Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day, Saussure, and Coffee

Oh, it's true. It's snow day #2. And I am blissfully lounging with kittens, watching music videos, and catching up on some course prep and grading and research and things. What this unexpected break in the semester has proven to me is that really we should have one week off for every 3 weeks of teaching or something, as opposed to summer vacation. Think how nice life would be if we could just have a freaking break every few weeks? Not that I've not been working a ton over the past few days - I have - but the uninterrupted time has been GREAT. That said, I often struggle in summer with uninterrupted time because there's too much of it in a row. So I am thoroughly enjoying this unexpected reprieve from obligations, and, if I do say so myself, using it very wisely.

I'll post some more later, but my breakfast is ready and I'm going to go enjoy it.

5 comments:

Belle said...

Oh yes, isn't it lovely? We too are into our second full day of 'off' and I'm loving it. Scratch the kitties for me.

Shane in Utah said...

No, no, what a terrible idea. Over summer break, I do probably 65% of my research for the whole year. I fall back into my natural groove--staying up late, working until the wee hours of the morning, using my mornings for bike rides and email. I also travel in the summers when I can afford it, and since I study African literature, it's important to me to make it to Africa for at least a couple of weeks every couple of years. If I only had short breaks scattered throughout the year, I'd never have time to travel, and I'd never build up any research momentum. Don't take away my summers!

helenesch said...

I'm so jealous! I've been teaching here for 9 years now, and not a single snow day (or weather-related cancellation). And yet the white stuff's been on the ground since mid-November, with only a few days of thaw (which is very unusual--I'm not that far north).

Sisyphus said...

Yum! Dunk the signifier into the signified and swirl it around a bit --- it's always so tasty that way!

JaneB said...

Yeah, I'd rather have a week off every four or so - summer gets eaten up by all sorts of other garbage and research never gets done as I dream it will...