Reporting for Duty

Hello my peoples! Yes, I have been so MIA these past 3-4 weeks, and I will tell you, I miss blogging. Yet, duty calls (code for JOB). Work started back up earlier this school year (as in 10-12 days earlier) and right now, it is taking up almost every spare minute I can manage along with being chronically ill. Although, and I am probably forgetting something major, I feel like this weekend will be a time for me to catch up. (Please, God, please!)

My Post Summer 2016 Life thus far: I am teaching all dual credit (high school/college) freshman composition classes this year, which is very cool, so this makes for approximately 132 students total across the five classes I teach daily. Awaiting my undivided attention in a cubby on my kitchen table are about 110 essays to grade, add to that about 75 online responses to a novel we read..the picture is becoming clear, no?  To my credit, I did grade about 25 of these yesterday along with another 25 responses to another piece. And grades are due this coming Friday. You heard, correctly. And my Gradebook is blank at this moment. I believe, or rather hope, that I am just going crazy right now because, HEY, it is the beginning of the school year, and quite honestly, I blank out when it comes to both the beginning and the closing of any school year every.single.year. Sixteen years later, I should know exactly what to expect.

My Post Summer 2016 Health thus far: My health is holding up ok so far, but I have really been pushing it at every turn, and I know I need to get balanced ASAP, or there will be fallout. Is crying to and from school considered fallout? Maybe. Yeah, so that’s been happening. Not every day, but enough for it to be awkward. And not because I don’t want to go to work or come home; it’s just at certain points in the past 3 weeks, my body and brain just feel soooo overwhelmed and tired that I can’t even have an appropraite emotional response to anything. Mental capacity has shifted into Overdrive, and it is causing memory issues, I know it is the neuro-lyme. Or as stated above, I am just going crazy right now. *Note the key word is “now.” LOLs

The picture above is a perfect visual for how I feel at the moment! (from a really cool website http://www.firstcovers.com). Thanks for hanging in there with me. I promise I will get a decent and somewhat interesting post up as soon as I can get my head above water (please send positive vibes my way that this will happen for me THIS WEEK). As always, I appreciate your stopping in to read and comment. Drop a hello if you can. I’m missing my biggest bloggies fans. Have a fun and safe rest of the holiday weekend. BTW, I can’t get that Counting Crows song, Miami, out of my dang head! 🙂 Peace-B
 When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.   –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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11 thoughts on “Reporting for Duty

  1. timewithlyme September 5, 2016 / 8:02 am

    God Bless us teachers and Lyme warriors! I wrote a post a week ago…a funny view on setting up my K classroom in 3 days through the eyes of an Olympic competition….and I have yet to post it as I need to do lesson plans, cook meals, wash clothes, and take pictures of my classroom to add to it! Here’s to a brand new year…I hope you find peace, joy, and fun as you get back into the swing of things. No one ever told me about chronic illness and teaching at teacher school…that is ONE class that is definitely needed! 🙂

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    • Read Between the Lyme September 5, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Well you sound like a fun teacher! I totally understand the stress of getting everything ready for class and then no energy or time at home to get anything done. Lawd! I hope you have a fabulous year as well!

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  2. cristi September 5, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Wishing you all the health and strength you need to get through this busy beginning. I know you make a difference in so many lives, remember to also be kind to yourself. Here’s to a GREAT year…one step at a time!

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    • Read Between the Lyme September 5, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you, Cristi. Great advice as well. I’m going to try to be a good working Lyme patient!

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    • Read Between the Lyme September 9, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Right?!? Why can’t we get paid for just hanging out and blogging? We need to talk to Management.

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  3. J L Hunt September 11, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Hats off to all the Instructors of the classroom! Best wishes with your class 🙂

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