Well, hello there, imaginary friends! I feel like I haven’t spoken with you all in ages! Things on the home front have been chaotic and things at work have been…well… chaotic. That means that on some days when I get home from work and the kids are finally put to bed, I still have work to do and so I don’t have the time to blog. And some days that means when everything finally settles down for the night, I don’t have the energy to blog.
Do you ever wonder about other people’s lives? Like, what they do all day long? How they get through the day? What they spend their time doing? I wonder that about people a lot. Daily schedules fascinate me. Partly because I wonder if I’m maximizing my own time, and if I can learn anything about time management and priorities from someone else’s schedule. Mostly, though, I’m just nosy and wonder what everyone is doing behind closed doors.
Here is how I spend most of my days:
6:30 – Wake up and shower before anyone else gets up in the house.
7:00 – I get Gracie up and dressed; Chris gets Bean up and dressed.
7:15 – Chris feeds the kids breakfast while I finish getting ready and pack my lunch, work bag, and diaper bags for daycare.
7:30-7:45 – Leave the house, drop the kids at daycare
8:00 – Arrive at work, get my room set up for the day’s lesson, set up my whiteboard, post my reading journal prompt for the week online (part of my class is online), and post to my class blog about our activities that day.
8:40 – Parent/teacher conferences. I have these 3-4 times a week. On the mornings when I don’t have them, I grade papers or prepare for my lesson.
9:15 – Get the rest of my classroom ready to go, make sure all my AV equipment, computers and iPad is all up and running (I use a lot of technology in most of my lessons).
9:30 – Bell rings, classes begin. I teach 3 periods in the morning.
12:15 – My planning period begins and I have some time to work on lesson plans, grade papers, call parents, get copies made, take care of clerical paperwork, etc.
12:50 – Lunch!
1:15 – I teach three more periods before the day ends.
3:50 – Bell rings. Teach day is over.
4:00 – Tutoring begins. I tutor after school three days a week for any students in language arts or reading. Adds a little extra to my paycheck. A very little, actually, but every little bit helps!
5:00 – Kick out the students, head home.
5:30 – Pick the kids up from daycare, head home, make dinner, set the table, empty out work bags, diaper bags, and lunch bags.
6:15 – Chris gets home and we all eat dinner together. (The highlight of my day!)
7:00 – Dinner is done, and we take the kids upstairs for baths.
7:30 – Everyone is in bed, reading bedtime stories
7:45 – Lights out for kids
8:00 – I sit down to blog or write for whatever it is I’m supposed to be writing for at that moment.
10:00 – Watch a little TV with Chris (or read while he watches TV)
11:00 – Time for bed.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Here’s some stuff I’ve been using lately:
Pilot G2 Retractable Rolling Ball Point Pens ($8.91) – I recently borrowed a co-workers pen during a parent/teacher conference and went out that afternoon and bought that same pack of pens for myself. They were AWESOME! I write all day long, and so I love a new pack of pens! These have been the best I’ve found in a while. I use the purple one as my go-to pen and the pink one as my grading pen. Small joys, right?
iPad 2 – I use my iPad for teaching all the time. I teach with it, but I also let my students teach with it, too. They love using it! Because I have it in my hands all day, I am quite literally attached at the hip to this device. I use it for taking notes when I go to a training seminar (I use Evernote as my note-taking app), I use it for my calendar, for email, for a camera, for a timer on timed activities for my students, for Facebook and Pinterest, etc. I basically use it for everything. Almost more than my iPhone.
Diet Barqs Root Beer – I’m normally a Diet Dr. Pepper girl myself, but a couple weeks ago Barqs was on sale, so I picked some up. And now I can’t put them down. I used to keep a case of soda in my supply closet at school, but I found I was drinking too many of them throughout the day (have I mentioned that I have no self control?). Now, I keep them at home and just pack one in my lunch bag. But, boy, does that one taste DIVINE!
The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring – I read “The Hobbit” a few months ago in one day. It was excellent. So, a few weeks ago I picked up “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and I decided to read the entire series. It has been spectacular. Really, really great. Especially if you appreciate really good writing. I read and re-read Tolkien’s descriptions over and over again. He writes about things so vividly that I find myself pausing to remind myself that this world doesn’t actually exist. I even asked Chris one night, “Hobbits aren’t real, right?” because you read what he says and you just know that he himself has met a hobbit before!
The Book of Philippians – I’ve been doing a few of the “She Reads Truth” devotionals this year, and I wasn’t really liking the one that’s running now (Soul Detox), so I went back and decided to do one that was from last year. The one I chose is on the book of Philippians. I’ve never read the book from beginning to end before, and it has been really interesting. More like a book than a biblical reading. And I love the teachings of Paul. Such a wise man. He wrote Philippians from jail, and when I read I can’t help but picture Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letters from a Birmingham Jail.” The similarities are striking as they both write from jail and yet to still encourage people who are being persecuted. Talk about not using your circumstances as an excuse to give up! Geez! Overachieve much, Sir Paul????
So, that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Thanks so much for sticking around during those weeks when you don’t hear much from me. It means a lot to know that you all are still here when the dust settles in my real life. You’re good people, and I’m darn lucky to call you my imaginary friends.