I can’t believe that May is here! It’s an emotional month in some aspects, and favorable in others. Mother’s Day is not a time that I look forward to…it hasn’t for a while, since Mom passed away 9 years ago. I do take the chance to celebrate the other moms in my life.
May has some positive points also, since I celebrate some friends’ birthdays. It gets pretty busy by the end of the month, but it’s a good kind of busy.
May also brings back the warm weather, and flowers…and allergies. For some reason my allergy medication decides to stop working this year. It’s going to be quite a month.
I always have moments where I misplace things. I have things nicely prepared, ready for class the following day, and I unpack my things when I get to work, and the piece that I prepare with great detail is missing. Either I don’t look hard enough in my bag, or I simply forget it. It happens every single time.
It happened again this morning. I misplaced letters I created for my theme board today. They were all prepared, ready to put on my literacy board, except I couldn’t place them on my board, since I forgot them. I look all over both bags (my teacher bag and personal bag) but couldn’t find them. It’s not until later in the evening that I find them…in the bottom drawer in my room. So very annoying when that happens!
It just means that I need to get to work a bit earlier than usual tomorrow to put up the letters. I have a new child starting tomorrow, so I need to make sure things are ready before she (and the rest of my lively group) arrives. It’s currently packed in my bag right now. I made sure of it!
Some thoughts as I’m winding down, getting ready for Monday:
- Doylestown, PA was fun to visit. There’s a wonderful bookshop in the main part of town, and we visited on Independent Bookstore Day. I love the fact that they had the Childrens’ books I’ve been searching for. I’ll definitely be returning.
- Today me and Andy celebrated his nephew’s 2nd birthday. It was a lovely gathering, with just the immediate family and godparents. Toward the end Andy’s nephew grew restless, but that age always brings about a very emotional period. He went right to sleep the moment he was placed in his car seat!
- Bridgewater Commons Mall was the spot for me to visit today. I picked some items for my hair that I really needed.
- Goats are so adorable. Andy and I passed by some goat farms on the way home from Bridgewater. Next to sheep, they are so cute to observe. We also saw a quail during our drive. Hunterdon/Somerset counties are quite the rural areas.
I had a very crazy afternoon at work, which Fridays always are. The children were extra loopy due to the rainy day, and my blood sugar kept going low, despite me having glucose tablets to bring it back. During my break I usually eat then write up the classroom highlights sheet to post at the front of my door, with pictures on display. It’s a lot to do in 60 minutes, but when I’m feeling normal I get it done. Yesterday however, the only energy I had was to eat, then write up the highlight sheet. I couldn’t get the photos done, so I emailed then to management to have them (hopefully) printed, so I can post them in the afternoon. Unfortunately it never got done, so I’ll need to post them on Monday morning. Rainy days and sugar lows at work make things very complicated.
During my break I spoke to Andy about my crazy morning, while writing my classroom highlight sheet. He’s a great listener during these times. When I was done, he shared good news with me: our outing we’ve been planning for June went through. It’s going to be exciting to spend a few days away from work. Hopefully my left wrist will feel much better by then also. I enjoy working with my group at work, but time for myself is surely needed.
Some thoughts as I get ready for the day:
- I really hope it doesn’t rain today. I want to enjoy being outside at work as much as I can. or else I’ll have some restless toddlers!
- I hope I can answer the emails I’m receiving from my poetry therapy group this weekend. One of the group members send her responses through a group email, since her messages on Yahoo Groups weren’t being received. Every time a response from the group pops up on my inbox, I feel a little down. Mainly because I’m unable to answer due to work tasks and pure exhaustion.
- I’m looking forward to being a part of Michael’s 2nd birthday on Sunday! It’s to be held at the same restaurant as his 1st birthday gathering. A celebration with Andy’s family always brings action, especially with two children under 5 years old!
It’s been a couple days since I had my first OT session. I’ve been diligently doing my exercises, and I’m hopeful that it will all work out favorably in a couple weeks. For the next two weeks I go twice after work, so hopefully my hand will improve dramatically next month. The only part that will be rough will be getting home late, then it sets back the regular walking activity I have coming home. But it will all work out. I can’t wait to crochet again…I really miss working with yarn, and this tendinitis prevents me from doing so.
It’s difficult rising for work in the morning. Dawn breaks, and birds sing their song, and I adore this natural noise. I usually relax and revel in the peace before readying myself for the craziness of work. It’s going to be rainy today, an indoor day with six toddlers, so I need all the relaxation I can get.
I’m hoping that my close friend and poetry therapy colleague is doing well. She’s going through cancer treatments, and some days have her feeling weak. She is the strongest, most resilient person I know, but this has turned out to be quite a battle. My friend warned me that this may effect her frequency to maintain contact, so I’m aware that she’s been keeping her strength to recuperate.
During out poetry therapy training days, she shared valuable information with me on ways to become prosperous in the work. After we attained our certificates, we remained very good friends. I remember all of the good times we shared in New York, and I’m hopeful that we can share another moment among these difficult times in the near future.
Some thoughts as I get ready this morning:
- Had my first OT session yesterday. He recommended that I visit twice a week, so I’ve arranged that for the next two weeks. I’m hoping for the very best. Especially since I miss crocheting. I miss creating with yarn.
- I reached out to my close friend from Puerto Rico the other day. She seemed to be under great stress, yet she doesn’t understand that she alone has the power to change her situation. It’s a dilemma that’s dominated her life for many years.
- I contacted a member of my poetry therapy community about attending the annual workshops our organization holds. I’m currently unable to facilitate a workshop this year, but I can’t wait to take part with my community. Now to figure out the days I can attend.
- Later today Andy will have his finger looked at. He injured it after his birthday dinner on Saturday, and it’s been surgically wrapped for 3 days now. Hopefully it’s on the way to getting healed.
Things going through my mind as I get ready on Monday:
- I really enjoyed celebrating with Andy this weekend. Aside from him having an accident with his finger, it was a great weekend.
- I love steamed dumplings. I’m really looking forward to having them again soon.
- Going to jump right back into ‘Girl on the Train’ today. I’m halfway through it already.
- Looking forward to more warm weather this week!
Waking up today to a beautiful Spring morning. Right now I’m relaxing by the window, enjoying the birds and peace before starting my day. Andy’s birthday was very memorable, and I’m glad that we met up with friends at his birthday celebration last night. We don’t see them very often, so every time we gather it’s truly special.
Although it’s still his birthday weekend, this afternoon we’re going to celebrate his sister’s 50th birthday. Her very special day was back in February, yet the timing of rough weather every weekend and other unexpected circumstances led us to celebrate this weekend. I’m glad that she’s finally going to have her celebration. Beginning a new decade in life is a very memorable moment, and her road to 50 was lined by many difficult events in her life, that she has triumphantly overcame.
It will get a bit hectic later in the day (as family gatherings often are), but I will enjoy the moment. Events like these go by very quickly, but there will certainly be many lovely memories made.