(Note: This is part of a regular Slice of Life feature over at Two Writing Teachers)
Jet lag sucks. There’s no other way to say it, other than to use some profanities that I prefer to keep off this site. We arrived home from Japan on Saturday night — in a strange twist of time zones that allowed us to arrive in the US earlier than we left Tokyo — and Sunday seemed fine, even though our bodies were 14 hours behind the time on the clock.
Sunday night … not so good. I slept for about two hours, exhausted, and then … boom … my mind was on full alert and I had to get up. I tried to get back to sleep a few times, to no avail. Then the kids started getting up, too, and the house normally quiet at 2 a.m. was suddenly fully awake. We got the kids back to bed but not me, as my mind continued to dance the cha-cha-cha. Around 5 a.m. or so, I finally drifted off for about an hour or so, and then up and at ’em again, to get ready for school.
It was a long day in the classroom, although the kids were wonderful and curious about my trip, and we got ourselves back into our unit on Parts of Speech — not exactly the most exciting element of my writing curriculum. I stifled yawns as best as I could and kept my head in the game. Then, after school, I had to drive to a meeting of my WMWP Tech Team, which lasted for about two hours. I didn’t feel too tired, probably because we have so many exciting things going on.
I got home, ate some dinner, and then conked out for the night. I was worried that the jet lag would keep me up again, but that didn’t happen. I slept a good deep sleep, and feel pretty good this morning. Yeah. That darn ol’ jet lag better keep away from me!
Peace (in days),
Tell me about it. Sounds like you had it easy. For me, it takes more time to get back to normal. Did you have a great time?
It was a fantastic experience for all of us and, even with the drag of flying, worth the trip.
I know what you mean about jet lag. When I came home from Asia it seemed like I needed to just coddle myself a little until I caught up. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to come home and go straight back to school! I hope you feel normal soon.
It was … rough but I survived (as far as I remember)
I had horrible jet lag last Thursday. Went to D.C. Came back and felt like a truck ran over me… and that was a puddle jumper! (You’ve got to read this to understand why, http://365in2009.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/bad-flight/.)
GREAT to have you back in on the SOLSC! Will you be participating during the month of March for the big one?
I have never expereinced jet lag, it sounds awful!
Hope to hear more about your trip!
Welcome back! I yawned reading this. Not because it was boring, but because I was thinking about that tired feeling. Going to work the next day must have been tough.