Monday, March 28, 2011

Not Quite There Yet

Spring Break was helpful.

I had been running behind on all things life to the point that the mere uttering of phrases like, “did you remember to,” or “if you have time could you,” or, God forbid, “I neeeeeed you to….” could cause an instantaneous panic attack.

But I digress.

Over Spring Break I graded EVERYTHING. And inputted the grades.

Yeah Baby.

I prepped the three classes I teach for 4th quarter. First two weeks in detail, mapped out the rest.

Fucking righteous.

I caught up on the paper trail of accountability and data analysis that lets the school/state/ whatevers know what I am doing in my classroom. In triplicate.

In your face.

I also carved out an inch of space for me time. A hike. An afternoon with a friend. A book and some gratuitous television watching.

I wish it had been two weeks, but I was ready.

So, last week Monday, I set my alarm at 3 AM, did my morning rituals (not blogging anymore, but nice stuff nonetheless), and got ready for work.

A little bit of make-up.


Bus money in my pocket?


Lunch and water in the backpack?

Check and double check.

I was READY.


At 5:45 AM I walked down to the bus stop, climbed on in, deposited my $2.50, took my transfer from the driver and proceeded to talk story with him a bit as I am the first stop of his route.

He seemed a bit different, but I figured he was picking up on my “Don’t I have my Shit together” vibe.

As the bus moved its way through the dark and then the dawn, I noticed that most people boarding had an extra smile for me. Odd.

Yet, maybe it was a sign that when one is ready to take on the world, the world notices one.

I smiled back.

Before I knew it, I was at my transfer point.

Two kids from the school where I work were also there, as usual. Sweet, yet mischievous boys. I always enjoyed waiting for the next bus with them. The ride up together. The small talk with the young ones.

As I walked over they both stared at me.

And smiled.

Ah, Spring Break had done me well. No more panic attacks or frenzied last minute lesson plans. This was the beginning of the me I used to be before I switched schools.

“Ah…. Ms Psuedo????”


One of the boys was pointing at his forehead, but looking at me with furrowed brows.

“You have a curler in your hair…”

Ah, well.

There’s always Summer.


cheatymoon said...

I would do this. Lost my phone 3 times the other day. Brain on overload.


tulpen said...


you so have your shit together.

Christy said...

TOO funny!
I love the new background color! The black made me see spots!

flurrious said...

You made me snort a little. Snort!

I had an afternoon like that once. People seemed to be double-taking and smiling at me more than usual. I got all puffed up thinking, "that's right, people. I look good." Then I got home and discovered I was wearing my shirt inside out.

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Ha ha! You're morphing into ME! : )

msprimadonna67 said...

Oh boy...that sounds just like me. Except for the whole being caught up part. My spring break's in another two and a half weeks. Maybe I'll get caught up then.

Kristan said...

LOLOLOL! Tell them it's a new trend from the mainland?

Glad you got some me time in!

creative kerfuffle said...

bwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhaaaaa. whew. omg...that is too damn funny. but accomplished so much that you really had to have something like that happen or else you'd be perfect right!?

Jan said...

I love you.

Captain Dumbass said...

You should have just left it in all day.

Linda said...

Oh my. ::snort::giggle:: Been there, done that!

Liz Mays said...

Hilarious!! I'm actually glad they told you so you didn't just carry on all day with that!

Bill Lisleman said...

funny story - I was thinking at first you forgot to change you clock but now that I think of it Hawaii doesn't change their clocks - lucky you.
Well at least you were not wearing your pajamas.

Lifeofkaylen said...

Ha! Love it!
My mom would always be running late when she had a 50 minute commute, so she would roll her hair in curlers and then set about driving and as she hit the city lights getting closer to work, she would take one out each time she stopped...but sometimes she didn't hit enough red lights and sometimes she was in a big hurry...and sometimes she entered the hospital with random curlers.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Such a real story. At least it wasn't a booger.

3am? That's about the time I get to sleep. How do you do that?

Heather said...

For a moment there I was thinking maybe you were still in your jammies, glad it was just a curler! LOL! Your doing great!

Anonymous said...

At least you weren't in your underwear! Pseudo - so good to hear from you- I don't care if your whole head is full of curlers!

Rosaria Williams said...

Hey, you were cool just the same!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love it! Leave it to kids to speak up rather than the adults :-)

Sounds like a very productive Spring Break. Glad you got so much done.

But the alarm at 3AM-- I yiyi, that's brutal.

Hang in there, jj

Vodka Mom said...

reminds me of the day I wore my pj's to school, thinking my sister had sent me gorgeous day wear.



Jack said...

Hehe! Too funny! At least it wasn't something like having toilet paper trailing you from behind or having your skirt tucked into your panties.

Love your stories!


Julie H said...

ah that's hilarious!

When I was in high school my chemistry teacher was a mess! I had that class first period and I knew if I was going to be tardy or not if I passed her on the way to school lol. She'd come in with wet hair and her shoes unbuckled. One time she had the back of her dress in her pantyhose. Everyone was roaring with laughter! She must have finally figured it out because when she came out from behind her big desk thing she eventually had it pulled out.

Years later I have a bit of sympathy for her. She had kids and worked two jobs. One job was a pharmacist at a hospital at night. She definitely wasn't getting enough sleep!

secret agent woman said...

Ha ha ha ha! Thanks for that!

Melissa B. said...

I have 30 more timed essays to grade, but I digress. Having more fun catching up on my blogging. Glad Pseudo's baaaaaaccccckkkkk!