Monday, September 26, 2011

A Day Off

Last week I was at my breaking point. There were a lot of things going on at school, including picture day, library day, basketball, suspensions, etc. I decided to take Friday off, partly to get some peace and quiet, partly because I knew I would totally snap if I went to work that day, and partly because I had 65 essays and 65 vocab tests to grade.
I started my day off slowly. I set my alarm for 7 but every time it went off I thought, "I don't have to wake up now."

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Finally, at around 7:30 I got out of bed. Slowly.
I managed to make my way into the living room. I noticed the comfortable long green couch and instantly knew I would fall back asleep if I sat there. So instead, I prepared the futon for a long hard day of grading and watching TV.

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Notice that the remote, my computer, and my phone are all within reaching distance. After putting on Friends (I was in the middle of season 5), I started to grade some vocab tests. BORRRRRRRRING.

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Grading is seriously a snooze fest. I had to keep the TV on and go on my computer just to feel stimulated enough while I graded tests.

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After making it through about half of the vocab tests, I realized something was missing. Breakfast. I was starving and had no food in the house that was good enough for breakfast on a Day Off. So I put my hood on and headed down to the coffee shop. It is so much easier to grade papers when you can stop every four seconds for a sip of coffee or bite of bagel.

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And so my morning progressed.

After tackling the pile of vocab tests, I headed for the 7th grade narrative essays. Thinking about grading essays makes me want to die. I purposely told all of the students that I didn't want to read long essays because I have a life. Do you think they listened? Noooo. They just kept writing away, 4 and 5 page narratives. AWESOME THAT YOU MOVED TO A NEW HOUSE. CAN'T YOU WRITE THAT IN 2 PAGES? Once my coffee kicked in and my crankiness wore down, I realized the essays were actually pretty great. I mentally patted myself on the back for being such a great teacher.

After I finished some of the essays, it was time for lunch. By that point, I was finished with season 5 of Friends and had watched Community, Jersey Shore and America's Next Top Model (soooo not worth it, but better than focusing on essays). After making such progress in my TV shows, I figured I deserved a break. So I headed to Reverie, the best cafe in Cole Valley, and ordered my favorite artichoke pizzette.

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After all of that, Dylan was finished with work, and I couldn't possibly be expected to work on more essays after I had read... 15 essays. (That's right 15 out of 65. Kill me.)
So I went with Dylan to an abandoned parking lot and watched him do tricks on his BMX bike. It was not that enjoyable; it was windy and I was sitting on a curb and there were creepers nearby. But Dylan had fun and he was good at those trick things. We headed back home, but not before Dylan made a pit stop at yet another abandoned area so he could do even more tricks on some stairs.

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And that was my day off. Amazing? No. But there were several moments throughout my day when I thought "Thank god I am not at work" and "I should seriously quit and move back in my parents" and then finally "I'm rested enough for Monday" so I guess it was worth it.

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