Sunday Post | Back to School!

January 10, 2016 Sunday Post 32

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Basically it’s a chance to talk about the books you bought, borrowed, blogged about, and read for the week and what’s coming in the week ahead – and then share them with a much wider blogging community. Check out the details here.

News at Home: Back to School!

Well I went back to school (work technically) this week and… Wait for it… It wasn’t bad at all! My kids have matured a lot over break. To top it off, I have a clue what I’m doing and things they do just don’t phase me anymore. I’m still having serious trouble with my little kiddo that I suspect has autism and I’m just waiting for the results from testing, but even he did much better and I’ve figured out how to manage him better as well. I worked more than I would have liked because we had two new Kinder teachers – one walked out two weeks before the end of last semester and the other had passed away earlier in the year, both rooms had long term subs until now. Even though I’m supposed to be one of the newest to Kinder somehow I’m the one they came to with most their questions and I spent a lot of time helping them get their footing. I don’t mind through, and I do think k they are going to be great additions to our team. I brought home a little work this weekend, but for the most part I’ve been enjoying time with family and reading. Who’d have thought this was possible after the way things started in August!? NOT I!!

Blog News

One thing I did realize this week is that no matter how much content I have available to post in this head or via book reviews, I just can’t manage a post per day. This week I posted through Tuesday and I was able to semi keep up with comments and visit other blogs. I was closer to the kind of blogger I want to be. So, that being said, I think that’s the blog schedule I’m going to have for a while. Saturday – Tuesday I’ll post, one post a day. It means it’ll take a while for me to get caught up in reviews but it also means I can reply to comments and visit other blogs and that’s really important to me.

#FitReaders Update

Grrr! I had such good intentions this week to get to the gym. Bag packed and in the car all week. But I never made it out of there before 6. And this week I have book club Tuesday and parent teacher conferences on Thursday, so it’s going to be hard this week too. But my goal is an average of three times a week, so I’m going to try to make it tomorrow and Wednesday and Saturday.

I did really well with eating for though and I, of course, got in my 10k steps. I always get 10k in when I’m teaching.

Sleep needs work – I really struggled getting to sleep, which means I struggled waking up. Water was good though. So I met half my goals basically.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | Back to School!


2015 Book of the Year | Bracket Reveal


2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge Sign Up


2015 Book Of the Year | Initial Eliminations

Added to my Shelf

Rekindled Love by Susan Griscom, Michelle Olson

Rekindled Love by Susan Griscom, Michelle Olson – Kindle Freebie

Freeing Her by AM Hargrove

Freeing Her by AM Hargrove – Kindle Freebie

Forever & Always Collection by EL Todd

Forever & Always Collection by EL Todd – Kindle Freebie


I went to Barnes and Noble and they were having a 25% off Sale for educators… This happened! Lol I think I showed restraint.

How was your week?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

32 Responses to “Sunday Post | Back to School!”

  1. Lark

    Berls, I am so happy that things are going better for you at school now, and that you are feeling so much better about your skills, your kids, and your job! As for blogging, it’s meant to make you happy, not feel pressured, so do however much or little makes your heart smile, and don’t stress about it.

    I’m sorry I missed this post last week! I suspect you didn’t post on 1/17 because you’ve been sick (didn’t I see that on FB?), so I hope you feel better soon!
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    • Berls

      Thanks! Yeah, I didn’t post because I was sick and then work stress grr! I’ll be back tomorrow and hopefully to a regular schedule after that. We’ll see…. Thanks so much though, it’s always reassuring to know that no one is holding my horrible blogging against me.

  2. shah

    its great that you feel good after a week, and taking interest in your work, hope coming time will be much interested and happier for you.

  3. Lola

    I am so happy to hear your first school work went better and you have a clue what you’re doing and the kdis behave better. I hope it continues to be like this. That’s great the other teachers came to you for advice and you could help them.

    And staursdya to tuesday sounds like a neat schedule for blogging. I think it’s great you manage to blog even that much with your busy job.

