Monday, September 12, 2016


I have not worked a full time job, outside the home, since 1981.
I mentioned in the comments but realize that I didn't mention it on the front page of the blog that I am working full time at a local elementary school as a special ed assistant.

The job was meant to be just three weeks but has changed into a long term sub job.
The first week was killer.
It was in the 90's and the school does not have air.
I do not do well without air.
I walked three miles each day...says my fitbit.
We start at 7:15.

These three physical things are what made it so hard for me.

I am sure I will gain endurance.

The children are great. 
The teachers and staff are great.

It will be wonderful to get a paycheck.
Today was late start.  I didn't know it.
I was there on time...even woke up at 5:00.
But next week, I will know. 
It will be a good time to post a blog entry!

Even tho I am old and out of shape...I guess I am not alone :o)

Encourage one another,
Ms. Booshay

(I found this darling picture on facebook.  don't know who made it.)


  1. Yay! Congratulations! Cheering you on - and I'm with you, no AC is a killer! But Fall is ahead.... :)

  2. I can't really think of anyone that would be nicer to have in a classroom than you. I know you are encouraging. I know you are a blessing. I will pray for you right now. Sending lots of love from Pennsylvania. I watched the pretty dress portion of Miss America last night just so I could comment intelligently about them : ).

  3. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Go Donna! I can't imagine a better special ed assistant. You will be fantastic and those kids are so lucky. Hope the weather changes soon and your classroom cools down.

    Debbie Z.

  4. So proud of you, Miz Boo!! I'm sure you're a blessing to the students. You go, girl!

    P.S. Greg always looks like that picture after the first week of school. And the last week of school. And the final day before each break. ;)

  5. I know you will be great with the kids at that school! I would say, yes, you will gain endurance. ;) No AC and 90 degrees does not go together at all. I hope it has cooled off considerably. We didn't have air conditioning when I was young in school. Miserable.

  6. Hooray, Donna! I'm proud of you, too.

    And remember, the weather will eventually get cooler!

    Hang in there, and blessings on your new job.

  7. Cyndi K G3:15 PM

    I started teaching 12 years ago, when I was in my late 40's. Without fail I have horrible knee pain sometime during the first month of the school year. Then my poor knees must adjust, because I do ok for the rest of the year. Good times!

  8. People who work in a school setting are SAINTS! I'm not cut out for it, but I'll be your biggest cheerleader! What does Ginny do all day without you?

    1. Ginny has taken my spot on the couch. Katie comes home for lunch and I am done at 2:30. She is a lady of leisure. I'm jelly. 😂

    2. {{{Like}}} :-)

  9. so proud of all the hard work you are doing. and very inspired!!!!!!!

  10. I was wondering! Exciting stuff, they are blessed to have you. And a regular paycheck with your name on wonderful!

  11. my niece just got a job as a 1st grade teacher & posted that photo on facebook.I think she feels your pain!

  12. Amy J in WI5:23 PM

    So happy for you, and I agree that it will get easier as you adjust. They are so lucky to have you on board. But you certainly need to get those late starts on your calendar. They are like gold :).

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  14. You will be a blessing to those students, Donna. I went back to work 3 years ago after being home for 25 years. It was really hard, but I only work part-time. Right now I am on medical leave with a back injury. Take good care!

  15. That Is fantastic! I wish you could work in the schools I visit in NYC! They need a you! I am a professor of special education. I love what I do so much (except for the commute!), but feel so tired too! I think we will have to both work on gaining stamina! Thank goodness for the colleagues and children around us that give us energy :) may God bless you and give you all the energy you need and more!

  16. I read Lisa J. King's blog from Tasmania. She works with what we would call ESL students. I hope you enjoy it! I hope you are still able to have your Quiet Life. They certainly need you.

  17. So it's possible you were on a field trip yesterday! I haven't been reading blogs regularly anymore but I thought I saw you yesterday. I didn't want to be the weirdo that asks someone if they are someone they "know" and then it turns out that person was just a doppelgänger!


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