I have to confess: lately when I spend an hour writing and publishing a post it gets deleted by WordPress! I’m not sure what’s up, so I’m going to play catchup today with a picture post so I can keep track of what I have going on:
7/10 took me to a new gym at Ballinger and a new class. Spinning ain’t my thing- in that it intimidates me- so I made sure to nestle in between two wonderful ladies, Drea and Macky. I’m adding this class to my short list of MUST ATTEND EVERY WEEK. While there I noticed they offer a couple of 5:45 AM classes every week. I’m thinking of going to the spin boot camp class and a 5:45 AM class when the school year starts. Maybe if I preplan a couple of non negotiable gym workouts into my week it will be easier to meet my fitness needs during the school year.
7/11 was one of those weird days. Like, we just couldn’t get it together and figure anything out. I ended up being kind of depressed until the rally that nihght. I made a few signs to share my message with the school board as they made their way into meeting. See, our union and district came to the bargaining table and when the union made a request, the district just said no without offering up other options. The reps and teachers were all baffled by this response as we teach our students to never say no without coming up with an alternative. Just saying no is unacceptable. I was pleased when one of the board members asked Bradley specifically about his sign, and he told them that he sees inequity in class size, teacher support and special education services as markedly different in the two districts that he works closely with, and in his observation, one is not even close to equal with the other. He also shared a bit of my story of imbalance in my classroom of 29 second graders, nine with special education needs, nine enrolled in our English language learners program and skeletal support. I was so proud of him. Afterwards we walked around, held hands and felt all romantic before we hit the Trader Joe’s. 😉
7/12 was finally birthday celebration day for Bradley! He chooses a random summer day to celebrate as he hates his December birthday. It’s between Christmas and the New Year and has always felt forgettable to him, so we wait and celebrate in the sunshine! We had a huge breakfast then headed to the zoo. Bradley acted like it was his last time with littles, as suddenly they’re seeming so old, so we did it all. We rode the carousel, ate ice cream and popcorn, picnicked and, of course, saw everything. Afterwards we had grilled vegetables and a Legend of Zelda marathon. We are LOVING the new game. There’s so much to do and our kids are astute enough gamers now that they can beat the bad guys. This was definitely a day of seeing how big our kids are all of the sudden.
I met Drea for Body Pump class on 7/13, Thursday morning. The instructor was new to me and whoa. I got one of the best workouts for Body Pump! Ballinger has it going on! This is another class I’m excited to return to. I was so sore I didn’t work out on Friday! LOL! I love that. It will only get better.
On this day I felt so fat. Like, irritatingly so. I try not to focus on appearance, but I can’t help but see my stomach jutting out. I kinda decided I am going to diet some of the unhealthy fat off. It will be hard in summer, but oh my gosh. I’m hating the way my shirts fit me this summer compared to last. My oh my.
On 7/14, Friday, I skipped working out because of my jelly arms, legs, back, fingers, toes, arches, neck… did I miss anything??? Yeah. Sore. So I did a little craft therapy. I love behaving like an artist. Like, I love creating, I love making and I had the best time making that altoid tin diorama for Drea that night! The party was nice. It was lovely to put the Facebook profile with the people, if that makes sense. The picture of the ladies was taken at the party, and I was alarmed at how beautiful we all are. No one has a half closed eye or partial word coming out of her mouth, but more than that, we look happy. Happiness is beauty. It’s one of my favorite pictures ever. Those are some brilliant, compassionate, gorgeous women I get to share a school with.❤️
Guinevere and I hit the road on Saturday with good intentions but gassed out before we could make our goal of six miles. We were about to turn to add the final two and she suddenly turned and pleaded with me to go home. I was hot, tired and had residual jelly legs. I was more than happy to stop. After that we headed to Michales and spent the remainder of the afternoon crafting to our heart’s content. I made bracelets, she made flower crowns. Both of us were so happy.
Today we were legend! Well, not really. But we did get our miles done in decent time. To commemorate our first big push, we got medals! I bought them ages ago on clearance for exactly this purpose. When we were about to hit five miles today, I told Gigi that we could be done, but if we hit six we’d get the pi medal. She wanted the pi. She got the pi! Lol! We have a few more medals to earn for our ninth mile- which is a bff pbj linking medal, for the eleventh mile we get a Dr. Who medal, and there may be more in store for us. Who knows what else might happen? After the excitement of medals, Gigi and I settled back into Makersville. I experimented with dioramas in jars while she made a show flower crown. A great day AGAIN!