Sunday Post ~ Freaky February

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This week I spent A LOT of time with my yearbook kids. Monday afternoon we spent 2 hours preparing for the elective fair that night, and then almost my entire staff showed to support and lead our booth. We handed out all of the applications we had. I’ve had so many kids at the last minute asking about applications. I also feel really confident for the staff next year as now 10 of my current students have decided to stay on. Tuesday night we had our production meeting and got more accomplished. Some people got new pages, we submitted one spread, and we’re ready to proof two more to send this week. While we’re moving along much slower than last year in terms of production and sales, I am not stressing about it. I want them to enjoy the experience and do their best.

Also on Monday my department head literally had a shit fit moment (all day). She called an emergency department meeting – sans administrators – to literally scream at those present. Our district is doing away with our reading program, and the week prior our principal gave us the go-ahead to tell our students and parents about the changes. She and her partner were having epileptic fits because they chose not to tell their students. One person said they were very sure things were about to come to blows. My partner and I also got a nastygram from her that she, as the department head, was in charge of disseminating information to our parents. Last I checked, the Texas Education Agency and the superintendent, school board, and my principal have me listed as the teacher of record for my classroom. My principal took the heat for it and did not hold them accountable for their unprofessional behavior in the least. Apparently it’s perfectly legit to act that way at work…for those two ladies. At the least, an apology should have been issued. It has created quite a divide in our department, and all day during our training on Friday said ladies and their cohort kept turning around to stare at my partner and me. *sigh*

Wednesday morning I met with our instructional specialist to review our benchmark data. I was bothered by not seeing students make growth that I expected to from their 5th grade state testing. I was surprised by a couple who made significant growth, by nearly 20% or more. Then I had a handful who significantly regressed and should not have.

Thursday my students finished testing and I was able to get quite a few things done. That evening I met with my mom to set up her new phone. She is leaving her flip phone behind and has a little smart phone. It reminds me of the sliders, but without a slide-out keyboard, and it is touch screen. She doesn’t like it, but I’m hoping the more she uses it the more she’ll like it.

Earlier in the week I was talking to a coworker in 7th grade who has a CPAP. She was telling me right after she got hers, she slept through her alarm and the first class of the day and was late to work. Oh, the irony of that conversation. That is exactly what happened to me on Friday. I had a tickle in my throat around 3am, so I got up and took a small sip of the promethazine with codeine syrup so I could stop coughing. When my alarm went off, I just turned it off. My phone started ringing 3 minutes before the first class period. My partner wanted to know where I was because my kids were already in the hall! I was like, “Oh, shit! I just woke up!” I still had my CPAP mask on, so I’m sure I sounded funny. I ran around like a madwoman and got all my crap loaded up. I arrived right after the second class started.

I am feeling better, although every once in a while I still have a crackle in my ear. I will say I’m not all stopped up in the mornings anymore now that I have the CPAP. The Man is over his strep, however, he now has a super infection: sinus, ear, etc. He’s still trying to blame it on me. He’s been a turd all weekend. He is one of those men who gets all bent out of shape and moody when sick. And he’s now mad that he didn’t remember my birthday is this coming week.

I purchased my tires yesterday. With the President’s Day sale and using my DT card, I saved $160! I paid less than $600 for my tires. I am excited about that savings. That means I have an extra $700 from my tax return to put toward credit cards this month. I’m working on zeroing them out!

Five Days, Five Kisses was a cute, quick read. This is a new venture for Angela Carling, not quite like what she’s written before. I enjoyed the childhood friendship in this one. I had wanted to get my review written in time for Valentine’s Day, but that just didn’t happen. I’ll be working on it for this week.

I started The Rogue is Back in Town. I’ve had this one for a while and I’m glad I picked it as one of my first NetGalley books of the year. I really enjoyed the story, despite some of the historical flaws. I finished it after a few sittings and started in on Wallflower Most Wanted, wherein four bluestocking women inherit Beachaump House and they each have a mission to carry out within the year from the benefactor. I remember the first book had some surprisingly scary turns, and this one started off in the same vein with a character falling from a cliff.

I didn’t work on the blog at all this week, and now I am no longer ahead on my scheduled posts. I have no Top Ten or Teaser Tuesday posts for this coming week, so I will be working on the next few weeks’ worth to get built back up again. I also have three reviews to write, too.

