- Firstly, you volunteer to teach a challenging lesson on the Holy Trinity (easy and straightforward topic, yes?) to adults, when people very important to your career will be present and observing, then....
- You say "yes" to work in a pilot program, teaching Korean teachers strategies for English teaching. This is on-line every morning from 6-9 a.m.
- You do this while still teaching Korean students English from 2-4 a.m.
- Suddenly, you are told that you must write three one-hour lesson plans for ALL of the on-line teachers to use teaching the Korean professionals teaching skills. You, who usually take days to write a lesson plan, you who are a perfectionist, you who have never before written lesson plans on these topics, get to write one a day for three days while receiving a non-stop string of e-mails either giving criticism of the last one, ideas for the new one, or pleas, even demands, that you get it in NOW. Oh! and the first one is due the day after you are told to write it. No dinner that night!
- You sign your daughter up for tennis every morning from 9-11....so that you literally leap from your role as teacher (in front of the computer) to your role as mother, in the car, racing to tennis.
- You sign your boys [one of whom is near having agoraphobia] up for an expensive soccer camp which meets every afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30, in another city....oh, of course they don't have equipment - you have to make time (and find money) to buy that!! You take every moment to encourage your agoraphobic son to actually go to the camp - after all he asked to go, and asked to have his brother attend with him. You have almost giving up wincing at the cost....but live in dread that said son will not attend.
- The second day he doesn't attend, and when you tentatively try to discuss it with him, you make the tactical error of referring to "fear". You realize you have apparently hit a nerve when he regresses to destructo-boy and smashes a bottle of laundry detergent on the laundry room floor. (Do you know how hard that is to clean up???)
- You are trying to clean it up fast, because you have a repairman who will be coming by in the afternoon, and he will need you to go to the store and purchase multiple items....while he is working, with the understanding that he will only be able to finish the job if you are back soon!!!
- You agree to having the emotionally fragile acquaintance of your compassion-challenged daughter come to stay for a week. Oh! Your agoraphobic and socially fearful son, extends himself to speak Russian to this little girl, who is so fearful herself that she is mute. Indeed, she is nearly 100% mute in all languages. Said son, undoubtedly hurt, behaves badly, threatening to cut off the guest's hair. You witness this episode, passing through on the way to what becomes an aborted effort at a nap....you wonder how many such incidents you have missed.
- You spend a frustrating couple of hours from 6-7:30 a.m. on the phone with various tech support people, because in the middle of teaching your Koreans you find that alternately you: a) cannot be heard, b) behold your face frozen on the screen in a most unflattering expression, or c) cannot see, hear or type.
- Finally, as a sort of dessert item, you are told by your Korean superior that your students are unhappy, and you must write them a letter of apology for these technical issues, and that the letter must be ready within the hour.
Only thing.....the sense of humor has not prevented my visage from appearing every day more haggard and aged. Probably the most painful aspect of the teaching-the-teachers program is that I have to LOOK AT MYSELF the whole time.
To wrap it all up in a big bow, there was a staff meeting for my real job this morning at 10... (Wasn't that great timing?!) Well, yes - it was! It was scheduled for perhaps the only moment of the day when I don't have another responsibility!
Craig did kick in and pick up Anastasia from tennis, an event which will undoubtedly result in a melt-down of some proportion later today. He also took the boy(s)? to soccer.
Now....A nap! A nap! A nap!