Next to summer, fall is my favorite season! I love the colors, the smells, the clothes, Patriots football, the food, and the promise of starting fresh with a new school year. I’m usually busy beyond belief but once the routine gets going, I get into a groove. This year, my SMILE group is awesome as is the curriculum, I’m dedicated to getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle and our new boat is exciting. We are going to attempt spending the night at that marina tonight with the 3 pups and hope that they cooperate. There aren’t many more weekends left before she is pulled for the winter and think it’s a good time to try it out while there aren’t many people there. Here’s hoping that the dogs are quiet and don’t find the need to alert us to every sound they hear!
I rode my bike to school today and… man, I’m out of shape! I’m sick of the situation that I’m in right now; fatter than ever and feeling it. Since my surgery marathon all I do is gain. Summer vacation is almost here and I love to hit the bike path to ride and/or walk. Now that the weather is decent and I don’t have tons of things to carry back and forth to school, I’m going to ride as many days as I can to get my exercise in without having to go to the gym at night or early morning. I would much rather exercise in a functional way since I have to go to school anyway. Hopefully, I start to drop a few pounds… this feeling sucks!! Diet alone doesn’t do it for me. Exercise is a must.
New Beginnings… Here we are in November and it’s time for the annual National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and once again I am committing to post 30 posts in 30 days. I’ve been super busy with school and as usual at this time of the year, I have to deal with the Alternate Assessment that is required because of the population of students that I teach.
Patriots football is in full swing and as of today, have the best record in the league at 6-1!!! I still love my team but I’ve virtually pod-faded my Patriots Podcast as it’s just not practical for me to keep it up.. Reasons: 1. It takes up too many hours that I don’t have to spare; 2. I no longer attend every game as my life is in a different place these days; 3. All of the professionals are doing podcasts and do it for a living.. thus, have time and access and also don’t have to to all of the technical end themselves. 4. The “podcasting community” has pretty much faded as well. It was a great run but life goes on…
Healthwise, I’m almost back to my old self and I’ve been walking every day and I am determined to lose the weight that I picked up over the past year. I need to do it for my health and well-being and also because I have nothing to wear! I actually walked to work this morning which killed two birds with one stone. I still would much rather walk outside than a treadmill and would definitely walk TO a destination than just walk for the sake of walking.
I just finished watching the last Biggest Loser episode before the finale and once again, the contestants ran a marathon. Talk about coming a long way in almost no time! It’s a testament to what can be done with hard work and dedication. Granted, working out like they do is like a full time job but they were home for 60 days and still had to keep it up. Makes me look at my challenges through new eyes. Anything can be done!
Now that I’m feeling better, I’ve been starting to head back to the gym. (Special thanks to Big Al, who has been faithful right along and has encouraged me to go with him.) I’m also looking forward to getting back to my Yoga practice and will be starting that up again this week as well.
It’s a busy week with another school Thanksgiving and a small one here on Thursday. I got my shopping done tonight because I want to avoid the market at all costs on Wednesday! It’s been another week of meetings but thankfully, there’s only 2 days of work left then a 4 day weekend!
I’m not a big TV fan but I do have a weekly date with my favorite show, The Biggest Loser each Tuesday night. I can always be guaranteed a boost in motivation and a good cry each week. No reason for tears yet in this episode but the cast is in the White House kitchen right now eating a salad picked from the First Family’s garden. It makes me pine for my garden right now and sad that it’s run it’s course for this year. Nothing beats fresh, organic vegetables grown at home!
It’s Patriots Training Camp Eve and I can feel that familiar excitement building…! It’s going to be strange not attending every single session because of work but I’ll get there as much as I can. With the advent of technology and “Old Media” embracing “New Media” and the fact that I won’t be there every session, I’ve decided to forgo my traditional Mrs. B’s Training Camp Reports. I still may make some posts but the sense of urgency and need to rush home and drop everything to post is no longer necessary.
The PFW dudes will be live blogging from the tent and many people will likely be tweeting as well. Naturally, Mike Reiss and the other reporters will be posting from camp too and it’ll be all over the message boards and dissected and discussed before I even make it to my car. I’ll literally have nothing to say two hours later when I finally make my way through the traffic and get home. Besides that, there has been a ton of stress and other RL (real life) things to fill my mind these days and I really need to just go and enjoy camp without the stress of being “on duty”. So, I’m not saying that there won’t be ANY reports or podcasts but I’m giving myself permission to just play things by ear and enjoy myself. Fair enough?
School has been going well and even if I hated it I would still need to do it from a financial standpoint this year. But… I don’t hate it at all.. I actually Love It!! I’ve got a great group of students and while I love teaching my Severe Profound class during the year, I’m enjoying teaching academics to a higher level group this summer. It’s a treat to be able to cover different material and work with them. The hours are also great and who can beat a 4 day weekend all summer?
Yesterday, I took a nice long ride on the Blackstone River BikeWay and it was great. I’m lucky to have it so close by and it’s beautiful. I had planned on riding my bike back and forth to school a lot this spring and summer but unfortunately, we’ve had so much rain, it’s been hard to plan it. I hope to get back out on the path again soon.
As for right now, I’m hoping do some reading before crashing tonight because once camp hits it’s Patriots and nothing but Patriots for me from here on out!
Without getting into much detail, I must say that the past few months have been a blur…. We had a medical scare here and while we still don’t have all of our answers and know exactly what was wrong, we now know that some serious, scary things have been ruled out. With the coming of spring and the good news, it’s time to get back to a normal life and schedule here. I’m hoping to be able to finally get a good night’s sleep without spending hours tossing and turning. I’m so ready to finally wake up rested for a change.
Tomorrow will be Day 130 at school, with 50 to go! It’s that time of the year that I have lots and lots of paperwork and various individualized plans and assessments to do for my students. In order to make it, I’ll be staying at school late and bringing work home a lot. April vacation starts on Good Friday, 4/10, and I’ll likely be working every day on it during the following week. I’m not going away anywhere and I have an appointment every day but the agenda will include school work, working out, and yard work. I’m really hoping to have a good chunk of work done before vacation starts so I can do some relaxing too.
I finally was able to get my Pats website updated this week, after spending time fixing the bugs that prevented me from automatically updating. I also banged out a real quick Podcast after school today and hope to be more consistent with the draft approaching. The one thing that I’ve managed to do a lot of these days has been reading. Since I’ve not been online much at all, I’ve been banging out the books!
I’ve also been able to go to the gym quite a bit, have been working out at home and after school with coworkers, and may run a 5k this weekend…. we’ll see how it goes! Meanwhile, despite the craziness in my life of late, I’ve personally been trying to take very good care of my health and balance it all.