I’d tell you that it’s been an awfully busy week. Little Jedi started school this week, and so did I. We both started on Wednesday. After getting Little Jedi and Sam off to school and work, I made the drive to Hattiesburg. I met with my comps director, and my exam date is tentatively set for the first weekend in October. I met the new class, who seem all bright eyes and smiles and nerves. As is usual, I heart the tittering giggles when I said the word “bitch.” Half of my students were in a college class for their first time, and most of the others hadn’t been in many more than that. And the online classes started, too, with their inevitable hiccups on logging in and loading videos and information. And I managed to fall down, just outside my classroom, to slide and skin my knee so badly that it’s still skinned, but at least my students were all in the classroom and didn’t see it, so there’s that. I sneezed during the first lecture I was trying to record and had a laugh about it before re-recording my lecture. And Little Jedi’s school, instead of taking him to the after-school program (which he was signed up for and which is supposed to be their precedent for late pick-ups at any rate), brought him to the office to call me when I didn’t pick him up at school’s end. Despite my new number being on a trillion forms, they tried to use my old one, and poor Little Jedi got a bit freaked out by the whole experience. An honest mix-up on everyone’s part, but very confusing for poor Little Jedi, who knew he was supposed to stay after school and didn’t need to be terrified by all the office hoopla. And all of that was just Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday I didn’t have to make the commute to Hattiesburg, since I’m only teaching Monday/Wednesday now, but I had tons of work to do. I spent the days reading and working through things for my courses. And then yesterday just turned into a lost cause. I ignored phone calls and texts, turned on the Roku, and binged on the last half of the third season of Once Upon a Time that I’d missed. Mind you, I did do the teeniest bit of work, just the teeniest bit. The big bits were left for today.
I’d tell you that last night I watched Only Lovers Left Alive and I’m still entranced. It was a bit longer than was strictly necessary, I think, but Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston were absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have more to say about that on a later day, I think.
I’d tell you that I’m awfully ready for Halloween. In my doing-nothing-but-just-what-I-want time yesterday, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at ideas for Halloween decorations and costumes. This year, for the first time in I don’t know how long, Halloween falls on a Friday that Little Jedi will visit his dad, so Sam and I are tentatively planning some grown up Halloween fun here in NOLA, where any day is a good day for costumes but Halloween and Mardi Gras rule them all.
I don’t go to bars all that often anymore (mostly because I don’t drink much anymore), and neither does Sam, but this seems like an exception to the rule. And, given when my comps will fall, it’s likely that I’ll either need to celebrate or commiserate right around Halloween, so either excuse sounds like a good reason to put on a costume and get lost in a sea of people pretending.
And I’d ask what you want to talk about over coffee today. 🙂