Finally tonight I have found the time to catch up on reading blogs. I have felt literally wiped out, used up, worn to a frazzle, oh, and exhausted! I want to write a thoughtful, coherent, connecting post, but I'm not sure I've got it in me.
It seems that the past three weeks have gone by in a blur. Preparing for the new school year, cramming nine more desks into my classroom (and the bodies to go with them!) new faces, new names to learn, getting to know 27 kids and what makes them tick. Planning lessons, new procedures (new principal) different expectations . . . What about me? I whimper pathetically to myself.
Oh, and now that summer finally arrived in our neck of the woods, my side of the building has no air conditioning at work. It's been 80-85 degrees in the classroom all week, and it isn't pretty. We received the news today that maintenance has discovered what is wrong with it, but they must call a contractor. It should be fixed in two weeks. By then, we'll have our usual fall weather and we won't need the air until next June, maybe.
My exercise routine has flown out the window. Every day I bring home a rolling cart full of school stuff, and between getting Kailyn off to France, and worrying about her arrival, I have mostly been rolling that cart back and forth and only occasionally finding the bottom of it.
It wasn't until yesterday afternoon that I found Kailyn online and we connected. I saw her name and one word, "Mommy?" And I wept with relief. I had been so worried, because it wasn't like her to not attempt to contact me when she arrived at the university. It turns out that she had borrowed a friends phone and texted me on Wednesday, but my new "smart" phone had turned itself off (although it looked like it was on to me!) and I couldn't receive or send calls and/or messages. By the time I figured out something was seriously wrong with it, I had at least discovered she was alive! I cried at the phone store when the gal got it working and I was able to read Kailyn's text (sent a day and a half before!).
We've set up a time to skype tomorrow, and Kailyn found time to write a post on her first ever blog. Luckily I called Jessica tonight to ask a computer question and she said, "Did you read Kailyn's blog yet?" Nope, I didn't even think to see if there was one! I don't think Kailyn meant it to be funny, but as I read it aloud to David, we had to laugh about her "getting on the right train, going the wrong direction" but eventually finding her way from Paris to Caen!
She is making friends and now that she has internet, (it took two days for her connection to work) I think we will all be able to cope with the distance easier. I slept for the first time since she left for about four hours last night and that felt pretty good. Probably helped my disposition a little, too.
As for school, despite the fact that I have more desks and bodies than my room comfortably holds, it's been a good start, maybe the best in years. Amazingly, there haven't been any behavior issues, yet. The kids are genuinely nice to each other and helpful to me. (I'm still hobbling more than I'd like to be, and even had to resort to using the cane again on the long treks down the hall.) I truly like all my students, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year.
Tonight, I can barely keep my fingers moving on the keyboard. I am bone tired, and ready for sleep. Remember the song, "Wipe Out" by the Beach Boys? (I think?) I've been going at this crazy, can't keep up with life pace for what seems like ages, and tonight, I have wiped out. The rolling cart full of writing journals, and reading inventories, and math tests and science lesson plans will have to wait for tomorrow. I'm dragging my weary body down the hall to bed.