From my office a few weeks ago, in a funny moment when I found a student employee filing things whilst seated on the floor in my office:
While classes are out, the department chair’s work is not done. I hit the office just after 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday this week, staying on Monday until 5.30, and finishing a reception last evening at 7 p.m.
And then I ran to three different stores (World Market was particularly fun, Family Dollar peculiarly scary) before spending an hour on the sofa complete with dog, Christmas tree across the room, and fireplace, all helping me answer school emails. (And I also took some sofa time with Samson to work on my new banner for this blog. I’m thinking two or three more are coming, from various ages in my life.)
(I told Sam last night that my favorite part of the day is cuddling with him in the evening. He licked me in response. I think he understood.)
So . . . this morning I’m justified and righteous in taking a bit of a lie-in, then making a yummy breakfast sandwich followed by some Clementines, and deciding to make it to the office in time for my 10 a.m. meeting.
I was at a Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts advisory board meeting, followed by a reception in a home at the Chase. Ideas and possibilities were flying ’round with great energy at both events. This is a good time to be in the fine arts at Webster University.
One week from this morning I’ll be going with my father to his radiation appointment. Christmas Day will be over, and we’ll be in the 12 days of Christmas. And before those 12 days are over, I’ll be in a new office at school, with space actually to teach in my own studio, hold meetings, greet guests, and engage in the work that I love with even more ease.
But now . . . shower, trek to school, and greet the work day!