Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Exhausting jobs.

or "Why The Hell Are We So Tired?

I've been getting enough sleep. I sleep like the dead! It's not that.

I've been eating a balanced diet. In fact, I've changed my diet to be healthier. It's not that.

I've been walking 2.5 miles, at least 5 days per week. That's only good for energy and stamina, right? So it's not that.

It's gotta be the teaching, man. It's gotta be the teaching.

Public school teaching is exhausting. I am going, going, going, every minute of every day. I am typing this at home, in the evening, before collapsing in bed. I am impressed that my fingers can move enough to type this. Voice recognition software is looking pretty good right now.

Steve and I were talking today about our exhaustion. He's exhausted, too, and he teaches at the same school as I do. We compared the factors I listed above, and came to the conlusion that we work our asses off. For some reason, while we're in it, it doesn't feel like that. But once we sit our asses down to relax, we want to fall asleep, immediately! What the hell?

We're all glad that we have two days off next week. "Fall Break," they call it. I think it should be called "October Mental Health Break for Teachers."

We might go bowling.

--groovygrrl, queen of finally posting, once