….or as the case may be, Where’s Molly been?
I realize that I have not posted since my trip to Paris, which was over two months ago – and this week two very kind considerate bloggers took the time out of their own hectic lives to inquire if I was still alive: Alyce and Catherine thank you so much for checking on me.
Let’s see if I can give a brief summary of these past several weeks:
I finally arrived home from France about 9:00PM on a Sunday night – and had to report back to school the following Friday at 8:30AM. I barely had time to recover from jet lag when I had to jump into lesson plans and literary analysis. For a variety of reasons – not the least of which include the economy and the necessity for the school to move for the third time in six years – our enrollment dropped about 30 percent. This created quite a bit of anxiety for me as I am paid by the student, not by the class. However, all has worked itself out financially, so no worries.
My goal this year is to complete most of my school work AT school – so that when I come home I am free to pursue personal interests. So far, I have been able to keep this promise. Well, at least as far as doing school work only at school. For some reason when I come home I have had little energy or interest in anything else but sitting on the couch. I have not picked up a book for pleasure reading since last spring – which is very unlike me and quite frankly, not conducive to the reputation of a book blogger. So I have chosen to hibernate and not post or read blogs as I felt rather unworthy of that privilege.
|Brynn at Pumpkin Patch
October 15, 2011
I wonder if perhaps my stressful spring – Mom’s passing, the birth of my granddaughter, the high school graduation of my youngest, and the planning of my trip to Paris – finally caught up with me. Not only did it zap my energy and desires, but I think it also lowered my immunity. I rarely get sick, but I have had the same cold for the past two weeks: not sick enough to prevent me from teaching, but enough to keep me from doing anything else.
BUT…the weather is cooler now in Kansas City and the promise of a frost this week gives hope to those who suffer from allergies and cold-like symptoms. The fall colors and thoughts of holiday preparations always puts me in a great mood, and the start of NaNoWriMo in just two weeks has put a new spring in my step and desire in my heart. I plan to write a memoir of my Parisian trip – the thirty year wait for the adventure of a lifetime. And as luck would have it, Dave Fox is offering an online workshop on travel writing in January – which is perfect timing to help me revise this very rough draft.
While I have still not picked up a book for pleasure – I hope to do that soon. I truly missed participating in Carl’s RIP challenge and the Dewey Fall Read-athon, but there is always next year. I have wanted to write for the Weekend Cooking segment, but quite frankly I have had nothing to contribute. This cooler weather, however, has sparked a new interest in cooking and an adventurous desire to find new recipes to test. Since Trader Joe’s just recently opened in Kansas City, I am anxious to sample many of their tasty treats.
|The DUST – or as I like
to refer to it: the black
scarf of death
For those who followed my Paris journal, I finally resolved my camera’s pesky dust problem, and I am anxious to take it out and capture some of the vivid fall leaves before they all wither and drop to the ground. I have also signed up for Susannah Conway’s online course, Photo Mediations, which lasts through the first week of December – perfect timing to help me capture the fun of family holiday celebrations.
So yes….I am still here and am slowly making my way out of hibernation and acclimating myself again to the activities that give me great pleasure. I shall be visiting blogs again soon and look forward to reconnecting with many of my online friends. I have missed you all.