family · life

Why?

(let me state that I’m writing this post as I, but Richard and I both deal with all these conversations with our sons in the same way. I’m glad that he and I are almost always on the same page and we know that together we show our sons the love and respect that parents can have. We show them that we are both here for them no matter what)

I let this post mull over in my brain yesterday. Yet again we are living in the city that is coping with sadness do to ignorance and prejudiced.

We were living in Orlando, FL at the time of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. These people were out enjoying time with their friends. They were doing the same things others do every weekend. They were doing their own thing and not bothering anyone.

I had to explain to my sons that people thing they are better than others. That people believe that you should not be allowed to love whomever you choose. We had conversations about better ways to disagree. Better ways to deal with anger. Better ways… there have to be better ways!

Now we live outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Yesterday there was a shooting in a synagogue. What was happening inside this house of worship? a Bris. This is a baby naming service. This is a joyful time for parents and family members. It is a new member to the community.  They were doing their own thing and not bothering anyone.

I had to explain to my sons that people still believe that there is a difference between the religions. That some are “better” than others. They do not understand people who are different believe different things and worship differently.

What makes you and yours right and someone else’s wrong? What make you thing that violence will solve problems? I always tell my children and my classes that violence doesn’t solves problems… it just makes new ones.

What can we do to get people to realize that they aren’t helping anyone.

Mr. Rogers was from Pittsburgh and filled his show here. I leave you with a few quotes from him.

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life

technology at the table

On Saturday, we watched the UCF football game on tv and then decided to go out for dinner. Ok we knew we were going out even before we started watching the game, but that is neither here nor there for this post.

We went to a local restaurant called Stack’d. We have been there many times in the past. I found it interesting that as we were getting seated I noticed that every party that came into the restaurant with children were seated in one area. Hmmm ok. I thought this was odd, but I don’t really care. There were a few other families and the children were not being disruptive or anything. I realize that one part of the restaurant is more of a bar area, and not seating the children in that section is fine, I just think it is odd to seat all the families with children together. It almost implies that the children should not be sat with adults groups for some reason.

So, Richard and I were talking about this observation. We also began talking about the addition of technology to meal times. When you walk into Stak’d with children the first thing they ask is if you want tablets for the children. Ummm no. First of all, there are tv’s everywhere. Second of all, why is a restaurant encouraging children to be plugged in instead of talking to their families? What lesson are we teaching the next generation? Do you really need a device to sit at the table?

When my sons were younger, we would often bring in books or paper and crayons. They did not get these items until they decided what they wanted to eat and the orders were taken by the wait staff. The items were then put away once the food arrived.

Lately it feels like 9 out of 10 restaurants have televisions going around the room. I still struggle to get the boys to stop watching tv and eat. They are pretty good at having a conversation, but it is often tied to whatever they are watching on the tv. They certainly do not need to have the tvs AND a tablet… do they?

Are these children ever going to learn to have a conversation at the dinner table? What happens when they have to go to a business dinner/luncheon? Will they just sit there and play on their phone/tablet/whatever device we have at that time?

All I know, is my boys know enough to say no thank you when they are offered the tablets at the restaurant. I know that may not be the answer they want to give, but they know it is the answer they are expected to give.

What is your feeling on this topic?

 

family · life

Cleaning schedule

It’s Tuesday! I love long weekends, but I also know that it means that I now have 5 days of work to fit into 4 days. I slacked on housework last week BIG time. I did get a few things done, but I need to work on creating a new schedule so that everything gets done on a regular basis. This is my idea for now:

  • Monday- floors- vac, sweep, mop
  • Tuesday- bathrooms
  • Wednesdays- groceries
  • Thursdays- sweep, iron
  • Fridays- nothing or make up items missed

I figure laundry will happen as needed. I typically dust every other week or so. I try to clean the kitchen nightly. We will see how this works out.

Do you have a weekly cleaning schedule? What have you found works for you, and your family??

 

food · life · reviews

More protein needed!

Ok so I mentioned on Monday that Richard and I have started using BeachBody’s Liift4. First of all let me tell you that my body hurts and I’ve only done two workouts! Today is our rest day. This program has M, T, Th, F workouts and then W, S, S are “rest days”. We plan on sleeping in on Wednesday and then working out at night with the boys on that day doing either core or cardio workouts.

I am also following their meal plan. I didn’t get the containers, I’m pretty good at portion control and I can measure if I need. They have provide a meal plan based upon your current weight that helps balance calories and type of foods consumed.

