January tends to be difficult around the house because:
- We’re cleaning up Christmas, a wonderful season.
- There’s an emotional letdown after Christmas, too.
- I start putting away my holiday music collection.
- We’re cleaning. A lot. And I hate cleaning.
- It’s cold outside, and I just want to stay inside and stay warm.
- Regular everyday activities mean exposure to the cold.
- Filling up with gas.
- Stopping at the convenience store for coffee.
- Driving through the ATM.
- Driving through the coffee shop.
- Can coffee count twice?
- I want the Packers to win and Chuck – well, playoffs mean something else to the guy who works for a Green Bay television station.
January is tough at school/work because:
- Going back to school means adjusting to waking up early again.
- My office is in an old, drafty building. Brrr.
- The parking lot fills up fast, and the overflow is a block away. Brrr again.
- January means wrapping up first semester and prepping second semester at the same time.
- Students I’ve pushed and pulled and nagged to get caught up in their work suddenly panic.
- The stretch from Winter Break to Spring Break is the longest and brings forth the worst student behavior.
- Head Count Day #2! In the virtual school world, we have alternate ways of counting and verifying our students.
January feels difficult because:
- In two of the past five years, I’ve had a medical leave of absence in January.
- Every January, I get this irrational fear that I won’t make it through the month without a sick leave.
- When January comes around again, I flash back to the year of my Great Depression and the year of my Hysterectomy.
- As the year turns, I remember all I’ve accomplished – and all that I haven’t.
Okay, January, I’m ready. My grade book is waiting, and I know how to attack it. I’m (relatively) health. I have warm sweaters and fingerless gloves in my desk drawer. La Petite gave me a (gorgeous) neck warmer to go with my warm wool coat.