Sunday, January 3, 2010

reality NSF check

Tomorrow I am back in my classroom for the first time in 18 days.

I thoroughly enjoy nearly every part of my job (not in love with grading and alerting parents about failure); I am looking forward to seeing my students and my colleagues, and to settling in my new knickknacks & calendars (yes, plural); I am reasonably prepared to move forward with the last few weeks of the quarter. What I am not looking forward to is trying to rebalance my school life & home life after all these weeks spent completely out of whack.

Normally on weekends and during breaks I relish the time off but keep in mind that I must stick to a basic schedule of rising & eating & cleaning & planning and such so the return to school doesn't feel too unmanageable. But since I was physically unable to stick to any kind of schedule this time, I feel thoroughly disjointed. It's like I've been on a wild rollercoaster - a little jerky, a touch of nausea, but mostly enjoyable - and am walking onto the field as starting quarterback first thing in the morning. I like the game, love my fellow players, am excited about being on the team, but have not been to practice in 18 days.

I'm going for a Hail Mary and hoping for the best.

7 comments:

Sam said...

Good Luck Bad Mom! Have a great yet gentle ease back into the stream.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Good luck with the transition--I know exactly what you mean.

Fantastic Forrest said...

We are having the same trauma over here at Casa Forrest...all have been routinely staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning despite our vows to go to bed at a reasonable time, knowing there would be hell to pay.

Payment is about to come due.

Cue music of impending doom.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Poor Lexi lamented until she went to bed last night because she woke up thinking it was SATURDAY and now she feels robbed. Robbed, I tell you.

It's always awkward, starting up again.

Your students are going to be so excited to help you back. :)

phd in yogurtry said...

I have faith in you. Deep breaths and one tender (crutch assisted?) step at a time.

LarryG said...

I have been searching for app that will allow me to refurbish your supply of "whack" :)
You said you are "completely out of whack". And I am a very helpful person... with that said ... be cautious opening emails - lol
Thinking good thoughts toward y'all and all the teachers and kids going back this week. Saying a prayer too.

Ami said...

Oooh baby, I'm singing along with you!

Except today was my first day back in eight weeks.

Chaos.

Hope things went well for you.

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