So, my London-less summer. I didn’t have enough students interested in the fall and, given the trauma of last summer’s program, I decided to call it early enough not to stress myself out. I had a great time with the students, don’t get me wrong, but the admin and the personal really took a toll on me. So, I’m stateside this summer for the first time in five years.
What to do!
Well, the obvious answer is get my ass in gear to do some writing. I have a book to pull together by the fall, so editing the authored chapters and writing my own should keep me plenty busy. I have a manuscript hanging over my head that just needs to go. If I could get that submitted, I would be a happy woman.
There’s some admin work scheduled for May which, luckily, I will be paid to do. It won’t cover the mortgage but every bit helps in a paycheck-less summer (no London, no salary). Here’s to actually asking for something rather than grinning and bearing it – another reason I love (one of) my department head: make a case for something and it’s taken seriously.
I have a conference in July, so that means prepping two presentations. Since I’m the chair of the organization, that also means lots of admin work to make sure everything is set before lots of face time at the conference itself. I’m going to be exhausted afterward but I like this conference so it’s worth it.
I might plant some tomatoes. I was thinking about getting two big planters to put by my patio for aesthetics and tastiness. Maybe I’ll plant some okra, too; I love that stuff. Neighbor Friend and I are going to replace our fence – well, we aren’t but we have to coordinate with the people who are. I need to clean out my flower beds and wash my windows and find someone to paint my trim – because let’s face it, I’d rather not. I have a list a mile long of books I want/need to read so it would be nice to work through those.
And I will be returning to Home State several times. I’m already scheduled for a week in May that includes Mother’s Day, my birthday and Cool Friend’s birthday. I just bought tickets to a concert there in June for a band I adore. July is Newest Niece’s birthday, and she’s already asked me to come to her birthday party (of course I will!). Going back in August is pushing it, given the start of the semester and the other trips back, but three times is pretty good.
Yes, I freely admit TA is driving the frequency. We aren’t in a relationship, by the way, and we definitely aren’t dating but we do enjoy each other’s company. Maybe if we saw each other more frequently (and we didn’t have so much fun in bed), this would have burned out by now but we don’t (we do) and it hasn’t. So, there’s that.
The funny thing is, I would totally date other guys if I had the opportunity. PRU is a wasteland when it comes to eligible and/or interested guys so there’s no dilution, as it were, of TA’s appeal despite the distance. That may sound awful – I do like the guy! – but I really would appreciate the chance to enjoy my single-ness while I still have some appeal to the opposite sex.
So, a full summer, even without London. The key is getting work done. It needs to happen so that’s the focus. TA is the bonus inbetween.