Just to clarify, I'm not wondering why things have been so hard for me lately. For the last few weeks I've been really preoccupied with Archie's death, my grandma's hospitalization (she had a heart catheter put in, then went into sepsis, but is doing better for the time being), and Matt's Nana's hospitalization (she's been dealing with stroke/seizure issues for awhile now). I'm a realist-bordering-on-pessimist, so I was trying to compartmentalize my emotions and it really got the best of me and wore me down. (There was one day that I cried in my classroom during planning, then got it together to greet my kids at the door minutes later. Any teachers relate to that?)
Doesn't it seem like when things fall apart, they all fall apart? (That reminds me of one of my all-time favorite Yeats poems...)
Anyway, I think things are looking up. I'm beginning to get a handle on the storm of emotions I've been dealing with. And that means it's time for some purposeful positivity.
1. LeadingEdge - I applied for a promotional program within my charter school family and was accepted! I'm really excited for this. I'll be training to be a CRT (curriculum resource teacher), and while it means I may eventually be leaving the classroom, I'm excited for the chance to challenge myself and put my skills to good use. A CRT helps train and guide teachers, which I really enjoy doing.
2. Running with Montana - I was in 8th grade when I met Montana, aka Pretty Lil Mudder, but we weren't exactly friends. We reconnected randomly when I saw her in one of my running Facebook groups, among 3000 other members! Small world. We got in touch and buried the past, and this weekend we'll be running a virtual Harry Potter race as part of a long run! There are so many things awesome about this, I don't even know where to start!
|For you HP fans out there...can you guess what House I'm sorted into? (I'm not even a little ashamed of my continued love of HP.)|
|Matt and I visited Jenn in Panama for our first wedding anniversary. She's from the Netherlands, so she speaks Dutch, Spanish, and English fluently. Amazing.|
the Bloggess, has a new book out. I loved her first collection of crazy, true stories about her life growing up (Let's Pretend This Never Happened) and was sure I'd like Furiously Happy, especially because it's focused on living with mental illness. Even as an avid reader of her blog, I had no idea how absolutely hysterical it would be! I've been reading it during reading challenge in class and literally laughing out loud. I can't share snippets with my students because it's mostly inappropriate, and they're all totally baffled by my laughter. If you like really random, insane, hilarious, non-fiction vignettes and can identify with having a kooky family, I highly recommend it!
What are you smiling about this week?
I'm excited to run together too! I hope we're still planning to get breakfast after because I'm also super excited for bacon after running. Yep, I'm totally a sub-30 member ;-)ReplyDelete
I love that we ordered the same thing haha! Next time, I need to try the grits!Delete
I can totally relate to the crying one minute, greeting the kids the next minute. I cried during a kindergarten class one time. I just got SO FRUSTRATED with their behavior. The funny thing is, 5 yr olds are so self absorbed they DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE lol.ReplyDelete
I am sorry it seems like everything is falling apart for you but I am glad you have some things to smile about. You need and deserve some HAPPINESS and excitement. :)
I have been lucky to never cry in FRONT of students; 8h graders would notice! However, I think my kids would be really sweet about it, even as I'd be totally embarrassed.Delete
Way to turn that frown upside down lady!! Love your positive attitude!ReplyDelete
Congrats on the CRT! That's awesome! I did not know Jenny Lawson had a new book out. I read her first book earlier this year for book club and liked it. Have a great 5K this weekend!
I think I like Furiously Happy even more than her first; definitely check it out!Delete
Those are all awesome reasons to smile! Glad you've got them. And I'm sorry to hear about your and Matt's grandmothers' health issues.ReplyDelete
Thank you...they're both doing well, but realistically I know that at their ages, full recovery is unlikely. It's hard to be realist sometimes.Delete
I love finding out what house people think they'd be in...maybe I'm a little bit of a Harry Potter nerd as well. :) I think that I would be in Gryffindor, but I know lots of people say that, so I'm also open to thinking I could be a Ravenclaw. :)ReplyDelete
I took the OFFICIAL quiz on Pottermore (nerd alert) and was sorted into Ravenclaw, which I think is pretty accurate for me. I'm not foolhardy enough to be in Gryffindor!Delete
I am so excited to read that book! Thanks for reminding me of it!ReplyDelete
I'm smiling because we finally replaced the disgusting broken blinds in our guest room. One of them was in such bad shape we couldn't adjust it at all so it was always fully down but with the slats open. It drove me crazy. Not only are the new blinds awesome, but we have a house guest this week, so they are being enjoyed immediately!
It's a small thing, I know, but things have been tough around here lately, so I'm smiling about it, I'm happy about it, and here's hoping it's looking up from here on out!
I seriously am enjoying it SO much. I hope you like it, too!Delete
It's funny how tiny bits of home improvement can really make your days better. When we got new blinds, I was so thrilled!
That Harry Potter virtual 5k is amazing!! I love the idea! How fun would a race in Harry Potter World at Universal be?!ReplyDelete
OMG a race at HP World would be the BEST!! Crowded though!Delete
I'm planning to do another of the virtual races...hopefully. Sometimes they seem like a waste of money, but the medals for these HP races are so cute, and the money goes toward good causes.