Thursday, July 1, 2010

Making EVERY minute count

***I deeply apologize in advance for this whiny, complainey blog post. I'm just tired. And delirious. And am feeling sorry for myself because everyone but me has an extra long weekend to celebrate Independence Day.

Well, so far, this summer is much busier than I expected.

In fact, all winter long we built up the idea of summer and made overzealous plans with friends to go on lots of little mini weekend trips.

Personally, I planned to have a relaxing summer, spending my days at summer camp with the 5 & 6 year olds and evenings catching up with friends, spending time with Mr. Ruby, or blogging. I then planned to spend every minute of the weekend from Friday at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday 10:00 p.m. hanging with friends and soaking in the summer.

Well. Summer isn't exactly going as planned.

I realized that I have more school work than before (my own fault for squishing two years of coursework into one to try to get done quicker), I have one more major teaching exam to study for, and camp is the most exhausting thing I've ever participated in in my life! (I think I'm too old for this - every part of my body HURTS!)

I have, however, gained the most extraordinary of skills on how to make every, single minute count. My daily schedule consists of the following:

6:30 am Wake up and either 1). Work on homework or 2). Go for a run or 3). Try to squeeze in a blogpost.

7:30 am Put on my mom one piece swimsuit, brush my teeth, eat breakfast

8:30 am Leave for camp

9:00 am The busses arrive filled with complaining, whiny campers (Maybe their attitudes are contagious...thus the whiny blog post...)

12:30 pm Quick 30 minute lunch break, and the only time all day where I get to sit

4:30 pm Another quick 30 minute break where I study for my upcoming (and final) Praxis teaching exam

5:00 pm Back on the clock to check the little kiddies out i.e. deal with angry parents who have to show their id's, and deal with their kids who have lost practically all of their belongings, and are complaining that camp is "sooo boring"

6:45 pm Arrive home. Whip up a quick dinner. Take a quick shower

8:00 pm Sit down to begin my long evening of studying: writing papers, completing homework assignments, studying for exams, or writing lesson plans

***Sometimes, this time is spent actually taking exams i.e. last night I had a 2 and a half hour exam, attending meetings for work, or meeting with my counselor for school

9:30 pm Quick study break to do laundry (as I have only have 3 alternating swimsuits and staff shirts, pack my lunch, and eat a quick treat)

10:00 pm Back to studying

11:00 pm Hit the sheets

Ok. Ok. I'm done complaining. I'm sure no one is even still reading at this point - I know I wouldn't be. But, if you are, thanks for listening. I am very aware that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And I am working towards a goal. And I am pursuing a calling. And things could be much worse.

But even more, I am VERY aware that I have an AMAZING life with even more AMAZING people in it. I am very thankful for everything and everyone in it!!! Just needed to feel sorry for myself for 5 minutes.

Ok. Now I'm done. Stay tuned for a typical upbeat post tomorrow! ;)


Sherrie said...

I can relate to how you are feeling. I once took 19 credits during the school year while teaching full time! I think I had class nearly every weekend that spring and then there was a summer I took 9 credits. So not fun! but I do have to say that I got my Masters prior to getting married and having kids which was always a goal of mine. The sacrifice you are making now will be so worth it in the end. I have taken 45 credits beyond my Masters and those were taken once I had a family and that is so much harder. Make sure you fit enough fun into your productive summer!

rachael said...

i don't have a long weekend if it makes you feel better!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I'm working all weekend but wow! You're schedule looks packed!

LauraAnn said...

I am exhausted after reading your daily schedule! I don't know how you do it! I am exhausted after spending an afternoon with my niece and nephew so I can't imagine an entire camp full of kids! Good luck! :-)

Shoshanah said...

Requiring parents to show their id every single time always starts to feel silly once you can recognize a parent and know exactly what kids their picking up after a week or two. But there's been enough crazy situations where it makes sense to do it. You'd think most parents would appreciate the precautions instead of getting annoyed that they need to show id each day.