Fit Five Friday: 5 things I thought about this week while running

What a week!  I am officially on Summer Break and will be going in today to set up my classroom.  School starts on Monday.  The good thing is that it is only for 3 weeks and will be done June 30th.  Also, we are off on the 20th and on the 28th it will be a Remote Day (we still have to go in but students do not).

Running is going OK.  The weather has been pleasant but next week we will have our hot days.  

Here are a few thoughts from this week:

💭 Mortgage interest rate  – Holy cow!  I’ve been wide awake at night thinking about it.  How can it be so high?  Will it keep getting higher?  Will I still be able to afford a house?  

💭 Twitter – I am not a big fan of it but so far am liking it.  Much of the conversation right now is about teachers, the January 6th Hearing, and the mess with the Republicans.  Many times I shake my head in disbelief with the things Republicans are doing/not doing.  

💭 Parents – How can they be irresponsible and really think we are simply babysitters?  Remember my student that was giving me trouble?  He had been acting out.  I thought for sure he would be suspended.  He didn’t.  Long story short, he should have stayed home on Tuesday.  It was Field Day (we went in the morning) for everyone and he didn’t deserve to go.  The rest of the day he was with other teachers instead of being in my room.  I know the school called parents to pick him up and they didn’t.  I saw mom after 3pm when she picked up her other son.  He said something to me and I responded but I was doing something else for another mom.  When I was done I walked away.  I had NO desire to talk to mom.  Well, actually I did, but I knew that I would just go off on her.  

💭 Summer School – There will be 21 students in my class.  How and why?  I had 22 in the school year and that was tough.  Why do administrators think that is a good decision?  Many administrators have no idea what it is like being in the classroom now.  Some may have been classroom teachers YEARS ago but so many things have changed.  I am determined to make it a good 3 weeks for my students.  I just need to remember that I will be teaching 1st graders (not 2nd graders) and in English (not in Spanish).  

💭 Planning for next year – I haven’t made definite travel plans for this year but am already thinking of going on a cruise next year.  It is a 7 night Greek Isles Cruise in July.  Anyone want to go?  Here is the link with more information.

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Tuesday Topics: My Summer bucket list

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What’s on your Summer bucket list?  You can write about this topic or 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!

Today is my last week of school!  I have plans to go out for drinks with my coworkers.  Time to cross off some drinks from the martini list.  I am still planning to teach Summer School but still do not know the curriculum or when I am supposed to go set up.  🤦🏽‍♀️ 🤦🏽‍♀️ Bitmoji ImageI am planning to enjoy my Summer Break and hopefully check off a few things off this list.

☀️ Declutter and organize.  I did a big one two years ago but need to do it again.  It will make packing so much easier when it is time to move.  Packing up my classroom gave me anxiety and I could not believe how much stuff I had after being in the same school for 13 years.

☀️ Not get sick/Covid.  I got sick a few weeks ago (cold and fever) but not Covid.  I am debating on whether or not to get my 2nd booster shot.  My mother keeps asking when I will take her for her booster shot.

☀️ Take a mini vacation.  I am overdue for it.  I’d rather not fly AA but remember I still have those credits.  What I would also love to do is be a tourist in Chicago.  I want to stay in a hotel downtown and do touristy things.  Have you done that before?

bon voyage

☀️ Continue to use the Peloton bike.  I am way overdue here.  One of my goals this year is to do 300 Peloton rides.  I’ve taken 266 leaving me with 34 more to go.  Doable, right?

☀️ Be consistent with running.  Summer is not my favorite for running but that is when the bulk of training takes place for a Fall race.  I have decided to do the Chicago Lakefront 50/50 on Saturday, October 29.  These past few weeks have been like a roller coaster because I have good days of running and then days when I am too tired to run.  But now just knowing the date makes it official and more exciting!

Topic for next week – What are your Summer fitness goals?  Feel free to write about this or any running related topic.  We hope you’ll link up with us!

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Fit Five Friday and June 2022 Ultimate Coffee Date


Wow, hard to believe it is already June!  The month sure does go by fast when you are having fun.  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’d tell you that I am emotionally and mentally exhausted.  With the last few days of school, packing up my classroom, and my mother being home this week I am very tired.  Taking care of an elderly woman is tiring.  My sister is home with her during the day until I come home.  Who would have thought personalities change as we get older?

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that there is a house that I want to see but am having trouble doing so.  I’ve been eyeing it for a few weeks and finally contacted my agent about it.  I was surprised no one had bought it yet since houses are selling like hot cakes.  Last week he told me that the owners were going on vacation and to reach out to him on Tuesday.  I did.  I told him I could see it Wednesday or Thursday.  No luck.  I am wondering if the owners really want to sell their house.  Why are they making it so difficult?  I believe things happen for a reason so maybe this is a way of saying that this house is no bueno.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that on Wednesday I received my new teaching assignment for the 2022-2023 school year.  There are 4 second grade teachers (2 GE and 2 DL) and we get along and work very well together.  We were split up.  One GE and one DL teacher are going to one school and the other 2 to a different school.  I knew it could happen but still cannot believe it.  It is making me very sad but am trying to stay positive.  I am glad that at least I will be working with someone I’ve worked with for years.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that a friend of mine reached out to me because she had an extra ticket to see “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” on Saturday.  I love musicals.  I haven’t seen her in years and am looking forward to it.  I feel like a kid with a new toy.  I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve been out with friends.  There are 4 of us going and are meeting first for lunch and then go see the musical.  I hope I stay awake.  I usually take a nap after lunch.  

