Saturday, June 26, 2010

Three's a charm

Okey dokey, here I am again for the third day in a row. Woot woot!

I slept again until after two p.m. and then napped again after that. I'm not bothered by that but I could see where some other people would think I am being rather slothful. This is what I get for not taking my Provigil for two days. The fatigue and sleepiness just overtake me and I am out like a light. Even at night I am so tired that I don't make it to where I can turn out the light and put my CPAP mask on before I literally pass out into sleep. I wake up an hour or two later to use the bathroom and find myself zonked out once more with the lights on. It happens every night now...

School is over and I am glad for the break. I need to get myself prepared for a new year in a new grade. Some of you know the story already but some of you do not.

In the simplest version I have been teaching fifth-grade for the past several years. We were not departmentalized and our principal was considering a switch so we would be. There were five teachers at the grade level, with one retiring and one having to leave the grade level to work in another building due to circumstances beyond her control. That left three of us.

We all emailed our boss the subject we preferred to teach in the event of departmentalization. He said the three of us all wanted something different so that wasn't a problem. The original five of us were against departmentalizing and we had explained our reasons. Our boss said he would tell us his decision by the end of the next week.

We were somewhat certain that he would departmentalize us but I had a special surprise coming my way. Thankfully, one of my friends had gotten wind of a rumor that one of the remaining three would be leaving the grade level and she passed that on only to me. So it was not much of a surprise when my boss told me that I was being moved to another grade right before the meeting on departmentalization. I was hurt by being moved and hurt by the fact that I was told about the switch in my room only one minute before the meeting.

We don't always get what we want though. So now I am a sixth-grade teacher who will be departmentalized and teaching a combination of ELA and Math enrichment. I am getting a huge air-conditioned room for the majority of the next year, while my area is under construction. I also get to create my own curriculum that uses skills that reinforce what is being taught in Math and ELA.

It isn't all bad and change is good but I am sad in some ways and mourning the loss of being a fifth-grade teacher with a great team.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Two in a row...

This was my first full day of summer vacation and what did I do? I slept almost the whole day away, read in between naps, and occasionally watched some television. Do I feel guilty at all?

Nope, not even a little bit!

I deserved every minute of my rest and relaxation today. I have been working hard this past school year, hardly taking off any time at all due to illness. I even carried over 2.5 days to next year! I have taken off one day a month for my Tysabri infusions and two personal days (one for mental health reasons and one for Franklin angel). That is huge for me compared to last year when I was out from November to May!

So what's up for this summer? Better eating, more fruit and veggies, and lots more movement. Time to shake off those pounds again.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's been a month...

It's been a month since I've last posted but today is a good day. You see, today is the last day of school and I am now on vacation.

I promise more will follow soon because I will have the time to write and I need to spend part of my days doing something productive. Something more productive than just sleeping, that is.

My MS is still under control and I made it through the year with no relapses. Yay, go me. Thanks body for working with me and not against me this year.

There are lots of changes coming in the new academic year but I'll write more about that soon.

Weebs :)