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post #141 of 414
MM--great news!

bec--you're making such much progress on the yearbook. How much longer until you get a break?

Mel--that sounds miserable. I agree--bring on spring and make the sickies go away!

No more personals because I'm supposed to be grading. Ran 3 on the TM last night and then did the 6-pack abs video. It reminded me why I will never take a class: I'm sooooo pathetically uncoordinated. I'm like "wait, do what with which leg?" redface.gif The first part was ok because it moved pretty slow, but when she sped up I was just lost. I think I can keep up physically once I have the routine down, but boy did I feel lame. At least running just requires putting one foot in front of the other (which I need to do again tonight on the TM.)
post #142 of 414
Mel, how is your mil? goodvibes.gif

I have been feeling so much anxiety related to changes that may or may not be happening if that isn't too cryptic. I perhaps am just not coping well with the day to day. I am okay when I can get out for a run but if it strikes say at 7:00pm when I am home alone with the three younger children and staring at the bedtime routine I eat. I tried telling myself that time not food will help but then I told myself that there will just be new issues to stress over. I need to get better at self talk.

My one child that sleeps (dd2, 8 on Sunday) has taken to taking an afternoon nap. It does wonders for her attitude but not so much for our after school routine. I could be convinced to make it work if her younger sister would also nap rather than have melt down style temper tantrums directed at me. This morning's reason was that the buttons on her shirt were in back. A very real probem for any woman who has traveled alone for a job interview with a dress that zips up the back but I digress. It was a soft, comfortable Hanna Andersson shirt that she would later not be able to complain about scratchiness and the like if only I could get it on her! I'd even let her wear it backward if she would just get dressed! Sorry for the exclamations!

RR: yoga with a video this am as I overslept. My hamstrings are t-i-g-h-t. Once Linus is up and breakfasted we will hit the weights and perhaps gymnastics.
post #143 of 414

bec, your post made me laugh. The PITA part is what will forever keep me away from that sort of commitment. I am far too flaky for yearbook.

 

mommajb, I have been having very similar convos with myself, down to the scolding about my self-talk. I have been stuck home with two kids this week, due to illness, then my mom came down with her first-ever cluster headache (probably brought on by hypothermia), so I was home with her yesterday...end result is that I have not worked out since Sunday. I vaguely threatened dh that I was likely to do something criminal soon. That was two days ago. I don't think I've broken any laws, but I am going to the Y before my last day of work today.

 

Change is hard.

 

On the happy side, dh is totally, 100% behind my taking a lot of time for myself starting now. He is aware that I need to be in the best possible shape (mentally) for this move to go well. He has been ripped into by a million people who assume he made the decision to move without family input or my full support. People are such jerks. He has coworkers gossiping that we're having financial problems (totally untrue), telling him his family will fall apart, calling him cruel for taking me to the Middle East...basically casting the evil eye and wishing him failure at every turn. It's been painful for him. I am thankful that we are a true team and that my family is fully supportive of our new direction. My parents are so proud of him.

 

RR: I have PMS like a disease this week, but I will do something, anything, at the Y for 45 min before work today. And that is the start of something new and good. It will coincide with the end of the coldest spell of the winter, which is perhaps the best part.

post #144 of 414
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Hugs to everyone. Jo and Mommajb, sending you good peaceful vibes and prayers.

 

I have had a truly awful week at work. Too much to go into now, I will maybe post more later. Hoping for a better day today. At least I got in a good run this morning and have a nice 11 miler scheduled for tomorrow with my club. I need the time.

 

More later.

 

TGIF!

post #145 of 414

Jo ~ that's horrible!  I know how excited you and your family are to make this move and for other to assume otherwise and to blame your DH is just awful!  I hope you get to the Y very, very soon. 

 

mommajb ~ as always, I can totally relate to your eating issue.  I've kind of pinpointed the exact emotion that sends me over the edge (anxiety, feeling out of control, stress), but I still don't know other ways of coping with it.  I'm considering looking for a cognitive-behavioral therapist who can guide me through to a better way.  Lord knows I've tried everything else, and yelling at myself for being weak willed certainly doesn't work.

