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Very glad that it's Friday - very glad that the summer is almost over and that September is coming. I am a Pre-K teacher but during the summer, our center does not close down but has an afterschool program for children 5-15. And it's very disorganized and I have to be prepared with work/activities for any one of them, at any time, since no one seems to have a definate schedual. This makes my life very hard and, as I see it, unfair. I will never be doing this again. Too much stress, definately not enough staff (there never is at these places) and definately not enough supplies. To boot, they keep them indoors most of the time since we're in the city (no fields like where I grew up). All in all, it's very dis-heartening. If this school doesn't give me my own classroom next year, (when I'm back to just the 4 year olds) I will have to leave. It's simply not worth the enormus amount of stress this past month in particular. I have to be able to organize things my way or I'll go crazy.....Then again, I'm their favorite teacher, (I was actually told last Friday but kind of had an inkling all along), so it's not all bad. Last Friday was also my worst day though - it was like one of those afterschool specials that you think is just too corny to really happen. I won't go into too much detail but after the entire classroom was finished sobbing, including myself (I know, I'm not supposed to cry in front of the kids but I couldn't help it), the 3rd and 4th graders and I have a very special bond. It ended up being a very cathartic lunch for everyone involved. And yeah, they still respect me. The one girl who always gave me the most trouble is now my biggest ally in trying to get the kids quiet and under control. It's amazing what people will do once you've reached out and touched them.
What have I been eating.....let me try to think....
Lemon water, as usual and I've been having some organic millet cereal or an egg before rushing off to work. My lunch this summer has to be taken very late - @ 1:30 or 2:30 depending on the day so this is really bad for the AB who needs food on time and frequently. So, I've been keeping healthy snacks in my purse to munch on while I'm still supervising the kids. Usually rice cakes or dried pineapple, sometimes peanuts or walnuts or dried apples. Basically whatever I remember to grab from the cabinet as I rush off in the morning. It pays off. It tides me over until I can get to my real food. Hurrah!!! No longer tempted to eat the school ravioli or other unhelathy surprises anymore. :-) Lunch has usually been tuna fish sandwhich or PB & J (no corn syurp or avoids and on ezekiel bread of course) or chinese. The steamed veggies with brown rice plus egg drop soup is delicious and just a 10 minute walk from work. Makes life yummy. Remember AB's - all rice (unless saturated in an avoid, ie pork) is BENEFICAL so, eat up!
Dinner has been a hodge podge - been eating some more frozen organic veggies, like green beans and broccoli, cooked up some turkey wings tonight for myself and had sushi the night before. Chirashi. Very yummy - sashimi on a bowl of sweet rice. Sushi places are very good about substituting things if you tell them you have an allergy. I've been avoiding the octopus, eel, shrimp and avocado myself. Not always easy to do but most places will be glad to try and help with your diet.
My O is sick - I've been feeding him the larch and his fever broke quite early today (he just started to feel oogy yesterday evening) Knock on wood, I've not gotten his sickness, yet.....hope it's all my supplements paying off!