1. Fun Field Day was great today with one caveat! It wasn’t too hot, and the kids had a good time. So yay!

2. The one caveat to it being great was my scooter accident. I usually am pretty good with them, but I ended up being the poster child for why we should wear helmets when riding a scooter. No, I didn’t hit my head, but I did take a nice hard tumble when the front wheel went into a rut and stopped. Bruised thumb on my right hand – really NOT fun. Also, I probably have a bruise on my hip – it’s really sore, but I haven’t looked in the mirror to see. Yes, my name should have been Grace.

3. I didn’t let the injuries stop me from Shredding today – even though today was beginning Level 2 again. I despise Level 2. It is the devil. It is brussel sprouts. It is mega-tough. BUT! I did it AND I didn’t even take a “break” (you’re allowed a 5 second “break” if you need it)!! Also I even managed little baby push-ups with the walking push-ups – the “beginner” version is to walk out to a plank for a moment. I’m quite proud! 😀

4. Rather annoyed with MTC right now. Seriously – why have an email address for questions if questions aren’t going to be answered??? I need to get a window card from Collected Stories for Niki and I didn’t have money to do so when I saw it. Now, MOST shows have their window cards in the Broadway souvenir shops, but not MTC – or at least not this MTC show. They have it at MTC but I have neither the inclination nor the money to see the show again just to buy a window card. I emailed them at their “questions” email to see if there was a way to purchase it FROM THEM (in other words giving THEM the money for it) – either from the box office or if I would be allowed to go down to the lounge to buy it and then leave. No response. So I’ve decided that if I don’t hear from them by my lunch time tomorrow, I’ll call Triton and see if I can run in tomorrow afternoon and get it – they have it, but I always feel weird going up to their little room since it’s not really set up like a gallery or anything. They are always really responsive to my inquiries, so even though there will be a little tax on there, THEY will get my money if MTC doesn’t get its act together.

5. Yay! Daddy just called me to see about dates for beach next year!! They are going to see if they can go ahead and book the house they’re in for the week after summer school next year!!!! Very excited!!!!!

6. One sad thing… I’d really wanted to see Restoration again, but it’s closing on the 13th – before payday. 😦 Very sad!!

7. My bird is INSANE. Seriously. This afternoon about 4 texts came in in a row. He was wandering on the bed, and when a fifth text came in, he ran over to the phone, looked at it, and said “Stop it!” *headdesk*

not bad

not bad

1. School wasn’t too bad today. The kidlets were all talkative in their own ways, which was interesting. One wasn’t there – but we knew that was going to happen. I’m sure tomorrow I’ll ave the full compliment. Joy. 😛 Thursday is Field Day Fun Day weather permitting. Very excited for that.

2. I HAVE to go to the library tomorrow – though really nabd overall as I’m not going to Florence tomorrow. Hee! There was an impending storm this afternoon, so I opted to get off the subway at my usual stop, go to Chase and get money orders for rent (Yes, more than 1…thanks landlords for making rent such that I have to get two…at least I don’t have to pay for them at the bank.), then walk home…in the rain. Oh joy oh rapture. I’ll go to the library first thing from school, and then hit Trader Joe’s on the way home to get some groceries.

3. And then of course Shred! 😀 Can’t leave that one out!!

4. A new alarm clock has been added to the need to buy list. Mine has lasted me well – like since my Sophomore year in college. It still works to tell time and for the radio to come on to the alarm. But the alarm-alarm has decided not to work. Well, the button is sticking and it’s either off or on…and when it’s on, it’s hard to impossible to set the time. So… For now it’s the radio and the cell phone to wake me up. Luckily that combination works well. I’m thinking that I’ll go with one that will take my iPod. But ultimately I’ll see what Target has after the 15th. Still…considering Sophomore year of college was 1990-1991, I shouldn’t complain too much. It’s almost 20 years old.

5. Still debating if I want to go to Gatlinburg or Asheville for a couple of days when I’m visiting the ‘rents after summer school. Or I guess staying in Nashville is an option… Gah. Decisions decisions.

