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Friday, March 23, 2007

A Day In The Life Of

When my alarm goes off at 5:30, most times I mumble incoherently into my pillow and thrash around in the dark, usually managing to smash the snooze button a couple of times, and promptly fall back to sleep. I don't know why I do this, since I never feel any better about being awake ten minutes later. It's still dark. It's still cold. And Chris still gets to sleep for another hour or three. Once I do manage to claw my way out of the blanets and stumble into the kitchen, I flail around a bit until I'm sure that I've turned the coffee on, and I peer out the window to check the weather. Because I am too cheap to buy one of those $10 outdoor digital thermometers, I guesstimate a bit and think up a suitable outfit.

Once everything outside starts to turn shades of gray- like it's too early yet for even the colors to be up- I know I have to bust a move or risk screaming my little Civic into the parking lot two minutes after the late bell has rung.

Actually, that has never happened to me. But I'm still petrified that someday it will.

And then I go about my day. Once I've had some coffee in me and my body has readjusted to not slumbering I'm almost always right on top of my librarying. Until this week. Dreaded, dreadful testing week. I knew it would be bad. It was bad last year. It's always bad. It has made that morning bit harder than usual and my days seem forever long.

I'm working hard not to be a Molly McBitter about having to sit on my ass all day watching children take tests. I've tried looking on the bright side of things. I've thought (extensively) about how much worse things could be. I've even contemplated a foray into Not Whining About Things mode for a whole day. But... it's just really very hard. Especially when I have SPRING FEVER and I want to get outside where there's actual air and sunlight that hasn't been filtered through layers of mold, asbestos, and ancient drop-ceiling tiles, not biting my tongue to keep from screaming at the plodding, slow-poke children pondering main ideas and topic sentences to just HURRY UP ALREADY. I mean, it's not really their fault my day sucks.

No one is happier that it's Friday than me. Except maybe every other teacher in the state of Massachusetts, and who cares about them?


Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

I really loved your description of the early morning sky - "like it's too early yet for even the colors to be up." Nice.

My viewpoint is that it is now officially Spring so therefore I will not wear another coat again. Until sometime in November. Sometimes I have to break down, stupid April snowstorms but otherwise I stick to my guns.

Good Lord, how boring. Do you get to read or anything? Because I would go nuts. Although I'm not sure this is much worse than tax season is for me. Call after call after call about "What's my tax basis?" and "What do you mean I have to order my past statements?" and my personal favorite "I'm going to sue you." Yeah. I welcome your pitiful lawsuit. I'm sure the judge is going to say it's okay that you didn't read the prospectus and it is all our fault for obeying the SEC and the STA. I hate tax season. Have I mentioned that?

Have a great weekend!

2:05 PM

Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

Good Lord, could I comment any longer? Sheesh.

2:05 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Oh, the draw to be outside is strong. The only good thing about daylight savings time coming early is that I can take my dog to the dog park when I get home from work in the afternoon.

It's win-win. And I get peace and quiet at night.

7:22 PM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

It's days like these I'm damn grateful to NOT teach middle/high school. At least in primary, we're too busy doing hands on stuff to take standardized tests... until Year 5. But bugger that, I teach 2/3!

11:08 PM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

After one stupid-horrible night at work (Me: Take off, or I'm calling the cops. Toothless Dude: I'll call them on you for being an idiot!), the warm air, the sunshine, and being with friends tonight made me feel almost human. Thank L. Ron Hubbard for spring.

4:27 AM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

I was wondering the same thing as carpedm--do you have to watch the kids intently, or can you read or peruse the Internet? Because, while I understand the draw of being outside, I also think having a few days where it was completely OK to spend my work day reading and web-surfing (or playing games online) would be pretty cool. Perhaps you just have a stronger worth ethic than I. :-)

11:01 AM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

I loved the phrase about it being too early for colors to be awake yet...that was really very beautiful.

12:21 PM


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