Is it raining where you are? It rained all weekend here but the rain keeps holding out on school days which is certainly a blessing because indoor recess is miserable!

I don’t have a ton of time since I have a paper due today and a long list of tasks and would like to get to bed at a decent hour since I’m babysitting tomorrow night and need to rest up for our cowboys party… my boots are ready to go!

I did go to the grocery store after work and took a little dip into my grocery fund for my challenge.

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Some lovely squash.  I don’t plan to eat this all this week but it was on sale and I didn’t want to pass it up… I never learn do I 🙂

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Then some greenery- Granny Smith (my fave), a cucumber and a green pepper.  I hate those bags don’t you?

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Also, the essential- bananas! The top set isn’t very ripe while the bottom two are which should work out just fine for the week.  Whenever I have leftovers (which is rare) I just peel and chop then throw it into a waiting ziplock in the freezer for smoothies.

Total Spent: $15.14
Total Left: $84.86

Okay, off to write about the domestic situation in Manchester England in 1830 and study encryption… I really should decide what it is I’m going to do with these varying majors/minors shouldn’t I?

I have a confession to make.

I’m a bargain shopper.

Oh yes, friends I clip coupons, watch sales and never pay full price (unless we’re talking bananas, they never go on sale :().

It can be a great thing to be frugal, and to get great deals.  At a certain point, it is too much.

BREAD, desserts, frozen veggies, etc
BREAD, desserts, frozen veggies, etc

When you no longer have room in your freezer for an ice tray.

baking supplies, oats, couscous, brown rice, barley, bran, etc.
baking supplies, oats, couscous, brown rice, barley, bran, etc.

When you can’t even fit anything else into your cabinets.

Then you need to take a break from bargain shopping and start using up some of the food you have.

You see, I don’t need anything else and I could be happily, and healthily fed for the next few months with my bounty. I also realize that just because something is a steal doesn’t mean I should spend money on it.  Spending money on things you don’t need, no matter how cheap, is still a waste of money.

My plan for the rest of 2009 is to eat out my pantry.  I still *need* fresh fruits and vegetables so I’ll still be stocking up on that.  I even have a plan there though, I’m going to limit my food budget to $100.00 a month.  Cooking for one should make this easy especially since I spend about that much anyway.  What’s leftover at the end of each month will go into my graduation trip fund.

One caveat to that will be that if something is free after sales/coupons then I’ll still get it because I really don’t think I’m strong enough to walk away 😉

Anyone else have a well-stocked pantry they need to “eat down”? If not, want tips on how to get one on the cheap?

This week has been a little strange for me and I know that it has been noticeable in the classroom.  It’s sometimes hard to see the big picture and that makes this last year of school (at least for this degree) seem so daunting when coupled with an incredibly difficult class to manage- although it’s fun, it’s certainly not easy.

Today, I found myself frustrated and saddened by things that occur all to often in our nation’s schools.  I stood in the cafeteria helping five classes through lunch with the help of only one other adult.  It was madness and then when we tried to take them out to recess it was a mob scene.  I was ready to scream but since I don’t yell at kids, I just tried to control the situation as best I could.  In the end, the principal worked it out and they calmed down enough to get to go outside… it was rough going though.

In those moments, I was renouncing our school and the system for making the whole situation so difficult but every time I did I remembered the first thought I had this morning when thinking of something to write about today-

You see, the other day, I shared my career doubts with a colleague and said how nice it would be to sit in an office, alone, in front of a computer screen all day.  He reminded me that it might get boring.  Then he said something that really made me so comfortable and sure in my chosen path.  He basically told me that I should never doubt my decision to be a teacher because to do something else would be a waste of my passion, drive and innate ability to do so.  Coming from someone who I respect so much as both a person, and an educator, it meant a lot.

I know that there are still days when you want to strangle the people you work with- everyone has those moments… but there is always something to be thankful for.  Even in the worst situations you can always learn something from your colleagues.

You can take their skills and their drive and use that as motivation to be better and achieve more.

You can take their negligence, their cattiness and their downright stupidity (come on, every workplace has at least one and if you can’t think of one, maybe it’s you ;)) and use that as motivation to be better and achieve more.

There once was a psychologist who interviewed to identical twins whose mother was an alcoholic.  He asked the first- “Why are you an alcoholic?” She said, “Because my mother was.” He, later, asked the second “Why aren’t you an alcoholic?” She said, “Because my mother was.” The first used her mother’s disease as the reasoning behind her own, the second used the same upbringing and DNA to choose to never have a drink.

It’s so easy to be thankful for what is good and easy and fun, but the bad, the challenging and unpleasant can often teach us even greater lessons.