I can sleep well tonight thanks to the early call. And we don’t have to make the day up later.
I’m looking forward to using tomorrow to test some diabetic friendly meals and snacks.
Just call a delay already.
So I don’t have to spend all night panicking and restless sleeping. I don’t know whether to clean the car off now or wait until the morning after the freezing rain. I have the worst car in the world in the snow/rain.
THERE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS MUCH SNOW.
But it is pretty.
and lovely and festive in the house.
I’m just dreading the morning commute!
TELL ME ABOUT IT. Augh!
Also, the dog loves it.
And hi to everyone, I know it has been a while.
Yes please! Just call a delay now to give more time to decide the final call in the morning!
*Apologies for my tumblr being pretty baby/pregnancy-centric these days. I’ll probably shift back towards education in the spring!*
Since failing my glucose test by one point, I’ve been monitoring my blood sugar on my own since I couldn’t re-take the test and I couldn’t get an appointment with the GD specialist. I had two numbers on the high side, both after meals rather high in sugar. I’d still prefer to just ignore the whole situation, but I got my wonderful husband to help out with an experiment to put things in perspective for me. We both checked our fasting numbers (mine was 10 points lower!), then ate the same snack, and checked our numbers after 45 minutes. His was 131, mine was 168.
I’m sure there could be a gender difference, but seeing those numbers reinforced that I should keep any eye on things. My highest numbers have been after PB&J sandwiches (with whole grain bread and minimal jelly), and by high I mean just under the limit. My lowest numbers are usually after salads (including two meals with large chunks of French bread). My lowest ever? After eating half a candy bar my number was one point above my usual fasting number.
What in the heck is that supposed to tell me?
teachertaytay asked: I'm 20 years old and two years away from student teaching/graduating with my Master's degree. I recently accepted a job as a substitute teacher for the local school district starting in January (yay for not having classes tuesdays/thursdays next semester!) Do you have any advice? I have teaching experience but I have never been the only teacher in the classroom. Thank you, ma'am!
That’s what I did too. take it for what it is: experience. You’re not going to do much if any of your own plans, so follow what teachers leave you to the letter. Follow their classroom procedures and implement your own. It doesn’t matter if “teacher lets us use the bathroom”. you can set your own rules. Leave detailed notes for the teacher.
want brownie points? Grade things if you can, like simple quizzes. Keep some simple workbooks or puzzle books on hand for quick photo copies if kids need to be kept busy. Thank the admin for calling you in.
I would second what GWALP said. The subs on my preferred list are the ones that follow my plans and make good judgements with student questions. For example, if they have a test or a quiz and a student says they were absent, I prefer the sub to have them take it and let me handle it from there. I also love detailed notes about how the day went.
Oh, and please please please leave the desk as you found it! And if you want me to recommend you to all my coworkers, clean the dry erase board!
So I can’t go in for a glucose retest because the lab hours mean that I would have to take off work. Taking off work means I won’t be able to cover all the material I need to cover before maternity leave, and more of my maternity leave would be unpaid. It’s a lose-lose situation. So I agreed to just go to the specialist and see what they say. But their hours would also cause me to use leave. So I said screw that, I’ll just stab my finger multiple times each day until my next appointment and we’ll go from there. I’m fully expecting that my numbers will be fine, but if they aren’t, at least I will know and can make appropriate changes.
I’m still ticked off about it all though.
I’m gonna go ahead and throw a tantrum over here
Feel free to ignore me.
I few weeks ago, I had a random, non-fasting glucose test and got a 78, which the doctor said was great. I had the 2 hour glucose tolerance test done over a week ago and my doctor finally called with the results today. Cut off is 179 after an hour. I was 180 after an hour. 1 freaking milligram! So they want me to see a nutritionist and get a glucose meter and the whole nine yards, to which I replied hell no, give me another test. Because that number says to me that if I had chugged down that nasty drink a little faster you would tell me I’m fine. I have zero other signs of gestational diabetes and the baby has passed all her tests with flying colors.
So screw you 1 milligram.
Because I’m curious:
What’s the bottom and top salary in your district?
How does your pay increase - credits, years, good reviews, etc?
Do you think it’s adequate to cover living expenses in your area?
Starting is $39k (step 0, with a bachelors), highest is $92k (step 36, with a doctorate). We do not have collective bargaining rights, and our salary is determined by the county Board of Supervisors, who are government officials with no background in education. We have not gotten step increases in 7 years, and our salary scale was recently restructured with lower salaries. A teacher that started 7 years ago has missed out on nearly $20k over the years because we haven’t been given steps.
I’m in northern VA, where the cost of living is high, but so is per capita. My county is one of the richest in the entire country. Is my salary adequate? No. If I were single I would not be able to pay rent, student loans, and utilities. A car would be out of the question. Yet they keep increasing our work responsibilities and class sizes.
- Wreath on the door
- Tree up and decorated (minus the ornament we bought on vacation in June because we have no idea where it is and that makes me sad)
- First batch of hand-me-downs sorted and ready for the wash
- 37-year-old baby furniture moved from the car to the baby’s room (all we need now is the crib)
- Said furniture partially rehabbed (dusted, polished, and contact paper in the drawers - we’ll need to repair scratches later)
- eBay item sold for almost what I bought it for
- Going home outfit chosen
- Minor freak out upon realization that we have 8 weeks until this kid is full term (single digits!)
We are going home tomorrow!
No more baby comments. No more passive aggressive MIL.
Time to myself. A delicious flavored drink from Sheetz for the drive. Making brownies when we get home. Putting up the tree. Sleeping in my own bed. Showering in my own bathroom.
I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most. Though I am excited about the tree. We get an ornament any time we go on vacation. If we don’t go anywhere new, we pick out an ornament that sums up our year. So decorating the tree is a fun walk down memory lane.