Every day I wake up before my alarm. Sometimes it is more than 2 hours before my alarm. If I can't shut off my brain, I listen to an audio book to help me doze back off or at least stay in bed until it is time to get up.
Every day I drink the coffee that my husband lovingly prepares. Each night, I watch as he fills up the coffee pot, grinds the beans and sets the timer so that we will both have coffee in the morning.
Every day I eat breakfast in the little 'breakfast nook' room in our house. The room has lots of windows and it my favorite place to check the weather and listen to birds if the windows are open.
Every day I enjoy my morning commute. Sometimes I listen to an audio book, sometimes I listen to sirius satellite radio. Sometimes I go through town, but usually I take the interstate.
Every day I get to work by 7:00. Some days it is 6:45, some days it is 7:10, but it is usually around 7:00. I like to park in the same spot, along the front row. If I am running late, all of those spots are gone. If I am early, I am the first one and I enter the school in the dark.
Every day I unlock my door while juggling 2 or more insulated beverage cups. This is not easy and sometimes I spill my coffee trying to get in. I have learned to not fill up my coffee cup as full so that I don't spill burning hot liquid all over my hands/clothes. Usually I have my hands full of supplies, so that doesn't help.
Every day I enjoy the first few minutes in my classroom alone, before the early morning group swoops in to 'help'. I usually tackle the jobs that I forgot or did not have time to do from the day before. I always have a long to-do list which includes turning on my little lamps, unstacking the chairs, sharpening pencils, and passing out supplies/sketchbooks.
Every day I try to go to the bathroom before first hour. Sometimes I do not have time to go again until 10:50.
Every day I each lunch alone. If I eat lunch at all. I scarf down a yogurt and spend the short break setting up for the afternoon classes, dashing down the hall to the bathroom. I also use this time to cut paper and prep supplies.
Every day I get a break at 2:00. Sometimes my feet hurt so bad that all I can do is sit down, putting off the prep/grading/clean up for a few minutes. Teaching 6 classes a day is not joke. It is exhausting. Most days, I have students working in my room during my 'break' because that is Cardinal time and they are trying to get caught up on a project that they are behind on.
Every day I talk to about 3 adults if I am lucky. With a 2 minute passing period, I just don't have the good fortune to talk to many adults unless I make point to corner them and force them to interact with me.
Every day I talk to an average of 155-200 students. I see/interact and instruct 155+ in my classroom each day. In two days, I teach/talk to and interact with about 325 students.
Every day I leave school exhausted. Sometimes I stay late at school and prep stuff, but often I go home and lay down for an hour just to enjoy the silence.
Every day I look forward to my husband getting home around 5:15.
Every day I enjoy spending the evening hanging out, watching TV, cooking dinner, going out to dinner or running errands.
Every day I go to bed around 9:30. Sometimes I stay up and read until after 10. Other days I fall asleep at 8:30.
This photo was from the full moon on March 1st--2nd. This is part of my morning commute, and I thought the moon looked enormous next to the water tower in the sky.
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