When I was in graduate school, I told someone once that if the whole academic career thing didn't work out, I would like to just stay home and make bread. And while I am not saying the academic career hasn't worked out--it has just taken a different route--I am currently staying home and making bread (Strawberry Banana Bread, to be specific). And I am sewing. And planting a garden. And watching a sweet baby grow each day. My house is filled with trays of seedlings, fabric scraps, and stacks of burp cloths. While this new life has its challenges, I am reveling in the activities that I love, but haven't previously been able to tackle as passionately as I would like.
And, lucky, blessed girl that I am, I still get to pursue that academic life as well. I know that the role of adjunct is absolutely fraught in the academic community, but I am thankful for the flexibility that it provides. I I am lucky to have a husband with whom I have planned our budget and expenses to allow me to work like this. I am lucky to have a department chair willing to work my schedule around Jordan's. I'll be teaching online this summer, and then going back for a main campus class in August.
In the meantime, I am happy to have grading disappear from my to-do list. I have a new planner/notebook that I am loving and have spent way too much time making customized planner pages and meal-planning/grocery shopping lists.
Friends coming for dinner tonight. Homemade pizza and apple crisp on the menu.