6. Good tv night! Hell’s Kitchen, Glee, and Losing It With Jillian! V. excited!!!

It’s Monday…

It’s Monday…

1. School was school. We had our faculty conference today (it’s usually the 2nd Monday of the month). NABD. We talked goals for next year and got our preference sheets. Summer School was briefly discussed, and Ms. New AP included me in the ones who work it, so that’s a good sign. I mean, I’ve got retention rights, so it shouldn’t be an issue, but you never know. I’m putting 1st-2nd as my first choice, 2nd-3rd as my second and 3rd-4th as my third. We’ll see. So far the age/grade preference hasn’t really worked out for me, but it’s worth a shot. I did get a little annoyed that my para started whining about how with the little guys we sometimes have to do potty training. Frankly, I’d rather deal with that than puberty. Plus the kidlets at our site are going to be skewing younger, so. Fingers crossed. And frankly? The preference should be up to the teacher. If that means the teacher-para team gets split, so be it.

2. The houseguest thing is reminding me why I’m much happier – if poorer – without a roommate. I miss having my space – all my space. In October it was one thing because he was never here – always out at NYMF things. But now? I leave and he’s sleeping, I come in and he’s sleeping. ABSURD!!!! Also? It’s the assumption thing. Not cool. Ah well…it will get resolved soon I hope.

3. Theatre for the weekend was – 1 I can do without, 2 excellent, and 1 I’m not sure about. Friday night was Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play. Um…it was long. Three and a half hours long to be exact. On folding chairs with very tiny pillows. It had some good points – especially at the first (yes, first) intermission where we got wine and half-bagels. But overall? Not a fan. I do not get why there was a running theme of fish throughout. It fit in Act 1. Did not fit in Act 2. And was only obliquely linked to location (Spearfish, SD) in Act 3. I don’t mind Ruhl’s straightforward stuff a la In The Next Room or even her revisiting of Greek tragedies a la Eurydice. But her symbolic stuff? I don’t get it. It did give me a comeback for playwriting when I take it again if symbolism comes up in critique. Symbolism is all well and good, but your audience has to get it. If they don’t, it just comes off as pretentious. Saturday was Sondheim on Sondheim – which was great. Barbara Cook singing “Send In The Clowns” was perfection. I only wish they’d given Norm Lewis “Epiphany” rather than Tom Wopat. Also Saturday was Everyday Rapture which has moved to Broadway thanks to Roundabout (and Megan Mullally for dropping out of a play at the last minute). It’s still amazing! I relate way too much to that show – though not always in obvious ways. And then yesterday was The Metal Children. Honestly I’m not sure what to think of that yet. It’s very dark. And I’m not really sure what the ending has to do with the rest of it. I can appreciate the art of the writing. And I can appreciate much of the acting. I’m just not sure how I feel about it overall yet.

4. I am loving Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. Well, mostly. I am NOT loving the “rolling Ts” (it’s a side plank, then you roll through a plank to the opposite side plank and then back again – and it’s as hard as it sounds), but I’m getting better at them. 🙂

5. I have discovered the biggest benefit of having done the 30 Day Shred – at least for me. It goes beyond the weight I lost and the reshaping I’ve done. Basically? It got me in the habit of working out every day. And I can tell when I’m not able to or may not be able to. I get edgy and grumpy. Which ultimately I think will turn out to be a good thing. I will just need to learn how to occasionally work in something that may not be a dvd based on schedule. But ultimately I’m happy with this!

6. Gah decisions!! I definitely want to go to Lilith Fair this year!! Tickets for the NYC one (ok, so it’s in NJ, but it’s referred to as NYC) go on sale Saturday – payday!! I did apply to volunteer at the festival – talking about environmental things – but from that we won’t hear about that until like 2 weeks ahead of time. By which point I’m sure it’ll be sold out. So I don’t know if I should just buy a general festival pass (what we’d get anyway) and let that be it, then try and sell that if I’m chosen to volunteer or what. *headdesk* I hate decisions like this!!!

