About three weeks ago, when it became apparent to me that my sanity was at risk, I asked to take a personal day for March 15.

The luxury of personal days in our district is rather new, and I, who feels guilty calling for a sub when I have the flu, never thought I would actually have the nerve to use a personal day. But I honestly think that knowing I’d have tomorrow off is what helped me get through the past two weeks.

And even though I will spend about 10-12 hours tomorrow grading, here’s how I kicked off my personal day, and how I plan to spend what remains.

  • Dinner at Chick-fil-a with a friend
  • Met a different friend for drinks
  • Went to Kohl’s to buy some short-sleeved shirts
  • Went to Orange Leaf 
  • (I’ll be cleaning for the next two hours or so)
  • Sleep in (til 7:30 or 8)
  • Dye my hair
  • Submit passport paperwork to the post office
  • Order sushi for lunch
  • Watch basketball, starting at 11:15 AM.
  • Grade every paper in my possession
  • Teach 2 piano lessons
  • Stop watching basketball at 11:15 PM
That’s my personal day. I’m very excited for it.
Now if I just stop feeling guilty about taking it in the first place…

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