Thursday, April 14, 2011

Full heart, tired feet.

This has been a fabulous but exhausting week.  Every night, I've collapsed into bed with a content heart and broken-down feet.   So much goodness...but so much, period. 

Triumphs:
  • I just submitted my final project for the graduate class I'm taking.  I enjoyed the class more than I was expecting... but goodness gracious, it's nice to be done.
  • 80 bags of love and food from the MOPS mamas, packed up for the homeless and working-poor children of the CBC program.  Tuesday night, I was up at VBUMC until about 9pm packing bags for the kids.  I was bone-tired, but giddy.  That project brought me so much joy.
  • Thinking my next 8 weeks of in-classroom teaching were canceled, and then learning I've got TWO courses for the next 8 weeks.  It was going to be nice to be done, actually, but now I'm excited to have a bit longer.  The salary for 2 more months will be lovely, of course... but also, I really appreciate the face-to-face time with students.  When I'm all online, it loses a bit of the luster.
  • A really awesome farewell to my current students this morning.  I loved this group.  I felt like we really bonded and had an amazing semester.  The dynamics of a class change every time, and this might have been one of my favorites of the entire decade of teaching.
  •  It's Spring Break now.  As of tonight, when I submitted a bazillion grades, final papers, and my own school project.
  • Amazing weather.
  • In-laws coming into town tomorrow, and we're spending all week at a beach house in Sandbridge.  I'll be glad to have some extra hands (and extra energy) surrounding my children.
  • Steve brought me Qdoba when he got home from his class tonight.  Love comes in very odd but very powerful ways these days.  I'm really grateful to have this man in my life. 
  • The butterflies in the habitat emerged from the chrysalises today.  A freakin' miracle.  It really is.  Not just that we managed to do the process right, but also that those butterflies were literally just caterpillars. I know, I know...it's kindergarten science.  But still a miracle.
Exhaustions:
  • Simone and Andrew are fighting like banshees.  I do not like my 2-year-olds when they're teething molars.  And I don't like that she takes it out on him.  And I don't like that his coping mechanisms in retaliating aren't always that great.  I think they need a trial separation.
  • Getting ALL my work done before spending our Spring Break in Sandbridge.  I need a vacation after getting ready for this vacation.  My eyes are bloodshot.  I probably shouldn't be typing more. I'm sick of the computer.  But this puts my brain to rest at night, so I can curl up in bed with an empty mind.
  • Days packed to full capacity.  Even good things in abundance just feel like too much sometimes.  I'm ready for a break.