Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I didn't go to school today! And I wasn't even sick!

It wasn't a mental health day either, really; I'm irritated about administration and such, but not enough to stress me out enough yet to necessitate a day off. (But I'm sure it will as the year stretches on.)

No, I took the day off because there would have been no point in going on. See, a bunch of my kids went on a field trip. One entire class, half another class, and five in the third. Seeing twelve of my students is kind of a waste of a day, with only so many instructional days left til the Big Day Next Month.

So instead of frittering away my time on coverages at school, I slept in (but not too late, so that I can be tired at a good time tonight) and frittered away my time at home. I cleaned part of my bathroom, I attempted to work out (but my stupid toe is not healed enough to allow that yet), I did a bit of Christmas shopping online, and, best of all, I completed my Christmas cards! I had some made online with a couple of my recent photos (did you know I'm a photo whore? I know you're shocked); they came in a set of twenty. So this morning I sat on my bed, half-watched old Psych episodes, and wrote out all twenty cards! Addressed, stamped, all done!

Then came the best part that I was really looking forward to--walking them to the post office. See, I have this new camera? And I'm kind of obsessed with it? I took almost two rolls on the way to/from mailing the cards and my first four rolls of film. Then I took a third one this afternoon when I went to a doctor's appointment in Brooklyn, and stopped at Canarsie Pier as the sun was setting. I think I got some fantastic shots with seagulls flying in front of the sun. I can't wait to start getting some of these prints back!

Tomorrow I go back to work, but I won't even mind, because it's only two days. The scheduler won't be happy with me; apparently they thought the machine was not working and didn't get my message that I'd be out. So at 9am, they called me hoping I was 'lost' in the building or something, I don't know. It made me feel a little bad, that they'd have to scramble for last-minute coverages. But you know, I have not taken a single day yet this year, so I'm resolved not to feel bad. I ended last year with at least ten days in my CAR, and earned another three already this year, so I have no need to hoard them.

And this way I'll be extra motivated to get back to Preparing for the Big Day Next Month!


Jen said...

That's so awesome your conscious allowed you to take a day off. I was thisclose to doing the same thing today, but I just couldn't justify it, what with Roth working 12-14 hours every day lately, with not even the smallest chance of calling in sick. I have so much sick time banked, it's kind of ... well, sick! And I'll probably never use it.

Good for you!

17 (really 15) more years said...

I really want to stay home tomorrow, but Monday is supposed to be horrific weather wise, and Tuesday I'm going visiting (HA!) to a dear friend before Christmas- so I feel bad about taking 2 days off (although I have 60 something days in my CAR). But I'm so pissed off at my AP, I might be tempted.....

NYC Educator said...

You're reminding me of the last coverage I got. It was the chorus, or something, and they were on a trip somewhere. I sat there for forty-five minutes and not a single soul showed up.

Fortunately, I had brought a book.