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Monday, September 01, 2014



I've spent more time this weekend working on lesson plans and school activities than anything else. At least I've made a dent in it...and it's kept me from eating...too busy. I still plan to reward myself with a evening walk with hubby in a couple of hours, if the temps drop under the 90's.

Common Core would want students to solve this problem and explain the answer using an equation, again with pictures, and again using words.

  
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DEE107 9/2/2014 12:03AM

    have a good week I love to walk its fun

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NAYPOOIE 9/1/2014 11:28PM

    Pictures? Really?

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KIWIANN 9/1/2014 10:23PM

    I can follow the pattern, and probably explain in words or equations, but pictures? seriously?
Hope your walk was great! We have had thunderstorms here all evening, and they are still going strong!

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ARTJAC 9/1/2014 9:30PM

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/1/2014 9:15PM

    I can understand the huge backlash against common core. Not a clue what to do with this pic.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 9:00PM

    Good luck w/the lesson plans.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/1/2014 8:59PM

    I got the answer, at least I think I did... but I am at a loss as to how to explain the answer three ways... Care to enlighten this old lady?
Hugs, Audra

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EHLIFESSHORT 9/1/2014 8:15PM

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2BDYNAMIC 9/1/2014 8:06PM

    I will leave the math to you ............ emoticon ...... Math was
my minor .......... emoticon

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GINA180847 9/1/2014 7:47PM

    Only smart people on Spark, math is right on.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/1/2014 7:35PM

    9=90

it was 2x3
3x4
4x5
5x6
6x7

7x8
8x9
9x10=90

am i right

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NILLAPEPSI 9/1/2014 7:34PM

    Hope you enjoyed your walk. emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 9/1/2014 7:18PM

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Feel the Love

Sunday, August 31, 2014



Today was supposed to be my day to kick back and relax. We came home from church and ate healthy sandwiches for lunch. Then I spent the next 10 hours working on aligning my lesson plans and classroom activities to the Common Core Standards and new curriculum our school adopted for this year. I did take 1 short break for a walk around the neighborhood with my hubby. I'm almost half way done...almost. I feel accomplished. I know by just sitting down and getting it done it will save me lots of time in the long run. Tomorrow will be much of the same, except that instead of going to church, I'm going to take a break to play some board games with the family, and another to mow the lawn, if I can get outside before it hits the 90's. Hope you all are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 9:17PM

    Good luck!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/1/2014 12:42PM

    Thanks for the quote...
Your plans sound good to me.

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SANDRALEET 9/1/2014 8:51AM

    Wark wark goes not away

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/1/2014 8:12AM

    I like that thought - I'm going to share that with a friend who's havine problems treading the fine line between love and respect in the classroom (she's afraid she's becoming too much of a friend to her charges).

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NILLAPEPSI 9/1/2014 7:34AM

    Best wishes to you as you begin this new school year. emoticon emoticon

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KMICHA 9/1/2014 6:44AM

    Yikes! Lots of preparation ! Enjoy your holiday!

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MADAMES 9/1/2014 1:55AM

    How well I know those weekends doing lesson plans! Sigh. I retired in 2012, and it took me nearly two years to calm down and start to feel relaxed and retired. I understand your stress.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/1/2014 12:20AM

    Have fun!

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KATELJM 8/31/2014 11:49PM

    Hope Common Core works better for your students than it has in Maryland.

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GINA180847 8/31/2014 11:40PM

    Imagine my poor daughter and her husband still in the midst of a looooong teacher's strike here in BC/Canada. She would love to be in your shoes. Ah, back to school!!!!! Good for you enjoying labor day weekend but still getting work done.

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Perfect Weight

Saturday, August 30, 2014



Last night was our 1st home emoticon game. We had a nice emoticon come through right before the game, and drop the emoticon . I decided to wear my fat jeans to the game. I hadn't worn long pants in months. A few blocks from home, I decided I needed to go back home and change into sweats. emoticon My fat jeans were just too tight to be tolerable sitting in the stands for over 3 hours. emoticon

