I just wanted to take a moment and welcome any new readers who have visited me here lately! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. . . and of course, thanks to all my readers who have stuck with me for a while! You all are truly the best! I figured I would write a post that’s a little more “getting to know me” for those who have happened to stumble upon my blog recently so you kind of know what I have been up to lately!
I have been back to school (teaching) now for a bit over three weeks. This past summer, back to school meant literally taking classes to work on my English certification. A funny side story about that: I went to the Rhode Island Department of Education to drop off my summer school transcript so those classes could officially count towards my certification. I visited the Department of Ed right before I first started classes about two months ago, and the woman I spoke to at the time was the same woman I talked to the other day. When she saw I had completed four full-credit classes in six weeks, she was shocked! She could not believe I had made so much progress towards my certification in such a short time! I still need three more classes that I am currently taking, and she said at the rate I was going, I would have them done in a few days! OK– maybe that story isn’t funny, but it was to me since only three months ago I was so far away from that certification, and now, I am so close!
Anyway, this September, back to school means both taking classes at night and teaching high school during the day! That’s right– for those of you who may have missed it– I am still taking classes. In fact, I will be taking three classes to finish my English certification this fall semester in addition to holding down my day job. Don’t ask me how I will handle this for the next three and a half months– all I know is I just will, in any way I can! It will be quite a change for me as I have never really done both at the same time!
It is sure to be a crazy hectic fall semester, until at least Christmas time, which is when all my classes will be done. While I look forward to the challenge, I am not going to lie– I am nervous beyond belief about how it is all going to ultimately go down. I am now practically a full-time student and full-time teacher at the same time! Oh man!!!
So back to school means a lot more this year than ever before. Here’s what else it means to me, in convenient list form!
1) No more awesome weekday early morning workouts! Well, guess I didn’t have many of those this summer anyway. . . as it is panning out, I am finding little time and energy to workout after school like I did last year!
2) Being a lot more social on a daily basis– I have the best co-workers and I really miss them during the summer. I have found some of my best friends at work, so I have been thus far enjoying and truly look forward to having our usual early morning girl-time before the students arrive!
3) No more sleeping till I naturally rise. Oh that 4:45 A.M. alarm does not sound good! Blaring is the word– blaring!
4) Tealuxe! I haven’t had a cup of my favorite rooibos from Tealuxe in months– it is such a “winding down after school” ritual that I look forward to this fall when the weather is a bit cooler.
5) No more hour-long lunches. Eighteen minutes or less, with a moneyback guarantee!
6) Meeting a whole new crop of students (about one hundred and fifteen or so), and therefore increasing my popularity at the mall at least fifty percent. What I mean by that is this: without a doubt, whenever I go to the local mall, I see at least three or four current or former students. Rhode Island is so small, that as a teacher, I become relatively famous in the teenage mall scene. Now I have met over a hundred new teenagers, I will be so much more popular at the Providence Place Mall! An exponential increase I tell you!
7) No more staying up till 10 or 11. Oh wait, yes I have been and will at least a few nights a week– I will just be in class till that time, and then still have to wake up at 4:45! Not looking forward. . .
8) Fall fun! Apple picking, hay rides and a ghost tour– I am down for all of that this fall and I will find time for those things no matter what!
9) Packing lunch the night before (as well as picking out my clothes for the next day)– I hate having to think about my food and clothes they day before I eat it or wear it! Ughh!
10) Speaking of clothes– I have to dress up! Well, at least I have to look decent in my school attire. No more gym clothes all day long, with the occasional skinny jean ensemble thrown into the mix for when I have to actually be social. It’ll be pants, sweaters and flats all the time! No– I don’t wear skirts to school. There’s nothing wrong with doing that– I just prefer not to!
And last but not least?
11) A lot less tv. Sad face.:( What will ever become of those Hollywood Exes?? Despite the fact the season is over, I haven’t been able to catch up on the DVR!
I could keep going on and on, but I will leave it at that. Back to school– it’s on!
P.S. Does anyone else associate the MTV Video Music Awards with the back to school blues? I could not even watch them– they too strongly symbolize the end of my favorite season!