Saturday, April 5, 2014

Celebrate This Week! 4.05.14

It's always good to end the week on a positive note.  Sometimes we concentrate on the negatives.  We have a choice.  Choose positive.  Choose to celebrate.  I will be joining Ruth Ayres and her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week.  Check out all the other celebrations HERE

Oh, what a busy week!  First week back of school, meetings, back into routine.  I'm so glad it's the weekend!

Celebration #1 - It's the weekend.  Enough said!

Celebration #2 - Cut back weekend!  I'm training for my next 1/2 marathon which is at the end of this month.  I've had 12 mile runs the past two weekends.  Tomorrow I only have to run 7.  Or 8.  We'll see how I feel.  I'm very tired of running in 30 degree temps.  It looks like those are the temps for the next 2 weekends :(  40s would be nice...

Celebration #3 - All of the running I've done the past few years have started taking a toll on my knees and my legs.  Since I'm more of a swimmer than a runner, I decided this would be the summer I would attempt my first triathlon.  Now, when I say swimmer, I mean pool swimmer.  Not open water.  And I don't have a bike.  So last weekend I went bike shopping.  Now please keep in mind I have not been on a bike in 14 years!!!  Well, as the old saying goes... I got on, and stayed on!  I was so impressed with myself that I did not fall off :)  I have proof of this as well, since my lovely daughter videotaped me getting back on the bike.  So nice to have a "cheerleader"!

Celebration #4 - I had several positive meetings at school this week.  It's been exciting to be at school this year with all of the changes that we've been making.  I say the word exciting, but really there are many words hidden in that word - scary, overwhelming, hard, new, learning...  But I'm one who likes change.  Until I moved into my role as a reading specialist, I had never taught the same grade level for more than 3 years.  That says a lot since I was in the classroom for 8 years and I taught 4 different grade levels in those 8 years!  I've been a reading specialist even longer than that!  But I was ready for something new.  This year provided me with that!  Scary at times, but I'm glad to be mixing it up!

Celebration #5 - Tomorrow my daughter and I are meeting Liesl Shurtliff, the author of Rump!  It will be my daughter's first author visit!  

Celebration #6 - I was very brave this week and wrote my first Slice of Life post.  I'm going to try very hard and write more!  I can write off the cuff, but trying to be more purposeful in my writing is very hard.  And knowing I have to do it with regularity really scares me.  Here's my first post

Can't wait to read everyone's celebrations!  Happy weekend :)


  1. So exciting to meet Liesl! Your daughter will love it! When my kids met Jennifer Nielsen they talked about it for weeks. I am so impressed with your race goals. Best of luck.

    1. Thank you! And thanks for getting me to read Rump - I was ready for today :)

  2. Aren't those first weeks back just awful. I can't believe I missed you slice! I will go back and read it. I am so impressed with your marathon training and triathlon. My body (knees and feet) just can't take it! Have fun meeting Liesl - I still have Rump on my TBR pile. Have a great week - I will look for you on Tuesday!

    1. Thank you, really nervous about writing. Coming up with a topic, writing about it in a meaningful and proficient way... Oh, the nerves :) Running 13 miles seems easier :) Read Rump sooner than later - it is so perfect for 4th graders! Can't wait to share it with my 4th grade friends!