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Night Class Energy Struggle Bus

If energy was money, I’d be broke by 7 p.m. I don’t know how to make ends meet until bedtime. It’s always gonna be a stretch.

My husband is NOT a morning person, so, if his energy was money, he wouldn’t even get paid until about 9:30/10:00 a.m.

For Morning-Person-Me, though- flat broke by 7, every night.

Unfortunately, I teach a night class from 5:30-8:00. Also unfortunately, I don’t get to see my kids much on night class nights, so I do the whole bedtime song and dance when I get home.

Strategy is a must. I should rest during the mornings, when I know I’ll have to go strong all evening.

But I’m a morning person! Trying to chill in the morning is counter-productive. I get butterflies in my stomach thinking about all of the work I need to do, and the very reasonable “you will have time for that later” response doesn’t calm me down.

I have the urge to work in the morning, and I have to work in the afternoon/evening. I have to be careful not to tire myself out, but…

My poor night students have it much worse than I do. Many of them get up earlier, work all day, then come to night class, often skipping dinner in the process. Their effort and persistence is remarkable.

If they can drag their exhausted selves to class, I can try to put some pep in my step.

I probably won’t have time today (the lesson plan is packed), but if I’m careful, I might have time to bring them some food for Wednesday’s night class. If I’m running on empty, they’re running on chocolate covered espresso beans.

One of my favorite sayings from when my kids were newborns is, “when you can’t sleep- eat.” We can’t nap in night class, but we can nosh. I hope it helps. Five weeks to go.

 

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