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8/7/14 5:46 P

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emoticon It's obvious the new month has passed me by! I'm off to start an August thread a week late!


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8/6/14 10:32 P

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Kerry...I haven't perfected the art of walking on the treadmill and reading. I try, but always seem to lose my place. lol

I painted tonight a project I found on Pinterest. I want to hang the canvases in my stairwell. I am hoping they look at good on the wall as I wanted them to.

Kim....your weekend sounds as busy as mine typically are. Surprisingly this weekend I think I am free.

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8/6/14 10:18 P

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I got through about half my boxes. I'm not going to get my projects done so at this point I'm just trying to get like items into boxes so it's easier to unpack when I get to school. We found out today that we can't get in on Monday because the building won't be ready. We'll go to the middle school for our kick off meeting then go home, then go to the admin building for our staff meeting from 1-4. They can start moving boxes on Tuesday morning. I have meetings all afternoon so I'll have Tues. morning and Wed. until 3:00 to set up my room. We have an hour Wed. from 3-4 where kids can drop off supplies and parents can meet teachers. Our principal promised to end it at 4:00 so people can get some more unpacking done. That's the night I'll have a house full but I still may stay until 5 or 6. He did say he knows we can't be ready in that amount of time so we're not to stress over it. Sounds like we'll be working on the weekend. I also have my future DIL's bachelorette party Sat. night and a staff picnic Sunday night. It's going to be busy for the next month.


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8/6/14 9:31 P

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Kim sorry about your houseguests next week. That is glad your husband can step in and entertain them. That would be hard the night before school starts. Glad you got to sleep in.
Janine glad you got some tasks done. I know don't think you should feel guilty about getting some much needed rest.
I was able to read some of a book on my nook as I walked on my parent's treadmill for an hour this morning. I was just hanging out talking to my parents when the phone rang. It was our next door neighbor calling to see if I would like to go out to lunch with him, his dil and granddaughter. So I got ready and enjoyed a very nice lunch with them. Then spent the rest of the reading and playing on the computer. Plus visiting with family. I have two weeks left before we start inservices and parent meetings. I looked at my calendar for next week and discovered that I have something planned for everyday but Friday. Hope I can relax the following week the first three days.


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I slept in this morning too. It's ending soon so I'm taking the chance when I get it! Don't feel guilty!


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8/6/14 10:27 A

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I decided to sleep in today. I am still on vacation and I have been working out at the gym every day, so my body deserved the rest. My daughter called at 9 to invite me out to shop. Normally I would jump at it, but I was still in bed. She called me "lazy". I disagree. I am on vacation! I did get up and do some cleaning. I am in the mode to purge stuff right now. I tackle areas for a few minutes so I don't feel overwhelmed, but feel like I have done something. So far I have done a few tasks I have put off for far too long.

Kim...that is a lot to put on you the night before you go back to school! Good thing your husband will be able to take care of them during their visit.

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8/6/14 9:48 A

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Kerry, sounds like you're having a great vacation.
It's raining here so I'll probably try to sort through some school boxes and get some organizing done. I need to use my time wisely because when baby comes I won't be here working!
I found out yesterday my in-laws, SIL and BIL and their 2 kids are spending the night here on Wed. so they can go to the state fair on Thurs. I start school on Thursday so I can't say I'm thrilled. Thank goodness I have a husband who helps. I won't be around much so he'll have to take care of it. His sister's family is coming for a visit from MD.


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8/5/14 11:48 P

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Hi everyone,
Heather oh my! That must have come as quiet a shock your conversation with your court liason person. I hope that things get worked out before you start back to school.
Kim glad you found a dress for your son's wedding. Hope the baby comes soon.
Janine I will keep saying prayers that things smooth out and get better with your son and finance.
Had a great day! Went walking on the bike trail with my sister. Spent the evening with my best friend and her son. Then visited with my brother when I got home to my parents. Plus I finished a book. So my vacation is going great!
Chat with you all tomorrow.


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8/5/14 7:48 P

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Heather....it is a consideration, but not likely. We will see what happens in the coming months as the wedding approaches.

