It's Spring Break. You would think I would feel relaxed, easy-breezy, soaking in the days without the usual hustle and bustle routine. I'm NOT. I am more stressed than if I was at work. It's like working creates blinders where I can only see what is in front of me: the essential things that need to get done that day in preparation for the next. I'm too busy to notice the desk drawers cluttered with mystery papers, the closet in the office about to burst with a mish-mosh of school supplies, the toy rooms with crayons, markers, stickers, games, books, and little toy figures tossed all over the place. The car with the crumbs in it. The bathroom closet in disarray. The drawers filled with winter clothes that need to be put away in favor of lighter spring outfits, and the shopping that needs to get done since I was a size smaller last spring. But now that off from work, all I notice is all I have to do and the frustration of not being able to get to any of it. With a four year old and a two year old home, there is very little time to do anything I want to do or need to do and it's really starting to frustrate me. And then I feel guilty for being frustrated.
Here is a list of the things I need to do and hope to do over this spring break.
Create a resume needed for a summer position. Reread Teach Like a Pirate in preparation for an upcoming LIWP book discussion. Read the Truth About Twinkie Pie to be ready for Authorpalooza on April 19th. Make 6 sets of 21 candy bags to give to students for state testing when we return to school. Reschedule the eye appointment I should have gone to in December. Make an appointment to have my daughter's hip brace resized. Collaborate with my friend and LIWP colleague on how Twitter can enhance your professional development. Clean out my desk and office closet. Reorganize the toy rooms and get the outdoor toys ready for use. Shop for new spring clothes and shoes. Put away the winter clothes. Work on a poetry unit and read the upcoming units of study for reading and writing. Read through the next math module and plan a review for the state test. Read through the materials to learn more about Google as I work to become a certified Google educator. Read something on my TBR list. Grocery shop and be more strategic about the foods my kids eat. Make family member picture cards associated with letters of the alphabet for my son who is having a hard time learning letters. Buy a birthday gift for an upcoming kids party. Do the piles of laundry waiting for me and put away the baskets of clean laundry that have been sitting there for...a while.
I think I need a spring break from my spring break.