 

Yesterday was yuck.  I had an eye appointment at 12:00, but when I went out to start our van, the battery was dead.  So DH came home from work, jumped the car, I drove to WalMart (where my eye exam was), only to have my car die again in the parking lot there.  Luckily, the auto center at WalMart jump started the van again, but it died again on my way through the parking lot.  Luckily, at WalMart they also sell car batteries, so I got a new one installed.... 3 hours later!  Three hours in WalMart with a 4 year old.  ARGH!!!!!  Needless to say, I came home and promptly ate a bowl of ice cream, 3 donuts, and a cookie.  Not like that helps, right...Don't even ask my why this crap food exists in my house.  Suffice it to say that 3 hours at WalMart concludes with some interesting food in the cart.  And toys. 

 

This weekend is supposed to be in the 40s, so I am looking forward to running outside!  Today I am taking off, but may lift weights at home this afternoon since I missed Power Pump last night.

post #146 of 414

Jo - I'm so sorry your DH is getting flak about your moving.  From the outside, looking in, it may seem that my DH is the one who rules the roost, and doesn't consult me, but, behind the scenes, we both have an equal voice in the decisions made.  I don't think people are able to accept that the first glance may not be what everything is about. 

 

Probably a rest day, today, but I might ride on the trainer for a bit.  We'll see how things go.  My middle DD has fluid (clear) draining out of her ear, so DH is going to bring her to the doctor this morning.  No fever, so I am hopeful that she'll get to go to school this afternoon, and not have to miss out on the Daddy Daughter dance today. 

post #147 of 414

Ladies, I came here because I am having a bad morning with my son and now my dad is being a jerk.  I don;t even think I have had a chance to tell you the latest about the new house.  Remind me if I haven't please because the last few days have been a whirlwind. 

 

 

Thank you for your openess about your life that I REALLY needed to hear right now.  Jaygee, I eat for the same reasons, and reading what you ate actually made me feel not so alone in my actions.  Also Jo, BEc, I hear you so much on the pursecution from outsiders (even family at times) that don't live our lives or know what is in our hearts.  Change.  I hear you so much on that. 

 

Anytime I talk to my Dad about our new house instead of being happy for us, he says"interesting".  He feels like we are paying too much for it.  I even flat out told him I just want him to be happy for us.  Then today I asked if I did something to upset him from an email he sent me and he went on to tell me "Geez, Lisa, I feel like I am always being put into a position to have to apologize to you for, well, nothing."  What???? This is the man that I thought we had a great relationship with (after a lifetime of NOT) and here we are again.  When I asked him what he meant and even said "I am clueless as I thought we had a great relationship" his answer ???  "I'm glad I haven't offended you, let's just leave it at that and move on".  WTH!!!??

 

 

I have actually shed a couple of tears now (I rarely can cry) and will get on the TM for a very cathartic 5 miles.  Thank you so much ladies. I really needed you and you are always here for me.   Much love,

Lisa :)

post #148 of 414
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No more personals because I'm supposed to be grading. Ran 3 on the TM last night and then did the 6-pack abs video. It reminded me why I will never take a class: I'm sooooo pathetically uncoordinated. I'm like "wait, do what with which leg?" redface.gif The first part was ok because it moved pretty slow, but when she sped up I was just lost. I think I can keep up physically once I have the routine down, but boy did I feel lame. At least running just requires putting one foot in front of the other (which I need to do again tonight on the TM.)


I laughed out loud because I suck at grading too. I try to be really timely and then get behind and wham.

 

FWIW: 2nd time I did the 6 wk 6 pack (6w6p ?) I got better at it. I think the problem is that she's trying to work in so dang many exercises and cram it all into 30 minutes.

 


 

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I have been feeling so much anxiety related to changes that may or may not be happening if that isn't too cryptic. .


Not too cryptic at all. Changes are tricky and I'm always a little wary of them. Ok a lot.

 



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Change is hard.

Yes, indeed. I still can't wrap my brain around you're leaving before we get a chance to do the meetup this summer. That's my selfish problem though, not to burden you with.



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I have had a truly awful week at work. Too much to go into now, I will maybe post more later. Hoping for a better day today. At least I got in a good run this morning and have a nice 11 miler scheduled for tomorrow with my club. I need the time.

TGIF indeed. I've had a hard week with work/school/family. I'm needing a weekend.

 

 

 

Hugs to you RM. It is always so hard to work out those relationships with parents. I was just watching a sitcom last night where the siblings were working it out with a parent who had distanced themselves from the (now adult) women at times in their past. It was very true in that these are so so tricky. I hope nothing's going on with the house, I couldn't tell from your post.

post #149 of 414
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Jo ~ that's horrible!  I know how excited you and your family are to make this move and for other to assume otherwise and to blame your DH is just awful!  I hope you get to the Y very, very soon. 

