You may or may not have noticed that while I was on spring break I struggled to post on my regular schedule. It’s odd to me because I had more time than I normally do. I couldn’t get myself together, though, and that is a bit of the story of my spring break in general…and the reason why the Weekend Wonders post is happening on a Monday.
Forgive me. I’m getting back on track.
How was your weekend? It was most excellent here. One of Sweet Husband’s best friends was in town to celebrate his birthday, which meant that all of the friends got together for a Gumbo Acres throw-down. What is a Gumbo Acres throw-down, you ask? A party that happens at SH’s parents’ house. This was a small gathering by comparison to some of the parties that have happened out there, but most of the important people were here, and that’s what matters.
Saturday’s party involved a crawfish boil…because that’s what the birthday boy wanted. We brought 75 pounds of crawfish up from the Coast with us and several other friends brought the other necessary ingredients for a boil: seasoning, sausage, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, garlic. Someone forgot the corn, but when you have 75 pounds of crawfish, you don’t really miss the corn.
I’ll be honest: I can’t hang with SH’s friends. I spent most of the night with my drink, crocheting a baby afghan for a friend who is due on March 17. I went to bed a little after midnight…which was when the party was really getting started. SH downloaded this game “Heads Up” and it resulted in literally hours of fun. And then they decided to play some hide-and-seek…at 2:00 in the morning.
I’m always afraid SH’s friends think I’m a little stuck-up or stand-offish. The truth is that I’m happy being around the crowd, but not necessarily a part of the crowd. I’m not a big extrovert like SH is…I’m not the social butterfly that he is. I’m much better with smaller, one-on-one conversations and activities. But I really enjoy watching them have fun, being in the orbit so to speak. I don’t know if that makes sense at all. I like to observe, taking mental notes and snapshots.
I guess part of it is that those kind of social situations make me nervous. I’m always afraid that I’m going to do something wrong. I don’t like to play games like charades because they require the mental quickness and agility that I don’t really have. I’m smart…when I have time to think. But I love to watch others.
And I love SH’s friends. I’m guaranteed side-splitting and aching laughs when they’re all together. They have the best stories and antics. I actually can’t wait for them all to be at our house this weekend. I will probably be in bed long before they are (I am quite a bit older than they are), but I’ll enjoy them while I can keep my eyes open.
Of course, after the party, there was the crash. After being off for a week, getting ready to go back to work is killer. I really didn’t want to go back, and I really didn’t even want to get ready. Being home with SH and the Desserts made it really difficult to get myself together. I didn’t even look at work stuff during the week I was off. Didn’t respond to emails, couldn’t be bothered by text messages. I just didn’t want to face the fact that it was back to the grind.
The thing that finally got me in gear, though, was the realization that this is only for the next 10 weeks. 47 teacher days. I can do this. I’ve been doing it for a year and a half…10 more weeks is nothing. Which is not to say that these next 10 weeks won’t be a slog to the finish. We begin essentially 9 weeks of testing starting tomorrow. I have 28 days of an after-school program to run. (we aren’t going to talk about the fact that the teachers are being paid $25/hour to be the after school tutors & I am not being paid anything to run it. Did I mention that I have a teacher’s salary and not an administrator’s? That staying until 5:30 – 6:00 are hours I’m not compensated for) It’s going to be a long 10 weeks, but I can do it.
It feels like I haven’t taken the time to set my intentions in forever…and it also feels like my life hasn’t been very intentional in forever. Funny how that works, eh? Time to get back in the groove, though.
- Finish Coast applications as well as PD Coordinator application
- Organize the after-school tutoring program – make sure I have everything I need where I need it
- Tackle CEU paperwork…for the entire staff
- Buy a new vehicle (we got a nice settlement offer)
- Set up physical therapy (my shoulder is still incredibly painful…and according to my doctor it’s due to something called tendinopathy.
- Finish reading the book I’m working on
- Get back to my posting calendar
- Schedule posts and social media ahead of time
- Grow my Photo Friday link-up
- Get back to my morning pages routine (I have an accountability partner on Twitter now 😉 )
- Take pictures of all the wonderful things that are beginning to bloom
- Create a photo book spread for the week
That’s it for me, I guess. How was your weekend? What was the best thing that happened to you this past weekend? And what are you looking forward to this week?