Kim...congrats on finding a dress! I am still on the hunt. I know what I want, but have not found it yet.

Kerri...keep up the great work on the weight loss. I have plateaued again for some time. I am thinking it is stress. I have been back at the gym regularly over the last few weeks. I can see a difference in my waist, but not on the scale or much in my clothes.

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Interesting things going on at your school Heather. I hope it all works out.
Just got back from shopping and I think I found a dress for my son's wedding. There was one other one I liked and of course, I'm now wishing I'd bought both so I could try them on at home and get a couple of opinions. I can't seem to find it online.
The due date is today. She had an appt. today also. She's 1 cm dilated and 60% effaced. She'll have a non stress test Friday and that will also be her last day of work. She puts in really long days on her feet so I'm glad she's going to be done.


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Congratulations Kerry!! The weight loss is great, and I'm glad for you that you are getting the associate you want and that will be the best fit for your classroom.

Janice, I agree with Kim about the possibility of counseling or something to get things figured out with your son and his fiancee. Wow, a shower, pay-to-attend event, plus the wedding... That has to be expensive!!!! Makes me wonder how much the actual wedding will cost. I used to watch a few episodes of some wedding show about really expensive weddings and marvel at how people would fork out that much money for one day instead of something more permanent, like a house or something... Anyway, I hope things get better with your son.

Kim, how goes Baby Watch?

I met with my court liaison yesterday. She is still working on my roster, and we'll talk again tomorrow as I work to schedule intake meetings. The more interesting part of the conversation is that she told me my curriculum would have to change because I was going to have to start standards based grading. I was aware of this, but told her that to my knowledge I wouldn't have to start it until next year when other credit recovery programs start it and after the district has figured out how SRG will work for credit recovery programs. My court liaison informed me that according to my principal I'm not a credit recovery program. I looked at her and asked her if I wasn't a credit recovery program, then what was I??? She didn't have an answer to that, but I'm starting to work on getting ready to do SRG this year instead of next.

My court liaison also told me that my principal was under the gun. I'm wondering if this is fall out from the consultant being forced to resign, but there is no telling...

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Congrats on the weight loss Kerry! That's also great news about the aide. You don't want to have to deal with someone who isn't good all year. Enjoy the time with your family.


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Hi Ladies,
It has been a great day for me so far! I lost .80 of pound last week. Making it 27 since May 3rd. I got a text from my principal asking if I was still comfortable with Ginger being my aide. I think they are really trying to be supportive of me right now, where I just lost John. I told him yes and then didn't hear back from him for a long time. He finally text me back and said that Ginger got it and would be hired at next Monday's board meeting. Yeah for my classroom and students! She is a wonderful person.
Enjoying my time home too! Love spending time with parents, sister and brother (minus his wife). I have been able to workout with my sister yesterday on their new track at the school she teaches at. Then today, I used my parents treadmill. Went to the produce farm with mom and sister this morning. I got some fruits and vegetables for this week to share with them for lunches and dinners. It is nice to have the support of healthy eating with them. They all eat healthy too. My one sister doesn't and it is hard at times to be around her trying to figure out places to go eat at that have decent healthy foods on the menu.
Janine my heart breaks for you, sweetie! At wedding is suppose to be a happy time in people's lives. I hope that your family can make it through this rough time. Sounds like your son and future daughter-in-law need some help to get them to a place where they are happy to be around your family.
Heather how was the dinner made by your oldest last night? I can totally relate to being so busy and not having time to check in on Spark. Glad you got some pants for your kids to go back to school in. The prices on clothes anymore is ridiculous!
Kim glad you made it safely home from vacation. I know that you can't wait for the baby to arrive. Sounds like you will have a busy next month or two. First, new grandbaby, second starting school and third your son's wedding. I bet you can lose those few pounds you want to lose before the wedding.
Barb yes it is just so nice to relax and focus your mind on the tasks at hand, especially after excerising. I am glad that you were able to get to the park and enjoy some much needed Barb time before your workshops each day. I hope that is a smooth transition for you implenenting the behavior plans. I like the idea of a nature cd. I might have to look for one for my classroom and play it during the morning start to the classroom.
Well I better see if my mom needs help with preparing dinner. I requested sauage sandwiches made from the local Saugage stand at the fairs. They started to market their links in the grocery stores in the area. They are so good!
Have a wonderful evening!

