Back to school

Yep, it’s that time again…time to get ready for back to school. The Jekyll and Hyde-ness of my profession can be a shock to the system sometimes. One moment you are lazing in the warm bubblebath of holidaytime, wearing your pyjamas for hours on end, drinking tea, reading, and then WHAM! It’s like you’ve suddenly had to plunge into a bath of icy water. It won’t do you any harm, but man is it ever a shock to get back to the gridstone of marking and planning and meetings (the actual teaching isn’t very grindstoney at all. It’s generally far too entertaining to feel much like work! It’s the stuff around the teaching that makes it an actual profession), and the dreaded 5 – 5.30 starts.

Dear God, the starts. Now, I tend to be both a night owl and an early bird, so the actual getting up I can do…but if I’m not strict with myself about bedtimes I can wind up getting not much rest at all. My brain doesn’t often wind down till around midnight – and with a 5 am wake up call, that can spell disaster. So I started getting prepped from Sunday evening, and managed to fall asleep by 11.40 last night! I’ll get there!

Other than planning and prep and attempting to wrestle my body clock, things have been whizzing along quite pleasantly. The diary looks delightfully full for January, but still leaves enough time for the gym, cuddles, and playing in the kitchen. I got the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook as one of my Christmas/birthday gifts, and have been making poor Matthew’s mouth water with plans of biscuits, lasagne, and steak sandwiches…

Speaking of the gym, the New Year’s healthkick has started well, but the road is long. I was quite impressed yesterday – between the gym and dancing I managed to burn 1164 calories! If I can just do that frequently, I’ll *have* to shrink, hehe. Today’s total was a more modest 300, but I’m thinking that every little may help. Weigh in is on Friday, so we’ll find out!

Right, time to go get my bags packed ready for school tomorrow, then an early(ish) night.

Hope your week is going well!

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PS Did an update over on the RAoK site earlier. Five days in, and it’s going well so far…


  1. Riot Kitty
    5th January 2010 / 10:49 pm

    That is a great metaphor for going back to work, even if we love our jobs! Plan on a bubble bath on your first night after work, yeah?

  2. Sparkling Red
    5th January 2010 / 11:13 pm

    Indeed, going back into a workday routine is a shock to the system. I'm not quite back on schedule yet. Here's hoping we adjust quickly!

  3. Miss Ash
    6th January 2010 / 4:50 am

    Wow, 5am wake up!!! That's bonkers to me…I get to sleep in until 7am!

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