Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

The Morning from You Know Where

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Today was not a good day.  At least it started off badly and the bad decided to continue for a while.  First, today was payday.  I know what you’re thinking – how is that bad?  Well, at our school we work at extra 3o minutes beyond the contracted time.  Therefore, we are compensated extra.  Makes sense, right?  We had this last year and on our paystub the extra money would appear as a separate line item, calculated based on our hourly rate (if you break down our salary).  This year, because the district switched us to an 11 month pay cycle from the original 10 month, we got a check in August.  The 30 minutes did not appear.  After asking around, it seemed that the extra was going to start in September and stay on the 10 month.  Odd, but ok.  Since health insurance and other deductions were staying on 10 month I didn’t really worry about it.

Enter today.  I was excited because I was going to see the extra money.  It was also going to help offset the health insurance deduction that we were charged (and are going to be reimbursed for next time).

And what happened?

No extra.

I was MAD.  I’d just spent forever dealing with the health insurance issue and now this?  What the heck is going on?  When these kinds of things happen, I want to get on the phone immediately and figure out what happened and know that it’s going to be fixed.  So, I called payroll at 6:45 am and left a message.

Long story short, they screwed up.  We’re supposed to get our extra money on the October paycheck.  This means that we’ll get paid for 2 paychecks worth of extra at the same time.  This is exciting, especially since it will happen at the same time that I’ll get reimbursed for insurance, but I hate that I have to wait a whole month for it when I was already waiting an extra month.

Ok so that’s one thing.  What else happened?

  • The software I use to create lessons decided it wasn’t going to open today.  During class.  I had to figure out a backup on the fly.  And couldn’t use the lesson I’d spent time making.
  • I totally forgot that there was an evacuation drill during 2nd period.  Until a 2nd period student mentioned it.

Apparently those were the only 3 things that happened, but it felt like a lot more.  I hate when that happens.

It wasn’t a total loss today though.  I told my students I was having a bad day and to be nice,  (I always do that because a lot of times they really are nicer) and then I had two 2nd period girls and a 3rd period girl come in during 4th period with a poster they had made me, all because I was having a bad day.


Isn’t that sweet?  I love how they even put “Yay You!” on the side with my name.  (I have a section of whiteboard called “Yay You!” where I write names of kids who volunteer a lot or do nice/helpful things).  And they learned from their 4th period teacher that my license plate is tiny dancer, and they put #1 runner.

Seriously, that just made my day.  I love nice kids!

I was not really in the mood to run today with dance production, but I knew I had to because I’d always told them that I would.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to break last week’s 7:50, but I knew I wanted to keep under 8 minutes.  Then this happened:


I KNOW!!! (Shouted like Monica on Friends).

And today’s Instagram @fitmixer photo of the day: flattering outfit:


I picked this picture from the Tchaikovsky concert because it’s one of my favorites.  I tend to gravitate toward tops that show off my arms and shoulders.  I don’t do a whole lot for them, but they’re still pretty toned.

And that’s all I got.  Which was a lot.  Oops.

How was your day?


Author: Melissa

Getting healthy - mind, body, and soul.

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