I debated today whether I should buy a new pair of fat jeans, or just suffer it out until I manage to fit into my old ones. emoticon I finally decided to treat myself to a new pair. The only thing I hate worse than shopping for jeans is shopping for swimsuits. emoticon I normally emoticon to shop. I pulled up my big girl panties, which are also too tight, emoticon and went to Kohl's. I tried on a bajillion pairs of jeans, and endured the horrid view in the full body mirrors, emoticon emoticononly to settle for a pair I don't really like, but are at least comfortable standing, sitting, and bending over. emoticon emoticon emoticon

When I got home, I checked the tags in my old fat jeans. They are the same size as the new pair I bought. emoticon Then I got to thinking...I bought those jeans when I was pregnant with my son, who is now 16. I guess they COULD have shrunk a bit, and I WAS entitled to a new pair, as raggedy as those were looking. But I still wasn't happy. emoticon

I started thinking about some emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Krys posted about goals and motivation. I tried to think of something that I wanted that would motivate me to get serious. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I could not come up with anything. Nothing appeals to me right now. I have plenty of clothes, accessories, gadgets, etc. Nothing material came to mind. Then a emoticon came on, "Its Time" by Imagine Dragons. It is special to me because it was a song that the choir sang everywhere we went on our Europe trip, including the airports and on street corners. I began to think...I really want to go on that trip again!

There is a very realistic possibility that my son will be invited to participate on the next trip in 2016. emoticon The invitations for that tour will be extended this coming Spring. It would be so cool if we not only got to go again, but if I was also too small to wear any of the clothes that I wore this summer. emoticon We would get to see some of the things that we didn't have time for emoticon and we would get more time at the things we really loved. It would actually cost less emoticon to go again, because we already have the passports, and emoticon , and a good emoticon , and know which places were more expensive, and which places had the better bargains.

I think I found a reward that I wanted badly enough that I would be motivated to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!

Step 1: Get an unenthusiastic hubby on board. Hmmm. How to make him want what I want emoticon Ah yes! emoticon emoticon emoticon I told him that I really want to go again, conversationally. He said nothing. I mention that the idea motivated me to pursue healthier habits because it meant we would have to spend less money eating out, and eat more meals at home. emoticon I played that card right. He pays for meals out, I buy the groceries. He quickly calculated how much money he would save just this week if we came home after our son's emoticon games and just ate a quick emoticon rather than grabbing a quick bite at whatever happened to be open that late at night...usually some sort of fast food. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That should not only save me a few calories, but also a emoticon load of sodium.

Step 2: Shop for healthier food that can be prepared quickly so that we have no excuse not to eat at home this week. emoticon This week will be mostly sandwiches, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

Step 3: Get my fat emoticonout of the chair and move it more. This one is a bit tougher. We have emoticon games every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, emoticon on Sunday and Wednesday, Marching band for Friday night emoticon games, and after work technology training on various nights. I'm already not getting enough emoticon , and I'm one of those people who really need 8 hours a emoticon to function. I can't get up earlier, or stay up later, so it is going to have to come out of my emoticon time. That means limiting myself to 15 minutes a day on Spark, and eliminating a lot of the time I spend on articles and message boards. emoticon teams and emoticon emoticon that I am in the habit of visiting every day. That is the only way I can carve out more exercise time.

Step 4: Reward myself. My play is to pay myself 1000 emoticon (virtual) for every pound I lose between now and May. If I "earn" enough Sparkbucks, I make the down payment for the next Europe trip. emoticon If I don't earn enough for the emoticon , we don't go. emoticon If my son does not receive an invitation, AND I have lost at least 20 lbs, I get to buy myself a new emoticon . The one I use belongs to the school, and I don't get to take it with me when I retire. For every lb I lose along the way, I earn an extra 15 minutes to play on Spark.

So that is my crazy plan to motivate myself to get in shape and do the things I know that I ought to do. Honestly, all the time I spend sparking does me no good whatsoever if I'm not applying the things I've learned. So...if you don't hear from me as often in the future, or I don't seem as active as before, you'll know why.

emoticon I hereby solemnly swear to start applying Spark knowledge instead of just accumulating it, and as my friend Henabelle would say, to be good. emoticon

  
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FIT-TO-LIVE 9/1/2014 8:01AM

    Girl, if you can do all that and still find time to exercise then I REALLY have NO excuse!!! You are an inspiration! Good luck, you can do this. I can't wait to watch you reach your goals. :)

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GINA180847 8/31/2014 3:54PM

    I love your plan and it has the extra motivation (for me/not you) that I benefit so much by virtually taking part in your travels. Hmmmmmm maybe I can virtually take part in your weight loss too. All kidding aside, it is an excellent plan and I think you will make it work.

