Crunch Time!

I love reading. No matter when or where, nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands and the sound of the pages turning as your mind flies to Pemberly, Vietnam, California, a middle school in London, or an island off the coast of New Zealand.

Those are all fictional novels, and good ones to boot, but can I say I look at academic reading in the same way? Most definitely not. There is the rare essay that will show me something completely new, usually in the field of education, but reading people’s theories on Sacred Narratives? Reading about those crazy literary critics’ ideas about what you can draw from a text? NO! My mind wanders, I lose the main point, I have to constantly re-read, and I do not enjoy it.
This weekend was filled mostly with fictional reading, which was great! And, I’ve only two works left before I’m finished with the reading for these two classes. Add on one take home exam, one small presentation, and two project presenations, and my work for this summer’s session is done! So, I’m hoping to use the time I have here to work on papers from last year and this year. I’m a planner, and I like to tell others about my plans. If you don’t want to hear about them, feel free to stop reading now. Sometimes I have to just sit down and write it all out!

I will finish my grammar paper from last year (it’s basically outlined, and after a little more reading, I can begin writing).

I will write my Community-Based Writing paper before I leave Hays!! It is a great topic (Intergenerational Service Learning) which I’ve found lots of info on. The paper will practically write itself! :)  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Those are my first two priorities. If there is any time left over, I will strive to write one more paper, probably from one of this month’s classes–Film and Lit or Mythology.

That will leave me (providing the profs get them graded in time) 15 hours of graduate work completed! Then I can move over on the salary schedule, which would be great, since I’ve dropped my Concession Stand supplemental.

Okay, enough planning and plotting. I should probably go do something.

Did I tell you I’m going to start training for a 5K race? :) :)

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Summer Slips Away

Yesterday I found out I have only four weeks of summer left.

My school is going to a four-day week next year! Teachers report on August 10 (Dad’s Bday!) and we get kids for half a day on August 11. Needless to say, I’m getting prepared for panic mode. Can I get it all done?

I need to finish my summer classes here. Midterms are tomorrow, and I still have four books to get through, three movies to watch, and I really want to write at least two papers before I leave.

I need to help mom and dad finish the house and move in. I’ve gone home every weekend this summer, but I won’t be going home this weekend. I’m going to be more intentional when I am home to help them. There is a lot to be done! So far, it looks fabulous. I am in awe of my mom’s decorating sense and style, my dad’s ability to figure out plumbing and electricity, Jon’s ability to figure out the way things work, David’s work ethic, Whitney’s giving spirit, and Emily’s ability to wash walls (and make us laugh). It’s my great-grandfather’s house. My family is putting it back together. That is so special! What a story to tell my children. What meaningful family reunions will be held there in years to come!

I need to begin planning for the school year. As I type that, the clouds form. I have one less prep next year (and one less day of contact per week), but I’m still nervous about whether or not I’m teaching what needs to be taught, in the way it needs to be taught. Don’t become a teacher unless you’re okay with failure and trying again. :)
Okay, back to the books. Mythology, here I come! Trickster Tales and The Mahabharata.