Palm Sunday, 4/13 A Few Things Solved-One BIG One Too!!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I HAVE A SUB!! I spent a good deal of time talking to my friend and former instructor, Lynne, and she is willing to sub the half days for me. Her expertise is in reading acquisition and she will be amazing for my first graders which are the students who I decided will get service, since they are only letting half of them get a program while I am gone. She is also sensitive to the fact that I need to heal and have to let it all go when I leave on Wednesday. I went to school today for another reason, but I organized my to do list and included turning in all of my paperwork for the year--it will leave her final test scores to post on it. I have a note ready for all of my parents, to let them know of the changes coming their child's way--either a new teacher or their program ending for the year. I AM planning to end my year when I walk out of the door on Wednesday. The team is not going to defeat me either.
I went to my son's apartment today. His new little dinette set that we got him for his birthday came and his father and brother put it together for him. I have good taste, it is really nice. I love the little bistro chairs that swivel just enough. Anyway, his apartment is almost done--he has to finish decluttering--and what is left is up to him. I have a couple more things I want to get for him and he needs a new futon and two new area rugs, but for now, it is good.
I organized the kids Easter baskets today--and they are ready to go. Each of them have a nice gift and a few small gifts, some nuts, cheese and crackers, and a chocolate cross for Easter. I think they will be pleased and should be a fairly healthy alternative to what is more traditional. Each basket is something that they will be able to use for any number of other things. I will be able to label them with a nice bow and bag them up and send them home. (They are at school where I have hidden gifts and surprises for many, many years in whatever building I am in. I am pleased with the things I have gotten. I got Matthew and Mason each some pants and shirts, Micah gets a hoodie, a CD he has wanted and a couple of MLB items. Megan and Marissa are both getting a really special pendant and charms from Origami Owl. Miles is getting a GPS and Marshall is getting a DS3 game he has wanted. Mitchell is getting a bunch of White Sox items and Laura is getting a charm bracelet with about 10-12 special charms like an engagement ring and other wedding related charms along with a musical note, her birthstone, and other personal choices. All three of the girls will be able to add to their charms as they like. It was fun shopping for what I know each of them likes and needs (without the Christmas shopping stress.) I know my kids are grown up, but I still like to give them gifts like they have grown up with. I may go to a dollar store and buy them a few personal care items that I know they use--it's always nice to have extras of those kinds of things on hand.
Right now, we are decluttering my wardrobe and dresser. Hooray for spring cleaning. I am proud to say that the last of my "big clothes" are boxed up for Goodwill now. I will NEVER need them again--that is my promise to me!
It has been quite a productive day. It started with a beautiful Palm Sunday service. "Hosanna. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest." We put flowers on the alter in memory of my dad whose birthday was April 14. We picked out some beautiful pink hyacinths and the bulbs will go in my spring flower bed. Anyway, we had a lovely choir anthem and a really touching sermon--can't ask for much more than that. The pastor had put my name on the prayer chain list and I had so many people offering prayers and warm thoughts for me, I was blessed and personally, deeply touched by all.
I have more to do--a couple of bills to pay and other such tasks--I have helped whittle down things on my mind today. I will keep at this in the morning with a phone call to get those OR papers faxed to my surgeons and to cancel some medical appointments. I do go to the pool after work for lap swimming before my water aerobics class. Tuesday, my sub is spending the entire morning with me. After school, I have Weight Watchers and then I will go grocery shopping for my family while I am gone. I will also pick up thos items I wanted for the Easter baskets. We may eat out for dinner--I haven;t decided. I am going to splurge on my favorite pizza for dinner on Wednesday. Wednesday will be tricky enough--I have to take all of my plants home along with the Easter baskets and my "stash." (I keep a box of gifts at school that I pick up as I shop or buy from the book and gift salesman who comes to our school.) We also have to bring Digger, my classroom bunny home--and clean her cage. I will leave one day of plans at school for Lynne--she will be able to run with what goes on.
Anyway, I am getting their--all will work out and I will not have a worry. Please pray that I will be discharged to home and not to a skilled nursing care center. I surely do not want to do that!
Blessings to all!