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Saturday, August 27, 2011

I have my workout schedule for next week all figured out. Monday is the first day of school with the kiddos! I am ready for school to start. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine! Although the first week won't be much of a routine - I have to take a day off the second day of school to go to court. Oh well.

It's been a blah kind of day... Hurricane Irene is going to hit tonight, and I used that as an excuse to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING today. I mean, I got some laundry done, but I didn't do much else. Got home late from my mom's last night and I was exhausted today.

Good news, though! I think I finally figured out what I'm going to change my name to now that I'm married. I was having a tough time losing one of *my* names - I have done a lot with my own name! But I want people to call me by Brad's last name. He doesn't want me to hyphenate, but I think I came up with a solution. I am going to have people call me Carrie His-Last-Name but "officially"/legally I'm going to be Carrie Louise MyLastName-HisLastName. Like sign my checks, have my license, etc. I'm going to propose this to him tonight - Tuesday (my court date) I want to go to the Social Security office and take them the name change paperwork.

I just really like my middle name, and I don't want to lose my last name...

Tea is ready to be steeped... be safe out there!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 8/28/2011 7:35PM

    Wooohooo for getting back into a routine! A schedule makes things so much easier.

As for the name change, I also didn't want to change my name after getting married. I would have ended up being probably one of the last people on Earth with my maiden name. But, when I realized if we had any children, my name wouldn't really carry on.....I just took on my hubby's name. But now that I have a common last name, everyone's like, are you related to so-and-so? Ugh.

Hopefully your name proposal works well!

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BARBIETEC 8/28/2011 12:57PM

    Did you know that when you get married in Iceland you don't give up your surname... and when you get your name you get your father first name as surname not his last name :)


Paul Johnsson has a child name Darlene Paulsdottir (a girl) and a son named Steve Paulsson (a boy).. if he get's married the wife just keep her name and will always be e.g. Kim Tomsdottir :)

And... to get it all confused, if you get divorce you can have a family that is e.g.
Paul Johnsson and Kim Tomsdottir (husband and wife) and the children Steve Paulsson and Dolly Willsdottir :)

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COOPSM 8/28/2011 5:51AM

    Carrie--love that you are back to planning your WO weeks.....hope Irene left you alone..let us know how the name thing goes....

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CASSIOEPIA 8/27/2011 9:26PM

    Welcome back Kotter! Nice to get into a routine again.

By any other name, a rose would smell just as sweet. Sorry, it was what came to mind!


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I'm Carrie, and I'm AWESOME

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I don't know how many of you watch wresting, but my blog title is what The Miz (one of my favorite wrestlers - you may remember him from Road Rules!) says all the time. It's actually a pretty good catch phrase. But anyway, I *do* feel pretty awesome as of late.

If you happened to read my blog from yesterday, you read that I was SUPER annoyed at something that happened at school. So I turned into the poster child for How To Keep From Emotional Eating. I called some people from school, desperate to get someone to complain to. I finally got a hold of someone, and I vented. And then, as I stood in front of the open freezer contemplating the pint of double chocolate chip gelato, I thought "NONONONONO. I am not going to eat my annoyance. I will be a whale by the end of the school year if I do that every time something bugs me - this is going to be one hell of a year." I went to the gym instead. Yessirree, I went to the gym and hoisted heavy weights like a mad woman. I did the most weight I've ever done on the squat/push-press - I did the Olympic barbell (45 pounds) plus 7.5 pounds on each side. So I was squatting with SIXTY POUNDS of metal on my shoulders and then I PUSHED IT ABOVE MY HEAD!!! There were a few grunts in there... but it felt really good. NO EMOTIONAL EATING!!!

So if any teachers are reading this, you know that the first in-service day is often full of DOOOOOOOM AND GLOOOOOOOM about budgets, furloughs, testing, blah blah blah. Today was no different. But one of the girls at my school made it fun by making a BINGO game - with phrases like "great year," "AYP," "co-teaching" and also "talking about myself three times" and other fun things to listen for. It made the morning more interesting.

