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Reprieves and Regrouping

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Whew! As I look behind at all that went on this summer leading up to the return to work, I am amazed at how swiftly five weeks can go and what I have packed into the time.

I got a couple of days reprieve in the form of the dreaded "furlough". I work in education and due to lack of state funding, my salary was reduced by 1.9%. This didn't come as a big surprise and I have been planning the budget for it since last April. I just didn't know how the picture would look until the school board passed the budget this last week. Long story short, I will have six furlough days in this coming school year and I have adjusted my budget to work with the shortfall. I am fortunate to have a job (28 teachers, 2 librarians, and additional staff in support areas were laid off). This is not a whine session, just my reality for now. Life is full of varying degrees of problems and I am a pretty good adjuster. I am grateful for the extra time off actually. Instead of starting work on this coming Monday, I will work only two days next week and take a personal day for my birthday.

I have begun to regroup for school and am relaxing in the accomplishments I've had this summer:

1. Cleaned every closet, cupboard, drawer, and "hidey hole" in preparation for the annual garage sale.
2. Read a lot of books and watched some great DVD's.
3. Had a great visit with my daughter and her hubby and my darling grandson.
4. Dealt with a lot of homeowners association stuff (I'm the President) and did a lot of problem solving with a great board.
5. Cleaned out the Clubhouse Kitchen with other board members and got things ready for the Garage Sale in July.
6. Installed a new range hood with the help of two wonderful neighbors.
7. Worked on a re-do of my bedroom--work in progress, but I love the creating, planning, shopping for deals and labor involved.
8. Spent time with my BFF walking, talking, and hunting for the perfect bargains for #7.
9. Visited a lot with my terrific upstairs neighbor.
10. Tracked, tracked, tracked and read a lot of great stuff on SP!
11. Walked, walked, walked and am adding up the miles!
12. Encouraged two friends to join Spark People.
13. I should reach my birthday goal of a 10# loss.
14. Really am benefiting from SparkPeople in a ton of ways, but one that really pertains to the accomplishment of the previous list is that I have MORE energy!
15. I'm actually excited to dig into the new school year and get back with my great school family. We will have a lot more challenges with finances, kids, families, and unknown issues that are always a part of the school year, but I'm ready and refreshed.

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    Great blog! Makes me excited to rewrite my goals. (big birthday coming in Dec.)
    You have accomplished so much during this time off.
    2479 days ago
    This is an inspiring way to go - I should really do the same and list all the things I achieved instead of staring of the things that did not happen...
    2479 days ago
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