Saturday, October 16, 2010

I love football. Period. AND I love taking football pictures. I just thought I'd share some.
This is me, 62 pounds gone forver, and my "little sister" Ellie the Eagle.
This is our late Coach. It's strange how many pictures we snapped of him this year.

On the band front...I'm holding steady. I had a good run of loss so I guess I've leveled out a bit. I've been having some sinus issues and this is causing my to have "episodes." My kids are grossed out when I gag and spit and what not in class. They just make sure the trash can is handy. It's so funny. Whenever I get a strange look on my face someone always grabs the trash can. And they keep me in check. I suddenly crave Monsters. I can take a couple of sips, then the bubbles get to me. They remind me that I can't have carbonation and they don't want to see anything come out of my nose!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

8th grade

I broke down and went shopping for new pants this weekend. I had bought several 20s before school started in August. (I was in a snug 26 before school let out in May.) After several of my kiddos told me my pants were sagging - and not in a "good" way - I decided it was time for a couple of new pairs. To my delight I was able to shop in the REGULAR section!!! SIZE 16!!! I haven't been in a 16 since the 8th grade!!!!

NSV - my new pants are getting a lot of attention!! I love the compliments but sometimes they are hard to take coming from teenagers. The attention I am receiving is weird. I don't know how to explain it. I don't think I even have the energy. My DH seems to think some of my male students are "crushing" on me. I can't even begin to wrap my head around that.

But anywhoooo...

Saturday, October 9, 2010


When I updated my ticker this morning I realized, I am almost halfway to my GOAL. It's been almost 4 months since my surgery and I am LOVING my band. I don't think about food 24 hours a day.

As far as life goes, after everything blowing up at work this week it all finally calmed down on Thursday afternoon. Yesterday was work as normal. I really needed that. Although, with all this stress I've been under lately, my band has been working overtime...and I kinda like the results.

I'm excited to spend the day with my mom today. I haven't seen her in a while and I can't wait to see her reaction!!!

AND our boys WON last night!! It was a stressful game. One new of my kiddos grabbed me and picked me up....pretty sure he wouldn't have been able to do that 62 pounds ago!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I didn't sign up for this.

For the second time this school year I have found myself in the middle of high school drama. The first incident passed without much altercation, but this second incident has me going out of my mind.

So, long story short, I'm currently the "I'd hit that" teacher of the week apparently. It was said in front of the football team and went something like this, "Dude, if you think you can, hit it." Well, this really upsets me. I don't want to be that person. I am the TEACHER and old enough to be their MOTHER. (If I would have gotten pregnant at 12, and in this day and age that is a possibility.) Of course, MY student stood up for me and told his "buddy" that he was being inappropriate, but I still don't like it at all.

I don't know what I am going to do about it. I mean, I'm sure boys talk like that in the locker room all the time...but NOT about me. As a teacher, all I have is my reputation. Of course, all I have done is be the BUTT of this joke. But it is really bothering me.

And to think I'm going to "be in high school" for the rest of my career. *Sigh*

Good news...59 pounds down today!!! WOOT.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Life Happens

I haven't blogged in forever. Life has been beyond crazy. Work consumes my life. If I'm not grading papers or creating lesson plans, I'm working on football highlight videos.

The school year started out wonderfully. My classes are amazing. I have a great group of kids. I have even "adopted" a new little brother.

Then tragedy struck. Last Friday night our coach, a legend, passed out on the sidelines. He had coached at our school for 42 years and won 317 games, including 2 state titles. He had been in bad health for a while and actually had an appointment with his cardiologist this past Tuesday. They took him to the hospital by ambulance after half time. We had gotten reports Saturday that he was doing well and was going to be in the hospital until they ran all of their tests on him. He died from a massive heart attack Saturday night.

Needless to say this past week has probably been the most stressful and exhausting week of my entire life. Seeing all of my students mourn the loss of a man most of them saw as a father-figure has been life altering. I have spent most of the week at the school and I am completely drained. I was in charge of making the video for his memorial. I had a few complete - crying, screaming, cursing like a sailor, hitting -meltdowns while working on that.

Football is life in the town where I work. You can't say Newton, Texas without thinking football and Coach Barbay. I was privileged to work beside this legend. My husband and I are honored that we got to share the sidelines with this great man this football season. There will never be another man like Curtis Barbay.

Last night was our first football game since losing Coach. We lost. We don't lose. It was so hard being on the sidelines and not hearing that voice. I'm glad, however, we now have that game behind us.

On the band front...I learned that stress causes serious tightness and I really haven't eaten much all week. We did stop at a little burger dive on our way to the game last night. I ate about three or four bites of my patty. We stopped by the store for some batteries and I PB'ed for the FIRST TIME in the parking lot. How attractive!!! Then, at the game I gulped some water too fast and BAM I was spewing on the sidelines in front of the entire stadium. DOUBLE ATTRACTIVE. I think this last fill I got (about 3 weeks ago) is the

Now I'm off to stress about whether or not I left all of my ungraded papers at school or in my truck - which my hubby has this morning. AND grades are due Monday. F my life.