Tuesday Topics: Off Topic Tuesday with a few of my favorite things

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Off Topic Tuesday.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.   Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I told Kim I was not going to post today.  Yesterday I was at work till 7:15pm packing up my stuff.  I wasn’t sure where to start and knew I had to start somewhere so I went for it.  Not much organization and hope I don’t regret it.  I did make a list of the boxes I have with the brief description inside them.  There is a chance that my school will be closed for next year and my boxes will be moved to a different building.  Who knows?  With 10 days left, hopefully soon we’ll find out for sure.  Regardless, I still need to pack up my stuff.  

Hopefully it won’t take me too long to respond to your comment and read your post.  Remember, only 10 more days left of school. 😀

Here is a list of some of my favorite things:

Ice Cream Flavor:  Chocolate.  I love anything with chocolate.

Movie: The Lion King.  I think I’ve cried a few times.  The scene with Simba and his dad after he falls gets me every single time.  I’ve also watched the Broadway show a few times and love it as  well.  Next time I go to NYC I want to see it there too.

Place to Shop:  Target!  I live a half mile away from the store and there is another one on the way to work.  I love the convenience of ordering items on the app and picking them up.

Fast Food Restaurant: McDonald’s.  I am a sucker for their fries.  Whenever I am in the mood or really stressed out, I get the Big Mac Deal.  I know it is healthy but I don’t care.  I don’t get it too often anyway.

Color: Blue.  I also go for pink and purple.

Snack: Popcorn or potato chips with buffalo sauce.  There are days when I crave something salty and that combo does the trick.

Alcoholic drink:  I am a martini girl.  The one I prefer is sour apple but like trying different ones.  I have a list of about 100 different martinis that is offered at a bar not too far from work.  I went there during Winter Break and am hoping to go once school is over.  

Food: Pizza.  I prefer cheese only but do like sausage and pepperoni.  

School Subject: Math.  I love teaching it to my students.  I try to make it fun and I smile whenever I see their their faces when they understand what I am teaching.

Day of the Week:  Friday!  The end of the week plus we can wear jeans at work.  Every other Friday is payday too.  Perfect, right?

Breakfast Food: Over hard eggs, bacon, hash browns, and greek toast.  Add in some Cholula or Louisiana hot sauce and I could eat this everyday but I don’t.

Beverage:  Coffee.  I drink a cup in the morning while reading my email and blog posts.  Sometimes I will have another cup at work.  I also drink a lot of water. 

Hot Dog Topping: I know this is weird but I eat them with only mayonnaise and hot peppers.  Definitely NOT Chicago style.  

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Fit Five Friday: 5 things I am looking forward to this Summer

Last week it felt like Summer.  It was over 90 degrees for a few days.  The AC was working at home but it didn’t work for about 2 days at school.  We were all miserable.  I got a cold (my first one over 2 years) and felt better on Sunday but then got a fever.  I took the day off on Monday to fully recover.  I did take 3 Covid tests and they were all negative. 

Haven’t been motivated to run but am hoping to run today.  Yep, that means no more run streak.  My last run was on Saturday.  I was planning to run on Sunday morning but didn’t feel well with the fever.  I was tempted to got out in the afternoon after a nap and run slowly but that didn’t happen.  Oh well.

I have 12 days left of school.  12!!!  I can hardly believe it.  While I am excited about it, I am freaking out because I have not started to pack up my classroom.  I was moved to another classroom across the hall and everything needs to be packed up by June 7th.

Anyway, let’s talk about Summer.  It isn’t my favorite season for running, but I don’t hate it.  Well, maybe on some days.

🌞 End of the school year – I thought last year was awful but this year was worse.  But, we all made the best of it.  I’ve enjoyed my kids and tried to offer a safe, fun and loving, learning environment for them.  I’d like to think they are enjoying having me as their teacher.  They’ve made me cry but also made me smile and laugh.  Yes, I will miss them.

🌞 Read more books – I have a long list thanks to Wendy’s reviews.  I am excited to sit out on the balcony with a glass of wine while I read.  

🌞 Train for my 50k – Ha, I know you will definitely hear me complain about it.  I haven’t signed up for it and several of you brought up good points about running it in Chicago.  I don’t have an exact date but it is usually in late October/early November.  

