It’s been a long week. Tiring physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Physically – I’ve logged a lot of miles in my running shoes. I’m getting faster again, I’m feeling stronger, and I’m so grateful for the time I can spend taking care of myself in this way. But at the end of the week, I’m also tired. My legs and body have worked hard. I’ve pushed myself up steep hills and in circles around a track at a faster pace than I’ve run in years. I’ve carried a growing, sleepy puppy upstairs to bed and chased a growing, crazy puppy around the yard. Physically, I’m spent.
Emotionally – My mom had surgery a week ago. Nothing crazy, but emotionally draining nonetheless. Taking over as caretaker for her and my dad (because she usually takes care of him) has been a new role for me. And I’ve only seen my husband once this week. Between his job taking him away from home and me spending time with my parents, we just haven’t been in the same place. It’s all temporary, but it’s been a little draining.
Mentally – The days I did spend at work this week were jam-packed. I worked with lots of teachers, most of them delightful. We had great and engaging conversations about book clubs and incorporating content into nonfiction reading. I got to step into classrooms and work with students who enthusiastically debated the pluses and minuses of plastic water bottles,students who noticed font choices in books and how those choice related to the plot, and students who compared main characters in books by the same author with astounding insight. All of that work was wonderful, but my brain feels a little depleted tonight.
I’m back at my parents for the next few days. But I’m hoping tonight to rest my legs, turn off my brain, and set aside my worries.