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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Well, I did it. I made it to the gym tonight. And it was wonderful.

Tomorrow is going to be the endless day - morning coffee meeting and then a school board meeting in the evening. It's going to be a big one - the preliminary budget is getting voted on. I guess I'll see where I stand as far a job for next year.

You know, for one glorious hour tonight at the gym, I didn't think about my job situation. Everything just left my brain. The music pushed me and it was wonderful.

I didn't pack my lunch for tomorrow. I'll sweet-talk my honey into doing it... he's the best.

Off to bed!

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TIGGER622 5/16/2012 4:53PM

    Oooooooh fingers crossed for good news today!!!!! love you girl!

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MUFFIY831 5/16/2012 9:19AM

    My fingers are crossed for you. Good job letting the gym melt the stress away for at least an hour.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/16/2012 1:19AM

    emoticon that you were able to enjoy your workout and let all the stress go.
Let us know how the school board meeting goes.

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NIELSENSLADY 5/15/2012 10:10PM

    Dang! I hope you hear good news!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/15/2012 10:02PM

    That's what I love about the gym. You just... don't think about stuff. It's wonderful!

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Routine = a Calmer Me.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sometimes it takes a little non-routine to make me appreciate why I like to have a routine.

This weekend I went down to my mom's house for Mother's Day. We had a fantastic weekend - I got in some good biking and running, and we had a good time going out to dinner and making lunch yesterday. Whenever I go to my mom's house, we rarely eat at home. This is kind of a treat for me, since the hubs and I hardly EVER go out to eat. I can't tell you the last time we went out.

But the point is that it took me a long time to decide that I wasn't going to track my food at my mom's house. So this was a weekend where I didn't track my food. While it was kind of nice not to track, when I got home last night it kind of all hit me. I felt out of control. I can't even begin to think about how much I ate. But I'm pretty sure that if I tried, I'd be seriously underestimating the calories I consumed.

So today I feel re-energized to track my food. It took the weekend of going back to my pre-Spark days to realize just how far I've come and just how important tracking my food is for my success. And you know what? I think I actually kind of *like* tracking my food. I like seeing those numbers and looking at patterns in my eating. I like knowing that I had enough protein to support my weight training and that my snack didn't totally negate all the biking I did.

It's a new week.

- make some phone calls I need to make
- pay my tuition bill (gulp)
- go to the gym this evening (change into gym gear IMMEDIATELY after I get home from school)
- pack tomorrow's lunch

Tonight I'm having enchiladas for dinner. Yum!

And today is National Chicken Dance Day - enjoy!

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NIELSENSLADY 5/15/2012 1:28AM

    I feel the same way as you when it comes to routines. I hate them when I have them but when I don't I miss them. LOL!

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TIGGER622 5/14/2012 10:12PM

    national chicken dance day huh??? dance chicken dance!!!! you are awesome, i need to get back into where i enjoyed logging, i am trying! you are my inspiration girl! MUAH!

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COOPSM 5/14/2012 6:36PM

    I am with you Carrie on the tracking..have not been doing it with the RESET and can't wait to get back to it!!!

have an amazing week!!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/14/2012 3:26PM

    Oh I hear ya! My mom has been here since the 2nd and tracking has gone out the window! She goes home Wednesday and I can NOT wait to get back to my routine. I love her but 2 weeks at a time is too much (not just her, for anyone!)

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BILLALEX70 5/14/2012 3:17PM

    I feel your pain of paying bills...I hate them.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/14/2012 2:39PM

    Loved the insights here - great job Carrie!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/14/2012 11:22AM

    I really like tracking my food, too. Sounds like you had a nice weekend but are happy to be back to your normal routine. Have a great workout tonight!

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/14/2012 8:02AM

    Sounds like a great week-end! Thanks for letting us know today is National Chicken Dance Day!!! :) Have a great week!

