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Monday, October 29, 2007

"Sick" Day

Yesterday was a wash -- all Jerry and I did was lay on the couch and watch TV. We watched a full disc of "Ugly Betty" and the movie "The Illusionist" and some of "Old School." I cleaned up the house from the party and that was about the extent of anything that got done (I swear, neither of us felt normal until about 5 pm yesterday); thus, I decided to take the day off work today in order to, well, work.

I had lots of papers that I'd brought home over the weekend, but hadn't gotten to any, and I really just needed a day at home -- without distractions -- to get caught up. So, I called early this morning and cancelled my two classes for the day. And I think it was a good decision. I got two classes worth of papers graded and half of one other class done. I also managed a few household chores (while also watching a long program on the History Channel on the Battle of Thermopylae), ran to Petco with Scooter to buy a new bag of dog food, and went for a 3 mile run.

It can be amazing how much work I can get done when not at work.

It feels good to be better caught up, and even though I had to cancel a day of classes, I had room for it in our schedule, so it won't be much to make up when I return to class. I wish we got "teacher planning days" or something like that in order to do exactly what I did today, but there's no such luck. Thankfully, I do get paid personal and sick days, so taking one is kind of like taking a "planning day" and I'm glad that it's 5 pm and I have not only my work done, but my run out of the way for the day. Now I can make dinner and settle in for a long evening of relaxing.

15 comments:

J~mom said...

It stinks that you had to spend the day grading but the great feeling of being caught up is worth it. Glad you had a day off!

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

I needed one of those days today, too. My house is such a wreck and it is going to take me all night to get caught up :P

teacherwoman said...

Isn't that a great feeling?!

'I wish we got "teacher planning days" or something like that' --> don't we (teachers) all?? God that would be wonderful!!

ws said...

far more productive than I am when I'm working at my parent's home...

I'm disappointed you didn't break into my place and clean for me while I was gone though.

Marcy said...

LMAO Wendy. You never know. One day I might do it while you're traveling. I'm a stalkerish enough :P

Sounds like a completely productive "sick" day! Glad you're all caught up and ready to go :-)

P.O.M. said...

I swear it takes like 2 days to recover from hang overs these days.

Good catch on my blog - sunrise/sunset - oops.

Good luck on the 5 lbs! You look great as you are though!

Shannon said...

Relaxing sounds nice. That was what I had planned for tonight too. Instead, I've been on the phone with a robot-voiced person from the Philipines all night trying to get a glitch out of my wireless router. I gave up and switched back to my modem for now. It's never easy when you want it to be!

Erin said...

That sounds like a good day Jess. I had to update my lesson for tonight (last time I taught this week's unit fell on a holiday and we didn't have class). Luckily it was an easy topic-marketing. Next week...accounting, my least favorite unit. I am exhausted after a long day at work. I want to go to bed right now.

scott keeps running said...

i'm most productive at work doing my blog.

brunettechicagogal said...

Don't you hate how work gets in the way of work? Really. It amazes me! As for those teacher planning days -- I never got a one during my teaching career. My planning day was Sunday. All flippin' day.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Sounds fantastic to me. Glad you got a relaxing day.

L*I*S*A said...

I think a day off is good once in a while. I'm always amazed at what I can do with the extra time.

Of course, I usually end up surfing the 'net. ;)

Nicole said...

Hope you feel better. And congrats for getting caught up

Laura N said...

I bet your students appreciated it too! I always loved getting a class off unexpectedly, esp. on a Monday. Glad you were able to get so much done. Have a good rest of the week.

CollegeGirl said...

Glad to hear you got caught up! I need days like that sometimes too.