Saturday, June 21, 2008

Updates

It's been a while. I started to post yesterday, but got interrupted, which is basically life in my house these days. Not that I'm complaining, but not much downtime.

Alex was born on June 4, and he's doing great. The baby has even slept for 6 hr stretches most nights, so we're just hoping it lasts. Chris loves his brother, but has started to show more signs of approaching 2. His new one is hitting. He hits when he's bored. We're trying to nip that one in the bud. But at least he's sweet to his brother, which has been really cute.

I'm starting to think about teaching in the fall. I have a job to teach 3 classes for 1 semester at Hopedale High, which is about a 5 minute walk from my house. It's going to be a totally different world from teaching at Frick, but the more I think about it, the more excited I get (although I'd still love to go back to Frick ... if only the commute weren't so bad). I'm going to be teaching 9th grade writing and 10th grade English. The 10th graders will read To Kill a Mockingbird, which I love. It also gives me a chance to introduce some real issues in the classroom. I just ordered a book of world sayings/proverbs, which I plan to use as a daily warm up to introduce different cultures into the classroom. I never really had to think about multicultural education before. My class was multicultural by fact - I'm white, the students were African American, Latino, Asian, even Tongan, and my style is to bring everyone's experiences into the classroom. In Hopedale that won't be so easy. I'm excited about the chance to do it, though.

I'm also happy to be able to start trying to get back into shape. I've been overweight since I was pregnant with Chris, and I'm done with it. I bought a book about nutrition and breastfeeding and I've been paying attention to what I eat. Of course at the end of the day I find myself realizing I didn't eat enough, so we'll see how this works. I lost almost no weight while nursing Chris,so I'm hoping for a different result this time. The dr says I have to wait a few more weeks for real exercise, so it's walking for me right now (and "in moderation"). My Y membership is active again as of yesterday (I put it on hold for a month to save $$ when I knew I couldn't use it). I'm looking forward to being able to use it.