Egads, it’s been a while since my last “real” post. One would think, what with not teaching from May 12 to June 8, that I’d be doing some sort of “rest and relaxation” break. right?
I recall an anecdote one of my English faculty colleagues once told me. He was checking on work email at home when his son asked if he could use the computer.
“Sure, once I’m at a stopping point and take a break.”
After a few moments, he was off the computer, and his son got on. After a little bit, his son heard some noise from the kitchen — it was his father, doing the dishes. “I thought you were taking a break,” his son said.
“But you’re doing dishes.”
It occurred to my colleague that for his school-age son, taking a break from work meant doing nothing — or maybe some sort of leisurely diversion-play-type thing. But for my colleague, it didn’t. “You know when you’re an adult when taking a break from work means an opportunity to do chores,” he said to me. Then he sighed.
Yup. So what was the Hubby and I doing on our supposed “break” from our paid work?
In the case of the Hubby, he carpooled with a colleague who was teaching the May mini-term, giving the Hubby an opportunity to re-tool his government course curriculum design. As anyone who knows the Hubby “course redesign” is a long and complex process that many in his department respect and often ask his advice. In addition to his role as faculty member and mentor, he got to extensive yardwork and spot home repair, things that get shoved down the priority list when the academic year is in full swing.
As for me, readers already know what I was up to: child-proofing the house. Additionally, I did some interior rearrangment of the livingroom, major and long-neglected “Spring” cleaning of the bathrooms and wood furniture, and reclaimed the garage of clutter and Ebay packaging. I also re-tooled my Comp I, Comp II, and World Lit syllabi (yet again), streamlined my personal website’s home page, and began the long and tedious task of compiling a book index for my long-neglected dissertation.
Of course, all wasn’t just working like a dog during the break. Daniel’s baptism and post-lunch celebration on May 18 was lovely. So was the annual gathering at a friend’s house the Saturday before Memorial Day. On Memorial Day itself, the Hubby, Daniel, and I were at my folks’ place for the family BBQ. It was there that my youngest sister revealed that she and her boyfriend were trying to have children (which explained why “Uncle” Andrew was particularly happy to hold Daniel that day). The last weekend in May, the Hubby, Daniel, and I attended a friend’s 30th birthday party, and we saw friends we hadn’t seen in quite a while.
Last week, while Daniel was at daycare, the Hubby and I took the TRE commuter train to downtown Dallas’ Union Station and hopped on the DART light rail lines, exploring far points north. At the end of the Blue line, we had lunch at the Corner Pocket Sandwich Shoppe in historic downtown Garland and then walked around the town square. Afterwards, we headed south to Mockingbird Station and grabbed the Red line to historic downtown Plano, where we wandered around for a little bit. Then it was back down, this time at the Cityplace station, where, above ground, we caught the only streetcar line in Dallas — the M-line. Afterwards, we explored the Asian artifacts and artwork at the Crow Collection, had a very early dinner downtown at Jusmex, and then took the train home.
It was like being a tourist… in our own “home” town. 🙂
Then there was the high school graduation celebration of the son of an old friend of mine — she knew me when I was eighteen and when she was pregnant with the aforementioned son. The Hubby opted to stay home with Daniel, so I found myself at my friend’s kitchen table, surrounded by a mix of other long-time friends, friends of friends, and teenage friends of the new graduate. By the time I left, it was close to 2am — a good time had by all. 🙂
Then a low-key meal eating out and staying in, watching a good movie courtesy Netflix — Mrs. Henderson Presents — for our wedding anniversary this past Saturday, busy Sunday doing more home maintenance things, and then it was back to work for both the Hubby and me.
But — and I almost forgot this — I procured during the break wonderful “foot smashers” (as the Hubby calls them). That is, he got robotic foot and calf massagers: Ottoman 2.0 and Ottoman 3.0. Since the Hubby often suffers calf and foot pain on a regular basis (especially since he teaches while standing), it was an investment well worth it (especially since I got both of them on Ebay ::grin:: ).
On the baby front, Daniel’s fast approaching nine months now, and, boy-howdy, does it show. He’s outgrown most of his 6-9 months old clothes but doesn’t quite fit into the next size up (12 month). Starting two weeks ago, he began crawling, and shortly thereafter he began being able to stand up, holding onto furniture. As my sister (who swung by yesterday) declared, “He’s getting BIG.”
And on a final, random note, Advantage for cats ROCK. This is the first spring/summer where the LQ’s home hasn’t had a awful flea infestation. YAY!!!!
So with that, I bid my readers a good evening and goodnight. 🙂