Thursday, January 20, 2011

Feeling "love, love, love, love, crazy love..."

Love like I have never experienced before = my love for the snow days that our district is receiving. Although I actually had a much better week, snow days never get old. Even though I know we will be paying for them (now at June 1st, I believe), I just cannot get angry. I did have a little stress today getting home. I love the snow, but I hate driving in it.

This week was a much better week. My little bees are finally getting into their groove (I think...). The changes are hopefully becoming more routine. The staff changes/people being out for different things have been the hardest as we are just strapped for people. I mean, same # of students with fewer teachers = bigger classes. That has been an adjustment.

What I can't help but notice is how my moods shift. I feel however my day was. For instance, Tuesday was an okay day in the classroom but my end of day homeroom was a mess. Conflict, mutliple kids out of seats, one little bee yelling, throwing down her purse, binder, etc. and stomping out of the room. My kids read too many "Drama High" books and are experts at making scenes. Drama, drama, drama. Therefore, on Tuesday evening, I was in the bottom. I slunk into dinner with a friend from school (pre-planned I thought about canceling because of my crappy day) and was in a bleak mood all night.

Wednesday had crappy lessons (poor planning of stations on my part but better homeroom), so I was happy because my day ended well. However, I thought all night about how I was failing my kids and wondered how much I had even taught them. I was frantically trying to revise my lessons until 10:30 pm Wednesday night.

Exhausted on Thursday after dreaming all night. Woke up out of breath and sweating as I had been trying to get to a wedding (LWB!!) to be a bridesmaid in my dreams. Contemplated going in late since I had first period planning but thought about all the work I needed to get done. Pretty good lesson (at least I hope they got main idea today...) that was cut short by early dismissal due to snow.

Tomorrow, I must grade exit tickets and get caught up on homework, classwork grades. I happily wasted my snow week last week but will not make this mistake again. Tomorrow, I will sleep in, watch Regis, and WORK! On a sad note, one of my roommates told me Regis has announced he is retiring. Surely not?!? I must look into this immediately. What will happen if my favorite morning show goes away? Worries for a late snowy evening. Hope all is well!

Xoxo, and sleep tight!

--Miss P

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Greetings from 2011!

Watching Ellen, Regis & Kelly, the Doctors (some), and the Today Show have become routine since I've watched them 3 DAYS THIS WEEK! I seriously thought I would not see another Regis and Kelly (my FAVORITE!) until MLK day. However, nature thought differently!

I was in a WONDERFUL wedding this past weekend. It was so unique and fun and beautiful. One small element of its unique-ness was that it was on a Sunday evening (4 pm Union Station + Bound'ry reception!). I had been PRAYING that we would have a snow day on Monday because I knew I would be struggling after a weekend filled with LOTS of UK friends visiting. KB + RW, AJ, MF, and CMB. Soooo happy. God answered my prayers and gave us a snow day at about 2:46 am on Monday morning. PRAISE THE LORD! I put a couple of pics on FB just to show off my beautiful snowy day.

Fast forward to WEDNESDAY 3:28 pm. I have accomplished VERY little and snow is still on the ground. I mean, God really knows what I need. Last week was a huge struggle with a particular low point on last Thursday. We have lots of changes happening at school due to personnel changes, which is hard for the little bees and the teachers. I am so thankful to have this mini-winter-break to recharge and relax. Plus, we are going into another long weekend with MLK day on Monday.

My district built in 4 snow days and now has axed President's Day for the 5th. If we miss tomorrow, that will be number 6. The only thing is that I kind of wish all this snow day love was spread out a little bit instead of crammed into all one week. Plus, adding on days at the end of the year is NEVER fun. And, it's hard to maximize your relaxation when you have 3 days of nothing-ness. I mean, I have a brand spanking new Kindle sitting upstairs that I can't seem to muster up the energy to use. YIKES BIKES! Plus (and this should NEVER be shared with the general public), I went to bed on Sunday night banking on a snow day without even a hint of a lesson plan. Once again, fast forward to Wednesday 3:36 pm and still no lesson plan. 3 days to perfect my planning and plan till spring break, and I haven't even finished my lesson plan. Epic fail. Must do better. Maybe I should take a bubble bath to rejuvenate?

Check in with you soon--hope things are snowy wherever you are!!