Tomorrow is the big day!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
After a pretty stressful week, I start in the classroom tomorrow. Actually, I'll be sharing a room for a couple of weeks with one of the existing teachers until they figure out where my actual room will be. Our school is way overcrowded and so our principal is being really creative in her use of space. I've told her I don't care, I'll do whatever I have to do for the next semester to get us through.
For me, though, this means that I can begin to get into some sort of routine and quit living in crisis mode all the time, running back and forth between two schools, and never quite getting on top of things.
So, my goal for the next two weeks is to try to get into a routine that works (my work hours will actually be back to 8 hours a day with only occasional overtime in the form of teachers meetings, and lesson plans and IEPs that can be done on the computer from home. )Currently, I'd been putting in 10+ hours a day with a couple of days a week being 12 hours a day in the office, then coming home and doing another hour or more to work on the computer. So a couple of hours extra a day that I can spend at home really add up. The trade off is that it is more physically demanding, on my feet, lifting, etc., but since I've worked so hard to get in shape, hopefully, that will be a plus.
The cost of my stress relief has ended up being a total paycut of less than 100 dollars a month.... a small price to pay, I think. Actually, I probably spent that much on convenience foods since I didn't get home in time to prepare supper and had gone back to grabbing whatever I could on the way home. Of course, there are people who think I'm nuts, which is really interesting to me. We work in a school, where the priority is to educate children. That should always be job one, and for me it has been. When I was doing the administrative thing, I felt that I was helping a larger group of children, but now I am happy to focus on a small group of students who really need me.
I see my doctor late tomorrow afternoon, and I'm pretty sure the blood sugar news is not going to be good as it has been running higher lately. Hopefully, he'll be happy that I am being proactive and give me a few months to try to get it back under control. I am very proud of myself for FINALLY realizing how stress affects my body ( a hard learned lesson for me) and taking steps to do something about it.
If you read this far, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. The other news is that my youngest son is down to 40 days or so in Iraq.
Peace and the sweetest blessings of the season to you all!