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i would've written sooner, but i've been too busy assuring you that your child is in good hands
September 27, 2002, 6:22 pm

Whew.

What a week. Two games (no subs), Back-to-School-Night, interims due, grade sheets, two quizzes, and parent conferences? Gah. I mean it. I had to cancel soccer practice today because I feel as though I'm vascillating somewhere between overworked and insane. The kids have noticed a change in my demeanor. ("Ms. B...are you okay?") When that happens, I definitely need a break.

I do a pretty good job of hiding my emotions from my students. I'm always upbeat, loud, and boisterous from the second they sit down until it's time for them to leave. After yesterday's soccer game, though, it was tough to feel excited when all I've wanted to do all day was curl up in my bed and sleep.

It rained cats and schnauzers yesterday, and I was outside (sans umbrella, by the by) from roughly 3:00 until 7:00 in a sweatshirt and ADIDAS shorts. Even my underwear was soaked! (Chaffing, anyone?) As a player, the best time to play soccer is during a huge rainstorm. As a coach, well, standing in the rain is no way to spend an afternoon/evening. Bright spot of the day: Jerry visited today. I love it when my favorites come to visit me.

I'm expected to make an appearance at tonight's football game vs. Meade, but I'm so tired I'm afraid I have to crash. I haven't gone to a single football game this year, despite telling everyone that "I'll be there, I'll be there..." I constantly feel like the world's biggest party pooper.

But tonight, I need sleep. I need my cuddly bed and perhaps a book. I need a place to feel isolated and content and without having to pretend to be any other mood than what I feel: tired.

Yes, I'm taking some "Jess" time tonight. The cell phone will be off and the email will go unchecked.

The guestbook will go unsigned because it isn't working (what's up with THAT)?

At least I know that my car will work tomorrow.

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