 

 

Yesterday was yuck.  I had an eye appointment at 12:00, but when I went out to start our van, the battery was dead.  So DH came home from work, jumped the car, I drove to WalMart (where my eye exam was), only to have my car die again in the parking lot there. 

 

 

Jo - Yeah, what she said.  How ridiculous people can be.

 

JG - I feel; your car pain.  My car is dead.  Again.  I know the starter is nearly done, the alternator is on the blink and battery is dying but the mechanic didn't want to fix one until he was sure it was really dead.  So yeah, sounded good in theory.  But now I have no car and dh and I are actually going in opposite directions a lot these days.  And to make me feel like snarfling donuts, I've (I'm pretty sure it was me anyway) managed to lose the keys to our spare car.  It's so embarrassing to even have a spare car, add to that that it's a decommissioned police cruiser and I'm ready to hang my head.  But to have lost both the keys to it is around the bend.  I didn't get my run in yesterday because I thought I'd find the keys if I just tore the house apart.  Today I'm going running in the hope that inspiration strikes while I'm out.  Or that St Anthony comes by and drops them on the kitchen counter.
 

 



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Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry View Post

I have had a truly awful week at work. Too much to go into now, I will maybe post more later. Hoping for a better day today. At least I got in a good run this morning and have a nice 11 miler scheduled for tomorrow with my club. I need the time.

TGIF indeed. I've had a hard week with work/school/family. I'm needing a weekend.

 

 

 

Hugs to you RM. It is always so hard to work out those relationships with parents. I was just watching a sitcom last night where the siblings were working it out with a parent who had distanced themselves from the (now adult) women at times in their past. It was very true in that these are so so tricky. I hope nothing's going on with the house, I couldn't tell from your post.

Yes to this all too. 

 

Okay, sorry! Lame personals AGAIN.  But I'm really running this time.
 

post #150 of 414
Jo, I'm sorry you are getting flack from everyone. People can be really mean. We go a lot of less than supportive comments from friends and family over dh's recent job change even though it was nothing but a heaping of blessing for him and our family.



No running to report for me. I have no energy at all and feeling horrible. I have an appointment with the gastro doc on Monday. It won't come soon enough. I have something serious going on. Praying they can get to the cause of this problem.
post #151 of 414
po7~goodvibes.gif and hug.gif

and more hug.gif for jo and mommajb and lisa and all the other dingos who need it...

I feel like I'm barely hanging on right now. But, one week down, three to go! I don't know how I'm going to survive three more weeks of this, but I will, because I have to. Class today was ROUGH. I honestly don't know how I stayed awake.

It doesn't help that I didn't get home until 9 last night. My own fault, because I chose to stay in the OR with my patient. His surgery wasn't done when I was supposed to be leaving, but a) it was just getting interesting and b) I felt a responsibility to him, his family, and myself. And it really was fantastic to be able to walk out to the waiting room to tell his mom that he was all done and he was fine. I was able to get to know her a little bit during the day before surgery and bonded a little, and to see the relief on her face when she saw me was awesome.

I liked peds, but I'm pretty sure it's not my passion. It's a great environment, the way they have our clinical set up is fantastic, my preceptor was really nice, but I didn't LOVE it like I did L&D. Which stinks in a way, because I think it would be quite a bit easier to find a job at Children's than to try to find one in L&D. Especially as a new grad. I have a feeling I may end up taking a general med/surg job for a couple of years just to get some experience so I can someday get a L&D job. But, we'll see, I guess. Still a lot of time before I need to worry too much about it.

No fm of any kind other than the walking around the hospital sort this week. I really need to get some sort of mileage in tomorrow before my long run, but I picked up a couple of basketball games, and won't be done before the Y childcare closes. Maybe if it's warmed up enough that the sidewalks will be melted off enough to push the chariot, I guess. Otherwise, I have no clue what to do. Blech.
post #152 of 414

Hey, dingos! smile.gif

 

It's supposed to be in the low forties today and in the fifties tomorrow (it was -11 last week!) so I'm going to run my butt off out in the moderately warm sunshine. Signed up for a half in May and I need to find a way to get myself on the treadmill two mornings a week ... I'm up, I just can't make myself run in my cold basement. Maybe a cash incentive is the answer. orngtongue.gif

 

Going to spend the weekend cleaning my horrifying house and getting a jump on a bunch of projects. I can hardly stand the excitement.

