Sometimes I feel like I live at school.
And considering how huge and spacious and windowed my classroom and adjoining office space are, you'd think that spending said huge amounts of hours there would not be a big deal but today they were a big deal. I wanted out. I had thought about staying for the school arts Halloween concert but that was still a few hours away and I couldn't bear to be there for another building. So out it was.
But out to what exactly?
My ever absent boyfriend/fiance/husband? (There are only so many times I can watch ((insert BBC TV series here)) before it doesn't count anymore/ever.)
Rehearsal? (Wish I had time for one.)
A cup of tea and the book I've been reading? (All my books are for school right now. Too much annotation needs doing to be relaxing.)
A bubble bath? (Hate them. Cold, dirty water is not appealing and I don't like being naked.)
My life has become work and more work and. . .more work. I suppose that's what happens when you're teaching far too many classes and own your own business on top of all that.
After a trip to the store for some half decent frozen pizza (because I'm too exhausted to cook and have worn out all of my other eat-out options long ago - it's what happens when you do theater. . . ) I realized that although I could totally use a night just sitting alone in my room and falling asleep by 9:00. . . I didn't want that. I wanted people. But all of my people were at school.
So back I went. I saw the last half of the concert. I socialized with other teachers and parents and former cast mates from the YCTIWY crowd and reminisced about the summer and planned for the next few shows on the docket. And I found again that even though maintaining relationships and contact with people isn't exactly my forte, I am grateful for the people in my life that make it worth living when I would otherwise be drowning in a sea of confused homophones and strangely formatted papers and over pretentious short stories.
The papers aren't going anywhere. (Seriously, though. I keep putting off looking at them.) There will always be more books to prepare. (Good thing I pick not crappy ones.) But in the meantime - I'm grateful for friends.