Monday, August 24, 2009

Just Wonderful

I really hate putting off that first visit back to the classroom in August. It's one of those things I dread, but I want to get it done so that I can enjoy the last week of summer vacation. It doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes I procrastinate. Shocking, I know...

In general, though, I really do make an effort to get the room set up before it feels like I'm under pressure to do so. My plan this summer was to spend a morning or two at school during the second-to-last week of break then pretend that I didn't have to go back at all for the rest of my life. This was a very good plan, if I do say so myself.

The weather didn't think so, though. Last week was hot, muggy and unbearable. The very idea of being in my third floor classroom while the temperatures soared to the top of the thermometer was something I couldn't bear to contemplate. I decided to stay home and go in first thing Monday morning. No doubt about it. That was the plan.

Except that I didn't. In my defense, the weather was still a tad muggy this morning and a check of the forecast predicted better conditions tomorrow. It made sense to put it off for one more day. At least in my own mind. For a while.

I wavered a bit. There was a certain familiar ring in all this, the chiming of every task I've ever not done because there was a "better" opportunity for completing it in the future. So I thought about it a bit. I even put on shoes just in case I decided to take the high road.

I did not take that road. It was a near thing. I had to really exert some thinkin' muscles to come up with another excuse. I did pretty well, though. I'm on day two with the new glasses and still not used to the delightful fishbowl effect of the bifocal lenses. Nor have I figured out where one might place one's eyeballs in order to look down whilst walking. This is a necessary skill here at the manse where Absurdly Gi-normous Kitties roam free like the buffalo and live for opportunities to entwine around moving feet. Another day to get used to this visual funhouse before highway driving would be the best thing I could do for the community.

I'm all about the community. I live for the opportunity to do good deeds for the populace. It's just who I am...

I'll go tomorrow. I have to. This is a task that needs to be done and I'll feel all the better for just getting it over with. In the meantime, I soothed my guilty conscience by finishing up the plying on some wool that's been on the wheel since before forever. Karma and the rules of a just universe paid me back for my sitting at home when I should be at school; the final result was not my best work, I'm afraid. But poorly plied yarn is still finished yarn and at least I can add something else to the Finished Column for summer vacation '09. I'll see about putting up a picture once it's finished drying.

Yes, it's the last week of school vacation and the set up of the classroom is yet to be finished. The need to do it looms over me like a dark cloud. With any luck, I'll get my mojo working bright and early tomorrow so I can get it over with. If not, there is one more little incentive floating around these days that might just do the trick. Staying home means that the TV is on. There is no avoiding the need to start getting my act together as long as I'm staring at the glowing box of entertainment.

This commercial? It haunts me...






SA

11 comments:

Kath said...

I was wondering how smoothly the transition from single vision to bifocals would be, since I know that's in my future. I was actually thinking it couldn't be too much worse than the time I had a big jump in the correction and the lenses made all flat surfaces look as if they were tilting!

I can understand your dread of the upcoming end to summer vacation. But I'm sure you can understand my overwhelming joy at the idea of all these little critters being safely back in school and not cluttering up the streets, shops, etc! Particularly the children in the summer home next door, who are screaming at each other right nowwwwwww........ :(

trek said...

I seem to recall this exact same behavior of promise to set up classroom but procrastinate mightily, yea, unto the eleventh hour.

But without the complication of bifocals, so I guess it's all right just this once.

Donna Lee said...

I think you should wait until Wednesday since that's Veggie Day and you're going out anyway. Two errands at once.

The bifocal thing takes a few days. Watch out for stairs. They take on a dangerous new dimension.

crzjane said...

After a couple of days you will adjust to the new specs. It is a challenge, but I know you can do it.
Your last week of vacation. I can't believe that summer is almost over. Where did it go?

Betsy said...

Did you get lined bifocals or progressives? There are different learning curves with each type...some of us...ahem...apparently flunked progressives...
I shall soon be moving from two lines to three lines...so my eyes will be going for an advanced degree..

Julie said...

This is the last week of vacation?! How did that happen?

You WILL be at CWS tonight, right?

Karen said...

This vacation went faster than normal. It so isn't fair.

My husband loves that commercial.

Anne said...

Kids here have already been in school for a full week. And the middle school already has an H1N1 outbreak. Good luck.

B. said...

Best of luck prepping for the new school year! I love that commercial -- I kill myself laughing every time.

Knitcoach said...

I will view that commercial with a new perspective, now. Not having kids, I haven't been much affected by it. I can't believe the summer is almost over and have been amazed watching the children trudge back to school for the last 2 weeks here on the west coast.

Hang in there with the glasses!

Knitting Linguist said...

I can't see the commercial, alas! But I do understand that procrastination. I face students next Tuesday. Have I a syllabus? Why, no, I don't. Is my office ready and have I found my notes for the class? That would be a "no", too. You're not alone...