 

Had my third-year review this week and it went really well. I was very, very relieved. The only criticism I got was that I seem to work too much (meaning teaching additional courses and teaching new courses too often which is a bigger responsibility in terms of prep.) So I'm thinking about that and what I can do to pace myself a bit. Won't happen next month as I am on a committee that needs to do hours and hours of work before April 1st... eyesroll.gif

post #153 of 414
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Hi everyone!

 

I was supposed to go out this morning and do 11 with my club, but it was so cold and so early and I woke up with a headache. So I slept in and did a 5 mile 'pace' run and will do my 11 tomorrow. It felt nice to run in the sunshine, even though it was still pretty cold (for here) -- around 45* with a pretty strong headwind.

 

I am sorry that I haven't been more involved in the thread. It has been a very challenging week in a number of ways. Dd1 is still recovering from her surgery. She is doing fine but her eye is a bit swollen and is reacting to the sutures, so we have to increase her eye meds (which she does NOT like) and go back again next week. So, okay.

 

My students gave me such a hard time this week. Unfortunately we had to set down some pretty hard rules because of some ongoing bullying (minor, but still bullying nonetheless) behaviors as well as irresponsibility with privileges, etc. So they now have to have passes when late to specials (never had to before, we have a fairly open campus); they are not allowed to touch each other at all (no more hugging, etc. as this was turning into ...uh...very inappropriate behavior at school); they must travel in pairs when going around on campus (so that no one kid is wandering around aimlessly); etc. They also needed some reminders of our uniform policy (which is actually pretty liberal -- they have a uniform shirt, which is any solid color shirt with the school logo embroidered on it, presentable bottoms, and athletic/closed shoes -- we live in FL and there are snakes, ants, etc. in the grass and they do PE every day). We have had some issues with boys' baggy pants falling down on the playground (trust me, I do NOT need that much information about my 14 year old students' underwear), girls' shirts showing way too much cleavage (they can wear v-necks but they have to have a cami underneath and no cleavage showing), etc.

 

So anyway they went into revolt and said some very unpleasant and downright disgusting things to me and my co-teacher. I understand they were unhappy. However I won't tolerate disrespect, and I told them in no uncertain terms and in a very strong voice (I did not yell. I got very quiet and was extremely serious) that since I told them at the beginning of the year that I would treat them at exactly the level of trust that they demonstrated they could handle, now I had to set down more boundaries since they were abusing that trust. I actually let them have it with both barrels, but not in a mean or yelling way. Just very firm and serious.

 

Then I went into the teachers lounge and cried my eyes out. mecry.gifdisappointed.gif  So professional. NOT. I hate this part of teaching this age. I do not want that kind of environment in my classroom. But I will not allow a bunch of adolescents to get out of control, act with disrespect for themselves or others, and generally behave in such a thoughtless way. Won't. Have. It.

 

Yesterday several of the kids came to me and apologized. Which was lovely; but I'm witholding judgement until we see some positive changes in behavior.

 

Now to add to this, there is another teacher (of another class) who has basically been trying to bully me (unsuccessfully) and definitely bullying my co-teacher. This woman is used to being the 'head honcho' of humanities education in the middle school. She is a former librarian, older woman educated in a Catholic school system (with nuns who used rulers on hands, etc.). I do not know what the heck she is doing in a Montessori school, but she's been here for years. She has her ideas about what she thinks is the right thing to do and the right way to teach. She teaches 5th/6th grades (we teach 7th/8th). Unfortunately because she has a few lower-functioning 7th graders in her class, we have to coordinate to some degree. She has somehow taken this to mean she dumps 8 more students on us every day for half the day and makes us responsible for their entire curriculum and grading, etc. Ummm. No. She is responsible for implementing our contract for them, except as relates to specific content-related lessons. I have made this very clear but apparently my co-teacher (who is actually a lot nicer than I am) has not, and so this woman has gone behind my back and been nettling my co-teacher quite a bit. This all came out the other day (of course the day I had the issues with the kids) and I was already on the warpath and my co-teacher had to literally restrain me from jumping up and going in there to give her a piece of my mind.

