I have a few days to myself, and I've been getting stuff done in a relaxed way. And somehow, more gets done when I feel a bit relaxed.
I've done banking sorts of chores, and tax prep sorts of chores, cleaned my home office, started one of my course calendars for spring semester, replied books in better ways, and so forth. I've done some reading, too.
I'm about ready to do more work on the course calendar I've started, and probably soon ready to start the next one.
In the coming week, I start a four week series of sessions at the local library on early modern lyric poetry. I've selected the poems, but have work to do prepping for the first week.
On Monday, I'll start an 8 week commitment to teaching little kids cross-country skiing.
And later in the week, a friend's dog will come to stay with me for a couple of weeks while my friend is away.
Meanwhile, I saw my first snowy owl on the 1st, which seems like a good way to start the year. Just before dusk, I was driving along a backroad slowly, looking, and it flew across and landed in a field far away. The light was dim, and it was FAR away, and it was cold, but I took a picture anyway. And the picture is predictably blurry, but I think good enough to be pretty sure it's a snowy owl, anyway.