Marvelous Monday

Today was a pretty good day for a Monday.  I woke up with every intention to go for a swim before work.  However, the weather did not cooperate.  Right when I was about to leave for the pool, it started raining.  I probably could have gone swimming anyway, but the thought of swimming in the rain was not appealing to me.

School went well.  My students worked really hard.  I was excited about my writing lesson.  It felt like everything in the universe aligned.  My students had fun, and I had fun, too.  I took my students out for P.E. today for the first time.  It was very hot and humid here today, so the grass was fairly dry from the early morning rain.  I tried to incorporate some CrossFit strategies and had a Workout of the Day (W.O.D.).  Students had to do 2 rounds of the W.O.D.  The W.O.D. was to run one lap around the field.  Twenty revolutions with the hula hoop.  Ten “inchworms” to a plank and back up.  I timed the students and then they recorded their time in a little journal.  I am going to have to come up with some different workouts.

When I got home from work, my daughter offered to cook dinner.  Now, that is a treat!  Yes, today was a pretty good day for a Monday.

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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!

Ready Or Not

This is my last official weekend of summer vacation. On Monday begins a new school year. I have spent most of this week getting organized. I started by putting the furniture back together. Everything gets moved around because the custodian cleans the carpets. Once I got the desks, chairs, and tables in place, I spent my time looking in cabinets trying to remember where I shoved items on the last day of school. I was in such a hurry to get home and start my summer vacation that I just started storing things in random places. That’s bad because I can’t remember where things are when I return to my classroom. I laugh at where I find things. The small mesh trash can that I keep under my desk was on the third shelf of the cabinet where I keep my copy paper and manila file folders. At first I believed someone stole my little white trash can. Then I thought, “Who would want to steal a white, mesh trash can?” The answer is no one. No one would want to steal my trash can.

Journals, folders, and various school supplies have been placed on student desks. Pencils have been sharpened. My classroom is ready to go. But, the big question is am I? This is the first time in 25 years that I am not feeling some kind of anxiety about the start of school. Maybe it is because my classroom is put togther. I even had time today to think about my plans for the first three days of school (I start on Monday, but students arrive on Wednesday.). I copied the necessary papers I will need for next week. I was so productive, I started organizing my notes and Power Point slides for Back To School Night (Sometimes I amaze even myself!).

There is a kind of peace when you know that you are prepared for what is to come. But, I don’t think people can prepare themselves for everything. Life throws surprises sometimes, and we have to be flexible. So, the answer to my question is I don’t know if I am ready for next week. However, I’m feeling calm and at peace. I am as ready as I’ll ever be.