The fall is always a busier time than the summer (um, duh), but this is the quickest turn from laid back to stressed out I've ever had.
Mostly it's because D. did in fact have her surgery, which went well, but then she had a slight complication that necessitated an ER visit. All is now well, and she is recovering nicely, but there was a really stressful day in there.
And of course all of that coincided with the first week of classes, so I wound up having a substitute for three of the first 5 days. NOT an ideal start to the school year.
Last week was then hard because I was at work for the whole week while also trying to help D. through her first days at home on her own. Everything went fine, but it was exhausting, especially the teaching part. As D. insightfully commented, it was like I was having all of the work of the first week without the adrenaline rush of the first week.
The good news is that I felt like I was hitting my stride by the end of the week (although I collapsed like nobody's business on Friday night out of sheer tiredness), and this morning felt almost normal, as though I was getting into a routine.
So that's why there's been blog silence here these last couple of weeks. It's been a hard month, but it's almost over. I'm not really a fan of autumn -- it's beautiful but reminds me forcibly of the coming dark and cold -- but this is one year that I'll be glad to see the end of September.