 

Example of this woman's personality: she decided when coming in to speak to me about something that my room was too hot. Fifteen minutes later, she marches in (while I am at my desk working with a kid), goes to my thermostat, changes the temperature, and marches out. Seriously. WTF?! I stared at her, the kids stared at me, and then I started laughing so hard I was practically crying. Which is not a professional way to handle the situation, because the kids could see I was both pissed and amused at the same time (they can't stand her. She is a good teacher but an unpleasant educator, if you understand what I mean). Later she came in and *informed me* (?@!@%O##) I needed to have my 7th grade leadership group assemble her class Scholastic Book Order forms. I said, no, we're not going to do that. Did not apologize. She was upset and said they needed to go home. So I said, well, then get a group of your kids to assemble them, my 7th grade leadership group has other things to do (she thinks it is a wasted class period so why not give them random busy work she doesn't want to deal with). And I also said, you know why are we wasting that paper?! The Scholastic Book Order can all be done online. She said there are a few families with no internet access, so I said well then send out 5 copies, not 65! DOH! duh.gif

 

Sorry I am rambling. But clearly something needs to be done about this and I cannot let my co-teacher continue to roll over, because we need to have a united front (1); and I simply won't stand for being treated as if we are somehow less experienced, less knowledgeable, and less .... whatever -- as she seems to think.

 

(By the way...and this is not flattering to me...but it was nevertheless perversely satisfying -- she is an English teacher and has been working for years to get published. When she found out I am a published author she turned bright red and looked like she was about to have an apoplectic fit. It was pretty funny. and I wasn't even the person who said anything about it, it was during a faculty meeting).

 

Gah.

 

THEN....I got another letter from a parent who does not like the choices of reading we are assigning, as she thinks those choices are pro-communist and teaching her daughter anti-God information (no joke). (We are reading Animal Farm. Unfortunatley she gets her info from uncredible sources and is not a deep thinker and doesn't realize AF is actually...doh...anti-Communist). So my question is...if you send your kid to PUBLIC SCHOOL do you not suppose they will actually get information that does not support your private religious views?! I deal with this all the time. I explain what we believe and how it is being taught, and I tell my kids that sometimes these things will not match up but they have to learn every point of view in order to understand the way the world works and that when they grow up they will be able to evaluate things more deeply.

 

So now this kid needs alternate reading assignments and pretty much an individual curriculum. Which we can do because we do that anyway on many levels for our kids as it is a Montessori, but it RANKLES that this parent does not UNDERSTAND the actual material and is rejecting it based on a completely inaccurate premise. Not to mention that I do not like being called perjorative names (anti-God, progressive-liberal ninny who is ruining her daughter's Godly soul).

 

 

 

Good thing I run. That is all I can say. It was literally the difference between sanity and insanity this week.

 

And in the meantime I am having a confusing emotional issue to deal with (can't go into it here, maybe on the yahoo list).

Bleh.

 

Please forgive my ramblings. Hope you all have a wonderful day, Dingos. LOVE YOU.kiss.gif

post #154 of 414

Nic good luck with the work situation--underneath all the struggles it seems clear that you are a great teacher and they are very lucky to have you.

 

Did my last long run before the princess 1/2 did 12 in the very cold and hilly route.  It was good I feel ready---really I feel I can take on anything.

 

I am hoping the mild temps and flat course in Florida will be easier and faster.  We leave in 2 weeks I am so excited and ready for our get away we will be staying  until Thurs.  We have been to Disney a couple times before so I feel like we can take our time as we are not trying to do it all in one trip.  As materialistic as the place is we just love it.

 

Work has been very busy but I must tay I am loving it but needing a break.

 

Good day to all dingos.

post #155 of 414

O Nic. I'm just shaking my head in sympathy here, especially re: the mother who doesn't, apparently, even have the ability to read the wiki entry on Animal Farm. Or the breadth of knowledge to get that some Communists are Christian. And, you know, it's a novel about mind control.... somehow that makes me laugh.

 

RR: 5 kinda slow miles. I kept slowing down for ice, but also had a hard time breathing. Going to take my inhaler with me next time. It was still really, really nice to be outside!

post #156 of 414

Hey Mamas,

Nic - What a week!  You weren't kidding when you called it awful!  Glad you got a bit of run in though.

 

I did run yesterday.  It felt fine, almost good even.  Only now my hip is all out of whack and it hurts to try and balance on my left leg.  Gar. 