🌞 Run in shorts and short sleeve tops – Fall is my favorite season for running but Summer is great too because I don’t have to wear tights or long sleeve tops.  I hate wearing all of the layers during the Winter.  

🌞 Buy and house and move – I have to add it in here hoping that for sure it will happen.  Interest rates are going up and house prices are going up as well.  Every day I cringe when I look at the prices of the house I like.

What are you looking forward to this summer?  Any summer plans? 

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Tuesday Topics: Day in the life of Ms. Arroyo

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: A Day in Your Life.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.   Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I’ve done several Day in the Life of a Teacher posts.  The first one was on November 6, 2016 when things were “normal”.  The next one was on June 25, 2019.  I wrote it when I was teaching Summer School.  The last one was on May 11, 2021.  I wrote it during remote learning.  It was fun reading each one again and reflecting how each one is very different.  While I am glad I am no longer teaching from home, it is still different from my first post.

Here is a typical day for me (I chose Tuesday):

5:30-6:00 AM
I get up and make my coffee.  I check my school email and then my personal email.  I add my blog post to the link up.  I schedule it to go live on Tuesday at 12:01 am but need to manually add it in the morning.  Then I get ready and head out for my run.  Depending on the distance I am back by 6:30 or 7am.   

After my run, I shower, get ready, make my smoothie, and hit the road.

7:00-8:30 AM
I arrive at school during that time.  I no longer try to get there by 7am.  There’s been times when I’ve arrived at 8am and it was OK.  I live 6 miles from my school but the later I leave, the more traffic I encounter.  Still, I am not going to stress out if I get there late.

During this time I eat breakfast, check work email, make copies, talk to colleagues, go to bathroom, and get ready for the day. 

8:30-8:45 AM
The bell rings at 8:30 to let the kids in the school.  A few minutes later my students are lined up outside the classroom.  They come in and eat breakfast.  Those that do not eat, they color or do something else.  I take attendance and do lunch count.

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8:45-10:15 AM
My kids have reading till 10:15.  We read again the book from Monday and discuss it.  This week we are reading about how pencils are made.  I will have an assignment for them as well.  Three of them leave at 9:30 to work with a reading interventionist.  The rest of us then do the same thing we did earlier but with either a Science or Social Studies book.  We have a different Reading Unit Plan every 5-6 weeks and alternates between Science and Social Studies.

10:15-11:00 AM
My kids have Music.  They line up and I take them to the teacher.  On Tuesdays I meet with the rest of my team for a meeting.  We go over upcoming assignments, data, test results, etc.  The other days I stay in my room to finish up my work or I internal sub.  There is a shortage of substitute teachers (well, teachers in general) and many of us are asked to internal sub.

11:00-11:30 AM
My students are back from Music.  They sit on their desk and log in iReady.  It is a math program that ties in with our Math curriculum.  During this time I do some work, grade papers, or check email.

11:30-12:00 PM
Lunch time!  I eat lunch with my coworkers.  Everyday someone is responsible for bringing lunch for the rest of us.  There were 4 of us but now there are 5 in our group.  It works out perfect because now I am not trying to figure out what to bring to school everyday.

12:00-12:05 PM
The bell rings and I go outside to get my kids.  My students are very happy it is finally warm for them to go outside for recess.  Last week it was awful because it was so hot.  Sometimes we stay a bit longer but definitely go back before the next group of students go outside.  

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12:50-1:50 PM
Math.  My favorite subject.  Right now they’re working on fractions.  Honestly I find this unit boring.  I’d rather go over again adding and subtraction, place value, and word problems.  This is my first year teaching Math in English and it is so hard for me and for my students.  Everyone is struggling.  The reason I am now teaching it in English is because of our new dual language curriculum.  

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1:50-2:05 PM
Recess time!  Our favorite time of the day.  😀  Sometimes we can a bit longer.  A few of my students leave for additional support from a reading interventionist.  

2:05-2:40 PM
We go back to the classroom for our English Unit (part of the dual language curriculum).  If we have time then the students color, watch a movie, read a book, or rest before going home.  

2:40-2:50 PM
Bell rings.  The students get ready to go home.  I also get my stuff ready.  I don’t stay late anymore like I used to.  Whatever doesn’t get done during the day can wait till the next day.  If it is urgent then I do it at home.  I just want to go home.  We head downstairs and wait for the bell to ring again.  We go outside and the students leave with whomever is there to pick them up.

