Where Do I Begin?

Oh, my lovely, faithful, amazing readers…was April really the last time I posted?  I am so sorry.  Clearly, I have some ‘splaining to do.  (Anyone else a closet I Love Lucy fan?)

Without going into too much detail lest I stray from being Educational Ass Kicker to TMI in the blink of an eye, here is the deal.    And why I desperately want to come back from where I’ve been.  I’m sure you will a) read between the lines, b) not be quite sure what I’m talking about but know this is all I can say and/or c) all of the above.

But first, get yourself a drink.  It’s the beginning of the school year and Lord knows I could use one too.

Just a few short days after I posted in April, I found out some wonderful news.  Wonderful news for me and my family.  News that made my mind race with organizing tasks, appointments to be made and books to read.  News that took my mind away from this blog.

And then, just a couple of months later, I got updated news.  Very sad and personal news.  News that made my mind race with the the types of things you don’t want racing through your mind (a.k.a things that don’t mean purchasing new Sharpies).  News that I wasn’t ready to share or really even accept for myself.

If you are not picking up what I am putting down, know this – I am fine.  Physically fine.

Needless to say, the summer was rough.  For the first time I can remember, I’ve been desperate for the summer to end so that I could start fresh in the fall.  As a teacher, fall has always meant fresh, new beginnings and holy shitballs do I needs me a fresh new beginning.  (Seriously, I saw an ad for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and almost wept because that is a more reliable sign of the fall than the changing leaves.  Thanks, climate change.)

I am trying my hardest to move on with a new perspective on what really matters.   Although, I’m sure I’ll be back before you know it and ranting about lost preps, photocopiers and those crappy dry erase markers that are so faint it’s like writing with crushed up leaves and berries.  Easy come, easy go when it comes to perspective, right?

Please know that I have missed all of you, blogging and my sassier Mrs. Mimi self more than you can imagine. 

I hope your school year is off to a fabulous, organized and can-do start.


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  • I've never responded to your posts before but I want you to know what a breath of fresh air you have been for me! Glad to know you're back- you've been missed.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • I'm sorry for your sad news. I hope the fresh start of fall helps. I'm glad you're back, and I hope to see more of you again. I seem like choppy sentences now that I'm teaching Pre-K (instead of sixth grade, like last year). Are you in the classroom this year?

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • Hugs to you and your family, Mrs. Mimi. We can wait. 🙂

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • I recently came upon your blog and read about half of it in one sitting (it was a long night).

    I've been there.

    I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • ((((HUGS))))

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • Sending you lots of good karma. Although I haven't been exactly where you're at…I've been there AND ya, it's the sh*&ts! But we learn to move on. Right now, you come first and everything else can take a hike!


    Classroom Capers

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • I hope you're doing okay. I still enjoy reading your blog.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • I'm so sorry and hope the fall brings you much happiness and new joy.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:50 am
  • Mimi, sorry things were so difficult this summer, but I'm glad you're back. Each school year is, indeed a new beginning.

    Oh, and we have the entire I Love Lucy series on DVD 🙂

    September 7, 2012 at 12:50 am
  • I knew what you were implying after the first few sentences. I had a similar journey this summer, and know that it isn't easy. I hope fall brings you a chance to rejuvenate yourself. I agree about the Pumpkin Spice latte being a great fall treat, along with the pumpkin bagel at Einstein Brothers bagels.
    Thoughts and hugs to you,

    September 7, 2012 at 1:44 am
  • Oh Mimi! This made me tear up. I will keep you in my prayers. While I have missed you, please know that this community supports you. No job, not even teaching and blogging, is more important than your fam. I'll have a drink this weekend and toast it to you (hmmm…pumpkin spiced latte, or adult beverage?).

    September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Even in my mid 50s, Fall is always a new beginning for me. Hope this one brings the promise of spring and peace.


    September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Sorry you had a sad-news summer, but so glad you're back! Hope you're starting to feel like your old self and ready to move on and rant and rave and make us laugh. Glad you're back.

    September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Oh, so sorry. I'll drink to fresh starts with the new school year.

    September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • I knew exactly what you meant in that very first paragraph and even if I'm wrong what you wrote was something I easily connected to (as I do with many of your posts). I've been going through what I believe is a similar personal journey for the last two years…Not. Easy. At. All.
    You have every right to take care of you during this time. School is an amazing way to escape but be sure to continue to take care of yourself as well.
    I look forward to seeing you back on your blog.
    Cheers to a happy fall and a new school year for all!

    September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • I am so sorry you had a no-place-I'd-wish-on-my-worst-enemy kind of summer. Here's to the true new year (not that silly January day the non-educational world reveres so); may it bring you all you hope for, and more. <3

    September 8, 2012 at 2:40 am
  • Been thinking about you…especially today, as I sipped my first PSL of the fall. Better days are ahead for you and your family, I just know it! Hugs.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:09 am
  • Love your blog!

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • I just started reading your blog and love it! You're definitely an inspiration for future teachers! 🙂

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • I've just begun to read your blog and I love it! As a teacher, you're definitely an inspiration! 🙂

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • (((Mimi))) Hang in there, we are rooting for you and better, brand-new-clicky-Sharpie-joy days.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • (((MIMI))) Hang in there, we're rooting for you and better, brand-new-Sharpie-joy days.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • (((HUGS))) and prayers for you. I have not been where you have personally, but I have family and friends who have and I know that it is tough. I hope you have a good new beginning this year.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • I'm a new commenter to your blog… I was definitely picking up what you were putting down, and my heart is heavy for you. Prayers coming your way.

    Take your time coming back – enjoy the beginning of the year, and good luck getting your groove back. It will happen. 🙂

    October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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