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According to the educator’s website TeacherVision, today is International Blog Day. It also happens to be my 8th Anniversary as a blogger on WordPress.com. Last week, I had to upgrade my blog to the next level. Soon, I will be claiming a domain name. Writing and posting more regularly has increased my traffic and gained me new followers. That, dear reader, makes me extremely happy.

The month of August has come to an end and brought with it a sigh of relief. I survived the beginning of another school year and NJHS Induction. Last night, my co-sponsors and I welcomed 27 new members into National Junior Honor Society. There is a great deal of planning involved in the ceremony which was beautifully executed thanks to our former officers and the sponsors. Needless to say, we are proud of these young men and women who have achieved this honor, and I look forward to working with them throughout the school year.

My biopsy results also arrived yesterday afternoon. AWESOME news! My biopsy was negative for H. Pylori which is a bacteria that can eventually cause infection and lead to stomach cancer. Thankfully, my results were good. I will continue taking the medication prescribed by my doctor; however, it is time for me to change my diet. The medication may be causing the polyps, so it would be lovely to be able to control my acid reflux issues with diet instead of medication. I purchased a book called The Complete Acid Reflux Diet Plan by Nour Zibdeh. She is a registered dietitian and functional nutritionist. Now, I must read her book and take action. I am almost guaranteed of losing my 18 pounds because the plan pretty much eliminates everything.

In Other News:

Dragon RollI met my hubby for dinner during the week, and we ate at Kirin in downtown Hammond. We love eating at the sushi bar. Surprisingly, the restaurant was not too busy, and the sushi chef created the most fantastic dragon roll for me. Not only was it delicious, but it was beautiful. This was the first time in my sushi eating life that a roll was presented to me in this way. Angus, the sushi chef, actually made the roll look like a fire-breathing dragon.

With my blog upgrade, you may see some additions since I will have access to more features and capabilities. Of course, the increase in space allows me to keep my published posts archived. I’m looking forward to learning some new features and obtaining my own domain. I do not fully understand it all; however, I am excited to learn about it and make my blog even better. Thank you, dear readers, for your support and encouragement. Happiness!

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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For the last couple of weeks, I have been wrapping up summer activities with family and friends and steadily making preparations to return to work. August is generally a busy month in my household between Andrew and I starting school, Andrew’s birthday, and my wedding anniversary. Since we do not go to the same school anymore, coordinating our schedules in the beginning of this month can be a bit challenging. Andrew drives now which is totally convenient. However, it feels slightly weird this year since we are no longer leaving together in the mornings. STA takes in later this year, so I am basically leaving the house for work as he is getting out of bed.

Andrew officially turned 17 years old on August 1st. I had meetings at school that morning, so he and I went to Chili’s that evening to celebrate his birthday. Unfortunately, Barry, Sr. was out of town with work. Afterwards, we hung out at home and watched television together. Our extended family and his friends will celebrate Andrew later in the month.

Last Sunday, my hubby and I went to the Imagine Dragons concert with Andrew and his friend Sophie. Yes, it was a Sunday night; and yes, I had to go to school the next morning. Of the four of us, I was the only one that had to get up early the next morning. Thankfully, there was only one opening act, so I was in bed and asleep by midnight. The performance by the Imagine Dragons was amazing. It was definitely worth missing a little sleep.

My hubby and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on August 6th. Although we did not do anything special to commemorate this marital milestone, we are tossing around the idea of staying overnight at The Myrtles Plantation located in St. Francisville, Louisiana. We would like to visit when the weather gets cooler.

The school year has officially begun. I am slowly establishing myself in my new position at school as an instructional (curriculum) coach. While it was surreal not getting a classroom ready for students, it was somewhat of a relief. Honestly, I think I was ready for a change. The initial meetings with my grade levels went well. I’m excited about my new role and look forward to working with the teachers and the administration.


Senior Breakfast

Before signing off, I must mention that Andrew experienced his last first day of high school. The senior parents organized a breakfast to honor the seniors. I was able to help with setting up and cleaning up. It was quite lovely to be able to participate as a mom and to spend time with Andrew and many of my former students as they embarked on a new school year and their last school year at STA.

Dear reader, are you experiencing some firsts and lasts? Are there any changes in your future that you are looking forward to or dreading? Whatever is awaiting you on the horizon, try to embrace it positively. A positive perspective is a key ingredient to a happy life. Happiness!

“There is something magical about beginnings, about the challenges that come with territory not yet conquered, about being the underdog. I think I’d far rather stand at the beginning of something, looking up, rather than at a summit, looking down.” ~ Jo Malone, My Story



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