Sometimes it feels so decadent to be home by myself during a weekday. Especially now that I'm back on the traditional school calendar. My old school was on a modified year-round schedule so a few times a year, I had a week off when my kids and The Husband were all at school and working. I only miss that schedule a teeny bit (really, I only miss the February break). So now if I'm home and everyone else isn't, it feels almost weird.
Last spring when I was on my leave, I got to spend a lot of quality time with the dog, who never listened to me worth a darn before but now does. I'm sure this is because we spent days and days alone together and I was all he had if he wanted food and to go outside. He kind of had to be nice to me (which means listening to everything I say, haha!).
We always get MLK off in my district which is pretty much the only holiday we get that the other surrounding districts don't. So that's usually one day that I can count on having to myself, regardless of which calendar I teach on from year-to-year. But when I'm home like this, randomly because I took a personal day or a sick day like today...it feels a bit surreal.
Today was great. I definitely made a wise decision to just stay home and take care of myself. I got up with the kids and made sure everyone was around and ready for school and even fielded a parent phone call this morning (yes he called my personal number but I gave it to him for a reason so I didn't mind too much -- he felt bad when he realized I was home sick but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes). I spent a little time on the computer after everyone had left for the day and then around 8:30 or so I started feeling that blah feeling again so I headed back to bed. Rest is best as the doctor told me.
And rest I did. I slept for several hours and when I got up, I felt sort of human again. I was even hungry. Not just hungry in the I-have-to-eat-to-stay-alive sense but hungry enough to even be craving something. Food is starting to taste like food again and that's very good. A shower and a tad bit of makeup later and I felt like a new person. Only left the house because I had to take Middle Child to an appointment at 5. It was good to get out a little bit though. I feel a million times better than I was feeling the last few days. (Thanks Tylenol and Amoxicillan!)
Hopefully this trend continues. I might even feel normal by Friday. That would make the weekend perfect.