I start teaching again this week on Wednesday. Two classes--Social Problems and Social Inequality. Both with a reputation for being depressing to students. I hope that's not the case. I've been trying to balance spending the precious little freedom I have left with making sure I've very prepared to juggle two sets of students, two syllabi, two sets of readings and papers to grade. And of course, I found myself scrapbooking more than reading. But alas, my week of scrapbooking has ended. Ah, procrastination. Catches up with your eventually. But it can sometimes lead to levels of productivity in other areas of your life, so it isn't all bad.
We bought a new printer/scanner last week which is partly what was driving my scrapbooking frenzy. It's so much fun to scan pages and post them online for others to comment on...Check out 2 peas, a scrapbooking site with endless streams of scrapbooking pages to view and leave comments about. And I guess it's a good way for sentimental types like me to reflect on life, especially when you're waiting waiting waiting to make decisions about the future.
I'm in limbo for the next few months as I wait to hear back from graduate schools. After that we can finally start making our plans about this summer. I only applied to schools with dismally low acceptance rates so it's a weird position to be in, not knowing what will happen. My boss told me this week, in regards to applying for federal grants, that competitive people aren't daunted by 1 in 10 acceptance rates. Hmmm... guess I'm not that competitive.
But I'm reassured that if I don't get in, which is likely, that I can spend my time doing more creative things. Being reimmersed in sociology this past few months, I realized that I do really like it, but it has a way of nudging out all those other things I like in life, like say, hobbies. I'm at an age now where there I feel like there is more than one possible path in life, and that is a good thing. It's not something that freaks me out anymore. So I say, bring it on, whatever the future holds.