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Is there any way you could get them to sit down with you and a counselor or someone who is objective and talk things through? I hate to see all of you in this situation.
Going to make working out and eating well a priority on my last week of summer. I need to get at least 10 lbs off before my son's wedding, plus the 3 I gained on vacation!


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8/4/14 9:17 A

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Barb...it isn't always the case. Some days I just cry. He and I rarely talk, and often it is strained. I miss my son and the closeness we had. I feel sad for him that he is losing out on staying connected with us. I feel sorry for his future wife who is missing out on having a great family supporting them.

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That's really a shame that things are not starting off in a real positive way. You seem to be handling things with as much grace as possible. Good for you.

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The bridal shower was difficult. My daughter was not seated at the bridal table, which really upset me. She sat with us instead. I just disagreed with it, but my daughter accepted it. The bride said very little to us. I didn't like that either, but we dealt with it.

A Jack and Jill is a party where people buy tickets to attend. There is food and usually some type of entertainment. At the event there are raffles people donate that people buy tickets for to try and win. It is basically what would happen at a bridal shower and a stag party, but in one event. My aunt told me today she will not be able to attend the J&J because she can't afford it after buying the gift today and having to buy a dress for the wedding. It is exactly what I said would happen. I hope my son smartens up. I won't hold my breath though.

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No baby yet. Due date is Tuesday and she sees the dr. that day. She's planning to be done working on Friday if not before. I think that's a good idea so she can rest up a little before she goes.
Nice to shop some on the tax free weekend Heather!


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Kim, I’m had you are safe from the accident and home safe. Sorry to hear about the ring, but you’re right, lucky it is insured. No sign of baby yet, I assume…??

Kerry, it sounds like you are keeping busy. I’m glad your interviews went well. I’m hoping the one you want gets the job. Enjoy your R and R.

Barb, I’m glad your seminar was useful, even if it was cold.

Janine, I’ve never head of a Jack and Jill. What is it? I agree, though, that is a lot of wedding stuff. I hope things go okay and that your son and his fiancée get things figured out about being nice to those who are supporting them.

I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth, just been busy. My oldest had Y day camp all last week, then I took advantage of the tax free weekend, as my two oldest need pants. I can’t believe how fast they are growing!!!

I apparently wasn’t moving fast enough for my starving children, so my oldest has decided to make dinner. Nothing fancy, just quesadillas… However, it sounds like his brothers are trying to “help” in an unhelpful way. Better get in there… :)

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Just got home from vacation an hour and a half ago.
That's too bad about your son and his fiance. My son gets married in a month and I don't know what I'd do if I didn't like her. You had a good relationship for a long time. Hopefully, in time, it will go back to that.
My son got engaged in January and his fiance was out shopping and the diamond came out of her ring (already!). Luckily it was insured and all is well. emoticon

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I don't think I told you all about my son getting married. The girl was my daughter's best friend for many years. They have been together 5 years now, but we've known the girl 15 years. At first it was really hard on my daughter, but over time she learned to accept them. We (husband and I) rallied for them because she was like a daughter to us. Long story short, we're not sure what happened but in the last 2-3 years she has changed and our son along with it. Not for the good I am afraid. We used to have a wonderful relationship, but now we rarely speak. It is unfortunate. And heartbreaking for me.

Anyway, tomorrow is her bridal shower. Our daughter is in the wedding, but it has been mad clear that they don't wish her to be. More heartbreak. I am not looking forward to tomorrow, especially since we were clear we did not agree with them having a bridal shower AND a Jack and Jill. People are stretched thin already. You are asking them to buy a shower gift, buy tickets to the J&J along with raffle tickets, and bring a wedding gift. I am going to spend the day trying to psych myself up to put on a happy face for tomorrow. I hope it works.

