Last week was pre-service training for me at work. I had to endure 40 hours of training over every possible aspect of my job, including verbal de-escalation and physical management techniques, First Aid/CPR/AED, employee benefits, and cultural diversity. I have sat through many pre-services that were downright boring (no offense to Mr. Arnold), but this was painstakingly insipid. There were times when I did not think I would make it, especially when some of the new staff who are about as funny as chilled shrimp attempted to make a joke. This happened quite often. Apparently they felt that the material needed their precise comic commentary. They were quite wrong, both about the need and about "humor" of their "commentary". It is all over now, and I should receive a stinking big check for all the overtime. Praise.
I did get to do something extremely fun, however. I ran the "Stamina Run" with the students on Saturday. The Stamina Run is a 3+ mile run where you stop every couple hundred yards to do 20 reps of an exercise, including standard push-ups, boot-slaps, sit-ups, crunches, wide-spread push-ups, diamond push-ups. lunges, leg-lifts, flutter kicks, 8-counts, rock-climbers, and a few others. I can't tell you how much fun that is. If you have never ran 2 miles and then attempted 20 V-ups, you need to stop what you are doing and go do it right this very second.
Everything is dandy at home with the kids and Jenni. They are staying pretty busy, swimming at Aunt April's condo, riding the train at the nearby park, and visiting Grammy and Pappa up in Loveland. I really enjoy being at home with them for 3.5 straight days. This morning I woke up to Addie standing right in front of me saying she was stinky.
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