The lights are still a no-go, and everyone is super mad about this. NO FUN. So four of us decided to start a committee to keep everyone sane - we are calling it the G.A.S. Committee. And if you would ask what GAS stands for, we'd tell you Give A Smile. We are going to give out little bits of happiness to all our disgruntled colleagues. But for us on the committee, it stand for Give A Sh_ _ because we GAS about our colleagues' mental health and happiness. So that was a little bright spot in the day.

I'm doing a little shopping with mom tomorrow... it's nice talking to her again.

Good things about today!
- Despite not having lamps in my room, it still looks very nice in there and ready to go.
- It was so fun going back to school and telling everyone I am married!
- I DRAGGED myself to the gym after school and managed to do a little running and get to a stretch class. Which was much needed.
- My hair did just what I wanted it to do!

Happy Friday Eve!

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CHELLES_BELLS 8/26/2011 11:19AM

    You know what, Carrie? YOU ARE AWESOME. This makes me want to lift some weights like a mad woman.

Happy Friday!

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2011 8:24AM

    Glad you're feeling awesome

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ROGUE_1 8/25/2011 10:55PM

I need to remember to channel all my frustrations towards fitness like you! What a great example you lead, you have inspired me today :)

GAS committee - I love it! We need committees like yours where I work! Sometimes, all you can do is smile.

Good hair days are the best!
So many GREAT things about today. Hope tomorrow is just as great!

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BOBBYD31 8/25/2011 10:14PM

    GSA awesome! and yes you are carrie and you are awesome, good blog keep smiling carrie

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I am so unbelievably annoyed right now.

Today was set-up day in our classrooms. I was so excited - my room is a really neat-looking room. I have light-diffusers on the fluorescent lights, I have a nice library area, I have a "stage" where kids can sing, I have a really neat 5-way light (which was up last year - that's important) and I have some awesome instrument lights I made. In fact, the instrument lights were up (this part is important) all year last year and I got so many awesome compliments on them! So I had my room looking great, I was totally excited when I left school!

About 20 minutes after I got home, I get a text from one of my colleagues that the principal came over the announcements and said that we couldn't have personal lamps in our rooms - they get too hot. Seriously?!?!?!?

A couple people liked my lamps so much they got some for their rooms, and they looked great! So much better than the overhead lights, and better for the kids, too. There are plenty of studies out there reporting that turning off the fluorescent lights leads to better learning and less problems with children with autism and even dyslexia.

So I am super-duper annoyed at this. The entire year I had my lights up, and they were fine. The principal came in to do observations, so I know she saw them. They were up during Open House, parents saw them and commented on them, and they were ok then. I just don't understand why all of a sudden I can't have them. Last week, someone came to me and said "Oh, so-and-so has 100 watt bulbs in these lamps," and the lamps are only supposed to be 40 watt bulbs. I have a feeling this person went to the principal and complained without even talking to this other teacher. Good lord.

So that is why I am super SUPER annoyed. Our first day back - this was not how I wanted to start out the year. I could honestly just cry... I work so hard to do things for the kids; to make the room interesting, calming, and fun, and it gets sh!t on. This is NOT a good start to the year. I think I need a nap.

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CHELLES_BELLS 8/26/2011 11:24AM

    I know this is horrible, but we did this at a public school I worked for. There were a couple of teachers who had personal lights to replace the fluorescent for students with migraines. The principal made them take them down for the same reason.

So one of the teachers secretly worked with one of the students with the light issues and had him go to the doctors and get a special accommodations note. The school was forced to replace all the florescent lighting in the school. Lamps were allowed in rooms without windows if they were placed high up enough and away from books and fabric.

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MOMTO2TOO 8/24/2011 9:48PM

    Here's a link to a site with compelling evidence for your principal: . I wish you luck. I hate situations like this one.

