Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday, 7.19

Here is a list of some of the things I am thankful for today:

1 The health and fitness blogging community

…for all of the positive feedback to the post I wrote yesterday about the “Survive on 35” challenge.  Thank you for all the emails, tweets, retweets, and positive comments!

2 Alief ISD

…the district that I work for, for its dedication to furthering our education as teachers, and providing awesome professional developments that we actually look forward to going to…and don’t fall asleep through.  Matter of fact, today’s session was riveting and I learned a lot of valuable information that will reinforce and improve my teaching!

3  Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, for:

-         writing an extremely useful book, which helped to make my 11th year of teaching that much more fun and rewarding, by enabling my ability to share my LOVE for reading and books with my students

-         helping me, to feel like for the 1st time ever I genuinely instilled that same love for reading into my children (I mean, they were even asking their parents for Nooks and Kindles for Christmas this year!)

-         being a captivating speaker

She had our full attention!

          -         having a marvelously witty sense of humor

-         for making the seven hours pass like it was 30 minutes

-         for conducting the professional development session like it was all of us teachers just sitting around talking shop, and for…well…

-         sitting around talking shop with me and my two friends and co-workers, Kim and Alicia, after everyone else had already left  

-         saying – and I think it’s testament to just how down-to-Earth she is – (when I asked her to pose for a picture with me) – “I’m a regular teacher just like you!”

-         oh, yeah, and for posing for said picture with me:

Me with Donalyn Miller.  Lucky me!

4 Having great co-workers that I truly enjoy working with!

I was looking forward to seeing them today, and even got to enjoy a tasty sushi lunch with three of them – Kim, Alicia, and Michelle.  These ladies are not just co-workers, they are friends too, and I feel fortunate because I know that not everyone is blessed enough to be able to say that!  Kim and Michelle are fellow teachers – and believe me when I say they are pros and I have learned so much from hem and hope to be as least half as good as teacher as they are one day!  Alicia is our librarian and she has done a phenomenal job of stocking our library with the latest and greatest in children’s and young adult literature!  When I want a good book to read, or an honest opinion of one, she is my go-to gal.  Today’s session – and Donalynn Miller’s belief in giving kids time to actually read and enjoy books – was exactly what we all expected and more!

5 Naps

…because after staying up waaaaay too late last night, and tossing and turning all through the night for fear I would oversleep, and actually getting dressed and having to be somewhere all day – a routine I have fallen out of now that I am enjoying my summer off – I was able to come home and take a nice l o o o o n g  nap!!!  Which was a good thing, too, because on the way home I knew I would have to wait to run because the sky looked like this:

Hello, Mother Nature!

I love naps, though sometimes it seems my naps are so long and deep, they’re actually more like hibernation!  I woke up rested and refreshed and ready for my night run with Bella.

Bright eyed and bushy-tailed and ready for my run!

My Bella-bo-Bella!

Yes, I did it again!  I slept so long that I had to go for another night run.  Unlike the last time, though, this one wasn’t as late.  Here are Bella and I’s stats from our run:

She’s getting better and better at actually letting me run!

6 Murphy Family Reunion

Tomorrow we will be meeting my father’s side of the family in College Station (WHOOP!!!) for the annual Murphy Family Reunion.  I am looking forward to a weekend filled with family, fellowship and good food…and I can’t wait!!!  The bonus is that the reunion is in my old stomping grounds since I AM AN AGGIE (Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2001 – WHOOP!!) and going to College Station always feels like going home!  I am so ecstatic and I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep (again) tonight because of the excitement!!!!!

I am definitely blessed to be blessed, and am thankful for all the wonderful things in my life!

Five Questions for you:
1. What things are you thankful for today? 
2. Have you ever read Donalyn Miller’s “The Book Whisperer”?
3. How long do you usually sleep when you take a nap?
4. Any AGGIES out there? What was your major and what year did you graduate?
5. Any other teachers out there?  What do you teach and what age group?

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