Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Finish This . . . Week 12

I went back to work on Monday.  It's a week of meetings.  My bum is going to go numb with all the sitting I'm doing.  

This year I've moved buildings once again.  Don't ask me the number of times I've moved buildings.  I've lost track of all the buildings I have been in during the last 14 years of teaching.  This year it's actually pretty cool though.  They created a fourth/fifth grade building that was a preschool building for the last 2 years.  I started at the building that was there 11 years ago and then was torn down and rebuilt.  I loved that group of students I had.  Some of the students I taught for 3 years.  One student I taught for 6 years!  I'll always have fond memories of the old building.

I keep in contact with several of the students from that old building.  In fact, I attended their graduations 3 and 4 years ago.  I let one of the students know that I was back at WBV.  He lives in the neighborhood still so we met up and ate lunch at McDonald's.  I was limited on time so that was the quickest place to eat.  It was great to talk to him.  I'm still his teacher even though he left my classroom 10 years ago.  Can it be that long?  It doesn't seem possible.

Fun fact, this young man has the same birthday that my father had.  (My father died in '96.)  He was also born the year I was a senior in high school.

Now onto this week's prompts:

If I went back to school, I would study probably something involving computers.  I can be tech savvy when necessary.

My favorite subject in school was history.  I had one teacher during my sophomore year of high school that  was an inspiration to me.  Her method of teaching made me interested in history, a subject I'm still interested in.

I wish I had paid more attention in geometry.  Most math comes easy to me.  However geometry was difficult for me because of theorems.  I disliked those things and didn't pay as much attention to the instruction of how to do theorems.

The dumbest thing I did in high school was allow some of the more "popular" girls do my hair in social studies class during my freshman year.  Why do I think it was dumb?  It was disrespectful to the sub.
Actually there was another dumb thing I did but I plead the fifth with that dumb thing.

In high school, I thought I knew I what I wanted to be when I graduated from college.  It ended up I was almost correct.  I wanted to be a classroom teacher instead I ended up becoming an Intervention Specialist, special education teacher.  Thanks to the principal that interviewed me and gave me the opportunity to become a Learning Disability tutor and then eventually an Intervention Specialist.  That is my real calling in life.

Next week's prompt is to list 13 things about yourself.

Monday, August 4, 2014

August 2014 Menu Plan

This year I'm at the school with the latest start time and the latest end time.  Hubby is going to have to be in charge of cooking dinner.  That means I have to still plan the meal and then write out specific instructions.  That could be a good thing or more of a problem.

One way I'm going to combat this issue is to have freezer meal slow cooker kits or other freezer kits.  Having those kits will help with getting the main dish cooked.  Then I have to only worry about the veggies and side dishes.  Hubby can handle the side dishes depending on the side dish.  I'll have to do the veggies because Hubby is not very pro vegetables.

Here are 2 websites I'm using to help me out with planning meals:

One is Evernote.  I used this website to help me create a list of what I have in the freezer.  I can put check boxes next to the item so I can check it off as soon as I've used that item.  The number of check boxes shows me how many of those items I have.  

Once I created the list, I went and printed it out and hung it up so I can visually see what's in the freezer.

It's free for a basic membership. 

Another is Plan to Eat.  I love this one because you can import recipes, plan out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and create shopping lists.  You can type in prep notes.

I love it so much because it's easier to plan.  We had a dinner tonight out of the freezer.  I had put the recipe into my recipe book.  I was able to rate it with a 5 star so I'll be able to reference it easily when I'm creating freezer slow cooker kits.

This one costs $39 after a free month trial.  

Onto my menu plan for the month:

Week of August 4

  • Monday - BBQ Peach Pulled Pork, Roasted potatoes, and corn on the cob
  • Tuesday - Maple Mustard Pork Roast, Mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob
  • Wednesday - BBQ Weenies, chips, raw veggies
  • Thursday - Chicken kebobs, pasta, green beans
  • Friday - left overs
  • Saturday - Pineapple teriyaki chicken, rice, veggies
Week of August 11
  • Monday - Hamburger, French fries, raw veggies
  • Tuesday - Rosemary Parmesan chicken and sweet peppers kebobs, pasta, veggie
  • Wednesday - Philly Cheese Steak in the Slow Cooker, Roasted potatoes, veggies
  • Thursday - Honey Mustard Pork Chops, Rice or mashed potatoes, veggies
  • Friday - Tacos, Mexican rice, veggies
  • Saturday - leftovers
Week of August 18
  • Monday - Sweet and Sour Meatballs, rice, and veggie
  • Tuesday - Homemade pizza, raw veggies
  • Wednesday - Hawaiian meatloaf, rice, veggie
  • Thursday - Roast with tomato gravy, roasted potatoes, veggie
  • Friday - Pulled pork gyro, raw cucumbers, chips, Greek salad for me
  • Saturday - left overs
Week of August 25 (Create new freezer meal kits.)
  • Monday - Mediterranean chicken in slow cooker, pasta, Italian Parmesan bites, salad
  • Tuesday - Easy Crockpot beef fajitas, chips, and salsa
  • Wednesday - Teriyaki pork chops with red pepper and pineapple in the slow cooker, rice, and peas
  • Thursday - Chicken Shwarma in slow cooker, ranch veggie salad, chips
  • Friday - Italian Parmesan Herb and Potatoes in slow cooker, veggies
  • Saturday - left overs

If you notice, I don't have any meals planned for Sunday.  We eat at my mother-in-law's house on Sundays.  Sometimes I'll cook the dinner and sometimes she will cook the dinner.  Or other times, Hubby will go and get dinner for us.  It all depends on what is going on.