Sunday, July 22, 2007

It's Just a Short Break -- I Promise!

Don't know where my motivation is, but I am out there looking for it.

I skipped weigh-in this week and haven't counted points in two. I haven't ditched the gym, but I've definitely been slow-going.

I had an all-week conference this past week with history teachers from around the district. We had one main goal -- writing lesson plans for the new curriculum, and one secondary goal -- random staff development topics. The lesson plan writing went well for my small group. The other small groups (whose work I'm encouraged to use throughout the school year) were a random grouping of new teachers, stupid teachers, retiring-soon teachers, and those who can't imagine that these people are leading our students into the future (I'm in that category). Seriously ... I overheard one woman (remember -- a history teacher) who was saddened when she was reading and learning for the first time! that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. This is only okay if you're not an American.

We also had an event called "Are You a Lectureholic?" Okay, I'm not a lectureholic. I might lecture to my students 2-3 times a year. So, already I'm kind of bummed that I have to go to this. However, I was thinking ahead of time that we might get some new innovative ideas for the classroom. Nope. I sat through a lecture about not lecturing FOR THREE HOURS! And the woman didn't even tell us anything new in three hours. She was a name-dropper. She was a story-teller (about her nephew, not about history). She was using out-of-date resources that I learned about in college before I graduated 10 years ago. And I was in the 2nd row. I couldn't hide.

I also couldn't hide from going out to lunch every day. I don't know if I'll jump back on the wagon this week, but definitely by this time next week.

On another note, I was so surprised, overwhelmed, thrilled, and excited when Sally from Veggie Paparazzi invited Max and me to a party at her home last night. We only live about 15 miles from each other, and it was so nice of her to invite us. We had such a great time! She had an eclectic group of really nice people who obviously love Sally and her great husband, Dan, a lot! It was a little weird to go to a complete stranger's house and have the understanding that blog topics were off-limits. I'm glad we were on the same wave-length about that. Max knows that I have a weight-loss blog, but it's not something I'm willing (or ready?) to share with him. It was kind of funny to try to explain to him that we would not be sharing with the other people at the party exactly how we 'knew' Sally. Thanks, Sally, for including us. You really made my weekend!

Sorry for the lapse (10 days!) since my last post. I'm working on finding that belly fire again. It's just 2 weeks until I go back to work, so I'm hoping being on a schedule again gets me going.

Kim :)


Chris H said...

I hope you find your motivation again, cos you are looking pretty good girl! Ya for meeting another blogger, it is fun!

Christine said...

Was wondering where the hell ya went to!! Glad for touching base - and you are forgiven for the lack of bloggin - I am having a hard time finding as much time as well - with summer vacation and all! Take care!

TrixieBelden said...

so good to have you back, i was starting to get worried! no pressure though! only blog when you are in the mood. :)

don't worry about losing your motivation, summer is hard and so is not having a regular schedule. it is great that you are still going to the gym - that is one habit i haven't been able to cultivate!

chickychriss said...

Hang in there Kim!
Hope you find your motivation again soon..
I lost mine there for a while, but think I've got it back now..

Dynamo360 said...

Nice to hear from you Kim! Ugh the lecture on not lecturing sounds awful..

Linds said...

Hey! This is the first time at your blog, and I like what I see! Congrats on your loss this far... you look great! I have to agree with your point of view on some teachers... I'm an educational assistant,and there are a few teachers that I've come across and I can't for the life of me figure out why they are a teacher!

Abba said...

Well, if you find the belly fire, will you let me in on where it is at? I have lost mine as well.

Salma Gundi said...

Too funny about the party! I had an internet friend who ended up helping me get a job with her company. We finally settled on saying that, "we met after our husbands became friends" in way of explanation ... which is true, because they were internet friends, too.

Don't worry, your motivation is still there. Don't take a break for too long ... it will start shrinking without nourishment.

Your teacher story of the lectureaholic reminded me of my mother :)