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The Time Conscious Teacher

My husband has often pointed out to me how (as he calls it) obsessed with “time” I am.  At first I was very defensive about it, but as I sat down to really think about it I realized he was right.  I’m the first to point out when we should leave for an event.  We have to be on time you know.  Can’t be late.  I’m always wondering:  Do I have enough time?  I’m also a planning fanatic.  So yes!  I’m obsessed with time and being a teacher is the culprit of my obsession.  My day is run by the clock and bells!  Go figure

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The best way to explain why I am the way I am is to list examples…teaching examples.  Here goes.

  1.  The first bell rings at 8:21.  Not 8:20, but 8:21.
  2.  School gets out at 2:47.  Not 2:45, not 2:50, but 2:47.
  3. Although school lets out at 2:47, my site time is 3:12, not 3:10, not 3:15. but 3:12.
  4.  Sometimes an announcement will be made that Mr. or Mrs. ______class was let out late so students might be 2 minutes late to their next class.  Ugh
  5. I’m always reminding students of the time to keep them on track with their daily assignments.
  6. I make a lesson plan for each day and I feel compelled to finish everything during that period.  It doesn’t always happen so it gets tacked on to the next day.  Great..now I’m behind!
  7. I don’t have the luxury of leaving the classroom when I want.  I even have to schedule when I pee.  I make a mad dash between classes hoping not to be late myself!

These a some examples I’ve come up with to explain my “time obsession”.  I’m trying to be mindful of my obsession with time, but it can be difficult.  When I’m off the clock as a teacher, I will often catch myself wondering about time related ideas, things, etc.  As my husband tells me frequently…”relax”.  That would be so nice.  I am working on it though,  being mindful of my obsession with time is half the battle.

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The Gift of Life

Today I woke up to a crisp autumn morning (53 degrees in California). Bailey and I went for our walk on the green belt in our neighborhood. I live in the foothills of Mt Diablo and I get to stare at this mountain everyday when I walk. Most of the time I lose myself in thought about what a beautiful place I live in. It never gets old looking at the mountain. I’m so thankful for the life I have. I try never to take it for granted.

This afternoon my husband and I attended a memorial for a friend who tragically lost his life in a hit and run accident. I’ve never liked these type of events: funeral, memorial service, celebration of life, what ever you want to call it I just don’t like them. Perhaps I’m reminded of my own mortality. I must say, however, that these events force people together who might not get together in the social circles they typically frequent. We also wanted to be there to support his wife. My husband and I both commented on the unusual mix of people. Young, old, tattooed, pierced, straight, gay, short hair, long hair, light skin, dark skin such an array of diversity. I savored all the differences. Our friend touched many lives and it was evident this afternoon.

People, if they wished, could say a few words if they wanted to. Many people stood up to talk. I heard such passion and conviction in their words. So much positivity. As I stated, our friend had such an impact on so many people over the years. I also heard, “I wish he knew….”, “I wish I told him…..”. Ahhh..regret and guilt. Woulda shoulda coulda.

It really got me thinking about this gift we have….life. We are all mortal. There is no certainty or guarantee that we will wake up to see a new day. Depressing? Yes! But true. I remember hearing a gentleman say to live fearlessly. His point was that many things go unsaid. Live fearlessly and tell the people in your life what they mean to you. What is the worst thing that can happen. I’m sharing this with you, but I’m also telling myself the same thing. It’s my goal to embrace this life of mine and live fearlessly.

xoxo Wendy

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What’s To Become Of Whole Foods? Here Is What I Found Out.

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I’m a little late in posting this, but I wanted to wait to see what would happen after the acquisition.

Monday, August 28, 2017 was the day Amazon officially acquired Whole Foods Market. Amazon was very clear that prices would be slashed.

“Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come,” the company said in a statement.

I was very worried about this take over.  My worries revolved around quality and customer service which are so very important to me.  I buy strictly organic when it comes to fruit and vegetables.  Would there be less organic produce?  Would the quality of produce suffer?   I often chat up the employees working in produce.  From what I’m told, even a lot of their fruit and veggies labeled as conventional are organically grown. That USDA Organic label is very expensive which is why many farmers choose to go without.  I guess I will find out on my next shopping trip.organic4colorsealgif

Any canned goods I buy are organic and I look to make sure that the lining is non-BPA.  Whole Food’s 365 brands are top notch in my book and I buy them often. They are the equivalent  of the generic “store brand”  What was going to happen here?  Would their strict guidelines on non-BPA go away?

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Fish and poultry were also a major concern of mine.  The fish I buy is wild caught, not farmed.  I must say however, that they have very strict guidelines on their farmed fish.

Many people have concerns about farm-raised seafood…for good reason! A lot of harm has been done by poorly managed seafood farms. That’s why we decided to do something about it. We do farmed better. Fresh or frozen, we know where all of our farm-raised seafood comes from, and require third-party verification of water quality and dozens of other quality standards, including what it was fed, and what it wasn’t. Bottom line, all our farmed seafood is Responsibly Farmed seafood.

