Diving Deep–CoronaLife Day 971

I won my re-election bid for my local Board of Ed! In addition, I have been working on 2 projects this week that have been incredibly time consuming.

The first was revisiting some school policy based on sessions I had at the NJSBA conference. It is tedious work, and I am only halfway done.

I also got sucked into a genealogical mystery I have been trying to solve for ages. The process of unraveling it will be a blog post in itself, but I finally figured it out!

Add to all this that I spent about 5 hours in the ER with my daughter, who had hurt her ankle. Not the same ankle she broke last year. An x-ray showed no break this time, only a sprain. Whew!

So I have been diving deep a lot this week. I’ll be coming up for air soon.

I didn’t do NaNoWriMo this year, as I knew I would not have time. But good luck to all of you who are doing it!

The Whirlwind Begins–CoronaLife Day 901

By the time you read this, it will be September 1st. It’s pretty amazing how quickly August flew by. August 1st still felt like September was so far off, but here we are!

Monday our PTA hosted a Meet-n-Greet for our Pre-K through 1st grades to meet their teachers, do some crafts, and feel a little more at ease coming to school. We had a great turn out, even if it was predictably crazy. I roped my daughter into helping, as well, which she did even though she is “scared of the 3-year-olds.”

This week we also had our first Board of Education meeting of the school year. It was long, because we had a lot to cover. We don’t have a July meeting, which means several months of topics to review and discuss. It was productive, and it felt good to get back into it.

September 1st is the first day the teachers are back. So I have to get up early (for me) and be at the school to give a speech (oh, joy) to the teachers. Then I’m back at lunch time to help the PTA with their Welcome Back Teachers Luncheon. We love our teachers, gotta keep them fed while they work so hard for our kids!

Add in my daughter having activities a couple of the evenings, and it has been quite a busy week!

It is but a taste of things to come. As school hits fully next week, there will also be homework and eventually extra-curricular clubs.

But I will have a quiet house during the day, so I hope to find a writing rhythm where I can work at least a little every day.

Does September bring a wholesale change in your schedule, or doesn’t impact you at all?

Heat Wave!—CoronaLife Day 859

We are experiencing the first major heat wave of the summer. I mean temperatures at 100 degrees. I’ve heard the National Weather Service has issued instructions on how to bake a lasagna in your mailbox.

More extreme weather has been becoming more the norm in my area over the past few years. Multiple tornadoes, stronger hurricanes, more forest fires, warmer winters, and hotter summers.

Climate change is here to stay.

Thing is, hot weather like this makes me lazy. Coupled with the childhood-learned summer slowdown reflex, I hibernate in the air conditioning and the summer malaise creeps into my soul.

Still, there is much to be done, so I will have to shake it off and get to work eventually.

I am in the midst of a photo project, which will take me longer than I had anticipated (don’t they always?). I also need to do some research into trade reviews and book bloggers for an upcoming book.

I need to create and print the pamphlet for my Board of Education run. And there is current BOE business to attend to.

And the usual family stuff. It may be summer, but we still have doctors’ appointments, swimming, ninja gym, and visits with family, as well as all the usual routine things.

I have plenty to fill my days, if only the heat wave would release me from its spell!

Finishing February–CoronaLife Day 712

We’ve just come off a four day weekend, so not only do I not know what day of the week it is, but I am finding it hard to get out of vacation gear.

I never lack for things to do, of course, but sometimes the motivation to do them is hard to find. It doesn’t help that, like most of us, my To Do list never seems to get smaller no matter how much I work.

I am chipping away, though, because time doesn’t stop and things still need to get done.

So I am working on taxes, and Board of Ed stuff, and waiting on getting the hardback of my genealogy book. If that one looks good, I can approve the paperback version, since it’s the same interior content file.

It’s hard to believe February is nearing its end. January seemed to last forever, while February has sped by.

How are you finishing your February?

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