Thursday, January 29, 2015

It Doesn't Take Much...

Last week I visited a school and, as a result of my drive and need to obsessively drink as much coffee as humanly possible in the morning, needed to hit the ladies promptly upon my arrival.

You guys.  It was lovely.  In a sad, sad, teachers-don't-really-ask-for-much kind of way.  First of all, it was a regular height.  Now, I love to work my thighs as much as the next girl thinking ahead to summer, but honestly?  I don't need to desperately squat in heels over a toilet designed for a five year old.  Quite a picture, I know, but I have always been one to say it like it is, no?

Second of all, it had a working lock, ample toilet paper that was not the standard 1/4 ply and a sink that had actual warm water and normal people soap.

And there was more!

In the corner, was a lovely shelf stocked with anything one could want in the middle of the day and, in a haste to grab their 45 pound bag and third coffee, might have forgotten.  We are talking a variety of hand lotions, a couple of hair products, tissues, aspirin, cough drops, name it!  And none of that oddly generic stuff either; it was all legit.  Stuff that made you feel like someone, anyone, thought about what might make your day a little easier and decided not to cheap out and rely on the thought to count.

I mean, some professionals necessitate a corner office, require a personal assistant, demand an expense account or, you know, ask for a moment to sit in peace and eat their lunch.  Whatever.  All we teachers want is a little respect and possibly a toilet that is higher than 12 inches off the ground.  You know, one designed for adults.  Is that too much to ask?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Trading Balance For Some New Habits

...yet sadly I wish my chosen new habits felt more dicey or badass but alas, I am a teacher and a mommy, so here goes.

I went to the gym today.  I went to the gym today for essentially the first time in a little over four and a half years.  YEEEEAAARRRRSSSSSS.

(Need I remind you of Mini Mimi's precise age?  It's just shy of four and a half.  'Nough said.)

(And there's another one now too, so the gym has been a bit of a thing in my rear view mirror.  My ever-expanding rear view mirror.  Ahem.)

I think it goes without saying that Mrs. Mimi is embarking on a journey of starting newer, healthier, more balanced habits and, if I do say so myself, so far so good.  But it's haaaard.  (Can we please note that in true teacher-fashion, I decided to start these fabulous new habits on the Monday after the holiday?  Partially because I'm a bit anal and "new things must start on Mondays" and partially because I couldn't possibly start something new during the winter break.  I mean....)

I have been searching for balance for many years.  And after those many, many years I have decided that balance is bullshit.  It's elusive, punishing and just makes me feel bad about myself.  (For confirmation of my failed attempts at "balance," click here, here or here.)No teacher worth her Super Colleague Cape ever achieved perfect balance.  The pendulum is too cruel and always in motion - sometimes we are super teachers who are crushing it in our classrooms while constantly ordering take out and acting like those monthly gym membership fees aren't taunting us.  Other times we are strong, fun, responsive friends ready to listen but totally behind on our paperwork.  And then there are times that our kids need us and then...well then it is just a goddamn crapshoot isn't it.  I consider myself lucky when everyone is clothed, fed and I've managed to leave the house in matching (fabulous) shoes. 

So balance is out and it's all about habit forming in my world.  My habits of choice?  Gym going, blogging, and more professional reading.  (Okay, that is just scraping the surface, but do you really need to read about things such as picking out my outfit the night before rather than in a panic in my dark closet or going to bed by 10?  I think not.)

What I like about habit forming rather than striving for balance, is that the idea of forming a new habit means you just have to get started.  Lazy ass!  Just get started!  (Or that's what I yell at myself when the wine and the couch just call my name....Oh Miiiiiimiiiii!)  So I'm starting.  Now.  Go! 

What habits are you trying to form in this new year?

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