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Lessons from a 6 year old

Saturday, May 12, 2012

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW). I am very fortunate - at my school, we have a wonderful PTA and very supportive parents. All week they had fun games for us, treats - and it was a fantastic week. But one of my very favorite parts of the week is getting notes from my kiddos. Sometimes it's (unfortunately) easy to get bogged down in the not-so-fun parts of education - like "will I have a job next year?" "will this kid EVER behave?" The notes from my kids reaffirm why I do what I do.

I've been a crying mess all week. I want to share two of my very favorite notes with you.

"I enjoy music class, you are the best teacher I could ever dream of."

"You are my best music teacher I saw in my whole entire life. I like music so much because you plan fun things like Bluebird Bluebird. Also I like the scarves you wear sometimes."

There are a few lessons I think we can all take from this.

No compliment is too small - everyone likes to be appreciated. It doesn't hurt anything to give a compliment.

Pay attention to the little stuff. I don't think twice about wearing scarves - it's just something I do. But this kindergarten girl notices my scarves. Lucky for me, she noticed a positive thing. But it could have been something else. What do people notice about you? Is it that you wear nice earrings? That you always smile at the cashier? Or do they notice something else - that you always roll your eyes at the bank? I will be paying much more attention to how I act.

I hope this Mother's Day weekend finds you all well. Give mum a hug and thank her for everything.

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TIGGER622 5/14/2012 10:10PM

    awwwww I love your little lessons!!!! you are an awesome teacher!!! so glad you had a good week, we all appreciate you and your fabulousness!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/13/2012 1:00AM

    Nice ideas! Thanks for sharing. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!


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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/12/2012 6:14PM

    Great blog! Something we all need to remember.

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WORDGIRL830 5/12/2012 3:26PM

    This is inspiring. I'm a teacher also, and I used to keep a calendar of the positive little things that happened every day. I have fallen off the wagon. I need to get back to doing that, because it really did help me deal with the negative things that you mentioned. Thank you for this reminder. Very timely. Have a great weekend!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/12/2012 12:16PM

    So cute! That must have made you really feel good. I didn't get any notes - my kids are too old and too cool for that stuff. Haha. All we got were lots and lots of food treats. Pros and cons there for sure.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/12/2012 11:16AM

    Yes, you never know who is paying attention, and at what! Love the message here.

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COOPSM 5/12/2012 10:14AM

    This was so sweet!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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LULUBELLE65 5/12/2012 10:03AM

    How sweet! It is so important to be reminded of why we do what we do, isn't it?

I teach big kids, who tend not to say many nice things, but a few weeks ago I had the following conversation take place in my room:

Student A: You're having a really good hair day Ms B!
Student B: She's having a really good hair week!

Most of the comments I get about my teaching happen when they go off to college and FB me to tell me that their prof thinks that they are a good writer, or to thank me for teaching them how to read poetry.

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MUFFIY831 5/12/2012 9:47AM

    So sweet!!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 5/12/2012 9:35AM

    Friday was our day to get notes from our kids...Monday we were given flowers-I have two big vases filled at home and one at school.. Tuesday they brought us edible treats, so now I have a stash of chocolate to last me a year. Wednesday was a healthy snack, so I have LOTS of granola bars... Thursday, I'm not sure what was planned but the kids brought in all sorts of goodies... And yesterday was cards and notes...

My fourth graders have been asking me the past couple of weeks if I will loop with them to Division IV next year (5th and sixth grade).... I can't but gosh part of me REALLY wants to...

I think that knowing my kids want me to come with them to a new grade, new part of the journey means the most of all...

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    Once again, a great blog,CArrie!! Havea great weekend~

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I'm all over the place!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Holy moly. The end of school is coming, and I can't wait. I am totally on edge about stuff right now! I don't feel like working out, I almost couldn't care less about what I'm eating, and PLEASE just let me lie on the couch!

Maybe it's the rain. The last few days have been pretty crappy, weather-wise. Maybe I just need some extra sun to make me feel better. This weekend I'm going to visit my mom for Mother's Day - my bro and I are cooking for her. Maybe I'll go on Saturday and go for a bike ride around her house. She has a much nicer area for biking than I do. The roads are a lot safer for bikers.

