Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Stuff

Today started out with good intentions, very early in fact.  I set my alarm for 4:30 AM to I could get to the gym by 5:00 AM.  The alarm did go off as set, 4:30 AM and I promptly reset it for 6:00 AM.  Tomorrow is another day.

Work was good, my schedule is flowing smoothly and I am learning more and more about the kids I am working with.  It is fun and challenging to go between grade levels.  The kindergartners are a bit overwhelmed with all that is expected from them.  Kindergarten was not this hard, structured, or task oriented when I went.  Naps are a thing of the past.

I do have lunch duty daily and watch 14 classes total.  They dismiss every 5 minutes, so my time in the lunchroom goes quickly.  Luckily, I have two co-workers in the lunchroom with me.  For the most part, the kids are good.  As long as they are no food fights, the kids stay in their seats and they are not screaming, all is good.

Yesterday, I found all the parts to my FitBit and charged it up.  My goal is 10,000 steps a day and after a few laps around the driveway, I managed to hit 10,000.  I try to get most of my steps at work,
some days I do, some days I don't.  When I don't, I am out in the driveway walking to get my steps in.  Previously, I tracked with my health tracker on my droid.

Moving helps keep the knees limber.  When I just sit around, my joints get all jacked up.  Who has time for that?  Not me!

How was your Monday?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Adjusting to the New Schedule

It's been two weeks and I have been working with grades Kindergarten through third grade.  My daily schedule varies each day between different teachers and their students.  I like the variety, so to speak as my day is not boring.

My day at home starts early, like about 5:45 AM.  I get up, maybe wash a load of clothes or finish takes boiled eggs in his daily lunch.  I also bake a pound of bacon at the same time I am prepping the eggs and put it in the fridge when it's done.
breakfast, boiled eggs, bacon with guac
putting up dishes, run the vacuum.  Breakfast is easy, I have two boiled eggs, and two pieces of bacon.  I use my rice steamer to prepare about two dozen eggs for the week. My hubs

I am pretty sure I spend more time figuring out what to wear every morning.  It's getting better, but I still will try on a couple of things before I can nail it down.  I try to dress cool as the temps are still in the 90's.  I prefer to wear sneakers as I get a lot of walking in.

I also pack my lunch daily, which is pretty easy.  The school cafeteria has an affordable lunch for the adults, $3.00 for a full salad bar which includes a drink.  For now, I am content with bringing lunch from home.

My follow up mammogram results were inconclusive.  There are two calcifications seen, ( tiny, tiny little things) and the radiologist recommended a 6 month follow up.

I went to Target today to get groceries, paper towels, toilet paper,  cat food, cat litter etc.  $147.00 later..... Uff Da.  For the most part, I find Target groceries competitively priced.  I will need to run to Aldi's for a few items, but that should be it as far as grocery shopping.

We are having an inground pool put in.  Big step, expensive, but it has been on our list for a long time.  After a lot of thought and conversations, we decided to stay in this home and fix it up like we want.  That includes a pool, a shop for the husband, whole house generator, new metal for the RV shed, )we don't have an RV, space is occupied by stuff. Mostly stuff too big for the garage.

Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tickets and Reservations in place.

The plane tickets for our trip to DC this December are purchased and room reservations have been secured.  The tickets started out fairly reasonable, but we typically purchase seats with additional room as my husband is VERY tall.

The room reservations took a bit to decide.  We prefer to use Marriott's when we travel and there are sooooo many Marriotts in DC and in neighboring Virginia.  We decided on a facility that offers free breakfast, social/happy hour three evenings a week,  and a free shuttle to the Metro and airport.  All the rooms are suites and offer a small kitchen with fridge and microwave which may or may not come in handy.  We will see!

As prompted by a reader, I contacted our state Senator to secure tickets to see the Capital Building, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the White House.  Unfortunately, the White House is not offering tours during the week we are there. Last week, we did get an email to confirm that we have tickets to see the Capital Building on Dec 26th.  I am hoping that we will get tickets to see the Supreme Court too.

I started my new job on Friday at the elementary school.  I will be working with K-3 kids one on one giving them extra help in their classwork.  Tomorrow the students will be on campus and it will probably be a little crazy, to say the least.  The principal is opening up the campus for Monday and Tuesday so parents can walk their kids to class the first couple of days.  After that, any and all visitors will have to check in at the office before they can go anywhere on campus.

The faculty and staff that I met on Friday were very warm and welcoming, I am so hoping that I will really like this new job!  Another new hire for an identical position at the school is a friend of my daughter, so it is nice to have a friendly face that I know. We will be working with the same kids under the supervision of the same teacher.

My yearly mammo results came it the mail Thursday.  Per the postcard, additional imaging is required.  That freaked me out a bit.  I called the hospital and requested the report and the images on Friday.  The medical records department is awesome, they had them ready for me by noon the same day.
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The report states that there are calcifications seen this time that have not been seen previously. Based on this, additional imaging will be required.  Typically, spot compressions will be done.  Mostly, calcifications are not that concerning, but sometimes they will follow up with a biopsy.   When I first got the report, I freaked.  Metastatic breast cancer killed my mom.  And that is always on my mind when I get my mammogram done.  I am following up with my primary and requesting an order for the additional imaging.  So hopefully this week, I can get in to get my additional imaging.

Hope your week is wonderful!