Sunday, September 28, 2008

wake me up when september ends

Ok so seriously, I once again have been slacking off with regards to writing in here. I swear, I totally have intentions of updating, but then life seems to get in the way, either that or I just end up laying down because I am exhausted from long days of teaching and working out. Once again though, I can't complain. I love teaching, love running, love working out, love my apartment. I love the fact that I will be meeting with some program heads on Wed, so I can see if Worcester State's CAGS program in Reading is something to consider starting up in order to become a Reading Specialist. If not, then I am going to continue looking at BU and BC and get my apps going for there. Commuting to and from boston wouldn't be the easiest thing to do on a regular basis; however, if it's something I want to do I know I can make it work... WSC though is definitely more convenient for location.
So September ends this week, seems crazy, almost October, my students are already starting to talk about Halloween... which is on a Friday this year, so happy about that, I won't have to deal with the aftermath of exhausted trick or treaters who are on a sugar high and bring a pound of chocolate and skittles for snack the next day. Halloween on Friday just makes my life a whole lot easier.
Today has been such a good day so far. Usually rainy days make me feel lethargic, sit around, lay around, watch tv, and just kind of succumb to the assumed laziness that goes along with a rainy day. (although I'm looking outside right now and it's not raining any more? weird) Anyways, it was raining this morning; however, before breakfast I got working for a little bit on some school work, had breakfast, threw in a load of laundry and got back to working again. We have a login now from home so I can access our district's server, which means I can access any files and programs on my computer at school, it's fabulous! Although now I have no excuse for not doing something because I left it at school. But yeah, I got working on somethings for school, then around 11 realized my energy level was slowing down. I got changed up and headed to the jcc, which is only a 6 minute drive away! Upon getting there I was still not super ready to run, even though in my head I was thinking "Julie you're not leaving here unless you crank out at least 7 miles, no excuses." It seemed pretty quiet there when I walked in, so I still didn't feel too invigorated; however, after opening the door to the fitness center it was like a surge of energy burst into me... there were a bunch of people running, biking, lifting, etc. and it was like "snap" I'm ready to run. I hopped on a treadmill, with a rascal flatts playlist on my ipod and just starting going. I really didn't have any target for times today, just to run at least 7. So I started off taking it easy... even though there were others running they weren't going too fast so I wasn't too inspired to step it up. After about 4 miles at an easy gait I went up a bit, then decided in my head that I could run another 4 at a faster pace, then I would jog at least another mile to cool down, which is what I did. I wound up finishing 8 miles in 60:22, then slowed it down and ran another mile and a half, ending up with finishing 9.5 for the day. I then proceeded to the mats for my sit up routine and stretching, then back out into the rain to drive home.
When I tell people at the end of the day at school that I am off to run or going to the gym they think I am crazy, saying "aren't you tired, or don't want to go home and rest?" but actually working out and running makes me way more energized than if I lived a sedentary lifestyle. I don't know if it's a runner's high or whatever endorphins kick in, but whatever they are, I guess they're my addiction, my drug of choice perhaps and if that's the addiction I have in life, then I am willing to come out and say it, because that's an addiction I will take any day.
Today was like no other, the run totally brought new life to me. I came home and the cleaning that I had been putting off all weekend miraculously got done, and fast too. There's something about cleaning a toilet that I hate, but I plunged (haha- pun intended) right it and did it in like 30 seconds, cleaned the rest of the bathroom, switched loads from the washer to the dryer, and then proceeded to wash the counters and appliances in my kitchen. I made some lunch and then while eating I planned stuff for the week, cleaned up from lunch, and worked on a bit more school work. Which leads me to well, now, when I realized that since I have all of this energy I should face the music and check on my blog to see when I last visited... Sept 7th wasn't the best news, but I figured I can't put it off any longer, I better blog before September ends.
As I always say, I should blog more, maybe I will, maybe I won't, maybe I should make it a routine to do it after running, use my endorphins positively? We'll see, until next time, whenever that is...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

it's a beautiful day

So once again a couple of days have gone by without posting, but I'm back to teaching full time now, so life gets busy. Anyways, after my first day of school, I had two more successful days before the weekend came. And by successful, I mean that I was able to get through the days and manage to wake up the next day and do it all over again. I love teaching, but after working only half days during our summer program I forget how tiring it is to be in front of 19 7 or 8 year olds from 8-3. It may not sound like a long day, but then throw in an hour or two of planning and correcting and it lengthens up a bit. Still I had a good first half week of school. I think it should be a good year, although it's amazing how young they still seem. By the end of the year they grow so much, then to start all over again with a new group it's just a shocker to remember where we begin again every September.

I really should have started a book five years ago when I began teaching, because it's totally true that kids say the darndest things, they are too funny. On Friday I was reading a Scholastic News article with my kids and it was talking about the recent hurricanes that have been hitting the US. We started talking about the direction that the hurricanes were moving and so I drew a compass on the board and showed the kids how to remember which way is which.... I made the arrows with the "N, E, S, W" in their positions and then told them. Always remember "Never Eat Soggy Waffles...or if they prefer Never Eat Shredded Wheat." Well doesn't one of my kids say "Actually, I kind of like soggy waffles, but my mom told me don't eat soggy bread." Clearly I wasn't really getting through to some of them with my way of remembering cardinal directions, but it gave the aide that was in the room and myself a good laugh, so I clarified what I was talking about and then moved on.

I was so happy when Friday night came, all I wanted to do was put my feet up and relax, so I did, it was wonderful. Yesterday I went to the gym in Auburn, then stopped off at the rents to pick up some paper goods, did some errands and returned here to shower and head to church. Since I am no longer living close to St. Joe's, I have been going to Christ the King and have to say I like it better. The church is very welcoming and is beautiful, yet simple. I love the stained glass and in the afternoons the light has shone through it very nicely. Aside from the fact that it was rainy when I got out, I enjoyed mass, then headed to the store to buy some cream for today. I actually vacuumed here for the first time (I really am not a slob, I just haven't found the need to vacuum yet) and tidied up a bit, knowing a big part of the fam were coming this morning.

I got up early this am, well 7:30 is early for the weekend, and went to the jcc to run on the treadmill. I had a goal of 7 miles and met it... in a time of 53:30, which is respectable, at least for me right now. The key for me is to not get injured and stay in decent shape, I am not totally heart broken if I am running mid 7 min mile pace, yet I am not gonna lie, I would like to try to be faster, but I am content with where I am at/ headed. I came back and showered, really quickly, because my Nana was meeting me here at 9:45 to start the big coffee pot. I had my first "party" well pretty low key party, it was actually a brunch which is pretty easy to host, but it was still a good time. I invited the local Collins side relatives over, so there was about 25 people here for some donuts, coffee, and many baked goods...banana bread, pumpkin muffins, poppyseed cake, irish bread... could be forgetting some things, oh yeah, awesome fruit salad, juice, etc.... such a good brunch and it was great to see my fam and have them in my place!

Now it's back to the life of a teacher... time to correct summer reading book reports and plan some readers' workshop lessons for the week. Also at some point I am actually excited to go do a few errands and enjoy the sunshine. :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

1st day

Starting up my fifth year of teaching today! There's something about the first day that is great, excited kids, excited teacher, clean room, fresh wax on the floors at school, everyone semi-dressed up... I wish this energy could be bottled up and taken out come mid January when it's cold, dark, and dismal and I'd rather stay in bed. Well I need to get ready to meet my 19 new kiddos today. Hopefully I will post later with details of the day.