. How sad! It wasn't a bad day out and yet I felt compelled to stay home and do little. To make it worse, my daughter and her boyfriend were going to come for dinner and decided at the last minute not to. I made Paleo donuts and ate leftovers.

Today I am heading to the train and hobby show in West Springfield. I am manning a table for my Relay team. I don't know who will come from my team to help, but brought work to do to pass the time. My iPad should help too.

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My plans fell through for the day so I am hoping to stay focused on some other things that have to get done.

Enjoy your day.

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