B stands for Bullying

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Today’s word of the day is Bullying.  As a high school teacher and a mother of two girls, this is something that I see the way too often.  I am really tired of seeing people think it is okay to bully others.  For some reason, people seem to think that they must demand their own way instead of learning to share or cooperate with others.  People seem to think that it is okay to make fun of others, call people names, or otherwise make someone’s life miserable. I have seen people in power, demand that someone do something way outside of their job description just because that person in power doesn’t like the other person.  I have seen college roommates lock their roommate out of the dorm room just because the other person attended church and they don’t agree with it.  I have seen college roommates take up all the shelves in the refrigerator and leave the other two roommates the door and vegetable drawers just because they thought that they needed more room for their food and meals than the other two combined. I have seen boys asking girls to a school dance and then not following through with it, I have seen boys standing girls up just because someone dared them to do it.  I have seen girls calling other girls names, just because the one girl said hi to a boy that the other girl liked.  I have seen girls harass each other for so many stupid reasons.  I have seen high school kids and some younger kill themselves because they couldn’t take the bullying anymore. When I complain about the bullying and say that something needs to be done, I have a person look at me and say, but it has been going on since my dad was a kid.

When I complain about the bullying and say that something needs to be done, I have a person look at me and say, but it has been going on since my dad was a kid.  Yes, it has, but just because it has been happening since the beginning of time doesn’t mean we have to sit back and watch it happen.  Since when is it okay to allow children to make other children feel bad?  When did we stop carrying about others? Sadly, our kids are watching us and some of them are discovering that it is okay to bully just because they see adults doing treating others badly.  We need to start standing up for people, we need to demand that people treat others the way they want to be treated.

While I realize that we will never totally eradicate bullying, we can reduce it and make sure that at least our kids do not contribute to the problem.  Let’s make sure that our kids join together to find the solution.  I for one will do my part, because I am tired of watching my daughters or my students struggle with the effect of someone bullying them.  Will you join me in this fight?

 

Ames #AtoZChallenge

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Decided to change my theme up and go with NO theme.  Instead of quotes for each letter of the alphabet, I am going to write about something from the day that has to do with the letter. Today’s theme is Ames.  As in Ames, Iowa.  Kristen had an interview today for State 4-H Council.  We decided to all go out and enjoy a night away.  So while Kristen was on the Campus interviewing, Kurt, Sarah, and I spent some time wandering around among several unique shops on Main Street.  We really weren’t looking for anything in particular except for a chance to escape and have some down time with family.  The best part of the trip (we were only gone for about 28 hours) was just getting away from everything, relaxing, and spending time together.  We had planned on eating supper at Hickory Park so headed over there after checking into the hotel.  Ended up seeing many different people from Clinton and DeWitt while we were there.

And now we are home, rested, well fed and ready for another week.

Reflections

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Today, I had a few different ideas of what to write about.

1. Family time

2. My eye, something is in it and it hurts.  When the eye hurts, I just don’t feel right.

3. Homework and Late policy

4. Finding a way to motivate my freshman

5. Reflecting on the process this month.

I require my students to write for 10 minutes at the beginning of class.  We call this time Sacred Writing Time.  I even purchased some really cool slides. Many of my students look forward to the information on these slides.  Participating in the SOL 17 helps me to understand and appreciate what my students struggle with often.  Most days I had something to write about, but yes there were a few days when I had trouble coming up with a topic.  Usually, once I started typing something would come to me.  There were a few days, however, where writing truly was a chore.  Hopefully, now I will be able to understand when my students are struggling with this process.  I also found however that writing became a way to reduce my stress, a way to gather my thoughts and in some cases realize that what was bothering my wasn’t all that bad.

Because of this, I plan on writing more often.  I am trying to decide if I want to shot for one or two days a week at least.  Maybe more, when I have something to say.  At least for the next month, I will be writing 6 days a week as I plan on participating in the A-Z blogging challenge #AtoZChallenge.  

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So much to do.

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The night before leaving, all the creatures in the house (2 legged) were frantically packing and getting ready to leave.  With all of the commotion, you would think that we are going on a three-week vacation, instead of just traveling west for a couple of hours so that our youngest can interview for state 4-H council Saturday morning.  In all fairness, my husband has had track meets, church/choir practice, and a soccer match every night this week.  Thankfully they canceled the JV match due to the weather and he was able to come home early.  Youngest DD helped her dad at the track meets so came home late and then last night she had a choir concert. While we are going to be gone for only one night, there is so much to do and make sure things get packed.

  1. Kristen’s business Casual outfit (needed for the interview)
  2. Camera to take a picture of her wearing the outfit.  She plans on using this as her $15.00 challenge outfit also.
  3. Black heeled shoes for outfit
  4. Interview information and map to building on campus.
  5. Clothing for dad and mom
  6. a computer so that I can finish my final SOL tomorrow night.
  7. Chargers for all electronics
  8. Swimming suit, so I can go sit in the whirlpool. Can’t wait to do this.
  9. Most importantly a couple of books for me to read during the 3-hour cruise, I mean drive. And of course, while waiting for the interviewee to finish up.
  10. Ok, maybe I should also take a credit card for the hotel, cash so we can eat, and other essentials.

And then, of course, we need to make sure that the 4 legged family members are taken care of.  Having a friend come spend time with them, feed and water then, and give the one lots of attention. The other one will basically ignore the family friend.

 

So much work just so that we can be gone for a little over 24 hours.  And of course, everything needs to be ready and packed before we leave for school tomorrow.  We will leave from school as soon as I am done.

So looking forward to this night and the chance to get away as a family for such a short time span.

Continuing on

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Now that I am back in the habit of writing, I am going to try and participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.  I did this last year with the theme of book reviews. Surprisingly I was able to come up with a book that I had read for almost every letter.  This year I was having a hard time coming up with a theme, but I think I have finally figured out what I am going to write about.  My theme or goal this year will be to find a quote for every letter of the alphabet that speaks to me.  After sharing my quote I hope to be able to talk about why the quote speaks to me, or what it is that I like about the quote.  If you want to join me as I continue this writing exercise for the next month.

 

Worth the $

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Keeping my house clean while working full time, with a husband and two girls that were active has always been a struggle for me.  So a couple of years ago I jumped on the bandwagon of paying someone to come clean my house twice a month for me.  While my house is still not perfect yet, let me tell you there is nothing better than coming home and walking into a clean house.  Unless of course, I was smart enough to put supper in the crockpot.  Then I come home to a clean house and supper almost done.  Coming home to a clean house every couple of weeks, helps to motivate me to get it organized.  Sadly, however, that is taking longer than I would like.  But I will get my house put together and in the meantime, Thanks so much to the person who comes in and cleans my house.