7. Debating getting a plane ticket down to NC for the reunion. I’ll have to look at the budget with this paycheck and decide if it’s even worth it. It’s closer to fly into Greensboro, but not necessarily cheaper. Charlotte, which is generally cheaper and provides more options, is further away. And I can’t leave until after school, so Greensboro is really the better option. We shall see.

8. Ok…time to dry my hair a little, then do some reading (the one problem with getting library books on my nook is a lot are coming off my waiting list, and I’ve only got 21 days to read them!!), and then go to bed.

Oy vey!!

Oy vey!!

So my tadpoles came today! Well, probably yesterday, but I got them this morning. (We’re raiding tadpoles in my class to talk about the life cycle of a frog.) 5 healthy, wiggly little African Water Frog tadpoles. They were doing so well.

Until I turned my back for TWO SECONDS to speak to Umbridge who poked her head into my room and J DUMPED the container over my desk and into the heater!

When my para came back, she thought I was about to burst into tears, and I was. But we looked at the water on my desk and found three of the little guys still wiggling there. So we used some of our reward dollars and gently scooped them up. My para went to get two more bottles of water while I kept the container tilted with the little water we had left to keep the little guys swimming. (As for the other two, I fear they landed in the heater.)

They are now on top of the locker, far out of J’s reach. As of the end of the day, two of them were definitely swimming around. One wasn’t being so vigorous. I think that’s the one that might have gotten a little squished in the rescue attempt. So my fingers are crossed for going in tomorrow. I’m hoping for all three to still be alive, but I won’t be surprised if we’re down to two. 😦

In GOOD news, I’m halfway done with The 30 Day Shred!!!! Yep! I finished Day 15 today!! I’m so proud of myself!!! The last time I stuck with something this long exercise-wise was when I was put on walking 4 miles in an hour 4 times a week to deal with stress. That was longer than this, but I’m still so proud. Because trust me. Doing 20 minutes of Jillian Michaels’ exercise is WAY harder than 4 miles in an hour. WAY HARDER!!! But I’m doing it! I’m feeling my body reshape! And I’m getting closer and closer to that Yoga Meltdown DVD!!!!

Tomorrow should be interesting. I SO want to be at The Center for the rally. But it’s at 5. Best-case it takes me about 50 minutes to get in there on the subway. Best case I get home at 10 til 4. Best case I am working out by 3:55. It will still be close to 4:30 when I’m on my way. Which would put me there late. I don’t know if this is one of those things that’s GOING to start on time or if it’ll be like the other rallies I’ve been to and be a little delayed. So we’ll see what happens. I’ll give it a go.

I hopefully will have something fun to do on Saturday. I’m waiting to hear details though. If it happens, it’ll be fun AND free, so bonus!! 😀

Beyond that… We shall see.

At least it was sunny!

At least it was sunny!

That makes Monday mornings a little easier. School was school – J was in rare form as he always is after a weekend. We got to go to the garden today. I think I’ve figured out that my highest functioning kid has it in his head that “outside” means the courtyard at school in the center of the building where they go after lunch when they can. For the second week in a row, while we are at the garden (most definitely outside) he’s come up to me and said “Are we going outside today?” Must work on generalizing that. And one of the kids I had this summer – did I mention the “Is that your hair?” “Yeah.” “I love you.” story from last week on here? – very obviously has such a teacher crush on me. Today all the way out to his bus he was like “I love you. I like you a lot. Do you like me?” It’s cute, but with all these pubescent boys at school it’s sort of an environment ripe for this. Ah the things we have to guard against.

Talked to Daddy for a while this afternoon. They *may* come up here for Thanksgiving again. We’ll see what ends up happening. Ditto whatever trip I do over the time between Summer School and School. So much up in the air right now.

I’m almost halfway through the 30 Day Shred! I had to move the workout into the living room today because my DVD player seems to have quit. Oh joy. So I put it on the iMac. Actually? I’ve got more room in there so I may just stick with that. It’s still hard as hell, but I’m kicking through it. Honestly? I’m kind of afraid of Level 3…Level 2 is THAT hard.

And now…it’s time for me to get in bed. I’m working on trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. We’ll see!!