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MADAMES 8/31/2014 1:46PM

    Wow....you have done some great planning work, and you are very motivated. Go for it; you are worth it!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/31/2014 10:35AM

    Excellent blog...
Excellent PLAN
Yes, it is easy to use up a lot of time just keeping up with Spark activities.

But, PLEASE .... do find the time to keep us posted ... I am sure we will all be rooting for you to meet and even exceed your goals. Nothing motivates quite as well as a motivated friend.

Love and Hugs, A


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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2014 9:32AM

    You are clever. MONEY motivates my DH too!

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KIPPER15 8/31/2014 9:10AM

    emoticon Wonderful goal and motivation! You can do it! emoticon

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KIWIANN 8/31/2014 9:10AM

    Good plans! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCIAC10 8/31/2014 8:10AM

    EVER-HOPEFUL has some good suggestions! Make room for exercise in bits and pieces throughout your day. Park at the far end of the lot so you have to walk longer to get where you are going: every step adds up. Work can be tricky. You teach: I know some teachers would get their colleagues to walk with them during breaks or before or after school. Some would take their running clothes and change into them after school and run before heading out to the rest of their day...not sure how they dealt with the cleaning up and sweaty part! emoticon
But more importantly stick to your food plan and focus on a manageable exercise plan, making weekends your more active time. It can be done! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/31/2014 8:05AM

    What an inspiring plan! Go, Grrl!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/31/2014 6:39AM

    good plan but donīt forget while you are driving your kid around to various events you can instead of watching the events they are in use that time to do extra exercis.going up and down the stairs there walking or running around the pitch etc,etc.there are also some exercises you can do while watching the event like pelvic exercises,holding in your stomach for a set amount of time and releasing.then repeat. you can go up and down on your toes as well as lifting your toes up and down and going on your heels to do your calf muscles so just there alone you have done what for your deportment core and legs.doing squats and lunges or leg stretches or even jogging on the spot will not only help you keep warm but burn calories.take a thermos flask of warm tea or soup with you so if you are tempted on you way home to grap a bite to eat because you are cold and need warming up the tea or soup will tide you over till you get home.also there are various small activities you can add to every day when doing dishes for example you can do the exercises i mentioned before.cleaning your teeth for example you can do leg lifts or sideways bends.where there is a will there is a way.you can do this love.proud of you that you have found the motivation you need. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 8/31/2014 12:09AM

    woo hoo

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Sorry

Friday, August 29, 2014



emoticon Sometimes "sorry" just don't cut it.

  
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IDLETYME 8/30/2014 10:04AM

    No - I don't think "Sorry" is enough!!!! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/30/2014 7:30AM

    So, a bus drove thru the front of the clothing store?

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DEE107 8/30/2014 1:17AM

    confused

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GINA180847 8/30/2014 12:18AM

    What the heck is that all about?????????????

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KATELJM 8/30/2014 12:16AM

    so right!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/29/2014 7:34PM

    Yeah ......... really. Sorry' is over-rated at times ......... emoticon ..... (makes things all better. (Not)

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ARTJAC 8/29/2014 7:30PM

    OOPS!

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SANDRALEET 8/29/2014 7:10PM

    No break in depo Stay outside

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/29/2014 6:22PM

    SORRY !!
It took me a while to figure out what the pictures was all about..
Yes, saying "SORRY" will just not cut it, at least in my book.


See the bus doing a 'drive in' to a store not equipped for same?


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SLIMMERJESSE 8/29/2014 6:19PM

    I'll have to come back to this again with new perspective as I can't tell what this is.

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An Offer You Can't Refuse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014



This one has "The Godfather" written all over it.

  
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DESERTDREAMERS 8/29/2014 4:23AM

    The trouble is, "Carlos" was bound to be between 2 buns no matter what!

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    emoticon You're killing me with laughter!

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    Yikes! The Godfather, indeed!!!

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    lol

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GINA180847 8/27/2014 11:37PM

    poor Carlos, no matter what happens he may still end up on a plate.

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    emoticon catchup anyone?

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/27/2014 9:01PM

    Cowabunga!

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    BWAHAHAHAHA!

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