The first official week of school is over. It started with a blue dress at Open House, progressed towards games and excitement and new students on the first day of school, and unfortunately ended in stomach cramps and cold sweats this Friday morn. I remember now that I do not like the first week of school, mostly because it is hectic, disorganized, and I have to pretend to be very, very stern for the sake of future classroom management. The students, as always, are a joy and I felt bad for dismissing myself abruptly from class this morning because I was about to vomit. The strangest thing of all, I think, is that it feels as if I have been working much, much longer than a week. I suspect it has something to do with the switch to block scheduling. Ah well, nothing a sense of style can't fix.
(P.S. My friend Ida gave me this dress, and I thought a public thank you was appropriate. Tack!)