11/20: 8 hours

...of sleep...on a school night...rare.

11/19: high-tops

I wore my honey-colored Converse high-tops to school today; they make me smile.  One of my students said that she especially liked them; they made her smile too.

11/18: confirming a choice

I've been second-guessing (and third-guessing) my decision to end my part of the utopia course with David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy, which isn't as straightforwardly in the utopian tradition as the other works we've read.  In the course of thinking about (and doubting) my decision I ended up having some nice thoughts about the utopian tradition in general as well as the particular texts we've read in the course.  And re-reading Boy Meets Boy this evening made me feel like it really was a good choice.  There are vexatious things about the novel, but it's a good one for the course and especially good as the last one they read with me.

11/17: a collection

Lovely-looking snow upon awaking, but it didn't beset the roads (hurray) so getting to school wasn't a trouble.

My cold (or whatever it is) isn't gone so I left school after teaching my classes.  Chris left at the same time and we were able to do some grocering together before heading home.

After some time resting I was able to muster myself to do some reading of scholarly articles and students' summaries of them.  One student chose an essay on metamorphoses and metaphor in Christine de Pizan and the Ovide Moralis√© which was a fun work-out.

And how nice to log in here at the end of my day and see in my feed updates from two other bloggers who post good things:  Ruth (at Five Things) and Meri (at Count to 3).  I love their windows into their days and thoughts.

11/16: two at the end of the day

Between 8:30 and 9:30 this evening the rain changed to snow, the first of the season.  I held my hand out the door and felt it fall, ever so light, on my hand.

And then I checked my email to find thank-you notes from the two poets whose joint chapbook I've been binding.  I had sent them their first installment of books this week, and their kind words are making me eager to finish the second installment.  It's a winter-themed chapbook, so this evening's weather reminds me how timely it is.

11/15: quiet

Feeling under the weather, I spent the day quietly.  I am grateful that I managed to get caught up(-ish) on my work during the past week so a day of not working doesn't create stress.

11/14: going slower with greek

Last week I decided that in my beginning Greek class we'd finish one less chapter this semester than originally planned.  Today I'm feeling the goodness of the decision:  it's made this busy time of the semester feel less packed, and it's allowed the students to consolidate and more fully process what we've been learning (especially certain new rules about vowel contractions and how they play out in some verbs, nouns, and adjectives).

11/13: good reading

Some of my students are doing research projects this semester, and they have to write summaries of academic articles they've found on their own which are related to their research topics.  Which means that I have to read the articles, too.  They've been choosing interesting ones, and it's been a pleasure to read them.