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Enjoy your r & r. When I was at my meeting in Sioux Falls, I made a point to go out early each morning and take a walk. There is a very beautiful park about 1/2 mile from the hotel and walking there each morning helped to get me centered before the day. It was amazing how that time of looking out over the lake and watching the ducks swim placidly by and seeing the occasional fish jump made me able to look at the mountain of things we have to do to get this school wide behavioral program up and running in a completely different way Maybe I need to find one of those CD that has nature sounds so can have a few minutes of refocus time in my day.

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Kim have safe travels tomorrow! Hope the baby makes his appearance soon!
Barb glad you got a lot of good information to use. Hope you get it all in place before school starts. Sorry you were in a meat locker though. lol
Janine and Heather hope live is going well for both of you.
Well I made it through my interviews today. Out of the 7, we both agreed on two. Favorably on the one. So I hope it is who gets it. I won't know until Monday. My new principal had to talk it over with the superindent and my special ed. director. But the five in the middle were okay. We just had to prompt them to get out their answers. If they are like that in a job interview, wonder how they would be with my special kiddies. :) Three of them kept referring to the same students that they would work with in the MH classrooms at the high school as a sub. I wanted to ask what about the other students in the classroom. lol
I am getting ready to go home for a week to my parents. For some much needed r and r! I will still stay in touch with everyone though. Can't go without my Spark People for a few days. lol
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Last night of vacation. Headed home in the morning. No baby yet. Looks like I'll make t home before he comes.


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Back from 2 1/2 days in a room where you could hang meet. Our presenters complained to the management, but it just seemed to get colder. Good information and lots to do before school starts to get this thing started. Just glad to be home.

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Kerry...it sounds like you had a good day all around. Keep it up.

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Kim glad that you are both okay. That must have been so scary! Glad your enjoying your vacation.
Barb hope the conference is going great for you. Glad you got your other problem fixed.
Heather you will get there. I know what it is to feel not motivated. But you will have all your stuff done before school starts. I hope you found your supplies.
Janine enjoy your time off before school starts back. Glad you made it through the last week of summer school.
I went to the doctor for the spot on my breast. They have been monitoring it for a year now. She said that it is almost non exictened now. So she thinks it was fatty tissue and where I have lost 26 pounds it went away. So I am pleased with that. Then my sister and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I did pretty good for lunch. We split three appetizers. She got pot stickers and I got the basil, tomato mozzeralla flatbread. Plus we split fried avacdo, zucchini and portabella mushrooms. Then had to each have a piece of cheesecake. Then we walked around the mall for a couple hours. So I think we worked off the calories. LOL Today I have been busy preparing for the interviews, then went for a walk with my niece and her daughter. Then went out to dinner with their family and my stepdaughter. So it was a nice evening. I did have to go to calling hours for one of our friend's grandma's husband. I made it through the test of going to the same funeral home that my husband was at. I was strong and didn't cry once while I was there. I was glad I went to see my several of my friends. It was nice to surrounded by supportive loving friends. I have distanced myself from my husband's nephew and his wife. I feel so much better after I worked through my anger. I did a lot of wii boxing this week. LOL Plus it helps that I have been busy trying to get things done before I have to go back to school.


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Last day of the summer program today. It will be all about packing up supplies, finishing paperwork, and then the talent show. One of my students is in it this year. It will be a lot of fun.

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Barb, I'm enjoying the weather in SD right now. Beautiful scenery too.
Good luck with all the school situations going on.
Had a little excitement today. Ill blog about it when I get home. Almost got hit by a car, well we did actually, but my husband saw it in time so only the back of the bike got clipped. It's ok and we're ok, thank Heaven.


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Barb, you just described our weather for school starting. It is usually hotter than all get out during the Iowa State Fair, and that continues into the start of school. Glad the computer system is working for you.

Sadly, I'm totally unmotivated to work on my last set of answer keys. I did one little bit, but haven't gone back to it. I should have done so much more this week than I actually did since my oldest is at Y camp. My youngest two will do preschool camp in the morning next week, so I will have another opportunity. I guess I better get motivated.

