Saturday, August 25, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Of course, I see a lesson here. No matter where you end up in life, do what you were meant to do. Not only bloom, but produce fruit!
The doctor said I just missed the fascia (connective tissue that surrounds muscle) on my head that would have caused a big bruise on my eye and cheek. Bummer. Now, I won't get a bunch of sympathy on the first day back. :) But at least I will still look pretty.
I didn't do any damage to my shoulder or knee other than the bruise and scrapes. The Lord was watching over me when I fell for sure. A bruised ego, and some soft tissue damage and a headache and that's about it. I'm having the hardest time with resting. I don't know what that word means! I have so much to do and just sitting still is the worst. I'm sure there is a lesson here too, but I haven't learned it yet.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
|You can see the bruise starting to form above my glasses line. This was yesterday afternoon.|
Yesterday was orientation for my son at high school. My baby is now a freshman. I took him a little early and I was going to stay the day and help out where needed. I planned to spy on him throughout the day. He jumped out of the car and took off across campus saying he was going to go to the gym to meet with friends. I went to my classroom to drop off my stuff and then headed to the gym to find him.
|This was from this morning. It is a little darker and much more sore to the touch. The swelling has gone down.|
I headed to the office and saw the Vice Principal, who had asked me to stop in to talk to her. I'm the department chair this year, so we have been talking a lot, but still getting called into the principal's office is never fun!
I turned to say hi to her and then a student called my name. I turned a little more to see who it was calling me and wasn't looking where I was going. I tripped over some uneven pavement and was going a little too fast to catch myself and everything started going in slow motion! I could feel myself falling and couldn't do anything about it.
|today the bruising starts and boy it is sore!|
They sent me home with some ibuprofen and told not to go to work for 3 days. Isn't it convenient that I don't start work until Monday?
I'm really sore today and have whiplash. This big old head is really heavy.
I think I'm ready to have normal now please.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
If you haven't see the video of the rescue yet, it's pretty incredible. The Vacaville police department released body camera video showing how they got the animals out before the fire got to the shelter. None of the buildings were burned, but they lost power and the smoke was really bad.
Here's the link to the video.
Monday, August 13, 2018
The repair guy came out in the afternoon and found this beauty in the compressor outside. He had been electrocuted. Probably quite some time ago by how dried out he was. No wonder the air conditioner has been acting up.
The guy was able to partly fix the air conditioner. He's coming back on Friday to fix the part upstairs. What's $3000? At least we will be cool again!
Plus, the duct work needs to be replaced. The guy said there were a bunch of dried up rats in the attic too. Living next to a field is nice, but it's an open invitation to the wildlife to come party in the attic. We will probably put off the duct work for a couple of months, until it cools down a little.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
We've also had a ton of lookie-loos come by. I guess it is pretty exciting. We even had a company come by hoping to get our business. They do fire restoration. The guy asked if our house smelled like smoke. Well, sure. He asked if we were going to do anything about it or just live with it. I guess everyone has to make a living somehow, but wow, way to take advantage of people.
I sure hope things calm down, at least for a little bit.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Yesterday I started attacking the cabinets. When I clean the room at the end of the year, I just shove things into the cabinets. Yesterday I pulled everything out of one cabinet and found a treasure trove of school supplies. I had so many balloons! We use balloons for a couple of labs and are always running to the store the day before the lab because we never have enough. I probably found enough balloons for two years of labs. Shoved way in the back of the cabinet.
There were matches enough to burn down 1,000 schools and then some and mousetraps (both for catching mice and for doing experiments), and sharpie markers and post it notes and tape and...
I'm hoping that if I can organize all of this stuff I can save some money this year by not having to run out and get stuff because I can't find what I need. The best laid plans...
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
They actually took that picture right after I broke down crying at the end of the video I made. They shot the video asking me a bunch of questions. You know, why did you become a teacher, what lessons do you hope your students remember, who inspired you the most. Well, at the time, my dad wasn't doing so well and I was really feeling stressed, worrying about him being sick. He has always inspired me to ask questions and look at the world through the lens of science. So, when they got to the who inspired you to become a teacher question, I got all sappy and started bawling.
