I don't know if others feel like this also, but in my life I'm either sobusyIcan'tbreath or I have all the time in the world and I get bored. The latter doesn't seem to happen much, but the former has had me stressed out of my eyeballs for the past few weeks. I mentioned the amount of grading I had to do in my last post before I left for Austin, but I guess I hadn't realized how life encompassing it was going to be. The month of January has always been hard for me as it's the end of the 2nd marking period & first semester, midterm time, and the thick of swim season. Not to mention it's cold and dark and not sunny. Winter and I don't mix well.
The good news : I finished all of the grading I had to do and got all my grades online in time. The bad news : the stress/hassles didn't stop there. I can't go into particulars on such a public forum (I know some kids read this), but I'm pretty grumpy.
|It would seem as though I hate the environment with that stack,|
but in fact I feel guilty every time I make photocopies.
|Making a list, checking it twice.|
The grading took over so much of my life and I was so anxiety ridden that I wouldn't get it done that I stayed up until 1am the other night to get some done. The next day I still had more. I guess that's what happens when you're the world's best procrastinator.
Put together all of the school stuff, plus a heavy week of training, plus swimming, and you've got a very tired human. I tried to sleep at every chance and opportunity I could get. Even if it meant just closing my eyes for a couple of minutes. I also graded wherever I could find a spot. Grading on the bike trainer? Did it. Grading at a swim meet? Check. Grading during lunch break? That's a stomach growling yes.
|Swimming with a side of research papers|
|Tiny wanted to be on the blog too.|
|World's Best Coach right here|
Like I said, I can breath a little bit now that the grading is over, but the truth is there's always ALWAYS work that has to be done. I could stay up until 1am every morning doing work and never be done, but I draw the line somewhere. Girl needs her sleep. The other thing that's over and just ended yesterday is the swim season. We had another huge weekend of swim meets last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Monday the states bracket came out and in an unusual turn of events on Tuesday we found out that we'd be heading out for our states meet on Wednesday. It was a whirlwind. I attempted sleep on the bus (to and fro), but was harassed and given a new nickname by some swimmer girls while they took sleeping pictures of me. I was too tired to care.
One minute I was struggling to not drown in work, and now it's as if a huge weight has been lifted. All of the sudden I've got free time! What is that?! I went for a froyo date with a coworker today then went and got my haircut. I have a meeting for lacrosse (we start March 1st) tonight, but it's nice to be able to leave school at 3pm.
The one thing I'm still busy with of course is training. My running seems to have picked up a bit which is a good feeling, but I still don't feel up to where I was last year this time of year which is annoying. I just hope it comes back. I see shining moments in the pool, but for the most part there's no consistency. I think once I start getting my regular sleep again everything should perk up. I'm also really itching to get outside and ride. That definitely won't happen this weekend.
This weekend I'll be on the bike for a good bit on Saturday then attempting to run fast through the snow after. I'm also heading to Baltimore, MD for a very good friend's birthday. I'm bringing my running stuff for Sunday just in case I can find 10 miles to run through there, or I'll just save it for home when I get back. Then next week is only 3 days of teaching before a long weekend. I CANNOT WAIT.