Hello, beautiful readers! Today is day 8 of the #RRBC 30-Day Blogging Challenge. I've officially made it to week two of this challenge! My day started with a rude reintroduction to work life. I woke up right before my alarm. Have I even mentioned how much I hate alarms? In Elie Wiesel's book Night, he wrote, "Whenever I happened to dream of a better world, I imagined a universe without a bell." I cannot agree with him more! I have difficulty sleeping deeply when I know I have an alarm waking me. It doesn't matter that my alarm has a calming tone; it's the fact that my body isn't given the opportunity to awaken naturally. So, after two weeks of blissful sleep, I awoke by the dreaded alarm.
On work days, I always wake up an hour and a half earlier than I need to leave the house. I never snooze my alarm, but I hate feeling rushed, so I wake up, wash up, and then prepare a healthy breakfast. As I eat, I always check my emails and remove the junk mail so what is left are the emails that need my attention. Now, with the blog challenge taking place, I have replaced my email checking with reading my fellow bloggers' posts. I didn't get through all of them in the morning.
My routine was off this morning since I had been on vacation, so although I prepared my son's lunch, I completely forgot about my own. After dropping him off at school, I drove the twenty minutes back home to get my lunch and then drove to work. Once I got there, I found out the a/c was broken in the entire campus. Out came my emergency fans (This isn't the first time this happens. In fact, it happens after almost every vacation because the district turns off the air to save money.). Luckily, they fixed the air-conditioning during the first block of students.
I usually get an hour of my part-time job in before I do an emotional frequency tapping and focus on school work, but that was wasted with my morning mishap. (I'll share EFT in another post.) I went through work emails and then updated grades from the work some students made up over winter break. I love competitions, so I have my classes compete against one another and within their class for extra credit or dessert parties. I used this morning to update the tallies of who mastered the most vocabulary words over winter break and which class has read the most words in their books on average (since I have a different amount of students in each class). And then, the bell rang! (Yes, my work life is run by bells as well.)
The Monday after vacation is always rough on the students. They are used to staying up until the wee hours of the morning, and so they are walking zombies on the first day back. It's hard for someone who is an empath like me because I feel their energy and it tries to drag me down with them. This post is already long, so maybe tomorrow I'll share what I teach and how it's structured. Luckily, after my first class, I have lunch (at 10:45 am - it's more like brunch), so it gives me time to reset myself before the next three classes.
The afternoon classes go well. I guess the food and socialization woke them up enough to participate in class. We are getting close to the end of the nine week period, so many of the students are scrambling to get assignments turned in. We have been learning about unique foods and chefs, and today, they had to pretend to be a food critic and write a food critique. It was fun to see which foods they chose to critique and how creative some of them were with their descriptions.
After work, I picked up the person who was in the hospital and took him/her home after stopping by the pharmacy for his medications. The fever is gone, but the doctors still don't know what caused it. They pumped him/her up with the strongest antibiotics and other drugs even though they had no idea what they were treating. (Don't even get me started on that rant!) An appointment with a specialist will be made, and hopefully, that will lead to recovery.
By the time I got home, it was 7 pm. I'm trying to cook by 6 pm to eat around 6:30 pm to allow my food time to digest before I go to sleep. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. No workout for me today. I'll try to do some stretching before I go to bed. I immediately began cooking and watched a show with my son as we ate.
Work days are exhausting for me, especially when I have activities to do after school. During breaks, I have no problem staying up late, but when I have to wake up at 5 am, I try to force myself to be in bed by 10 pm. Unfortunately, that means I have very little time to peruse blogs and comment or read or write. I'm still looking for a solution, but that eureka moment didn't show up today. Tomorrow is another day to figure it out! :-)
I live a crazy, busy life. Have you seen what my first week looked like? Many of you missed Day 4 when I went scuba diving, so you may want to check it out. Here are the links to the first week of this challenged: