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Mar 07 2012

A Burglar, The Flu and A Wedding.

My life has thrown some interesting curve balls these past few weeks. Last week I missed two precious days of school, Monday and Friday. Monday morning I woke up, got ready and went to my nice, old car. (I am still driving my first car, a 2001 Chevy) To my surprise, my car window was busted and the inside of my car was destroyed. Someone in Kansas City really wanted the 11 dollar boots I bought from Target. I called my school explaining that I would be late to work given the circumstances, and they understood. 45 minutes later they called me back, saying that there was an extra sub at school today and she would be able to take my classroom – so I took a sad day off.

I had two more instructional days, and then one of the other teachers was unable to come to school – so I had her kids for the morning until a sub came. (Typical)

Then Thursday night came, and the flu symptoms began.  I tried so hard to wait until the last minute to call into work sick, but when I was still sitting on the floor of my bathroom at 1am, I knew it wasn’t going to get better. I was so out of it, I wrote an email to my principal, the subject “Urgent”.  Ha. I’m sure she thought I was a drama queen.

So in one week, I had to take two days off. TWO! My kids did terribly on their benchmarks because of this – and now I  have a bit of an understanding how little kids learn when their teachers are always MIA or walk out on them mid semester.

This passed weekend was dedicated to wedding planning with my incredible finace! We may have found a venue, fingers crossed, and we cannot wait until we say “I Do”!

3 more days until Spring Break…

3 Responses

  1. deandria

    I feel teh EXACT same way. This is my first year teaching and I am soooo looking forward to SB. I share in your sentiments–last week I was out with the flu. =(

  2. I just want to say I’m so happy for the way your experience seems to have gotten better over the year! I’m sure everything’s not perfect (if it is, SHARE THE SECRET) but remembering how down you were makes me sad.

  3. Kurt (Community Manager)

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