For the first time EVER I have started a new semester and I have not had a freak out moment. Monday evenings class was canceled because of the dangerously cold weather and I did not have to attend my first class on Tuesday because classes were canceled until 11:30AM due to the still dangerously cold weather. Even though I missed two classes I still received the syllabus for each of them and I had assignments to complete, but even so both classes appeared manageable.
On Tuesday I had to attend my class that starts at 11:30AM. I kept checking the school website in the hopes they would cancel classes for the day. My kids were off school. It was so cold. When I got to school my car said it was -3 degrees and adding the windchill to that it was more like -15 to -20 degrees. With each step I took on the way to my class I contemplated dropping the course. It was utterly inhumane to have people walking outside at this temperature. I kept walking though, even though my fingers felt like they were going to fall off through my multiple layers of gloves. Once I made it to class and warmed up I began to think sensibly again. I have to take this class. It was hard to get in. I need it for my minor. It is only offered at the main campus and it makes sense I do it now, plus I liked the teacher, the syllabus, and the content. Once this weather leaves us I will be fine. My walk back to my car was absolutely insane. My ears hurt so bad I nearly cried. I have never experienced anything like this. I decided when I got home I would curl up in bed and this is what I did.
On Wednesday my kids had a two-hour delay. I drove Brenden to school at 9 and Aubrey got picked up at 9:45. I had to do carpool at 11 for the Elementary school. I decided to work on my online classes, but my day was less than productive because of the late start. I vowed to finish up my online stuff on Friday. I think after taking J-term, I am so confused by ALL this time I have to complete stuff. For now, everything seems so manageable. I hope it doesn’t change. The fact I am not stressed out scares me a bit. I don’t know what to do with it – you know?
On Thursday, I attended both of my classes at the main campus. I enjoyed them both and I am back in teacher mode. I did find out we are required to attend several seminars at 8:30AM. I chose not to freak out about this and try to work it out. After I talked to Brian, it was clear I could not work it out so I emailed my professor and told him I can’t attend. I can’t be at the main campus until 10AM; that’s the reality of my situation. I was not aware of this requirement when I registered for the class and it is unreasonable to spring it upon us the first day of class. What if people have another class at that time? If I had to meet this obligation for a job, that would be a different scenario. Jobs pay, school takes your money. This is the difference.
Today is Friday and I am going to be productive. I have to finish up my work for my online classes and then do a bunch of reading. None of it is stressful and I certainly hope it stays that way!