 

Things are boiling along here with our principal thing.  So, the new superintendent (who we suspect was hired to be the axeman) was advertised as doing his master's thesis on what makes effective and ineffective principals.  So relevant, right?  Well, turns out he never did do a thesis!  It was just a term paper and his master's was based on a non-thesis test or something!  And this relevant thesis has come up repeatedly in public meetings and he never once tried to correct anyone!  I mean, SERIOUSLY!

 

So anyway, that's where I've been.

 

Penelope, I really like the idea of a cash incentive.

 

post #157 of 414

Hello everyone! I've been missing you guys and had to catch up on a few pages of happenings. But turbulent times here in Dingo-land! hug2.gif all around.

 

Jo: don't listen to all those people. They might just be jealous that you guys have this awesome opportunity and they don't. And for some people, the thought of moving far away just makes them freak out. Maybe they have never had to move anywhere and don't realize that life goes on despite geography.

 

Nick, I think you did the right thing. And that other teacher, the bossy, insecure one? Oh my gosh, I can see this lady right in front of me - I just know that type so well. Just vent away here and continue to do what you have been doing at school. She is digging her own hole by acting like that.

 

Po7: I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling so badly. I hope you are getting answers soon.

 

RM: Yes, to what Kerc said about relationships with parents. And I hope that the running helped you shake it all off.

 

Plady: Is St. Anthony responsible for keys? I need to get myself one of those medallions, in that case.

 

Real: uncoordinated? Me too.

 

JG: Yuck on the car troubles.

 

Mommajb: yes, a napping 8 yo could throw a wrench in the afternoon routine. Especially if it's not a quiet time for everyone. Any way you could swing that? Everyone has to get a book while sis is sleeping?

 

Penelope: That is an awesome review, good job!!

 

Gaye: That rotation sounds awesome. And I'm sure that you will figure out a way to get the job that you love.

 

MIL is hanging in there - she is out of ICU and getting a little bit better every day. We are thankful that no further complications have arisen, and now the main problem is simply her state of mind. She is very impatient to go home, but at the same time, she is very angry still about the outcome of her operation. Disappointed might be a better word, but she shows her disappointment through bitterness. It is hard for my DH to see her like this, but he is very glad to be there and spends as much time with her in the hospital as he can. He's a great guy, a really caring person, and no matter what happens, I think he feels good to be there for his mom and dad right now.

 

Meanwhile, back at home... (warning: this might be TMI for some!)

Around Wednesday, my middle DD asked me to help her change her earrings, and I discovered that the backs to the earrings were completely embedded in her ear lobes. I could not even see them any more, much less remove them. No infection, no redness, just skin and the post sticking out of the back of her ear. These earrings had been in for maybe 3 weeks! She's just 9, so I couldn't really tell her what was going on, just that we would need to go get some help removing them. I was in tears on the phone with DH, though, just feeling like the worst mother in the entire world. We were referred to an ENT, and the next day had them removed. It involved lidocaine and tears and me almost fainting, but it's done. Poor DD, she was a trooper.

 

FM: did the steep incline of our bridge twice yesterday for a total run of 4.4 miles. That is my longest run post knee op! It all felt great, well, except for the 180 HR towards the top of the hill.

 

Last Monday, I tried a yoga place called Bikram yoga. Have you all every heard of this style? It is like hot yoga, but they really do a different bunch of poses than I am used to - no sun salutations or anything like that. It was a pretty hard workout, and I plan to go again tomorrow.

post #158 of 414
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THEN....I got another letter from a parent who does not like the choices of reading we are assigning, as she thinks those choices are pro-communist and teaching her daughter anti-God information (no joke). (We are reading Animal Farm. Unfortunatley she gets her info from uncredible sources and is not a deep thinker and doesn't realize AF is actually...doh...anti-Communist). So my question is...if you send your kid to PUBLIC SCHOOL do you not suppose they will actually get information that does not support your private religious views?! I deal with this all the time. I explain what we believe and how it is being taught, and I tell my kids that sometimes these things will not match up but they have to learn every point of view in order to understand the way the world works and that when they grow up they will be able to evaluate things more deeply.

 

I read this to DH a few hours ago.  We were walking through Home Depot just now, and he kept giggling.  He thought this parent was sooooo funny.

 

Anyways, reading Animal Farm in 8th grade was so amazingly eye opening to me.  It was the first thing I read where I realized what literature really can be - something that makes you think and make you see something in a different way.  I learned that when I responded to what I was reading in writing, the essay could be about what I was thinking and not just a recounting of the events of a story.  I learned that world events could inspire someone to write a whole book. 

