Sunday Post | Ouch!

March 5, 2017 Sunday Post 21

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 – Ouch!

Y’all I had one of those weeks that leaves you going WTF? Is this really happening? I feel like my body – physical and emotional – was just like, “nope, I’m done!” Despite buying new shoes last weekend, my heel spur was horrific this week, and I hobbled my way through the days. I’ve decided to finally break down and see a podiatrist over spring break.

Then Tuesday, in the middle of the night… so technically Wednesday morning, I woke up with the worst stomach cramps. I fell asleep on the bathroom floor for about an hour, because I was sure I was going to vomit. I didn’t, but I did book a sub because it was hurting like before I had my gallbladder removed. Around 4:30 I woke up feeling okay, though. So I moved from the bathroom floor to the couch and cancelled the sub.

As you can imagine, I was tired and considerably less patient on Wednesday as a result. And my kids just would not shut. the. fuck. up! I’m so glad they like each other so much, but gee, golly, stop talking! Well after the millionth time telling them to be quiet, rewarding those who were and handing out consequences to those that weren’t, I lost it. And started crying.

It was like I was standing there, watching myself crying and was thinking, “Are you kidding me? These kids are good! You didn’t lose it and cry last year, but you’re loosing it now?” Well, I don’t think kids quite get that teachers are people too, until they see you outside the school, or… you break down and cry. I had like 10 kids crying with me! It wasn’t funny at the moment, but I’m LMAO now, thinking about it. I think it shocked the hell out of them that I have feelings too. Needless to say, they were much better the rest of the day. I got lots of hugs and was told “I love you” and “I’m sorry I made you cry” like a million times. They may have pushed me over an edge, but I do love my kiddos.

Oh, did I mention our new principal started and this was her first full week? I’m on the fence so far… I’m staying positive. She’s not like the principal we had in August and gah, I miss her. She just made you feel good, appreciated, etc. But so far, this principal seems alright. She’s good with kids from what I’ve seen. She feels like a teacher, which is nice – like she’s going to understand our shoes a bit better than so many administrators these days with little to no classroom experience.

Well, our new principal is doing walk-throughs, observing teachers and getting a feel for the school. She visited my classroom on Thursday and stayed for like 20 minutes. In classroom time, that’s a LONG Time. Talk about stressful! She emailed me the same day though and I quote “WOW! Just WOW! You are a rock star at stations. We need to get you on some training videos for others! I’m very impressed!”

Woot! Y’all I needed that after the week I was having. Apparently she spent so long in my room because she had noticed that the bulk of the behavior reports for kinder were coming from my room. And, in her experience, that means 1 of two things: (1) the teacher got the short straw in terms of challenging behaviors this year or (2) they need some help with classroom management. So She wanted to see what kind of structure I had and specifically chose stations time to come observe because “it’s where you’re asking kids to work independently and be responsible for their own learning. You can’t be successful in that without strong classroom management.”

So she stayed and watched as my kids moved through 3 rounds of stations, all with very little support from me. They know what to do and they love their stations, so I just have to keep an eye on my kids that like to goof off, but for the most part they’re very focused and engaged. I’ll skip on the training video though, if that’s alright. lol!

So then we come to Friday and I got the sweetest note from a parent. Her daughter came home and told her I was crying on Wednesday and that she wanted to do something to make me feel better. Mom agreed, bought me a bag of Recees and a $40 visa gift card! The note said, “I’m sorry you’ve had a stressful week. (Daughter’s name) loves you so much and wanted to cheer you up. I wanted to say thank you for doing an incredibly hard job and doing it amazingly. My daughter loves you to pieces!” Wow! So sweet and nice to be appreciated!

And it’s like the universe decided to make up for the first three rough days… because then I found in my box a note from a co-worker along with another bag of candy (twix this time)! I fill in for her when she can’t do her job at dismissal – it’s one of the most stressful jobs as you kind of control the flow. If we finish late it feels like your fault and vice versa. So no one really wants to do it. I’ve done it’ like 5 or 6 times in the past month for her. So she was thanking me for that and for being “just generally awesome.” ha! Did she walk by while I was crying? LOL!

Despite a truly awesome Thursday and Friday, the universe conspired against me and I was awoken yet again Friday night/Saturday morning with horrible stomach cramps. And this time, vomiting followed. 🙁 I thought I was feeling better Saturday morning, so I didn’t cancel my plans to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the dollar theater with my mom and brother. While the movie was fantastic, I spent so much time quivering in pain! I vowed never to eat again, it hurt so bad.

Of course, I ate again and I’m hoping that Saturday’s dinner doesn’t kick my ass. Wish me luck!

The Politics of it all!

