Wow. My writing lately has been appalling. Particularly because there hasn’t been any. How do I begin to catch up? I suppose the obvious way — just write. So here I am, sitting in bed, computer on lap, punching the keys. I feel a little squeaky and out of practice. Likely because I am.
I’m running myself a bit ragged at the moment. It doesn’t help that since I returned from Peru, I’ve learned a valuable lesson about the downside of travel — sickness. Be it the accidental drinking of parasite infested water, the bite of a nasty mosquito or the germs hobnobbing with your nose on the airplane, it’s easy to get sick when away from home. I’ve been fighting a feisty bug the last few weeks. I think it’s finally gone, but I say that with discretion. I thought it was gone after the first week, and then the week after. I have now reverted to cautious optimism.
But, anyhow, back to running myself ragged. At present, we’re in the home stretch at school. I’m not exactly sure how the end of the school year crept up on me, but it’s here with a vengeance, and I’ve got about 13,000 topics still to cover. Obviously I’ll only be able to cover 9, 899 of them. I’m also attempting to figure out how to develop lectures and videos to include in my curriculum next year. I already maintain blogs for each of my classes, and I often use other instructors’ videos to supplement class discussions and lecture. But I’d really like to create my own. The students know my teaching style, and they like learning directly from me. I think it would improve my lesson plans. Of course, I had to choose one of the most time consuming projects possible. But then that’s me. I like to keep things interesting.
What else, you ask? Well, I’m feverishly editing Peru pictures. I use the word “feverishly” rather loosely. Mostly because I’m moving at a snail’s pace. Initially, I blamed this on being sick. Now, I blame it on the fact that being sick makes one rather used to NOT editing pictures. I’m not sick anymore, yet I still didn’t get any pictures edited today. Granted, I edited hiking pictures yesterday and baby shower pictures a few days before and Indiana pictures the day before that. So. I’m not lazy. Just distracted by pictures other than those from Peru.
This weekend I’m about to head out for a work related trip. I’m going to New York City! This would be the cause of exceptional excitement, except, I daresay, I’m a little tired of traveling at the moment. OMG. Don’t tell anyone I said that! Me? Tired of travel? It can’t be. Except it kind of is. Not so much tired of travel as just…tired. And I’m busy planning my big trip to Guatemala and Honduras this summer. And a handful of fantabulous hiking trips. Honestly, I’d rather focus on those than a “work related trip.”
Ah, hell. Now I just sound like I’m complaining. I don’t mean to. I feel so incredibly fortunate this year. Things have gone so well. I’ve been lucky to travel and learn and enjoy my teaching. I’m happy and semi-healthy (soon to be totally and completely healthy!). What more could a girl ask for? Not much, I tell you. Not much.