December 3, 2010

Roses and thorns

For me, writing is an incredible stress relief - letting go of these thoughts really helps clear my head, whether via hand-writing them or typing them out. Ich liebe Gl├╝hweinThis has been a pretty emotionally heavy blog week, and I want to thank everyone not only for hanging in there while I told these long stories, but for all the great comments - I cannot thank you all enough for your support!

Offline, though, this week has been pretty much the opposite - it's been fairly relaxed emotionally. I'm down another five pounds, making my current weight 266 and my total loss 79 pounds. I really kicked butt this week with exercising - I had some slip ups with C25k (which I will write about tomorrow), but I got right back on track last night, running 2.5 miles (oh my goodness, I cannot believe that [a] I just said that [b] I actually did it!). So my total for Jess' December Merry-thon challenge is 2.5 miles so far - looking good! And as far as work goes, I'm on top of most of my work stuff, so no all night grading marathons next week like I used to do in grad school! There's a lot to do, don't get me wrong, but I have more than enough time to get it done and still sleep, eat, exercise, and even have a little fun.

Today is the last day of classes for the semester, and I can hardly believe it. I'm more than ready for a vacation, and I'm very excited about what Spring 2011 has to offer. I'm going to have most of my students again next semester, which is good - it makes everything a lot easier since the majority of the students will already be used to my teaching style. the bean!I will be teaching the last of the basic French courses, and although I have taught the material before, it was during an accelerated summer session (16 weeks of work in 4 weeks). So there will be challenges, but nothing outside of my capabilities.

I have a little bit of time in Chicago before heading to my parents' home in Connecticut for two weeks. I want to get ahead with lesson planning for the spring, get caught up with my laundry piles, and explore the city a bit, since Chicago at Christmastime is unbelievably wonderful. Ice skaters in Millennium Park (on my to-try list - I've always been too scared of falling!), the decorated store windows at Macy's, and the giant Christmas tree and the German Christmas market at Daley Plaza ... if that doesn't fill your heart with Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!


Tim said...

I think you should give yourself a huge pat on the back for having the courage to write very emotional posts about people who obviously affected your life in a huge way. It must have been a great feeling to get a lot of it off your chest and written down. I always find that I feel a lot more positive once I have done that, whether it's a public post or a private post.

BTW, what is that metal thing which looks like a giant metal solder ball about to eat those innocent people watching the ice skating?!

Anne H said...

Beautiful pictures... and great writing, too!
I love Chicago!

Amy said...

I definitely intend to go skating this year. I've been living in Ottawa since 2005 and have yet to go skating here... which is actually ridiculous considering Ottawa is home to the longest skating rink in the world!

You must be getting so excited to have a big break. Unfortunately with my job I don't get paid vacation so the most I can afford to take off is 6 work days, which will be sandwiched between two weekends.

Happy end of semester! :)

Jessica said...

Ooh! I wish I were in Chicago visiting all of these places :)

Unknown said...

I love seeing photos of Chicago during the holidays. It is my favorite city. I had the option of going to the Art Institute there to study but I follwed my boyfriend to his school instead (ah, regrets...we all have them). My husband and I are only a couple of hours from there and get there as often as we can, but that wind whipping off the lake - we never get to Millenium Park because I'm too much of a wimp!

Anonymous said...

Way to go on running 2.5 miles! Awesome :) I would love to visit Chicago during the holidays. The husband and I will be in D.C. next weekend for his company's holiday party, so I am looking forward to seeing the capital decorated for Xmas. When you are in Florida it can be hard to really "feel" the season.

BTW, I didn't comment on all your ex'es posts, but I just wanted you to know that all of us have those experiences where we cringe at the memories. Youth is for making those mistakes and having all those experiences so you can figure out what you really want out of life (and what you don't). Believe me, I had many WTF? relationships before I found the right one. You are getting your head and your life in order and I can tell by your writing that you are a great deserve awesomeness and I have no doubt that it will find you. At the risk of sounding like the blog are still so young!