Tuesday Tell-All
Tuesday Tell-All

Tuesday Tell-All

*Well, friends–it has happened: I have finally ended my dry spell. And by dry spell, I mean that I pretty much haven’t exercised (and by exercise, I mean real, cardio, aerobic, heart-pumping kind of exercise) for months. And yesterday, on the busiest of days, I somehow  managed to fit it in between grading book projects and preparing myself for the end of the trimester this Thursday. 
*Take THAT, stress weight.
*But honestly–please tell me you go through exercise dry spells, too. You know what I’m talking about–when all you can think of is, “I really should exercise today,” but all your body does is flip on the computer or lay itself down for a nap? And the longer you go without exercising, the harder it is to work up the motivation?
*Surely it can’t be just me.
*Cuz that would be embarrassing.
*On this topic, I decided that it’s ridiculous how much I force myself to re-learn the same lessons over and over again. I thought when I was training for the marathon last year that I had been truly converted to nearly-daily exercise for life. I felt so good all the time (and looked pretty good, too!) that I just couldn’t see how I could ever stop exercising. Then life happened. My first year of teaching happened. And then yesterday, after just a 30-minute run, I was amazed anew at how clear my mind became, at how my permanent restlessness seemed to dissipate, and at how I was able to look upon teaching with some degree of fondness again, instead of coming up with ideas of jobs that would be much easier for me. And it was like I’d never experienced it before.
*Seriously, I’m kind of an idiot sometimes.
*Don’t tell my students.

*I did FOUR full (jam-packed full) loads of laundry over the weekend. Yes, you read that right. And yes, there are still just two of us in this household.

*I obviously am GREAT at procrastinating laundry.

*I’m really great at procrastinating a lot of things, actually. In fact, I’m so good at procrastinating, I haven’t even picked up the book that I bought myself for Christmas entitled The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination.

*I wish I were kidding.

*Last week, I had to get a sub for part of the day while I went to our sister school (the closest intermediate school to us that shares our same curriculum) to observe two teachers. Lemme share a little hint with you: I’ve learned from multiple experiences (not just from this one time last week, mind you) that when a teacher says, “Hope you don’t mind a little bit of chaos,” you know you’re in for a real shocker of a class. I mean, we’re talking students out of their desks, sending and receiving pictures on their phones, picking up their fellow classmates and carrying them around the room, a girl stabbing her friend repeatedly in the wrist with her pencil…bedlam, I tell ya. And then I wonder why people have such a bad view of education nowadays.

*Listen, people–WE’RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT.

*Promise.

*So kinda funny story–Sunday night, I had to go to a meeting with one of the older young women in the youth program I’m in charge of. During a certain section of the meeting, the young women and leaders were separated to get different information on how our summer camp is going to run, and at the end of the adult presentation, the person in charge asked for any questions. So I raise my hand and ask where the informational packets were supposed to be delivered when they were all completed. The leader, looking a bit surprised that anyone actually had questions, said, “Oh don’t worry–just hand it to your young women’s president and she’ll know what to do.” I immediately raised my hand back up, and the surprised leader called on me again, asking what I needed. “Um,” I said. “I AM the young women’s president, and I have no idea what’s going on.”

*Everybody got a good laugh out of that one.

*What’s been going on with you lately?