Monday, April 18, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
1.  I finished my last IEP today!  WHOO HOO!  I can't tell you how exciting this is in my world!  As long as everyone stays happy, I shouldn't have to have another meeting.  *knocks on wood*  Of course, I didn't go out easy - technology failed us today and a good amount of what I wrote today didn't get saved.  Doh!  Oh well, it shouldn't be too difficult to get it back in the IEP and move along.  Now that my meetings are out of the way, I can focus on lesson planning for next year, which is a daunting task.

2.  I finished my first 5k this weekend!  I participated on a team from my school, since the race was supporting a local autism center.  I set two goals for myself - (1) to run it non-stop and (2) to finish in 30 minutes or less.  I'm proud to say that I achieved both goals!  I finished in 27m38s, with an average pace of 9:25min/mi.  I'm pleased with the outcome, since it's technically the longest, most consistent run I've done to date.  I've done a few 5k races in the past, but I've never run one.  This race gives me hope for how I'll perform down at BMT.

3.  How does a 5k get better?  When your most favorite student ever shows up with his family to run the race! Yes!  I'm talking about Pure Heart!  His mom told me he was super excited about the race.  I started off on my consistent pace and he'd sprint past me, and then have to slow down and walk.  I would come up behind him, clapping and telling him, "C'mon, you can do it!"  As I came around the last turn, his mother was there to snap this picture of my goofy self.  After crossing the finish, I took my cool-down lap up to where she was, so I could cheer him on as he neared the finish line.  He ended up crossing the finish line with a co-worker of mine.  This race was so much more memorable because of his participation.  I even told a few people, "He's one of my students!"  His mother couldn't have been prouder that day and neither could I.  [Bonus: His dad was due to arrive home from Afghanistan early, and mom hadn't told the kids yet - it was going to be a surprise!  She was hoping he'd be there for the race, but no luck.]

4.  There's something about the energy of a race that hooks you and makes you want to do more!  When I went to Peterson on Sunday for my usual PFC/commi run, I noticed a route map for a race being displayed in the foyer.  Turns out Peterson is host the 1st Armed Forces Community Run, where deployed airmen are simultaneously running "with" us in Afghanistan and Qatar!  How could I not do this run?!  I can opt for a 5k or a 10k, and I'm leaning towards the 10k after this last weekend.  It sounds ambitious, I know, but I figure it's only six miles, right?  I say that now.  The event is on the same day as Trinnie's baby shower, but it's early enough in the morning that I could bang it out, go home and nap, then party!  At least, that's my theory.  Trinnie is 100% supportive of the idea, especially when she heard about the deployed component.

5.  As I predicted at the end of last week, my North Carolina tax return finally showed up.  It was a little anti-climatic, but I'm thankful that it's here.  Things seem to be looking up for us.  DH is back on active duty orders again, and we've been seeing a few steadier paychecks lately.  Everyone in the office loves his work ethic and he's established himself as a worthwhile member of their team, especially as they go through their own changes in personnel (due to retirements, mainly).  There's also been talk of an upcoming deployment, so we'll see if he can get on board that train.

All in all, a pretty good Monday!  Hope everyone else is off to a great week!


Our Little Fam said...

Great job with your 5k!! I love running!

Poekitten said...

YAY for being finished with the IEP! and Congrats on the 5K:)

Thanks for linking up!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Whew! You have been busy! Congratulations on both...completing your IEP and your run! That was fun that your student was running it as well... and what a great motivator and encourger..(it's been so long since I have done any running that I would have to have someone to motivate me!)

Blessings & Aloha!
...stopping by from the MWRU...hope you get a chance to visit my place :o)