Thursday, December 20, 2012
I have been so crazy busy lately, but I don't mind. The business is wonderful!
Work is going SO WELL. My after school program wrapped up for the semester, and I don't think my girls could have made me any prouder. We all moved from the 10th to 9th gup in Taekwondo. (As an aside: I'd actually really love to keep practicing TKD, but I'd need a new teacher. Our guest instructor is a good man, but he is anti-feminist and a total Bible thumper, and I don't want to listen to preaching when I should be kicking ass.) They wrote a group poem and read it perfectly -- this was a HUGE feat, given that one of my girls has a learning disability and reads at a 2nd/3rd grade level. They came together as a group and broke into impromptu cheers of "I'm a GIRLS INC GIRL!" They came to me with their secrets and hardships and trust me to look out for them. THESE GIRLS ARE WHY I DO WHAT I DO. I love them!
Today is the last day of school before Christmas break, so I've been teaching my tech ed classes in the morning and working on lessons and programs in the afternoons. This part is pretty overwhelming, actually. Last year, I had two full weeks to work on lesson plans for the semester -- but I only had the after school group. This year, I have the equivalent of one week, 4 days, but I have THREE sets of lesson plans to write (two tech ed classes and the after school program). On top of that, I still have grading to do and paperwork to complete for my current classes. It's so overwhelming! I think it's inevitable that I wind up doing some work between holidays. Good thing I love writing lesson plans!
And of course, it's Christmastime, which means I've been taking care of newsletters, cards, and gifts for a family spread over the entire country. I got everything finished Tuesday, which is probably a new record for getting done ahead of time, but it was still crazy stressful.
The nice thing (well, the sad-but-okay thing) is that I can relax with a glass of wine (or an Amaretto hot cocoa) if I want to! I finally had my TOM at a completely bizarre and irregular time. It's a bummer to not get pregnant first try. And it makes me nervous that I had my cycle a WEEK after ovulating -- if that's the norm for me, pregnancy will be damn near impossible without medical intervention -- but given how out of whack my system was in November, I'm not letting it bother me. Instead, I'm just glad that I can finally REALLY track my cycle, and hopefully get pregnant this month! I'll be ovulating on Christmas, which is also when my sister conceived last year. How cool would it be for us to get pregnant exactly one year apart?
Exercise/food wise, I've been doing OK. My diet started to slip last week because I just didn't try to stay mindful, so I'm doing a Whole5 this week to detox before Christmas. My morning coffee is my one deviation :) I won't be able to enjoy it when I'm pregnant, so I'll be damned if I skip it now! I've been getting between 7 and 9 servings of produce every day, which is amazing! It's really important to me that I remember what a good diet feels like and stay mindful before facing holiday indulgences.
I've been exercising less, and I finally figured out what the problem is: I've never had to worry about it being dark in the morning before! In VT, I had a gym on my way to work. Last year, I had mornings off so I could exercise after sunrise. But now, I'm stuck with doing whatever I can in my living room. I don't run in my neighborhood in the dark because there are too many dogs (SCARY dogs) around. I've been getting plenty of exercise MINUTES in, but I'm not getting the calorie burn I want. There's a Planet Fitness I'd like to join, but I'll have to psych myself into getting up 30 minutes earlier because of the drive there and back. Is that just an excuse? Maybe next time they do a "join for $1 sale" I'll join up. I just NEED more options for exercise, and access to heavier weights!
So, that's my boring grown-up life. It makes for lame reading, but I'm loving it. Life is good, and I'm doing everything I can to make it better.
Can't have a better blog ending than that!