I'm also a little overwhelmed about this triathlon thing. I am excited about it, but I'm kind of regretting signing up for it. I just don't feel like training for it.

I've not been getting enough sleep, either. Less than 8 hours a night, most nights in the last two weeks have been less than 7. Sigh... I need to get myself back on track.

But I can't end on a sourpuss note.
Good stuff:
- I got in some good workouts this week
- I've gotten some really special notes from students for Teacher Appreciation Week.
- My Girls on the Run girls were so happy to see me tonight.
- I am really excited for my upcoming 5K on May 20th - it's a fast course, and I'm feeling strong. I would love to really try for a sub-30:00 time. (The last time I ran this course I ran about 30:37)

Off to get some water and lie on the couch. Maybe go to sleep. I don't see how extra sleep could hurt!

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CAMROLA 5/11/2012 12:18PM

    You ARE a busy girl!

Extra sleep is the best antidote to just about anything. Get some rest, and rock on--you are amazing!

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GOEGIRL 5/11/2012 10:41AM

    You are a busy girl! I vote for more rest time!!! :o) When IS your TRI anyway?

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TIGGER622 5/10/2012 8:01PM

    Dont get bogged down by the tri! Just go have fun with it! Take in the experience, learn how it all works, and JUST ENJOY!!!! No worries!!! You are awesome darling!

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Today's goodness:

- drank tons of water
- got some nice feedback from a colleague about an e-mail I sent out
- heard from "a little birdy" that my principal really wants to keep me. (This isn't everything, but it sure doesn't hurt!)
- had a great day with the kiddos. I'm reading a book called "When Teaching Gets Tough." Today I tried some of the little hints, and I think they worked. I'll keep reading it. Teachers, I highly recommend it.
- made some fish that didn't suck! I can't STAND cooking fish, but that's what Brad left for me to eat tonight. It was bluefish, so really simple to cook, but I get scared anyway. It turned out to be really good!

To work on tomorrow:
- better nutrition. Today was not a wonderful day for it. I snacked too much and ate when I wasn't hungry. Sigh.
- keep drinking that water!

That's about it... time for a hot bath and bed.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/10/2012 12:36PM

    You might become a chef too :-)

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TORTUETOO 5/10/2012 9:56AM

    Why do you hate cooking fish? Because it's stinky? I loove fish. If it weren't so darn expensive I'd cook it twice a week!

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LAURELSPARK 5/9/2012 10:20AM

    I love fish but I can't stand the smell of it when it is cooking. I think it goes back to when I first got married. We did a lot of fishing and there were always whole fish in the freezer, just staring at me. Ha!

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TIGGER622 5/9/2012 9:36AM

    nice! way to cook up the fishies!!! hang in there girl, if i were that principal, I'd sit my butt in your classroom and make sure you never left the building!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/9/2012 9:03AM had bluefish,though.
you're doing great,Girl! just one day at a time..

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CFMOSS 5/9/2012 6:41AM

    I like the way you phrased the beginning: Today's goodness. I think I might mentally coopt that phrase:) And...I liked all the things you included in Today's goodness. Here's to today and this day's goodness.

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GOEGIRL 5/8/2012 9:46PM

    Wow, sounds like a GREAT day! Woo hoo on the fish (I often manage to make it fall apart when what I really want is that niiiiiice crust on it... sigh). Well done and I hope you have an even BETTER day tomorrow!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/8/2012 9:43PM

    Lots of time, I just cook my fish in real lemon juice. Squeeze out a lemon, put it in a pan, and simmer the fish on top of it. Simple and good! And sometimes I throw some salsa on my filet, and bake it. Also good, and pretty simple to do.

Loved hearing what your principal said - even if it came from a little birdie!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/8/2012 9:39PM

    Oh, have you tried parmesan tilapia? STUPIDLY easy, and OMG good:
It's based off of a Rachael Ray recipe.

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