August 20th. I love it.

L is for love, friends!

First up this week, getting through the first week of school. I love it. I’ve been stressing about how my new schedule is going to work and after several bumps in the road, I think that we have it figured out. Along with teaching Middle School PE, I’ll also be teaching Pre-K through 4th grade in the mornings. It’s gonna be a lot of extra planning, but I’m not teaching alone so it shouldn’t be so bad.

I love it.

Next up, “Lazy Dates.” I love them. That’s what I’m calling hanging out with friends and doing nothing but watching TV and falling asleep. On Friday I went to see Diana and Lupita, and Sonia and we watched “Boss Baby.” It’s a rare thing to feel exceedingly comfortable in someone else’s house, especially for me, but dozing off during the movie didn’t make me feel bad at all. I think everyone caught some z’s. It feels good.

I love it.

Finally, baking. I love it. I was super anxious today (as I usually am on Sundays) so I took to the oven and made caramel blondies. They turned out perfectly and are so delightful. They kind of turned into a mess when I went to cut them apart so I can’t actually take them to work and present them to other people, so they’ll sit on my counter and tempt me every time I walk into my kitchen.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

 

Sherlock Holmes is my spirit animal.

Here’s why:

  1. His mind rebels stagnation – I too have a hard time just sitting doing nothing.
  2. He has excellent deductive skills – I like to think that mine are above average which might be linked to my preference to observe rather than engage.
  3. When things make sense to him, it’s hard for him to explain – obviously everyone should know why things are happening and I have a terrible time trying to tell people what I know without getting frustrated.
  4. He has quirks – we all do but his are so defined and almost obtrusive just like mine.
  5. He has trouble making friends – I don’t think I’m the worst at making friends, but it takes a lot for me to feel comfortable and being around people too much is exhausting.
  6. He’s passionate about what he does – it’s almost problematic because it consumes him and as for me, I can never stop thinking about my job and how I can do better.

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My Word for the Year

A few weeks ago, my sister and I went to a conference in Asheville, NC. I was skeptical about the whole thing but my mind has changed. There’s something so empowering and reinvigorating about being around like minded people. People who are passionate physical educators, motivators, and inspirations.

One of the keynotes during the conference was from PhysEdagogy, a group of Phys. Ed. teachers out to change the world. They challenged us to think of a word that we would live up to this school year. Some people wrote “passion”. Some wrote “motivate” and others wrote “fun.”

The word I picked is “ENJOY.”

This is only my second year of teaching and right when I thought I had it down, things changed on me. They way I’ll be teaching this year will be strange to me (teaching the entire middle school at one time instead of separate classes for 6th-8th). I’ve been stressed out about this transition since it was brought up in March and it’s still something I’m not so sure about.

But you know what?

I’m going to enjoy this year.

I’ll enjoy my students.

I’ll enjoy the time I have teaching.

I’ll enjoy this new challenge and all that it brings me.

I’m not going to stress about what I can’t control and go with the flow.

ENJOY IT.

August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

Being a teacher in these terrible times.

What happened yesterday during the White Supremacist Rally in Virginia is absolutely terrible. It continues to blow my mind how selfish the world can be. My friends and I speak often about the state of the world and it makes me terrified for the future.

School hasn’t started yet for me and even though it’s only a few days away, I’m already preparing myself to answer questions my kids will have about what happened yesterday. I thought back to September 11th, 2001; the day the Twin Towers were attacked. I remember walking into Mr. Chase’s class and being thoroughly confused about what was happening. He didn’t hold back but told us the truth. Explaining terrorism to a bunch of 6th graders couldn’t have been easy, but he took our questions one by one, and got us through.

As things came to light on TV in the following days and weeks, we’d come in with more questions for our social studies teacher, Mr. Greig. He’d answer everything he could and even though I couldn’t stand talking about terrorism and what it meant for our country, I’d sit and listen, holding back tears. I am a worry wart by nature so this time of my life was especially stressful.

As a teacher, I can see now that I never gave my own teachers the credit that was due for what they have to teach the next generation. We need to help these kids navigate the world today and just hope that some goodness rubs off on them.

I’m terrified for the kids that are growing up in this world. They have so much access to information and opinions and have a direct line to the good, the bad, and the ugly. When 9-11 happened, I could tune it out by not watching TV. These days, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, you can’t avoid it. The good news is that I’m more aware of what is happening now but it doesn’t make it easier.

I can only hope that I can be like my teachers and help my students get through the tough times just like they helped me.

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August 6th. I love it.

Don’t say anything.

First up this week, Elementary. I love it. Hulu only posts the episodes once the season is completely over so I started watching Season 5 on Thursday night. Sherlock Holmes is my spirit animal. His mind rebels stagnation like mine and he’s not so good with the intricacies of being social. For those of you about to ask, NO, I do not watch the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Sherlock because I am thoroughly engrossed in Jonny Lee Miller’s version.

I love it.

Next up, using a toaster. I love it. For those of you that have access to a toaster on a daily basis, rejoice. I’ve gone a year without a toaster and you have no idea how much I’ve missed making waffles, toaster strudels, or even just plain toast. You never realize you need one until you’re sick and that’s all you want (besides my usual quesadillas and milkshakes). I splurged and bout a toaster for $7.88 at Walmart and I’ve been waking up giddy at the prospect of using it for breakfast. Luxury!

I love it.

Finally, living on the second floor. I love it. It’s been raining non-stop for the past few days and New Orleans really took a hit. Just search #AugustFlood on Twitter. Not to make a joke of the terrible situation (houses and stores and restaurants flooded, cars abandoned for taking on too much water), but I’m glad that I was able to be safe at home and not worry about it. I did venture out but regretted it right away. I went to the store less than a mile away from my house and couldn’t wait to get back. It was scary watching all of the action never end on Twitter but luckily we never lost power. I’m thanking my lucky stars (I’m looking at you Megan and Pa) for keeping me safe.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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July 23rd. I love it.

Love this week. So much of it.

First up this week, creating new foods. I love it. The great thing about having a restaurant is getting to use it as an experimental kitchen. All I have to do is think about a new food, ask the guys in the kitchen to make it and I get to taste test. James and the guys have helped me with this before but this week I thought up Chili Cheese Mozzarella Sticks. What a delight! I had all kinds of people trying it. Maybe someday it will be on the menu!

I love it.

Next up, “Live PD.” I love it. I had never heard of this show until I showed up at my dad’s house last week but now I’m obsessed. It’s just like “Cops” but LIVE! On TV! What? Some of the situations are actually very serious but it’s also nice to see the way the officers handle them in the moment so calmly and cooly. I was up until midnight last night watching it. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on A&E on Friday and Saturdays from 9-12pm.

I love it.

Finally, reuniting. This week I got to see my mom, dad, boyfriend and sister. I won’t be seeing anyone for a while because school is starting and everyone will be busy so it’s nice to get some face time with everyone before I’m stuck in NOLA until November.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.