It dawned on me Friday that I only have ten more school days until I am done with my placement. The kids won't be in this week until Wednesday, so I will only see them three days. Then there is a full week after, followed by a measly two days before the Thanksgiving holiday.
I'm not sure what the plan is for after that. This is the first time in a year and a half that I haven't had something full-time and steady lined up between the park and teaching. I suppose daily subbing will have to do until I find something else.
I will certainly miss my kids. I may have mentioned, but we finally hit our comfort level a couple of weeks ago. They finally got into the groove of school, things have been flowing...now things will be turned upside down when they get a new teacher for the remaining 8 weeks of the first semester. Ah well, that's how it works, I suppose.
I have spent a little time this week thinking about other long-term goals. I really enjoy teaching, and I think you all know that, but what else is out there? I am starting to gather some other ideas as well...
Anyway, besides the teaching aspect, I had some miserable mornings this week. I think I woke up with a nasty headache/migraine 5 days this week. Blegh. Today was by far the worst, but not it is just a dull throbbing, so at least I can function. I did miss out on a family party, due to the nausea aspect of the nastiness. Bummer.
I have been neglecting the blog. And I know I am. What, I had one or two posts last week? Not good. I have taken to handwriting thoughts and impressions while I read, but coming on to type up posts, read blogs, and comment just hasn't happened. Since tomorrow is just a PD day and Tuesday is off for elections, I am planning on getting caught up here, at least so I have no more posts to write and are lingering over my head. I think school just had to take priority for awhile and since it is coming to a close, I am sure my main focus will transition over here once I am only daily subbing.
My reading did pick up a bit this week. I read the marvelous Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. It was one of the "modern classics" on my list, and I find it wholly deserving of that classification. It was moving and a little gruesome. But I really did love it. The new problem is deciding what to read next! Any suggestions?
I am also working on some ideas for events for the new year. I am planning on a Shakespeare themed month in January, and some Faustian works in February. Once all the details are hammered out, I'll let you all know.
On that same note, I don't know the future status of readalongs or Group reads in the new year. While I really like them, and while the new format is working, I don't think I am going to plan them out like I attempted to this year. I only made it about 6 months before having a meltdown. Perhaps I will host as the mood strikes, but I am getting to the point in this project where I need to make some progress. I'm not even to the halfway point and I have been doing this for over two years. The original plan was to finish in three, and that is so not happening. Anyway, I'm thinking about things for the new year and what I want this to be, so any feedback or advice is welcomed.
In Nano news, I decided to jump in rather late. I wasn't sure if I was going to participate this year, but had an idea and I'm running with it. I broke 10,000 words last night, so I am on pace. I may do some more writing later if the headache disappears. I'm feeling a little weird about my novel, since my writing is much more personal than it ever has been, and I am writing in a genre I haven't written in before. I have a lot of nerves about what this story will turn into. But for now, the writing is flowing and I feel like it will be something to be proud of.
I hope you all have a great week. Read wonderful books!