I did not get any of the new jobs I applied for, so I was forced to go back to my district. I was dreading it so much, but with our principal retiring and our AP moving up, it wasn’t a mixed bag of how the year would start. It’s been really, really good. I am sad and disappointed that they took all my PreAP classes away from me, but my class sizes are smaller (except for my co-teaches – which should be THE smallest), and I think we have a great group of kids this year. Seriously. We had a fire drill on Friday in the class right before lunch and they were silent as could be standing out in our lines outside.
My dad is doing better. He has recovered from his heart attack and is back at work. They are still trying to find the right office for him that is closer to home or his job. Otherwise, he’ll have to take the entire day off from work to do his cardio therapy. That means he’ll only be working 2 days of the week and that’s not good.
My baby brother is a senior this year. At the beginning of the month (actually while my dad was still in the hospital), the football coach called my mom for a meeting. He really wanted TJ to play. He played last year. TJ went to about two weeks of practices and then went in to tell the football coach he did not want to play. He doesn’t want to risk an injury (like both of my other brothers – knee injury and broken elbow) for baseball season. The coach was disappointed, but I was impressed he wasn’t a jerk to my brother about not playing.
August also brought the solar eclipse – the first to pass over North America since 1979. We got about 70% and I’m glad I went out and watched it. At the end of that week, though, disaster struck my great state of Texas. Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast as a category 4 and brought massive destruction and flooding. FEMA, the Task Forces, and National Guard were activated, and we also had crews coming in from other states. There is already billions in damage, and lives lost. Please keep Texas in your prayers.
My family had a BIG scare this week. Sunday morning my dad suffered a massive heart attack, The Widowmaker. Doctors were surprised he made it through. I attribute it to his good health (and the constant nitro he had ALL the way in the ambulance). The cause? SMOKING. It is the leading cause of heart disease/failure. Life is fleeting. It CAN happen to you. Take care of yourself! If something feels off, go to your doctor. Don't wait. #dad #hospital #stdavids #heart #heartattack #smoking #ditchthecig #hearthealthy #grateful #thankful #cardiologist #nitro #nofilter
One of my brand new little sixth graders (a boy!) gave this home-made journal to me tonight at Meet the Teacher. I am scared to open it because I will never be able to replicate that pretty bow, but there are pockets and all kinds of things inside. How totally sweet! #teachergifts #teacher #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #meettheteacher #belegendary #sixthgraders
I had wanted to read a few more than this, but I finished two NetGalleys and the audiobook that finished my Audiobook Challenge. I got started on a fourth book.
Average Rating: 4.3 stars
Pages Read: 622 pages
Favorite Book: The Hiding Place
8.13 School Returns
8.07 Home at Last
8.14 I Dared the Duke
8.21 The Bad Luck Bride
Top Ten Tuesdays / Teaser Tuesdays
8.01 Blue Like Elvis
8.08 Misty Lake
WWW Wednesdays / My Favorite…
8.02 / Love Story
8.16 / Thing About Summer
My Bullet Journal Posts
8.10 Tips & Tricks
8.24 New Ideas
Famous Last Words
Book Blogger Hop
Visitors & Search Terms
August – 881 views
I still have not recovered from my hiatus. Last year I was hitting 1,500 monthly views every month. This year I’m doing good to reach 1,000, which only happened in January and March. I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to the viewing I had before. It makes me sad that I worked so hard to return and be active…and a large portion of my viewers no longer keep up with me. No search terms this month.
- Goodreads – 34/52 completed
- Alphabet Soup – 18/26 completed
- Audiobook – 6/6 completed
- NetGalley – 19/50 completed
- Shelf Love – 18/52 completed
- Summer BINGO – 9/25 completed
- August BINGO – 18/25 completed
I had planned to finish two of these in August…but that didn’t happen. So I need to read all four of these this month!