A small panic-induced haitus

4 Aug

I am panicking just slightly at the realization that school starts in 21 days.  I’m feeling ridiculously unprepared.  I haven’t gotten anywhere near enough done this summer — my house isn’t ready, my kitchen isn’t finished, my dining room isn’t finished, my entry way is still a messy storage jumble, my school preparations are a joke.  We are going camping at the end of this week and I’m not ready for that yet.

Yup.  I’m in a panicky way.

I know that it’s not as bad as I am making it out to be.  My kitchen is very nearly finished — I really just need to finish the one strip of tile and finish putting everything away.  My dining room isn’t finished but we’ve ordered the new door and will get it around the end of this week.  Nothing I can do to speed that up.  While my house is still a disaster, it is way better than at the beginning of the summer.  I’ve completely cleaned my son’s room and will do my daughter’s this week while she’s gone.  I cleaned our bedroom from top to bottom and decluttered a LOT of junk from there.  Our entry way is still nightmarish but it’s better than it was — picking away at it slowly (too slowly! 🙂 ).  Progress is being made.

School preparations are similar.  Have I spent as much time as I wanted to at school preparing?  Nope.  Not even close.  But, I have done some organization.  I’ll spend a couple of days there this week and some time with one of my 4th grade team this week and I’ll be feeling a lot better about all that, I know.

So, thinking outloud here, I’d really like to get my living room completely clean — hey, I can get that done today.  It will probably only take me an hour or so.  I would like to get all the rest of my school stuff to school so my house is less cluttered.  Again, I can get that done today another hour, tops.  The biggest project I’d like to accomplish this week on the house is to finish the kitchen and get the entry back to a semblance of order.  I also have to clean my daughter’s room.  (See the panic building again . . . )   Okay, I’m off to make a list and get organized . . . no way around it now.  Summer is nearly over and I have to get my butt in gear.

So, don’t expect much posting.  I will try to post some pictures now and again.  I’ll still be reading blogs. And, I’m sure I’ll feel better in a short time for the focus on getting things DONE.

Happy August!


7 Responses to “A small panic-induced haitus”

  1. robin andrea 4 August, 2008 at 6:56 am #

    You know how I feel about time away from the blog! Take all the time you need. You’ll be glad you did. We’ll be here when you get back.

  2. KGMom 4 August, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Oh, I have your start beat. My classes start Aug. 19 which is WAY too early, if you ask me. But then, no one did!

  3. Mary 4 August, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Oh, gosh. You and I would make a great team of worriers. Relax (yeah, easy for me to say). Enjoy the rest of summer (cleaning the foyer). Don’t worry about the classroom (you can always do them the night before).

    Blah Blah Blah. It’s all a bunch of little things that snowball into a nightmare.

    Breathe deeply. Take one thing – one day at a time. And oh, don’t forget to pack up for the camping trip by Friday. Tee-hee.

    Don’t worry about the blog, either.

  4. jayne 5 August, 2008 at 2:51 am #

    Huh, we start school this Thursday Liza. Crazy, isn’t it? “Summer Vacation” is now literally 9 1/2 weeks here. Just keep focusing on what you have accomplished as it’s a pretty big list too! And as Mar said, breathe deeply.

  5. Miz S 5 August, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Oh I hear you, honey. I hear you LOUD AND CLEAR. I am going out of town tomorrow for 10 days and bringing 3 teacher books with me. (Reading For Meaning, Rules in School, The Morning Meeting). I was in my classroom for 20 minutes this morning and was filled with despair at the thought of organizing for the year…

  6. raehan 5 August, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Are you a teacher, Liza? I am somewhat new to your blog. I take it you’re not just an overly organized mother talking about the kids’ school.

    Enjoy the rest of summer.

  7. Liza Lee Miller 5 August, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    Yup. Teacher stress! Never confuse me with an overly organized mother! Not gonna happen! Thanks for coming by, Raehan!

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