27 August 2009

One tired girl

So I put in my first full day of work since the end of the school year and I am completely wiped. I do have to say that I had a very productive day. My classroom was used for summer literacy camp so I had to put everything away at the end of the year. I am very happy to say that my room was just the way that I left it.

I love returning to my classroom after the summer vacation. The caretakers emptied it and polished and waxed the floors. I only wish that my floor could stay that shiny all year round!

I had three former students that are about to start the 10th grade help me out. These girls were stellar as students and they were an incredible help. I have one bulletin board up, all of my groups set up and they distributed all of the school supplies that I'm giving out (pencil, eraser, glue stick and homework folder). They also labelled duotangs and helped me sort through some books. It was great to have them lift things for me. Primary sized desks are pretty light, but I really didn't want to strain myself unnecessarily.

It was great to hang out with the three of them. The girls caught me up on all of the gossip and one of them said that she learned so much from my class. They also mentioned that they were pretty upset at their grade 7 and 8 teacher (she was the one on my old staff that ALWAYS talked about being pregnant, see this if you want a refresher) because she didn't prepare them for high school. I tried to hide my delight at what the girls were saying, but I felt such joy at hearing their complaints. I guess I should be pretty flattered that the girls sought me out to ask if they could help me. They do have to complete 40 hours of community service hours in order to graduate, so we were helping one another out, but it was truly a pleasure to be with them today.

By the end of the day my incision was really starting to hurt. I did buy a knock off B.ella B.and, but it still doesn't provide enough holding power. I think that I'm going to have to buy a support from e.Bay since I can't seem to find one anywhere near my house. I even checked the local hospital pharmacy and it didn't carry anything!

Btw, my workshop went really well yesterday. The attendance was higher than anticipated and according to the feedback forms, we did really well. I had to rush through the portions I was responsible for because we were low on time. I think that if we do the workshop again that we're going to need two days. We didn't have a lot of hands on time and I know from experience that I would appreciate doing stuff rather than listening! My former teaching partner was annoying as usual. She was the only one that didn't speak French! The workshop was called, "Welcome to French Immersion." She's so dumb. I'm so glad that I don't have to work with her.

I'm feeling a little sad that the summer is wrapping up. We're going to head to my fertile best friend's cottage next Friday so we can get one last relaxing weekend in. I really hope that I feel well enough to kayak. I don't think that swimming is in the cards for me, but I need some sort of water sport!

I have a feeling that the first couple of weeks of school are going to take a lot out of me. I'm so glad that the first two weeks are short weeks and the third week of school I have an appointment with my Napro doctor so I'll take that entire day off. I'm so glad that I bought a rolling stool for my room! I rolled around the room to test it out today and I think that it's going to work quite well.

It's not even 9pm and I'm going to get ready for bed. I don't think there's going to be any late night TV for me tonight!


  1. Sounds like a very successful day!

    That's so awesome that your former students could help you out and dish on the gossip. I know it shouldn't make us happy, but sometimes it's nice to hear not so great things about people we're not too fond of.

    Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year.

  2. Sounds like a productive day, and it's so nice that those students helped you out. Even if it was community work, they sought you out and genuinely like you. I get the feeling you are a cool teacher :-)

    Where has the summer gone? I feel like we haven't had more than 4 real days of summer. Sounds nice that you are going to a cottage to enjoy the last bits of our so-called summer, even if it is with a Fertile.

  3. Yay! I'm so glad that you're feeling well and got so much done today. The beginning of the school year is really so great! It's a fresh start with new supplies, new kids, new goals. I hope and pray this "newness" lasts as long as possible.

    I will pray that the beginning of the year isn't too much for you physically. When do the students arrive? This is the first year we've been back to school two full weeks before the students. I'm hoping to use the time to get really organized and prepared.

  4. Rest up!

    Glad things are coming together. Enjoy your last taste of summer!

  5. Good job soldiering through the day! Your former students sound so sweet. Helping to set up a classroom is a way better volunteering idea than anything I came up with in high school! (New York state had this requirement too.)

  6. I wanted to share this beautiful novena with you. It was given to me by a friend who is a Catholic homeschooling Mom of nine children and an author. She told me that she and a group of couples suffering from infertility prayed this novena and in the next year every one of them were blessed with a child!


    Novena to JPII for _______ to conceive a baby.

    Dear John Paul II, servant of God, we believers of the Most Holy Trinity; Mary, the mother of God; St. Joseph; and the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church are united in prayers with those on the Catholic-Fertility list.

    Dear John Paul II, servant of God, who are already in heaven, this is a novena for your intercession that __________ becomes pregnant and delivers a healthy baby who will glorify and praise God.

    For people certain things are impossible to attain and sometimes people are unable to understand God's will, but we deeply believe in your intercession, JPII. You always defended children, especially the unborn ones, and you loved them above all. Please look at _________ who is asking for biological children. Look at the tears in her eyes begging to become a mother.

    St Ann, you gave birth at a late age to our Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Most Holy Mary. That is what God wanted. With God nothing is impossible.

    We believe that God, Creator of heaven and earth, will look kindly upon _______ and give her the blessing, through Mary, the Virgin Mother of God and JPII, of becoming a mother of her biological and adopted children whom she will love and thank God for.

    Deal JPII, please help our prayers to be answered and that _____________'s womb be filled with the beating heart of a tiny baby. We already give you thanks and sincerely believe in your intercession to God.

    Dear JPII, your beloved mother also asked God for you to be born. Please remember our prayers. Amen

  7. Don't overdo it hon, you are still recovering. But it sounds like it is going to be a very exciting school year ahead! It's very cool that some of the student were able to give you a hand with setting everything up.

  8. I wonder if a pair of Spanx would work for the belly support. Not that your tiny, toned bod needs them for anything else!! But they are tight and hold things in.

    I am glad you got your classroom set up!

  9. I wish I still had that white thing they sent me home with. It was great for support in that area!

    I am sorry you are so tired! That is great your former students were there to help! Loved the pic you and d took it made me miss you guys!

  10. What a blessing that your former students sought you out! Hang in there and try to take it as easy as you can. Healing is a job in and of itself!