Random Tuesday – new classes, inevitable, about to be slammed
I have about 15-20 minutes before I need to leave for campus. My face to face classes began yesterday but I have to go all 5 days; I have two MWFs and one TR. I don’t mind really; I plan to do my intros with today’s class and it will probably finish a bit early, then I am going to get a much-needed pedicure and then I think I’ll get a Publix Italian salad. I haven’t exactly been good about sticking to keto all seven days of the week but I find that if I do it maybe 3-4, I am still losing weight. Especially if I only eat once a day. And if I feel my big lunch was not quite enough, I throw in a quick fat-heavy keto snack around 4 and I’m good to go.
My first two classes seem good so far. I have taught a couple at this college where, after day one intros, I was pretty worried about those students. For example, one time I had this pretty hefty girl whose interesting things about herself included: “doing my hair and nails, sleeping… and I LOVE myself. I am really just so into me.” I kid you not. And you know what? She did not pass that class! Lordy; but not everyone is supposed to go to college. It just is not for everyone!
But the majority of these students want to be there, are engaged, and try very hard.
So, they reinstated the mask mandate in schools for k-8. Sigh. It’s a bunch of crap too because for one, new studies come out every day about the ineffectiveness of masks and the insanely high rate of survival for children. IF my two younger children did have it (which they probably did because they were sick at the same time as when about 30 kids left camp due to it) then they have antibodies. Oh, but if for some reason they need to be quarantined due to “being exposed”, I cannot show an antibody test. I would have to provide a positive test from the past 90 days. That ain’t fair. So it’s really only a matter of time before a kid gets sent home because they may have been in contact with someone who’s been in contact with someone who was sent home for being sick. We are making public policy for all the wrong reasons with little data and I am – at times – about to lose my damned mind over it.
I was fleshing out my calendar for the next few weeks and it is… overwhelming. Little things like the weekly piano lessons, picking Isaac up from XC, band instrumental rental night. But also, starting this Thursday, weekly meets, then soccer practice twice a week, then a couple fantasy football drafts, and then just everything else in and around that: trying to squeeze in walks and runs, going out with friends if possible. It’s all just a lot!
OK, that class went well and we only took up about 40 minutes, so I went and got a much needed pedicure then picked up a big Italian salad at the grocery store. If you’re only going to eat once a day, your meal needs some diversity: this salad had dark greens, veggies, three kinds of meat and cheese. The meat wasn’t exactly “clean” keto but hey, you do the best you can!
I had this weird thing happen on my drive home: it just struck me out of nowhere that we have a high schooler. That just SOUNDS crazy. Like, how in the world is that possible? Sometimes I still feel like a young parent but then I realize, um, no, I’ve been doing this a while!
OK, it’s thundering but the radar shows no rain. Let’s hope it passes before 4 so Isaac can have practice. He made cross country with a great tryout time but due to rain, he’s only had one practice. I hope it stops so he can at least get a couple runs in before the meet!