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We did some work on the automated system and it has spewed anything back, so maybe (fingers crossed) we've got it fixed. Cool today. Reminds me of late September weather. I am not complaining. Just wonder what it will be like when school starts. I am sure that it will be hotter than heck and humidity will be horrendous.

Off to Sioux Falls tomorrow morning (have to be on the road by 7 am). Three days working on the behavior plan for the district. Oh joy.

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Kerry, I agree with Kim that your situation could bring out either the very best or the very worst. Distancing yourself from the worst is about all you can do. Good luck with the interviews later this week, and congratulations on your weight loss.

Kim, enjoy your vacation.

Janine, enjoy your last week of summer programming.

Barb, I hope your headache is better. Good luck with the transcript stuff.

I may have discovered some bad news this morning. I went into my classroom this morning to drop of the bottled water and "bribery" material (read Gatorade and candy bars). After taking a quick look around, I did not see any of the school supplies I had ordered. They were delivered to my classroom before this time last year, so I'm beginning to think that my registrar didn't order it, like she didn't do so many other things. I'm going to look at my copy of the list and hope I can live without...

For now, I'm off to tae kwon do.

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Kerry...congrats on the weight loss! I saw 2 lbs loss in the last 2 weeks, but I yo yo so much that I could see them back next week.

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Kerry, it seems sometimes situations like yours bring out the worst in people, even family.
Goinv to Devil's Tower today. Weather continues to be beautiful.
Good luck with interviews Kerry and with your school situation Barb.


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Hope your headache is better Barb!
Congrats on getting your 10,000 steps in before noon, Janine!
Kim I hope you arrived safely at your vacation spot! Enjoy your time!
Heather sounds like you are a very busy mom! So don't sweat the small stuff that you don't get done before school starts.
I am feeling much better today. I got some much needed sleep. I weighed in this morning for the week. I had lost 3.4 pounds. So that brings my total to 26 so far since May 3rd. I did an hour workout. Talk to my husband's niece and she reassured me that I did nothing wrong with the benefit. We as a family were lied to from the get go. So I am just going to put it behind me and move on. I have come up with my list of questions for the interviews on Friday. Just waiting on approval from my new principal. I also made some phone calls today and took care of some business. I have to go to the breast specialist on Wednesday for a check up. They found a spot on my mammogram last year. So they have been keeping an eye on it. They think it is just a calcium deposit. So I am going to ask the doctor on Wednesday if there is anything I need to about it or what. Then after that I think my sister and I are going to go out to eat. She wants to go to the Cheesecake Factory. I need to check their menu and see if they have lighter portions on it. Since I have come so far, I don't want to blow in one day. Well I am waiting on a phone call from my health coach. I have one through my insurance company at school. I think it has been helping me so far. The incentitve is a $75 gift card when I complete it! I hope you all have a great start to the brand new week!

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Barb...sorry you are dealing with a headache and a headache. Hopefully the new system will get better for you soon.

It's been a busy day for me so far. I got my 10,000 steps before 11:30! This is a new record for me. Hopefully the gym will feel good later and I will keep this momentum going.

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Horrible headache woke me at 4 am this morning. Took something and went back to bed. Took awhile to drop back to sleep. Into work this morning to clean up problems with student schedules and transcripts. We have been directed to go to the state (automated) system and it doesn't let us do things the way we have in the past. Imagine that.

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The storms continued throughout the night and into this morning. In fact, thunder woke me early this morning. I tried to go back to sleep, but eventually just got up.

It's the last week of the summer program. I know it will be a busy week.

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Book for work: Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer. Excellent book. I still want to read Visible Learning and Mindsets in the Classroom. Probably won't get done before school starts.
We'll get to.our destination tomorrow. Weather here is in the low 80s. Gorgeous for riding motorcycle. I made great food choices today!