  • Monday
    • Review ~ Game of Hearts
    • Discussion ~ YA vs. NA vs. Contemporary
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ TBD
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ TBD
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • My Favorite ~ Movie of 2017
  • Thursday
    • Beyond the Books ~ Kids & Social Media
  • Friday
    • Book Blogger Hop ~ 2.23.18

Check back soon!


23 thoughts on “Sunday Post ~ Freaky February

  1. I am EXHAUSTED reading your post. You had a hell of a week. I am sorry someone was so crappy to you that was awful. It’s like HS all over again but with adults. With all that even if you didn’t have a tickle in your throat you almost deserved to go in a little late. 😉

    I hope this week is better for you Charlies! Happy Reading!

    • Working in a school is totally like being back in high school, and it is ridiculous. Like, do your job. Be kind and courteous to your coworkers. I am still sleeping insanely long on the weekends, but I’ve noticed this week I’m also going to bed a little sooner than normal, too. I’m hoping it’s working!!

  2. Oh yikes! I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough week. But what is wrong with people! I hope this coming week will be better for you though.
    Take care, Charlie!

  3. Oh my gosh! Your co-workers sound horrible. I don’t know how you deal with it. I wouldn’t think that a school would be such a hostile environment to work in. I am so sorry you have to deal with that.
    It’s kinda funny that you overslept. It happens to everyone at some point. It sucks when it happens but at least you were getting some good sleep. Ironic that your co-worker told you that story right before it happened to you.
    I hope this week is much better for you. Take care of yourself and feel better!

    • Uh…yeah. I’m glad they are two hallways away and our paths rarely cross. Schools are actually extremely political environments – and can be quite hostile. In fact, the last two people who left my campus were railroaded by the district, trying to flag their teaching certificates because they didn’t like their resignations coming at an inopportune time. I love that I now (finally!) have the CPAP and I can tell my sleep is markedly different.

  4. Wow. What a long tiring week you’ve had. I can’t believe the behavior at your school. How can adults act that way when the students certainly would be allowed to. And you know things are working when you oversleep!

    • That’s what everyone has told me! I am hoping this brings about big change for my sleep and my life! I was a little shocked about the behavior myself. My partner and I – as well as others – went to administrators about it. These two individuals were absolved of all blame and their behavior written off at “having their lessons derailed all day.” That happens ALL THE TIME as a teacher. That also means they had all day to rethink their words and behavior.

  5. That’s a ugly little power struggle that played out there at school. I know in NJ, we would contact our union rep about something like that. Very unprofessional. Glad you are feeling better and way to save on those tires. You may have some questionable co-workers, but at least you are the queen of french fries.

    • That’s a good way to describe it – a power struggle. My principal remarked how neither he nor any of the other administrators were on any of those emails or invited to the emergency “meeting,” but entirely absolved these individuals of their inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. I can’t help but think if the shoe were on the other foot, I would have a write-up. I wish we had unions down here. The Man is from up north and he’s always saying something about me taking the matter to the union. I have to remind him we don’t have any. And that makes me feel very vulnerable.

  6. Yes… I loved the children but all the politicking at school was an exhausting waste of my precious energy and I wasn’t sorry to leave it behind! So sorry you are having such a miserable time and hopefully everyone will calm down in due course. It doesn’t help that the panic is about random changes from above by folks who have either never been in a classroom, or the last time they stepped into one was when they were writing on blackboards in chalk…:(. I would say that you will go on noticing changes in your sleep patterns and your own energy levels for a while to come – Himself is coming up to a year wearing his mask and it’s taken a long time for him to regain his mojo… Have a great week!

    • That is exactly how The Man feels about me staying in teaching. It is not worth what it is costing me, mentally or physically. Like you, I want to leave and I’m working on that. I welcome all the energy levels I can get. I’m noticing small changes and improvements now.

      • I hope you get an opportunity to make the change – I still teach, but I get to run my own lessons in my own way and am judged solely on my performance in the classroom and whether my students find my sessions worthwhile. It’s marvellous fun and very rewarding.

    • I am starting to really see the benefits of it after only a week. It is amazing and I wish the original pulmonologist I had didn’t have issues that caused me to fight with my insurance for two years. But I have it now and I am so thankful!

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