|We miss you Moosie!|
Now, I'm on the other side of MEA weekend as a teacher. I could go to the convention that is held on the Thursday and Friday, but I choose to enjoy the long weekend, and boy did I ever need it right about now. This year, I am teaching two completely new preps: English 11 and Read 180 (a reading strategies class- I'm working on my reading license, so reading skills and strats are starting to become my niche at my school).
While I love my job nearly every day I am there, the stretch of Sept. 6-Oct. 20 without any days off starts to take a toll. Last year, I was busy, but this year I'm feeling kind of pulled in a million directions. I agreed to take part in a group that meets 1x/month on Mondays which focuses on collaboration for interventions in literacy at the secondary levels. It's an additional 2 hours after school on those days, plus a couple of all day meetings scattered throughout the year. On Tuesdays, I am still teaching in the Adult Basic Education diploma program until 8pm. Now, on Wednesdays, I've added my reading licensure classes which go until 7:20 each week. And then there are the Thursday conferences/calling times/staff development hours which occur about once a month as well until 6:30. By Friday, I am beat. I continue to work for my parents on the weekends (both Saturdays and Sundays), so I really feel like I am working 8-9 days a week.
I made the decision to take off from my parents work over MEA so that I could have a true weekend off, and boy am I glad that I did that! I think that MEA means even more to me now as a teacher, and it's time that I can use to catch up on my social life, sleep, and my mental health. This year is even more great because I get to spend the days with Lucy while Luke works. I also actually have time to get some stuff done around the house and try out some new recipes! Luke gave me a sewing machine for my birthday, so perhaps I'll even squeeze in a sewing project... mmmmm.... crafts :)
Yesterday was the most amazing start to the long weekend: Dog park, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Shopping at Target (for some reason, shopping at Target just always makes me feel better!), and getting some chores around the house done at a relaxing pace. Today has been spent so far catching up on Grey's Anatomy and drinking coffee while lounging with Miss Lucy- she even let me paint her nails to match mine:
|Pretty in Sparkles!|