I’m allotted:

  • 3 veggies
  • 2 fruits
  • 4 proteins
  • 2 carbs
  • 1 healthy fat
  • 1 seed/dressing
  • 2 oil/nut butter

I’m drinking my shakeology for breakfast. Typically my shake is 1 protein, 1 carb, 1 fruit and 1 veggie. I use milk (1 carb and 1/2 an oil/nut butter), a fruit, spinach (veggie) and the shakeology powder (1 protein).

This leaves me 2 veggies, 1 fruit, 3 proteins, 1 carb, 1 healhy fat, 1 seed/dressing and 1.5 oil/nut butter for the rest of the day.

I have no problems with anything except the proteins. I will eat a portion of protein for lunch and one for dinner, but I have to fit in one more portion. Typically I’d grab nuts (those are considered healthy fats), cheese (also healthy fats), peanut butter ( oil/nut butter… oh and you only get 1 tsp in a serving), hummus (healthy fat)

They think of proteins more of meats and eggs. These are snacks to me. I can eat plain yogurt-yuck! I’d have to leave a fruit for this. I can have cottage cheese, which I like, but don’t want to have daily as a snack. They say to have tuna as a snack, but that doesn’t work in my mind… tuna is lunch not a snack.

Now I’m debating on making eggs for breakfast and then moving my shake for later in the day. But, I’m making the shake for Richard too in the morning, he drinks his on the drive into work. So it makes sense to just have mine for breakfast. Plus I’m used to having a smoothie for breakfast that is what I drank every day when I worked.

Ok people… help me how can I make find a way to have a protein snack?

family · life

Your “Hard Thing”

My post earlier today, coupled with a conversation I had at dinner with the boys got me thinking…

When you talk about grit, you are talking about the thing that you are passionate about, the thing you work hard to achieve.

So I got thinking about myself. I know I have grit and passion about teaching. I’m always learning and changing as a teacher. I believe that that you have to constantly grow and improve in teaching. There are always new methods, ideas and ways of disseminating information.

But, what else am I passionate about? What is the thing that I enjoy? I realized when I was talking to the boys about finding that thing for them that cooking and baking would probably be one of those things for me. How did I figure this out?

I was talking to one of my sons about the fact that when he was young he was good at playing sports, but never put in the effort to get better. When you are passionate about something you don’t settle with “good enough” there is always a way to get better, stronger, faster, whatever… but you are never good enough. And that good enough isn’t defined by anyone but yourself.

So what is grit? it is the that push, the drive, that desire to not be good enough at something.

So my friends…. have you ever thought about it? What is your hard thing? What is the thing you keep pushing yourself to do more in? What is your passion?

Education

Quick Question to Ponder!

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So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have to write an essay for the teacher application. I’m almost done with it! I have to write the closing paragraph and then go back and edit. Richard started editing it for me last night too. I love getting another’s perspective on what I write, especially in formal situations.

Image result for outstanding educatorAnyway… the topic is the qualities of an outstanding teacher. I dropped my former principal an e-mail and asked her suggestion on which topic to address and we agreed this was a good one.

So, it has got me thinking. I know what I believe makes an outstanding teacher/educator, but what do others think? What do other teachers think? What do people who are not in the profession thing? Does it differ once you have kids? Does it reflect the teachers who impacted you or is it based on some stereotype of educators?

So… help me out. What qualities do you feel an outstanding educator should possess??

book · life

To Kindle or not to Kindle… that is the question

So yesterday I began the search for my next book to read. I didn’t find one, but I began thinking that I may need to give in and get a kindle. So many of the books I was looking at I could get free for the kindle with my Amazon Prime membership, but had to pay over $12 to get the paperback version. I’m so hesitant. I have tried to read on my phone and on my tablet and hated it. I keep reading that if you get the kindle paperwhite it is so much better and feels more book-like. I read a lot (see my book reviews here) and know that I would make back the cost of the kindle in short time, but….

So, do you have a kindle that you read on or other device for reading? Do you have the paperwhite or the original version? What do you like most about it, least? Is it worth the expense? Can you find enough books on there that are worth reading with little to no expense?

On the same but different topic… I need a new books soon. I am almost done reading the book I have on my nightstand. I also just finished reading the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, yes in the illustrated version again. I am going to start reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as we have that illustrated version too. But, I do not have a desire to read those at bedtime, they are a bit cumbersome. So what should I look at next? I like historical fiction, mystery, romance (not smut), and just general fiction books.

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