Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Peers Go To College. I Go Back To High School.

I LOVE MY NEW JOB!!! The students are freaking adorable. I've been having so much fun working with all of them. My coworkers are awesome too! I didn't realize how much I actually missed being a para. I'm so happy I was given the opportunity to take this job. It's simply the best!

Look how official I am!

I've been doing well with balancing my other job as well. Sure I'm a bit more tired than I'd like to be, but it's worth it. Plus, it teaches me more responsibility. Does me some good. Life is good. =]

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The "R" Word. Don't Use It.

More frequently I am hearing and seeing the word I hate the very most being used over and over. Retarded. This is NOT ok. Most people say, "I don't mean it like that." or, "You're being too sensitvie." Yes, I am being sensitive because I think it's extremely offensive. People may not "mean it like that," but don't even say it in the first place. It's wrong and hurtful. It is the exact same as a racial slur. They're plain disrespectful and derogatory.

Another thing I've been seeing/hearing more of are special needs jokes. Why in the WORLD would someone find that funny? It's not! People who joke about that really need to sit down and think about what they're saying.

What if someone you love was different? Not necessarily one with a mental or physical disability, but what if they were of a different race and someone made a racial comment or joke in front of them? You would be livid. You need to put yourself in someone else's shoes before you open your mouth.

The "r" word. It's not ok.

Spread the word to end the word.

Friday, August 26, 2011

She's 35 In Dog Years

Today is Sauxie's 5th birthday! I wanted to do something special for her since I never remembered her birthday years prior. You see, I didn't meet her until she was about 3 or 4 weeks old. I bought her as soon as I saw her though. I simply fell in love. Since she was so young, I couldn't bring her home with me until the end of September. Anyways, point of the story is I never knew her actual birthday. I learned it last year from a vet visit we had. (the vet is the who I purchased her from) It was after her birthday though, so we couldn't celebrate it. That's why I made it up to her this year!

I know this sounds so stupid, but I love my dog. She's helped me a lot growing up, and she's always there when I'm sad or alone. I may put her in sweaters, talk to her like a baby, and spoil her more than an animal should be spoiled, but she makes me happy.

Sauxie loved her cake! She begged for more! I've never seen her beg for something like that before! She practically licked her tongue raw trying to find crumbs leftover. Good thing she only gets one piece a night so it can last her a while! I love my Sauxie Sou and I'm so glad she's my pup.

I couldn't ask for a better dog! Love her!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm Truly A Viking Forever

The craziest thing happened to me today. My old peer tutor teacher from high school called me and asked me to come work for her. Wow! I've never had anyone ask me to come work for them before!

My peer tutor teacher was the reason I got into the special needs field in the first place. She's amazing at her job! I had so much fun in her class! The fact that she wants me to come work with the kids, is beyond flattering.

I'm so glad that the hours at my job now aren't conflicting with the hours of this other job. I'm going to be able to do it! Yes, I'll have two jobs, but I think I can handle it. Weekdays, I'll be working at the high school from 10:15 - 2:15, with two shifts at Hollow Park from 4:00 - 8:30 on Wednesday's and Thursday's. I'll still work my graveyards on the weekends as well. I'm only part time at the high school, so it won't be too bad handling two jobs. I'm just so excited!

I start at the high school on Monday! I'm especially happy about getting this job because I get to work with one of my former students from the charter school I worked at earlier this year. I was actually the one who showed my student's family PG High and they fell in love with it. I'm also excited to see all the looks on my new coworkers' faces! They never thought I'd make it in life at that school. Hah! It's going to be fantastic when they find out I'm working there!

 I'm honestly so happy to have the opportunity to work with these kids. I cannot wait to start! It's going to be so much fun!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Training Personally

You know how I was running and stuff? Well I haven't been running in quite a while, unfortunately. I found I'm just not motivated when someone's not doing it with me. That's why I got a personal trainer.

I met with her for the first time yesterday, and I learned a lot. I found out why I was just maintaining weight instead of losing it with all the exercise I was doing. I thought that if you ate the right amount of calories, you know, not going over the set amount, that it was a good thing. WRONG! Turns out, there's a lot more to it.

She taught me about eating "clean." That means you eat as close to the source as possible. For example, just because a Fiber One brownie is only 90 calories, can you name the source? How about Fruity Pebbles? Can you name the source of those? Now, name the source of oatmeal. Oats, right? Simple as that. Eat close to the source! It doesn't mean you're going on a diet, it means you're learning to eat better and changing your lifestyle.

To "jump start" my weight loss, my trainer gave me a menu that I have to follow exactly for the next week.
This is it:
  • 1/3 cup oats (with water) + 2 egg whites (breakfast)
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese + 1 cup of veggies (snack)
  • 4 ounces chicken breast with salad (lunch)
  • 2 whole eggs + salad (snack)
  • 4 ounces fish + 2 cups of veggies (dinner)
The trick is to eat 5 small  meals a day to maintain a high metabolism, so you burn calories all day long. Usually people just eat a big meal when they're hungry, which makes their metabolism go up, but they don't eat until they get hungry again, so their metabolism is back down. It makes it so you can't burn as many calories in a day.

Hopefully this is the push I need to get to the healthy lifestyle I want. I can't wait to see what happens!

Oh, and just a quick follow-up on how my meeting went for the hair apprenticeship. The girl called me back this morning and she asked me to come shadow her and her current apprentice on Monday. I take this as a good sign! I'm pretty excited. I hope I get it!

Monday, August 1, 2011