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I JUST TURNED ON ALL MY ALARMS.  I had them turned off for a week.  It was glorious.  I am not entirely sure that I will be able to get up tomorrow at 5 a.m. - which is my "real" wake up time.  In just one week, I've completely crumbled and my rountine has been devestated.  Church started at 10:15 this morning, and I actually thought, "Gosh, I hope I can get up in time!"

I should clarify.  The reasons I have "alarms" and not an alarm is because our school has no bell system.  Our schedule is far too complicated to have a bell ring.  If we did, it would be ringing all the time.  In order for me to stay on schedule teaching six classes a day is having my phone notify me when it is time to change classes.

My second problem with this whole getting up in the morning thing is that I was home most of the day catching up on laundry, and therefore, drank about five cups of coffee.  I did get out of the house for an hour, and met my sister -- for a cup of coffee, so I'm a little hopped up on cafeine right now.  I really do love coffee.  At least my coffee at home is 1/2 caf -- I figured that way I could drink twice as much.

We only have three weeks of school before winter break, and there is so much to do!  I'm starting a new project with all my classes, and they will just have 3 weeks to pull it off.  I sure hope that it is enough time.  This is the battle cry of all teachers, everywhere, "Do I have enough time?"

I am, of course, unbelievably grateful to have a job, and I can't say I'm not nervous about the future of education.  I am particulary nervous about schools like mine -- we aren't exactally the poster children of the new administration, but I will wait to see what happens next.  

I don't want to be the person who fills their facebook feed with complaints about getting up and going to work tomorrow.  The truth is I do much better when I have an actual schedule.  On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I could adjust to become a lady of leisure -- especially when my sister is in town.  I am excited that she is still here, and isn't leaving just yet.  I might be able to squeeze in another weekend with her next week.  Fingers crossed!

Of course, those of you who didn't have a week off, probably find this entire thread somewhat annoying.  You didn't get a week off, and you won't get three weeks off in December like I am going to, either.  Although, I do want to clear up one misconception about teaching.  I do NOT get paid to be off all summer.  Schools districts take a little bit from our 9 paychecks and then give them to us during the summer months.  The only reason we get paid in June and July is because we take less money for the rest of the year.  Some schools don't do this, and teachers have to wisely set aside money for the summer -- I'm telling you right now, I would be HORRIBLE at this, so I am grateful it already done for me.

For all the students out there, headed back to class in the morning -- you can do it. And for those of you who forgot about that assignment -- there are still plenty of hours before the morning -- good luck!  I'd send you some coffee but I think I drank all of mine today.  

See you bright and early!

--Jen