Monday, August 16, 2010

"Day one, day one... start over again..."

I get songs stuck in my head when I shower every day. The rhythm of the water against the tub always points my brain in the direction of a tune. Actually, sometimes I even do it to the beat of my alarm clock. At any rate, I generally sing something to myself as I scrub away and shave my legs like an obsessive maniac.

This morning it was an odd mashup of Alanis Morisette's Not As We (titular quote) and a line from Finding Nemo: "First day of school, first day of school, wake up, wake up..." Odd, right? the second thing's not even a song, but there it was stuck in my mental loop as I prepped for the big day.

I'll go back, though. Henry woke up at 4:30, which is (I am sure) the result of his nerves and excitement about starting Kindergarten. I made him go back to bed, but since I scheduled a 4:45 AM rise for myself, I laid in bed and started in on my blog list. On the iPhone. Bad habit, I know. I can't help myself most mornings. There are three or four that I just have to read first thing so I don't miss them. I read blogs and then I was up and into my running clothes I'd laid out the night before. I donned my new super-cool reflective running vest and E's LED headlamp and I was off into the darkness. Since I fell last year about a mile and a half from home I've been too chicken to run in the morning, but I decided it was time to get over my fear and get my running out of the way before work. Check. It was a beautiful morning. I love watching the sunrise. I forgot what it was like in the 15 minutes before the sun shows herself. Nothing like it.

My run complete, I downed a green monster smoothie (mmm!) and hopped in the shower. That's when the mental mashup began. I've been so good at laying out clothes, packing lunches, and planning meals for the week, that I was able to hop into my new black shift dress and yellow heels, dry my hair with a t-shirt, slap some makeup on, and head out the door. I wish I'd had longer with the monkeys on their first day, but as we didn't have any kind of pre-service week, I had a mountain of copies waiting for me in the office and I needed to spend some major time re-acclimating myself to the classroom environment. I'll admit I locked my classroom door for some alone time until the bell.

My classes were so great today, though. I was afraid last night about what 40 kids would look like in my first period AP, but everyone was so quiet (or so scared by my speech about the amount of D's and F's I had in AP last year) that they barely said a peep. My second period was a little smaller, but just as quiet and respectful. When my freshmen came in, I had to laugh because I'd forgotten how little they are when we start the year. Last year's freshmen kept waving to me and stopping by for hugs all day--they seem like giants now. I like the idea of helping the new ones find their way in a big school. It went well in all three freshman classes. My student teacher was there to help, and it felt nice not to be the only adult in the room with that many kiddos.

After class and some last minute freakout copying (I miscalculated the number of copies to make for all five of the AP classes--whoops!) I headed home. I couldn't wait to take my shoes off in the car. I also couldn't wait to get home and change into my cozies and hear how the monkeys' days went. Henry basically didn't want to tell me anything, but I've been able to get a few details out of him as the afternoon has progressed (like getting blood from a stone, though). Ad was waiting with a notepad in hand, ready to read the list of everything she did today and in what order. Ha. My Roo. Overall, a success. I've got a meatloaf (new recipe--DELICIOUS--I made it last week too) cooking in the oven right now, and I had a fanfreakingtastic nap as soon as we all caught up. I'm hoping to cap the evening with P90X Chest & Back (how exciting, huh?) and then settle in to watch The Big C. I love Laura Linney, and I can't think of a better way to end the day.

I'll end with some pictures from today--I don't have any of me except my loverly new ID photo. After being left out of the yearbook last year because I missed ID photo day, I decided to haul my tail down there. Plus, I was wearing accessories, people! This needed to be documented for future generations, because chances are that it won't last. Luckily E took a plethora of pictures and movies so I wouldn't feel too left out of the big day.

Peace out. Enjoy the pics.


  1. So proud of you for going out in the dark alone! I'm still working on getting over that fear! I'm glad you got pics of the kids on the 1st day of school because for the first time in 11 years I forgot to do it! Aacckk! There's always tomorrow right?!

  2. 40 kids in a class?? and 5 AP classes? Whoa- things have changed!
    Hey- I am sorry I didn't contact you when we were in CA. Because we went to Tahoe we didn't have a lot of time and it got away from me. Next time!!
    By the way- your kids are adorable!