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My reading list grows exponentially. Everytime I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.
-A.J. Jacobs

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I'll Be Baaaaack.

I have been a TOTAL blogging loser recently. I'd like to add to that a writing loser as well. I've actually been quite embarrassed at the state of my blog and writing and I have reasons, but the reasons as valid as they are, don't make me feel any better about it.

I hate this feeling of BLAH that I am in right now. The end of the school year is the craziest time of the year. This is a small example of what I've been up to (AKA- my list of excuses as to why I suck so hardcore right now):



  • 2 TAKS tests
  • Play Day (think field day, but a competition against other 4th graders at different schools)
  • 3 days at camp
  • Field trip to the local library/eat at CiCi's
  • Field Day
  • Meetings galore
  • Book Count
  • Clean classrooms and move all furniture to middle of room
  • Never ending checklist of To-Dos in order to get to leave for the summer
On top of that, I've decided that I wouldn't mind teacher the older kids, say 7th graders in particular. It would seriously be right up my alley. Getting to discuss YA literature with students would be one of the coolest things EVER. Don't get me wrong, I love my 4th graders and I heart my school, but it may be time for a change. So, in order to make that change I have to:
  • Study for the ELA 4-8 test
  • Take and PASS that test on Thursday
If that wasn't enough, my personal life has been a bit hectic too! Here's a few more excuses to chew on:
  • My husband has got a new job that requires CRAZY amounts of hours he has to put in
  • I have 3 kids (Yeah, I know, I've had them all along, but now as a semi-single mother, I feel all 3 so much more)
  • The hubs sometimes works from home. This should be helpful, right? Um. No. My dining room table has turned into the most disorganized chaotic horrible mess of a desk. Ugh.
  • Speaking of my house: It is a disaster. I swear there are goblins that creep up out from under the house and destroy it while I'm not looking. (Oh, wait. Those would be my 3 kids)
  • My oldest is about to graduate from Kindergarten
  • We have a dance recital for my two older ones next weekend
  • And I'm a backstage mom
All of this has EXHAUSTED me. I'm talking, fall-asleep-at 8 kind of tired. This, coming from the girl who used to stay up reading/writing until midnight or later every night and then wake up at 5 for work the next day.

So now that I've filled my blog up with excuses, I am making a vow to be back after next week. It will be summer. I WILL have more writing time. More blogging time. More tweeting time. More reading time. More critiquing time. More writer's workshop time. More ME time. I will demand it.

This whole not writing thing is terribly depressing and I'm in this nasty, killer, sludgy slime of disgustingness that I can't wait to get out of.



SEVEN days and counting and I'll Be Baaaaaaaaaaaack. I know you'll be counting down the days, hours, and minutes to my return.

12 brilliant remarks:

~Jamie said...

ophmigosh! If I never have to do an end of the school year again I will be so frateful to life. I HATE that time when it's crazy chaos, kids are ready for summer... no teaching AT ALL is getting done--you're all just ready to GET OUT OF THAT ROOM!

But then you take some random field trip to GET OUT OF THAT ROOM and all you want to do is take the crazy monkies BACK to the room!

Just think... summer is almost here, and it's just you and the kids... chillin'

DL Hammons said...

SIX days, Twenty-three hours,forty-three minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours,forty-two minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, forty-one minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, forty minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-nine minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-eight minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-seven minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-six minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-five minutes!
SIX days, Twenty-three hours, thirty-four minutes!

:)

Tiffany Neal said...

Ah! Jamie, yes!!! It's freakin' ridiculous. Teaching = pointless. We already turned in all our books. Grades are already due. WHAT THE HECK am I supposed to do with these kids. My fix = READ all day, every day! :)

DL: HA! You are counting!! YAY. I am loved. And missed. :)

Melissa said...

You can do it! (Yeah, I'm thinking of the Adam Sandler voice!)

OMG, no wonder you've been MIA around here! I don't know how you're doing it all. I know all about the semi-single mother thing (my hubs works full-time and farms part-time, so I'm always on mom duty). It makes it almost impossible to squeeze any "me" time in, doesn't it? At least you only have one more week and then you're freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:)

ChristaCarol said...

Counting the days with you! You make me question my need to finish my teaching degree lol

Hang in there! See you in a week!

Tiffany Neal said...

Melissa - Heehee. You didn't even have to say Adam Sandler. I knew EXACTLY what you were talking about! :)


ChristaCarol - Um, that was only the beginning. Would you like for me to give you the full list? Nah. I'm just kidding. Teaching is great, just stressful and insane at times. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I know how you feel! Ìt`s crazy. I`m a teacher too. We have a big week of provincial testing this week - with high heat & humidity - sigh. I`ll probably have 12 hour days all week.

I haven`t started report cards yet - and I have to do mine, plus the extra 9 kids I`ve been taking to prep for the testing. Then all the end of the year fun.

Thank goodness I do love my job! I love the kids, but this time of year is always complete and total chaos!

Jen said...

Ahhhh.... I am SO glad my school year is over! Of course, I am heading to another job (hopefully) within the next week, but it'll be part-time and certainly allow for a bit more writing. Coherent words are darn near impossible to produce the last month of school, aren't they? Hoping things settle down for you soon! And I love the new template- SO cute! :-)

maybe genius said...

The blogging world will be happy to have you back! :D

And OMG, EVIL SLIME AAARGH!

Tina Lynn said...

Dude, I'm exhausted after reading that post. How are you still standing at the end of a day?

sarahjayne smythe said...

I've got four classes and three days of finals left. Time to pack up my room.

prashant said...

summer is almost here, and it's just you and the kid
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