The school-related backstory: My school does reading groups consisting of skill, guided reading, and basal intervention. I generally quite like the system. However, there's a bit of effort in creating the groups. Because of the effort involved, it was decided that this would not occupy the time of our collaboration meetings but be divvied up as rotating task among the teachers in pairs. At the same, this seemed like a good idea. Myself and a fellow teacher were given the first rotation. Fast forward to now, Thanksgiving break. We were supposed to have the data for changing reading groups last week. However, we did not acquire all the data we needed, thus pushing off the opportunity to meet to create groups as a partnership. It's ideal we start the new reading groups next week upon returning to school. But because of the delay, it seems the only way to get the groups ready is to do the work over the break. Sigh. Not ideal but it is what it is. An added bit of information: We will be changing many of the groups in an effort to add more interventions, so it is now a lot more complicated than merely moving children about as needed. And this is all on an Excel file, which I'm not that great at using. The personal-related backstory: My daughter is wanted for a medical study out of state. My husband and I pondered it and decided to go in the name of science. We have agreed to it and have received our travel information. The study is spending roughly $5000 on us. This is... next week. We'll be out of town Monday-Wednesday, the same Monday-Wednesday beginning the week after Thanksgiving break, the week we want to start fresh reading groups. From a professional standpoint, an admittedly terribly timing, but my principal was fine with it and such is life. My idiocy: I'm attempting to create a schedule of skills groups without knowing what exact groups I need to have on a program I'm not that great at using on a file that was created by someone far more talented than I without the teacher I was paired with. Yes, I unofficially took the responsibility on myself with the plan to have her look it over/clean it up. I'm attempting to do this for over 130 students. I really, really hate the idea of ditching this project, or dumping it on my partner, or asking that someone switch me with while I tackle it at a later date. I hate the idea of bringing up my difficulty when everyone is on vacation. But it's also keeping me from writing my lesson plans for three days. I also do not wish to back out of the trip. Sorry for the novel, but golly, anyone have any advice?