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Hi ladies,
The benefit was okay. I got my feelings hurt. Since my nephew's wife was not truthful with me all along. Caught in her a big lie. She thanked everyone for helping but me. I was the one who got some of the donations, donated three candles and my family came and brought gift baskets for the auction. So I have decided to distance myself from my nephew and his wife. But at least I found out who my husband's true family and friends are. I have had a rough day today. I did a lot of crying. But I did workout for an hour and go spend time with two of my closet friends. Plus my family kept in touch with me a lot more today than usual. I think they knew I was hurting bad today. If I can just make it through Wednesday which will be his birthday. I should be fine until the holidays. Thanks for being there for me too!
Kim I am glad that you are packed and ready for vacation. Have a safe trip!
Heather, Barb and Janine it has been storming in Ohio too. Just off and on since last night. Glad no major weather has been reported yet. Just lots of rain, wind, thunder and lighting.
I will check back in with you all tomorrow sometime.

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We had some storms one night last week, but our rain has significantly dropped off from June when it was raining six out of seven days for a few weeks.

I am very close to having almost all of my essential projects for school done, but I have been totally unmotivated to work on them the last several days. I always have the intent to do so, then never do. Wish I could get my head screwed on straight...

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We had a downpour earlier in the morning and hear more rumbles of thunder now. There is reportings of two possible tornadoes that touched down in our area.

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Had an inch and a half of rain in the thunderstorm yesterday. We were lucky, as people north of us got damaging hail. Today it's beautiful, so Bella and I will go for a walk after lunch.

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Kim...a book for pleasure or work?



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Just got back from our friend's house. They're going on the trip with us. I'm hitting the hay so we can leave at 8:00 tomorrow. I was hoping to see my son tomorrow night but he's an hour and a half away so I'll have to wait until he's home in about a month. He's on the wheat harvest. I'll check in when I can this week, but I'm not great on the phone!


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Kim, what kind of rower did you get? Hooray for the last day of summer school!! Enjoy your vacation!

Kerry, it’s great that you are being asked to sit in on the interviews. You will be able to meet all of the candidates and have a say in which one will be the best addition to your classroom. Sounds like SDD needs some counseling. I hope she gets it. I’m glad her mother is in agreement with you. I hope the benefit went well for you and your family.

Barb, I hope the behavior plan you create will be of benefit to your school district rather than just being paperwork the state wants.

To clarify, the interim principal if for my sons’ elementary school. It will still be nice to see him again, though.

So far, I’ve had a very lazy Saturday. I did do the grocery shopping, but haven’t touched the usual laundry pile that I’m constantly battling. Guess I should get on it. I also have one more answer key to do for school, then get them all organized the way I want them and with ease for my associates. Hmmm… Should probably get on that, too…


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Kerry, enjoy the benefit. I hope it goes well and you have no sdd drama today!
Cleaning the house because on of the couples going on vacation is staying here tonight. Otherwise they'd have a 2 hr. drive just to get here tomorrow. We're going to dinner with the other couple. After cleaning I'll finish packing then may read some for school. I'm trying to get a book finished up.


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Kerry....enjoy your dinner tonight! I never had sisters and my mom passed 7 years ago. I try to do that with my daughter sometimes, but her busy schedule doesn't always work with mine. That's one of the reasons why I like to do things with the little ones.

Off to run errands, then to get another tattoo. It is a fundraiser for Dana Farber. My brother was a patient there for years and I volunteer for them once a year. I like giving back to them for all they gave Jan.

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Sounds like everyone had a great day on Friday!
It is always nice to spend time with my great nieces and nephews! So I know that you enjoyed yourself too Janine. But boy do they tire you out at times, especially with all their energy. lol
Kim I hope that you are close to being packed for vacation! Enjoy yourself!
Barb isn't it nice to start the weekend without a lot of things to do?
I have the house all cleaned. Now just waiting on my family to get here. My sister was suppose to be here a half hour ago. I am getting a little nervous wondering where she is. We have to run some errands before going to the benefit. I have a couple donations that I need to drop off so they can set them up. Then go run a few errands.
My sdd seemed nice yesterday when she was here. But she didn't bring up the subject of moving in and neither did I. Just want to get through today. Then my mom, sisters and I are going out for a nice dinner this evening.
Well I better close for now. Chat with you all later. Have a great weekend!

