Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Need a Sub

The day started off as it normally does: my husband's alarm went off at 5:45 am. But then it changed from there. He didn't press snooze right away. The morning hosts or the radio was listened to for a while before he pressed snooze. Admittedly, while it's normal for my husband's alarm to go off at that hour and for him to press snooze for the next hour, it's not necessarily normal that I'm in the bed at that point, having either moved somewhere else before that to try to sleep through that time or just having gotten up to get moving with the day.

But in the bed I was and no urge to move anywhere, even though I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep. More snooze buttons pressed. A bit of cuddling. Then another snooze button. When my husband finally got up around 6:45, I stayed in bed. I almost never stay in bed at that point.

He got ready, I stayed where I was and actually drifted in and out. Had strange dreams like someone coming to our front door to talk to us about what people can see through our windows and how there's this one man we need to be careful of which window he can see through--at which point somebody from across the street came out, zipping up some sort of suit-thing he was wearing, which filled up with air and made him huge and the poor woman at our door started freaking out. This caused me to wake up. Then I drifted back to sleep and had more weird dreams, like my son opening the dryer and us finding a kitten hiding inside--we figured he'd come up through the vent. (?! lol) We've been talking lately in non-dreamland about the possibility of getting a kitten, but not through the dryer.

This continued until I finally made myself get up--after 8 am. I honestly don't know when the last time was that I slept past 8 am. Maybe summer after having gotten back from our trip.

I dragged myself out of bed, to the bathroom, then to my "spot" on the sofa in the media room. By the time I'd grabbed my laptop, I'd realized that I am sick: my throat hurts, my body aches, my head hurts, I want nothing but orange juice and to curl up in a blanket and watch movies all day. During my in-and-out in the bed, I had the thought that I wondered if a niece or nephew would be sick today so I wouldn't have to go pick them up after school; my sister-in-law texted not long before I got up that both nieces are sick and she's home with them, so I don't need to go pick them up.

All of this to say: I need a substitute SAHM/homeschooling mom today. Somebody to make sure my son gets work done and help him with his social studies research. Somebody to make lunch and supper. Somebody to plan and prep my French class for tomorrow (my brain has already thought, "What's the simplest thing I could do tomorrow? Games!"). Yes, unless I can't physically move, I will be at that French class tomorrow. The fortunate thing is I use gestures in the class and they say the words, so if I can't speak tomorrow (I haven't yet had the opportunity to try today), there's still a lot I can "say".

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In searching for a picture to include in this post, I actually found a couple of links with some good tips for these times when you wish you could call in a substitute teacher. Perhaps they can help you, too, prepare for the inevitable day when you want a sub!

1 comment:

  1. I am on the couch too. Second day for me. Feeling better but stayed rested and calm so I can teach my class tonight - I won't go near the children but can at least guide their work. Bleh. Sick twice in the same winter and I don't normally get sick like this!