What I should have done today: Make a significant dent in the school work to be done:
- Write 13 college letters of recommendation
- Grade 15 AP Lit poetry analysis essays
- Comment on 22 freshman essay revisions
- Grade 36 freshman creative writing assignments
- Grade 41 freshman vocab quizzes
- Write midterm progress reports for all 41 freshmen
What I actually did today: Woke up at 8 (it was a gray, rainy day, which probably made me sleep longer), ate breakfast, ... and then went back to bed and slept until 12:30. Yikes!
But I thought I could redeem the afternoon by going to the gym, so I headed out ... only to discover that my car battery was dead. (It had hesitated yesterday but then recovered, but today it was dead, dead, dead.) I called AAA, and a nice young man came out and replaced the battery right then and there. So I guess that was a kind of redemption of the day, because clearly the battery was going to need to be replaced before I went back to school on Tuesday, and now it's done. And then I'm happy to say that I headed out to the gym anyway, just much later than I'd anticipated.
I'm now finishing up this sleepy, lazy, gray day by drinking a cider, eating yummy goat cheese flatbread pizza, and watching an episode of The Roosevelts. Not a productive day, but I'm feeling enormously better than I was yesterday. Let's hope that all of this rest is fueling me for considerable work tomorrow and Monday!
So that's the "this" of the blog post title. Here's the "that":
- There's a part of me that wishes I hadn't signed on to co-advise the school's GSA, but that's mostly because it's actually doing things. This of course is a good thing, but it does create work.
- But here's a good professional thing about the GSA work: My goal has been to stay out of the head of school's sightlines this year, so that she forgets how pissed off she's been at me. Being in a more prominent advisory role doesn't help with that stay-off-the-radar goal, but I think it's making me look pretty good. Not that this is why I said I'd do it, but it's a nice side benefit.
- I'm trying very hard to appreciate the beautiful fall colors, because the truth is that fall depresses me. I know that it's the favorite season of so many people, but for me it signals the coming of the dark.
- On a happier note: We've needed a new front door for the six years we've lived in the house -- it was cracked when we moved in, and has only gotten worse over the years -- and at least we have one! It's a lovely red door, which looks fabulous with our blue shingles and white shutters. Yay! It's a belated 10th anniversary present from my mother-in-law -- belated not on her end but on ours, just because it took us quite a while to get our act together to get the new door. It makes me happy whenever I pull up in front of the house, and it also has made our foyer and living room brighter.