Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Woman in her Thirties Takes a Day

Sorry for not posting in awhile, all ye women in your thirties, but between parent teacher conferences, Tiger's infidelity, lesson planning, and the mini mental breakdown I had on Tuesday, I just haven't had the time for blogging.

My stress level confuses me. I don't understand exactly why I'm so stressed. I could use the move as an excuse, but I lived in China for three years for Pete's sake. It's not like Pleasantville is more difficult to adjust to. Teaching is a stressful job, sure, but I've been doing this for six years. You'd think I would have figured out how to handle the pressure by now. I like my job. I love my friends. And the men in my life, L and D, continue to wag their tails in happiness when they see me.

So what's up?

Friday, at a meeting, someone asked me what I was doing this weekend. I got that tightness in my chest that I get when I visualize my to-do list (which is very real, kept in my planner) and realize that there's no way I'm going to get through what I need to this weekend and have an hour or so of downtime to... oh, I don't know... sleep. She sensed it.

'You need to block off Sunday,' she said after I listed all I had going on this weekend. 'For you.'

A woman in her thirties takes a day off from herself. (Isn't that rule #1 once we enter this decade?) Today I'm doing laundry, getting my fat butt to the gym, making a nice dinner, and catching up on So You Think You Can Dance. I will not think about the lessons I have yet to plan, the Christmas cards I can't decide to whether or not to mail, or the poop that Daniel just ate while on a walk. There's only so much a woman in her thirties can do.



  1. Absolutely right. You can't be all things to all people. You're even less able to be all things to all people if you're not taking care of yourself. Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself is critical - CRITICAL - to surviving one's thirties (and forties, and I imagine every other decade, as well).

  2. So glad to hear you actually took a day for yourself. I didn't see wine included in Sunday's itinerary though-- I highly recommend it. Or you could settle for tea. :)

    On another note, way to go in getting a new blog header! I was just thinking this morning that I didn't get a chance to help you with that when I was there. :(

  3. RIGHT. Hope you enjoyed your day of rest and are able to make a habit of it!!

  4. I've been thinking these same kind of thoughts lately! Wishing you more peaceful days to come...