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  •  I am already experiencing how draining it can be (14+ / 0-)

    yesterday I did not leave school until 4:20 because of an important team meeting.  I spent almost two hours waiting for my wife to finish work at the National Democratic Club, catching up on my email and chatting with a couple of friends who were amazed at what I am doing.

    We got home a bit before 7, and by the time I did the basic household tasks of feeding cats, taking garbage to curb, going through the mail, cleaning catpans, and running a dishwasher load, I was wiped out and crashed around 8:45 PM.  When I taught at Eleanor Roosevelt I had no trouble functioning last year on 5-6 hours of sleep.  For this I cannot go below 6, and probably need at least 7.  I also have to make sure I eat during the day, which is often not possible even though I have a lunch and a planning period, and only have to do lunch duty 2x per week.   It is stretching me.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:39:43 AM PST

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    •  I mentioned a book I'd read several years ago, in (4+ / 0-)
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      a comment in another of your diaries.  The name just popped into my head: The Blackboard Jungle.  It was written in 1955 (I had no idea it was written so long ago).  There have been one or two movies made which I've not seen. The book is excellent.  You have probably read it, but in case not I highly recommend it.

      As an experienced multi-cat household person, I'll pass along a recommendation about litter.  "The World's Best Cat Litter".  It's more expensive than others, but it lasts much longer. It's also safe for cats.  Other scoopable litter contains a chemical that is thought by many to cause feline triaditis.  This litter is also the best at keeping odor at a minimum.

      We lost one of our best buddies to triaditis 8 years ago, after a long illness, when it was first being seen in cats.  Our vet is fantastic.  She called all over the country for input from other vets.

      The most effective treatment (along with some oral meds) was acupuncture which drastically changed his blood chemistry for the better...he had no joint nor mobility problems.  Because of her experience with Buster, she spent 8 weeks out of state to learn veterinary acupuncture.

      Sorry to have gone off topic - I know you're a loving cat papa as well as a committed educator.

      "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

      by 417els on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:54:19 AM PST

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    •  Take good care of youraelf, Ken. (1+ / 0-)
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      You're going to have to be strong.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:57:16 PM PST

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