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October 24th, 2010

12:46 pm - Work is work
Still working really hard trying to get these kids into shape behaviorally.  Academically they ARE making progress very slowly, but it takes ALOT of work to get them to budge the tiniest bit.  Their level of academic motivation is beyond low, and I am spending a great deal of time figuring out what exactly it is going to be that makes them give 1/2 a crap about their future.  These kids are on a deep slope towards McDonald's employee for life or drug dealer. 

The ignorance running through the room is shocking, too.  They have the worst understandings about the world, and many of them are beyond bigoted.  If anyone has advice for how to get very low SES kids to better care about their future and to have an open mind about others, please let me know.  Basic multicultural lessons don't really work when bigotry is SO ingrained in their communities.

Sigh.  It's never ending work with this class BUT at least I feel like i'm figuring out how to move them academically a bit.  Socially they feel hopeless- but i know hopeless is never an option. =)

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October 5th, 2010

06:30 pm - Long day... long year...
Everyday in this school is too much work right now.  I know it's 1st year-itis. but i'm going nuts.  I'm in at 7:30 im out at 5:30.  I'm burnt out.  It's just an endless parade of trying to get these kids into a routine (in an EVERFREAKINCHANGING schedule), new planning and differentiation to take care of or copy or whatnot, group work to organize and plan for so my kids can get somewhere, and rearranging the shit storm of furniture I DON"T like that is in my room.


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October 4th, 2010

05:45 pm - YEAH!
I just beat the hell out of a box of cookies.  And ya know what? I feel great =D

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August 27th, 2010

11:08 pm - Poor little rich girl....
Perhaps as a result of my home hunting frustrations... perhaps as a result of my "foolish youth" phase... perhaps as a result of being recklessly spoiled... i have had a taste for the "finer" things lately.  Of course this is subjective.  I'm not hunting down caviar and Cartier but I may as well be....

Things I've been unnaturally craving:

Frye Melissa Button Boots

Kate Spade Five Points (multitasker) or the Small Cole (weekender)

Tiffany: Paloma's Marrakesh band Ring

J.Crew Double Serge Pencil Skirt (in EVERY COLOR)

And that ain't the half of it!

And... perhaps... it can be my nerves.  School starts in two weeks and I'm terrified that I won't live up to the high, high bar that's been set. 

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July 26th, 2010

11:26 am - SO FAT
RAWR! I cannot get off a cruise without having gained weight.  This time it was only 5 lbs.  I swear to god- it's so annoying!!! I'm going to try to be REALLLY good this week.  Last week i was at the gym everyday- but my diet was a bit here and there.  This week I'll be hitting the cardio---HARD.

I want those 5 lbs gone- I always feel super chunky when i'm 120lbs.  My skinny jeans ain't so skinny (honestly I don't know how a size 10 wears skinny jeans- i feel like a tub in my size 2's- i give them props)

At least i'm not at work all summer- so i have plenty of time and inclination to work on losing it. 

Today i have some major cleaning and organizing to do- but then i'll go upstairs to hang out in the park and read for a while. When Bryan gets home we'll go out for our anniversary.  I think we'll probably stay close to home for a nice dinner then come back and watch a movie before bed.

Ahhh- so hard not to snack all day... wish me luck!

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July 19th, 2010

10:09 am - Back from Cruising!
Back from the family vacation- and boy was that a vacation!  I relaxed for 8 full days: by a pool, in my cabin, on beaches, in theaters, at many many meals!  I gained like 5 lbs- but with my post cruise diet in place i'll be back to normal in no time.  Now i just need to buy some new swim suits because i beat the HELL out of my favorite one.  I already know the ones i want, ill just hit Jcrew later today to order them (in store ordering means free shipping and 15% off- teacher discount!)

Today i've also got eat something... continue my chillaxing.... unpack from the cruise and do laundry, get moving on my anniversary plans and straighten up the little mess i've made since yesterday!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer- i've been living it up!  I am always looking for the next best thing though!  Bryan and I spend alot of time going to movies, and shows and eating at new places and shopping at new shops and going to neat events (like the outside movies).  But i was wondering what else there is to do?!  I want to do kayaking, and while i'd like to do the trapeeze i know it's pricey...

Meh! Whatever- it's SUPER hot the rest of this week (90+ everyday wtf)  So i'll get my shopping on today and keep myself busy indoors and such until friday...

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July 5th, 2010

09:06 am - One week!
It's the one week countdown to the family cruise!  This also means only one week left to get into bangin' swimsuit shape...  I've been going everyday for just over a week and my tone is doing pretty well!  But those damn pockets of fat just never want to leave!  Granted, i haven't abstained COMPLETELY from snacks, but I have put a serious dent into my normal habits.  When we get back from the cruise i'm going to go on a serious diet for the rest of the summer.  Really master a dietary routine.  My co-teacher inspired me to eat really balanced meals- and I already had the modest portions down pat.

I want to be able to continue working out on the cruise,too.  I just hope someone will come to the gym with me, so i'm not tempted to just lay around and eat 12 hours a day.  Either way I'm going 6 out of the 8 days!  I know i can go the day we set sail and the day we port, i'll just make sure 4 other days i get in that gym!

Is it just me, or do you look ok in a swimsuit when you're standing, but look like a fat tub when sitting or laying down?  That makes me absolutely nuts!

In either case I hope the cruise is fun.  It's going to be the immediate family packed onto the boat for over a week =X 

All i know is the food is always awesome- so food on a cruise= WOOHOO

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June 29th, 2010

11:12 am - It's official!
Summer break is officially here! I officially had my last day at the old school (and some of those bitches went out REAL classy... ugh).  I am officially back in the gym full time this week.

I'll be going on a cruise in a few weeks with the family- so i'm looking forward to that relaxation and fun fun fun.

I need to get a little schedule to keep myself sane for the next two months.  While i have a LONG list of activities to enjoy all summer, i need a little day to day schedule to stick to.  And "watching the dog be cute" does not count as more than 20 mins in that schedule!  With no schedule, the whole summer disappears under re-runs, junk-food, and shopping shopping shopping!

I'm going to get washed up and hit the gym.  From there I'll just start getting oriented for this fantastic summer!

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June 23rd, 2010

10:01 pm - I just move on....
I did my interview and demo at the upper west side school.  And they also offered me a job.  SOOOO i turned down another school in favor of this one.  Hopefully I made the right choice.  I'm really excited and I'm super down with fitting in there.  I can't believe i got an offer from every place i interviewed at- but hey- rock on.

Now the only thing left is transferring all my teaching materials from my lame old school to my awesome new school.  Hooray!!!

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June 5th, 2010

10:22 am - hehehehhe
These paper dolls are what I base my teaching wardrobe on!!

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