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Oct 24 2013

So Over October.

October is usually my favorite month of the year.  Think about it: Pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere, Octoberfests, College Football gets serious, Pink all around for breast cancer awareness, apples, pumpkins, crunchy colorful LEAVES, the weather… October is wonderful.
Outside the walls of Room 306.

This month at school was, let’s just say, one that needs to end.  Soon.
It has been a bit of a rough patch…

  • Number of new students added to my Case Managing list this month: 4.  All in need of a new schedule in order to receive special education services, and new IEPs, and new progress monitoring binders, and.. a lot.  Amount of stress added to my life to stay on top of all of this and get everything done: Still calculating.
  • Number of students on my caseload currently failing all of their classes because they do not fit into my small group class schedule, and I don’t have time to see them, and help them, ever: 3.
  • Number of observation debrief meetings with my TFA MTLD that left me feeling so incompetent that I did not want to return to work, and was left in tears: 2.
  • And finally, one day that just couldn’t end fast enough… Yesterday.  When I was booked completely for the day with IEP meetings and therefore missed my lunch, or any kind of sustenance besides breakfast; I also had to be in Center City by 6pm for a TFA “Vision Dinner…” Needless to say, that was a disaster.  One word: Parking.  I missed the actual dinner part of the evening… And then, just when I was calling it a night, taking Samson out one final time before bed.. I locked myself out of my own apartment, with no phone.  Awesome.

Hence, I am so over October.

Yet, I can’t help but smile still because when I think about it, I am more blessed than burdened.

  • This week was Pumpkin week for us.  Using the fresh from the farm, homemade pumpkin puree, I made a Pumpkin Bisque, Healthy Pumpkin Ice Cream, and Pumpkin Cinnamon Crumb Cake.  DELICIOUS!
  • While most days at school lately I have been beating my head into the wall, and running myself into the ground trying to get everything done, there are still moments that make me say, “I love my job.”  Like my one 4th grade friend, who was a level B reader at the start of the year (that’s middle of Kindergarten!), and in just two and a half months has moved up to level E (or almost middle of first grade reading level)!  And all of my friends have been seriously rocking our fractions unit! Fractions!
  • My new administrator seems to have the same sense of humor as me, and quotes Mean Girls with me.  And also brings us cupcakes just because.
  • I have been running, a lot.  With the weather so perfect, how could I pass that up?
  • The Ohio State Buckeyes are still on a win streak! 19 & O-H-I-O! Go Bucks!
  • My constantly encouraging and consistently there for me friends and family scattered across the country.
  • My best friend; who never fails to make me smile when I’m down.
  • And finally, on that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, God was totally watching out for me.  While I would have had to rush to get from school to the TFA dinner on time, God blessed me with an extra hour in between thanks to a water main break that forced us to leave school early!  No plumbing?  No one allowed at school!  AND God also blessed me with free parking in Center City!  After driving around for nearly an hour looking for a spot, a kind Philly Parking Authority man filled me in on what I think is a secret: Free Parking on Wednesdays after 5pm. Who knew?!  While I was still late to the dinner, I didn’t care.  I just parked for free!  Oh, and I have the best friend a girl could ever dream of, who comes to my rescue when I lock myself out.

And it never fails, no matter how bad I think my day, week, or month is going, when I really step back and think about it, God is continually blessing me more than I think I am burdened.  The good always outweighs the bad.  The silver linings are shinier than the dark clouds, and the sunshine always drives those storm clouds away.  God always has my back.  So while I may be over October at school, I am thankful there are still a few days left to enjoy.

And now to get ready for our trip back to the Banks of the Raritan… Rutgers Homecoming! :) Go Knights!

October is still one of my favorite months.  Here’s why:

Samson loves Pumpkins too!
Colorful Leaves and Boot Season
Hello, October Skies.
These 2.. My greatest blessings.

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