Sunday, February 13, 2005

Lesson Learned: Sometimes, something somewhere has to go. Otherwise, I'll go insane!

You might be happy to hear that I'm feeling pretty good today. After I got over my stomach thing, I got a sore-throat which is now a cough. I'm hacking a bit, but feeling better. I actually did a bit of exercise today; the first time in weeks! Thanks to my stomach ache, I lost 4.6 lbs! Now that my appetite's back, I want to be sure to keep those lbs off. ;o)

Anyway, the kids were kinda cute this week. I started the week off with a lab-the kids made paper rockets fueled by alka seltzer. If the rocket hit the ceiling, they got an A. It was a lot of fun, but required a lot of energy on my part. Anyway, while they were coloring and designing their rockets, one group of boys was talking about the Pope and how sick he was, and wouldn't it be cool if they were the new Pope?! I looked at one of them and said, "But, Ishmael, you'd have to be chaste in order to be Pope." He and another boy looked at me quizzically. "Chased?" Ishmael asked, to which the other boy answered, "I'll chase you." The third boy (GATE kid) and I just laughed and laughed.

On Thursday, I was approached by a teacher after school. She asked me if I felt like I had too much energy and not enough money. I just giggled and asked what did she want. Well, I reluctantly agreed to be the STAR Test Coordinator for the campus. Which means that it's up to me to make sure we schedule all the standardized testing for March and May and if anything goes wrong, it's my fault. This is hard for me, as I've spent my entire non-tenured teaching career by being as quiet as possible and keeping my opinions to myself. Now, I'll have to deal with teachers complaining to my face. bleh. The good news is that I have a great excuse not to do it again!

Yesterday, Tim and I let the girls explore the computer room. We just let them run around the floor, supervised of course. While they were galavanting about, I noticed a lump near Barbara's hind leg. After picking her and Janola up and feeling around, I came to the conclusion that she has tumor. :-( We have a vet appointment for Wednesday evening. Obviously, this is all conjecture as I am not qualified to make a diagnosis. But it fits in with what I read on the Rat and Mouse Club of America site. I also discovered that females are more likely to develop tumors in their old age than males. Fortunately, these are mainly benign. In all likelihood, she could do very well w/o surgery, but eventually the tumor would affect her quality of life by impeding her ability to run around. They are both 1yr and 5 months old. They are a little less active than they used to be, and they seem to not enjoy climbing on the wall of their cage, so Tim made them a ramp, which they use all the time. We also put in an extra door, so they don't have to climb up and over the cage wall to get to their play area on the adjoining table; now, they can walk right on to the table.

Well, last weekend Tim and I put our talents to work and designed/printed our wedding invitations! Hurray! And, all the reply cards and most of the invites have been stuffed and addressed! We picked up the rings yesterday. They are wonderful. Sometimes, I can't believe that I'm actually getting married. Tim is a great guy. We're lucky we have each other.

So, with school, rats, and wedding, I decided to no longer work for WeightWatchers. It just adds stress and isn't very fun. I don't have time for it right now. However, I'll still attend meetings.

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