Five(ish) For Friday

 Posting on December first is part of the NaBloPoMo tradition for me. Can I stretch it to December 2 this year? We shall see. 1. I am taking an actual rest day today. Lately I've been pushing myself to still go for a good walk and do yoga and some weights and stuff even on rest days, because I usually feel better if I get outside or do something. But Tuesday I did this and Wednesday my back was absolute misery all day at work. I need to get to physio or get new orthotics or something, and I don't know quite what, but for today I'm just resting. Reading and writing and petting Lucy. 2. Eve has had an absolutely insane November even by November In Third Year standards. She was a bit mopey at the beginning of the year and I suggested that maybe now that she was settled into her program she should consider dropping a course and doing some extracurriculars. Her housemate was auditioning for the Arts and Science musical and she said she was jealous but it would be way too much wo

Thursday School and Whoo! Go us!

 My Thursday school gives me the highest highs and the lowest lows. It's the furthest from my house, and even though the commute is pretty easy (on the highway, one exit), it did give me pause when I was considering the job - even with bad weather driving to work isn't usually an issue for me because all the other schools are so close. It's also my only K-8 school - all the others are K-6. I thought "hm, it might be interesting being in a K-8 school." And I guess it is, in the way of the Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times". The funny thing is, I don't even have any grade 7 or 8 classes visit me regularly, but it still changes the feel of the school. There was an issue with some of them coming in at recess last year, which I didn't realize wasn't supposed to be allowed, so then they all got in trouble and I got more comfortable being the mean librarian. It is cool seeing a few of the teachers who are really good with them, but wo

Sleepy Wednesday and What's in a Name

 I am having a difficult week and that is okay. Friends, I saw every hour on the clock last night. Lucy started moving around at four like she was thinking breakfast would be not a bad idea. Usually we tell her to shut the hell up and lie back down, but today I got up and let her out and fed her on the off chance that I might fall asleep and sleep a little past 6 a.m. which is more like her usual breakfast time. Didn't work, but oh well. Fortunately I'd had one good night's sleep in the last three, so I was able to keep my composure throughout most of the day. I even managed not to giggle outwardly when a grade-six girl came up to me and said "I told Ms. R. that I found some swears in this book I borrowed. I found some more. Can you please tell her, and also I'd like to renew it please." Something along the lines of St. Augustine's prayer "Lord, grant me chastity and celibacy -- but not yet!"? It's almost the end of NaBloPoMo and I still have

Warming and Colding

 I'm having a bit of a mental health bobble, and the commiseration over sleep stuff was welcome yesterday.  I did stay up too late, but fell asleep and slept well. Lucy and I had a cozy morning. I think it was Suzanne who mentioned loving her flannel sheets and wow, same. I was worried that perimenopause would rob me of the joy of flannel sheets, which would have been exceedingly shitty, but as long as I still wear shorts and a tank top, the flannel sheets are great. I bought a set from Bed Bath and freaking Beyond (Sex and the City callback) a couple of years ago and was so immediately smitten I bought a second set. I always get in bed and read with no covers on and the fan on me for the first ten minutes or so so I won't overheat, but this results in very cold feet with regular sheets. When I pull up these ones it's like the bed is hugging me.  I also have this diffuser from Saje that sucks as a diffuser but is a perfect night light. When I turn off the light and read in

Wednesday Afternoon School

I have been absolutely stupid tired all day.  If someone said this to me, I night ask "do you mean it's stupid how tired you are, or that you are so tired it's making you stupid?" If you asked me this, I would say "yes". I went to be early last night. Well, no I didn't, but I went to bed less late than usual. I forgot to set my alarm, but I woke up in time to get ready for work, and usually this means I feel more rested than usual. I yawned so much I felt like I was going to swallow my own head. Fortunately, Mondays are crazy busy and it goes very quickly, which is fortunately when you feel like you have a micro-nap every time you blink. So. My third school.  I think I've been there for ... a couple of years? Time's lost all meaning.  Things I like: 1. The school has a very nice feel. The vice principal comes and gives me chocolate on every Appreciation Day for whatever I am, I can't remember what exactly they call it, leave me alone, I'm

It WAS So Much Fun!

 We were down one person, but otherwise it was perfect. It was a beautiful day. We wandered around, shopped a little, ate a little.  We wondered why Collette couldn't find her sunglasses, and then we wondered how the heck Collette's glasses got into the back of the Rav, when she had already lost them BEFORE she got in the Rav, and then someone realized that Collette had folded down the seat to help Margot find her seatbelt receiver, and her glasses were probably on her head and fell off and slid over the seat into the back. Then I asked how the heck we were even allowed out in public unsupervised and Susanne said 'what do you MEAN? We figured it out, we're brilliant!' We drank a little. We fought some burrito duels. I won the Fear Me badge for one round We sucked real bad at Pictionary We theorized about this store. Do they do miraculous things to your hair? Or is it a hair salon for supernatural beings? Like, vampires can't see their reflection so they'd ne

Day 25

I am doing this today. With slight variations based on it being a whole new year. I am driving because Collette's cottage is a half hour past where Matt's grandparents used to live, and it is one of the few places I don't get anxious about driving. I will tell you all how badly I did at the games and if I spent too much money and ate too much cheese (I almost certainly will) tomorrow.  Crap, I'm out of tequila.