Every time I write down the date, I am absolutely shocked that it’s the middle of August. This may be due, in part, to the miserable weather we’ve been having this summer (cool and wet), but probably also due to the fact that I go back to school in less than a week. I’m sad to say that I’m not looking forward to the start of the school year, as I have pretty much always done in the past. In fact, this year, I’m dreading it.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my classmates (there are 27 of us, so we’re a fairly close bunch), but the volume of work I’m expecting this year is frightening. I kind of want to throw up a little when I think about it. Officially our school day starts at 8:30am and ends at 5:00pm, with an hour for lunch. The reality, from what I’ve heard from upper years, is that we have to be there by 8:00am (at least) to set-up so that we’re ready to treat our patients, and then we will often have stay late to clean up afterward. On top of that, our lunch hour gets eaten up (no pun intended) by having to set up for our afternoon patients, and then we will often have lab work plus studying to do in the evenings.
We’re also putting our kids in activities this fall/winter. Both my son and daughter will be starting hockey this year. My 4 year old will only have a half hour or so on Saturday morning, but my 6 year old will likely have a more extensive schedule. Unfortunately we don’t have any idea what that schedule will be like at this point, because it doesn’t come out until after all of the kids register and get placed on teams. Huh? Doesn’t make me happy to not be able to plan ahead.
We’re also planning to put them both in one session of Canskate. They’ll both be skating at the same time, which is nice and one less hassle. The tricky part is that registration for Canskate is next week, while hockey registration isn’t until the following week. So, how do we decide what session to put our 6 year old in when we don’t know when hockey will be? So frustrated about this.
I also mustn’t forget that I start school on August 23rd, but my kids don’t start until September 7th. Luckily, my parents are awesome and taking the kids all next week, but we’re still finalizing childcare for the following week. I’m sure it’ll work out, though. My fingers are crossed.
In anticipation of the upcoming craziness, I’ve put a few meals away in the freezer. But what else am I going to do so that I maintain my sanity, you ask?
- I’m going to set up four weeks worth of meal plans and shopping lists, to be rotated until Christmas.
- My husband and I are going to finish organizing the office, because I have piles of stuff from last year still hanging around.
- I’m going to keep working out, because it makes a huge difference in terms of my energy level and how stressed out I feel. Oh yeah, and there’s half marathon I’m doing next month, so I should probably stay on top of training.
- After the office, I’ll be tackling our mudroom/laundry room, because it’s a huge mess in there and it’s time consuming to have to look for shoes, bags, and jackets every time we want to go out. I hope to hit Home Depot and find some locker-style units that will help manage the chaos.
- A lot of the kids clothes are getting too small, or just worn out, so it’s time to go through those, too. And maybe order them some new dressers from Ikea, because the drawers on theirs are starting to fall apart.
- It’s also time to buy the kids some new shoes and probably some cool-weather gear.
- Hallowe’en costumes might be a good idea, too, because it’ll be here before you know it!
- I picked up a “Happy & Healthy Meals” all-in-one pack from my dietitian. It’s a binder with great info on balanced, healthy eating and meal planning, plus it has sections for me to record my quick meal ideas, meals I make regularly, and new recipes I want to try. I want to fill those in this week, so that my meal planning is easier.
That’s probably more than enough. I guess we’ll see how much I accomplish from that list!
Also in the same post, she discusses her struggle? decision? to find her blogging voice and post about her interests, rather than writing about the “popular” topics. Something to think about, especially for us new bloggers.