So, I sat on my heiny and did nothing today (nada, zip, zilch, nothing!) It was nice, but I think I am slowly going insane not working. It isn't like having the Summer off is a new thing (as a teacher I always do) however this summer is different. This summer I am off of work without the luxury of knowing I will soon head back to the grind stone. As much as I complain about the long hours and craziness, I really do miss teaching.
I did get my first unemployment check in the mail today. I find it strange that they would give me unemployment when I am still getting a paycheck, but if they want to, that is fine with me. I won't refuse the money! I do know that I absolutely can not touch this money. I need to get it into savings as soon as possible so I have it when my paychecks stop!
Next week I have my phone interview for food stamps. I was supposed to have it last week, however the notice didn't come in until the day after it was scheduled. After days of playing phone tag with the DFCS lady, I finally left her a voice message asking her to reschedule the appointment and I would make sure I was available whenever it was.
So, talking about food stamps, lately I have been scouring the internet looking for cheap, easy, and filling recipes I can do to make the most out the food we will get. I am not a chef, but I can cook simple things. It just gets difficult in this house, we have no counter space! If you have any tips or websites you love, please let me know!
I got to thinking earlier. I am fat (I have mentioned this before here). I am ok with that, I don't even mind the word. Over the years I have taken ownership of a word that all too often was used by others in an attempt to hurt me. I much rather use the word "fat" than "obese" - I hate that word! Anyway, I was thinking about the silver linings of being fat. I have never broken a bone (thanks to the soft padding I bounce! lol). I have never been mugged or kidnapped. Think about it, if you were a robber would you want to come up to a woman that outweighed you and could probably kick your butt? I think not! I have never been kidnapped. Think about it, have you ever heard about a really fat person being kidnapped? Nope! Logically who would want to try to pick up and carry a fat person? Another benefit would be that I can easily weed out the jerks in a room. If a person doesn't want to look at me or talk to me, or makes rude comments about me, they aren't the kind of person I want around me.
I once had a student say something rude about me being fat. I stopped what I was doing, turned and looked them straight in the eye and said "I know I am fat, you know I am fat, the rest of the world knows I am fat. We do not need to be told that fact. It doesn't hurt my feelings when you call me names, but I will not stand to be disrespected in my own classroom." You could have heard a pin drop in that classroom. The students were looking back and forth between me and the student and they had their mouths agape. I didn't miss a beat, I turned back around and kept teaching. Not once did anyone in that classroom say anything disrespectful to me again.