As I was getting ready to write this I was thinking about how I was going to say the last week has really kicked me in the a**. There is really no other way to say it. But the more I'm thinking back on it the more I realize it isn't just the last week. It has been pretty much the entire month of August since I started back to work on the 10th.
I do believe there is a balance to all the things I need to do and that I will be able to settle into a good routine, but I just haven't achieved it yet. I've worked amazingly long hours at school including working all day last Saturday and working until 7:30 on Friday. The beginning of the school year takes a lot of planning from me. After a few weeks that time frame will be reduced greatly (I hope). If I did for some reason get to leave by 5ish then I had errands to run whether it was grocery shopping or running into town to pick something up or to have a meeting, etc. Many times in the last few weeks I wasn't getting home until 7 or 8 at night. So then of course my internet life suffered. I barely posted anything at Assignment: Houston last week, I didn't read blogs or check on Flickr friends. Posts and photos mounted up and I just had to turn away from it. It didn't help that I had morning and afternoon duty every day this week so I was leaving the house at 7 in the morning and having no time at work to prepare before school. Whew, what a week. What a month.
There are some new things in life that are also eating up time, namely cooking and learning Spanish. To stay on my Spanish track it takes up about 4 to 5 hours a week. That's a lot of time that I used to use for other things. Cooking isn't much better. It takes me an hour to an hour and a half each night that I decide to cook something. You know I'm new and I'm very slow. I admit to having some frozen stuff last week because I just didn't have the time. No take out though so yay!
I know I need to cut down on my internet stuff, but I promise you have I have culled my RSS reader just about as much as it can be culled. I really can't cut too much more out. There is a balance. I know there is. I just have to figure out what it is. Hopefully this weekend helped me get on track. I caught up with posts, I caught up with photos and I cleaned the apartment. And I slept. A lot. Bring on week #2.