Note to self
Friday, July 24, 2020
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT write a blog while prepping for a trip.
I re-read my last blog and realize now how stressed I sounded. So backstory... every time I am going somewhere unfamiliar or for more than a night or two at my folks' house I have what I call my "pre trip freak out". I get super stressed trying to get everything done - laundry, packing, trying to plan for potential weather, etc. Plus I hate coming home to a dirty house so I'm always trying to get the house close to perfect before I leave at the same time, and as we all know there are a million little things that we do at home every day that need to be handled ahead of time when we leave for any length of time. This time I had an even worse freak out than usual b/c I was in the middle of my big house project and was more concerned than usual about how the trip would go. And then I wrote a blog in the middle of it all, and it was meant as a way to sort out my thoughts but it ended up being a dumping ground for all my pre-trip stress.
The trip was fine. Everything went well. The house we rented was very clean and comfortable, the places we went to were mostly outside and the few that weren't we were easily able to social distance and we wore our masks. It was a lot of fun. One day we went to the Dinosaur National Monument which we'd never been to before, and spend time driving around and hiking a few trails along the way even though it was brutally hot. We took lots of water and kept each hike short so we could cool off in the car's AC in between locations. Another day we took a float trip down the river on a raft - very slow moving water so it was super relaxing and we got to see lots of wildlife along the way.
I've been back 2 weeks now and had another trip in the middle. My son and I had appointments near my parents house so we went up there for a few days.
My ongoing house project is... still ongoing. The upstairs is totally done, which is a huge relief. I've given away 8 boxes of stuff, and thrown away much less than that but still a substantial amount, and made a few trips to the recycle center. When I got home yesterday I had a burst of uncharacteristic motivation and got started in the basement. I cleaned & organized the downstairs bathroom (which is also where I store all my tools so it was a bit messy) and got started on the guest bedroom. I feel like I want to get down there today and get that room finished up - it's actually the master but I moved upstairs when my son was born and now I use it as my guest room/library/storage room so it's quite a large and involved room, but I can't.
I found out on Tuesday that my administration has made a decision that we will be starting in person learning as scheduled. I think with the low number of COVID cases in my county that is the right decision for our district, but I'd by lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. The last numbers I saw showed that my county has had 33 cases total. We will all be required to wear masks and there will be internal changes happening that I don't have a lot of detail on yet. Since we will have butts in seats, and probably very little prep time during our staff time back before the kids arrive, I need to get a head start getting my classroom in order. I need to go up today b/c the office is closed on Fridays so no-one else will be there which means I won't get distracted by catching up with people and I can maybe get by with no mask since I will likely be the only one in the building. Of course I might not be the only one with that idea so I will take the mask with me in case someone else has the same brilliant idea.
I just hope I still have cleaning mojo tomorrow to get that basement done.