Y'all. This week has been beyond crazy for me. I might have mentioned I started a new job this school year as a journalism teacher and advisor of both the yearbook and the newspaper. This is a brand new school, with students coming in from all over our district plus a ton of military families (we're right by Fort Jackson, SC) so, unfortunately for me, I only have two students who have any experience whatsoever with journalism. And even that isn't much, considering it was just a Journalism I class, with no practical application to either print outlets.
While the majority of my students have risen to the challenges I've thrown at them, it still leaves me with the bulk of the work to get these things in by deadline.
Truly, I'm not complaining. Just sayin'. Because this year has reminded me how much I love journalism. How much I love writing, editing and designing. How much I've missed it and how I truly hope to share my knowledge with interested students and build a top journalism program in my adopted state at my new high school.
Anywho, this week has been deadline week like whoa. Plus exam week (end of the first semester. How the hell did that happen?!?). Massive, unmissable deadline for the yearbook. To miss it would have set our printing schedule back possibly into the summer and that's just not acceptable. Self-set deadline for the newspaper, considering next week is our school's dedication ceremony with all the local muckety-mucks coming to the school as well as an orientation for upcoming freshman. So I really needed to get the newspaper done and to the printers this week so we'd have a paper to share and show all these people. Yeah. Plus, exams and grades (those are due tomorrow by 4pm. I still have exams to grade. Good times.).
Despite working twelve-hour days, eating tons of chocolate and breaking out like I'm a teen again, I'm feeling pretty darned chipper. Stress? What stress? *knocks back a cold one* 'sall good. We made our yearbook deadline. We're going to make my self-imposed newspaper deadline (if I can just figure out a couple more things the printer requires. Seriously, do they have to make it so hard?). Grades will be in tomorrow by 4pm.
Which means I have the weekend to read. I'm so damned excited, I can't wait.
On my reading list:
SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis
JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman
FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan
LUSH by Lauren Dane
DOOMED by Tracy Deebs
and whatever else strikes my fancy.
I plan to stock up on essentials (firelogs, chocolate, Bailey's and muchies, of course) so I don't have to leave the house except to walk the dogs and stretch my legs. So. Damned. Excited.