Rambling on a Saturday

I put a new ticker above the postings.  Why?  I'm hoping it will help me be accountable for what I'm eating.  In my mind, if I can see that every day, I'll want that person on the other side of the ticker.  I'm visual that way!
About 11 years ago, I lost 50  pounds.  I had an awesome dietitian whom I loved and wanted to make happy.  She taught me what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it.  Those pounds just came right off.  Since we moved home, I've gained about 27 pounds back, and it scares me.  It's not healthy, especially when diabetes runs in the family.  Remember my grumpy post about being tired?  That was the beginning of my deciding to take ownership and do something about it.  I considered going to Weight Watchers, but my dietitian gave me the tools to do it on my own:  I didn't want to spend money doing it when I knew exactly what to do.  I had to be accountable for my actions.   I'm thinking 5 pounds so far isn't too shabby, considering that it is the end of the school year, which means eating out.  Mr. Principal offered me a candy bar the other day, and I politely told him no.  He went through what kind he had; after each kind I told him "no".  I finally looked at him and said, "I said I don't want it!"  (I was smiling when I said it, so I wasn't rude!) I did end up taking one and giving it to MS.  That is a major milestone for me.  I have an incredible sweet tooth and have a very hard time turning away sweets.

Question:  When is it our responsibility as an adult & parent  to let a child who is not yours know he has done something inappropriate?
Thursday night at the soccer game, a student yelled out "Ref, you suck!"  (sorry, that's what he said)  His parents weren't there (I've never met his parents, and this is a student who was in the band this year), and I didn't notice any faculty sitting near him. I was sitting about 5 people down from him.  So, I turned, said his name, and told him not to do that and that it wasn't appropriate.  The student told MS after the game that I had "yelled at him."  No, I didn't yell, I just let him know that I didn't appreciate it.  MS said that I shouldn't have done that, but I told him that it was a reflection on the school and the whole community.  This student is also the student that let the f-bomb fly in the pool at band camp...at a Christian college.  This kid can be the most respectful, polite person in the world, but he can also be the most disrespectful, talking-back, "the rules don't apply to me" kind of kid.  I don't trust him one bit.  YS is not allowed to be in the car when he's driving.  In our state, when you first get your driving license, you are only allowed to have 1 other person in the car, unless they are siblings.  There have been a number of times when this kid has broken this law.  This is just one instance of him breaking the rules.  I fully expect a phone call from his parents, but I'm ready. I'm going to tell them that I'm sorry they weren't there to let him know how inappropriate that was...but he probably wouldn't have said it if they had been there (which, like I said...I've never met them).  That's the thing about the community where we live:  you look out after other kids.  I would fully expect another parent to correct my son if he said/did something that was inappropriate.  What's your take on the situation?

Sister Ann Marie at Franciscan Life  was kind enough to give me an award!  Here it is:
Isn't it beautiful?   Here's what's next:
1. Post the logo on your blog and/or within the post.
2. Pass it on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Add links to these 12 bloggers within your blog.
4. Let them know they are receiving the award.
5. Share the link of the person from whom you received the award.

So, here are the lucky receivers:

1.  Tempo and Speed
2.  Auburnchick's Weblog
3.  Easy Street
4.  Miss Teacher
5.  Karen's Korner
6.  Our Life
7.  Crooked Lines
8.  Diaries of a Coach's Wife
9.  Rantings of a Southern Girl
10.  If Necessary, Use Words
11.  From This Side of the Pond
12.  A View from a Hill

Just let me say this:  I work in a very cool elementary school.  Yesterday as the kids were leaving, this was playing on the intercom:

I enjoyed yesterday afternoon with a nap and "trash tv":  The Real Housewives of New Jersey.   Love, love, love to watch and see what's going to happen next with crazy Danielle and hilarious Teresa!  (Don't judge...it was either that or clean the kitchen!)

Y'all have a good weekend!  See you back here on Monday!


  1. Thanks for the award : )

    I only recently tuned in to the NJ Housewives...my oldest said I should check it out. Oh. my. word. But it is slightly addicting and now I'm kinda hooked. Hubs office is in their little town, which btw is a lovely place.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Don't feel bad about gentle corrections to kids who behave inappropriately. If you witness, it is totally okay to respond immediately. When I invigilate (proctor) tests at the high school I find myself saying, "language, gentlemen" sometimes as I go through the halls. They often mumble, "yes ma'am" so I know they know the standard.

    There is never anything wrong with speaking the truth in love. You go, Mary!

  3. I wish more people would tell the kids what is and is not appropriate! What they see on tv they think is all right.

    Thanks for the award! You are too kind!

  4. I like the ticker at the top... I need to make one - some motivation!

  5. I think that correcting the student was totally appropriate. The kid should expect to be reprimanded if his behavior is offensive. (Not sure if I would have said anything, though.)

  6. Thanks for the award! I'm glad to know that you enjoy the blog.

    I am 100% obsessed with Housewives of New Jersey. I think Matt thinks I am a little crazy, but if I am watching it he seems to get hooked too. :)

  7. I love awards. Thank you for thinking of me. :-)

  8. I'm right with you on the fitness thing! I've lost 6 pounds in about 2 weeks. I basically follow the idea that says to only eat when you are physically hungry (stomach growling) and you stop when that hunger goes away. You don't just keep eating cuz it tastes good. It's amazing how little food you really need when you eat this way. It's very freeing. I don't think about food now unless my stomach growls! Cutting out sugar because it drags me down has also helped! ~ I'm cheering you on!

  9. Those reality shows suck us in like a bad train wreck, huh? :) I like the ticker... It's a daily decision, isn't it? Great job! Sounds like that kid needs some loving guidance.

  10. i've been thinking about joining WW too, its not that I don't know what to do, but I need the accountability to get it done.

    I don't like confrontation so I'm not sure I would have said something, but if I had been at the game I would have appreciated that you did.

  11. I think you were totally "on" telling the kid his remarks were inappropriate. Sometimes just hearing it from someone other than ones own parents is enough to make an impression on a young mind. . .I'm betting his parents won't call - he's not gonna tell them of his behavior. Don'cha think?

  12. Thanks for the award! I promise I will definitely get this posted tomorrow! I know I said today, but in my house things just didn't go as planned. LOL
    Have a great weekend!!!

  13. Thank you so much! And may I just say that you have excellent taste in music!! :)


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