Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A New Deal

The kids went back to school today in my neck of the woods, and the girls and I are back into the swing of things.

I'm telling you, today kicked my butt.

I'm pretty sure that it's because I worked manically all weekend in preparation for today and only got four hours of fitful sleep last night. Wah, wah. Listen to me whine.

I'll have to remember to label this post as a whining post. I know people are just dying to listen to me whine.

Tonight isn't looking too good as far as my bed time goes, but I think I'm going to sleep like a baby. No, strike that. I'm going to sleep like a rock.

I'm extra crazy busy right now because I've changed schools and I know nothing. I rush around before and after school, looking for teachers I can pepper with my never ending questions.

"You mean I just let the kids walk by themselves to the assembly? They don't have to be in a straight line and I don't have to keep them from wiping their boogers on the walls?"

Then I go home and work on my computer that always works, because they don't always work at school, into the wee hours of the morning getting ready for the next day. Tonight I spent my time updating my Procedures Power Point for Middle School. Not surprisingly, I deleted a lot of slides because they don't apply to this age group.

I'm a little worried about myself saying this, but it feels good to give up a little bit of the control. For example, I'm rethinking my whole "No airborne objects" policy in the classroom and considering having Air Traffic Control sometimes give flight clearance in the No-Fly Zone. Sometimes.

I'm giving my girls a little more control too. This year I didn't double and triple check their supplies, or even label anything. I told them to do it, and if they didn't, what I don't know can't hurt me, right?

This is my attempt at preparing lunches in advance. I desperately need to eat healthier this year. I gained ten plus pounds last year just because I was stressed out, not meal planning and cooking, and eating out too much. I ate so many frozen lunches, I get an involuntary urge to vomit when I walk by the freezer case at the grocery store.

I'm back to meal planning and cooking so we eat better at home, and now I have leftovers for lunch that I can get excited about. And I do.

I'm just living the life here. Living the life.


  1. I thoroughly enjoy your whining posts. Glad you made it through the day. I knew you would, anyway... you aren't one to NOT succeed!

  2. Whine all you want! I love your blog, your girls are so cute.
    Have a question you may have answered, how do the grade levels seperate in your district, ours is K-5 at the elementary level, 6-8 in Middle school(showing my age way back when I was in school they called it Junior High), and 9-12 High School.
    Also curious do you still have your cat Lucinda(?)have not heard about her lately.

  3. @Bernice, I can't answer your question directly because your e-mail is not attached to your Blogger ID, but in my district elementary is K-6, middle school is 7-8, and high school is 9-12. I went to school back in the olden days and my middle school was like yours--a junior high which was 7-9. I do still have Lucinda, and she is the Best. Cat. Ever. So sweet, even though she's a little short on brains. :)

  4. Ooh. I wash hoping for a link to a printable for the signs the girls are holding in their first day photos. :)

    1. Here's that link, although I realize I'm a year late. http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2012/08/free-printable-friday-first-day-of.html

  5. Hear you on the exhaustion! We went back last week, and I.am.toast. It'll take me a few weeks to get into the routine.
    Lunch from home every day so far, and two weeks of planned menus! Hope that we both can keep that goal!

  6. Hello Jill!
    Let me start by saying, WOW! Already back to school? Not in Canada - Sept 4th here. We've got a few days yet to get our heads around the idea. We have had a staff meeting however. Best wishes to you!

    I am writing to you as a fan who discovered your blog via Earth2Body. I love your organizational stuff, your artsy details and your passion for kids! Your girls are adorable (and I'm sure your cat is too!)

    I'm thinking this may happen to you twice, but I want to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you feel like participating (and have time to do so), please visit my blog, http://avision4rkids.com for more information (and of course, to see what I wrote about you!)

    With gratitude,
    Ida Mae West-Simone

  7. Does Gloria Gaynor sing 'I will survive'? in your head too? School for us starts Sept. 5th. I did find out that I'm in Structured Studies. The hire close date for the Math Learning Center was yesterday, so they haven't hired anyone yet. Rumor mill has it, that I'll be out of jail... I mean Structured Studies & upstairs within a week or so. I hope. If not, I'll just buckle down & hear Gloria singing all the time.

    You know that every year, even if you've been doing the same thing for awhile, you bonk the first week. You'll get it. I love middle school best because, for the most part the kids want to talk to you like adults and be respected like adults (although they're in the learning stages) yet they still need some mothering.

    By the time you read this you will have made it through your first week. Congratulations!!

  8. I'm so happy I found your site! So many wonderful ideas~ I've saved you in my "Daily Reads" favorites folder! -Cynthia

  9. Cute! And you made signs...I was lucky my high school freshman let me take a photo...and the look I got for suggesting a smile. Oh, and leftovers rock...my kids love them!

  10. I'm enjoying your blog and I can totally relate to the issue with too many frozen lunches.