So I didn’t stay quite as up with politics this week as I would have liked. Just too much else going on. Trump gave an address to the nation and, while I agree with the press that he was much better spoken in this speech… I think they exaggerated when they say “he became president” in that speech. Please! First off, he’s been president for a while. Secondly, it’s one thing to act presidential, it’s another thing to follow through. So I hope people aren’t blinded by his words… here’s a man who’s known for lying and because we like what he saying we believe him? No! Look at what he and his administration are doing and judge based on that! And let’s face it, the words he shared this week did not match his actions, at all!

And then we have more bullshit from the administration on the Russia front. How many more people need to be “confused” or “forget” before congress says, “yeah, we seriously have to launch an investigation into this?” Republicans and Democrats alike should be screaming for an investigation! Unfortunately I have a feeling that recusing himself is going to be enough for Sessions to skate by. Grr! Why do we hold politicians to such low standards? When my kids lie, even lies of omission, I don’t let them get away with it. But politicians in charge of our nation get away with it left and right!

On a personal front, I’m working with ACLU volunteers on their current project – People Power! I’m organizing one of the 1700 (and counting) events nationwide on March 11th. The goal: “To engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump’s policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We’re organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!” If you’re looking to get involved, this is an excellent way to get started. Find an event near you by clicking on this link. I hope you make it! If you can’t, I know they’ll have the details available online later. But this is also an opportunity to network with others committed to fighting Trump’s policies, so getting to an event is ideal. I’m a little anxious about my event, since I’ve never organized something like this on my own before. But they contacted me and asked if I’d help and I didn’t see how I could say no!

Blog News

Well I’m doing two challenges and, based on the week I just described, is it any wonder that I’m not doing too hot at either? I have 0 posts scheduled still for blog ahead mini 🙁 And today’s a busy day so I don’t know that I’ll manage any today either. With Take Control TBR I’m reading two books now that will count, but I’m not far into either one.

#FitReaders Update

So food wise, I did pretty well last week actually. I still haven’t eaten hardly any of my candies. I ordered some of those Freshly meals and I’ll be starting eating them for dinners this week – I’m excited because they are way healthier and better tasting than your normal frozen meal (and they’re not actually frozen, just refrigerated).

Exercise wise, I sucked. I worked out two mornings, Monday and Tuesday. But between my foot and stomach upset, the rest of the week was a wash. I have a couple of exciting fitness things on my calendar though – next Saturday I have a St. Patrick’s day 5k (yes, that means beer at the end!) and then the Sunday following I have a ticket to the Fitness Marshall’s fitness concert! I’m really excited for that, since those are the workouts I do every morning.

I lost 2 pounds this week – finally! The scale has been moving in the wrong direction lately, so I’ll take any loss I can get!

Last Two Weeks on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | Ouch!


It’s Monday! What I’m Reading March 6, 2017!


Top ten? It’s on hiatus so we’ll see what I do. I may just take a day.


A Court of Mist and Fury #2017hw #review


How did your parents influence your reading?


Just a few In Death books… that got me addicted


My TBR List | March 2017 Results

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!

21 Responses to “Sunday Post | Ouch!”

  1. Usman

    The role that teachers play in our society is exemplary and they should be given more credit than they currently get. I loved reading your classroom stories, and keep going!

  2. La La in the Library

    Again, love your classroom stories! I am sorry that you were pushed to the point of tears, but it showed you how much the kiddos really care about you. (((hugs)))

    We have four or five different action groups here, so a friend of mine decided to make a generic Indivisibles group. We try to go to as many of the other groups’ protests as we can, and help make signs, or snacks and whatnot. We are getting together to watch the live streaming of the ACLU’s training class. This is why I have been so bad at visiting and commenting on people’s blogs. I hope you had a much better week, and that your tummy troubles went away. 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks 🙂 Yeah, it was sweet that the kids cared so much that they cried right along with me.

      We have a few groups here as well and I try to support them, though my demanding life schedule often makes that hard. I’m hosting the ACLU’s training class at our local library, so we’ll be viewing together. 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks Melanie, it is nice to get some recognition. My stomach has been good this week *knock on wood* but the foot is just a mess. Going to have to get to a podiatrist. GRRR! Hope you’re having a great week!

  3. Jen Twimom

    What a week! I’m so glad you got such lovely recognition, although it’s too bad you had to hit such a low point. But you know, it’s good for the kids to understand adults are humans, just like kids. I know you worked hard to help make a “lesson” out the of the experience!

    Sorry about the tummy – did you call the doctor? Do you know what’s going on?
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    • Berls

      LOL you know me, huh? Yeah, we had a talk about how what we do tells people things – not just what we say. So I asked them what they thought they were telling me with their actions when I repeatedly told them to do something and they didn’t do it? It took a bit for them to get past the “we’re being bad” but with some examples, they started to say things like, “we don’t care” or “you aren’t important” and “we don’t respect you.” And I asked them how they thought that made me feel? Is that what they want to be telling me? So yeah… big teaching moment 🙂 And they’ve been a bit better since. I mean, spring break is next week, so we can only ask so much, right? LOL

      I didn’t call the doctor about my stomach – I think it was just a stomach bug from the kiddos, because I’ve been good this week. *knocks on wood* Hopefully that’s it and I won’t have to go to the doctor b/c my insurance is crapola!

