Monday, March 26, 2012

Worst Parade EVER!

My Dad always tells me "I only run if someone is chasing me"; after my second 1/2 marathon, I think I'm going to start adopting this philosophy. 

The Dallas Rock n' Roll Half Marathon was a blast, but what is up with these course creators deciding that the first 8ish or so miles should be uphill? Anyways, it was still a blast to hear the bands as we ran along and I was lucky to have a wonderful running buddy to suffer run the 13.1 with. 

Some of my favorite signs were:
"Worst Parade Ever." --> as a marching band nerd who has been in many parades, I found this particularly funny
"Run faster...I just farted."
"Lauren = awesome" --> this was not specifically made for me, but I pretended like they were my fan
Plus all the cute, inspirational signs.

Here is a picture recap of what went down:
This is CLEARLY towards the beginning of the race (mile 4, I believe). Our mojo had diminished after the ridiculous hill around mile 8-9.

We did it !! Nothing feels better than being done with 13.1- other than eating whatever you want that day and not feeling an OUNCE of guilt about that. Heck, we burned over 2,300 calories!

Dustin was SO sweet and didn't complain once about getting up early on his last day of spring break. Instead, he and Darren (Ann's husband) were there to cheer us on at mile 4, 9, and 13.1!! We were lucky girls! Now I just have to convince him to run the Portland Rock N' Roll with me some year. How fun would that be?

Well everyone, that is the end of my "half-marathon career" for now. It was fun while it lasted, but the next time I get myself into gear for running that far, it will be somewhere super fun and cool!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SLP & Teacher Respect!

In my humble opinion, I think one of the most undervalued jobs right now is ANY job in the schools. Why? Because the immediate thought of the "all-year, 9 to 5-ers" is "teachers (and speech paths) get summer! I'd teach just so I could get a 2-month break, spring AND Christmas break."

My advice for you is don't quit your day job. Teaching and speech pathology in the schools is not for the faint of heart. On any given day, you have figuratively been a counselor listening to a student's latest meltdown, a social worker for the student who is not getting treated properly at home, a friend for the student that no one will listen to....then on top of that, you do your job as (speech) teacher.

Can I just add (as a semi-germaphobe) the addition of sneezes/coughs in your face, the sweet (but dirty) little hand grabbing yours, or if you are having a REALLY bad day you will deal with the lovely joys of those smelly *not so little* toots that make you want to pass out.

 I won't lie- I had this perception in undergrad about school SLP's that: 
     a.) they get to just play fun speech games all day 
     b.) they have an easier job on the SLP spectrum because you are going mainly going to be dealing  with articulation and some language (SO NOT TRUE!)
     c.) You come at 8 and leave your work there at 3-4

SO WRONG. School SLP's have so much paperwork, so many meetings, so many kids on their caseload that it would make your brain explode! My practicum & supervisor have shown me that it is one of the most respectable jobs in the field and they deserve way more respect/pay than they receive! 

Anyways, all this to say -- show your appreciation to all those teachers. They work harder than you will ever realize!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Post SB Jitters

Oh my..last spring break ever. I know what you're thinking for those of you in the working world -- "I don't feel sorry for you; I didn't even get a Spring Break." Fair enough. I'm lucky to be eased into adulthood.

Let's just say a mini-prayer and hope that Dr. Seuss with all his rhyming, magical wonders will be enough to captivate the attention of kids who have just enjoyed the non-demanding week that is Spring Break.

This week we will be decorating our "Cat in the Hat" Hats using our goals and playing a Dr. Seuss board game! This is easy for anyone to do/make your own master copy of a Dr. Seuss hat, then adapt it to fit whatever you want. For the articulation kids, they will have to put their target words in the hat; for the language kids, I will adjust it to meet their language needs/goals (fingers crossed that it goes well)!

Good luck this week, teacher & SLP friends!!