It’s that time of year that all teachers dread.
The time of year where my words can either make it or break it for the kids I teach.
It’s the time of year where I have to think about my colleagues who will teach my students next.
I have to think about the schools these kids will attend.
I must think about the futures, both right around the corner and down the road.
It’s the awful time of year where only one thing is on my mind-
I was trying to explain to Sebastian the pressure behind writing reports but he got it before I even finished and said,
“You have to write each report like it’s the first and the last.”
Perfectly said. Yes, even though I’m writing 13 reports, they will each be read independently by one family effecting the future of one child.
Serious business needs serious food.
Let’s hope I had the right food for thought today!
When I went to bed last night, my head hurt so bad that I knew I’d still be in pain the next morning. It’s a good thing we had today off otherwise I would have had to call in sick. I woke up at 9 with a terrible migraine. My teeth and eyes even hurt. I took two Excedrin Migraine pills and went back to sleep until 1 pm. When I woke up, the pain had reduced to a slight headache, thank God. Needless to say, breakfast was had around 2pm.
3 mini rolls with smoked cheese, peanut butter and blueberry jam, and nutella and cottage cheese.
Break time Snack
I took a little break after about 2 hours and made some fresh juice. One of the best combinations to date.
2 oranges, 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 beat, 1 inch nub of ginger
I worked for a few more hours then took another break.
Sugar and Protein Fix
One of my mother’s best treats- peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Trust me, my students will benefit from this unhealthy mess.
I then extended my break by forcing encouraging Sebastian to go on a walk with me.
While walking, we organized a bet. Whoever lost was responsible for organizing a date night next week. It must be something new, interesting and exciting for both parties involved. Sebastian bet I wouldn’t be able to meet my goal of completing 8 reports before midnight.
Once back, I continued to work until 9 then took another break for dinner.
Brown rice, grilled asparagus and Asian marinated grilled salmon
I was hungry for rice-a-roni so improvised and added some vegetable bouillon soup mix to the rice. Although it wasn’t the San Francisco treat, it beat plain brown rice.
Asian Seafood Marinade
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 3 thin slices of ginger, 1/2 inch diameter
- juice and zest of one lime
- 1.5 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 salmon fillet
- Combine garlic, ginger, lime and soy sauce. Pour over salmon in a tight-fitting container.
- Marinate for a minimum of half an hour.
- Grill fish as desired.
It’s now 11:47 and I’m ready to call it a night.
Remember that bet I mentioned earlier? Well drum roll, please!
I’ve completed 9 reports! I can’t wait to find out what Sebastian has planned! I love surprises!
Tomorrow I have a staff in-service. We’re discussing EAL (English as an additional language.) The kids won’t be at school but the teachers will be. Hopefully I’ll finish the remaining reports tomorrow afternoon.