This has been an exhausting week for me—and I don’t see any
sign of things letting up before the end of April! So I will somehow have to
get used to this level of activity and effort. At least I didn’t have to do any
tutoring this week.
Yesterday was my “prepare for Geography” day. I planned to
work on Geography in the morning and then leave for the airport to fetch Janet’s
brother Sammy, who was flying in from Zambia to attend a local junior college
for the coming school year. But then his flight was canceled, and his new
flight was not due to arrive until about 10:00 p.m.
So, I did what I could in the afternoon and then left for the
airport at about 7:00 p.m.—only to find out when I arrived that his flight had
been delayed! I had parked in the “one-hour parking” area so had to go out and
move my car.
His flight finally landed shortly after 11:00, but of course
it was half an hour before passengers appeared and the luggage began arriving. Even
though I hadn’t seen him for 19 years, I located Sammy quite easily as he looks
like his father and brother. We waited for his luggage but one of his big
suitcases did not arrive. He had to file a missing luggage report and that took
a while as well. So it was midnight by the time we left the airport.
My primary entertainment on the long drive home (other than
taking Sammy to Buc-ee’s) was watching the half-moon slowly rise in the sky. It
seemed huge—much larger than normal for some reason. We arrived at 2:30 a.m. and
I went straight to bed.
It was so, so hard to get up this morning! I don’t do well on
less than five hours of sleep. I made Sammy some breakfast and then drove him
over to Kilgore to register. I had hoped it would be quick and easy but they hadn’t
told him what building to go to and we had to try a couple of times before we
were directed to the correct one. So there went a couple of hours out of my
morning that I really needed for class preparation.
Sammy finally got sorted out and I raced home and enlisted
Jasper’s help. Geography starts at noon with a meal, and I didn’t have time to
make anything fancy, especially after the week I’ve had, so I made a batch of
keto crepes. I filled half with ham and swiss cheese, and saved the others for
dessert during the break.
I hate feeling unprepared or underprepared for anything. I
have worked so hard all week and I felt there just weren’t enough hours in the
days! There were several moments this morning when I just wanted to curl up in
a ball and cry—but I didn’t have time! Jasper helped me with some of the food
chores and set up the projector in the living room.
And you know what? Despite my feelings of panic and anxiety,
it was okay. Everything that had to be done did get done. Well,
except taking a photo of my class! This class is just four boys so I call them my
Geography Gentlemen. I’ll try to get a photo next time.
All the material I wanted to cover I was able to cover. The
boys seemed to like the crepes, especially the dessert version with cream
cheese and strawberries and whipped cream! I think it’s going to be a great
class! Everyone seems eager to learn more about the world. And yes, I took a
nap after everyone left.
We have not heard back from Sammy so are assuming he is
spending the night in his dorm room. Maybe tomorrow his missing suitcase will appear
and I can get the rest of his luggage to him.
Meanwhile, my husband has been having a very interesting and
unexpected week at work. There may be a change in his future.