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Calm Before the Storm

October was busy and hard. It is one of my most demanding months as an ELA teacher; overseeing school picture day (I’m the yearbook advisor), organizing literature fairs, coordinating Harvest Day, field trips, and more, not to mention the regular demands of teaching. It is as stressful and exhausting as it is exciting and fun. Unfortunately, the month ended with the loss of my thirteen-year-old lab.

I had been trying to get as much done before November as I could, as I was preparing to have surgery to fix a herniated disc that had been plaguing me since March. Fortunately, my last MRI showed so much improvement (an almost 75% reduction in the size of the herniation) that my doctor no longer recommends the surgery. While I am far from pain-free, I am making significant progress.

The long weekend allowed me to get the house in decent shape after being neglected for weeks and my school papers are graded and lesson plans for the week are done. The unseasonably warm weather made outside chores enjoyable. I even got away from the house for a little bit of Christmas shopping. It was an easy weekend after an exhausting month. Tonight I feel a little bit more recharged and I am enjoying the calm.

The calm might be short-lived, however. The forecast predicts winter is going to show up in full force tomorrow with bitter temperatures and several inches of snow. In preparation, the animals got some extra bedding and have been tucked into their pens.

But until tomorrow…

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