During the school year I, as do most people, have a regular routine. I get up at 6:00, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, gather my stuff together, stop at Dunkin Donuts and refill my coffee cup and go to work. I’ve had this routine for a number of years. It works for me to do the things I do in the order I do them. For example I make my lunch the night before because I’m not a morning person and I don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to eat.
The reason I’m talking about this fairly boring routine is because it is amazing to me how a finely honed, long standing routine can go out the window so quickly. I have a whole new routine now. I sleep in, getting up anywhere from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. I eat breakfast first and linger over it while watching the news. I work out or answer some emails. I make coffee and linger over that. Then I shower and do some things around the house. I may have IEP meetings interspersed between these things.
In some ways it feels like my old routine was years ago. And some days it feels like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and start it all over again.