      Hope you’re having a good week!

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I hope you’re feeling better, Berls! It worries me you’re having tummy troubles…and foot troubles. I’m glad your spring break is next week (right?) and maybe you can find out something about your foot at least.
    Um, I cried while reading about your week at school…especially the note from your student. That has to make you feel good. The teacher thanking you was a bonus. And then your principal’s comments? That’s fantastic! All in 3 days? I know I’ve said it many times, but you’re right where you’re supposed to be, you know?!?
    Happy Monday, my friend!! {{{BIG HUGS}}}
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    • Berls

      Yes, 1 more day and spring break!! woo! I’m planning to call a podiatrist tomorrow to check on my foot – and my stomach has been okay this week *knocks on wood* so hopefully it was just a virus I caught from the kiddos.

      It was quite the emotional week, to be sure Brandee. It’s funny because I was telling my husband about the gift from the parents and he was like, “you cried at work? I thought you liked your job?” I replied, “I do. I love it!” He looked at me like I was insane. How can a job that makes you cry be a job you love? LOL! I honestly don’t think I would cry at a job I didn’t care about, ya know? And while I definitely have a lot to learn, I feel like I’m a decent teacher most the time (when I’m not crying lol!).

      Happy almost Friday!!! {{BIG HUGS}}

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow you had such a full week. I’m sad that things were so bad you broke down and cried but you know, the kids probably understood that better than you trying to tell them how frustrated you were. I teach parenting and I’m all about being on a level kids can understand so maybe that’s what it took. And hey, chocolate can make everything better. Hope you get your foot issues cleared up without too much invasive work. It can be awful when you are always in pain. Wishing you a better week!
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  6. Kathryn Trask

    Totally agree 20 minutes is a long time, I get that. Ouch to the stomach upset hope it clears and no further problems. If Trump could stop tweeting he might look presidential occasionally. Wow his latest ones make him look totally silly. Unhinged. Obviously deflecting. Does he think the world is dumb!
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    • Berls

      right? 20 minutes in kinder is like hours, the number of things that happen! The stomach has been good this week so, *fingers crossed* I think I just had a virus from one of the kiddos. *sigh* Trump. He took that short break from tweeting and he did seem almost presidential. But lord, then he comes out with the Obama phone tap thing and well, yeah. You know the rest. :/

  7. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Oh my goodness, what a week. I’m so glad it improved at the end. That is such awesome feedback from the principal! Go you! And the pick-me-ups from the parent and the fellow teacher… what kind gestures. It’s so nice to feel appreciated. 🙂 Hope you have a great week this week!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Tanya! It really did improve at the end – good feedback really does go a long way to improving a stressful week. As does getting out of work and having a few drinks with the girls 😉 This week’s been okay and it’s almost over. Then spring break! Woo-hoo!

      Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Berls

      I really did and I try hard to focus on the good so I won’t get overwhelmed by the stress. Yeah, heel spurs are the worst. How’d you finally get past yours? I’ve read about steroid shots and while it sounds like the most painful thing, if it would reduce/eliminate the daily pain I’m willing to endure a really bad shot!

      This week is definitely going better and I’m almost to spring break. one more day 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great week!

      • Laurie @ Bark's Book Nonsense

        Sorry for the slow response. I am forever behind. My spur went away after a few months. I stopped wearing heels and bought padded old lady shoes and combat boots with cushioned inserts and tried to take it easy on my feet. I also started practicing yoga and Pilates on the daily and taking vitamin supplements as well as mostly eating clean and drinking tons of water. I don’t know if this helped the spur or not but I’m just glad it’s stopped keeping me up at night! I hope you feel better soon.
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  8. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Oh my gosh, Berls {{{BIG, BIG HUGS}}} I’m sorry your week was so hard! I hope next week will be a breeze, really, I do.
    I’m utterly exhausted these days, and a bit stressed with my thesis, all the hours of teaching I have, and everything else in my life. I really need a break, but I won’t get one until the middle of April, and I have to have my thesis finished by then. *sighs* We can do it, though, can’t we?
    I love you and miss you! {{{more hugs}}}
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    • Berls

      I can’t imagine trying to teach and write a thesis Lexxie… I have no idea how you’re doing it. Plus keeping up a blog and being a mom, a wife! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. You can do it, though! I know you can! I have next week off… I’ll send some of those resting vibes your way 😉 Love you, miss you!!! {{HUGS}}

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