I think I'm stressed. The main clue is (warning - potentially TMI - too much info - revealed in this paragraph) that I've been breaking out in serious hives the third night in a row. It only starts from about 8pm and lasts into the early morning hours. (Yes, note the time of this post.) I take a Benadryl or 2, then go to sleep, and the hives are mostly gone in the morning. I've racked my brains, thinking of potential allergens - a new shampoo or detergent or whatever? - and coming up only with the impending start of the school year. The truth is - I'm not ready for school. I haven't written actual lesson plans, just general lesson topics for the first 10 weeks. I'm not finished preparing for my hopefully-spectacular Back-to-school Carnival (warning - simplification of original plans may be in order). 7 days left till the first day of school.
In case this post degenerates into another teacher back-to-school whine-fest, I happily inform you that I'm groovin' to the soundtrack of the most fabulous summer movie on the planet Earth - Mamma Mia!! (Second exclamation point is mine.) I just saw the movie with two friends, and we laughed so hard that I doubted if I could drive home safely. But I did.