We're about halfway through the semester, and as of this very moment, I'm almost totally caught up with my grading. I have perhaps half an hour for one course, and an hour for another.
I've done almost all the "data collection" for my research project, and am in the process of having our student workers put stuff in the computer.
Tomorrow and Friday I have nearly endless meetings both days. But still, I feel, for this one moment, incredibly and amazingly free.
I have two and a half hours before I'm meeting my writing students for dinner (and then we're going to a talk). I could grade, or I could go play outside a bit.
Somehow, that's feeling like an easy decision.