Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Variations on a Nautical Theme . . .
Let's keep Wednesday mostly Wordless, shall we? not just because I'm busy, but also to preserve the peacefulness of these scenes. All three are views from our front patio over the last week or so. I love the morning light in the photo above (of my neighbour paddling to work) -- the way it illuminates the kelp-covered rocks . . .
And now I'm sailing into the tail end of my week. I teach 7.5 hours within a span of 24 from Monday afternoon 'til Tuesday afternoon, 3 of them Monday evening -- it's a gruelling, adrenaline-filled start to every week, and I suspect it will become more daunting as the term moves along into the darker days of November and that energy bunny gets tougher and tougher to find in my big top hat, never mind to pull out with any flourish at all. Still, the upside -- and I promised to keep looking for one -- is that come Wednesday, I only have 3 classes ahead, and those are all prepared for this week. Yes, I also have committee work, my book orders for next term, a couple of conference proposals I want to write, and then the 55 short papers to mark this weekend.
Still, the plan is to enjoy the pockets of respite when they arrive, and after Monday and Tuesday's pace, today will offer me much more time for breathing. Deeply. Ah, that salt air . . . .