Announcement #1: I am accepting sponsorships for May. Here's the info on it.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Announcement #2: Book club tomorrow! For the how and what of book club go here.
We will be discussing The Night Circus.
Life has been a bit insane this week.
Actually. Totally insane.
I got home from California Saturday night and ever since it has been a mad dash of run run run RUN. Sunday we did Easter with Greg's family, Monday was big and important stuff that I can't quite talk about yet, (oh, don't you love it when bloggers are so ultra vague?!), yesterday was more important stuff in addition to the opening of Greg's show Peter Pan. I haven't gotten to bed before midnight once, I haven't had time to grocery shop, fold laundry, or even paint my nails, oh my!
Add to this that I am back in the teaching saddle. My student teacher finished up the day before spring break, and here I am gladly taking the reins again. I love teaching. I am so happy to be back. It is thrilling to be in front of the kids again and teach and laugh and joke.
But. My teaching stamina isn't up. I've been used to a work schedule that consisted of hours of leisurely reading and writing in the teacher's lounge, observing someone else teach, milling about the hallways, and making frequent stops in the main office to make sure the secretaries are all alive and well. All of a sudden I'm back to the crazy and frantic pace of teaching- preparing lessons for 90 minute class periods, negotiating with students over grades, putting on a constant horse and pony show to try to keep all forty kiddos in a class period engaged. I feel like it's the first week of school again and I'm totally exhausted.
Oh! And then there's this. Friday is a writing conference I am trying desperately to get a manuscript together for. It's Greg's story idea and it's a brilliant plot, I just don't know if my writing does it justice. Writing is an arduous and tedious process. I've got about 55,000 words, but the story is nowhere close to finished or edited. It's a hot mess and right now I don't want to touch it with a ten foot pole.
And where does this little blog fit into this crazy scheme of things? It doesn't really. It has gotten totally pushed to the wayside- I'm barely pushing out mediocre posts, stamping publish on them, and then continuing my sprint toward some unknown destination. Emails are going unanswered in my inbox! I keep forgetting to Instagram selfies! Sometimes when big things are going on in my life, I just have to be quiet on the internet. Let myself figure it out first before I throw it to a pack of internet wolves. (Wow! I just called y'all wolves! How do you feel about that?!?)
I guess I just wanted to thank you for being patient with me while my life gets crazy around me. It's a good crazy, it's a happy crazy, but it is crazy. Thanks for continuing to read, for slogging through mediocre posts, waiting for a good one. Thanks for showing up here day after day. It means more to me than you know. And there are more good posts to come. I promise you that.
Now. I've got to finish planning a lesson and make some copies. Here are two other ladies you should be reading in the meantime. (P.S. I am trying to make my group posts as "readable" as possible. Please let me know in the comments if the new format of the posts makes you more or less likely to read. Thanks!)
Blog: Dreaming about Someday
Blog strengths (according to her): Blogs consistently, makes friends and connections through blogging
Why I love her: Aubrey is right on the connections thing- she is the queen of quality blog relationships. She knows everybody! She is a good friend of mine, (met through blogging!) and she constantly pushes me to get out of my blogging shell and meet more people. Stop over at her blog to say hi and before you know it, you'll have yourself a lifetime friend.
Don't miss these posts: Is Online Dating the same as making friends from blogging?, "Do you ever want to get married?", What would you do with a yard of fabric?
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Blog: Erica Jacquline
Blog strengths (according to her): Finding humor in all situations, sharing things that make her laugh, contributing to the blogging community, having a space of constant joy
Why I love her: Erica is a fellow high school English teacher so of course, I already feel a kinship with her. Her posts are high quality- I never get that awful feeling that she just threw some post up without thinking much about it. She is hilarious and creative and you can tell puts a lot of time and effort into making her blog such a positive place on the internet.
Don't miss these posts: So you want to start a blog, (this whole series is fantastic!) Hoppin on board the "kind of" train, and this hilarious Question and Answer session