The first day was great. The kids were great. The staff was great. The food was even great. (I ate in the cafeteria with the kids...and it was great because it was free and healthy.)
This is the place for me. I knew when this job was available that I would end up there because that is what has been like with almost all of my jobs. We just found each other and clicked.
I think that is one thing that made living in France so hard for so long. I lost myself a bit when I came here and I didn't have that sense of belonging anywhere - not even at the grocery store. Then little by little it started to become more familiar and more like home. Yet the job piece was always missing. I feel like the missing link has been added to the chain and I am beginning to become more whole again.
The sleeping thing is not going well these days. My first thought was that it might be connected to my computer addiction so I decided to cut myself off. The day after my last post I didn't turn on the computer once all day. (Ok, once, just to check my e-mail.) That night I taught Tibo how to play cribbage. I crawled into bed at a semi-reasonable time, read for a bit, and then slept peacefully and deeply.
I was convinced. No more computer for me. At least not in the evenings. Or at least not after 9:00 pm. Or make that 10:00 pm. I wanted to have at least one hour before bed where my eyes weren't fixed to a screen. The next night we repeated our cribbage/reading ritual and once again, I slept well.
Then it stopped working. Even though I turned off my computer early and crawled in to bed with plenty of time to read and relax, the minute the lights were out, my brain started reeling. I laid there tossing and turning, trying to find a way out of this mess.
Eventually I just get up. My thoughts are pretty productive. At the moment they are mostly concerned with my new job. Last night I came up with some great ideas for themes and lessons. But I didn't go to sleep until 5 am. 5 am. Ugh.
Now I am a walking zombie. This morning Tibo was in charge of Felix so that I might be able to catch up a little bit but I never fell into that ever important deep sleep. I have to go in for the pre-rentree today and the students come tomorrow. I'm dreading tonight.
So, my brain is beat. My body is beat. My motivation is beat. Please, oh sweet sleep, save me!
Dutch's Ultimate Anthology Dutch of Sweet Juniper has put together a great list of Televised Toddler Entertainment from YouTube. A great resource...especially if you don't have a tv but you kind of wish you did.
Zero to Three This is one of the best online resources for information about child development.