 

Maybe you could offer to substitute a book for that mom.  How about other great things I read in 8th and 9th grade?  Fahrenheit 451.  Native Son.  Romeo and Juliet.  Lord of the Flies.  Call of the Wild. Canterbury Tales.  The Old Testament.  Gone with the Wind.

 

... and Miss Dresser is one of the primary reasons I love literature.  I don't think I really loved reading until 8th grade. 
 

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Things are boiling along here with our principal thing.  So, the new superintendent (who we suspect was hired to be the axeman) was advertised as doing his master's thesis on what makes effective and ineffective principals.  So relevant, right?  Well, turns out he never did do a thesis!  It was just a term paper and his master's was based on a non-thesis test or something!  And this relevant thesis has come up repeatedly in public meetings and he never once tried to correct anyone!  I mean, SERIOUSLY!

 

A master's can be course- and exam-based or it can be based on a thesis.  The course-based masters often comes with a "term paper/project" type requirement, and a lot of people do refer to it as a thesis.  Someone going through a program could honestly be somewhat confused about the distinction.  Not saying this guy is confused, but he might be relying on such confusion amongst the educational systems.

 

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Jo: don't listen to all those people. They might just be jealous that you guys have this awesome opportunity and they don't. And for some people, the thought of moving far away just makes them freak out. Maybe they have never had to move anywhere and don't realize that life goes on despite geography.

 

 

Jo, my take on those reactions is those responses are from a perspective of them so unable to imagine their own spouses being not just supportive but excited by the opportunity, that they can only imagine you're going under duress.


Mel, hugs for your DD, what an ordeal.

 

Went to kindy info night at the elementary school this week.  The new principal is not only not going to guarantee morning vs afternoon for those that must have one or the other, but we won't know until they announce the classroom assignments.  We got our classroom assignments this year 10 days before the school year started.  Anyone see a problem there?!?  So I go to check out the Montessori kindergarten I've heard good things about.  It's 5 miles from here.

 

While the trip to the audiologist finally cleared the infection from my left year (5 weeks after getting it...), the descent into the Islip airport sucked rocks, but 30 minutes later, my right ear was totally clear.  7 long weeks, and the ear infections appear to be gone.  My ears are still ringing, though, so to the MRI I go.  :(

 

7 miles on the agenda tomorrow after 90 minutes of Astanga II.

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Blech, Nic. I would be pretty tempted to tell the mom that the only way for her daughter to get out of reading the book would be for HER to read it and submit an essay to you about the themes and subtexts inherent in Orwellian novels. orngtongue.gif

As for me, I was in bed before 10 last night (completely unheard of for me!!!), and got to sleep in until the late hour of 7:30ish. What a luxury. rolleyes.gif At least I was slightly less zombie-like today. Four hours of uneventful work (basketball games), with DS in tow. And then I forced myself out for a quick run. Which would have been fabulous (60! Sunny!) if not for the ^&*(# homeowners who can't be bothered to clear their sidewalks of snow that fell four days ago. And is now rapidly melting into slush/ice/crap that is nearly impossible to push a chariot through. irked.gif On the bright side, I got a resistance workout AND my trail shoes rocked at keeping my feet dry.

Tomorrow morning, 10 miles. Allegedly. We'll see how that one goes, given that I haven't run double digits since oh....OCTOBER. bag.gif It could be ugly.

And now, I must must must get some homework done. A stupid virtual hospital workbook assignment that the book claims takes 35 minutes, but my classmates have reported up to 4 hours. rolleyes.gif
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Nic, I can't decide what is more offensive- the uncollegial colleague or the ignorant parent. Sorry for the terrible week (and congrats on surviving it and holding your ground).

Mel- I hope that your MIL's recovery continues and that the bitterness fades. And sorry about your DD's ears. I'll be keepin that story in my back pocket for my ongoing argument against ear piercing with my 5 year old (against it until she's a bit older, that it).

I'm losing the rest of my thoughts for personals, but hugs to everyone else who needs them.

RR- I managed a 45 minute run today without too much coughing. We have had a lovely west coast downpour for two days, so one of my trails had turned into a bit of a creek. I was soaked and muddy and very glad that I didn't take the phone to play with the GPS. Next time...
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