If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Trying It Slow(er)

I'm trying to slow down for the holidays. I worked at such breakneck speed all semester that I'm ending it in pretty good shape. Classes are done and graded with nary a complaint from a student. I have 1 formal meeting tomorrow and then 2 informal meetings (with students over coffee) left for this week. I also have 2 article reviews to complete. However there is nothing but a doula-related meeting on the agenda for next week.

Holiday shopping is also just about done except for last minute stocking stuffers. b and I will, of course, have some extensive food shopping next week. The house is even relatively clean and the tree is up and decorated.

[Pupzilla did not appreciate her new Santa hat and tried to eat it several times throughout the tree-trimming].

My normal inclination would be to pick up a new research project or a paper that's been sitting on the back burner but I'm trying not to do that. I have picked back up a crocheting project that has been sitting undisturbed for over a year and doing a little bit each night before I go to sleep.

I haven't felt like reading much lately, which is very strange for me. I'm hoping that passes quickly. Part of trying to slow down has meant not having the computer open in front of me every waking moment. I'd like the slow down to results in my brain shifting gears and allowing more creative thoughts back in.


Annie said...

It sounds like a good plan, staying away from the computer. I'm trying to do the same. I hope your holidays are wonderful and refreshing!

Seeking Solace said...

I am trying to do the same thing. Here's hoping both of us are successful.

Such a cute picture!!

Julie said...

That picture rocks my world!! So cute!

Yes, it's a great idea to slow down and unwind. Actually, you put me to shame at how prepared you are for Christmas. You earned the rest. Time to enjoy it.

I almost fainted when you said no students complained. That must be a world's record...haha!

I hope your holidays are beautiful.

Drax said...

Slow down, enjoy. I love that picture! Kudos to the shutterbug, and nicotine-reeking kisses to all! (Eee-yew...)