Today’s post should have been one of celebration as there have been lots of good items in the past two days, but then one sentence ruined everything! (Yes I can be dramatic!)


Let’s start with the great news. Drumroll please!๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ

THE RUG IS DONE! Every stitch has been completed and now I just have to figure out how to hang it up. I’m going to put it on the wall as I can’t stand the thought of anyone stepping on it after all this work!

Crafting wise I am also up to date on my temperature scarf finally. I will be glad when it begins cooling down and I can go back to my favourite colours!!


Yesterday, I hit the gym with L and two other staff members for boot camp. It was nice to get back to routine, but also tough to workout. I had to change a few moves because of my arm, but definitely tried my best! We did: bench step ups/ bench toe taps, wall sit with bicep curls/ squat with medicine ball, swimmers/ heel reach crunches, banded front raise/ reverse curls, crunches/ walking lunges, Bridge with triceps/ Bridge with knee clam knees, and two other stations that I have completely blocked from my head. My colleagues were complaining of soreness today, but I’m not bad so I obviously didn’t push myself hard enough! Tomorrow will be another chance and it really did feel great to get back to routine!

Today Dennis stopped by my school for work and we arranged to run. Probably a good thing as running has definitely slipped to the wayside this week:(. We did Coquitlam River and perhaps I should be upset and angry more often as I was definitely doing that run much faster than normal. We ended up doing 4.94km which is good but definitely not enough to get me the Squad Runner Mission today:(


Yesterday was a great day with the grade ones. I am definitely getting to know their personalities. One little guy really gets the message behind books, but he literally lives in a different world! Two whole classes were yelling his name on the playground yesterday and he didn’t hear them! I will definitely be putting him forward for hearing testing!

Today we were doing stations so that every teacher got to meet every student and vice versa. Liane and I were doing the nature station so we had students matching paint chip samples to pieces of nature, creating their self portrait using items found on the ground, going on a bird watching walk and picking up garbage. It was a great day outside in the sunshine until lunch:(

We were called to a meeting and with one sentence, “we are down a division”, life at school imploded. One teacher has to pack up her class and leave and all of the other classes have been impacted. I have lost working with Liane who will now be doing grade two with a different teacher while I am doing grade one. I don’t really get why we can’t be the two grade 2 classes:(. The classes also have some major issues student wise, but we’ve been told that this is how it will be and there won’t be discussion or changes:( It’s tough to see situations where my students are going to regress instead of grow. Especially when it seems unnecessary as it appears three grade 1/2 splits would have worked and allowed for good division of the problems in grade one and grade two!

Staff have also just been assigned to a class with absolutely no conversation so there are a few staff members who are very unhappy with what they’ve been assigned:(

It was not a happy world at my school today!!! It’s tough to feel as though you’re not heard and have absolutely no say:(

Well I’m going to go read a trashy romance I think to take my mind off this!

Have fun!


57 thoughts on “Should Have Been Great!

    1. We used to have two classes and two teachers, but now yes I am on my own with my class. No one to collaborate or team teach with:(

    1. Our biggest problem is that there was absolutely no conversation with staff about what they want to teach or where kids should go. One intermediate student services teacher and a brand new principal did it all๐Ÿ˜–โ˜น๏ธ

  1. The rug looks awesome!! That sucks the administration made the change and didn’t consult everyone. I remember you said the principal was new and that’s not a very good way to start off the school year. To me, administration should wait until they make changes instead of coming in with all guns firing.

    1. Yes I always think itโ€™s a good idea for admin to just see how things work first. This change did have to be made, but the problem is the lack of discussion with teachers

  2. Iโ€™m so sorry to hear about the changes that have affected you at school AJ. How awful. ๐Ÿ˜” And it is terrible when you donโ€™t have a say in matters. I hope youโ€™ll adjust in time.
    A trashy novel? ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Yes Iโ€™m definitely having difficulty with these changes but hoping for the best!
      Thatโ€™s what my aunt used to call her romance novels.๐Ÿคฃ

  3. What a way to begin a school year!! I hope things work out better than they sound right now. It’s a shame that black cloud overshadowed your gorgeous rug. On a good day, please show us a photo of the rug when you have hung it up, and we’ll celebrate all over again.

  4. I’m sorry about work. That is not a good way to start the year. I hope a trashy romance novel takes your mind off of it. If it doesn’t, maybe thinking about how awesome your rug is will help.

    1. Thank you! Itโ€™s been a tough start and I guess I have to come to the realization that it will probably continue this way:(. Iโ€™ll have to stock up on Hallmark movies and trashy romances

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about this unwelcome change at your school! That is a rough change to make as school has already started, with no time for planning or discussion. Your rug does look great though! Congratulations on finishing that – it has been quite a labor for you!

  6. The rug is beautiful AJ and I liked how you “signed it” in the corner with the date – very nice touch. Sorry to hear about the rough day at school and shouldn’t they have made a radical move such as this at the end of the school year, and not now? It would have given the Summer for the change to wear off and made a smoother transition. Sigh. At least you took your aggression out in your exercise regimen.

    1. Yes it would have been much better to have had it happen in June!!! Iโ€™m not great at change so it will be tough for a while to get used to this very different admin style:(

      1. I’m not great at change either AJ, and the older I get, the less I like it – it just seems like it would have been a nicer way of implementing the change to do it yearend.

  7. Thereโ€™s o5her things to comment on here, of course (beautiful rug!) but hey! Youโ€™re also on SquadRunner? Iโ€™m part of team RunningDownaDream ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’M BAAACK!! Its going to be so good to start to catch up with you! Sad that I chose a rather crappy day for you to start my catch up!! I can’t believe they threw the whole school into upheaval just as people are settling in! Well, moving on… Hoping things get better for you! P.S you’re rug looks AMAZING!! Glad I picked this post so I could see the finished product!! I can understand no wanting anyone to walk on it! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Oh Iโ€™m glad youโ€™re back!!! Iโ€™m falling behind on keeping up with reading posts already:(
      Yup last week was bad, but hopefully this week will be better.
      Has work settled down for you now?

      1. Work has settled down (back to 1 job… Thankfully!!) but, I also went back to university (… After 16 years…), and online (when I’m a technological fetus…) so, it’s been tough figuring out how the heck to do anything… ๐Ÿ˜• But, at least I have my life back…. More than before? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      2. Oh I canโ€™t imagine doing online schooling! Iโ€™m often asked not to to touch tech stuff as I seem to break it all:) what are you taking?

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