When my dad saw the video, he says, you know your video was really good in the beginning. You had a great story going there and then you really messed it up at the end when you started crying. He makes me laugh! Of course, he's never going to die. He will just fix his heart and kidneys and live forever. He can pretty much fix anything so why not this? It's all in the attitude anyways.
He turns 87 in October and three years ago had a 2nd pacemaker put in. The day after the surgery, we climbed to the top of Castle Rock in Colorado. It probably wasn't the smartest thing we've ever done. Once we got to the top of the mountain, I started to worry that they might have to come up and get us down with a helicopter. But luckily, there was an access road for the ambulances and fire trucks and we were able to walk down the easier path and make it back to the car.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
When I get a day like yesterday, when a migraine takes the entire day away from me, it is hard to look at the day and not think of it as wasted. I woke up feeling pretty good and was excited to get out and get some things checked off my to do list. I'm working in my classroom and headed out to the Dollar Store to pick up some bins to help me organize the chaos that takes over every year.
Then, I was headed to the thrift store for their 50% off everything sale. I knew if I didn't get there right when they opened at 9am, it was going to be crazy. I got there around 9:10 and the parking lot was full. I had to park at the very back and all of the shopping carts were taken. People were pushing and shoving to save $1 on a t shirt. Out of the blue, my migraine came on and I knew I had better get out of there quickly.
I'm not sure if it was because of the crowd, or the fluorescent lighting or the smell or the stress or just what, but I didn't think I was going to make it. I started to get nauseous, which has come on more recently. The last month or so, the migraines have been getting more often and more severe.
I've been suffering from them since I was in my early 20's and they got better and worse over the years. I've tried every different prescription that is out there. I've also tried acupuncture, a chiropractor and Botox. The Botox worked for about a year and then they came back. Those shots were more painful than the migraines and I figured since they weren't working anymore anyways I might as well stop. The neurologist said that my body had built up an immunity. Bummer, why couldn't my body build up an immunity to fat and sugar instead?
So, I came home as quick as I could and spent the day laying around on the couch. At least I have the luxury of being able to do that. I didn't have to take a day off work and could go to bed early. I woke up this morning with a migraine hangover. I've never had a real hangover as I don't drink alcohol, but a migraine hangover is when you feel really sluggish and dehydrated. Your body just works really slowly the day after a really bad migraine. My head doesn't hurt, but I don't really have motivation to get much done.
And, that's ok too. Again, I have two weeks before I have to go back to school and time to just let my body recover. I will drink lots of water and go to the bathroom whenever I need to-again because I can. Anybody who has never been a teacher has no idea what a luxury going to the bathroom is! And using nice toilet paper! When I become teacher of the year, that's one thing I should change about education. Every teacher bathroom should have nice toilet paper instead of the sandpaper they buy us. :) That's how they could recruit more teachers...
Friday, August 3, 2018
My good friend from school who started teaching there the same year I did decided he needed to leave and find a job closer to home. He commutes over an hour every day each way. His wife started going blind about a year ago and had to quit her job last December. When she did, they lost their good medical insurance and he had to take the expensive and not so great medical insurance our district offers. My husband and I pay $1400 a month for the least expensive insurance and we have to pay up front for all of the doctor visits and prescriptions. Then, once we hit the $5000 cap, the insurance kicks in and will cover any other expenses for the year. So, if we get seriously injured, or have to spend time in the hospital, we are safe, but going to see the doctor costs $140 and even talking to a doctor on the phone is $45.
Well, behind the scenes, my friend had started his new job at his new district. Turns out that the money and commute weren't enough to keep him there and he will be coming back. Things must have been really bad. I don't know the whole story and probably never will.
All that fussing and worrying and things are working out better than I could have planned. The new class schedule is going to be better because of the stress caused by the uncertainty made for a few class switches and everyone will be really happy this teacher will be back.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
We are having a work day on August 9 and another group is meeting tomorrow to make quilts. Lots of quilters are getting together or working from home to help bring a little comfort to those who have lost everything.
I am trying to balance getting ready to go back to school with working on quilts and trying to get my house put back together. It currently looks like a bomb went off. I tend to start many projects during the summer and then get side tracked by other projects and leave things unfinished and laying out because I might come back and finish the first thing I started. Hopefully in 3 weeks when school starts up again, I will have a clean house and rested body and classroom ready for my students.