I don't even know where to start. I am so infinitely irritated at so many aspects of my life right now, I don't even know what to put at the top of my list.
OK, here's the first one. I teach first grade. First graders cannot read very well, therefore we have to do quite a few worksheets for practice, etc. Up until this school year, we have been allotted 15,000 copies a year. This year, for some reason, we were cut back to 10,000. It is impossible to keep first graders engaged and learning without something to do. And I'm almost out of copies. Another first grade teacher is out already and had to practically grovel to our principal to get more. I know that this may not sound like a big deal, but this is just an example of the lack of forethought that is often given to administrative issues lately in my workplace. It gets very frustrating.
Second one. I have a student who just doesn't seem to 'get' numbers. Or so it seems. I can't figure it out. One day she seems to get addition and subtraction, the next she acts like she's never seen it. Then today, we were talking about greater than and less than. Again, she acts like she has no concept. I don't know if she doesn't want to take the time to think, she's being lazy, or she really doesn't get it. I don't mean to be frustrated with her, but I don't know what I need to do to reach her.
Third. Isaac was all excited about going to this store that carries products for our local high school teams. The store is going out of business, so the hours have been cut down. We get there, and PUSH it to get there, by 3:45 when the sign says that the store closes at 4. NO ONE IS THERE! I can tell why they're going out of business when they don't keep the freakin' hours that they post! I absolutely abhor when people don't do what they say they are going to do!
Fourth. Dh had a car accident week before last. We are being given the runaround about dealing with that. It was NOT dh's fault, but it looks like we may have to have our insurance cover our damages if things keep continuing the way they are going. This sucks out the wazoo!
Fifth. Our church is in decline. No one but members of my family and a few others seem to see what the issue is that is causing this, and even fewer want anything done about it.
I know that God is in control and that most of this is NOT in my control, so I don't need to be fretting over it. But it is so hard, especially when it all hits at once.
Add to this that Christmas plans have been changed and have left me totally not looking forward to it at all, and I'm a pretty down gal tonight. If you would say a prayer or think good thoughts my way, I'd really appreciate it!