Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Shorter Days, Christmas Preparations . . . Gifts of the Season
I invigilated the last exam and returned all the marked research papers yesterday, so most of my student contact is done for the term. Yes, I now have four sets of exams to mark and the term grades to collate and compute and enter, but I feel as if I've turned a corner and can let out my breath for a moment. Today is a transitional day, one that I'm spending at home, puttering, casting on for a few knit Christmas gifts, desultorily marking an exam or two, and letting a few lists form, to be captured on paper later. . . .
I had planned to run today, but my bike went horizontal and sideways on the ice as I sped home in the cold dark last night, and although I feel okay this morning, I am conscious still of the loud clonk my head made on the hard ice, so I decided to take it easy. Instead, I've got a friend coming over for a glass of wine later this afternoon. That's almost the same as a run, right?
It seems really important to me to be really slow for a moment or two (ha! that's a contradictory and revelatory phrase, isn't it?!) . . . I want to be fully intentional about these next few weeks. There's much that I must do to be ready for the beginning of next term, but I also want to arrive in those classrooms rejuvenated and excited. That will require some fallow time and some celebratory time and some loving time and some happy moving time. . . I'm feeling really good about how I've planned to take control of the run-up-to-Christmas time, and I'm going to tell you more about that in the next post, I hope (Mainly involves Simplifying, Being Festive, Gift-Shopping, and Spending Time with Loved Ones)
Meanwhile, I'm busy puttering, so I'll just leave you with some thoughts about making the most of this time, thoughts I recorded back in this pre-Christmas post from 2010.