Running went well this week but going back to work left me tired and exhausted. And like the title of this post, I do feel like quitting.
Our first day was on Monday. I was up late Saturday and Sunday preparing and I though I was ready. I mean I was ready in that I had lessons/activities ready to go but not ready to do online teaching to 27 students. The most I’ve had in a room was 29 but that was in the classroom and not all 29 were in my room since the beginning of the year.
On Monday I ran 3 miles. I came home and wrote a few messages on the sidewalk with chalk. That was fun!
I was doing OK till about 11:10am and then my power went out. Yep. I could not believe it. I used my phone to check ComEd’s website and sure enough there was an outage that would not get resolved till 6pm. There was nothing else for me to do so I went to Wendy’s to get lunch and then went to Target to some some blue light filtering glasses. I’ve heard pros and cons about wearing blue filtering glasses so who knows.
Tuesday went much better in that the power did not go off but it was very chaotic. So many students. I think that it when I got a new student. Total 28 now. I was furious! Why in the world would I have 28 students in my classroom…especially during this time?!?!?!? My sister went to the store and I asked her to get me wine. I didn’t care which one but just to get me wine. I made some instant mashed potatoes and had that with wine. Not the best meal, I know.
On Wednesday I was in a bad mood. I was so tired and exhausted. Maybe the wine had something to do with it. I was mentally exhausted. I did not think I could keep doing this. I honestly did feel like quitting. It is harder and more work than I anticipated and I don’t think the District really cares. I cried. I posted the quote on the left on Facebook and many people replied to “hang in there” and that “it will get better”. A friend posted the one on the right and it made me cry.
By Thursday morning I was very tired and did not want to run. I told myself to do the workout but not do it exactly as I was supposed to (2 sets of 3:15/80). I like doing this workout but did not want to do 2 sets. I did the best I could. I was very shocked with how I did. It wan’t “fast” but better than I thought it was going to be.
Oh how I love Fridays! My favorite day of the week. It was payday too. I ran 2 miles with a great 80s playlist. I sang and smiled. Isn’t it an awesome playlist? Oh and the school day went so much better. 🙂 That evening my sister and I watched “A Madea Family Funeral”. I laughed so much and felt better.
You know what I am going to say about Saturday, right? Yep. Woke up even more tired. I had to run 6 miles but I did not want to do it. I stayed in pajamas and watched TV. I needed to laugh some more and watched 2 more Madea movies/plays. They were different but still funny. That evening I ran 2 miles (Sunday’s workout) and then did laundry.
Today I ran 6.20 miles and completed the California Coast 500 Virtual Challenge. Ran 250 miles in 3 months. Yay!
Well that was my fun and interesting week. Thank you for reading. Running went well but work did not. I am tired of working so many hours and having all of the technology issues. One of my students transferred to GE (English classroom) so now I have 27. Not all of the students log on or log on on time. I find myself always repeating instructions which is distracting to the rest of the students. Some parents don’t let the students do the work. A sibling was doing it for him and I told her to stop and let him do it. (I also wondered why wasn’t she in class?) I am so happy we are off tomorrow. I know I will spend most of the day working but at least I can concentrate and will not be logging in with the students.
I am glad the cameras are on for the students. I can see what they are doing. I’ve had conversations with a few parents to let them know what their child is doing (they’re not doing what they are supposed to). Hopefully I can get their permission to take pictures so I can send it to them.
Anyone wear blue filtering glasses? Do they work?
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.