I usually spend Sunday doing responsible things like cleaning my house and doing laundry so I actually have pants to wear to work and making a big huge dinner that I can eat as leftovers for the rest of the week, but I’m thinking this Sunday is made for eating chocolate for lunch and watching cheesy movies. Care to join me? Let’s do it.
1. This was my first week back to work after winter break. I always love the first week of classes because everyone’s cheerful and smiling and always on their bestest of behaviors.
Last semester ended on kind of a low note for me. I was teaching overload for the third semester in a row and attempting to develop a new class at the same time. I had a handful of students who gave up entirely about halfway through the semester for one reason or another, and would show up in class and not do a lick of work and distract the other students and generally drive me bonkers. To top it off, I wasn’t getting much sleep thanks to my Irish step-dancing upstairs neighbor. So, basically, I spent the end of last semester being scowly and stompy and spending way too much time focusing on the students who were driving me crazy and not enough time focusing on the students who were doing awesome. And I had some seriously awesome students last semester.
But the good thing with teaching is that you get to start over every semester. It’s like having New Year’s Day a couple times a year. So this semester I’m determined to keep up my beginning-of-the-semester positivity throughout the semester even after the new class smell has started to fade.
2. This was also my first week tackling my new commute. My new place is about two miles away from work, which is still totally within reasonable walking distance. But those two miles didn’t seem quite so reasonable on Monday morning, when it was dark and freezing and, well, MONDAY. I arrived at work exhausted and with a head of frozen hair. No fun.
Luckily, I found a ride to work in the mornings, so now I just have the walk home from work in the evenings, which is my favorite. It’s the perfect way to get some exercise (while avoiding the gym!) and decompress at the end of the day. Plus, it gives me a chance to discover places in my new neighborhood that I probably wouldn’t discover if I were driving — like the corner store I stopped in to buy milk and where they sell everything from glittery tube tops to sausage to grain alcohol.
3. Another thing I’m attempting to do this semester: spend an hour every afternoon writing.
But, instead of writing at home, which is full of too many distractions like purry kitties and Netflix and the living room closet which needs to be ORGANIZED RIGHT NOW BEFORE I CAN DO ANY WORK AT ALL, I’ve taken up writing in the library of the local private college, near the university where I work. It’s perfect because it’s quiet, I can’t get on the wifi and I don’t know anybody there. Oh, and there’s a fancy coffee shop in the lobby. It’s basically like my very own writing retreat complete with tea lattes. I love it.
4. Unfortunately, my resolution to blog more hasn’t quite kicked in yet. Probably because the only time I have to blog is at night when my brain is like, “WHAT? YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT RIGHT NOW? BUT I DON’T WAAAANNNNT TO!”
So, yeah, maybe this week I’ll start working on some of those blog series I told you I was going to start working on last week?
Just as soon as I convince my brain that’s a good thing to do.
(Uh, does anyone have any suggestions on how to make your brain do things it does not want to do? Or maybe suggestions on how to make blog posts suddenly appear out of thin air? Because that would be awesome.)
5. Are we watching the new season of Downton Abbey? I can’t believe it’s the last season. I’m already going through withdrawal. I mean, what am I going to watch when I feel in the mood for people speaking in posh, British accents? Seriously, WHAT AM I GOING TO WATCH? Send your suggestions for fancy-pants period dramas right now!
Also, related: The Downton Abbey personality quiz. It told me I’m Lady Edith. Uggh. The worst part is I suspect it’s right.
6. Speaking of people speaking in posh, British accents, I can’t get enough of Adele’s carpool karaoke with James Corden. I love them both SO MUCH.
7. What are we making for dinner this week? I bought a new slow cooker last week and I’m already in love with it. (It’s magic, you guys! I come home to a fully cooked meal, and I barely did a thing! Also, bonus: I only have to wash one pot. Basically it’s answered every single one of my dreams.)
So I’m thinking this slow cooker pumpkin, chick pea and lentil curry is in order.
Have any other slow cooker recipes I should try?
8. As a chronic procrastinator, I found this article on the creative benefits of procrastination validating. Apparently, I’m not lazy. I’m just a “divergent thinker”. (And, well, lazy.)
9. I could so relate to this essay on what it’s like to be an unremarkable child. Especially this:
“I wanted to be the star of the soccer team, the lead in the school play, the top of my class, the heartthrob of my grade. Instead, I sat on the bench, high kicked in the chorus line, scraped by with B’s and C’s, and was labeled “average at best” in the looks department.”
As someone who was cast in the role of “marching peasant” in every high school musical, including a few musicals you wouldn’t think would even have peasants, like Oklahoma, that just spoke to my soul.
10. Ummm, we’ve all subscribed to the Instagram account Hot Dudes with Kittens, right?
How was your week? Have any posh British drama suggestions, slow cooker recipes or Instagram accounts full of cute dudes and cats to recommend? Let me have them!