Today is the last day of January break, so it's time to get back into the swing of things.
It's been a great break, all things considered. I don't know about the rest of the world, but it seems to me like Christmas and New Year's occurred about six months ago now.
I do love to teach, but I also love being on break. I think I'm one of the few people who's more productive on vacation than at work. Which is not to say that I don't get a lot done at work, but it's a different kind of productivity.
Lots more time spent interacting with others.
I think this is something that throws my more extroverted friends off, because they note the fact that I have an extremely extroverted job, but when I'm not working, I'm highly introverted. As in, I could go days on end without seeing another person and be perfectly content. It's my way of recharging.
So that's essentially what I did for the past two and a half weeks. I recharged. I went swimming. (At the pool. I'm not a Polar Bear). I went ice-skating. I finished an article and a proposal project, and I'm halfway through finishing another. I updated my webpage. I updated my syllabi.
I cooked. I went to the gym to work off the Christmas candy. I read, and I blogged. I emailed. I stacked firewood. I sat by the fire for hours on end, reading and having a wonderful glass of wine.
So now, I find myself taking a deep breath, because in 24 hours, it's ON. Back in the thick of things. Meeting, teaching, conferences, interviews, all that interactive stuff that is also part of the life of a professor.
And for some reason, I have a feeling that this one is going to be a super-busy one. So.... bring it.