Is it ever a REAL day off?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I'm a teacher and when people tell me it must be great to have summers off I just about want to choke. Sorry, but it happened last night. For those of you unaware I work hard all year long. Who do you think bleaches and washes the used lab coats (I teach biology) so they are clean and fresh the following year? Who do you think goes in twice a week to her classroom to defrost the Biology supplies refrigerator and take care of the many fish tanks that I have the students study throughout the year? When do you think I rewrite curricula? Read new books and articles to potentially use in the classroom? Plan new lessons for the ones that didn't work quite so well? Record video lectures for students who need to hear it over again? Sorry....I am venting! I know I have the luxury of not having to formally go into an office and I certainly don't work 9-5 but I don't put my career on hold for two months.
OK, now that it's off my chest I also discovered something else today. I didn't exercise today. A little sore from yesterday's three mile jog and a need to give my body a chance to acclimate to the new summer heat caused me to take a day midweek and allow my body to rest. I did take the kids out to get their summer reading books and we stopped at a park to run around and play. I did eat a burger but I said no to the fries and Coke I normally would have downed with it. In other words, even a day off isn't a day off. I am committed to this. I realized it this morning, before the burger, when I opted for an Egg Beaters and asparagus omelet with no cheese over a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich. So, onward we go!