Every year September kicks me in the face, and I think, how will I make it through this month? Every year, somehow, with the help of Jeremy and beer, I survive. I’m always incredibly thankful for October to arrive. October has already been good to me:
- I ran my first half marathon
- The weather is turning quite nice
- Work seems to be calming down
- I am once again able to breathe full deep breaths
Even though we’re 1.5 weeks in, here are my goals for October:
- Finish Interpreter of Maladies
- Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
- Run and walk 25 miles
- Establish some sort of weight lifting routine, even if it’s 10 minutes worth of weights (I hate weight lifting. I think it’s boring).
- Find Saranac Pumpkin Ale – this picture is from last year, sadly I haven’t found this beer yet this year
The first day of school is here. As this post goes up, little 6th – 8th grades are lining up and entering the building. Believe me they are little, some of my students will only be 12! I will be smiling and running totally on coffee and adrenaline.
Just like last year, I feel nervous and under prepared. Ahh. . . that’s just the way things are.
I’m starting something new again this year – teaching 7th grade.
Every year I have mini-goals for the school year. After looking back at last year’s goals, it seems I failed miserably, so let’s try again.
- No grading on the weekends – If this means I have to stay at school on Thursday until 6 that’s what I’m going to do.
- Be consistent – Obviously this is always important for teaching, but I think it will be even more important for middle school.
- Read – I’d still like to meet my year long goal of reading 25 books. I’m not quite half way to my goal which means I need to kick it into high gear.
- Treat 7th graders like real people – Sometimes kids get treated like second class citizens. I want to treat them like I would want to be treated with respect, accountability, and a sense of humor.
- Be calm, be patient, and breathe – I don’t know for a fact, but I’m guessing this year is going to be more trying than the last one. I’m going to work really hard to just roll with it and adjust.
Here’s to a productive and successful year.
I made it to April Vacation! There were a few days or rather a week and half at school when I wasn’t quite sure I’d survive to this point. But it is here in all it’s glory. Jeremy and I spent the weekend in Portland, which was a great trip and deserves its own post. Vacation for me means lots of coffee drinking in bed, blogging as often as I feel like, working out in the middle of the day (my favorite time), and generally being more relaxed with no tension in my shoulders.
Versailles Gardens circa 2009 – We don’t have any flowers like this here yet, but maybe soon.
There are few things that have to be accomplished during this time. Some of them are fun and some of them I’m dreading.
- Re-read two books for school The Great Gatsby and Slaughter House Five – I love both these books, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
- Bake something preferably a pound cake.
- Seriously clean the house including things I despise doing like baseboards.
- Get some posts pre-written, the next few weeks are going to be really busy.
- Purchase and send out Jeremy’s graduation announcements
- Get ready for my next race on Sunday
- Plant a few vegetables we absolutely eat too much of to buy all summer (tomatoes, basil, peppers). It’s supposed to rain most of the week so this may or may not happen.