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May 27 2011

goodness gracious

How did this happen so fast?! It’s a Friday night, and I leave for the Delta on Tuesday morning.  I only have three days left in So Cal, and then that’s it until Christmas.  I’ve been so busy getting ready and being excited that I haven’t really processed the sense of loss I’m feeling, however small.  For the most part I’m glad that this chapter of my life is closing, but I will miss:

  • living with my family
  • living 20 minutes from the beach and an hour from the mountains
  • Target, Trader Joe’s, and In-n-Out
  • having a job that requires little to no forethought
  • having control of my schedule
  • my cats
  • the non-humid glory of So Cal weather

This last week has been full of goodbyes, and full of relaxing and watching copious amounts of the Office (again).  My quote of the day, just for my personal amusement:

“In the Schrute family we believe in a five-fingered intervention. [raises fist] Awareness. Education. Control. Acceptance. And punching.”  -Dwight K. Schrute

I’ve also been busy reading the pre-Induction articles that the powers that be emailed to us last week, and some are amazing while some are insipid.  I’m not really sure what to expect with Induction.  I’ve heard more than I ever want to hear about Institute, but Induction is a blank for me.  All I know is that it’s supposed to be summer camp mixed with college orientation.  I liked both of those things, so I think I’ll like Induction.

My room is in shambles right now, and my packing system could be described as loosely-organized chaos.  I’m overwhelmed with how much stuff I have, and I’m not sure what to do with it all.  I’m going to try and keep only the things I can stuff into my car, and buy more things when I get to the Delta.

The road trip to the Delta is around 5 days, and I anticipate it costing around $1200.  Yikes.  I’d still rather do that than fly, I think — I definitely want to have my car, and I don’t even want to think of what checking all of those bags would cost.  It’ll be fun, and I’m sure it’ll be the cleansing pseudo-vacation I need before starting the next chapter in my life.

I want to say congrats to all of the 2010 CMs who are just finishing their first year!! That’s so amazing!  I’ve been following a few blogs since August, and it’s so cool to see how you’ve all grown into your new lives!  Your students are so lucky!  Huzzah and congratulations!

As of last weekend, I’m officially a college graduate, which is hard to wrap my mind around.  Although I’ve been mentally checked out pretty much since November, it’s nice to be officially DONE.

I’m not placed yet, but many of the Delta CMs are, and I’m so happy for them!  Part of me is glad that I’m not placed yet, because I think if I knew exactly where I’d be working and living, I’d take my obsessive planning to a whole new level.  And I don’t need to do that yet.

I really and truly can’t wait to be a teacher.  It’s something I’ve been waiting for as long as I can remember, and this dream of mine is finally coming true.  I can’t wait to meet my students, to talk to them and find out what makes them tick.  I can’t wait to set up my classroom.  I can’t wait to color-code and organize.  I can’t wait to learn how to be firm and respectful and be in control of students that intimidate me.

ALL of this to say: I’m leaving on Tuesday.  It’ll be bittersweet, but it’ll be awesome too.

4 Responses

  1. Ms. D

    Maybe it’s because I start induction on Tuesday.. or maybe it’s because I’m listening to Ingrid Michaelson, or maybe because I’m overwhlemed with packing, pre-institute work, pre-induction work, and a number of other things, but your blog just made me cry – in a good way. :) I am so with you on not being able to wait until you meet your students. Good luck this summer girl. :)

    • elsa

      yay! I’m glad! The beauty of these blogs is that they remind you that you are NOT alone!

  2. justcallmemaestra

    This made me smile. I can’t believe it’s so soon either! I am so glad I am not the only one that is looking forward to organizing and setting up my classroom. We are locas, but I love it! :)

  3. Katie


    I’m so excited for you! I remember the thrill of setting up my classroom last summer, and I’m looking forward to it even more this summer (although I’m also really looking forward TO summer!). Glad you were able to squeeze in a Target run for a planner. I’m going tomorrow. :)

    Safe travels! I’m going to miss knowing that you’re in the same state. Definitely want to see you at Christmas and hear all about your first few months of teaching! You’ll be in my prayers. Such a fabulous adventure you are embarking on!

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