Monday, August 22, 2011

In the past 7 days...

* I lost a favorite cardigan.  And then found it.  Hanging in my closet.  Where I swear I looked for it a thousand times.

* I made zucchini chocolate chip cookies.

* I went to a Saturday morning faculty meeting, only to realize 2 hours into it that my department chair had misinformed me, it was only for adjunct faculty, and I didn't actually need to be there.

* I cried a lot of tears.  Some sweet, some really ugly.

* I e-mailed five students who were in my composition course last fall and are enrolled in my literature course this fall because the last time they saw me, I was eight months pregnant, and I gave birth to Eliza five days later.  I had to tell them what happened so they wouldn't bounce into class on the first day and say, "Hi Dr. Taylor!  How's the baby?"  Because the mere thought of that scenario made me cry some of those ugly tears. (If it had just been a couple of boys, I might have risked it.  But five pleasant, cheerful girls, a couple of them especially friendly...  I knew it was just a matter of time.)

* I sort of decorated my office at work.  My favorite items include a spray-painted portrait of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a gift from a student last spring), my husband's school picture (seriously it's so cute that he gets his picture taken every year--I like to include them when I send out Christmas cards even though he'd die of embarrassment if he knew that), and I already have the frame for the picture of Eliza's name.  Just need to order the print.

* I ordered some used books on the middle ages because I still have a lot to learn...

* I did just a little back-to-school online shopping.  I've decided, though, to do most of my back to school shopping at consignment and second hand shops.  Why?  Because I need PROJECTS, people!  And I already repainted 2/3 of my house. 

* David and I decided we would try to plan something fun twice a week.  Nothing flashy.  Just dinner out or a movie or a TV marathon or whatever.  Something I can write in my planner and look forward to.

* I needed to return a shower curtain I ordered online but I thought what they were charging to print a pre-paid packing slip was ridiculous.  So I decided to take it to the post office and return it myself.  I ended up paying $2 more PLUS the time it took me to go to the post office.  Lesson learned. 

* I called my therapist and moved up my next appointment because I was REALLY sad.

* I sipped a glass of wine, cooked dinner with David, put on some music, and he twirled me around the kitchen and I felt... happy.

* We bought tickets to see Jamey Johnson in concert because my husband has a man-crush on him. 

* I went to hours of faculty orientation, administered placement tests to incoming students, and made awkward small talk with other awkward academics (none of whom asked me if I had kids, God love 'em).

* I watched three movies in a row on Saturday because David and I were both having a rough day.

* I created a powerpoint with visual images related to Gilgamesh.

It felt like a really long, really busy, really exhausting week.  And classes start Monday.  I hope I'm ready for this.


  1. That's a busy week! So happy for your happy moments. Good luck with the first week of school!

  2. Yer SO ready! Email me if you need medieval info... I have LOADS. And also? Eliza's name photograph is so beautiful. I keep going back to look at it. <3

  3. Wow, you have been busy!
    I hope things go well with your classes. I hope everyone got the memo about not asking about your baby. That must have been hard to write but defintely would've been harder to get asked in class in front of a room full of students.

  4. Ugh, summer's over. : ( I am back to work next week too...Although if I want to get anything xeroxed, I better get my butt up there this week. I have a new set of students, so hopefully they all know that I ended up with only one twin...High school kids don't pay much attn to lives other than their own though, so I have that going in my favor. ; ) I am such a procrastinator. I should be doing lesson plans instead of reading your lovely blog posts.
    : ) ~Lindsay

  5. Well...summer is coming to a close and I guess we are as ready as we can be. I hope you have a great first day!

    I remember reading Gilgamesh in high school although the details are a bit foggy (that was a long time ago) I do remember loving it!

  6. You've had a busy week! (((hugs)))

  7. Oh Brooke, you are a buys lady!! This was my week: ummmm..... uh...... hmmmmmm......
    Oh, but I did do the Slow Food Cycle in my town of Pemberton on Sunday. you ride your bike out the Meadows road and stop at all the farms to buy their food, or look at art, or buy jewelry, listen to music, etc. It was super fun! We biked 25km's in all. It sure was tiring though. But the weather was perfect. Absolutely loved it.

  8. I loved reading your update, just wanted to stop in and say hello and I'm thinking of you...sending love.

  9. Also sending love <3

    When you have a chance, will you share your zucchini chocolate chip cookie recipe? I'd love to try that!

  10. PS.. one more in need of that recipe.. please! LOL!