2:50-3:00 PM
I stay there for 10 minutes and then at 3 go home.  Sometimes I’ll stop at Target or another store.  I will be moving to a new classroom next year so I will be staying late to pack up my stuff.  Not fun but it needs to be done.

At home I cuddle with my cats and rest for a bit.  Sometimes I take a nap.  I eat and check blog posts.  Sometimes I’ll watch a bit of TV before getting ready for bed.  It was a long day.

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Tuesday Topics: Running and my mental health

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: How does running help with your mental health?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.   Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I know running is something I do to help me get through the day.  I enjoy the time alone and the feeling afterwards.  I’ve been running since 2005 but it was 3 years ago that I realized how much running has been helping me get through some difficult times. 

In March 2019 my mother had a stroke.  I was sad, angry, and confused.  I worked while helping to take care of her.  There weren’t enough hours in the day and it left me exhausted.  I also ran 5 races that year.  It’s been three years and it is somewhat better.  I am still tired but now I blame it on work.  😀

Then came March 2020 and everything changed.  More than ever I appreciated running.  I am an introvert and staying home was delightful.  I don’t have a treadmill and running outside put me in a better mood.  I was not happy when I had to quarantine and could not go outside.  Luckily, it was just a couple of days.  

Running helped me cope with the stress of working from home.  Yes, I know I said I enjoyed staying at home, but working from home is a whole different thing.  While I liked not having to drive or dress up, the work itself was too much for me.  I spent many days crying and wanting to quit.  Many of you might remember how awful it was for me.

I look forward to my runs each morning.  I love the time alone.  I love listening to Matty during my Peloton runs.  He makes me laugh and smile.  During my runs I also think about the past, present, and future.

I hope to continue running for as long as I can.  Running helps me stay healthy which will help me continue to run.

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Fit Five Friday and May 2022 Ultimate Coffee Date


It may be May but it is still dreary here but next week it is supposed to warm up.  So much rain here and I am tired of it.  I am happy it is Friday as I am counting down the days till the last day of school.  I’m starting off the weekend with a little catch-up over the Ultimate Coffee Date hosted by Coco and Deborah.  So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s chat for a bit!

If we were having coffee…
I tell you that I hope you have a great Mother’s Day on Sunday.  As of now I have no idea what we are doing.  My mother keeps talking about Tuesday because Mexicans celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10th.  She didn’t realize Mother’s Day is on Sunday.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that as much as I enjoy my students, I am getting really tired of every single question they ask.  I do encourage them to ask questions but they’re overdoing it.  They ask about EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING.  Is that how it is when one has kids?  It didn’t bother me before but lately it has and I am trying to figure out the reason.  Maybe the reason is that I am tired?

If we were having coffee…
I’d ask you if you’ve had to call the ambulance after seeing a man face down on the ground.  Yesterday during my run I saw a man squatting on the ground (that is all he was doing).  Then on my way back home I saw him again but this time he was faced down on the sidewalk.  I called 911 and told the operator about the man and that I wasn’t sure if he was sleeping or passed out.  I was then transferred to another department.  I repeated the same story.  I didn’t want to leave but wasn’t sure how long the ambulance would take.  Then I heard the sirens.  Both the ambulance and the fire truck showed up and stopped in front of the man.  A few seconds later he got up.  He was OK and I continued on with my run (I was less than a mile away from home).  Part of me felt silly but at the same time am glad I called.  What if he hadn’t gotten up?

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that after wearing glasses for a few years, I got contacts again.  Let me explain.  I used to wear glasses and contacts.  Then I had lasik surgery.  I knew that eventually I would need glasses again.  I am OK with wearing them but sometimes they’re a hassle.  Plus, I break them often or misplace them and they’re not cheap.  It felt weird the first time I put them on.  The only problem is that sometimes I cannot see clearly things that are small and up close (I need to move them further away).  It is the same without the contacts.  Overall, I am happy with them because I don’t need to wear my glasses that much anymore.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I got so many nice things from my students for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I’ve gotten lots of cards (the handmade are the best), flowers, cookies, and a Dunkin Donuts coffee tumbler with a gift card.  One student came up to me and told me “Thank you for teaching me”.  Made me smile and you bet I hugged him.

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