Sunday, September 13, 2009

It All Comes Down to Time


Such a simple word.

But its meaning? Intense.

There's not enough time at home. I just spent an hour and a half cleaning off the kitchen countertops, the cooktop, the microwave, the front of all the other appliances, and emptying the dishwasher. I'll give it half an hour before the countertops become cluttered and a little dirty. I finished up all the laundry Thursday night. There's a lot more in there now. When am I going to do it? I need to clean the bathrooms. Maybe that will get done yet today. Maybe not. (If I were a betting woman, I'd say probably not.)

I have sooooooo many magazines to read. I subscribe to a few and they are in a stack next to the recliner in the bedroom. Will I ever get them read? Hmmmm...I should probably read the ones from late 2007 first, then go from there.

The living room needs straightened up, as does the den. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow.


Yes, work sort of gets in the way.

Speaking of work...part of my job is to administer several different types of tests throughout the school year. We (the other reading intervention teacher and I) spent the first two days of school testing kindergarten students. Then we spent the next week doing a computerized reading assessment test on every child in the building. Last week, we tested most first graders, second graders, and a few third graders on yet another test. We still have to do more third graders and a small number of fourth graders.


The computerized test we administered during the first full week of school? Well, as the system was backing up last weekend, it crashed. YES, IT CRASHED. As in, all the data was lost. They tried to recover it, but to no avail.

We have to test all the kids in the building with this computerized test again, as soon as our tech coordinator gets every child in the district re-entered into the system.

When are we supposed to do this? I can't wait to actually start TEACHING this year.

Time, more specifically, the lack thereof, frustrates me greatly.

And on a personal note, just as we were getting ready to go to a wedding reception (about an hour away) yesterday late afternoon, Alex came home for the first time since he left for college. We got to spend a wee little bit of time with him, then we had to get ready. After we got home last night, he and his best friend Erica came back to our house and we all spent time together then. Today he's off "doing his thing" and we'll take him back to school this evening. I wish we could spend more time together, but he'll be home again in a couple of weeks. Hopefully then we can schedule some time.

I still want 36 hours in my day. Or Alice from the Brady Bunch.


PERBS said...

I say read the newest issues of the magazines first. Eventually, you will read the old news in the oldest ones. I also suggest utting a couple in the bathroom and reading when you get the chance there! Ü

I can't believe thaat they didn't have you back up the tests to a disc. I would. It could happen again. . .

I have been praying for more than 24 hours in a day and so far have not heard a word from God that he is going to allow it. I think you should hire a maid part time.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I've seen a study somewhere that we spend just as much time on housework now as people did back years ago, before all the modern conveniences. I sometimes feel like I will never get caught up.

Terre said...

Cindi, our who district went with a new Read 180 program, have you heard of it? Testing kids sucks but at least the little kids aren't as big a pain as the tweens. They often choose to not even read the test just click buttons, can't tell you how many times a kid has finished a 51 question test in under 10 minutes.
What's wrong with your technology there girl?