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Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Madness

I feel as though the past few weeks have already been busy, but this week, and then about the entire month of September, is gonna be a particularly busy one.

So, what's on deck?

1. Today is the first day of the fall term. My classes this week will actually be easy to teach, but the first week is always madness in terms of students -- students who want in to already full classes, students from 3 terms ago who suddenly pop up and want to request a grade change, students from last term who want a last minute letter of recommendation, etc. The start of the term is exciting, but it's also just a bit stressful.

2. Getting ready for our trip to MN this weekend. We leave on Friday to spend the weekend in the Twin Cities for my brother's wedding -- which, thinking about this weekend is a different kind of stress (more on that later this week). It's going to be fun, but planning everything that needs to get done for us to be ready and for us to fly (Norah's first airplane ride!) is a bit daunting. The "to do" list includes: picking up dry cleaning, getting my nails done, buying the gift, last minute shopping for a few items, packing, and cleaning. I kinda feel as though I need a personal assistant for all this!

3. Still working on that bathroom, and we're at a point where the countertops need to be ordered and, at some point this week, the tile people are supposed to come and measure and give us an estimate. It's good to begin to see it coming together, but right now, it feels like just one more thing weighing on us.

4. Through all of this upcoming stuff, I want to manage to continue the streak, and I think that thinking of how I'm gonna fit that in over the weekend is also kinda freaking me out. In reality, I know that if the streak ends because I can't find the time to run during my brother's wedding weekend, it's not the end of the world. I do have a sense of priority and I know that spending time with family is more important than running. But, dammit, I'm at 64 consecutive days, and I really don't want it to end now! So, I have constructed a plan for fitting in my runs, but it's probably gonna involve some very early morning running. Oh well, sleep is over-rated, right?

So, that's it. I know it'll all get done and everything will be fine, but for some reason, I woke up this morning feeling a bit grumpy and panicky. Like all of a sudden, I realized there was a crapload of stuff all converging at once. Thankfully, my morning's 3 miler with Norah helped ease my anxiety somewhat, but I'm still kinda wound tight today.

Sorry, for the mind-dump. But I do feel a bit better laying it all out there. And, perhaps, I need to stop drinking coffee now ;)

17 comments:

d.a.r. said...

Mmmm coffee, coffee, coffee!! Just reading this made me anxious! Good luck fitting it all in Super Mama!

teacherwoman said...

Wow, sounds like you have a lot on your plate this week. Good luck with it all and getting in your running!

Katie A. said...

Don't worry about the mind dump! I often feel like I do the same thing and writing it all down can make it feel a little less stressful!
Good luck this week!

Charbelle said...

It helps to write it all out and know what you have ahead. I know it's a lot, lists are good things!!! Good luck!! You rock!!

RunningLaur said...

Now that it's all written down, I'm sure it'll be more manageable. Good luck with the first week of term!

TNTcoach Ken said...

The plot thickens......... Wear your running shoes to the wedding and do laps around the church....

Krissy said...

You are one busy bee right now. Don't stress yourself out over running everyday with all you have going on! It is ok to end the streak if it happens to be this weekend, you have done incredible for such a long time! Plus running should be enjoyable so if your not going to enjoy it and feel it is going to stress you out maybe that is a sign....

Marlene said...

Good luck with all the craziness this week! Hope you can keep the streak alive.

ajh said...

It does look tres busy for you! Good luck staying sane. Take deep breaths and some stolen moments for yourself.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

a good mind dump is pressure relieving :)

good luck finishing it all and the trip! Our sister in-law live in MN too!

Wes said...

I think that some days you are just gonna have to jump on any opportunity to get that run in. Good luck with the start of your year!!

Jamoosh said...

I am praying for a few funktards in your classes. They make good blogging material!

Firefly's Running said...

I don't know where in the Cities you will be, but try to squeeze a run along one of the lake in Minneapolis. Or run along the Mississippi River.

lee said...

64 days is already quite a feat!

zbsports said...

I like the story so cute and informative.

Her Name is Rio said...

Yes, I felt my stress levels rise a bit reading that. Thanks...thanks a lot. ;) It'll all work out. It usually does.
Have a great week.

MCM Mama said...

You'll get it all done. Or at least the important stuff and the rest won't matter.

Think short and fast for those weekend runs and you'll manage it.