This is my first ever advice / tips / how-to post! I’ve wanted to write one for a while, and I finally am! I’m hoping to be able to post a new one every Tuesday (for Tips Tuesday) :1

Anyway, this is a post about how to survive missing class and catching up on all of the work you’re probably missing! There have been times when I’ve had to pull all nighters to catch up, but most recently, I survived and didn’t have to stay up too late at all! I’m not an expert, but here’s some tips that I’ve learned on how to stay on top of your work when you have to miss school.

1. Get as much work as you can in advance. Seriously, this is important. By working on your homework in advance when you have time, you’re saving yourself a lot of time later. If I’m going to be out of school for multiple days, I’ll usually email my teachers and then talk to them in person, but if it’s just one day or part of a day, I’ll talk to them the day before. Either way, though, make sure you talk to them and let them know in advance. Now, if your teachers are anything like mine, they’ll probably tell you to come back the day before you’re going to be missing school to get the work, which totally defeats the purpose of you talking to them early. But still, it doesn’t hurt. And if they give you work in advance, get it done in advance.

2. Bring your work with you. If you can, bring your work with you and get as much of it done while you’re at whatever it is you’re missing school for. Bus rides and plane rides are great opportunities to get work done! If you can’t for whatever reason, that’s okay, it’s just helpful if you can.

3. Make up any tests or quizzes as soon as possible. If you wait too long to make them up, you’ll forget everything that you had to know for the test or quiz. It may seem like a good idea to wait longer and have more time to study, but in all honesty, it’s going to make everything so much easier for you to get it done in advance. Some teachers will even make a more difficult version of the test for you if you take the test after everyone else. If you feel prepared enough, see if you can make it up before you miss school! Then that’s one less thing you have to worry about :1

4. Don’t force yourself to get everything done in one night. I learned this the hard way. I forced myself to get all of my makeup work done for the day I went back to school. I did not sleep, and it was awful. I advise you not to do that if you value your health. Instead, get as much as you can done, and if your teachers question you, ask them for an extension. If you’re a reliable student, which I’m sure you all are, they’ll give you one. Just talk to them and explain the situation to them. They’ll understand.

5. Whatever you do, don’t panic. I’ve panicked and cried quite often when I have to deal with missing school, and it’s not worth all the stress. As hard as it may seem at the time, you WILL get through it and you WILL be okay! Just take deep breaths and smile. Take it one day at a time. Listen to music that makes you smile. It may take a long time to feel like you’re truly caught up, but you will get there. You’re amazing. Stay strong. You got this!!

I really hope this helps at least one person who sees this! I don’t know if this is advice anyone needs, but I thought I would share anyway. If there’s anything you would like me to write about for the next Tips Tuesday, please please please send me an ask!! I’d love to help you all as best I can – it’s the least I can do to repay you all for supporting me and my blog :1

I came down sick with a sinus infection 10 days ago.  Wolf got put on double doses of antibiotics so he could get back on the road.  I got put on single doses.  I lay around the first day (Friday a week ago) and part of Saturday, after taking him to the truck yard.  I went to get the kids Sunday, which wore me out.  Monday last I lay around most of the day.  Ever since then it’s been “Go” and “Do.”  I’ve been so tired.

Today I spent 3 hours cooking, things for Wolf to take on the road, and dinner, and a meal to take in to the pastor and his wife.  She just was in a car accident and broke her arm in 2 places and got a concussion (who does that sound like?  Oh, me.)  Because we’re new around here, I didn’t realize that they had a teenage daughter and the wife’s dad living there.  So I didn’t make enough food.  I feel like a did a bad job of being generous with hospitality. :o/

I haven’t made many personal posts in the last week or two because my laptop screen died.  It was cracked, and 6 years old.  I bought a new-to-me computer which just came Saturday, and I’m just figuring out how to use it.

We’ve been without hot water for a week again.  The property management replaced the water heater a month ago and true to the nature of water, if there’s another leak, it’ll show up.  The main bathtub faucet began running hot water.  I figured it just needed a washer.  Got all the parts, took it apart, put it back together and now when shut off it RUNS like the faucet is half on.  So fast the water heater doesn’t have time to heat the water.  So I shut off the incoming water supply to it and the breaker and put in a maintenance request.  I got an acknowledgement but nobody has contacted me since.  We’ve been heating water on the stove for dishes and going to the truck depot for showers.  I’m pretty upset that they haven’t fixed it yet.

We gave our eldest son a car.  He needs a better job but can’t with no transportation.  I can’t buy him a car.  So we gave him Gonzo (our rattletrap Corolla with 366K miles on it) until he can get a better job and get a better car.  Sigh.

I’m down 16.6 pounds.  It is taking too long, because at one point I mysteriously put 2.5# back on and it took 10 days for that to come back off.  Sometimes I get really discouraged.

But today I was under my goals so I had 2.5 glasses of wine.  So now I feel relaxed and sleepy, and I’m probably going to call it a night.

100 Days of Character Development
9. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?

Dinner hadn’t ended well but afterwards with the hour growing later, peace regained its hold over the camp. Zexx once again had his pipe in his mouth, freshly remade as he smoked quietly watching the flames of their dwindling campfire. As the smokes mingled the words brought the man to look across the fire again after the newest inquiry.

“That’s a bit odd curiosity but.. ahem.. no I don’t have any allergies or diseases really. Granted some might consider my love of the drink a bit of a disease and honestly I might have to agree with them.” He puffed gently on his pipe as he thought back on his past and his health. “But truly, I can’t really remember the last time I was sick. Cold here and there but nothing deadly like Old Town had a few years ago.”

The final part of the questioning might have offended others but he’d been questioned so many times about the eye, it was like taking his drink order. “As for a physical weakness, I don’t necessarily call it a weakness granted it did quite a number on me.” His hand reaching up to pull the eye patch off, a soft sigh of relief following as the tight core was removed. “It’s just something that happened, and I learned to adjust.”

His face was a whole new world again without the patch usually working as a focal point. The spiderweb of scars ran up his face and into his hair each one light as time had done its best to hide the grievous wound. The scarring also made its way down and around his eye and a bit of his nose, doing its best to draw attention from where the blue eye had been. Now a white glass marble rested in the socket, never really looking like it was moving or doing anything but filling the gap where the matching blue had been.

“It was rough getting used to at first but time and patience and life seemed to do their best to keep me together.” He puffed gently on the pipe again letting the silver grey smoke engulf him for a moment. “Word of advice: Never date a woman with a brother named Nunzio,” and with that quote the old Zexx resurfaced with a smokey cackle.