Life Rotates Again

I used to love this time of year. New clothes, new supplies, new adventures to look forward to during the year. This time of year signals a new year for me, not Jan. 1st. Then, I started working. I am fortunate, so very fortunate, that I work in a school. Next week, the lazy care-free days of summer will be over for me & mine. And, with that, another life change for us.

Bear & I will get to see Big D for maybe an hour each day during the week. We won't eat supper together as a family. And, most probably the worst of all ;), we'll have to get up at 5:45am.

I like my morning sleep. I wake up at the last possible moment to get myself ready. I am also a night owl by nature. I can be dead to the world tired, but at 10pm, I perk right up. That's not going to be conducive to getting up at 5:45.

And I have to get up at that time. Lamb's school starts at 7:20am. Because it's sorta, kinda, but not really on the way to my school, I will drop her off. Therefore, we have to leave the house by 6:45am.

If we think Bear is a bear now, he's really going to be grumpy. He's going to be at school from 7:30am-3:45-ishpm. That's a long time. Heck, I'm going to be grumpy too. No good times there.

I love what I do, I really do. I enjoy the people & students. However, when I think about what's in store for me starting August 25th, I just want summer to start all over again. I'm not ready to be a single parent again.

Since my life is about to change, I've been thinking of other changes I can make. I will never be a Martha Stewart type so no one has to worry about that. No, I'm thinking of things like not spending so much time on the computer. If I didn't, maybe I'd finish that blanket for Bear & Lamb's Washington D.C. scrapbook. Both of those have been waiting YEARS. Years! Shame on me. I don't have very much time with the kids left at home as kids. I need to be there. Oh, I'm here but with half a mind. They need my full attention.

We made the choice not to eat out so much. With the kids much bigger now, we just can't afford it. So, I need to learn how to feed them better. I waste so much food by ruining it. That bothers me. I hate to waste food. There are starving kids in Ethiopia, don't ya know.

This will be the hardest one of all. We have a treadmill. The kids use it fairly often but right now, there's hallway stuff sitting on it (Big D doing the flooring in the hallway). Once the hallway is put to rights, I'm going to use the treadmill. I have a mp3 player, I have shoes. I just need to get motivated.

So, while I'm not happy about being a single parent again. I am excited about what life has in store for me. It's a new year, after all.


Anonymous said...

This is a great way to be positive about a bad situation. I'm inspired. And I hear you about the computer. It's a frickin' time drain.

Bubba's Sis said...

Happy New Year! That's how I think of this time of year, too.

I love how you are always able to see the silver lining in things - it's one of the things I admire in you. Ya'll will adapt and make the best of the situation - I love your plans and ideas. I'm behind you all the way, girl! It's gonna be a great year!

kris said...

girl, I started this phase today! Yawn... and the Olympics are still going! Double yawn...My DS got up on his own and was ready ahead of time and had a great day, so it's all good! Wishing the best for you next week!

Stacey said...

Oh D, my goodness I'm sorry you have to get up so early, that really blows!

I'm with you, although I'm home, I feel with school starting (we started today) there won't be energy left to feed anyone and with John going back to teaching next month, I'll be single too. So.....I'm all about crockpot recipes. We could exchange, you know. That might be fun!!!!

Hugs to you and everyone, I've missed catching up on y'all. Down thar. xoxo

forgetfulone said...

Yup! I hear ya. I am already so sleep-deprived! I've been back at school (work) for two days, and I already need a weekend!

Mrs. G. said...

I start teaching again on September 2nd. I am not ready for summer to be over either. I am looking forward to wearing my annual new backo-to-school clogs.

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

I too am a night owl-hoot hoot! Hopefully, it will be another 4 yrs before I have to go back.
Good luck getting up before the roosters!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

I'm thinking we should start training for the Avon Breast Walk! I saw that it's in Houston again in April! I have been so bad about exercising! A little accountability would do me good! Hope all goes well with the early morning stuff. We're doing a practice drive into school on Friday. Take care, Julie