I had every intention of carving out a few minutes each day for my writing (aka: this blog), but at 9:30 last night when I finally sat down, I was completely worthless. However, since I had photo-documented most of my day, I decided to use my pictures for a “day-in-the-life” post, like the ones I enjoy reading on other peoples’ blogs. Curious about the day in the life of an elementary school teacher? Here was my day yesterday:
5:12* (Because I’m a weirdo, I only set my alarms to numbers that end in 3, 9, 12, or 33 regardless of convenience): I woke up, put in my contacts, brushed my teeth, filled up my water bottle, and threw on my running clothes.
5:55-6:40: Treadmill, on which I either read or watch the news; Yesterday, I ran 5 miles at a 7:40 pace. By 7:05, I was back at home, frantically getting ready for school. Since I regularly leave myself exactly 10 minutes to shower and get out the door, I immediately destroy any calm that I gain by working out.
7:15: I departed for school. Thankfully, I live directly across the street, so my commute is nada.
7:20-1:15: I supervised morning chores, ate breakfast, taught reading, writing, and 4th grade math, prepped and graded for a period, and then table-headed (meaning sat and ate with children) at lunch…
1:15-2:50: This time is often the only free-time I have until 9:30 at night, especially when I have dorm duty. Yesterday, the sun was shining brightly, and I escaped into town to run some errands.
I parked far away from the bookstore and enjoyed a shortish walk around Mirror Lake.
Errand accomplished: I picked up some Madlibs, the perfect wrap-up to a unit on parts of speech.
Then I made a stop at the health food store. Given the soul-deadening faculty meeting I had in the afternoon, I knew I’d want a pick-me-up.
And since I can never leave the store with just the items on my shopping list, I picked up some locally-cultivated yogurt.
2:50-4:30: I skied around with the Nordic team on a beautiful, clear winter day. Here are some photos of the barn.
4:30-6:00: Faculty meeting (where I prevented my soul from being deadened by drinking Kombucha and snagging a few Hershey’s kisses – oops). I also shared some of my cake balls and instantly became a hero for saving others from the Soul Deadening Faculty Meeting.
6:00-9:30: After an hour an a half of sitting, I was so ready to be home. I spent some quality time with JO. We decided to head into town with our neighbors for some dinner. Given the business of the holiday, we went to a small, quiet restaurant out of the way. I ordered the steak and a glass of pinot grigio and enjoyed the company of good friends.
It’s a rare treat for me to take the night off from doing work, but when I do, I recognize how key it is for my happiness and BALANCE.
9:30: I shot off some emails to a couple of my kids’ parents, and then called it a day.
Tonight, I’ve got African dance class to look forward to, and next week, I’ll be teaching a week-long African dance intensive to my students. Wahoo!