Technique Number One: Keep VERY busy
My Current Schedule looks something like this:
1. Full Time Teacher-40 hours minimum per week-find time to mark and plan in evenings and weekends.
2. Teach Belly Dancing Monday nights for an hour (super excited to get this going tomorrow!)
3. Teach Zumba Monday (after Belly Dance), Wednesday, and Friday evenings
4. Add in teaching Zumba on Thursday nights starting in October.
5. Find time to practice presentations for Math program (presenting to other teachers 3 times over next two months), create posters, refine power point, make and take games etc.(of course my division does NOT give me time to do this-all the prep is on my own time), then facilitate monthly meetings thereafter
6. Present on second math technology program once in Oct. (must remember to prep for this sometime)
7. Start Dance Club to be held 1-2 times per week after school (I refuse to coach a sport so this is my compromise)
8. This week alone I have 2 "must attend" school functions
Technique Number Two: When not doing one of the above listed items-cook!
I am no Julia Child but lately my nesting habits have been in overdrive. This weekend alone I have made "Dump Cake", meatballs in 2 different sauces (one for parties one for spaghetti), 2 casseroles, and Parmesan potatoes (currently in oven). I also have ready to go in my freezer homemade stew, hamburger soup, buffalo chicken wing soup, and a lentil bake. No I am not crazy! Cooking this way ensures healthy meals for my wee family that merely need to defrost and heat. We have enough now that I shouldn't need to really cook for about 2 weeks. If I don't do this type of cooking every night becomes "I'm too tired to cook" and we spend way too much money on pizza and other eating out. Which we cannot afford to do given the extended adoption wait times and US$ each month that we are shelling out for Little Bear's care. I am not in the slightest upset about providing for my son- he is ours and WE WILL CARE/PROVIDE FOR HIM....however ask me how happy I am about the extended wait times, constantly changing process, lack of information, and general VISA wait issues and my left eye starts to twitch....ahem back on topic :)
Technique Number Three: When in doubt drink!
Currently I am a big fan of these wines: http://www.grandprewines.ns.ca/winery/wines/ their Pomme d'Or is amazing, also love http://www.blomidonwine.com/ the Baco Noir with any BBQ food is fabulous! We brought back several cases of wine with us from Nova Scotia and these two vineyards were our favourites. But hey -anything will do for distraction. I personally love to sip wine while gazing out at our currently spectacular view of the lake in its Fall foliage.
Stay tuned for more distraction techniques! I hope your life is blissful enough not to need them!