Tomorrow, I have a test. The very first one for my Food Science class. I’ve been studying, making notes, and trying to ingrain all the stuff we’ve learned so far into my brain. I also have a group assignment due for my Quantitative Thinking class, which is my online, “external” class. In the internal version, the groups meet up and work out the math problems together. They even have to take minutes during their meetings and submit them with the assignment. But online? We can’t do that. We don’t live near each other, or have any sort of face to face contact. There are 5 people, including myself, in the group. Only one other person has bothered to check the group discussion board to get the ball rolling on the project which is due next week.
5 days ago, I wrote on the board that we should divide up the work, then put it on the collaborative file, check each others work, and then turn it in. We have to turn it in as one. We are supposed to have a group manager who takes on the turning in and filling out the cover sheet jobs. The other girl wanted to get started but didn’t want to be manager or be responsible for dividing up the work, so I took charge, divided it all up, and am now crossing my fingers that the other three will actually do their work. I would be manager, but I’m going to the U.S. on Friday. By myself.
Yes, BY MYSELF. As in no kids. No Aaron. All by myself. Aaron will be at home doing Daddy daycare whilst I fly to Minnesota for my cousin (who’s more like my sister) Jennifer’s wedding. Can you feel my excitement as you read this? Did I mention I’m going by myself? Don’t get me wrong, I love my family more than words can convey, and I’ll miss the like crazy, but I’ll be able to go to the bathroom with the door shut and no one will bang on the door and scream because they want to be where I am. Who am I kidding, I don’t even shut the door anymore, it’s just easier to leave it hanging open so the kids can come in while I do my business.
I can drink a cup of tea without having to put it up high in between sips so curious hands don’t burn themselves. I can go to the shops without having to constantly tell anyone to stop running off, stop touching everything, stop jumping in the cart, stop trying to jump out of the cart, stop throwing things, stop sitting on the groceries, etc. etc., followed by tantrums on the supermarket floor with everyone looking at me. I don’t have to worry about mountains of laundry and dishes, toys everywhere, poopy nappies, or overnight wake ups due to teething or a blocked nose for 11 whole days (including the flights).
I had grand plans of finally finishing the book series I’ve been reading for the past two years, but never get time to sit down and read, watching movies on my iPad or the screen on the back of the seat in front of me, or even catching up on sleep during the plane ride. Instead, I’m going to write my orange juice report for food science. Maybe I can do all the leisurely things on the way back.
So if I don’t write for a while, it’s because I have a test, an assignment, an international flight, and then bridesmaid duties.
And all the while, I’ll be missing Aaron and the kids like crazy.
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