Where did my week off go?

I had such plans for this week off. This is our “summer break” right now, a week off over the Fourth of July week. Working at a year-round school ain’t all it’s cracked up to be sometimes.

What was I going to do this week? Well, I had a great list:
1. Organize our whole house
2. Organize the photos on my phone and laptop and update our backup drive
3. Scrapbook
4. Finish editing Melody and Chris Holz’ baby gender reveal photos
5. Finish populating a book for Glen’s company
6. Get my work pants hemmed.
7. Watch lots of NCIS. 
And somehow it’s Friday, and I really can’t say I could scratch more than watching NCIS off this list. And that’s only because I finally found a great website to watch episodes for free (one that actually works consistently). I did a bang up job getting started on the house cleaning on Monday, but that fizzled out as soon as the house heated up. I did do an iphone dump of photos that hopefully I’ll be sharing soon (and should have been sharing over the week). Did not scrapbook. Not even digitally. Though I’ve worked on both the Holz photos and Glen’s book, neither is as far along as I’d hoped. 
I did drop off my pants at the tailor’s. Score one for me, though I still haven’t technically completed the task and picked them up yet.
So what did I do all week long? I have been asking myself this same question. With the exception of Wednesday, when we went up to Matt and Donna’s party in Ramona, I’ve pretty much been home all day by myself. I even woke up and started my day when Chris got up for work a couple times (though more often I slept in for a couple more hours). I couldn’t fathom where all my time has gone. Yes, I’ve run errands that took about half the day. Yes, I did start a massive filing cabinet re-organization project which took awhile. But seriously? What have I been doing with myself? 
Well, let me tell you. I’ve been researching up to wazoo all the things I need to know before starting my first year as a new teacher. Yep, it looks like I’ll have my very own teaching position soon. Not at the school where I work currently, which is a big bummer for me (I hate leaving people!), but at the school where Chris Holz has taught for the past few years. It’s not official yet, but it’s in the works. I’ve been getting emails from the eighth grade lead, meaning I’ll be working at the middle school– very exciting because I love that age group. So that’s where all my time has gone. Researching online gradebooks and management systems like Schoology and Edmodo, reading tips for new teachers, trying to figure out the school’s curriculum, going through old lesson plans I’ve used before and seeing what can transfer over. I have almost no details to go off as to what I’ll be teaching, so I’m trying to just learn as much general stuff as possible. It’s fun and exciting and super duper scary.
So that’s why I didn’t get to organize the house or scrapbook or finish editing projects or even update my blog. Not a terrible reason, I suppose. 🙂
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In other news, just before my break started, I also finished my final Master’s course. The Capstone was hell. Let me tell you, I earned that A. I don’t always put a lot of effort into earning those A’s, but this one was deserved. So happy to be finished. For a yeah-you-finished-your-masters! present, Chris bought us tickets for Les Miserables in September. Good seats, too, not our normal back-of-the-theater $30 tickets. We’re in the loge, baby!
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