All apologies to East Coasters who are literally digging out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I'm just digging out from the pile of grading that I managed to stack up, somehow, but am finally clear of, just now. That was a long slog, but instructive. It doesn't matter what odd things are popping up on the school schedule (high school AIMS tests, for example), I should still keep up on my grades because they seem to multiply if I leave them out of the gradebook for any length of time.
Recent days feel like a long series of unsteady stumbles from one minor crisis to another. DS2 is reprising his annual "I don't feel like doing my schoolwork" routine, precipitating extra work for DH (checking math homework) and me (checking the signed agenda and other completed homework). DS1 is doing congressional debate and impromptu speaking, and, as usual, puts in just enough effort to be fair-to-middling or sometimes even pretty good, but doesn't push for excellence.
My own students require a "means business" teacher and I am too much of a squish to do that most of the time. One of my biggest problems, I just realized today (stupidly, some 13 weeks into the school year) is that on Wednesdays and Thursdays I need to eat! The other days I get my prep hour around 10 so that's when I have my breakfast. On block days, I don't have the same schedule, so I end up starving and cranky. Not good.
Healthwise I'm doing well on my weight (steady around 137 if I don't drink alcohol too often), reflux, and arthritis. I have enjoyed the occasional Starbucks tall decaf skinny mocha without getting sick afterwards, so that's progress. I'd love to be able to drink coffee regularly, but I think it's the dairy that's getting to me, and I love my half-n-half possibly more than the coffee. I've been having Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets for breakfast, and that amount wheat doesn't seem to be triggering any horrible reactions. Admittedly some nights my entire body is throbbing with pain, and I'm not exactly sure why, but at least I'm still sleeping well and generally feel fine when I wake up in the morning. My hands are bothering me slighly these last few days. I'll just have to keep an eye on things as the weather cools down.
Crazy weekend ahead - debate tournament and DD's birthday party. We survived Halloween with a minimum of fuss (other than me haranguing DS2 about blowing off more schoolwork...), but that's just an illusion. We're in the crazy time now, and there will be events every week between now and Easter -- or at least it's going to seem that way.