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Glad you had a nice day with your niece and nephew. Finished a lot of little odds and ends today so I feel like I will start the weekend fresh.



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I had a nice day with my great niece and nephew. We went to see a play based on a children's book, Skippy Jon Jones. It was cute. We went to the mall after and had lunch. It was nice. I am pretty tired though. I will feed the dinner and then bring them back home. It has been a long week and I am tired. Maybe I will get to sleep early tonight.

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Kerry, I hope the benefit goes well. It sounds like your sdd could use some counseling to cope with the loss of her dad as well as other issues. You sure don't need that right now. I hope she doesn't get angry with you when you tell her but at least your family will be there to help support you.
I'm getting a new EA too and would have loved to sit in on interviews since I'm the one working with her. I didn't get to so I hope they got someone good.
Better get going on errands and then start packing.


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Hi Ladies,
Sounds like everyone has been very busy the last couple of days. I know I have been. My mom and two sisters are coming for a visit on Saturday for my dh's benefit. So I felt I had to clean house. Some of the stuff was still out from the day when dh passed away. So it has been a healing process putting the house back to order somewhat. Haven't gotten to talk to sdd face to face yet. But hope to before the benefit tomorrow. I did talk to her mom on the phone last night. We are both in agreement that it won't work out. Plus she needs to talk to a counselor about her anger issues right now. You can be talking to her real calm and nice and then she flies off the handle and starts yelling at you. I know a lot of it is the sudden loss of her dad. But I don't want to see her make mistakes that she can't fix in her life right now.
I was shocked last night to open my school email and see a message from my new principal. He is inviting me to sit in on the interviews for my aide's position next Friday. I am looking forward to the process. I hope I can come up with some great questions to ask before than. lol
Heather sorry to hear about your battery troubles. That always seems to be the way it happens when you have two cars. That you left something important in the other car. Glad you made all your deadlines. It is nice to work with people you know, even if it is for an interim basis.
Kim sounds like you are going to be busy today getting ready for vacation. Hope you have safe travels! Enjoy your vacation.
Barb yes it is always nice when the school district pays for your hotel room. I hope your time away is productive and you learn something that will benefit your students in your district.
Janine, thank you for your explaination of your summer program. I think that is what a lot of our students need in our district. But it will never happen. Enjoy your time off before you start back to school.
Well ladies, I better get busy. I still have three rooms to clean in my house. Plus make some phone calls today. So I better close for now. Chat with you all later. Have a great Friday!

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Sorry about the battery trouble and difficult day of juggling. Great about the principal! I have had a few interims over the years and one I think of fondly because he was the one that encouraged me to get my admin degree.



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Sorry that you had car problems. That's always the pits. Just got back from a bike ride. The humidity has come down, and a breeze has come up so it was good biking weather. Have to go into school on Monday then Wednesday through Friday we are in Sioux Falls to develop a school wide behavior plan for our district. At least they are paying for the hotel rooms and not making us drive.



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Too bad about the car hassle Heather, but very cool you'll have an interim principal you know and like.
Summer school is done! One of my friends was talking about only doing it for 3 weeks next summer and splitting it with someone else. I'm thinking that might not be a bad idea. I only have 2 weeks off before school starts and one of those weeks is vacation. I don't feel like I've had a break.
I have to do some running around tomorrow and start getting things around to pack. We leave for SD on Sunday and return the following Sunday. I'm hopeful my daughter doesn't go into labor or we'll cut the trip short and head back home.
I tried out the new rower last night and really liked it. No pool walking tonight. Rain moved in.


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Today has been a day of running and problems for me. The problems started last night when Hubby's car had a dead battery. He took my van to work, so I had to deal with his dead battery this morning before swimming lessons. As I was calling for a jump, I realized all the swimming bags were in my van, so that tightened up our timeline. We made it, but the battery showed it had a bad cell when it was dead again after swimming lessons. More waiting, for a jump and the new battery, then just enough time to get fast food for lunch before N's appointment to be followed by school registration. Now it's time for a breath before heading to tae kwon do. Whew, I'm tired!!

