Friday, January 29, 2010

Crazy week

Oh what a crazy week it's been. I've barely had time to breathe. Between the marking (yes, that again) and all the other commitments, I feel like my head is spinning.

First the marking... I was hired to mark provincial diploma exams for grade 12 social studies. The money is pretty good, but it's hard work, and they're long days. It's much better than marking by myself though. We sit at tables of six and I am working with a great group of people. Still, my brain is numb at the end of the day. I have to keep reminding myself that this is helping me pay for my trip to Paris.

Which it is... I have the plane ticket already!!! Mr. P booked it for me and, although it's not really a birthday present, he put the e-ticket in my birthday card yesterday.

It hardly feels real. But I AM GOING TO PARIS!

I also started Italian lessons on Wednesday night with the students who are going on that trip. And last night I had dance class. So, I've been running, running, running.

Tonight I will be picking up my nephew at the bus station. He is coming to town for the big shin-dig tomorrow night. I haven't seen him for a long time so this is exciting!

Yesterday, I woke up to a disastrous sight in the bathroom. The OnlyChild had decided (at some ungodly hour in the night) that she needed to dye her hair black. Her hair, the shower curtain, the wall, the ceiling, the towels, the sink, the bathtub, the showerhead. All are black. What a mess! She tried to clean it; unfortunately, cleaning is not her forté.

She redeemed herself by doing some other cleaning and by buying me this beautiful bouquet of flowers:

As you can see, she also decorated the dining room with reminders of how old I am - 40s hanging from the chandelier and a long Happy 40th Birthday banner, which fell down this morning so I couldn't photograph it. These decorations came from Cheryl and were used at her 40th birthday party back in November.

Being 40 is weird. That's all I have to say about that!

Right now I'm going to go and read the newspapers from yesterday and today. Then maybe I'll take a short catnap (with a dog or two on my lap). Then a quick trip to Walmart is in order. Finally, I'll head to the bus station to pick up the Boy. I have to back marking tomorrow by 8:00 am and work until 4:30 pm. My friend Sandi is picking me up for the party at 6:15.

I'm tired just thinking about it! I'll be pretty worn out by the time Sunday rolls around... more marking starting at 8:00 am.

Yikes. Can I have a vacation after this?

If you don't hear from me for a couple of days, I'm probably sleeping.


Annie said...

I hope you have a fabulous time tomorrow night. Say hello to the Boy and Only Child. Miss you all and love you.

Barb said...

You are going to have such a fun time, I am so happy for you, even if you don't like turning 40. It truly is not bad at look great, feel great, so why not enjoy that. Your daughter gave me a laugh!!

Pat said...

Have a great b'day party. 40 isn't'll get over it!! LOL

Patty said...

Enjoy your party. 40 isn't all that weird after you;ve worn it for a little while.

Unknown said..., lucky you! I hope you have a blast!

Tangos Treasures said...

Relax it will all work out!!

ImplausibleYarn said...

Have a great birthday! I don't know much about being 40, having not made it there yet but on the subject of hair dyeing? A little rubbing alcohol theoretically works wonders when it gets places it wasn't quite supposed to be.

julia said...

You are so busy. I hope that you can take a few days to get rested before your trip to Paris. When is is? It would not be nearly as much fun if you are too tired to function.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on the great gift! You are going to love Paris!

GARAGE SALE GAL said... hari dye can be very hard to get off of things...
and 40 IS NOT OLD!!!
Deb :)

Dogwood said...

I am tired reading how busy you are right now. I need to go take a cat nap. So, happy for you that you are going to Paris! That is wonderful. Fun and more fun. Forty is a good age.

Stacy said...

Hope you had a great time at the party and I also hope we get to see lots and lots of pictures!

So, are you going to Italy with your students and then on a separate trip to Paris? You're going to have a great year!

Thimbleanna said...

I once told a friend of mine at work that I live from vacation to vacation. Keep that in mind while you're doing all that marking!

Congrats on the trip to Paris -- are you going to Italy too and then to Paris? And going with someone fun??? What excitement to look forward to!