Today I went back to work and started setting up my classroom. The good news is that I have a fantastic helper who is so efficient, she is like having 5 helpers. (Altagracia, my mom's former aide.) The bad news is that I had a terrible night's sleep where I was tossing and turning until 2am and then still had a fitful sleep between 2am and 7:30am.
Despite the fact that the classroom looked relatively the same (and bare) when I arrived this morning, what felt like a victory at the end of June felt like a daunting task today. Luckily, Alta works like a little tornado, and we had the furniture in place and she got the bulletin boards up in a few hours. I ran to the teacher supply store for some borders, a new calender, and some new posters while she kept plugging along. That was probably the most productive thing I was able to accomplish. And yes, all of those cute decorations in classrooms were bought by the teacher, not provided by the school.
By 1pm I was going in circles and my head was all fuzzy. I thought it was from hunger, but after a quick burger I realized it was tiredness. So we called it a day, happy with the progress so far, and will try again tomorrow. I've got to sleep better tonight.
Seriously, if a genie appeared and offered me 3 wishes, I think I would use one of them to wish to be a really good sleeper.
8:45pm and I'm showered and in jammies, ready to try this again. Off to bed. Wish me luck!