    And nice haul you got! I can see how a 25% off sale would be hard to resist and getting only 5 books is restraint indeed. I hope you’re having a good week!
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  4. Lexxie

    I’m so happy it was a smooth return to work, Berls, even if your days were longer than planned. Isn’t it great that you actually have time to have a life once more? *grins*
    I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to fit in the gym again soon, too, you’re very good at setting goals that are possible to achieve 🙂
    Have a great week, my friend. *hugs*
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    • Berls

      Thanks! I did have it – December 18th. Everything went really well and I’m feeling much better. I should have made it back to the gym by now but I’ve been letting work push it out of the way :/

    • Berls

      Thanks Bea! It’s nice to have moved so far forward that’s for sure! Some days I feel like we’re taking a giant step back, but most days they really are doing much better.

  5. Melanie Simmons

    So glad to hear that your week back at school was good. Look at you, not the mentor already. I’m sure things will continue to get better for you as you go along. Glad to see that you’ve found a good balance. I wouldn’t worry about posting every day. Hot Listens is only getting two posts per week. Loupe is still working back up to posting and I can only do two reviews per week on audio (plus the one I’m doing on Rabid Reads). I won’t push myself further. It would take the fun out of it.
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    • Berls

      I hear ya. Pushing really does make it stressful rather than fun. I may end up pushing back to even fewer posts honestly. I don’t want to, but I also don’t want to feel stressed. You gotta keep it fun! And thanks so much, it feels good to see how far my class has come 🙂

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m so, so happy to hear that your return to Kinder-world wasn’t so bad, Berls. A lot can change in a few months, huh? It’s neat that the new teachers are coming to you for tips…you may not be as seasoned as others, but you survived trial by fire and I’m sure you have wonderful advice.

    I’m happy to have you in the blogosphere, so I’ll take whatever I can get. 😉 It’s good that you’re setting limits though…that way you don’t get frustrated with yourself.

    I hope this coming week will be even better. You’ve got this! {{{hugs}}}

    • Berls

      Thanks so much Brandee 🙂 We seem to really commiserate if nothing else. They’re already feeling the frustration of having poor communication and unrealistic expectations 🙁 it’s a shame and the main reason I’m really thinking about looking elsewhere next year.

  7. Greg

    Glad it’s working out for you at school, that’s great news. I remember your misgivings at the beginning and it’s nice to hear that things are improving. It sounds like you’re making a positive difference even if it’s not your favorite thing.

    Blog posting is so funny, I’ve been posting a lot lately (somehow) but I’m sure it won’t last. Who’s got time for that as they say (ha ha)? Good luck with your schedule!

    Yay for the B&N sale!
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    • Berls

      Hehe I know blog posting schedules never work the way I plan. Clearly. Since I got sick and didn’t post at all these past couple weeks. Oh well. We do our best 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

  8. Michelle

    YAY! I am so glad things are looking up for you at school. I am glad the kids are better and I do hope the one with suspected Autism can get the help he needs.

    I have still been in a sort of limbo so my blog posts are going to be all over the place until I can get back into it again. I am hopefully this week will be a good one for me.

    Have a great week, Kim! Happy Reading! ox
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  9. Stormi

    Sounds like things are going really good with school I am glad. With how it started at the beginning I would have run off screaming but you kept at it and now it’s going better. 🙂

  10. Rachael Turns Pages

    I’m so glad that you are enjoying your time back with the kids. They do change so much in such a little time. I see that you are starting your book of the year this week. Since there is no official dates. I’m planning on starting in roughly two weeks. I’m trying to keep posts constant for as long as I can, but with school they always manage to go down as the semester moves forward. This is my last semester of classes before I begin student teaching next fall.
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    • Berls

      I forget, what grades are you going to be student teaching? Good luck with your last semester, I’m sure it’ll be great!

  11. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    I understand the #teacherstruggle. I teach sixth grade, and now I am teaching two new classes this year – one without curriculum! The district is going in five thousand different directions, and EVERYONE is stressed on my campus. I’m doing good if I make it out by six. It’s a nightmare, but I didn’t bring home any work. There’s no point, because I know I won’t do it. My weekends are mine. I’m glad the year is straightening out for you!

    • Berls

      Yikes – no curriculum! I can’t even imagine! I couldn’t pull that off I don’t think. Gah, why do they insist on making things harder for us? I hope things are going well for you this semester though!

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