The article's lead is "One of the most critical physical characteristics of the classroom is lighting (Phillips, 1992).

I hope you win!

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THE_JENCH 8/24/2011 9:34PM

    Hopefully there will be room for discussion!

Glad you worked through the annoyance at the gym! What better!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 8/24/2011 8:33PM

    Sorry that the start to the year didn't turn out so great. I'm hoping things get better for you....especially after the nap!

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/24/2011 8:27PM

    I understand your frustration! Maybe you can suggest and be on the school facility safety committee? Then you could rewrite the rule!

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MIAMIA7 8/24/2011 8:27PM

    Well doesn't that just suck?! Can you talk to the principal and see if you could make sure everyone has lower wattage in their lamps? It shouldn't be one person making a comment to stop good things. Hang in there but DO NOT give up on this. If you can prove that it is a positive then maybe you can change the principals mind. It is worth a shot! Hugs.

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LYNNANN43 8/24/2011 8:18PM

    So emoticon with all the hard work you put in. I hope something can be worked out.

P.S. emoticon on funneling that frustration into the gym!!!!!

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ALR516 8/24/2011 7:56PM

    I had a moment like that this previous week, but thankfully it has been worked out. It wasn't about lighting, though.

I think that this is silly that they won't let you have certain lights in your room. It's kind of crazy.

I'd get the parent's on your side and find professional articles stating that this helps kiddoes with autism and dyslexia. By the way, thanks for saying that because I had not heard of that and we're always working with the lights off in my room:). I get sick of flourescent lights after awhile. I do know in some of the magazines that I get for special education teachers that you can buy some type of cover to go over the flourescent lights. There are clouds and I've honestly thought about getting that for my room because I don't have windows in my classroom.

Hang in there sweetie. Do you like kickboxing? I do! When something happens at school that bugs me to no end, then I do kickboxing and feel so much more with it:).

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    Napping is good - so is praying.

Maybe you can get the decision reversed if some parents come forward with their opinions.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/24/2011 5:11PM

    So sorry to read this. Grrrrrrr, just frustrating.

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LADYBUG22166 8/24/2011 4:48PM

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I have a brother in law and sister in law who teach and I know all the hard work they put into decorating the room to be pleasing and educational for the children. I only hope that you are able to make an appeal to the principle that makes him see reason.

Teachers are wonderful and very much unappreciated. God Bless to you!

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A short one

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today I am thankful for (some of these are kind of shallow):

- face moisturizer/sunscreen/light tint that leaves NO shine at all and is WONDERFUL
- shampoo that makes my hair luscious and shiny!
- visits with dad
- a day off for Brad!
- lights on the deck
- leftover enchiladas
- good wine
- fun new pens for school
- fun new folders for school
- good neighbors
- fresh farm veggies
- my health
- my husband, my best friend and love of my life

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CAMROLA 8/24/2011 12:36PM

    Gratitude is a wonderful sentiment... thank you for reminding me of that!

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BLUE-EYED-MAMA 8/24/2011 12:31PM

    Would love to know which moisturizer/sunscreen you use! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 8/24/2011 9:10AM

    New school supplies!!!!!!

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BILLALEX70 8/24/2011 8:42AM

    Sounds good enough to me.

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KALIGIRL 8/24/2011 8:32AM

    None of them were shallow - here's to thanks-giving!

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THE_JENCH 8/23/2011 11:00PM

    Yay for wine, fresh veggies, and visits with dads!

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RUNNINGWILD 8/23/2011 10:52PM

    I'm a stationery princess so I also love new supplies. emoticon
I don't see the shallow here...

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CASSIOEPIA 8/23/2011 10:09PM

    Did you take the 'Dealing with Stress' eMeeting? One of the challenges this week is to blog about what we are grateful for, especially the small things. Your blog fits this to a tee!

