Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm Having A Jessie Spano Moment

This is so me right now:

School started for me last week. I'm at a new school teaching a completely new grade level and I'm nervous and scared and I feel so far out of my comfort zone that it's ridiculous. I'm doing my best to keep a positive attitude and keep my head above water. We'll see how it goes.

(I really miss my old school and my old students, though. A lot. I didn't realize how attached I was.)

Last week was also my two year blogoversary. I was going to have a special post and all of this, but I have been so busy I have hardly answered my email.

So, yeah...I'm busy. Busier than my usual busy.

I mean, I'm dealing with...
New teaching job where I have to start from scratch with my entire curriculum
My first packet of work is due for my MFA program in a week and a half
I need to finish this WIP of mine
I have to be a good dog mom to Gunner and take him to the park every day
I have to work out at least 4x a week



Is anyone else having a big freakout like I am? I feel like life hit me like an oncoming big rig right now.


  1. I have Jessie Spano moments all the time. Somehow things always work out--although not always in a teen sitcom kind of way. ;)

    Hang in there!

  2. I know it seems like TOO MUCH, but you can do this. One step at a time! Big hugs Jess!!

  3. I feel like the past month has been one big Jessie Spano moment.
    Take a deep breath; you can do it!

  4. That sounds like how I felt last year during the weeks before each of our school plays went up. I found it was helpful to count down--"Well, for better or for worse, this will be over in X days." So like, for you: "This packet of work will be done and submitted in X days. It might suck between now and then, but then it will be over."

    Also, remember that you're a great teacher, you know your stuff, and I'm willing to bet this will get easy a lot faster than it did when you started (unless you're one of those magical mythical teachers who just stepped into the classroom on her first day and commanded instant respect, in which case, grrr. I was not one of those teachers.)

    You can do it!

  5. Somebody says, everything is going to be just fine and hang in there.

  6. YES! I don't even have a full time job, and I STILL can't get everything I want to get done DONE. I don't know how you do it, lady. Surely it will get easier, though. Maybe if you film a music video with two BFFs in a leotard and leg warmers things will get easier?

  7. It's the time of year. EVERYBODY is busier than a one-legged man in a but kicking contest. I have so much to do, I do nothing because I don't know where to start. Just hold on tight, the ride will be over soon.

  8. First, any post title involving Jessie Spano immediately grabs my attention and yes - have so had my share of the Jessie Spano moments, minus the speed part. We just had the first day with students and even though I've already taught my current course load, it can still get overwhelming and I foresee a Jessie Spano melt down in a few weeks. But I totally feel for you, Jess. Starting over at a new school WITH a new grade level and a whole new set of hormones - that's ENOUGH as it is! I guess the only sage advice I can offer is prioritize. And sometimes that means just taking 30 minutes to walk Gunner or to make sure you are mentally squared away for the next day. Or just specify 30 minutes a day for the MFA load. Hang in there. Sending massive hugs your way.

  9. Yes. Post-college life is kicking me in the ass right now. I'm going to go rock out to music that came out before I was born now.

  10. You can do it!! Good luck with everything. Hopefully after you get through this hump of craziness, things get a little easier.

  11. Yes You Can! maximize every second, and use some of those seconds to just close your eyes and meditate. When I taught high school, I received two bits of amazing advice: stay out of the teacher's lounge (time warps there) and force yourself to do your grading/recording at school during the non-class period and lunch. Don't leave school with anything but your purse. Even as an English teacher, I could do this much of the time--then I enjoyed being at home with my baby. But don't kill yourself if you don't get everything done on time. Just pour a glass of wine and remember that you've got tomorrow.