It is finally fall break.
For the past several years, our fall break has been about a week later than it used to be. All I can say is, what a difference a week makes. I'd like it earlier, please.
Granted, I did overschedule my month of October. Granted, I did not plan to get a stomach-bug with an accompanying laser-beam headache that took me out of commission for an entire day right in the middle of my busiest week. Granted, I took time out to celebrate my birthday.
But still. Break. Please.
My plans are pretty simple. I have a ton of books to read. I just started Frank Chin's novel Donald Duk (1991) last night, and I like it. (Yes, I know I haven't finished the other novels I've started. They're part of my plans too, obviously. Yes, I know I'm way behind.)
I have writing to do. Lots and lots of writing. I have an article that I've been asked to revise and resubmit, so I need to sit down and do that. Actually, I have 2 articles that are pretty much in that situation, and another that is well underway. I have classes to get ready and perhaps get ahead on, so I don't drown again in November. I have a couple of conference proposals to write and a book review to draft. I have to write a follow-up report for my summer project.
I have a garden to put to bed for the winter and a lawn to take care of. I have a couple of new knitting projects to do. And yes, I'm going apple-picking. No matter what.
I always feel like fall break is the last chance at peace and quiet before the craziness of the end-of-semester and accompanying holiday-season is upon me. Although all the things I have planned probably don't sound like peace and quiet, in a way, they are. As Fergie sang, "I can be with myself in center/ Clarity, peace, serenity."
Right now, the introvert in me is screaming for a break from meetings and conferences and get-togethers and... well, people, actually. And I don't mean that in a bad way: it's just the way I am. If I spend too much time around other people, I feel like I'm behind on my thinking, frazzled and irritable.
I need to recharge, and that's the only plan I have for the break. To read and write and be by myself until I don't mind being around other people any more. 4 or 5 days should do it, particularly if a walk around an apple orchard is involved.
Today is also the birthday of my little godson and friend, Ezra. We're all missing him and thinking of him so much today--and every day--and always wishing we could spend more time with him, the way we always thought we would.
So it's a good day for a start to peace and quiet. A good place to start when taking a break from the noise and the clutter.