At registration, I found out that my former 4th grade reading teacher turned principal has been pulled out of retirement to act as interim principal. Love it!!

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I'm going to wish I had spent more time on school stuff too. I guess I'll just try to sort and work on things as I unpack and get moved into my new room. When we get back from vacation I'll work on it some more then unless of course that grandbaby comes. Then I'll be holding him!
I can't get into my room ahead of time so it forces me not to be at school.
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Kerry, I hope the benefit goes well. Good luck in dealing with SDD. Sounds like she is burning her bridges in her efforts to get her needs meet.

Kim, I hope you’ve gotten your lazy susan done. Enjoy your vacation and last day of summer school.

So, obviously I’ve missed a few days. I have no fun reason, or any reason really. The new posting notice just got lost in my inbox… Sadly, I haven’t been making much progress on my school projects recently. I do need to get them done soon, though. Next week I will be spending some time in my classroom while my oldest is at day camp. Peanut will be starting kindergarten this year, and he has morning jumpstart three or four days next week, as well. Perfect time to spend a few hours in my room getting some things ready. I do wish I’d spent more time working on my English lesson plans, though. I guess it is a matter of priorities…

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That's partly why we got a set curriculum this year. We all have to teach the same things. Attendance is still a problem, even with breakfast and lunch, plus a free afternoon "camp" style program and bussing both ways. I'm not sure what else we could do. Tomorrow is the last day. Yay!


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Kerry...for our kids summer program is supposed to reduce regression. It doesn't really. We put them at different schools for different hours with different staff doing different things. Attendance can be inconsistent. It really just becomes getting them used to following a routine, even if it is different.

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It doesn't sound like you need her moving in. My feeling is you won't be able to get her out if you do. Good luck breaking the news!


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Yes it sure is hot out there! I plan on staying in where it is cool. Did go out to lunch with some friends today. But just walking from house to car and car to restaurant was sweaty work. Lol
Hope your stepdaughter's birthday went well, Kim!
Barb that would be a long hot ride. Glad you are enjoying a nice cool house.
Janine hope the rain cuts some of the humid for you. It is nice that your school offers programs in the summer. I wish my school did for our special ed. Students. It would give them an extra boost to keep up their skills they have learned so far.
Heather how is getting your school stuff done going for you? Hope you have gotten a lot accomplished.
I have the bed sheets washed and dried for my family's visit this weekend. I hope to get the house cleaned before Friday. I did get my candle samples and business cards in the mail yesterday for my Jewelry In Candles business. I hope this will help me pay my bills now that my hubby is gone. My sdd wants to move in with me. I love her dearly, but I don't think it would work out. Especially since she is fighting with her mom and stepdad right now. She has treated me poorly in the past. Two months ago, she didn't even wish me Happy Mother's Day or a Happy Birthday. Need to break the news to her gentlely. She has no curfew at home, comes and goes as she pleases. She is drinking and only 18. Just lays around and does no chores. Feels because she works at McDonalds as a manager, she doesn't need to do anything around the house. My reply is going to be I have went through a major life change at school and at home.I lost my principal and aide and my hubby all with in a months time.

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110 heat index here today. Our kids had recess in the gym today. It's super humid. 80s the next several days once we make it through today. Walking at the pool tonight.


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We're expecting the 3 H's today. I plan to have the classrooms stay inside because of it. Many of the kids have seizure disorders that are brought on by the heat. I hear rain for tomorrow. Maybe that will break the high temperatures for us.

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Same here Barb. Should reach 100 by later today.
3 more days of summer school which means only 2 weeks of summer left after that, but a grandson will be here somewhere around there!


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Stay cool. We have heat advisories today. Didn't take Bell out for the walk. May do that after the sun goes down today.

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Back to work for the summer program today. I cannot believe I have just this week and next week left! Then two weeks off, which of course will give me time to get into my classroom and get ready.

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