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I didn’t realize I had so much school stuff.  The last time I packed was about 4-5 years ago.  I was moved to my current room 2 years ago but administration packed it all up for me.  When I am done I think I will have about 80 boxes, bags, and containers that will need to be sent to my new school.  That number doesn’t even include some items I will store in my cousin’s garage.  Does that make me a hoarder?

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Tuesday Topics: May 2022 Review

This week’s Tuesday Topic is How will you celebrate Global Running Day?  It is on June 1st.  You can write about this topic or 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 am deviating from this week’s topic to instead do a monthly review.  Global Running Day is on Wednesday and I plan to run that day.  I do not know exactly how long I will be running but I will be out there.

Another month/sheet to rip off from my wall calendar.  With May almost over that means we are almost halfway through the year.  And what a year it has been so far!

As you know I was excited to pack up and finish this school year.  I was moved to the classroom across the hall.  It faces east, bigger, and nicer layout.  I was actually excited about it – even if it meant packing EVERYTHING in my room.  On Friday we found out that the school will be closed for the 2022-2023 school year and I will be going to a different school.  Not only do I have to pack everything, but I need to bring my personal stuff home.  Why?  In case boxes get lost, misplaced, etc.  I have spent a lot of money on school stuff and I would be upset it I don’t see it in my room next year.  The good thing about it is that now we have until June 10th, instead of the 7th, to pack up.  But during that time I also need to set up my room for Summer School.  Sigh.  These next two weeks will be very interesting.

package delivery throne

So let me tell you about how this month is going.

I was doing good in May with my run streak but halfway though the month I got a cold.  Once I was better, I got a fever.  It must have been too much for me because I took a week off to recover.  However, I wasn’t feeling it and took a few days off again.  I don’t think I’ll start a new run streak and I am OK with it.

Mileage:  I finished the month with 55.40 miles.  I am a bit disappointed because last month I ran 68.13 miles.  I know it is lower this month because I missed 10 days of running.  All of my runs have been easy runs with run/walk intervals.  Each day I run for a specific amount of time instead of miles.  No complaints there!

Highest Mileage Week:  18.16.  It was during the first week of May and it took me 3:49:15 hours.  

Current Challenge:  None.   😀  Any other ideas?

Current Book:  Finally reading “Falling”.  So far it is good.  I told my sister she could put the TV I had in my room in her room.  I told her I was planning to read more instead of watching so much TV.  Right now the only show I am watching is “The Golden Girls” and can watch it on my phone or my computer.

Current Shoes:  Still running in the Brooks Launch 7.  So far I’ve run in them 147 miles.

2022 Running Goal:  My goal this year is to run 1,200 miles.  I am 13% done with 163.80 miles.  Who knows how realistic this goal is.  There are 7 months left this year.  That means on average I would have to run about 148 miles each month.  Doable?

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Fit Five Friday and May 2022 Runfessions

Last month I wrote about how things were going so well with my student.  Not sure what happened but he is back to not behaving well.  Let’s just say he was out yesterday and is supposed to be back today.  I was planning to take a few days off next week but I thought about it and decided not to.  I want to spend the last couple of days with the rest of my students.  I am not going to let one student ruin that for me.  I was told that if he doesn’t want to do anything in the classroom, to send him to the office.  Seven more days!

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJennMichelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

I runfess…
Remember how I few months ago I told you that I didn’t know my car had a remote starter?  Well, a few weeks ago I found out about the anti-theft system for the radio.  🙄  Not sure how it was activated.  I followed the directions but could not enable the system.  I was getting frustrated.  Then something clicked in my head.  I used the power button for the radio.  I was pressing the wrong one!  I was using the one for the car.  🤦🏻‍♀️ 🤦🏻‍♀️

I runfess…
That a few days ago I was in a group text with a few other teachers.  During the day I am fine with the messages going back and forth.  That night someone sent a text at 10 pm.  What?!?  I had my phone on vibrate but I still heard the sound.  Then others responded but I went to sleep.  I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and saw that there were over 30 messages with the last one at 11:30 pm.  Part of me wanted to respond at 5 am when I was up.  I couldn’t but I know I should have.  Would you?

I runfess…
That last week a few teachers were recognized because their students made advancements in an iReady (a math platform) diagnostics test.  They each received a certificate.  Everyone in my team got one except me.  I tried not to let it bother me but deep down inside it did.  The certificate didn’t bother me.  It was the fact that my students did not score high enough.  I kept wondering what did the other teachers did so that their students scored high.  I thought about what I could have done different.  I thought that maybe it is because my kids are bilingual and I teach math in English.  Who knows but then I was annoyed at myself for letting it bother me. 

single tear

I runfess…
That I got my assignment for Summer School and will be teaching 1st grade GE (English).  I was upset when I found out because I applied for a dual language (DL) position.  I emailed the Principal to remind him that I didn’t apply for a GE position.  He told me that there were no more DL positions.  Part of me doesn’t want to teach Summer School anymore, but a coworker reminded me that it is only 3 weeks.  I know I am letting my ego get in the way.

I runfess…
That I am beginning to dislike driving because of the drivers.  Many are just awful and impatient.  I’d like to think I am a good driver.  I see many drivers driving way past the limit on the streets, change lanes because the driver in front was “too slow”, and texting while driving.  Doing those things can cause an accident and we don’t need more to happen.

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