I love fun pens :)

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ELFITZPA 8/23/2011 9:16PM

    I think these are great!! Sure, some of things we're thankful for in life may not be super deep or important in the grand scheme of things. But being able to see these little things as blessings and to make the choice to appreciate them and be happy, well that's pretty huge in my opinion!

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/23/2011 8:44PM

    Great list! I love new pens and supplies especially!!!!

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boop boop a-doo

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's amazing how the little things can make a big difference. We have a beautiful back deck, but we don't spend much time out there. I think it's because it's kind of sparse out there - I haven't really spent the time or money to make it a nice place to be. But today I went out and bought some new lights for the deck. I only plugged in one strand, but WHOA what a difference! It looked SO nice out there tonight. I even had my dinner out there! I guess now is a good time to start thinking about getting stuff for the deck since it's all on sale!

Kind of bummer news today - I got a phone call that the hearing scheduled for tomorrow is rescheduled for next Tuesday. Which really stinks because now I have to take a personal day for it. Bleh. The second day of school and I have to take a personal day! And for nothing fun! I am racking my brain trying to think of a doctor I could go see that day so I could use a sick day instead... isn't looking promising. Oh well, I will get my stuff back so I think it's worth it to take that day. I want to talk to my principal and see if I can just leave for part of the day without a personal day, depending on what my schedule is. Sigh...

I got my bike out of the garage tonight for the first time this summer (!). I drove up to the local state park and rode around the loop a few times. I didn't go for too long, but I worked up a sweat and got in some good hills. I could just kick myself for not having done that earlier! I wrote in my journal tonight how I kind of frittered away the whole summer being sad and bummed out when I could have been doing tons more other stuff. Anyway. I think one of my upcoming goals is going to have something to do with taking advantage of where I live - it's a beautiful area, and people come up here on vacation all the time. There's no reason I shouldn't be out enjoying this!

In fact, today I saw a baby deer just lying in the grass by the road, its mom was across the street. And on my way to the gym, there are two baby deer I always see running around with their mom. I saw a buck in a driveway on my way to the gym over the weekend, and tonight while I was on my deck I saw an owl fly through the trees! I happened to look over when it was flying - I saw one fly once before and it's AMAZING how quiet they are.

I guess it didn't hurt that today's weather was BEAUTIFUL! The humidity was non-existent and it was in the mid-seventies. I love it! My hair didn't get all frizzy and I didn't feel like a big nasty sweat ball all day. Hooray!

Tomorrow my dad is coming up to visit. I haven't seen him in a while, so it will be a nice day. Brad is off of work, too - extra nice!

Today's good:

- drank all my water
- ran some errands
- enjoyed my deck!
- made some amazing buffalo meat enchiladas with farm fresh sauce!
- looked at some old pictures from my mom - holy MOLY.

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RENLA6991 8/23/2011 10:26AM

    The view in your area sounds beautiful. My wildlife consists of the neighborhood dogs, squirrels and the ducks that my neighbor raises (don't ask.) Oh, and we also used to have possums that would eat cat food off our front porch. Have fun decorating your deck, and enjoy your time with your dad & Brad!

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LYNNANN43 8/23/2011 9:17AM

    This blog made me smile just reading it! emoticon

emoticon getting out that emoticon

I really have to have Hubs dig mine out of the shed since the temps are getting cooler:-)

Enjoy that deck! Make it a place that really want to be!

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KALIGIRL 8/23/2011 8:40AM

    WAY Good and emoticonon getting the bike out!

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COOPSM 8/22/2011 11:31PM

    Carrie--I always love reading your blogs!!! I have to get back into doing this!! You make things sound amazing!!! Hope next Tuesday gets worked out...enjoy your day with your dad and Brad!!!

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LAURIEWY 8/22/2011 10:45PM

    The buffalo meat enchiladas sound delicious. I love looking at old pictures and laughing at myself. There are some that I just don't have any excuses for (lol). Hope the rest of your week goes well!

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