Sunday, August 26, 2012

Whew! Here Comes Fall!

Hey, y'all.  Hope all is well your way.

I've been MIA on my little blog trying to get off to a good start for the school year.  School started back for the students last week, and it was quite a week.  A good one, though.  Just super busy, as you could imagine.

It's going to be yet another great year.  I can feel it.  The iPad initiative is adding even more excitement.

This year will bring about change for me personally, too, since I'm teaching a new class.  I've been teaching the same course my entire six years of teaching -- which was mostly to freshmen students.  And I didn't mind that because I LOVE FRESHMEN.  And the nature of the content of the course (technology) changes frequently enough for me to never be bored.  But this year I volunteered to teach a management class -- a class that happens to be all seniors.  I thought it'd be good to change things up a bit.  Since it's been a while since the course was taught at our school, I'm getting to build the curriculum from scratch.  That means lots of work (and maybe even a little working at home in the beginning, which is something I try not to do), but a good experience.  While I have the state course of study to guide me (of course), the possibilities are endless. And the iPad initiative will expand the possibilities even more.

Teaching this new class also takes me off the main campus of our school for one period a day.  I get to teach in a small, more intimate environment that houses our five academies (IT, Finance, Law, Engineering, and Health Sciences).  It's quite the change from our main campus, which is busy and huge.  I enjoy the change and the chance to get "out" every day for fresh air.  That two-minute drive between campuses is actually pretty refreshing!

Change is good.  I'm excited, if you can't tell.  You guys know me, though.  I love my job.  I could talk about it all day.  But I'll stop there today.

The Krew and I are gearing up for a fun fall.  Super busy.  I've gotta focus on not losing my mind this fall.  I'm doing okay so far.  The past two weeks (which are the busiest of the year probably), I've managed to:
  • Go to bed at a decent time and run three days a week.  Sleep and exercise -- check! 
  • I've stayed away from minor distractions -- those that would steal even a few minutes out of my day.  Like Facebook.  I'm not a huge Facebooker, but I'd find myself checking it briefly every day.  Sometimes I'll sit there and read my timeline for no good reason at all.  But I've no time for that this fall. So I've deleted the app from my phone.
  • Not huge on Twitter, either, but I have been tweeting a little for work.  But my personal account?  It's pretty dead.
By the time I get M from preschool every day, go run, play, eat dinner, get baths, and all of that, it's bed time.  So finding time for my grad school work will be a challenge.  But I'll figure it out.

The fall also starts football season.  Being married to a football coach is another life in itself.  Exciting for sure, but it gets tough.  We live in an area where high school football is king, and DK many times works as many hours as he did when he was a graduate assistant coach at 'Bama.

Speaking of 'Bama (and if you know me or have read my blog for a while), you know I married into a college football-loving family.  And that means in the fall, there are a lot of good times that are hard to turn down (awesome tailgates for home games and a little traveling for away/bowl games).  Like next weekend we'll be at Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the 'Bama vs. Michigan game.  I'm pretty excited (and I've actually never been to the Lone Star State except for a flight layover a time or two).  But that means I've gotta work extra hard this week to be able to relax while I'm there.  The little one won't be going on this trip, unfortunately.  Maybe next time for her.

Speaking of our little one, I've signed her up for more soccer classes this fall.  We tried a few soccer classes a few months ago thanks to a Groupon/Living Social deal (pictured below), and she says she likes it.  So we're going to pursue it a little more this fall.  

We'll be doing it a little closer to home this time, though (the picture above is from a soccer center on the other side of our metropolitan area).  Plus the program we're doing has classes during the week, which is better for our schedule.

And speaking of soccer, we got a chance to go to M's big cousin's soccer game yesterday (like the last time).  They're really big into soccer, so it's cool to know I have someone to get "soccer mom" advice from should we find ourselves still doing this soccer thing 10 years from now.  :-)  

Anyhoo, enough rambling for today.  It's Sunday afternoon and my to do list includes chores, grad school work, lesson planning, and dancing to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the Fresh Beat Band.  My beautiful, but jam-packed life.

Check back later this week to see my summer wrap-up post. I'm scheduling it to post around Wednesday.

In the meantime, enjoy your week!


1 comment:

  1. If I would have been in town and you had free time, we could have had a meet up. :(. Enjoy Texas!!


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