Two days of no classes. Wow. Rather unexpected but I admit, it’s a pleasant surprise on my end. I know a lot are dealing with post-quarter trauma (isn’t it odd how many deadlines for the quarter are set after the quarter?) and thus would rather they go to school and get everything over with.
I’m taking this time to rest, and I’m trying to fill my head with thoughts other than “teacher thoughts” after coming from a pretty rough hell week last week. I can really feel my mind clearing up. My neurons are cooling down and are ready to fire and get my creative juices flowing again. I’m formally starting my 2nd quarter on Monday. (Guys, we’ll do our groupings then.)
With this break, I plan to finally finish “Genghis” by Conn Iggulden. I think I’ve found my genre of fiction. It’s really great piece of historical fiction retelling the life of Genghis Khan. I also plan to geek out a bit and play Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. It just feels like it’s taking forever to get a lightsaber and yet I carry on. Then I might play a little Civilization 4 too. It’s nice to find a new appreciation for video games.
And I think I’ve found my new favorite comic book writer — Ed Brubaker. I’ve been reading his Captain America run, and it turns out that his Daredevil and Uncanny X-Men are just as good. It will be a bad day in the comic shop tomorrow. Darn.
I’ve also been trying to write again since I felt that I’ve lost my edge lately. Those little “Taolets”, as one student calls them, are attempts to get my groove back. All my writing efforts just feel too academic right now — I’ve been watching my grammar and spelling a lot — and I hope to get back to the level of my Confessions series soon. I miss writing (the smooth, effortless kind) so much.
Anyway, it’s really great to cool down. I always tell myself to make time to relax so I appreciate the weather making my choices for me. Of course, we teachers will pay for lost time but I am not letting that bother me now. Heck, it doesn’t have to bother me at all.
“The weather changes, and so can we.” Rob asked me to edit that out in The Tao of Class Suspension but insights, like energy, can neither be created nor destroyed. It had to go somewhere and hence, this little post.