Be that as it may, I still buy all wild caught seafood. Would Whole Foods continue to have a wide selection of wild caught fish or would there be more farm raised fish?

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I make sure the poultry I buy is organic and free range.  It’s important to me how these chickens are raised and what they are fed.  Whole Foods has a strict 5-Step animal welfare rating  which I pay close attention to.  Again, that same question about standards.

Here’s what I found out.  When I went shopping this morning I anticipated sale signs to be all over the store.  To my surprise that was not the case.  In fact, none of the items that I typically buy were on sale.

Produce:  The only organic produce I saw on sale were tomatoes and avocados.  Some conventional produce seemed slightly lower.

Seafood:  A sight price reduction on farmed-raised, but wild caught prices remained the same.

Poultry: Organic, free range was status quo.  No price change.

At the check out line I was told that of the thousands of brands that they carry, only 75 items were on sale.  WOW!  No savings for me.  This was not what I expected at all. Maybe my fears were premature, but only time will tell.  After all it’s only been a week since the take over.

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Take a Deep Breath – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Wow!  That is easier said than done.  Right now my summer is coming to an end and I’m getting ready to welcome approximately 100 7th graders into my classroom on Tuesday. I’m not new to teaching.  I’ll be starting my 17th year.  (Yay me!)  But……those first day jitters always get to me.  Even the other veteran teachers I work with feel this way.

There are a few things I do to relax and here is one.  I wanted to share with you an app that I use called 7s Meditation  Everyday at 3:00 pm my phone beeps and I receive a mindful message.

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These reminders enable me to refocus and ground myself.  Some days I need it more than others.  Sometimes the messages are very appropriate for the day.  I set the time to 3:00 to get my messages because that is when my students are gone.

Here is an example of a message you might receive.  When your phone beeps and you open your app, Take a deep Breath (and I do) pops up.  Next, your 7s meditation is displayed, then SMILE and the smiley face.

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It’s a nice way to end the teaching day and to be mindful.  Many times this app gets me to reflect on the day.  I’ve been using this app consistently for about 4 years.  I look forward to getting my message each day.  Messages rarely repeat, and when they do, I look at it as a nice reminder.

I encourage you to download the app and try it.  Let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

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A Human’s Prayer to a Dog

I have had dogs all my life starting at the age of 5.  There is just something about having a dog in your life.  Dogs are unconditional.  They are the most loving and forgiving creatures on this Earth.  Dogs are the ultimate companion.  They want to be wherever you are; including the bathroom!  LOL  I don’t think my life would be complete without a dog in it.

Meet Bailey Grace

img_2225Bailey is my 9, almost 10 year old English Lab.  Bailey came into my life when my dear friend became ill and could not care for her.  I was supposed to look after her for about 2 months.  That was 5 years ago!  My friend has recovered from her illness, but needed to move out of state and we thought it was best that Bailey stay with me.

This picture was taken about 2 weeks after Bailey came to stay with us.  We were watching Sunday football and out of the blue she jumped up on the couch and snuggled with me.  I knew at that point that she felt secure.

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Bailey became part of the family during my Golden’s last years of life (Rusty pictured on the left).  I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her when he passed away.  It was very sudden, so I didn’t have time to prepare myself.  Whether she knows it or not, she was an integral part of my grieving process.

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And yes, even when she gets into the Christmas stockings, I still love her.  Doesn’t she look guilty here?  LOL

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So getting back to “A Human’s Prayer to a Dog”:  Thank you Bailey for coming into my life and letting me care for you.  Thank you for all the joy you bring to me.   If you want to see more of Bailey, she has an instagram page called: thebaileyblog.

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Life Is All About Balance

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My husband and I were drinking our coffee Sunday morning and he tapped me on the shoulder to get my attention.  He pointed to his Facebook page and I saw this quote by Lori Deschene.  I looked at him and he was smiling at me.  I know that smile well.  It’s the smile that says, “See?  I’m not the only one who thinks this is true.”

I’ve always been the type to be on the go.  I’ve never really thought of myself as an A type personality, but it’s the story of my life.  Gotta do this, gotta do that…have to go here, there and everywhere.  It’s taken a while, actually quite a long time for me to be okay with just sitting and doing “nothing”.  I always felt guilty, like I was doing something wrong, if I just sat and did nothing for a moment.

Now I’m more okay with doing “nothing”.  Life is a gift and we need to embrace it.  We have to slow down and reflect on where we have been.  What is that saying?  “Don’t let life pass you by.”  How about, “Take time to smell the roses.”  Both are cliche, I know, but you get the gist.  How many of you have difficulty doing “nothing”?  How many of you are okay with it?  Just curious.

We’re only here on this Earth for a short while, so take a moment to do “nothing” and reflect on your journey so far.

 

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Food for Thought

As part of my blog about healthy eating and life, I will from time to time post a picture or a thought provoking saying.  Today’s Food for Thought has to do with the new year of 2017. Post a comment below about what this picture says to you.  Don’t forget to click on the blog to leave a comment. shutterstock_127970162