Brain Overload

My brain is officially fried.  Today was a school day for me.  I went to a class for my administrative credential.  The course is about instructional leadership.  We have been practicing scripting classroom observations.  Today we watched two videos and practiced scripting.  Then we had to analyze our notes using the 5-Dimensions of Teaching and Learning.  From those notes, we took more notes.  We practiced using our observational notes to develop a coaching plan.  For homework, I had to practice these same skills again watching a different video, of a different teacher, teaching a different lesson.  Needless to say, I am pooped.

For a before bedtime treat, I also spent time looking over my presentation for the SDAWP Spring Conference.  It is mostly the same as my demonstration lesson from the summer with a few tweaks here and there.  I need to refresh my memory.  I used the Keynote app on my iPad to present over the summer.  My iPhone was used as a remote control so I could turn the slides and read my notes all from my iPhone.  I have since updated my devices to the new operating system.  As I was practicing my presentation.  A message popped up on my screen that said the version of Keynote Remote I had been using was going to be discontinued.  I thought, “Oh man, now what am I going to do?”  I had to update the remote so it would be compatible with the new operating system.  I just now figured it out.  I should be good to go for my presentation in March.  That’s only if the wifi at the venue is working.  It is not very reliable, so I better have a backup.  Someone suggested I print up all my slides so that I would at least have them to show on the document camera in case of technical difficulties.  It’s an awesome idea, but right now, I am too tired to think about that.

It’s time I went to bed.  Tomorrow I am looking forward to a morning of sleeping in.  I was going to get up early and run, but my hamstring is still sore.  I am bummed about that.  I am pretty sure I am not going to be able to go to the gym and workout next week, too.  I hate it when I can’t exercise.  I don’t even want to attempt going for a walk.  I think the best thing for me to do is rest.  I may make my injury worse if I try to do too much.  I just wish I knew how long I will be out of commission.  Having an injury, such as this, is bringing me down.  I will feel better when I can get back to my regular exercise schedule.

Morning Run

It is amazing how exercise can clear your mind.  This morning I woke up and went for a short run.  It was hard to get up this morning, because I was so tired.  And, I really wasn’t motivated to do any form of exercise.  However, my friend, Nicole, wanted to go on a coffee run and asked me to text her when I got up.  We run to a local coffee house, order our beverages, and walk back home.  Because she was waiting for me to text her, I got myself up.  I highly recommend an exercise buddy who can motivate you to get moving.

I texted Nicole, but I got no response.  I thought she had left without me.  So, I went ahead and did the coffee run by myself.  I was glad I did.  I have been stressed out lately with my classes, work, and the holidays coming up.  It felt good going for a run.  It was a perfect morning.  68 degrees and sunny.  I just ordered my coffee when Nicole texted me.  She had just seen my text and wondered if I still wanted to go for that run.  I told her I was already finished and was headed home.  She was sorry she missed me, but she made herself a cup of tea and walked to meet me.  We walked the rest of the way home together.

Now I need to get some laundry done, go to the grocery store, and finish my homework.  I also need to make my Christmas cookies and get my Christmas cards ready for mailing.  It’s a lot to do, but I am not stressed about it.  Thanks to my run and my coffee.

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