I Survived. . .

Back To School Night!  I thought it went well.  Parents were very attentive.  I only had 45 minutes to get through my presentation.  Boy, 45 minutes goes by really fast.  I am going to have to streamline my presentation for next year.

I was able to share my expectations for their children while they are in my class.  At the end of the presentation, I stayed longer to talk to parents who had more questions.  I was disappointed to find out that no one had signed up to be my room parent.  I had a lot of volunteers for helping in the classroom or on field trips.  But, no room parent.  My room parent genrally plans the classroom celebrations (Halloween, Winter Holiday. Valentine’s Day, End of the Year).  The plans don’t have to be elaborate.  Simple is always better in my book.  Now, I don’t know what will happen if a parent doesn’t step up.

After BTSN, I went out with a few of my colleagues for a little libation and conversation.  It was good to debrief after a stressful evening.  But, now I am exhausted.  I am wishing it was Friday today.  I am looking forward to my 3-Day weekend.

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Weekend Work

Weekends are for relaxing and taking a break from work, right?  My Saturday started out that way.  I decided to sleep in and read my People magazine.  Now that school has started, these are things I rarely get to do.

After reading my magazine, I was going to get up and tackle the “work” I brought home with me on Friday.  Friday is a minimum day at school in that the students leave at 12:55.  You would think I could get a lot done on a minumum day.  Typically I do.  However, for one reason or another, time just slipped away from me on Friday.  In fact, I did not leave school until 5:00 P.M.  I could have kept on working.  I swear I could find fifty more things to complete.  I decided to bring things home to finish (cutting student photos, stapling packets for Back To School Night, making labels).

I had every intention of starting my mini-projects, but my friend texted me to see if I wanted to go shopping.  That sounded better than what I had in mind, so we went shopping.  When I got home, I was exhausted, so I took a little power nap.  My family went to the beach, but I told them I had work to do (I missed a fun day at the beach.).  I was just getting ready to cut those student photos, when I noticed I had forgotten the pile of work I meant to do. . . at school!

At this point, I looked at my cell phone.  That’s when I saw I had a message on my voice mail.  It was another friend of mine from work who left a message.  She had a couple of questions regarding work.  I called her back, and in the course of the conversation, she mentioned she bought a wireless printer for her classroom that was on sale at Target.  I had wanted a new printer for my classroom, so I hustled to Target to buy one.  I stopped to install it in my classroom on the way home (I thought I could also pick up the folders I had forgotten from Friday.).  That took a few hours.  I was trying to get it to work wirelessly so I can print things from my iPad.  I did not have the appropriate numbers or password to do that, so I had to install the printer using a USB cable.  I decided to let the tech person at work figure out the whole wireless thing for me on Monday and headed back home.

Arriving home, I started cutting those darn photos.  My phone alerted me to a text message stating that the Charger/Cardinals football game had started.  I had to watch that, so I cut the photos and stapled my packets while watching the pre-season game.  My family returned from the beach, and my husband barbecued chicken for dinner.  I took a break from “work” and enjoyed my family for the duration of the evening.

Now, I am posting to this blog well after midnight.  So, I have officially skipped another day of blogging consecutively for 30 days!  Grrr.  I am not doing so well with this challenge.  I will most likely blog again this evening.

What have I learned from all this?  Well, for one thing, I should turn off my phone so I don’t get distracted by it.  Secondly, I shouldn’t bring work home!  I should enjoy my weekends away from work.  Lastly, spending time with my family is a lot better than doing schoolwork!  I am going to try really hard to live by these lessons.  But, not this weekend.  I still have work to complete.  I will begin next weekend!