And by "that," I mean school prep.
I'm teaching three new novels next year -- Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath -- and one of my summer projects is to read and prep all three so that life is a little easier next year.
So in the past week, I slowly and carefully read Bless Me, Ultima and annotated it and made notes on every chapter. And this morning I wrote up the essay assignment I'll use with it this fall. It feels very good to have that done, and I think the fall will be much easier on me because of this work I've done.
But I also was entirely caught up in ideas about school this past week, and that is NOT what I want to be thinking about in early July!
My thoughts inevitably turn to school in early August anyway, so I've decided to leave my other two novels to read and prep then.
For the rest of this month, the rule is no school work! Instead, I want to work on my Jewish American Lit article (JALA for short), which I found myself unable to even think about last week. Apparently I can really only think about a few things at once, and I'm also reading Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, which I guess is taking up mental space, and also working on Hebrew. And that was enough to make my brain full.
So the plan for this afternoon is to (a) finish straightening up my study so that it's ready for me to work in (it gets turned into a guest room during Aunty Camp), and (b) take notes on 50 more pages of the JALA novel. And then tonight, (c) finish reading Postman so that there's one less thing rattling around in my brain.